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December 15, 2009 E-lert 

Register Today! Early-bird Registration Ends Jan. 5

The 2010 AACP Interim Meeting, Patient-centered, Team-based Care: Setting the Standard, will offer attendees the opportunity to contemplate a healthcare system reorganized around a commitment to interprofessional education in which graduates make contributions to patient care that are collaborative and patient-centered. You won’t want to miss this exciting and innovative conference being held Feb. 7-10 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Va. To save $65, register at the early-bird rate by visiting the 2010 AACP Interim Meeting Web site.

Renew Your AACP Membership Today!

Give yourself the gift of AACP membership! As a member, you know all the great benefits, services and opportunities you receive from your membership: achievement awards, publications, research grants, curriculum resources and leadership development programs. To ensure these benefits continue, visit the AACP Web site today to renew your membership online by Dec. 31, 2009. It’s fast and easy!

2009-2010 AACP Elections Results Announced

Congratulations to the winners of the 2010 AACP Elections: Dr. Brian L. Crabtree, AACP president-elect; Dr. Keith N. Herist, treasurer; Dr. R. Lee Evans Jr., Council of Deans chair-elect; and Dr. Virginia (Ginger) G. Scott, Council of Faculties chair-elect. To view the complete election results, visit the AACP Web site.

AACP Holiday Hours of Operation

In observance of the upcoming holidays, AACP will be closed Thursday, Dec. 24, 2009–Friday, Jan., 1, 2010. We will reopen for business on Monday, Jan. 4, 2010. Best wishes to our members and other friends for every happiness this holiday season!

AACP 2009-10 Call for Successful Practice Descriptions in Primary Care and Substance Abuse

Recognizing the desire among the AACP membership for the sharing of approaches and ideas, coupled with current issues and challenges related to primary care practice settings and substance abuse and chemical dependency programs, AACP seeks to prepare a compilation of “successful practices” in these areas. The Association will compile and disseminate descriptions of your successful practices highlighting innovative programs, processes, procedures and systems. Guidelines for successful practice descriptions are available on the AACP Web site and should be e-mailed to Whitney Zatzkin by Jan. 14, 2010. Please limit each description to no more than two pages.

Apply Today for AACP Wal-Mart Scholars Program

The 2010 AACP Wal-Mart Scholars Program will provide $1,000 scholarships to 65 student-faculty pairs from AACP member institutions to attend the 2010 AACP Annual Meeting and Teachers Seminar in Seattle, Wash., July 10-14. The scholarship will cover 100 percent of the student’s registration costs and 50 percent of the faculty’s registration costs at the early-bird rate. The scholarship will also cover registration for both the student and faculty mentor to attend the Teacher’s Seminar. Beyond registration, recipients can choose to apply the remainder of the scholarship to airfare, lodging and other meeting expenses for the student. Application materials are available on the AACP Web site and are due at AACP by 5:00 p.m. EST on Feb. 15, 2010. Questions? Contact Dr. Jennifer L. Athay.

New Resource Available on AACP Web site

A new resource has been added to the AACP Curricular Resource Center: Heart Matters in Pharmacy Practice syllabus. Heart Matters is a unique course that utilizes storytelling and reflection to re-introduce humanism into the pharmacy curriculum. It was inspired by comparable work in schools of medicine and addresses two critical questions: how can we reclaim the call to serve, to fully attend to our patients, and how do we find and develop in our students the courage to care? The 53-page syllabus and facilitator’s guide contains stories, reflections, individual and group exercises, readings and resources with a student evaluation form.

Deadlines and Reminders        

  • 2010 Interim Meeting Early-bird Registration ends
    Jan. 5, 2010
  • 2010 Annual Meeting Section and SIG Programming due
    Jan. 20, 2010
  • 2010 Interim Meeting
    Feb. 7-Feb. 10, 2010
  • 2010 Annual Meeting Abstracts due
    Feb. 16, 2010
  • 2010 Annual Meeting Roundtable Topics due
    Feb. 24, 2010

Partner Organizations


The CDC invites participants for a special Webcast for healthcare providers in which experts from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the former president of the American Medical Association will answer questions about the H1N1 virus and vaccine. The Webcast will be held on Dec. 16, 2009 from noon – 1:00 p.m. EST on the Web site. Join the discussion by e-mailing questions or comments to the HHS.


USP invites scientists and practitioners from diverse fields to submit applications or recommend candidates for the Council of Experts, Expert Committees and Expert Panels. The USP Council of Experts and its Expert Committees form the scientific decision-making body of USP. Council of Expert members serve as chairs of USP’s Expert Committees. USP’s Expert Committees address specific standard-setting areas within USP. The deadline to apply is Dec. 18, 2009 for the Council of Experts and May 15, 2010 for Expert Committee members. Deadlines for Expert Panel applications will be announced individually. Visit the USP Web site to apply.


HHS has announced a funding opportunity for the Beacon Community Cooperative Agreement Program, which will provide funding to communities to build and strengthen their health information technology (health IT) infrastructure and exchange capabilities to demonstrate the vision of meaningful health IT. Awards will be made in the form of cooperative agreements to approximately 15 qualified non-profit organizations or government entities representing geographic healthcare communities. The deadline for applications is Feb. 1, 2010, with a letter of intent due Jan. 8, 2010. Visit the HHS Web site to apply.


AHRQ is accepting applications from organizations that propose to develop the infrastructure and improve the methodology for collecting prospective data from electronic clinical databases to generate new evidence on the comparative effectiveness of healthcare interventions. Two funding announcements include: ARRA-AHRQ Recovery Act 2009 Limited Competition: PROSPECT Studies: Building New Clinical Infrastructure for Comparative Effectiveness Research (R01) and ARRA-AHRQ Recovery Act 2009 Limited Competition: Electronic Data Methods (EDM) Forum for Comparative Effectiveness Research (U13). The deadline to apply for either program is Jan. 20, 2010. Visit the AHRQ Web site for more information.

AHRQ has also recently launched the Pharmacy Health Literacy Center Web site to promote and support the use of four health literacy tools for pharmacy, which may also be useful educational tools or projects for pharmacy students. One of the tools is a user’s guide for assessing how well a pharmacy is set-up for caring for patients with limited or low health literacy. The Web site allows users to download the tools and access technical assistance for using them. The site also provides other health literacy resources for pharmacists.

AHRQ is hosting a Practice-Based Research Networks (PBRN) Conference June 16-18, 2010 at the DoubleTree Hotel and Conference Center in Bethesda, Md. The annual conference is the premier platform to network with primary care PBRNs from around the country, share successes and challenges, discover exceptional practices and learn from colleagues. For more information, visit the AHRQ Web site or e-mail the PBRN Resource Center.

AHRQ has announced available support for a three-year Mentored Clinical Scientists Comparative Effectiveness Development Award (K12) grant program. Applications are due Jan. 20, 2010 and must be submitted via the PHS 398 paper process. For more information see the online announcement.

AHRQ invites nominations of qualified individuals to serve as future chairs of the National Steering Committee (NSC) of the Centers for Education and Research in Therapeutics (CERTs). To submit a nomination, e-mail CERTS with a cover letter and curriculum vitae. Please specify which term or terms as chair-elect are of interest. For more information visit the AHRQ Call for Nominations or e-mail CERTS. Nominations must be received by Jan. 31, 2010.

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