During 2007–2008, APhA Academy of Pharmacy Practice & Management (APhA—APPM) members made important contributions to enhancing the profession of pharmacy, improving medication use, and advancing patient care. As APhA—APPM President, I have been honored to witness the commitment of APhA and its members to ensuring that pharmacists have the tools and resources to provide patient care in all practice settings. Each and every pharmacist, pharmaceutical scientist, student pharmacist, resident, and postgraduate has the opportunity and potential to be a “change agent” through the provision of medication therapy management (MTM) services.
Whether providing input regarding regulatory and legislative issues or reviewing abstracts for APhA2008, APhA—APPM has continued to provide input on key practice issues, develop resources to support practitioners, and be a mechanism for members to become involved with the Association. APhA members have the opportunity to join practice-specific Sections within APhA—APPM, and with six to choose from, the Academy has something for everyone. To stay current with advancements in practice, I encourage you to become actively involved in APhA—APPM and take advantage of its numerous benefits.
This report will address activities and priorities for APhA—APPM over the past year and give a glimpse of the future opportunities.
The APhA—APPM Academy-wide priorities for 2007–2008 included the following:
- Expanding e-Communities as a member benefit
- Membership recruitment and involvement
- Leadership development and diversity
The key focus of APhA—APPM efforts in 2007–2008 was contributing to the Association-wide activities related to the Medicare Part D drug benefit and MTM. These ongoing activities included the following:
- Gathering information from members about Medicare and MTM
- Expanding the Medicare/MTM e-Community as a member benefit
- Developing an MTM self-assessment tool for members
- Developing a faculty guide to accompany an MTM CD-ROM training tool
- Participation by Academy members on the advisory panel for the revision to version 2.0 of Core Elements of an MTM Service Model
- Providing input on the content of the APhA—National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) MTM best-practices conference
- Assisting in the development of two MTM print continuing education (CE) monographs
- Developing a template superbill for MTM services
- Developing a new business item for the 2008 APhA House of Delegates related to standardization of a data set for documentation and billing of MTM services
- Identifying key MTM tools and resources to be updated or developed
Gathering information about Medicare and MTM
Academy members played an important role in providing valuable, firsthand feedback on implementation issues related to the Medicare prescription drug benefit during the last year.
APhA—APPM is increasingly becoming the home for members who are interested in providing MTM services through Medicare Part D, state-based Medicaid programs, self-insured employers, and other private-sector groups. The Academy looks to its membership for guidance, experience, and expertise in these areas. The Academy uses members in various practice areas to further strengthen and expand APhA's practice-based resources for members.
The Association has developed several new resources for members to facilitate the implementation of MTM services. These initiatives have included participation from members of APhA's practice and science Academies. In 2007, APhA—APPM and APhA Academy of Pharmaceutical Research & Science (APhA—APRS) leaders and members provided valuable input and feedback that contributed to the MTM self-assessment tool and APhA2007 MTM CE programming.
Expanding the Medicare/MTM and Nuclear Pharmacy e-Communities
The Academy continues to help drive the Association's launch of the Medicare/MTM and the Nuclear Pharmacy e-Communities. The APhA e-Community is a member benefit that provides an online forum to communicate with other members about important issues and topics and provides access to useful resources. The MTM e-Community is being positioned as a comprehensive online site to share information about MTM. Use of the MTM e-Community has been strong since a new software system was implemented. Leaders within each Section helped stimulate discussion and networking opportunities by posting messages every month. As participation in the e-Communities continues to grow, the goal is to provide additional communities that meet the needs of members. APhA members can take advantage of this unique networking opportunity by accessing the e-Communities through www.pharmacist.com
Developing an MTM self-assessment tool for members
Members of the APhA—APPM Community and Ambulatory and Clinical/Pharmacotherapeutic Practice Sections developed an MTM self-assessment tool that allows practitioners to make a preliminary evaluation of their readiness to provide MTM services. The tool is designed to be used by pharmacists in the community and ambulatory practice setting. Questions address a wide range of topics from the types of services offered at the practice site to whether the site has adequate workflow, physical layout, and staff to provide MTM services. This tool was published in the April 2007 issue of Pharmacy Today
and is available online through the APhA MTM Resource Center at www.pharmacist.com/MTM
Since publication, all APhA—APPM Sections have provided input on the applicability of this tool to their specific practice settings. The APhA—APPM MTM Task Force is in the process of assessing the feedback from the Sections on the tool and continues to monitor the environment for updates and necessary modifications.
Developing a faculty guide to accompany an MTM CD-ROM training tool
The Association, in collaboration with the NACDS Foundation, developed a training CD-ROM for MTM services in 2006. To supplement the CD-ROM, the APhA—APPM Clinical/Pharmacotherapeutic Practice Section developed a Faculty Guide to accompany the Medication Therapy Management Training & Techniques for Providing MTM Services in Community Pharmacy CD-ROM. This guide will serve as a valuable tool for teaching MTM in schools of pharmacy.
Participation on the advisory panel for the revision to the MTM core elements model
APhA—APPM members served on an advisory panel for revising the APhA/NACDS Core Elements of an MTM Service Model. Version 2.0 of the model is targeted for release in early 2008.
Providing input to the content of the APhA—NACDS MTM best-practices conference
APhA—APPM Section members were involved with the planning, development, and delivery of a successful MTM best-practices conference held in Philadelphia in September and attended by more than 270 individuals. Diverse topics at the 2-day conference included advances in MTM practices, innovative practice strategies for patient care, payer perspectives, technology, and improving pharmacy quality, among many others. APhA—APPM Immediate Past President Jean-Venable “Kelly” Goode, PharmD, BCPS, FAPhA, FCCP, served as conference moderator, while other APhA—APPM Section members presented several education sessions.
Assisting in the development of MTM print CE monographs
APhA—APPM members participated in the creation of two new MTM CE monographs designed to meet practitioners' needs in initiating and providing patient care services. Serving as the Advisory Board and assisting in development of these publications were APhA—APPM members Melissa Somma McGivney, PharmD, CDE, and Steven Simenson, BPharm, FAPhA, FACA, for MTM Module 4: Creating a Patient Care Process in Your Practice, and APhA—APPM President Marialice Bennett, BPharm, with APhA—APPM member Daniel Buffington, PharmD, MBA, for MTM Module 5: Documenting Patient Care Services.
Developing a template superbill for MTM services
APhA—APPM officers and invited MTM providers have collaborated on the development of template superbill to serve as a communication piece among providers and payers. This tool is lacking currently in the practice of pharmacy. The Academy intends to complete the template superbill and distribute it in 2008.
Developing a new business item
APhA—APPM officers and invited representatives from various pharmacy practice settings convened a new MTM Ad Hoc Committee for the purpose of developing a new business item related to the documentation and billing of MTM services. The item will be introduced during the 2008 APhA Annual Meeting House of Delegates. The intent behind the development of this business item is
- To support efforts to separate data collection and documentation from billing processes for MTM services provided to patients
- To develop a standard data set of information to be supplied by providers to MTM programs for billing and outcomes reporting purposes
- To increase communications between providers and payers and establish consistent and efficient interoperability between software/communication systems
Identifying key MTM tools and resources to be updated or developed
The Academy identified key MTM resources to be developed, created, modified, or updated to advance the practice of pharmacy across the profession. An MTM Task Force composed of representatives from all Academy Sections has been established to evaluate, prioritize, and identify potential champions for potential MTM projects and initiatives. This is an ongoing activity of the Academy to be continued in 2008.
Member recruitment and involvement
The Academy Officers participated in the Leadership Challenge of APhA President Winnie Landis, BPharm, which occurred in fall 2007. Officers were encouraged to discuss the benefits of APhA membership with pharmacist colleagues and encourage them to join APhA. The campaign ran from November 15 to December 15, 2007, and included a 50% discount for new members. In addition to the Leadership Challenge, officers actively encouraged nonmembers to join APhA in order to participate in the APhA Awards and Honors Program and the 2008 APhA elections.
