Global pharmacy education conferences return to the United States in 2014.
By Lucinda L. Maine, Ph.D., R.Ph., and Ruth E. Nemire, Pharm.D., Ed.D.
Whether the world is truly flat or, despite the trends in temperatures over the last several months, becoming warmer, one thing is true in 2014. A significant number of international meetings of interest to pharmacy faculty are being held in the United States later this year. Some meetings will target a global pharmacy education audience and others have a broader interprofessional focus. Regardless, they are addressing two of AACP’s top priorities in the global and interprofessional realms of learning.
The U.S./Thai Consortium was initially founded at the request of the government of Thailand. The aim was to create relationships between the existing pharmacy schools in Thailand and colleges of pharmacy in the United States for the purpose of advancing pharmacy education to improve patient care in the country. The result was a sustained and robust collaboration that has enabled faculty development and produced important curricular change.
While much of the activity is school-to-school, every other year the participants in the Consortium hold a meeting, alternating the venue between Thailand and the United States. The 2014 meeting will be held at the University of Maryland Health Science Campus in Baltimore from May 28 to 30. Additional information is available here.
A recognition of the value of collaboration in pharmacy education across another geographic sector led to the initial convening of the Pan American Congress on Pharmaceutical Education more than 20 years ago. AACP co-hosted the inaugural meeting of delegates from 20 countries in North and South America. Since that initial gathering, representatives of countries in the Americas have gathered every two to three years to continue discussions related to quality assurance and curriculum design. The previous meeting was convened in Havana, Cuba, in July 2012. The 2014 meeting will be held at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, June 2 to 4.
All Together Better Health (ATBH) is the leading global interprofessional practice and education conference. The conference, June 6 to 8, in Pittsburgh, Pa., brings together providers, health system executives, educators, policymakers, and healthcare industry leaders to advance interprofessionalism locally, regionally and worldwide. Previous conferences in the ATBH series have been held in Kobe, Japan; Sydney, Australia; Stockholm, Sweden; London, England; and Vancouver, British Columbia. The University of Pittsburgh is pleased to serve as host for the first ATBH conference in the United States. The meeting will build on the themes of previous ATBH conferences, reflecting the contemporary focus on improving healthcare and population health while lowering costs. Early bird registration for the conference ends on April 25.
The University of Florida College of Pharmacy is honored to host the 10th International Conference on Life Long Learning in Pharmacy. The conference, in Gainesville, Fla., June 2 to 5, will gather pharmacy educators, practitioners and students from around the world. Previous events in this conference series have proven to be an excellent opportunity to share and exchange experiences of innovative learning models contextualized within the continuously changing environment of pharmacy practice. The theme for the 2014 conference is The Magic of Discovery: What Lies Ahead, and the keynote address will be presented by Dr. Zubin Austin from the University of Toronto School of Pharmacy.
All these global meetings set the stage for the July 2015 AACP Annual Meeting, jointly convened by our organization and the Association of Faculties of Pharmacy of Canada. The 2015 conference, to be held at the Gaylord National Harbor near Washington, D.C., will provide a robust platform for colleagues in pharmacy education from around the world to learn and share and network to advance pharmacy education.
Lucinda L. Maine is Executive Vice President and CEO of AACP; firstname.lastname@example.org. Ruth E. Nemire is Associate Executive Vice President of AACP; email@example.com.