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September 15, 2010 E-lert 

AACP Virtual Pharmacy School Fair Coming Soon!

Save money on recruitment travel by participating in the AACP Virtual Pharmacy School Fair on Friday, Oct. 1, 2010! Host an exhibit booth where prospective students can stop by to chat live with you via video or live chat, view your videos and brochures, add a link to your Web site and more! 10,000 students are expected to attend. Training will be provided for exhibitors on how to navigate the exhibit hall and setup your booth. The cost to participate is $1,000 for select exhibit booths and $500 for standard booths. Registration opens soon! There are a limited number of select booths that will be available first-come, first-serve. Questions? Contact Jennifer L. Athay, AACP director of student affairs.

Call for Council of Faculties Chair Nominations

Nominations are now being accepted for Council of Faculties chair for the term beginning in 2011 as chair-elect and ending in 2014 as immediate past chair. You may nominate yourself or an eligible colleague. Please e-mail Dr. Gary R. Matzke a copy of the candidate’s CV and if you are nominating yourself, please also provide a statement indicating why you desire to serve as chair of the Council. Individuals should submit the aforementioned documents by Friday, Sept. 24, 2010. For more information visit the AACP Web site.

Pearson to Host PCAT Webinar

Pearson is hosting a Webinar in September about the PCAT. Discussion will include the interpretation of PCAT scores to assist in your admission process and updates on the PCAT computer-based test. The Webinar will be held on: Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010 from 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. CDT and Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010 from 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. CDT. Simply log in to https://intercall.webex.com/intercall and enter the meeting number by session date and time below. No password is required. The presentation will also be available in a listen-only teleconference format on the same dates and times. To join by teleconference, please call 1-877-554-0877 or 1-574-941-6916 and enter the conference code #0021033953, followed by the # sign.

  • Sept. 29, 2010 - Meeting number: 590 088 004. No password required.

  • Sept. 30, 2010 - Meeting number: 593 104 586. No password required.

Call for Information about Health Information Technology Integration

AACP staff is requesting information about member institutions or faculty engaged with the integration of health information technology in their state, region or community. Recently, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced 17 organizations that comprise the first round of Beacon Community grants. The University of Hawaii at Hilo College of Pharmacy received $16,091,390 and Dr. John M. Pezzuto, dean of the college, is the principal investigator. The Beacon Community Cooperative Agreement Program provides funding to selected communities to build and strengthen their health information technology infrastructure and exchange capabilities. Please contact Will Lang, AACP vice president of policy and advocacy, if you are engaged with a Beacon Community.

Deadlines and Reminders        

  • Council of Faculties Chair Nominations
    Sept. 24, 2010
  • Virtual Pharmacy School Fair
    Oct. 1, 2010

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:

Partner Organizations

AHRQ

AHRQ is seeking nominations to fill approximately 20 to 30 percent of its study section membership, across the following study sections:

  • Health System Research (HSR)
  • Health Care Technology and Decision Sciences (HCTDS)
  • Health Care Quality and Effectiveness Research (HCQER)
  • Health Care Research Training (HCRT)

The primary research foci and functions of these four study sections are described on the AHRQ Web site. Please specify the nominee's professional/scientific/technical expertise, affiliations and full contact information, if available. Send your recommendations to AHRQ no later than Friday, Oct. 1, 2010. For more information, contact Kishena C. Wadhwani.

AHRQ will host a free Web conference, "Integrating Comparative Effectiveness Research into Everyday Practice," on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010 from 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. EDT. To participate in this Web conference, register on the AHRQ Web site.

BPS

The Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) is currently seeking to develop a slate of nominees for one of the two non-pharmacist health professional positions on the Board. BPS is also seeking nominees for the BPS-certified pharmacotherapy specialist (BCPS) seat on the Board. Suggested nominees, along with their curriculum vitae and cover letters indicating their interest in the appointment, should be sent electronically to Richard J. Bertin, executive director, no later than Sunday, Oct. 10, 2010. The Nominating Committee will submit a prioritized slate of nominees to the full Board in late October.  Both appointments will be effective Jan. 1, 2011.

CMS

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is pleased to host the 2010 Annual QualityNet Conference, "Sparking Innovation, Igniting Action: Lighting the Way to Tomorrow's Health Care." CMS is accepting conference topics from all sectors of the healthcare system through Friday, Oct. 1, 2010.  To learn more, visit the CMS Web site. Join CMS for an open door forum on Thursday, Sept. 16 at noon EDT to ask questions and get more information about this unique opportunity. All are welcome to attend. Call in at 1-877-267-1577. The passcode is 8939.

NIH

The next application cycle for the NIH Loan Repayment Program (LRP) will open on Sept. 1 and conclude on Nov. 15. The five extramural LRPs are clinical research, pediatric research, health disparities research, contraception and infertility research, and clinical research for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. For more information on the loan repayment programs, visit the NIH Loan Repayment Program Web site.

The NIH's Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholars Program offers U.S. medical and graduate students in the health sciences hands-on experience at top-ranked, NIH-funded research centers abroad. The purpose of the program is to support one year of mentored clinical research training in low- and middle-income countries and to build international health research capacity in resource-limited settings. Applications are due Friday, Nov. 19, 2010.

PCPCC

Looking for a resource to share with potential partners regarding the integration of pharmacist services into the primary care medical home? The Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC), through the work of their Center for Public Payer Implementation, has released a new publication, “The Primary Care Medical Home: Integrating Comprehensive Medication Management to Optimize Patient Outcomes.” This publication was reviewed by several AACP members and is available on the PCPCC Web site.

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