APhA—APPM conducts programming during each Annual Meeting designed to foster member involvement in Academy activities. APhA2007 programs included two Delegate Caucuses, two Practitioner Interest Group (PInG) meetings, an Open Forum on Developing Community Pharmacy Faculty, an Open Forum on MTM issues, and an opportunity for the six Sections of APhA—APPM to meet and discuss emerging issues. Similar programming is planned for APhA2008. An Open Forum is planned for APhA2008 that will focus on strategies for recruiting community pharmacy faculty.
Throughout the 2007–2008 term, Academy leaders and members were involved in reviewing contributed papers, judging posters for the APhA—APPM Presentation Merit Awards, submitting items for the e-newsletters, reviewing APhA documents, and providing feedback on guidelines and position statements from other pharmacy organizations and government agencies. Academy leaders attended several APhA Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA—ASP) Midyear Regional Meetings in fall 2007. Academy members also responded to questions and inquires included in the bimonthly APhA Legislative and Regulatory Update and provided feedback to APhA and responded to media requests on issues such as, but not limited to, the behind-the-counter category of drugs, tamper-resistant prescription pads, and implementation of Medicare Part D. The APhA—APPM Nuclear Pharmacy Practice Section was very active and made considerable contributions to comments related to U.S. Pharmacopeia Chapter 797 (USP <797>), and issues raised by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements.
Other Academy priorities this year included increased cross-Academy collaboration and promotion of American Pharmacists Month. The Academy collaborated with APhA—APRS and APhA—ASP through the MTM Task Force and in Association activities related to quality measures for pharmacy and pharmacists.
Standing committee priorities
Through the APhA—APPM Standing Committees, the Academy supports APhA's educational, awards, policy, and communication programs.
APhA–APPM Education Standing Committee
Successful programming conducted at APhA2007 included the following program themes: Brain Matters; Take It To The Heart: Spotlight on Cardiovascular Disease; Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases; Applying Medication Therapy Management Services; and Work + Life: Achieving More, Enjoying More.
The 2007–2008 APhA—APPM Education Standing Committee provided considerable input on the educational programming for the upcoming 2008 APhA Annual Meeting & Exposition. Educational tracks include Navigating the Communication Channels To Improve Patient Care, Prevention is the Best Medicine, Enhancing Your MTM Services, Cardiovascular Risk Reduction, and Women's Health. In addition, APhA—APPM developed a concentrated educational track for nuclear pharmacy.
The APhA—APPM Education Standing Committee coordinated the review process for APhA—APPM abstracts as part of the 2008 APhA Contributed Papers Program. The number of abstracts contributed by APhA—APPM members was slightly higher than in 2007. APhA—APPM continues to make improvements to increase overall attendance at the APhA Contributed Papers Poster session and at the Meet the Researchers program.
APhA–APPM Policy Standing Committee
APhA—APPM collaborated with APhA—APRS on the development of a new business item at the 2007 APhA House of Delegates related to increasing health care professional immunization rates. The proposal included a call for pharmacists and technicians to receive an annual influenza vaccination, to encourage employers to remove barriers to pharmacists and pharmacy technicians receiving immunizations, and to encourage federal, state, and local government agencies to recognize pharmacists as first responders.
The 2007–2008 APhA—APPM Policy Standing Committee members reviewed the policy adopted at the 2007 House of Delegates and provided implementation recommendations to the APhA Board of Trustees. Committee members also provided policy ideas to be considered at the 2008 APhA House of Delegates.
APhA–APPM Awards Standing Committee
The APhA–APPM Awards Standing Committee is responsible for administering a comprehensive awards program that provides recognition for the outstanding contributions of pharmacists from diverse practice settings. In addition to reviewing and revising the awards criteria and selection processes, the committee is responsible for selecting the recipients. The committee also administers the on-site judging and selection process for the APhA—APPM Presentation Merit Awards, recognizing outstanding poster submissions to the APhA Contributed Papers Program.
Over the past 4 years, the Presentation Merit Award program has grown, resulting in an increase in the number of awards given per the award distribution formula. Based on the recommendation of the Awards Standing Committee, the program was expanded in 2007 to recognize eight recipients. At APhA2007, the recipients were chosen from 274 eligible poster presentations, and the committee helped recruit 61 APhA—APPM volunteer judges. The following authors were recognized with an APhA—APPM Presentation Merit Award at APhA2007.
APhA—APPM Contributed Research Paper: Evelyn S. Becker, Elizabeth Neporadny, St. Louis College of Pharmacy. Assessing student attitudes towards and participation in academic dishonesty. Shubhada S. Sansgiry, Paul S. Cady, William T. Sharp, Vaughn Culbertson, Sujt S. Sansgiry, University of Houston. Pharmacists perceived service quality and satisfaction with services provided by drug information centers.
APhA—APPM Innovative Practice Report: Abigail M. Woodland, Anne Jundt, St. Louis College of Pharmacy, Saint Mary's Health Center. CQI and current review to increase pneumococcal vaccination rates at a community teaching center. Steven T. Boyd, Xavier University of Louisiana; LeAnn C. Boyd, Causey's Pharmacy; Kristie Raker, Xavier University of Louisiana; Alan Zillich, Purdue University. Evaluation of a pharmacist's weight loss program for employee worksites.
APhA—APPM Current Residents Reports on Projects in Progress: Marilyn Lavaee, Jeff Goad, Kathleen Johnson, University of Southern California. Evaluation of the implementation of a community pharmacy based smoking cessation program: pharmacist readiness to participate. Megan Friedrich (Pawlisz), Supervalu/Osco Pharmacy, Midwestern University; David Zgarrick, Midwestern University; Amir Masoud, Jaime L. Hendrickson, Anthony Provenzano, Supervalu/Osco Pharmacy. Patients' needs and interests in self-pay medication therapy management.
APhA—ASP Contributed Research Paper: Jacqueline Diercks, Annie Lam, Peggy Odegard, Asuman H. Kiyak, University of Washington. Medications and oral health: potential new role for pharmacists.
APhA—ASP Innovative Practice Report: Lynn Marie Tu, Fred Gattas, Douglas Smith, Tyco Healthcare/Mallinckrodt. Utilizing USP 797 to improve the quality and sterility of radiopharmaceuticals without costly facility modifications.
Drawing on the success of APhA2006, at the 2007 APhA Annual Meeting & Exposition, APhA—APPM and APhA—APRS officers collaborated to develop an awards ceremony that featured a magic show by 2006–2007 APhA President Bruce Canaday. The Second General Session was well attended and provided an elegant venue to recognize the 2007 APhA Award recipients.
Academy Awards to be presented at APhA2008 include the following:
- Daniel B. Smith Award: George H. Hinkle, BPharm, MS, BCNP, FASHP, FAPhA
- APhA—APPM Distinguished Achievement Awards
- — Administrative Practice: Thomas P. Reinders, PharmD
- — Clinical/Pharmacotherapeutic Practice: Jennifer Cerulli, PharmD, BCPS
- — Community/Ambulatory Practice: Shah N. Malik, MS, BPharm
- — Hospital/Institutional Practice: Lisa C. Hutchinson, PharmD, MPH, BCPS
- — Nuclear Pharmacy Practice: Nicki L. Hilliard, PharmD, MHSA, BCNP, FAPhA
- — Specialized Pharmacy Practice: David H. Schwed, BPharm, FACA, FAPhA
- APhA Fellows (selected by APhA—APPM): Susan Cornell, PharmD, CDE, CDM, Kimberly Sasser Croley, PharmD, CGP, FASCP, Robert L. Day, PharmD, Edward M. DeSimone II, BPharm, PhD, Stefanie P. Ferreri, PharmD, CDE, CPP, Susan S. Lutz, BPharm, FASCP, FACA, Douglas Miller, PharmD, Bradley P. Tice, PharmD, CDM, PMP, C. Wayne Weart, PharmD, BCPS, FASHP, and Glenn Y. Yokoyama, PharmD
- APhA—APPM Merit Award: Charles J. Broussard, BPharm, MEd, LCDR Timothy Murray, PharmD, BCPS, NCPS, and Jennifer L. Rodis, PharmD
- APhA Community Pharmacy Residency Excellence in Precepting Award: Jean-Venable “Kelly” R. Goode, PharmD, BCPS, FAPhA, FCCP
APhA—APPM Presentation Merit Awards will be selected at APhA2008.
