I hope the energy emanating from the 2013 Annual Meeting in Chicago propelled you through the first weeks of the fall semester. Whether you were among the 2,300 attendees at the record-breaking meeting or simply felt the contagious enthusiasm of colleagues as they returned to your institution, there is no question that the academic year in pharmacy truly begins at our conference. Plan now to attend the 2014 meeting in Grapevine, Texas, and watch our electronic newsletter for information about abstracts, special sessions, mini-sessions and roundtables. The first deadlines are in early December.
AACP President Peggy Piascik, Ph.D., set the stage for a great year in 2013–14 with her committee charges and overall theme of “The Relentless Pursuit of Excellence in Pharmacy Education.” Engaging with communities is particularly important to our work this year, and ensuring that faculty who commit their scholarly efforts in partnership with communities receive due recognition for their work is a priority. Committees will examine these issues from the advocacy, research and scholarship lenses.
An exciting aspect of the Annual Meeting was the release of the new Center for the Advancement of Pharmacy Education (CAPE) competencies. Originally framed in 1994 with updates in 1998 and 2004, the competency statements influence curricula, accreditation and assessment activities for our member institutions. The new document, which can be found on our Web site at www.aacp.org, affirms the importance of our foundational sciences and the focus on patient care, public health and systems management. But the 2012–13 panel took the competency map to the next level, going past the question, “What do pharmacists need to know?” to include sections that describe how we believe our graduates should act in contributing their talents to individuals and populations. AACP is launching many new activities as part of an expanded mission for the Center in partnership with our members.
This issue of Academic Pharmacy Now includes an interview with Sam Johnson, the inaugural Institute of Medicine Anniversary Pharmacy Fellow. Johnson is a clinical pioneer in his pharmacogenomics practice at Kaiser Permanente Colorado. His two-year fellowship experience broadens his horizons for future career opportunities and brings pharmacy to several important initiatives inside the IOM. AACP is pleased to partner with the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and Research Corporation Technologies to endow the fellowship program. Many thanks to the individuals and institutions who have contributed to this fellowship fund as well.
Lucinda L. Maine, Ph.D., R.Ph. CEO and Publisher