On the heels of President Obama’s call for Congress to recommit to passing a healthcare reform bill this year, AACP sent a letter to all members of Congress to add strength to the President’s message and to reiterate our support for issues aimed at improving the quality of care and increasing access to preventive and wellness care. AACP members are encouraged to reach out to Senate and House of Representatives members of the state or district in which their college or school of pharmacy is located and bring attention to this letter. For additional information, please contact Will Lang, AACP vice president of policy and advocacy.
As announced by then President Victor A. Yanchick and others during the Boston meeting, AACP is launching American Pharmacy Educator Week, Oct. 25-31, 2009, to highlight the outstanding career opportunities in academia awaiting students, practitioners and scientists of all disciplines. A kit containing posters, buttons, informational folders and suggestions on how these might be displayed and used at your institution should be reaching each dean’s office this week. If you would like additional kit items, many are available for download on AACP’s Web site. Also, don’t forget to send your American Pharmacy Educator Week stories and pictures to Rebecca Morgan, AACP director of communications, by Dec. 15 for inclusion in the Jan/Feb/Mar edition of Academic Pharmacy Now.
In 2007, the AACP Educating Clinical Scientist Task Force proposed a policy encouraging colleges and schools of pharmacy associated with Academic Health Centers (AHC) to offer an interdisciplinary Ph.D. education/training program for clinical scientists in experimental therapeutics. To assist existing programs and those colleges and schools that are planning such programs, AACP will convene a Graduate Education/Training in Experimental Pharmacotherapeutics Summit on Sunday, Nov. 8, 2009 in Los Angeles, Calif. at the University of Southern California. To register, visit the AACP Web site and e-mail the completed registration form to Richelle Wilkins, AACP meetings assistant, or fax it to her at 703-739-0908. Registration is $75 and attendance will be limited to approximately 100 individuals.
AACP has added a Pharmacy-based Identification and Screening for Memory Decline curricular guide for colleges and schools of pharmacy in its online Curricular Resource Center. This guide increases faculty awareness of and access to tools and resources for pharmacy-based memory screening that will facilitate meaningful teaching and training activities within colleges and schools of pharmacy. It can be used by faculty responsible for professional practice laboratories, geriatric practice courses and service-based learning activities, as well as those advising student organizations.
AACP, the Case Management Society of America and Auburn University have teamed to offer pharmacy educators an innovative workshop, Motivational Interviewing Training Institute, which focuses on motivating patients to make life-long health behavior changes (through addressing patient ambivalence and resistance) and identifying dynamic interviewing tools. Early-bird registration for the Oct. 23-25 session of the Institute to be held at Auburn University will end on Sept. 23. To take advantage of the $50 savings, register today by visiting the Case Management Society of America Web site.
The NACDS Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2009 Pharmacy Student Scholarship Program. Students who have completed their first professional year at a U.S. college or school of pharmacy, and have a strong desire to pursue a career in the chain community pharmacy setting, are encouraged to apply. A minimum of 65 $2,000 scholarships will be awarded. In addition, select recipients will receive named scholarships in the amounts of $2,500, $3,000 or $5,000. For more information and application information, please visit the NACDS Foundation Web site.
U.S. Pharmacist, in partnership with other pharmacy organizations, has created PharmQD, a new, free social network devoted exclusively to pharmacy professionals, including student pharmacists. It allows students to blog, comment in a number of forums, read updated industry and clinical news daily, and take CE lessons (many free) from U.S. Pharmacist and PowerPak, and more. It's free and easy to connect with pharmacy school classmates or other pharmacists to share experiences and express opinions on a variety of topics. Students can visit PharmQD to register today.
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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.