APhA–APPM Communications Standing Committee
In 2007–2008, the APhA–APPM Executive Committee served as the APhA–APPM Communications Standing Committee and actively encouraged Section leaders to communicate on a regular basis with members. Academy members received information regarding volunteer opportunities and provided valuable feedback on the content, function, and potential enhancements to APhA's products and services. Academy members also contributed to the Academy Report published in each issue of JAPhA.
To enhance communication and motivate Section officers to meet their 2007–2008 charges, the APhA–APPM Executive Committee developed a scorecard or quarterly assessment that Section Chairs complete to monitor their Section's progress on the charges and to evaluate how it relates to the other Sections. Feedback regarding the scorecard has been positive, and Section leaders have been inspired to communicate with their members, resulting in greater outreach and grassroots involvement.
Leadership and Governance Task Force
At the 2007 Academies Leadership Meeting (ALM), the APhA–APPM Executive Committee discussed several issues related to the governance structure of APhA–APPM and the need to grow leaders within the Academy. As a result, APhA–APPM established a Leadership and Governance Task Force comprising members from various practice settings who represent practitioners in all career phases, geographic locations, and ethnicities. The purpose of the Task Force is to discuss leadership opportunities and the nurturing of leaders within APhA–APPM, develop an instrument or identify methods to collect information from members about this topic, and present a report for the APhA–APPM Executive Committee at the 2008 ALM.
New practitioner priorities
Because of the growth of the New Practitioner Network and expanding responsibilities of New Practitioner Officers, in 2007–2008, APhA moved forward to establish an additional committee that would focus on new practitioner membership issues. The New Practitioner Advisory Committee consists of five members and is charged with providing input on general new practitioner membership recruitment issues, membership benefits, new programs, communications, and resident/postgraduate issues, as well as providing increased volunteer opportunities for new practitioner members.
The New Practitioner Officers within APhA–APPM continued to provide valuable insight on the Academy Education, Awards, and Policy committees, MTM Task Force, and the Leadership Governance Task Force, in addition to their Section activities during 2007–2008. Under the new structure, New Practitioner Officers have been able to focus on practice issues and fulfilling their APhA–APPM responsibilities. The officers were instrumental in the development of educational programming and networking functions conducted for new practitioners at APhA2007.
APhA–APPM Section activities
In 2007–2008, the APhA–APPM Sections focused on recruiting members to run for office, soliciting award nominations, promoting and contributing to the APhA e-Communities, helping with membership recruitment, and assisting with APhA's MTM initiative. Throughout the year, Section leaders played an important role in promoting opportunities for nonelected members to be involved in Academy activities. The APhA–APPM Executive Committee continues to gather feedback from Section leaders about quality-improvement opportunities within APhA–APPM and, specifically, on how the Academy can grow and develop leaders for the profession. The Sections have also contributed valuable input regarding ways that APhA–APPM can ensure that its leadership structure is meeting member needs effectively, as well as reflecting the diversity present within the Academy.
All APhA–APPM Sections, including Administrative Practice, Clinical/Pharmacotherapeutic Practice, Community and Ambulatory Practice, Hospital and Institutional Practice, Nuclear Pharmacy Practice, and Specialized Pharmacy Practice, have actively participated in meeting several Academy goals. These activities include the following:
- Reviewing and providing input regarding ways to adapt the MTM self-assessment tool to various practice settings
- Supporting the Academy's efforts to increase activity on the e-Communities and being responsible for posting messages during designated months throughout 2007–2008
- Participating in the APhA Leadership Challenge to increase net new members to APhA–APPM
- Submitting or spearheading award nominations for the 2008 APhA–APPM awards program
- Collecting examples of appraisal systems that document pharmacists' provision of MTM services
- Submitting or spearheading election applications for APhA–APPM Academy officer election cycle in 2008
- Providing input regarding version 2.0 of Medication Therapy Management in Pharmacy Practice: Core Elements of an MTM Service Model
- Recruiting poster judges and moderators for APhA2008
- Planning Section meetings for APhA2008 that will follow the APhA–APPM Open Forum
- Planning Addiction and Compounding Open Forums for APhA2008
- Planning a reception, business meeting, and extensive educational programming at APhA2008 for nuclear pharmacists that will include 15 hours of CE credit
- Providing important contributions relating to nuclear pharmacy for APhA comment letters regarding USP <797>, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements
The APhA–APPM Addiction, Compounding, and Pharmaceutical Industry PInGs continue to be integrated into the activities of the APhA–APPM Specialized Pharmacy Practice Section. Section officers serve as liaisons to help facilitate communication and coordination within the Section. The Addiction PInG is also involved in the administration of the Ronald L. Williams Memorial Fund scholarships for the University of Utah School on Alcoholism and other Drug Dependencies and the development of programming for the June 2008 Utah School meeting.
Opportunities of excellence
This past year, a tremendous amount of effort has been dedicated to meeting both the goals of the APhA–APPM and the Association. This has been accomplished by hardworking and dedicated APhA staff members and volunteers. APhA–APPM is very fortunate this past year to have Anne Burns, BPharm, Vice President for Professional Affairs; Jim Owen, PharmD, Director for Professional Practice; Tom English, Director for New Practitioner Development; Martha Paterson, Associate Director, Practice and Science Development; Margaret Tomecki, PharmD, Senior Manager, Practice Development and Research; and Meredith Nelson, Coordinator, Professional Affairs, provide exemplary service to the Academy Executive Committee, Section Leadership, Standing Committees, and New Practitioner Advisory Committee. Thank you very much for all you do and continue to do for the profession and APhA–APPM! And a special thank you to Marcie Bough, Director of Federal Regulatory Affairs, for her guidance on policy issues related to Medicare Part D and implementation issues related to MTM services, as well as Karen Tracy, Vice President of Marketing, and Carol Abel, Director of Education.
Thank you to the volunteer leaders for all your hard work and dedication toward advancing the goals of the Academy and Association. And for the APhA–APPM Executive Committee, I greatly appreciate your leadership, guidance, and dedication during my first year as President.
Thank you to all the members of APhA–APPM for what you do every day to advance patient care. APhA–APPM will continue to promote and support your role as the medication therapy expert.
During 2007–2008, APhA–APRS continued to work on several key priorities to advance the pharmaceutical sciences and improve the quality of pharmacy practice. In collaboration with APhA President Winnie Landis, BPharm, APhA–APRS set forth to achieve charges related to the advancement of MTM services, the translation of science to practice, and the promotion of career opportunities and graduate studies in the pharmaceutical sciences. Through its “CLASS Act” approach of Collaborating with other groups, Listening carefully to members' needs, Assessing gaps in practice-based research, Strategizing to translate science into practice, and Succeeding in its support of the Association's mission to improve medication use and advance patient care, the Academy has increased the number of opportunities for member involvement; recognized innovative research in the Basic, Clinical, and Economic, Social and Administrative Sciences (ESAS); and provided scientific expertise on policy matters affecting pharmacy practice.
