July 31, 2009 E-lert

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July 31, 2009 E-lert 

Pharmacy Educators Lead the Revolution at 2009 Annual Meeting

More than 1,800 members of the Academy convened in Boston last week to attend record-setting numbers of special sessions, as well as hear AACP’s captivating keynote and science symposiums speakers. 2009 Annual Meeting attendees will undoubtedly continue to Lead the Revolution and shape the future of global healthcare! To relive some of the exciting events at this year’s Annual Meeting, visit AACP’s photo collage to download prints. AACP’s Web site is home to the speeches and presentations given at this year’s Annual Meeting, including the presidential address of Dr. Jeffrey N. Baldwin.

2009 Annual Meeting Refunds Coming Soon

In order to help alleviate the financial burden on our member institutions, AACP offered a discount to current members who registered for the full conference at the early-bird rate of $540. Rebates are currently being processed based on the eligibility criteria and rebate checks will be mailed directly to the qualifying institutions during the second week of August. If you have questions or need more information, please e-mail Sibu Ramamurthy, director of financial services, or call 703-739-2330 ext. 1025.

AACP Welcomes New Program Manager

Brad Miller began his new role at AACP as program manager in academic affairs on July 27.  Brad comes to the Association from Citizens Telephone where he was commercial manager and manager of several subsidiary business lines. He graduated from Emory & Henry College with a B.A. degree in economics and lives in Arlington. He can be reached at 703-739-2330 ext. 1017 or at bmiller@aacp.org.

Deadline for AACP Appointee to ACPE Board of Directors Fast Approaching

The AACP Board of Directors is seeking candidates for service on the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) Board of Directors. View the complete call for candidates and instructions for self-nomination by visiting the AACP Web site and clicking on Governance, then Board of Directors, Special Projects and Information. Candidates should submit, in hard copy, an original and four copies of the requested materials to AACP no later than close of business Aug. 14, 2009. AACP Immediate Past President Victor A. Yanchick has asked Council of Deans Chair Patricia D. Kroboth to lead the selection committee, which will make their recommendation to the AACP Board of Directors at the November meeting. The appointee will observe both the January and June 2010 meetings of ACPE and will begin the six-year term in July 2010.

Deadlines and Reminders        

  • Call for ACPE Board of Directors Candidates Deadline
    Aug. 14, 2009
  • Experiential Education Workshop
    Sept. 30 – Oct. 2, 2009

 

Partner Organizations

AHRQ

On July 2, AHRQ issued an updated funding opportunity announcement that explains the agency’s intent to continue its Individual Awards for Postdoctoral Fellows (F32) program. It also highlights AHRQ’s particular interest in applications that focus on identified priority areas in one of the six AHRQ portfolios: value, prevention/care management, health information technology, comparative effectiveness, patient safety, and innovations and emerging issues. Access the updated program announcement by visiting the AHRQ Web site.

Register now for AHRQ's Joint HCUP and MEPS Data Users Workshop to be held on Sept. 28-29 in Rockville, Md. The training is designed to teach health services researchers about two AHRQ data resources: the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) and the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP), and to facilitate their use of data from them.

AHRQ has funded the development of two prototype distributed research networks that will support comparative effectiveness and public health research. The prototypes and their potential to support research across diverse practice settings are described in articles published by the Annals of Internal Medicine online and in print in September. Reports from the first phase of these projects can be found on AHRQ’s Web site.

Register now for the free Web conference Comparative Effectiveness Research: Relevance and Applications to Pharmacy. The event is presented by the Effective Health Care Program of AHRQ and co-sponsored by APhA. Discussions from the article, Comparative Effectiveness Research: Relevance and Applications to Pharmacy, will be presented by authors Dr. Glen Schumock and Dr. Simon Pickard. To register for the Web conference, visit the AHRQ Web site. This activity is eligible for ACPE credit.

ASPH

The Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH) is seeking participants and volunteers to develop a proposed model of core competencies for the public health preparedness and response workforce. Starting in September, volunteers will be asked to participate in Delphi rounds via e-mail and possibly in-person focus groups. The time commitment will include 1-2 hours per Delphi survey, for 2-3 Delphi surveys. Focus groups will require a commitment of 2-5 days (potentially 3-6 days if traveling from Hawaii) and would take place between September 2009 and February 2010. Interested in volunteering? E-mail John E. McElligott with your name, address, phone, e-mail, institutional affiliation, position/role and area of expertise. You can also call 202-296-1099 ext. 157.

CPNP

The College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists (CPNP) is promoting residency and postgraduate training opportunities in psychiatric pharmacy. Psychiatric pharmacists are trained in postdoctoral residency programs, fellowships, and sometimes in advanced degree programs as a means to meet a wide variety of professional goals. Psychiatric pharmacists work directly with patients, apply specialized clinical knowledge and skills, and collaboratively prescribe, monitor, and adjust pharmacotherapy regimens, among many other responsibilities. More information on training programs is available on the CPNP Web site under the Careers tab.

HRSA

Academic pharmacy and student pharmacists will benefit from the release of $500 million authorized in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). The benefit to academic pharmacy and our students is limited to the following programs:

  1. Diversity programs:
    1. Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students - $39.8 million              
    2. Centers of Excellence - $3.98 million
    3. Faculty loan repayment program - $1.194 million
    4. Health Careers Opportunity Program - $2.985 million
    5. Grants would be awarded from the 2009 applicants.
  2. Equipment to Enhance Training of Health Professionals - $49.75 million
    1. This would be a new grant competition.

The HRSA ARRA funding opportunities information is available on the HRSA Web site.

The Patient Safety & Clinical Pharmacy Services Collaborative (PSPC) 2.0 Participation Package deadline has been extended to Friday, Aug. 7. All current teams in PSPC 1.0 need to re-enroll in PSPC 2.0 as a way to refocus their efforts, add new partners, update contact information and regain commitments from their leadership and partners. All the information needed to enroll in the second year of this bold, national effort can be found on the HRSA Web site. The upcoming Learning Session 4/1 will be held Sept. 16-17, 2009 at the Fairmont Dallas in Dallas, Texas. Visit the HRSA Web site for registration and other information. Questions? E-mail HRSA.

PQA

The Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) has issued a “Call for Letters of Intent to Partner with PQA on Grant-funded Phase II Demonstration Projects to Improve Medication Use Quality in Community/Ambulatory Pharmacies.” PQA seeks letters of intent from teams, led by at least one PQA member, wanting to partner with the alliance on joint grant proposals for Phase II demonstration projects, with the PQA member as lead investigator and PQA as a collaborator supporting the project in several ways. If you are interested in partnering with PQA on one or more joint grant proposals to fund your proposed Phase II Demonstration Project, please submit a Letter of Intent by 5:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, Aug. 31 to Laura Cranston.

 

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