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Academic Resources and Program Quality
How do we facilitate members having the necessary resources to advance their institutional missions and achieve the highest quality programs that exceed the standards of accreditation bodies?

Center for the Advancement of Pharmacy Education

The CAPE 2013 Educational Outcomes were released at the July 2013 AACP Annual Meeting. The new CAPE Educational Outcomes are comprised of 4 domains: Domain 1 – Foundational Knowledge, Domain 2 – Essentials for Practice and Care, Domain 3 – Approach to Practice and Care, and Domain 4 – Personal and Professional Development. The major change from the previous iteration of the Outcomes is that CAPE 2013 includes an affective domain.

Global Pharmacy Education

AACP’s global activities continued to expand in the past year. The Association participated in and presented at international pharmacy education meetings in the United Arab Emirates, India, Ireland, Singapore, Canada and Australia. At the 2013 AACP Annual Meeting, leaders from pharmacy education organizations around the world provided an update on educational models of pharmacy education and quality assurance as part of the Global Alliance for Pharmacy Education (GAPE) special session.

In May 2014, the US-Thai Consortium convened its bi-annual meeting in Baltimore, continuing this decades-long collaboration to advance pharmacy education, practice and science.

All Together Better Health, the leading global interprofessional practice and education conference, convened its first meeting in the United States, at the University of Pittsburgh, in early June 2014. AACP was a co-sponsor of the conference, which focused on cultivating a global vision for collaborative practice in healthcare and developing a new model of interprofessional care.

Representatives of countries in North and South American attended the 2014 Pan American Congress on Pharmaceutical Education, co-hosted by AACP in June 2014, at the University of Maryland. Delegates discussed issues related to quality assurance and curriculum design.

Women’s Health Curriculum

For more than a decade, AACP members and staff have been dedicated to ensuring that women’s health is a vital part of student pharmacist training. In fall 2013, a group of key individuals revised and released the Women’s Health Curriculum. Developed in collaboration with the FDA Office of Women’s Health, the curricular framework outlines core competencies and performance-based learning objectives for use in either dedicated courses on women’s health or in conjunction with other pharmacy courses.

The task force looked at women’s health across a lifespan, identifying the key issues in each segment of their lives, and determining an approach to each scenario. The revised curriculum is designed to be flexible in order to keep up with the ever-changing knowledge about women's health issues. Multiple online resources are included to enhance discussions on the competencies and objectives. AACP plans to continually update and add to this framework, and encourages its members to use the resources in creative ways.

Assessment & Accreditation Management System (AAMS)

AAMS continues to be well used by our member institutions for both internal program assessment as well as the submission of accreditation reports. We are working closely with ACPE to incorporate the new Standards into AAMS. During this time of change, we are also working with ACPE and our AAMS advisory committee to distribute an RFP to ensure that AACP is employing the best vendor to deliver the AAMS resources to our members.

Award for Excellence in Assessment.

The Award for Excellence in Assessment recognizes outstanding Doctor of Pharmacy assessment programs for developing and applying evidence of outcomes as part of the ongoing evaluation and improvement of pharmacy professional education. The 2014 award recipients are:

California Northstate University College of Pharmacy

  • Leanne Coyne, Karen McClendon, Parto Khansari, Tiffanie Ho, David Pearson
  • Assessing and Documenting Student Learning.

The University of Georgia College of Pharmacy

  • Michael J. Fulford, Lindsey Welch
  • Evaluating Professionalism in the Culture and Curriculum of a Pharm.D. Program.

University of Maryland School of Pharmacy

  • Lisa Lebovitz, Richard Dalby
  • A Simple and Effective Programmatic Assessment Process for Continuous Quality Improvement. 

Innovations in Teaching Competition

Each year, the Innovations in Teaching Competition acknowledges notable teaching and learning strategies and assessment methods. The 2014 awardees are:

Neal Benedict, University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy.

  • Curricular Integration of Virtual Patients

Dave L. Dixon, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy, Evan M. Sisson, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy, Veronica P. Shuford, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy, and Spencer E. Harpe, Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy

  • Use of video recorded clinic visits to improve assessment of student pharmacists’ clinical interviewing skills.