Throughout the year, the Academy served as the scientific voice for the profession and worked to facilitate the translation of research into pharmacy practice. To address these priority areas, the Academy continued to work on the following goals for 2007–2008:
- Partner with APhA–APPM to conduct joint projects that advance APhA's goals related to MTM
- Translate science into practice
- Increase the role of APhA–APRS in the Association's policy-development process
- Maximize the efficiency of APhA–APRS's governance and section structure
- Increase membership in APhA from individuals within the science community
- Establish the Academy as an Association resource for identifying and monitoring research needs for the profession
- Promote the role of the APhA Science Officer
Collaboration and opportunity identification
The Academy has continued to collaborate with APhA–APPM and APhA–ASP to educate student pharmacists, new practitioners, and seasoned practitioners on the benefits of practice-based research and the opportunities available within the pharmaceutical sciences. Recognizing the need to address the shortage of pharmaceutical science faculty, APhA–APRS has participated in meetings with the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS), the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education (AFPE), and the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP). The APhA Science Officer and representatives of the APhA–APRS Basic Sciences Section will continue this outreach in 2008.
The Academy continued to provide input on the development and refinement of the MTM Research Template, which began in 2006–2007, and identified next steps for the recommendations contained within the Research Gap Analysis Task Force Report. These documents were created to facilitate research opportunities for Academy members in areas that improve medication use and advance patient care. Through these two activities, Academy members will be able to describe the types of research most relevant to the enhancement of pharmacy practice, identify priority issues, and collaborate with practitioners to conduct research in these areas.
Traditional APhA–APRS programming was evaluated by the Education Standing Committee during the 2007 Academies Leadership Meeting. Recommendations put forth by the Committee have been incorporated into programming for APhA2008, including an emphasis on the need for science components to be considered “applied science” and to ensure that research is presented in the context of practice. Members also provided input regarding the scheduling of science-related sessions at APhA2008 to avoid conflicts and maximize attendees' opportunities to participate in these sessions.
APhA–APRS members have made substantial contributions to the coordination of science-related educational sessions, including methodology sessions, contributed papers poster and podium sessions, research roundtables, interdisciplinary research sessions, policy sessions, and postgraduate programming.
The Science Luncheon at APhA2008, “Leadership in Science,” will feature as speaker Barry L. Carter, PharmD, the 2008 recipient of the Research Achievement Award in the Pharmaceutical Sciences in the area of Clinical Sciences. Section-specific programming includes business meetings, posters and podium sessions, and recognition of candidates for the 2008 APhA elections and award recipients.
APhA–APRS members have been active on the APhA Policy Committee and the APhA Joint Academy Policy Standing Committee. Members have advanced policy discussions and provided scientific expertise on issues such as MTM services, the behind-the-counter category of drugs, e-prescribing, pharmaceutical degradation, follow-on biologics, practice-based research, health information technology, and the pharmacist's role in therapeutic decision making.
Science leaders have continued to pursue the development of a National Institute of Pharmacy Practice Research and will potentially introduce policy to the 2008 House of Delegates on the benefits of practice-based research networks. Academy leaders participated in legal, legislative, and regulatory efforts on behalf of APhA, including making visits to Capitol Hill and consulting with national, state, and local government officials. APhA–APRS scientists participated in media interviews related to policy and participated on expert panels for government and other policy organizations regarding numerous policy issues.
One example of APhA–APRS member contributions has been within PQA, a pharmacy quality alliance. Several members are serving on PQA working groups to develop recommendations for measuring quality outcomes.
Publications and communication
APhA–APRS members made considerable contributions to APhA's scientific publishing portfolio as authors, peer reviewers, editors, and contributors. The Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences is recognized worldwide and remains the authoritative journal for the pharmaceutical sciences. APhA books and electronic products continued to experience considerable growth, and APhA remains the leading publisher of materials related to pharmacy.
JAPhA had another successful year and continues to be a primary vehicle for the publishing of research conducted by members of APhA–APRS ESAS. Appointment of an Associate Editor for advanced ESAS topics and reallocation of pages for scientific papers have proven valuable to members and the research community. APhA–APRS has contributed considerably on the topic of practice-based research. APhA–APRS members again provided input regarding how JAPhA can meet the needs of researchers, practitioners, and student pharmacists via the Editorial Advisory Board.
During 2007–2008, APhA developed a cohesive Internet presence with the merger of www.pharmacist.com
Members received updates regarding Academy activities and opportunities for involvement via e-communications in January, April, May, July, September, October, and November.
APhA–APRS oversees a robust program of awards honoring scientific publication, research achievement, and overall contribution to scientific advancements. The 2007–2008 APhA–APRS Awards Committee reviewed nominations and selected the following individuals to be recognized at APhA2008:
- Research Achievement Award in Pharmaceutical Sciences (Clinical): Barry L. Carter, PharmD
- Tyler Prize for Stimulation of Research (Basic): Robert W. Brueggemeier, PhD
- APhA Fellows (selected by APhA–APRS): Kenneth A. Lawson, PhD; David A. Mott, PhD; John P. Rovers, PharmD; Jon C. Schommer, PhD; Betsy Sleath, PhD; and Noel E. Wilkin, PhD
- Weiderholt Prize: Nancy Fjortoft. Identifying caring behaviors of pharmacists through observations and interviews. J Am Pharm Assoc. 2006;46:582–8.
- Clinical Research Paper Award: Drug interaction between oral contraceptives and St. John's wort: appropriateness of advice received from community pharmacists and health food store clerks. Lord V. Sarino, PharmD; Kristy H. Dang, PharmD; Nahal Dianat, PharmD; Hera Djhanian, PharmD; Neda Natanian, PharmD; Karen Suchanek Hudmon, DrPH, MS, PharmD; and Peter J. Ambrose, PharmD
- Ebert Prize: In vivo drug metabolism model for human cytochrome P450 enzymes using chimeric mice with humanized liver. M. Katoh, T. Sawada, Y. Soeno, M. Nakajima, C. Tateno, K Yoshizato, T. Yokio. J Pharm Sci. 2007;96:428–37.
The recipients of the 2008 Postgraduate Best Paper Award will be announced at APhA2008.
The APhA Science Officer, Elliott Sogol, PhD, is appointed to serve as the scientific liaison among APhA, the Association's Academies, practitioners, student pharmacists, staff, external audiences, and consumers. The position supports both the mission and vision of APhA through a variety of functions and services provided to the Association, membership, and the Academies while keeping focus on the objectives and strategies established by APhA.
The functions of the Science Officer are primarily determined in collaboration with Association staff and leadership, and the position provides scientific input into activities of the Association. Additional activities and assignments are designated by the APhA–APRS President and elected officers. Project assignments stem from discussions at APhA headquarters, APhA Annual Meetings, APhA–APRS Executive Council meetings, individual Section meetings (Basic, Clinical, ESAS, and Postgraduate), and ALM.
The following is a brief list of activities/initiatives the Science Officer was involved in this past year.
- Behind-the-counter category of drugs
- Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services initiatives: tamper-resistant pads, Medicare Part D
- Electronic medication guides
- Faculty shortage (AAPS/AFPE/AACP initiative)
- Food and Drug Administration proposal revisions
- Generic biologics
- Health information technology
- Paperless labeling
- Personal health information
- Member survey input
- Policy issues
Governance and membership
With the 2007 APhA elections, APhA–APRS continued its transition to a new leadership structure that places greater emphasis on member involvement on standing and ad hoc committees. Academy members elected three new officers in the 2007 elections. The new Academy leaders will be installed at APhA2008 in San Diego and will serve on the APhA–APRS Executive Council.
