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March 8, 2016 

American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy E-Lert

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March 8, 2016


Important Announcement About AACP's Web Site

The AACP Web site will be down on Thursday, March 10, from 7:00 a.m. through 11:59 p.m. ET, while we migrate to a new server. Members will not be able to access any information on the Web site during this time. We anticipate that the site will return to functionality at 12:01 a.m. ET, on Friday, March 11. We appreciate your patience as we work to improve our IT infrastructure.






Academic Research Fellows Program Applications Due


Academic Leadership Fellows Program Applications Due


Experiential Education Section Webinar Sold Out!


Global Pharmacy Education SIG Webinar


Pharmacy Education 2016 School Poster Abstracts Due  PDF 




Presidential and Speaker Candidates Materials Due


Call for Committee Volunteers Due




IPEC Announces Expansion

The Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) has approved nine additional members through a new institutional membership category, expanding its representation of associations of schools of the health professions to 15. Established in 2009 by six organizations committed to advancing interprofessional learning experiences and promoting team-based care, IPEC now includes the following national associations:

Founding members:

  • American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)
  • American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM)
  • American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP)
  • American Dental Education Association (ADEA)
  • Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)
  • Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH)

New institutional members:

  • American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine (AACPM)
  • American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT)
  • American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC)
  • Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO)
  • Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions (ASAHP)
  • Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
  • Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA)


Elevate Your Research Career: Apply to Become a Fellow by March 15

The Academic Research Fellows Program seeks faculty interested in gaining experience in research-focused leadership with an emphasis on collaborative, multi-disciplinary team science. Faculty engaged in basic, clinical and/or translational research are encouraged to apply. The application deadline is March 15, at 11:59 p.m. ET.


Connect with an Expert Consultants or Speaker

Have you browsed AACP's new Consultants + Speakers Bureau? Connecting members with experienced, talented experts who can serve as knowledgeable advisers or create dynamic presentations, the bureau is available to all members.

Interested in joining the Consultants + Speakers Bureau as an expert? The Consultants and Speakers Bureau is accepting applications on a rolling basis and will be updated to include new members monthly. If you have any questions, please email Michelle Assa-Eley.


Add Your Name to the Institute Waitlist

Registration for the Spring Institute has closed. To be added to the waitlist for the 2016 AACP Spring Institute, Leading Edge: Transforming Experiential Education, please contact Karli Clark, with the team leader’s name and contact information, and the number of team members. Whether AACP provides an Encore Institute will be based on the number of waitlisted individuals.


Explore Pharm.D. Tuition Trends

A new interactive dashboard is now available on the Institutional Research trend data page. The dashboard can be used to explore tuition trends, create your own peer group, and download data.


Call for Committee Volunteers

Joseph T. DiPiro, AACP president-elect, is seeking volunteers to serve on AACP standing committees, awards selection and other committees. During his presidential year, Dr. DiPiro will be focusing committee efforts on implementing the new strategic plan now being written. Some of the plan themes include enriching the applicant pipeline, creating a new portrait of pharmacists and pharmacy careers, innovation in education and practice, and expanding research & graduate education.

If you are interested in serving on an AACP Committee during the 2016-2017 academic year, please submit your request via the AACP Committee form by 11:59 p.m. PT on Monday, April 11.


Online Learning Opportunities

Global Pharmacy Education SIG Webinar: Operationalizing Global/International Pharmacy Education in the Classroom, Wednesday, Mar. 23, 10:00 a.m. ET.

Experiential Education Section Webinar: Applying Validation Principles to Assessments in Experiential Education, Tuesday, March 15, Noon ET.




Academic Leaders Start Here: Submit an ALFP Application

For more than a decade, the Academic Leadership Fellows Program has helped to create top leaders in academic pharmacy and higher education by providing the knowledge, skills and network to foster personal and professional growth.

As a Fellow, you will explore historical perspectives of leadership, learn about conflict and the road to resolution, practice self-reflection and examine current issues in higher education, utilizing a formal debate setting. Visit the ALFP page to learn more and submit an application by 5:00 p.m. ET on March 15.

Submit School Poster Abstracts for the 2016 AACP Annual Meeting

AACP member institutions are called to submit school poster abstracts for the Pharmacy Education 2016 School Poster Session. The theme for this year is “Building the Pharmacy Pipeline.” Details for the school poster abstract criteria  PDF  are available on the AACP Web site.

Due to space constraints, each institution may submit one abstract on a first-come, first-served basis. CEO deans must authorize the abstract's inclusion by signing and returning a verification form  PDF  by e-mail to Colleen Miglio. The deadline to submit school poster abstracts is Friday, March 25, at 11:59 p.m. PT. Please contact Colleen Miglio with any questions.