Brendan Stamper, Amber Buhler, John Harrelson, Ashim Malhotra, Sigrid Roberts, Fawzy Elbarbry, Deepa Rao, Catherine Marlow, Reza Karimi, and Leslie Devaud, Pacific University School of Pharmacy.

  • Development of online pharmacy prerequisite review tutorials for first year pharmacy students.

2013 Annual Meeting

A record-setting 2,309 attendees engaged in the 2013 AACP Annual Meeting, which took place in Chicago, Illinois last July. Pharmacy educators enjoyed a week packed with networking and learning from the innovative and interactive sessions. Sessions covered a wide range of topics, including interprofessional education, collaborative leadership, experiential education, and technology use in the classroom.  Several sessions demonstrated a variety of assessment tools and approaches our faculty can use in their own classrooms.  Speakers led participants through discussions of developments in pharmacy education and practice. AACP partnered with APhA TV who interviewed our attendees at the meeting and produced a phenomenal marketing video. 

With the generous sponsorship support from Walgreens, AACP brought back the Pharmathon 5K which was a sold-out event. Fitness enthusiasts enjoyed an early-morning run along Lake Michigan. Exhibit hours allowed conference attendees to view the latest products and services that support their work. More than 40 companies and organizations participated in the showcase. 492 poster abstracts provided additional opportunities to learn and share ideas.

Keynoting the Annual Meeting opening general session was Daniel Kraft, M.D., a trained physician-scientist, inventor and innovator who spoke on healthcare trends, specifically, the technological advancements affecting pharmacy education. In keeping with AACP President J. Lyle Bootman’s theme of “game changers,” Kraft described how technological changes moving rapidly toward implementation will accelerate new models of learning and patient care.

The Science Plenary was moderated by AACP President-elect Peggy Piascik, Ph.D. , and featured Julie A. Johnson, Pharm. D., BCPS, FCCP, FAHA, with the University of Florida, Larisa H. Cavallari, Pharm.D., BCPS, FCCP, with the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Samuel G. Johnson, Pharm.D., BCPS, with Kaiser Permanente Colorado; Dr. Johnson is also the Inaugural IOM Anniversary Fellow in Pharmacy.  This plenary session focused on the scientific, educational and clinical perspectives for pharmacogenomics; horizons of the genomic discovery; and addressed the clinical applications of personalized medicine at practice sites, as well as, the curricular implications for Pharm.D. programs.

2014 AACP Institute

The 2014 AACP Institute focused on the new CAPE 2013 Educational Outcomes – specifically Domains 3 and 4 dealing with the Approach to Practice and Care and Personal and Professional Development, respectively. There were 43 teams present working over 2 and a half days on developing plans for incorporating the new outcomes, developing charges for committees and an action plan for implementation back at their home institutions.  Based on the success of the Institute, AACP will hold an encore session during fall 2014.

2014 Interim Meeting

The 2014 Interim Meeting, The I in Leadership: Make Your Mark in Pharmacy Education, focused on discovering ideas and opportunities to initiate new partnerships; extend leadership skills in areas that influence daily administrative responsibilities; learn about inspiring innovations emerging with higher education; and advancing approaches in healthcare delivery that are impacting the development of future healthcare practitioners. In attendance were more than 250 members, including deans, department chairs, and aspiring leaders in the Academy. 

The CEO Deans’ forum provided a platform for CEO Deans to network and exchange ideas on how to manage current issues. There were four themed sessions based on topics identified by CEO Deans through a survey: Management of Budget and Finance, Leadership and Management of Faculty, Student and Educational Programs, and Building External Partnerships.

The leadership keynote, delivered immediately prior to the Interact welcome reception, featured Rear Admiral Scott F. Giberson, R.Ph., Ph.C., NCPS-PP, M.P.H., Acting U.S. Deputy Surgeon General, Chief Professional Officer, Pharmacy, U.S. Public Health Service.  Moderated by J. Lyle Bootman, Ph.D., Rear Admiral Giberson shared his vision on the future of pharmacy practice from the public sector perspective.

