How does AACP assist members in attracting, motivating, developing and retaining the highest quality and most diverse faculty, students, administrators and professional staff?
Academic Leadership Fellows Program (ALFP)
As we prepare for our tenth anniversary celebration at the 2014 Annual Meeting, the program also is enrolling our eleventh cohort. This cohort will benefit from the year-long work of the ALFP advisory committee and AACP staff, improving and refining the leadership-development programming we provide these future leaders.
AACP Walmart Scholars Program
The AACP Walmart Scholars Program continues to focus on developing future faculty. The program brings students to the AACP Annual Meeting to strengthen their commitment to a career in academic pharmacy.
The number of scholarships continues at 85 in 2013. (Walmart supports the majority of the scholarships, and AACP provides support for 10 scholarships) This brings the total number of recipients during the program’s eight-year history to nearly 600.
Pharmacy College Application Service
The Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) completed its eleventh cycle this year with 116 participating institutions, up from 110 last year. In the 2013–14 admissions cycle, PharmCAS experienced a 1.4% decrease in the number of applicants and a 0.4% increase in the number of applications submitted, with an average of 4.65 applications per applicant, which is a 1.8% increase from the previous year. The accompanying tables display additional data. Promoting student diversity and access to pharmacy education, AACP continued the PharmCAS fee waiver program for financially disadvantaged applicants.
The Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC), of which AACP is a founding organization, hosted three faculty development institutes from fall 2013 to spring 2014. Interprofessional Education: Building a Framework for Collaboration was the focus of the October 2013 and May 2014 programs. Attendees discussed the fundamentals of interprofessional education, heard from practice experts, participated in team-based activities and identified faculty development opportunities. A total of 65 institution-based teams of three to five professionals, representing more than 30 disciplines, participated in the institutes, held in Herndon, Va. and Rosemont, Ill. Each team represented various facets of healthcare, including pharmacy, dentistry, medicine, nursing, osteopathic medicine and public health.
Quality improvement and patient safety were the themes of the January 2014 IPEC Institute held in Herndon, Va. To date, the IPEC Institutes have drawn more than 900 individuals from approximately 200 teams.
AACP Faculty Recruitment Exhibit
The AACP exhibit program continues to provide key support for faculty recruitment initiatives. During the past year, AACP exhibited at two national and six regional meetings. The booth promoted not only the benefits of AACP membership, but also the rewards that come from a career in academic pharmacy.
AACP staff and volunteers engaged with attendees at meetings hosted by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the American Pharmacists Association, both held in Orlando, Fla. AACP also set up table-top displays at six regional APhA Academy of Student Pharmacists meetings, recruiting association members and faculty to help staff the booth. Because the American College of Clinical Pharmacy discontinued the exhibit portion of its Annual Meeting, AACP hosted a Coffee and Cordials Reception for Students and Academics to promote careers in pharmacy education.
Staff members plan to evaluate the exhibit strategy on an annual basis to ensure we are showcasing our programs, products and services to the appropriate audiences.
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