To prepare for the implementation of the governance reorganization, Academy leaders worked to develop a process for recruiting and appointing nonelected members to Academy Committees. Promotion of volunteer opportunities within the Academy has been done via APhA's communication vehicles, and individuals wishing to volunteer to serve on an Academy Committee or Task Force should complete an application (available at www.aphanet.org/volunteerapplication
The APhA–APRS Postgraduate Advisory Committee continued to encourage student pharmacists to pursue advanced degrees in the pharmaceutical sciences through participation in the APhA–ASP Midyear Regional Meetings, articles in Student Pharmacist, online materials, and programming at APhA2008. The APhA–APRS Postgraduate Advisory Committee has planned the APhA2008 Postgraduate Forum, which will focus on marketing yourself after graduate school.
As I complete the second year of my term as APhA–APRS President, I extend my sincere appreciation to this year's Executive Council and Section officers for their contributions and support toward achieving the Association's and Academy's goals. I am very pleased with the way our new governance structure has been working. We will be doing a more formal evaluation at the end of the year, but so far we have been successful in getting the needed volunteers to serve on committees. This is a great opportunity for Academy members to be able to get involved without a 2- or 3-year commitment. I encourage all Academy members to think about volunteering for one of the committees. The time commitment is minimal but very necessary to carry out the Academy's work.
I am also pleased about our continued collaboration with APhA–APPM around MTM and other practice-based research projects. I would like to especially commend Don Levine and Allison Radwick, PhD, for taking the lead in working with AAPS, AACP, and AFPE to develop a plan to encourage more student pharmacists and even precollege students to consider one of the pharmaceutical sciences as a career choice. Under the direction of APhA Science Officer Sogol, we have had a series of articles in Student Pharmacist about the opportunities in the pharmaceutical science.
As mentioned earlier in this report, the Academy has again been successful in providing input into the policy process of the Association. Over the past several years, with the support of APhA–APPM and APhA–ASP, the Academy has introduced and subsequently seen passage (after minor modification) of several policy statements. This speaks well to the impact that our Academies have had on Association policy.
One of our goals of translating science into practice involved taking the Gap Analysis Report, which was developed under the leadership of immediate Past President Jon C. Schommer, to the next level. The Gap-Analysis Task Force made several recommendations. These recommendations were discussed, and it was determined that, to move forward, financial resources will be needed. We are in the process of identifying potential funding sources for practice-based research. This goal will be ongoing, kept in the forefront for next year, and not forgotten.
Finally, I am happy that, with the exception of the Gap Analysis Report recommendations, all of our 2007–2008 goals have been or will be completed by the end of the year, leaving a clean slate for incoming President L. Douglas Ried, PhD. Doug will share his goals during the APhA–APRS business session at APhA2008 and will disseminate them to the membership soon thereafter.
It is hard to believe that my 2 years as President are almost over. I am sincerely appreciative of having been given the opportunity to serve the Academy, APhA, and the profession in this manner. We are on the cusp of greatness as a profession and as an Association as we continue to use science and the evidence generated to better serve the public in the area of MTM. All three academies have been involved with unprecedented collaboration over the past several years with no signs of not continuing. Thank you all for allowing me to have this opportunity, and I leave the Academy in great hands as Dr. Ried takes over at the conclusion of APhA2008. I know you will all give him the great support you afforded me. I look forward to serving APhA and the profession in a different capacity in the future.
APhA–ASP is stronger than ever. This past year, APhA–ASP energized its members around the theme, “Embracing Health Literacy: Turning Information into Action.” The issue of health literacy was incorporated into all APhA–ASP programs, patient care projects, meetings, the APhA–ASP Web site, and Student Pharmacist.
Overall, the Academy has grown to represent 29,944 student pharmacists, marking the sixth consecutive year of membership growth. We experienced a 6.3% membership increase in 2007, and now 61.6% of the nation's student pharmacists have joined our cause to improve medication use and advance patient care.
Now entering its 39th year, our Academy is enjoying much success and is an important contributor to innovation and continued excellence that is advancing our profession. Excellence in providing student pharmacists with resources and professional skills necessary to enhance their educational experiences to become influential pharmacists remains APhA–ASP's focus. And this year, student pharmacists have participated in educational opportunities focused on health literacy. Through this training, student pharmacists now have a deeper understanding of the complex communication between pharmacists and patients and have committed themselves to action in improving their own skill. Student pharmacists have stepped up their activities and preparation to help patients directly through enhanced service provision by embracing health literacy. This past year's action will help fuel a generation of pharmacists who are skilled in providing patient services in any pharmacy and, more important, will help solidify the commitment of the new generation to making this a professional expectation.
Strategic planning activity
April 2007 Business Meeting
The APhA–ASP National Executive Committee (NEC) met in April 2007 at APhA headquarters in Washington, D.C., and Bethesda, Md., to establish goals, objectives, and action plans for the year.
The goals established by the NEC were as follows:
- Goal 1: Promote active membership in APhA by increasing student pharmacist awareness and utilization of member benefits
- Goal 2: Promote leadership development and enhance professionalism among student pharmacists to advance the profession of pharmacy
- Goal 3: Improve public health by promoting and enhancing the pharmacist's role in patient care
- Goal 4: Increase student pharmacist understanding of the legislative process and involvement in legislative initiatives, political advocacy, and policy development for the profession
- Goal 5: Actively promote the profession to improve the public perception of pharmacy
This session also included an intensive training focused on understanding APhA and its role in the profession. Interactions among the NEC and APhA staff, the APhA Leadership Team, and APhA General Counsel allowed acquaintances to be made and provided a platform for wisdom and support to be passed on to these elected leaders.
2007 Academies Leadership Meeting
The APhA–ASP NEC, with the members of the APhA–ASP Standing Committees on Education, Communication, and Policy, joined Association and Academy leaders from the APhA–APPM and APhA–APRS at the Academies Leadership Meeting (ALM).
This meeting allowed considerable time for the generation of committee goals and collaboration between the APhA–ASP NEC and Standing Committee members. Opportunities for student pharmacists to collaborate and mingle with leaders of APhA–APPM and APhA–APRS were available throughout the meeting. MTM was another focus of the meeting and gave student pharmacists an opportunity to provide insights on what students perceive and are being taught. The weekend concluded with a huge brainstorming roundtable, during which pharmacist and student pharmacist participants provided input on a wide range of topics.
July 2007 Business Meeting
In July, the APhA–ASP NEC received training in presentation skills geared toward spreading APhA messages to student pharmacists, chapter advisors, and college deans. Considerable planning for the chapter outreach visits was undertaken, and many schools were selected to receive visits. APhA staff provided updates on the APhA publications, the APhA Foundation, and APhA External Relations. In addition, a unique opportunity to create and record questions for the YouTube/CNN Presidential Debate resulted in APhA–ASP questions being filmed on site and posted online.
January 2008 Business Meeting
The January Business Meeting provided the APhA–ASP NEC an opportunity to discuss several programmatic and logistical issues. Topics covered included the Bringing Your Medicines to Life campaign, membership goals and membership marketing materials, the 2008 APhA Annual Meeting & Exposition, Midyear Regional Meetings (MRMs), and legislative advocacy. New staffing introductions were made and student pharmacist leaders had an important opportunity to provide APhA staff with input on successes and challenges regarding the past year's activities. New directions for the thematic programming of the upcoming year were also discussed, and the APhA–ASP NEC appointed members to the 2008–2009 APhA–ASP Standing Committees.
2008 APhA–ASP Joint NEC/Regional Officers Business Meeting
Recently elected regional officers joined the APhA–ASP NEC in January to progress in the APhA–ASP policy process, learn about their duties, and establish goals, objectives, and action plans for the upcoming year. Regional delegates had a substantial task in generating the resolution proposals that would be brought to the APhA–ASP House of Delegates. All 80 ideas that passed at the MRMs were whittled down into comprehensive statements. Regional members-at-large teamed up to hone their presentation skills and craft programming- and membership-centered goals. The MRM coordinators discussed innovations for the upcoming year's meetings. APhA–ASP/International Pharmaceutical Students' Federation (IPSF) National Officers also met to select student pharmacists to participate in the exchange program and to craft goals for the upcoming year.
