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Critical Issue #3 

Professional Practice Development

How do we help fully integrate pharmacists into the rapidly changing health care environment and prepare our faculty and students to understand and fulfill those roles?

Interprofessional Education

AACP’s commitment to interprofessional education and team based care continues on many fronts, including the collaboration with medicine, nursing, dentistry and public health in the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC). In addition to the institutes held in October, January and May, IPEC continued to amass resources to advance and assess IPE and make them broadly available through the MedEdPortal.

IPE is also a predominant theme for the Institute of Medicine’s Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professions Education, in/of which AACP is a founding member. The Forum convened two workshops this year: the first on assessment in health professions education and the second on community-based education emphasizing education practice partnerships.

AACP/FMI Foundation Health and Wellness Pharmacy Practice Ideation Award

Health and wellness is becoming a higher priority in today’s society. This is due to a variety of reasons including the “triple aim” of improving the experience of healthcare, improving the health of populations and reducing the costs of healthcare. AACP and the FMI Foundation collaborated in 2013 to provide grant funding for small conceptualization practice model activities involving pharmacists and nutrition professionals in food retail establishments. Three grants were awarded in July 2013 to individual pharmacy school faculty who collaborate with a retail or independent food market to explore a practice model activity involving both pharmacy and nutrition. All awardees will present their research findings at the 2014 AACP Annual Meeting at the Gaylord Texan Hotel & Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas (Dallas area).

2013 Distinguished Service Award

AACP honored the National Council on Patient Information and Education for its tremendous contributions to informed medication consumers and patient safety.

Lawrence C. Weaver Transformative Community Service Award

The University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy was honored for its significant institutional commitment to addressing unmet community needs through education, practice and research. 

Student Community Engaged Service Award

  sponsored by Teva Pharmaceuticals   

The following teams were recognized for outstanding student-led community engagement programs delivering consumer education about medication use.

University of Hawaii at Hilo Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy
Faculty advisor: Katherine J. Anderson, Pharm.D.
Student team leader: Shanele Shimabuku

Midwestern University’s Chicago College of Pharmacy
Faculty advisor: Sheila K. Wang, Pharm.D.
Student team leader: Vinvia Leung

Butler University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Faculty advisor: Kristal L. Williams, Pharm.D.
Student team leader: Meagan K. Doolin

University of Houston College of Pharmacy
Faculty advisor: David A. Wallace, Pharm.D.
Student team leader: Kim Anh T. Pham

New: Pharmacist Patient Care Process

AACP, in conjunction with ten other national pharmacy associations, has developed the pharmacists’ patient care process. The process was developed by examining a number of key source documents on pharmaceutical care and medication therapy management and serves as the foundation for the care pharmacists provide to patients regardless of practice setting.   The process was adopted by the Joint Commission of Pharmacy Practitioners (JCPP) in May 2014 and is currently being reviewed by each of the leadership boards of the contributing organizations.  The communication plan for the dissemination and education of the process to those within and outside of pharmacy will be completed by third quarter 2014.

Pharmacy Workforce Center (PWC)

The Pharmacy Workforce Center (formerly the Pharmacy Manpower Project, Inc.) continues to support the monthly pulse analysis of the balance in pharmacist supply and demand as reported in the Aggregate Demand Index (ADI). The ADI has accumulated 10 years of employer-provided data and is a rich resource for examining national and regional trends in the demand for pharmacist practitioners.

In 2014, the PWC will be developing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the National Associaton of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) with respect to data integrity. This MOU will assist PWC in developing a 2013 aggregate analysis report utilizing items from the NABP e-profile database for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Minimum Data Set (MDS) for pharmacists. HRSA’s goal of the MDS is to have a consistent set of data from all licensed health professionals.

The PWC contracted with the Midwest Pharmacy Workforce Research Consortium (MPWRC) to develop and administer the 2014 National Pharmacists Workforce Survey (NPWS). This year’s NPWS will provide critical information on the characteristics of the pharmacy workforce and the results will be available in late 2014.

New: Master Preceptor Recognition Program

2014 is the inaugural year of this program to recognize preceptors who are not full-time employees of a school/college of pharmacy for their sustained commitment to excellence in experiential education and professional practice. This program, funded in part by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) Foundation, recognized preceptors from seven NABP/AACP districts (one district had no nominations). 2014 Master Preceptor Recognition Awardees were nominated by Northeastern University Bouve College of Health Sciences School of Pharmacy (District 1), South Carolina College of Pharmacy (District 3), University of Michigan College of Pharmacy (District 4), University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Pharmacy (District 5), The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy (District 6), University Montana Skaggs School of Pharmacy (District 7) and University of Arizona College of Pharmacy (District 8).

Minority Faculty SIG

The AACP Board of Directors approved the formation of a Minority Faculty Special Interest Group in November 2013. This group will identify and work with AACP on issues of importance to minority faculty. Leadership: Hope Campbell (Belmont University) Chair and Patricia B. Noumedem (Howard University) Chair-elect.

There are now 21 special interest groups representing the broad areas of pharmacy specialty expertise.

Members are invited to join as many SIGs as they wish to enhance their membership value and professional development.

Section of Administrative Services

The AACP Board of Directors approved the formation of the Section of Administrative Services. This volunteer community will foster the development of excellence, innovation and leadership in all professional endeavors including administration, practice, scholarship and service within the organization, the larger academic community, and the healthcare professions.

There are now nine sections representing the broad areas of pharmacy faculty expertise. Members are invited to join up to two sections enhance their membership value and professional development.

IOM Pharmacy Fellowship

Dr. Samuel Johnson entered his second and final year of the inaugural Institute of Medicine Anniversary Pharmacy Fellowship, where he has served as staff fellow to the Board of Health Sciences Policy. In addition, he serves as staff for the consensus committee on Core Metrics for Better Health at Lower Cost which will release its report and recommendations later this year.  Dr. Johnson has contributed significantly to work at IOM in the realm of genomic medicine, including contributing as co-author of five workshop summaries of the Roundtable on Translating Genomic-Based Research for Health. He continues the development of clinical pharmacogenomics services at Kaiser Permanente Colorado, as well as teaching at the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

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