The polls are now open for the 2009-2010 AACP elections. You can vote by visiting our virtual polling place and entering your Member ID and Ballot Control Number. If you have not received this information, please contact Melinda D. Colón. Members who have joined AACP for the first time for the 2010 membership year are not eligible to vote in the 2009-2010 election. Be sure to check out the Academic Pharmacy Now Special Edition for statements by our president-elect nominees, information about the candidates, your membership renewal and a call for award nominations. Voting closes on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009 at 11:59 p.m. EST.
On Thursday, October 22, Representative Jim McGovern (D-MA) introduced House Resolution 857 for American Pharmacy Educator Week. AACP requests that you contact the office of the member of the U.S. House of Representatives that represents the district in which your college or school of pharmacy is located, and ask him or her to co-sponsor this resolution. For more information on how to contact the office and suggested talking points, visit the AACP Web site. If you do not know your Congressman, visit the AACP Legislative Action Center and enter your institution’s zip code.
AACP is now accepting nominations for its top three awards in pharmacy education: Robert K. Chalmers Distinguished Pharmacy Educator Award, Paul R. Dawson Biotechnology Award and Volwiler Research Achievement Award. The awards program celebrates outstanding academicians that exemplify excellence in pharmacy education, biotechnology and research. Recipients of the three awards will be announced by the AACP Board of Directors in spring 2010 and published in the spring 2010 edition of Academic Pharmacy Now. Recipients will be honored at the Examining Excellence Awards Plenary during the 2010 Annual Meeting and Seminars in Seattle, Wash. Criteria and nomination information can be found on the AACP Web site. Nominations must be submitted online no later than Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2009. Please contact Melinda D. Colón with any questions.
Members are invited to submit proposals for 90-minute special educational sessions on topics broadly applicable to contemporary pharmacy education for the 2010 AACP Annual Meeting and Seminars in Seattle, Wash., July 10-14. Proposals including perspectives from more than one institution are encouraged for special session submissions. Innovations developed at one school are appropriate for roundtable discussions. If you are interested in submitting a special session for the 2010 AACP Annual Meeting and Seminars, please visit the programming submission Web site by Monday, Dec. 14, 2009.
AACP invites applications from individual members for the 2010 Innovations in Teaching Competition. Applications take the form of course portfolios describing innovative approaches to the teaching/learning or assessment processes in a course, a component of a course or continuing professional education. Winners will present at the 2010 AACP Annual Meeting and Seminars. Please visit the AACP Web site for more information and criteria for the competition. The deadline for receipt of portfolios at AACP is Friday, Jan. 15, 2010 by 5:00 p.m. EST.
AACP invites applications for the 2010 Award for Excellence in Pharm.D. Program-Level Assessment. This award recognizes outstanding Doctor of Pharmacy assessment programs for their progress in developing and applying evidence of outcomes as part of the ongoing evaluation and improvement of pharmacy education. Suggested areas for the 2010 award are: assessment of student professionalism, continuous professional development of teaching (didactic or experiential) and student learning outcomes for Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPEs). Submissions in other areas of programmatic assessment are also welcome. Winners will present at the 2010 AACP Annual Meeting and Seminars in Seattle, Wash. Please visit the AACP Web site for award eligibility and criteria. The deadline for receipt of applications is Friday, Jan. 15, 2010 by 5:00 p.m. EST.
AACP is co-sponsoring "Strategies for a Winning Career in Academic Pharmacy" at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting, Dec. 6–10, 2009 in Las Vegas. The session will be hosted on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2009 from 9:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. and is the perfect place to learn about trends in pharmacy education and the benefits and challenges of a career in academia. Target audience for this session includes students, residents, fellows, junior clinical faculty and others interested in clinical practice academic careers in pharmacy. This is an educational CE session with 2.0 contact hours. For details about the session please visit the ASHP Learning Center. To learn more about the other sessions at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting, please visit the ASHP Itinerary Planner.
Additionally, the AACP Pharmacy Practice Section holds a Business Meeting and CE Program during the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting. The meeting and program are scheduled on Monday, Dec. 7 from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. The program is titled "Highlighting Changes in Experiential Education: Toolkit for Preceptors." AACP encourages colleagues to attend and to stop by the AACP Booth #2435 and network with fellow pharmacy educators.
University of Florida
The University of Florida College of Pharmacy is offering an online course in veterinary pharmacy for pharmacy students. The goal of this course is to assist students in developing new skills and a knowledge base in veterinary pharmacy so they can confidently provide care for animal patients. Registration for the spring 2010 course, which begins Jan. 5 and ends April 20, begins immediately and closes Dec. 23, 2009. For more information on course objectives, dates, tuition or registration instructions visit the UF College of Pharmacy Web site.
Foundation for Managed Care Pharmacy
The Foundation for Managed Care Pharmacy (FMCP), in collaboration with the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP), is now accepting applications for 12 internship positions for the 2010 AMCP/FMCP/Pfizer Inc Managed Care Pharmacy Summer Internship Program, and for two internship positions for the 2010 AMCP/FMCP/Allergan, Inc Specialized Summer Internship Program in Health Outcomes. For more information about program details, eligibility criteria and access to the online application process, please visit the FMCP Web site. Questions? E-mail Richard Fry or April M. Shaughnessy.
USP has issued its final call for Council of Experts Candidates for the 2010-2015 cycle. The deadline for chair candidates is Dec. 18, 2009. Interested parties should apply online at the USP Web site. Additional information regarding the deadline for Expert Committee members and the committee structure is also available at the nomination site.
The American Association of Diabetes Educator’s Pharmacy SPG is offering a scholarship to third or fourth year student pharmacists to support travel to the 2010 AADE Meeting and Exhibition in San Antonio. Applicants must demonstrate a strong interest in pursuing a career in diabetes education and management, must understand the elements of diabetes education and must be willing to learn more about the role of diabetes educators. For more information, contact Dr. Eva Vivian, CDE.
APhAThe APhA Auxiliary/APhA Foundation Student Pharmacist Scholarship Program recognizes full-time student pharmacists who help shape the future of their profession by maintaining active involvement in their school's APhA-ASP chapter. Ten scholarships will be awarded in the amount of $1,000. Visit the APhA Foundation Web site to apply. The deadline for applications is Dec. 1, 2009.
Drug Discovery Today
Drug Safety – Bridging the Gap is a new conference organized by Drug Discovery Today in conjunction with Elsevier, to be held May 25-27, 2010 in Washington, D.C. Its purpose is to highlight the gaps between industry, academia and regulators and identify ways of bridging them. Abstracts are currently invited for oral and poster presentation at the conference. Submit abstracts by visiting the conference Web site. The deadline to submit is Jan. 27, 2010.
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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.