April 3, 2009 E-lert

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April 3, 2009 E-lert 

Call for AACP President-elect & Treasurer-elect Nominations

The beginning of the next AACP election is upon us as we seek qualified candidates for two important elected positions: AACP President-elect for 2010-2011 and Treasurer for 2010-2013.
AACP bylaws require the rotation between a dean and a faculty pairing for President on alternate years and this year we seek interest for President-elect nominees from individuals who are faculty. He/she will serve as the 2011-2012 President of AACP. The Treasurer will chair the Finance and Investment Committees and serve on the Board of Directors from 2010-2013. Candidates interested in either position may obtain more information or submit a self-nomination by contacting Dr. Cynthia L. Raehl, Chair of the AACP Nominating Committee, care of Melinda D. Colón. The Nominating Committee will select a pair of candidates for each position for the electronic balloting that will occur in November 2009. Deadline to submit nominations for both positions is 5:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, May 11, 2009.

Call for 2009 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. 2009 Teachers of the Year are selected by their institutions and submitted to AACP by their deans. Honorees will be listed in the 2009 Annual Meeting Award Banquet Program and those in attendance will be recognized during the banquet. AACP will use an online submission process for CEO deans to submit the names of individual faculty that were nominated by their college or school.
2. In Memoriam
During the first session of the House of Delegates at the 2009 Annual Meeting, AACP will announce the names of our colleagues in the Academy that have passed away since July 2008.
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 2009 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 Monday, May 18 at 5:00 p.m. EDT. 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 Executive Office and Volunteer Coordinator

Mark R. Anderson joins AACP after serving eight years in executive administration positions at the American Psychiatric Association (APA) working for key division directors. Prior to his time at APA, he spent more than 20 years in the banking industry as branch manager and loan officer for several credit unions. Mark resides in Maryland, actively volunteers in the community and also serves as secretary on the Board of Directors of a small nonprofit in Washington, DC. He can be reached at 703-739-2330 ext. 1036 or at manderson@aacp.org.

Become a 2009 Annual Meeting Exhibitor or Sponsor

Many schools and their faculty have centers, unique programs or services that aim to advance the academic mission. Strengthen and secure vital business affiliations and exposure by taking advantage of exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities at the 2009 Annual Meeting, July 18-22, in Boston, Mass. To learn more, check out the 2009 Annual Meeting Exhibitor Prospectus. The last day for exhibitors and sponsors to receive early-bird rates is Monday, April 13.
Join us in Boston for all of the incredible opportunities for growth and development as pharmacy academia continues Leading the Revolution!

Deadline Approaching for Is Pharmacy For You? Video Competition

The Is Pharmacy for You? video competition, sponsored by AACP and the Pharmacy Career Information Council (PCIC), gives pharmacy faculty and students the opportunity to produce a video answering the question, “Is pharmacy for you?” The video submission selected will be featured on the AACP Web site, PCIC member organization Web sites, the PharmCAS Web site and on YouTube, and will be used to attract interested students to the profession of pharmacy. Video submissions must be received no later than April 27, 2009. Please view the guidelines and contact Jennifer L. Athay, director of student affairs, if you have any questions.  

Community Engagement Awards Applications

Applications are now being accepted for the 2009-10 AACP Award for Transformative Community Service and the AACP Student Community Engaged Service Award, sponsored by Teva Pharmaceuticals. The deadline for applications for both awards is June 1, 2009 at 5:00 p.m. EDT. More information about all AACP award programs can be found on the new AACP Web site

Register Now for Dean’s Discovery Leadership Program

The Dean’s Discovery Leadership Program is a 2.5-day experience that offers pharmacy deans an opportunity to learn more about their own leadership talents and how they can increase levels of performance for themselves and their associates. The program was designed by the Gallup Higher Education Division of the Gallup Corporation, AACP’s partner in the Academic Leadership Fellows Program. The workshop will be conducted at the Gallup Riverfront Campus in Omaha, Neb., Oct. 14-16, 2009. For more information about this invaluable seminar, visit the AACP Web site. To register, contact Kenneth W. Miller, senior vice president, at 703-739-2330 ext. 1039 by June 5, 2009.

Partner Organizations

Register now for the free Web conference, Atypical Antipsychotic Drugs and the Risk of Sudden Cardiac Death, May 1, 2009 from 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. EDT, presented by the Effective Health Care Program of AHRQ and cosponsored by the American Pharmacists Association. Findings from the study will be presented by lead researcher Wayne Ray, Ph.D., director of the Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and professor of Preventive Medicine at Vanderbilt University. To register for the Web conference, visit the conference’s Web site. This activity is eligible for ACPE credit; see the registration site for final continuing pharmacy education information.
AHRQ is sponsoring a free, one-day workshop for health services researchers on the use of databases and software tools from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) on May 6 from 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in Rockville, Md. Participants will work with actual data from HCUP's national and state databases. Researchers can learn about HCUP prior to the course by taking the HCUP online overview course. Please register early as space is limited. Deadline to register is April 24.
AHRQ released a pair of plain-language guides for consumers and clinicians comparing the efficacy, effectiveness and side effects of newer premixed insulin analogues to conventional insulin (human insulin) and other preparations used to control Type 2 diabetes. The consumer guide – Premixed Insulin for Type 2 Diabetes: A Guide for Adults – is a primer on diabetes, diabetes testing and treatments. The clinician guide – Premixed Insulin Analogues: A Comparison with Other Treatments for Type 2 Diabetes – covers the same information as the consumer guide, but also includes a level of confidence scale for the information included in the guide. More information about AHRQ’s guides and the Effective Health Care program can be found on their Web site.

ASHP Foundation
The ASHP Foundation is offering a new research grant program for interdisciplinary teams led by hospital pharmacists and emergency physicians. The Hospital Pharmacist - Emergency Physician Collaborations: Improving the Care of Patients with Infectious Diseases grant program will award two $50,000 grants to conduct rigorous health services research that studies interdisciplinary initiatives related to the care of patients with infectious diseases who present to the emergency department. For more information or to download an application, visit the foundation’s Web site. The application deadline is June 16, 2009.
St. Louis College of Pharmacy
On April 16, St. Louis College of Pharmacy will host the second St. Louis Forum on Medication Safety. This free event will encompass a full day and presenters will include leaders from the Institute for Safe Medication Practices, Express Scripts, Walgreens, AACP, Rutgers University, Saint Louis University and St. Louis College of Pharmacy. Reservations are required. To RSVP, please e-mail the college. For additional information, contact Bryan Daniels, the college’s director of public relations, at 314-446-8393.
University of Florida
The Department of Health and Human Services, FDA, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, and the Office of Management is supporting a professional scholarship program in collaboration with the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps at the University of Florida (UF) College of Pharmacy Department of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy. The college is launching a Master’s program in Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy Research to increase research capacity among pharmacists and other health professionals. To apply online, visit the UF College of Pharmacy’s Web site. For more information, e-mail Dr. Almut G. Winterstein, associate professor, or call 352-273-6258.


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