One ALFP Fellow is a former member of Mensa, one is a twin, one ate a fly, and one member of the leadership team has a unique ability to stand on top of telephone poles. Come discover the hidden talents of our Fellows and catch up with your colleagues at a day-long reunion celebrating five years of Academic Leadership Fellows on Saturday, July 18 during the Annual Meeting in Boston. The day features a special keynote address from Rosabeth Moss Kanter, the Ernest L. Arbuckle Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School. To participate in this complimentary ALFP Symposium as a qualified invitee, please add a REGISTERED EVENT when you register for the AACP 2009 Annual Meeting.
In 2002-03, AACP initiated a process for member institutions to submit brief descriptions of “successful practices” in targeted areas. These descriptions provide a valuable resource to the Association in understanding current practices across its member institutions, as well as to individuals seeking to learn from colleagues. Responses to the 2008-2009 Call for Successful Practices in Pharmaceutical Education have been published on the AACP Web site. Targeted areas for this year’s call included student leadership development, college/school involvement in residency and college/school involvement in offering dual degree programs.
The 2009 AACP Curricular Change Summit will be held Sept. 9-12, 2009 at the Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center in Scottsdale, Ariz. College- or school-based teams, with a minimum of three people and maximum of six people, involved in curriculum planning and development are encouraged to participate. The cost per participant is $950 which includes 3-nights accommodations; bellman, luggage and housekeeping gratuities; onsite breakfast, lunch and dinner; refreshment breaks; and a welcome reception. Registration opens Tuesday, June 2 and space is limited.
Council of Faculties (COF) Chair-elect Gary Matzke invites all COF members to consider serving on a committee or taskforce for 2009-2010. Visit the AACP Web site for a description of the charges before the COF this coming year and for information about how to get involved!
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The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has issued an update on the Increased Demand for Services (IDS) Grants that became available to health centers in March 2009. HRSA realizes that grantees may wish to update their original IDS proposal based on emerging information about the immediate needs of the communities they serve. Grantees may make changes to their IDS project; however, any change must be consistent with the original intent of the IDS funding opportunity. These funds could be used for pharmacy services, to hire personnel such as nurses, pharmacists, technicians and others to expand the number of patients served, including the uninsured. For more information on the IDS grants, please visit the HRSA Web site.
HRSA’s Bureau of Clinician Recruitment and Service is seeking applicants for the 2009 Faculty Loan Repayment Program. Individuals selected must serve on the faculty of an accredited health professions college or university for a minimum of two years; the federal government reimburses up to $20,000 of the outstanding principal and interest on the participant's educational loans per year of faculty services. An applicant assistance teleconference will be held on June 4 and the application deadline is June 22. Additional information is available on the HRSA Web site.
HRSA invites community-based teams of healthcare providers to join Version 2.0 of the Patient Safety and Clinical Pharmacy Services Collaborative (PSPC 2.0), a national breakthrough effort transforming how communities deliver care to patient populations with poor health status and high medication risk. The mission of this Collaborative, which is modeled after the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Learning Collaboratives, is to advance the delivery of world class care by spreading the integration of clinical pharmacy services and patient safety principles to improve health outcomes in safety-net populations. More information and the PSPC Participation Package are now available on the HRSA Web site. The deadline to submit completed Participation Packages is July 31, 2009. Questions? E-mail HRSA.
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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.