June 30, 2010 E-lert

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See You in Seattle for the 2010 AACP Annual Meeting and Seminars!

The world’s pharmacy educators will convene at the 2010 AACP Annual Meeting and Seminars, Expanding Our Horizons, in Seattle eager to shape the future of global healthcare with exciting programs for assessment, department chairs, experiential education, student affairs and much more. AACP is poised now more than ever to help our members solve the issues of today and tomorrow. Conference highlights include opening general session keynote speaker Tom Vander Ark, MBA, managing partner of Revolution Learning and founding blogger of www.EdReformer.com, as well as Science Plenary speakers Christopher Murray, M.D., D.Phil., director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, and Andy S. Stergachis, Ph.D., R.Ph., professor of epidemiology and global health at the University of Washington Schools of Pharmacy and Public Health.

Join us in Seattle July 10-14 for incredible opportunities for growth and development as pharmacy academia continues to expand its educational horizons! Don’t forget to receive the latest information about the Annual Meeting by following us on Twitter #AACPAM10.

AACP Meeting with ACPE Board of Directors

AACP President-elect Rodney A. Carter and Executive Vice President and CEO Lucinda L. Maine met with the ACPE Board of Directors and staff on June 23. AACP presented an update on the project that identifies a set of 10-11 essential competency areas for student pharmacists to demonstrate prior to entering APPE rotations. Other topics discussed included options for approaching updates to standards and guidelines, a process to allow for experimentation and innovation in the Pharm.D. program, simulation in IPPE, international quality assurance considerations and pharmacy technician issues. Stakeholder representatives from APhA also participated in the session. Tributes were offered to ACPE directors completing their service, including AACP appointee George R. Spratto.

Register Today for Enhancing Diabetes Care Regional Meetings!

Registration is now open for regional meetings in Pittsburgh, Pa. on July 29 and in Jackson, Miss. on Aug. 25. Continuing education credit is available for attendees. Registration is $25 and will close at midnight EDT on July 28 for the Pittsburgh meeting and at midnight CDT on Aug. 24 for the Jackson meeting. Visit the AACP Web site to register today for both meetings and to learn more about the meeting speakers, hotel information and learning objectives.

Save the Date for National Conference of State Legislatures

Each year at the annual meeting of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), the Alliance for Pharmaceutical Care provides health screens to legislators and meeting attendees. The NCSL legislative meeting will be held in Louisville, Ky., July 27-29, during which the Alliance will exhibit. AACP and all the Alliance members are seeking volunteer pharmacists and student pharmacists for this important advocacy event. For more information about this opportunity, please visit the Alliance for Pharmaceutical Care volunteer Web site.

PCAT Updates

Pearson is pleased to announce that a new computer-based version of the PCAT will be piloted on the same test date as the October 2010 paper-based administration. In an effort to protect the personally identifiable information of its customers, Pearson will be utilizing an alternative to using a full Social Security number to identify candidates and will mask the first five digits of any Social Security number, thereby using only the last four digits to identify a candidate. Only these last four digits will be visible on official transcripts that are forwarded to your admissions office beginning with scores from the June 19, 2010 PCAT administration. Questions? Please contact Cindy Agonis at 210-339-5302.

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:

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AHRQ

AHRQ has made available free copies of “Comparative Effectiveness Research: Emerging Methods and Policy Applications,” a special AHRQ-sponsored supplement to the June 2010 edition of the journal, Medical Care. This supplement includes 22 articles on comparative effectiveness study design, data collection, statistics and analytic methods, and policy issues and applications. Articles from Medical Care’s new supplement on comparative effectiveness research are publicly available on the AHRQ Web site. Printed copies are available free of charge by e-mailing or calling AHRQ at 1-800-358-9295 and asking for publication number OM10-0067.

CDER

The Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) has updated and re-lunched its popular continuing education (CE) program, Drug Review and Related Activities in the United States. Renamed The Past, Present, and Future of FDA Human Drug Regulation, the enhanced program reflects legislative changes and improved operations. The program provides participants with insight into the complex and continuing changes in human drug regulation, in addition to giving industry, healthcare professionals and consumers a better understanding of CDER's enormous public health responsibility. To learn more about The Past, Present, and Future of FDA Human Drug Regulation program along with other educational tutorials offered by CDER, visit the FDA Web site.

Project Medishare for Haiti, Inc.

Project Medishare for Haiti, Inc. is requesting volunteers for its Haiti Relief Effort. The organization is dedicated to sharing its human and technical resources with its Haitian partners in the quest to achieve quality healthcare and development services for all. One of its critical areas is the need for pharmacists. If you are interested in volunteering for one week during the months of June, July, August or September, please contact Project Medishare for Haiti, Inc. and provide your first name, last name, phone number and date(s) available.

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