Reminder: 2011 AACP Annual Meeting attendees have until Friday, Sept. 16 to submit for continuing education (CE) credits by going to the Learning Management System (LMS). The LMS will allow you to complete your evaluations, print your statements of credit and maintain a transcript of the continuing education you completed during the Annual Meeting. If you have questions regarding your CE from the Annual Meeting, including access code inquiries, please contact the VCU School of Pharmacy at 804-828-3003.
The AACP Board of Directors is seeking candidates for service on the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) Board of Directors. The appointee will observe both the January and June 2012 meetings of ACPE and will begin the six-year term in July 2012. Candidates should submit both a hard copy and PDF version of the requested materials to AACP no later than 5:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011. View the complete call for candidates by visiting the AACP Web site. Questions? Contact Dr. Rodney A. Carter, committee chair.
AACP is pleased to announce a partnership with Medco to facilitate the application process for the new Medco Scholars Program. The program will provide four (4) $10,000 scholarships to enrolled dual degree students each year. The awarded students are given $2,500 per semester for 4 consecutive semesters, totaling $10,000 over 2 years. The application deadline is Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. EDT. To access the application, please visit the AACP Web site. Questions? Contact Jennifer L. Athay.
AACP, the NACDS Foundation and the National Consumers League call on academic pharmacy to help raise awareness and improve understanding of the importance of patients taking their medications as prescribed this October. The Medication Adherence Challenge focuses on the important role pharmacists have in helping a patient best understand his or her medications. For more information, please review the Challenge or contact S. Whitney Zatzkin. Letters of Intent from participating schools are due Friday, Sept. 9, 2011.
AACP will provide opportunities for student pharmacists to learn the operations of the national association involved in academic pharmacy. The rotation schedule will be 4-6 weeks and is available September – April. No students will be accepted for the month of December. The rotation is intended to be an APPE elective opportunity for a college or school of pharmacy's experiential program. Requests to participate should be coordinated by the student through the experiential coordinator of the college or school of pharmacy. For more information visit the AACP Web site. AACP will accept applications until Nov. 1, 2011. Questions? Contact Jennifer L. Athay.
AACP requests the submission of stories and photos related to the following topic for the Oct/Nov/Dec edition of Academic Pharmacy Now:
Submit stories and photos, along with captions, to Maureen Thielemans by Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. EDT.
The Council on Credentialing in Pharmacy has compiled a listing of the current certification programs available to pharmacists. This listing will be updated annually and can be accessed at Certification Programs for Pharmacists.
Communicating risk and benefits of medications and medical devices is more complex than ever. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has just published “Communicating Risk and Benefits: An Evidence-based User’s Guide,” to support health professionals and patients communications to improve their understanding of the risks and benefits of FDA regulated products and devices. Visit the FDA Web site for more information.
FDA is announcing a free public workshop on Sept. 26, 2011 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. regarding the approach of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) to address drug shortages. To register, simply e-mail registration information (including name, title, firm name, address, telephone, and fax number) to firstname.lastname@example.org by Sept. 19, 2011. For more information, visit the FDA Web site.
Community-based teams of healthcare providers and partners are invited to join the Patient Safety and Clinical Pharmacy Services Collaborative (PSPC) to improve patient safety and health outcomes for high risk patient populations. This year, HRSA will be partnering in this effort with the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) to help in the transformation of the healthcare delivery system. To learn more about PSPC and how to participate, join any one of the informational calls on Aug. 30, Sept. 8, Sept. 15 or Sept. 20, 2011. To sign up for any of these calls, visit the Healthcare Communities Web site.
The NACDS Foundation Pharmacy Student Scholarship Program supports the development of future leaders in community pharmacy and recognizes student pharmacists who have a strong interest in pursuing a career in community pharmacy practice. Fifty (50) $3,000 and eight (8) $5,000 scholarships were awarded in 2010. The deadline for this year’s scholarships is Friday, Oct. 14, 2011. For more information, including scholarship criteria and the student pharmacist application, visit the NACDS Foundation Web site.
The National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE) is a partner with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in planning this year’s annual National Recovery Month. The purpose of Recovery Month, occurring in September 2011, is to educate the public on the positive changes that national healthcare reform will have on access to needed recovery services for substance use and mental disorders. For more information regarding Recovery Month events and programs, visit SAMHSA’s Web site.
National Patient Safety Foundation
The National Patient Safety Foundation's Research Grants Program seeks to stimulate new, innovative projects directed toward enhancing patient safety in the United States. Letters of Intent to conduct research and development in patient safety are due Sept. 6, 2011. A multidisciplinary team of experts will evaluate the letters of intent. Investigators will be notified of the status of their letters no later than Nov. 18, 2011. For more information, please visit the NPSF Web site.
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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.