Join Us to Fight Smoking

AACP is partnering with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on its 2016 smoking cessation campaign: Tips From Former Smokers The campaign features real people whose lives have been impacted by smoking and shows how smoking effects health, lives and families.

Please show your support:

  1. Share with your Dean the exemplary teaching, service and research activities related to tobacco cessation. Ask him or her to complete this survey.
  2. Join the conversation on Twitter: @CDCTobaccofree, #CDCTips, and Facebook: CDC Tobacco Free.
  3. Explore the Pharmacists page on the Tips campaign website.
  4. Incorporate CDC tobacco cessation tools in your curricula.
  5. Promote the campaign's key messages  PDF .
  6. Tell AACP about smoking cessation.

Please join this important campaign, and show that pharmacists can help people live healthier, better lives.

Faculty Teams Invited to Attend the Spring IPEC Institute

Registration is now open to attend the IPEC Interprofessional Faculty Development Institute focused on Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, May 4–6, at the Dulles Hyatt in Herndon, Va. The overall goal of the institute is to create faculty champions who can enhance interprofessional curricula, learning experiences, and assessment of learners in quality improvement and patient safety. Interprofessional teams of 3–5 members are recommended. For more information and to register, visit the IPEC Web site.

Call for Presidential and Speaker Nominations

The AACP Nominations Committee is seeking nominations of candidates for the offices of President-elect and Speaker-elect:

The presidential term of service is three years (including service as the 2017–2018 President-Elect, 2018–2019 President and 2019–2020 Immediate Past President), followed by five years on the Argus Commission and includes appointment to the AACP Board of Directors and Executive Committee. AACP bylaws require the rotation between a dean and a faculty member for President on alternate years. This year, we seek nominees for President-elect from active AACP members who hold the title of dean, associate dean, assistant dean or equivalent administrative title. The election will be held by electronic ballot in October 2016.

The Speaker’s term of service is three years (including service as the 2016–2017 Speaker-Elect and 2017–2019 Speaker of the House of Delegates. Service as Speaker includes appointment to the AACP Board of Directors and Executive Committee for 2017–2019. All active members are eligible for service in the position. The election will occur during sessions of the 2016 AACP House of Delegates.

Please confirm a candidate’s willingness to serve prior to submitting a name to the committee. Self-nominations are encouraged. Requests for additional information can be directed to Immediate Past President Patricia A. Chase, committee chair, at Interested candidates should submit a letter of intent (not exceeding two pages) and curriculum vitae to Colleen Miglio by Wednesday, April 6, at 5:00 p.m. ET.




INSIGHT Into Diversity

INSIGHT Into Diversity is seeking submissions for a new award, the (Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award. Designed to recognize colleges and universities with an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion, recipients of the 2016 Health Professions HEED Award will be announced in the Dec. 2016 issue. AACP is proud to partner with INSIGHT Into Diversity in recognizing colleges and schools of pharmacy who are committed to diversity and inclusion.



The National Research Mentoring Network is holding its Grantwriting Coaching Group, May 18–20, at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta. The program is intended for postdocs and junior faculty who are currently preparing NIH or NIH-style research grant proposals. Applications will be accepted through Thursday, March 31.



The Institute of Medicine has released a new report detailing a framework for educating health professionals to address the social determinants of health.



The Food and Drug Administration recently released an online CDERLearn continuing education course on biosimilars for healthcare professionals. The 90-minute course shares important information about the new type of biological product to help healthcare professionals make informed decisions when considering, prescribing, or dispensing biosimilar products.

The course will provide a basic knowledge of the regulations granting FDA authority to review and approve biosimilar products, and information about the rigorous and science-based approach the FDA has taken to support their development. FDA’s high standard for approval of biosimilar products means that patients and health care professionals can rely upon the safety and effectiveness of a biosimilar product, just as they would the reference product.

For more, see the FDAVoice blog.



The National Council on Patient Information and Education has launched Talk Before You Take, an initiative designed to provide patients, healthcare professionals and the media with information and tools to have an effective dialogue regarding medication use.

Aimed at reducing adverse drug reactions and improving medication adherence, Talk Before You Take to encourage patients to ask questions about new medicines they are prescribed, such as: (1) What side effects should I expect, and what should I do about them? (2) Should I take this medicine on an empty stomach or with food? (3) Is it best to take it in the morning or evening?, and (4) Should I avoid any foods, drinks, alcohol, or other medicines while taking this prescription? AACP serves on NCPIE’s advisory board and supports its activities to educate consumers about safe medicine use.


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