During the opening keynote address, Beverley H. Johnson, president and CEO of the Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care, described the landscape in which today’s health professionals operate. By doing so, she highlighted how pharmacy education can help direct this future in flux. “We have to have a healthcare system grounded in primary care.” The most effective future, she added, is created by moving away from the current dynamic between patient and provider. “Organizations need to make the patient central” to the healthcare team and it’s important that providers “not talk at, or above, or to a patient, but with them.” Using her own mother as an example, Johnson illustrated how family members can be allies for quality and safety, as they are often closely monitoring the health of their family. Preparing students for the team-based environment should include the patient and his or her family as members of the team.

For the first time presented on an AACP platform, community practice leaders gathered for a panel presentation to share their vision in designing partnerships with academic institutions to expand research opportunities, experiential learning, and national residency programs. Academic pharmacy leaders and community practice partners exchanged ideas, expectations and challenges relative to developing these new opportunities. Moderated by M. Lynn Crismon, Pharm.D., panelists represented were from Walgreen Co., OutcomesMTM; Safeway, Inc., and Thrifty White Pharmacy.

Institutional Research and Effectiveness

The AACP Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness (OIRIE) continued the expansion of new features available within the AACP survey system during the past year.  A new Reports module was released in the summer of 2013 and it provides schools the ability to run institutional reports with drill-down options by question, customized peer comparison reports, and national data reports 24/7 directly through the system.

In the fall of 2013, AACP revised the Postgraduate Education and Training Programs section of the Application Pool, Enrollments, and Degrees Conferred Surveys and expanded the Association’s collection of data on pharmacy residency programs.  These new items are included in the Appendix of the Fall 2013 Profile of Pharmacy Students.

In an effort to enhance the visual display and awareness of AACP institutional research data, the OIRIE released the Association’s first infographic in the spring of 2014.  An infographic is a visual image that displays or explains information, data or knowledge and often communicates patterns, trends, and stories about complex data quickly and clearly.  A poster-sized version of the infographic was provided to each member school.

Webinar Programming

AACP’s expanded Webinar programming is a growing endeavor that serves two key purposes for the membership. First, Webinars give the Sections and Special Interest Groups a tool for constituent engagement. Each Section/SIG is allowed three programmatic Webinars and three operational Webinars (business meetings). During the past year, Sections and SIGs hosted more than 15 Webinars. Each Webinar is recorded and posted to the AACP Web site for public viewing.

The second purpose of the Webinar programming is member and committee collaboration on behalf of AACP. The Webinar platform has been used for multiple business functions such as AAMS training, CAPE Outcomes Committee collaboration, orientation for new delegates to the House of Delegates, Finance Committee updates, Board of Directors updates, and Administrative and Financial Officers training.

AACP continues to expand of the use of the webinar platform to meet the professional development programming needs of the membership.

Online Learning Center

In its fourth year, the Online Learning Center has become the enduring archive of online multimedia for the Association. The OLC houses recorded sessions and materials from past AACP meetings. Moving forward, we will add the ability to receive Continuing Education Units (CEU) through the OLC.

New: Professions Quest

The leadership of AACP recognizes that health professions education must also change to meet the expectations of students and society. The development of games for health professions students and practitioners can fill a gap in inter-professional healthcare education. This gap is the difference between what happens in an isolated classroom and an environment that requires cooperation of team members to improve safety and quality of care. The game environment could serve multiple purposes in providing the learner with a new model, 24/7 availability, and social and team based practice opportunities.

Professions QuestSM was founded on February 20th, 2014 in Virginia as an LLC. Professions Quest’sSM product and services will bring numerous benefits, not discovered through any other venue or educational vehicle, to our target clients.  These include:

  • Increased health professions/students interaction, collaboration, and knowledge
  • Unique vehicle for inter-professional education
  • Mastery of the core competencies for health professions students
  • Significant reductions in travel, entertainment, and lodging costs
  • Measurable and Quantifiable results

The Professions Quest’s VIIMLPatentPending Platform and first MimycxSM game product will provide an unprecedented virtual interactive learning platform for health professions education. Not only will this platform provide each user with a fun and engaging vehicle to master health profession pre-established core competencies, but it also has the potential to build new professional relationships and knowledge exchange to improve the health professions industry in the future.

The first Quest for MimycxSM is scheduled to be released in the first quarter of 2015.

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