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Week 4: September 24 - September 28, 2012 by Brandon Dyson
It is hard to believe how fast the time is going by at AACP!  I only have one more week here and then I am moving on to the next APPE adventure.  As has been the case since I first started here at AACP, this was another exciting week full of learning opportunities and “a-ha!” moments. 

First, I was given the opportunity to write an article for the December issue of AACP’s quarterly news magazine, Academic Pharmacy Now (APN).  The article will be in the “Members Working for You” section of APN and will be based off of an interview with a noteworthy AACP member.   I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Wanli Smith, an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy.  Dr. Smith has an extensive research background in cellular signaling and clinical pharmacology, and she has recently served as an expert speaker for the Network to Overcome Obesity Now.  I will leave the rest of the story for the December issue of APN, but for now I would again like to express my sincere appreciation to Dr. Smith for allowing me the delight of interviewing her.

One of my “a-ha!” moments of the week came from a discussion about experiential education.  A point was brought up that in most pharmacy schools over 30% of the curriculum is rooted in experiential education.  However, the budget typically dedicated to experiential education is far from reflective of this.  Many schools at most have one or two experiential directors who are in charge of creating and maintaining preceptor relationships outside of the university for hundreds of IPPE and APPE students each year.  I am far from a level of competency to even begin having ideas to bring this more in balance, but it was definitely an interesting issue to think about. 

Additionally, I was able to sit-in on a part of the AACP Strategic Planning Meeting.  This meeting is a subcommittee of the board of directors of AACP gathering to define the strategic direction of the organization in the future.  One of the topics I was able to listen to was a discussion about shifting the overall strategic planning development model.  Currently, the strategic plan is executed on a 3 – 5 year plan.  This model may no longer work going forward, so one of the proposed ideas was to shift to a continuous development model.  This would allow for adjustments and tweaking to the strategic plan as changing needs arise.  It would also allow initiatives to be reprioritized as needed.

Another week is coming to a close, and I am amazed at how much I have gained since my first day here.  I am a little sad that I only have one more week on this rotation, but I also cannot wait to see what is in store!

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