The regional officers in attendance were as follows. Regional delegates: Kyle Guay (1), Charles Latimore (2), Amanda Perrone (3), Amanda Rapson (4), Alison Rapacz (5), Simrit (Simi) Bassett (6), Tahnee Marginean (7), and Adriane Irwin (8). Regional Members-at-large: Danielle Quinn (1), Mark Angeles (2), Kimberly Stultz (3), Noelle Rizzo (4), Katherine Carter (5), Corey Cooper (6), Shelly Thompson (7), and Daniel Crona (8). MRM coordinators: Beth Tal Placido (1), Karleen Melody (2), Grazia Gamba (3), Emily Antony (4), Michaela Oetken (5), Kathryn Brenner (6), Jessica Sipe (7), and Hilary Campbell (8).
APhA–ASP Standing Committees
APhA–ASP Awards Standing Committee
The APhA–ASP Awards Standing Committee has critically evaluated many of the procedural and logistic aspects of a national awards program, as well as selected student pharmacists and influential figures this year. Several teleconferences and a meeting at APhA headquarters this past November were used to accomplish the objectives of the APhA–ASP awards program.
The committee selected the following recipients:
- Linwood F. Tice Friend of the Academy of Student Pharmacists Award: Valerie Prince
- APhA–ASP Outstanding Chapter Advisor Award: Nanci Murphy
- APhA–ASP Outstanding Dean Award: Mary Anne Koda-Kimble
- APhA Student Leadership Awards: Brandi Chock, Leslie Mooney, Kimberly Neff, and Catherine Oliver
The Awards Committee also selected winners of the 2006–2007 Chapter Achievement Awards, 2007 Operation Immunization, 2007 Operation Diabetes, and 2007 Heartburn Awareness Challenge winners. Corey McLain was selected as the recipient of the APhA–ASP Mortar and Pestle Professionalism Essay Contest Award.
The 2007–2008 APhA–ASP Awards Standing Committee was chaired by APhA–ASP National President-elect Brent N. Reed and comprised student pharmacists Kathryn Allen, Alison Moser, Dale Rutledge, and Ashley Stubblefield.
APhA–ASP Communications Standing Committee
The APhA–ASP Communications Standing Committee was asked to assess and, if needed, improve the communication vehicles sent to APhA–ASP members. This past year, the committee continued its work on Student Pharmacist Connection (a monthly e-communication sent to all members of APhA–ASP) and updated several sections and content to provide a better resource for student pharmacists. A new addition to Student Pharmacist this year included a running diary of a student pharmacist while on his or her rotations. Additionally, continuous improvement of the APhA–ASP Web site was made throughout the tenure of committee members.
The 2007–2008 APhA–ASP Communications Standing Committee was chaired by APhA–ASP National Member-at-large Jason C. Lovero and comprised student pharmacists Matthew Gauck, Brian Lawson, Joey Mattingly, and Annie Mayfield.
APhA–ASP Education Standing Committee
Innovation and creativity are two words that accurately describe the productive APhA–ASP Education Standing Committee. This year, the committee developed a new training opportunity for student pharmacists to enhance their leadership skills. The APhA–ASP Leadership Training Series (LTS) was officially launched at the APhA Summer Leadership Institute (SLI), and throughout a student pharmacist's education, the program will focus on developing proficiency in leadership skills necessary for a modern health care team member. An APhA–ASP LTS program will be conducted at all future MRMs, Annual Meeting & Expositions, and the APhA SLI. In 2008, the program will be sponsored by Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
The APhA–ASP Education Standing Committee also reinvigorated the APhA–ASP/Pharmacy Services Support Center (PSSC) Project Awards Program by creating an acronym and logo that captures the essence of this exciting resource for chapters. Project CHANCE (Chapters Helping Advocate for Needy Communities Everywhere) was relaunched over the summer with a new look, new objectives, and a new marketing plan for chapters.
The 2007–2008 APhA–ASP Education Standing Committee was chaired by APhA–ASP National Member-at-large Angela L. Rosenblatt and comprised student pharmacists Kristen Hillebrand, Angel Hollrith, Ali Smith, and Mahmoud Sultan.
APhA–ASP Policy Standing Committee
This year's Policy Standing Committee increased responsibility for enhancing and maintaining the APhA–ASP policy process, and committee members furthered their relationship with the APhA–ASP Speaker of the House. A comprehensive review of the APhA–ASP Book of Resolutions was performed by the committee over the summer, and new resolutions were labeled and added. In addition to suggesting and implementing action proposals for the newly adopted resolution items, the committee took its efforts on the road at the MRMs and provided Student Political Information Network (SPIN) coordinators an update on their activity and a presentation on the role of the SPIN coordinator. Under the guidance of the NEC, changes to the APhA–ASP House of Delegates Rules of Procedure that would solidify the APhA–ASP policy review process and streamline the Policy Standing Committee activities have been created and reviewed.
The 2007–2008 APhA–ASP Policy Standing Committee was chaired by APhA–ASP National President Brandon J. Patterson and comprised student pharmacists Andrea Eberly, Kelly Gregory, Kayla Hatt, and Kristin Khalaf. APhA–ASP Speaker of the House Melissa Skelton Duke provided considerable input and leadership for the committee. Additionally, student pharmacists Luke Tso and Catherine Oliver represented student pharmacists on the APhA Policy Committee and APhA Policy Review Committee, respectively.
Professional development activity
2007 APhA Summer Leadership Institute
The APhA SLI, sponsored by Procter & Gamble, was held July 20–22, 2007, in Washington, D.C. A total of 161 student leaders and 2 chapter advisors attended the SLI, which provided advanced professional development and leadership training for APhA–ASP leaders. APhA Executive Vice President and CEO John Gans, PharmD, provided spirited opening remarks challenging leaders in attendance to reach new heights. On Friday afternoon, past APhA Board of Trustees member Jenelle Sobotka and Barb Miller provided welcoming remarks on behalf of Procter & Gamble and APhA Past President Jan Engle, PharmD, provided welcoming remarks along with a presentation on the effects of heartburn on behalf of the Board of the National Heartburn Alliance. The Institute served as the launch of the 2007–2008 APhA–ASP Heartburn Awareness Challenge campaign.
For the seventh consecutive year, the Saturday leadership workshop was led by Sheryl Benzon, from Dream Ventures, Inc. Benzon conducted a dynamic daylong presentation that motivated the students to develop a professional attitude and enhance their knowledge, skills, and leadership qualities. Attendees took part in exciting presentations, interactive seminars, role playing, and team-building exercises. The students also learned ways to identify their own leadership style and learned how to best lead their chapter to success in the coming year.
Chapter leaders also learned about the new improvements to APhA's chapter book sales program, and each chapter in attendance set a membership goal for the fall 2007 membership campaign. Overall, the SLI was great success!
More than 1,700 student pharmacists attended the APhA–ASP MRMs, which were designed to provide programs and events that enhance the development of our profession's future practitioners. Student pharmacists had the opportunity to network with other chapters within their respective regions and future employers through a variety of activities, including a career exposition. This year's educational programs were also highly attended and extremely well received. As part of the APhA–ASP National President's Theme, the primary educational session focused on health literacy with the assistance of Catalyst Enterprises, LLC, and sponsorship of Merck & Co. Inc. For this session, “Pharmaceutical Care: Is it Pointing You to Pharmacy's True North” was modified to include health literacy resources and information. Topics for the other educational programs focused on successful patient counseling skills, patient care initiatives, the APhA–ASP LTS Presentation Skills Workshop, IPSF activities, pharmacy residency information, and opportunities within APhA after graduation.
The APhA–ASP MRMs also mark the initial organized portion of the APhA–ASP Policy Process. During the Policy Proposal Forum and the Closing Business Session, students actively discussed proposed resolutions for the Academy to consider. From these sessions, 80 ideas were forwarded to the Resolutions Committee.
