As a reminder to all AACP members, new policy resolutions are due on Friday, April 15, 2011 in order to have them considered before the AACP House of Delegates at the 2011 AACP Annual Meeting. Delegates are reminded to review the current AACP policy on related issues and topics when writing policy resolutions and may access the House Standing Rules of Procedure for information regarding policy resolution submission.
Space is filling up fast for the 2011 AACP Institute, Cultural Competency: Beyond Race and Gender, which will focus on curricular frameworks and strategies for cultural competency. The Institute, May 22-25 at the newly-remodeled Hyatt Dulles in Herndon, Va., will explore health literacy, disability as a culture and assessment mechanisms related to cultural competency, just to name a few of the meeting’s many topics. Registration is open until Wednesday, April 20, 2011 but don’t wait, register now! Questions? Contact Cecilia M. Plaza, director of academic affairs and assessment.
AACP received a record 614 abstracts submitted for consideration at the 2011 Annual Meeting in San Antonio. If you submitted an abstract please note that the review process was delayed due to the Council of Sections adding a point system to the review process in order for submitters to receive more feedback regarding acceptance or rejection of their abstract. Notifications will be sent out the last week of April. Thank you for your patience.
1. Teacher of the Year
It’s time again to recognize outstanding faculty at AACP regular and associate member colleges and schools of pharmacy. The 2011 Teachers of the Year are selected by their institutions and submitted to AACP by their deans. Honorees will be listed in the 2011 Annual Meeting Closing Banquet Program and those in attendance will be recognized during a luncheon in their honor. AACP requests CEO Deans submit the names of individual faculty that were nominated by their college or school through an online form.
2. In Memoriam
During the first session of the House of Delegates at the 2011 Annual Meeting, AACP will announce the names of our colleagues in the Academy that have passed away since July 2010. If available, please upload a photo for the In Memoriam announcement. All photos should be in jpg or tiff formats with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi and maximum image size of 5 MB.
3. Changes in Dean Positions
AACP collects changes in all dean positions (CEO, associate, assistant, interim, etc.). CEO Dean updates are announced at the first session of the House of Delegates during the 2011 Annual Meeting. All other individuals with new dean responsibilities, including associate and assistant deans, will be acknowledged during the Council of Deans meeting.
All submissions are due Wednesday, June 1, 2011 at 11:59 p.m. PDT. Please submit one form per Teacher of the Year, In Memoriam and dean changes. Any submission for Teacher of the Year received after this time will not be printed in the banquet program. If you have any questions, please contact Melinda D. Colón at 703-739-2330 ext. 1012.
AACP seeks qualified candidates for the position of 2012-2013 AACP President-elect. AACP bylaws state: in odd-numbered years, nominees for the position of President-elect shall be selected from among active members of the Association not holding dean, associate dean, assistant dean, or equivalent administrative titles. This year we seek interest for President-elect nominees from individuals who are faculty. Interested candidates may obtain more information by contacting Dr. Jeffrey N. Baldwin, chair of the AACP Nominating Committee, or Dr. Lucinda L. Maine. Interested candidates for this position should submit a letter of intent, not exceeding two pages, and curriculum vitae to Melinda D. Colón by Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. EDT.
AACP recently launched the new Graduate Education SIG with the goal of improving graduate education in colleges and schools of pharmacy through this forum of information sharing and collaboration. To join the SIG or its listserv, log on to the AACP Web site and click on Edit Member Profile. Here you can indicate your interest in joining the SIG or the listserv.
AACP is compiling a list of “recommended readings” for those faculty members beginning their first year in pharmacy education. Please e-mail Rebecca M. Morgan the title and author of any books or articles that you found helpful when starting your career as a new faculty member at a college or school of pharmacy by Friday, May 6, 2011.
On Earth Day (April 22) the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) will host Dispose My Meds. In an effort to strengthen the impact of the project, NCPA is looking for partnerships with colleges and schools of pharmacy to support research and brown bag sessions. To locate Dispose My Meds participants in your community, visit the program’s Web site. If you need assistance finding a partnership in your community, contact S. Whitney Zatzkin.
In an effort to improve medication adherence, the National Consumers League has launched a national education campaign, Script Your Future. The new online resource for healthcare professionals is the first phase of the campaign and it provides tools and resources that doctors, nurses, pharmacists and others can use or share with patients. A consumer-focused campaign will launch in May 2011 with information and resources aimed directly at patients and targeted outreach efforts in six cities. For more information about how to get involved in the campaign, please contact S. Whitney Zatzkin.
The Technology in Pharmacy Education and Learning SIG will be sponsoring a series of Webinars for AACP members that focus on using technology for teaching and learning. The first Webinar will be presented on Wednesday, April 13 from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EDT by Dr. Jeff Cain from the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy. This Webinar, titled “Intro to Social Media for Teaching and Learning,” will introduce and discuss numerous strategies for using social media for education and will include several current examples from pharmacy education. For more information, visit the TiPEL SIG page on the AACP Web site on April 13.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services launched an exciting new Web tool that allows you to help shape the future of the Medicare, Medicaid and CHIP programs. The agency is seeking your ideas, both to help build the Innovation Center and to help identify innovative ideas about how care can be delivered and paid for in ways that will save money while improving health and healthcare. To share your experiences, visit the CMS Web site.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration launched a national public health campaign called “The Safe Use of Acetaminophen.” This campaign is designed to educate the public about acetaminophen, the dangers if it is misused and how to use it safely. Information on the campaign and how to obtain materials for distribution can be found at the Using Acetaminophen and Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs Safely Web site.
The National Strategy for Quality Improvement in Health Care was called for under the Affordable Care Act and is the first effort to create national aims and priorities to guide local, state and national efforts to improve the quality of healthcare in the United States. To read the National Quality Strategy, visit the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Web site. Supporting documents are available on the AHRQ Web site.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will celebrate National Women's Health Week (NWHW) May 8 - 14, 2011, and its signature event, National Women's Check-Up Day, on May 9, 2011. Your organization can play an integral part in making this happen by sponsoring a display table, health fair, educational workshop or fitness event. Organizations that add their events to the online activity registry at the NWHW Health Week Web site are considered NWHW partners and will be able to order free promotional and educational materials to support their efforts. The activity registry opens in March and participation is free. More information can be found on the NWHW Health Week Web site.
Institute of Medicine
The IOM is releasing two reports called for in the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008: Finding What Works in Health Care: Standards for Systematic Reviews and Clinical Practice Guidelines We Can Trust. To read the reports online, visit the National Academies Press Web site.
Apply today for the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA) for Individual Predoctoral Fellows in Pharm.D./Ph.D. Programs (F31). The purpose of this fellowship is to provide training support for promising students enrolled in a Pharm.D./Ph.D. degree program who will be performing dissertation research and training in areas relevant to the missions of the NIGMS, NICHD and ODS. Applications in the first cycle are due Friday, April 8, 2011.
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Founded in 1900, the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) is a national organization representing the interests of pharmacy education and educators. Comprising all accredited colleges and schools of pharmacy including more than 6,400 faculty, 57,000 students enrolled in professional programs and 5,700 individuals pursuing graduate study, AACP is committed to excellence in pharmacy education.