April 18, 2011 E-lert

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April 18, 2011 E-lert 

Don’t Let Time Run Out! Register Today for the 2011 AACP Institute

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 only open until Wednesday, April 20, 2011 but don’t wait, register now! Questions? Contact Cecilia M. Plaza, director of academic affairs and assessment.

AACP Election Nominations

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.

2011 AACP Annual Meeting Registration Opens Soon!

Mark your calendars because online registration for the 2011 AACP Annual Meeting and Seminars, Bridges to Our Bright Future, July 9-13 in San Antonio, will open next week. With exciting programs related to assessment, experiential education, global pharmacy education, interprofessional education, research and science, and student affairs/professionalism, AACP is poised now more than ever to help our members solve the issues of today…and tomorrow. New this year is a special registration discount to first-time faculty members so check your Inbox for more information coming next week!

Partners Needed for NCPA Dispose My Meds Program

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.

Call for 2011 Annual Meeting Announcements

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 Welcomes New Vice President for Research and Graduate Education

AACP is pleased to announce that Dr. Vincent Lau will join AACP as the new vice president for research and graduate education and chief science officer. Lau comes to us from the University of Houston where he is the John and Rebecca Moores Professor in the Department of Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences. He received a B.S. in biology from the University of Hawaii, Honolulu; as well as an M.S. and Ph.D. in pharmacology from the University of Hawaii, Honolulu. He completed his post-doctoral work in pharmacology at the University of Michigan. He’ll begin his new role at AACP around July 1. He can be reached at vlau@aacp.org.

Help New Faculty Members Succeed: Send Us Your Recommended Readings

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.

AACP Partners with National Consumers League: Script Your Future

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 on May 11, 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.

Check Out the Latest Positions on the AACP Online Career Center

Below are just some of the many academic pharmacy positions posted on the AACP Online Career Center:

  1. Assistant Director of Experiential Education – College of Notre Dame of Maryland
  2. Tenured Professor and Chair Pharmaceutical Sciences – Washington State University
  3. Dean, College of Pharmacy – University of Tennessee Health Science Center
  4. Faculty Position - Pharmacy Administration – Fairleigh Dickinson University

Deadlines and Reminders        

  1. 2011 AACP Institute Online Registration Closes
    April 20, 2011
  2. AACP Election Nominations Due
    April 20, 2011
  3. First-time Faculty Recommended Readings Due
    May 6, 2011
  4. 2011 AACP Institute in Herndon, Va.
    May 22-25, 2011
  5. 2011 AACP Annual Meeting Announcements Due
    June 1, 2011
  6. AACP Transformative Community Service Award Applications Due
    June 1, 2011   

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The 2nd Annual Canadian Pharmacy Education and Research Conference and 68th AFPC Annual General Meeting, “Pharmacy at the Forks: Education and Research Coming Together,” will be held in Winnipeg, Manitoba on June 5-7, 2011 in the Fort Garry Hotel. For information about the conference including the program, registration and hotel information, visit the conference Web site. The early bird registration deadline is April 30, 2011.


AHRQ has issued two Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) for new opportunities under its Centers for Education and Research on Therapeutics. The Centers for Education and Research on Therapeutics Scientific Forum seeks applications for the establishment of a Scientific Forum (CS Forum) with the primary goal of ensuring research synergy and collaboration among the CERTs Research Centers and the Centers for Education and Research on Therapeutics Research Centers seeks U19 Research Program Cooperative Agreement applications for CERTs Research Centers. Letters of intent for these FOAs are due Wednesday, April 20, 2011 and applications are due Wednesday, May 18, 2011.

AHRQ has updated and enhanced two Web-based resources to make it easier for clinicians to find information and materials on patient safety. The sites, AHRQ PSNet and AHRQ WebM&M, now include updated visual design; easier access to content; new summary displays to give users more information faster; enhanced search and browsing functionality that makes it easier to find specialty or discipline-specific resources. CME and CEU credit are available.

AHRQ’s health IT released a new funding opportunity announcement (FOA): Understanding Clinical Information Needs and Health Care Decision Making Processes in the Context of Health Information Technology. Research projects funded under this FOA will address current knowledge gaps regarding our understanding of healthcare providers’ information needs and healthcare decision making processes. Ultimately, funded research projects will lead to the development and dissemination of evidence that will lead to appropriate design of health IT solutions that truly support clinical needs and lead to better outcomes. Visit the AHRQ Web site for more information and application deadlines.


The Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) will host its Annual Meeting, Measuring Quality for Better Care, June 1-2, 2011, in Washington, D.C. Registration is complimentary to any AACP member.

The PQA/URAC Medication Adherence Summit will be held June 2-3, 2011 at the Omni Shoreham. Registration is $350. Speakers include Dr. Carolyn Clancy, director of AHRQ, as well as researchers presenting on the topic of medication adherence from Harvard University and major health plans. For more information, please contact Laura Cranston, PQA executive director.

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