Membership development activity
Participating in APhA membership campaign
Membership is the pillar of any professional association. Coordinating benefits and promoting the core APhA messages continues to be the number-one priority for APhA–ASP.
APhA–ASP continues to see the benefits of encouraging chapters to use a Membership Vice President to coordinate membership drives each year, as the majority of our chapters again experienced improvement in membership. The APhA Clinical Rotation Prep Kit, a package that included such APhA resources as Essential Spanish for Pharmacists, sample patient monitoring forms, lab value and equation cards, and many other items, was sent to all student members starting their advanced pharmacy practice experiences. The popular APhA's Complete Review for Pharmacy was also a benefit made exclusive to all final-year student members this year. With a 6.3% membership increase, APhA–ASP is now at 29,944 members strong, representing 61.6% of all student pharmacists in America and is still growing with the highest membership yet!
The APhA–ASP NEC and APhA staff provided chapters with a choice of specific presentation topics for the APhA Student Outreach Program that better suited the needs of their chapter leadership and members. The topics were policy and advocacy, career opportunities, and membership benefits, with a presentation geared toward our newest and upcoming chapters. The NEC and APhA staff visited 74 schools and colleges of pharmacy this fall.
Chapter leaders are kept abreast of issues pertaining to ideal chapter operations, various deadlines, and preparation for upcoming APhA-sponsored meetings through our biweekly From Your National Executive Committee e-newsletters, and chapter advisors keep up with APhA–ASP activities through our monthly Chapter Advisor Corner e-newsletter. Each member of the APhA–ASP National Executive Committee serves as a liaison to one or two of the eight APhA–ASP regions in order to handle questions, comments, and concerns from the corresponding regional officers and chapter leadership from the region. Communication was enhanced as a result of our renovated Web site, which serves as a comprehensive informational resource for student members, with a particular focus on chapter leaders. Visitors can find general information about the Academy, APhA–ASP awards, our policy process, student efforts in legislative advocacy, APhA–ASP patient care initiatives, contact information for our regional and national officers, and much more.
Patient care project activity
The actions of student pharmacists in promoting immunizations continue to prove that pharmacist-driven interventions and care play a large role in improving public health. For the past 11 years, APhA–ASP members have immunized hundreds of thousands of patients and educated millions more on the pertinence of vaccines in decreasing the morbidity and mortality associated with vaccine-preventable disease. A total of 66 chapters participated in the program this year (67 participated in 2006). Chapters increased awareness of immunizations in their surrounding communities through distribution of immunization information, advising patients where they can obtain the proper immunizations, and promoting immunization services in pharmacies through the administration of immunizations. More than 91,000 patients were immunized and more than 7.8 million patients were educated this year. APhA–ASP sincerely thanks Safeway, Inc., for its continued sponsorship of Operation Immunization and for helping to allow student pharmacists to make an impact of this magnitude.
With the generous support of the Rite Aid Corporation, 2007 marked yet another successful year for Operation Diabetes, as 68 chapters participated in the program (65 participated in 2006). Chapters increased awareness of diabetes and the dangers associated with the disease by providing glucose screening, monitoring, and educational programs in the community. In all, 19,933 patients were screened and more than 1.2 million patients educated about diabetes.
Heartburn Awareness Challenge
The Heartburn Awareness Challenge proved to be a success in 2007, with 66 chapters participating in the program (56 chapters participated in 2006). Chapters across the country focused on educating the public about over-the-counter medications and lifestyle changes for heartburn sufferers. More than 10,000 patients were screened and more than 1.2 million patients were educated about heartburn. The Heartburn Awareness Challenge is sponsored by Procter & Gamble and conducted in cooperation with the National Heartburn Alliance. APhA–ASP chapter leaders received their Heartburn Awareness Challenge Planning Guide at the APhA SLI. Each guide includes a vast amount of information on what it takes to start a project, tips on promoting a project through media channels, contact information to obtain educational brochures on heartburn from the National Heartburn Alliance (NHBA), and a presentation created by NHBA for students to present to their community.
National Patient Counseling Competition
Successfully communicating information that improves patients' health outcomes is a foundational skill that every student pharmacists should develop and continue to refine. In 2007, every school and college of pharmacy was represented in the national competition. The 2007 national winner was Rebecca Seeba from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. APhA–ASP sincerely appreciates CVS/Caremark for its sponsorship of the National Patient Counseling Competition and the U.S. Public Health Service for its support of this vital program.
Advocacy and outreach activity
The importance of advocacy efforts in the support of our profession is something student pharmacists are exposed to through APhA–ASP. Legislative and regulatory issues continue to shape and define the scope of practice. MTM continues to be a central issue; however, the breadth of issues is expanding to include discussion on a behind-the-counter category of drugs, compounding, and tamper-resistant pads. All of this activity provides challenges and opportunities for the profession and gives student pharmacists a chance to express their voice.
The APhA–ASP NEC made great efforts to improve APhA resources focused on legislative and regulatory advocacy. SPIN coordinators received substantial communication from both APhA and the APhA–ASP Speaker of the House through the use of our listserv. Chapters are now able to use APhA–ASP–created slide shows focused on the creation of bills by the U.S. Congress at their meetings in order to expand the understanding of the legislative process. Capitol Hill visits were conducted by student pharmacist leaders during the April and January Business Meeting. Additionally, substantial numbers of student pharmacists participated in state “Legislative Days.”
At APhA2008, the APhA Political Action Committee's APhA Good Government Student Pharmacist-of-the-Year Award, which annually honors one student pharmacist who has served the profession by not only actively participating in political advocacy events but also promoting legislative awareness of pharmacy issues to other members and practitioners, will be awarded. The 2008 award will be presented to Ashley Smith of the University of Louisiana–Monroe College of Pharmacy for her efforts in political advocacy in Louisiana.
American Pharmacists Month
This past year was successful for student pharmacists who used American Pharmacists Month (APhM) to promote the profession and pharmacists' role in public health. Promotional materials were made available to chapters at a discounted rate to use APhM as a fundraiser for chapter activities while promoting the profession. Student pharmacists from around the nation continued to promote the profession through regular contacts with local media to communicate ongoing chapter service activities. Chapters held professionalism ceremonies, community health fairs, and senior outreach programs; promoted APhM on billboards; and conducted interviews with local and national media. APhM was also promoted during the APhA–ASP Student Outreach program, at the MRMs, and through an article in the September/October issue of Student Pharmacist.
On Thursday, October 4, 2007, APhA organized more 200 pharmacists and student pharmacists who gathered in New York City to promote APhM at NBC's The Today Show, CBS's The Early Show, and the Fox News Channel's The Morning Show with Mike & Juliet. Dressed in white lab coats, the participants promoted the APhM theme, “Know your medicine, know your pharmacist.”
Joining APhA President Winnie Landis, BPharm, were many APhA members, including student pharmacists from the Albany College of Pharmacy, Rutgers University, St. John's University, the University of Connecticut, the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, West Virginia University, and Wilkes University. In addition, representatives from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and CVS/Caremark participated in the morning events.
External relationship activity
American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
Jen Athay, PharmD, former APhA Associate Director of Student Development, and APhA–ASP President Brandon J. Patterson attended the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Annual Meeting in Orlando, Fla., in July. Each year, APhA hosts a coffee-and- cordials reception for all of the deans and chapter advisors. This traditional event at the AACP Annual Meeting was well attended (85 participants) and provided APhA staff and leaders an opportunity to thank the deans and chapter advisors for their support throughout the year. In addition to the AACP Annual Meeting event, the APhA–ASP NEC was able to participate in the development of the revisions to the Oath of the Pharmacist passed at the AACP House of Delegates. Ongoing discussions with AACP staff have occurred throughout the year, and decisions on the new oath will take place at APhA2008.
Accreditation Council for Pharmaceutical Education
Important efforts have been made over the past few years, and increasingly so this past year, to increase communication and feedback opportunities between student pharmacists and the Accreditation Council for Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE). Annual participation by ACPE at the APhA–ASP/ACPE Open Forum on the Quality of Pharmacy Education during APhA2007 gave student pharmacists an opportunity to be informed of ACPE's progress over the year and to provide input. Additionally, in December 2007, a stakeholder forum was attended by APhA–ASP President Brandon J. Patterson, APhA Chief of Staff Mitch Rothholz, BPharm, and APhA Group Director of Student and New Practitioner Development Keith Marciniak, BPharm. Numerous national pharmacy associations and credentialing groups were represented at the meeting, which focused on intense discussion of PharmD and CE. Opportunities for collaboration were discussed, and more communication from ACPE in Student Pharmacist will occur in the upcoming year.
The APhA Foundation continues to offer scholarships exclusively for student pharmacist members of APhA through the APhA Auxiliary/APhA Foundation Student Pharmacists Scholarship program. These scholarships recognize leadership and active involvement inside the world of pharmacy and throughout the student pharmacist's local community. Recipients of the 2008 APhA Foundation Scholarships are as follows: Shelley Tang, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy–Gloria N. Francke Scholarship; Matthew Sapko, University of Pittsburgh–The Boyle Family Scholarship; Gary Morgan Jones, University of Louisiana-Monroe–APhA Auxiliary Scholarship; Kimberly Neff, University of New Mexico–Robert D. Gibson Scholarship; Jennifer Kim, University of Florida–Samuel H. Kalman Scholarship; Matthew Gauck, University of Cincinnati–Paul A. Pumpian Scholarship; Jared Anderson, University of Minnesota–Marv and Joanell Drystad Scholarship; Jacqueline Brown, Idaho State University–Mary Louise Andersen Scholarship; and Erin Beth Hays, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences–APhA Auxiliary Scholarship.
APhA–ASP officially kicked off the APhA–ASP Chapter Challenge component of the Bringing Your Medicines to Life Campaign at SLI. The APhA–ASP NEC worked with the APhA Foundation to isolate a section of pavers for all APhA–ASP Chapters to be represented on the National Mall. Funding from each chapter for the $1,000 paver is due by December 2008.
IPSF programming got a recognition boost in 2007 with the inaugural honoring of a chapter with the APhA–ASP Outstanding IPSF Activity Award. The University of Arizona captured the spirit of this award, which recognizes exemplary effort in chapter programming that provides student pharmacists an awareness and appreciation of their place in the international pharmacy community. Officers for the past year include Sarah Adriance, Student Exchange Officer (SEO); Celeste Sejnowski, SEO-elect; Rachel Richmond, National Contact Person; and Avni Madhok, Project Coordinator. Their efforts to enhance the visibility of the international community to U.S. student pharmacists are truly noteworthy.
Through the support of PSSC and the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Academy started the APhA–ASP/PSSC Project Awards Program in 2003 to provide financial support to those APhA–ASP chapters proposing projects to help less fortunate patients in their communities. Facing challenges in conveying the message of the award and the impact chapters could have by creating these projects, the APhA–ASP Education Standing Committee was charged to reenergize this campaign. A new name, Project CHANCE, was created as described above. APhA–ASP awarded $2,000 awards to eight chapters to use toward collaborating with a local 340B-subsidized drug-pricing entity in their area.
Schools were honored during APhA2007 and have had 1 year to implement their project. A list of the chapters and programs is as follows. Auburn University: FemHealth (osteoporosis and folate deficiency education and screening); Midwestern University–Chicago: Providing Pharmaceutical and Medical Diabetes Care to Chicago's Underserved; Temple University: Needle Exchange Programs: Expanding the Use and Promoting the Benefits; University of Cincinnati: UC/Crossroads Health Center: Student-Driven Diabetes Collaborative (SDDC); University of Illinois at Chicago: Education and Access: Encouraging Influenza Vaccination in Pregnant Women; University of Louisiana at Monroe: Impact of Student Pharmacists on Screening Patients for Peripheral Arterial Disease; University of Minnesota: Stroke Prevention; and University of Southern California: Advancing Diversity and Pharmaceutical Training (ADAPT). Each chapter will announce the results of its project in a poster session at APhA2008 in San Diego.
University of Utah School on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependencies
APhA and APhA–ASP sponsored the 25th meeting of the Pharmacy Section at the University of Utah School on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependencies. This year, attendance in the Pharmacy Section was again the highest of the 15 sections at the school, with 231 student pharmacists and 75 pharmacists attending the weeklong session (attendance in 2006 was 271).
Attendees were captivated by programming that touched on the pathophysiology of disease, intervention and treatment of addicted individuals, pain management controversies, and the ethics and legalities in the treatment of addiction. Nightly Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-Anon, Narcotics Anonymous, and International Pharmacists Anonymous meetings gave participants the chance to recommit themselves to substance-free living with the fellowship and camaraderie of friends. Social interactions through hikes, picnics, and recreational activity brought participants from around the country closer than any other professional meeting. Input for improvement over the coming year was provided to ensure the continued success of this unique experience.
This year, a memorial was held at the school for APhA members Janet Ralstin and Paul Pancoast, who were longtime attendees of the school. Both Janet and Paul had passed away in late spring just before the school convened.
Developing the future of pharmacy for 39 years
Patients are the focus of pharmacy. Such a simple statement is easy to say and, yet, so difficult to understand. Today's pharmacists, not tomorrow's, must possess skills necessary to function in a health care system in which patients are saturated with information but lack understanding. This year's theme, “Embracing Health Literacy: Turning Information into Action,” encouraged student pharmacists to focus their efforts on understanding complexities involved in transferring professional knowledge into usable information a patient would act upon. Through participation in an activity within a focal area, along with an array of comprehensive programming focused on professional development, student pharmacists are empowered to become great pharmacists. The joy and excitement of learning to use training for the betterment of society is the impetus of the student voice championing the profession of pharmacy in communities across the United States. APhA–ASP continues to deliver on its mission, and the Academy's effect on the profession of pharmacy is beyond measure.
APhA is the guardian of the profession of pharmacy. Its commitment to every stage of professional development and advocacy perpetually ensures that opportunities exist for pharmacists and student pharmacists to improve patient lives.
The Association Report column in JAPhA reports on activities of APhA's three academies and topics of interest to members of those groups.
The APhA Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management (APhA–APPM) is dedicated to assisting members in enhancing the profession of pharmacy, improving medication use, and advancing patient care. Through the six APhA–APPM sections (Administrative Practice, Community and Ambulatory Practice, Clinical/Pharmacotherapeutic Practice, Hospital and Institutional Practice, Nuclear Pharmacy Practice, and Specialized Pharmacy Practice), Academy members practice in every pharmacy setting.
The mission of the APhA Academy of Pharmaceutical Research and Science (APhA–APRS) is to stimulate the discovery, dissemination, and application of research to improve patient health. Academy members are a source of authoritative information on key scientific issues and work to advance the pharmaceutical sciences and improve the quality of pharmacy practice. Through the three APhA–APRS sections (Clinical Sciences; Basic Pharmaceutical Sciences; and Economic, Social, and Administrative Sciences), the Academy provides a mechanism for experts in all areas of the pharmaceutical sciences to influence APhA's policymaking process.
The mission of the APhA Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA–ASP) is to be the collective voice of student pharmacists, to provide opportunities for professional growth, and to envision and actively promote the future of pharmacy. Since 1969, APhA–ASP and its predecessor organizations have played a key role in helping students navigate pharmacy school, explore careers in pharmacy, and connect with others in the profession.
The Association Report column is written by Academy and section officers and coordinated by JAPhA
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