APhA–APPM has had an incredibly productive year in 2011–12 in support of the vision and mission of APhA. Your Academy has benefited from the remarkable leadership of 7 nationally elected executive committee members and 12 elected section officers, as well as the hard work of well over 500 volunteer pharmacists from across the country completing the work of committees, task forces, and providing input to move our profession forward. APhA President Marialice Bennett gave our Academy an aggressive set of seven charges, or goals, as we began the year. I am pleased to provide this report to the Association reflecting on the tangible progress members of the Academy have made toward these goals.
APhA–APPM's predecessor sections were established more than a century ago to ensure that pharmacists with common practice interests, settings, or backgrounds could come together to share ideas and practice strategies. During the previous 11+ decades, the Association has adapted its practice and management section structure to best allow for practitioners to engage in advocacy and practice change that would keep pharmacists and pharmacy practice, led by APhA, on the cutting edge of health care delivery. Over the past few years, the Association once again identified a need to restructure the Academy to maximize the opportunities available to pharmacists for engagement at a more grassroots level based on practice interests. Staff and elected leadership have worked diligently for more than a year to ensure a complete and smooth transition from practice site–oriented sections to practice interest-based SIGs, or special interest groups. With a launch at APhA2012 in New Orleans, pharmacists can join one or more of our four initial practice SIGs: (1) Nuclear Pharmacy, (2) Medication Management, (3) Preceptor, or (4) Pain, Palliative Care, and Addiction. Each SIG has a Coordinator and Co-coordinator, providing organizational leadership, and each SIG provides its members an opportunity to network via an APhA e-community. If you don't see a SIG that fits your interests right now, then consider petitioning for the creation of a new SIG. The process is easy and we'll help you every step of the way. Just go to the Academy's webpage on www.pharmacist.com
for more information.
Advancing the role of the pharmacist
The Academy focused a substantial amount of its work during the previous year on two key goals related to advancing medication therapy management (MTM) and the pharmacist's role in the health care system. These goals were as follows:
- Provide expertise to assist the Association and staff in efforts to make MTM services work, with a particular focus on providing information and education for the membership, appropriate implementation of MTM services, and documentation of outcomes in collaboration with APhA–APRS.
- Develop materials, including case examples, of medical home, accountable care organizations, and other coordinated care models that assist pharmacists in their ability to fully engage in patient-centered care practices.
In June, the Academy convened a workgroup of pharmacists practicing in accredited medical home practices throughout the United States. This workgroup met on a monthly basis via teleconference to provide insight to staff and leadership into the nuances of how pharmacists become involved in and sustain financially viable practices in medical home models. The workgroup concluded its activities in the first quarter of 2012, and APhA staff and leadership are in the process of determining the best mechanisms for disseminating the information to APhA's membership more broadly. APhA–APPM is proud to be a leader in facilitating communication among practitioners interested in this cutting-edge area of practice.
Academy leaders have been working throughout the year with APhA staff to identify MTM “best practices.” Pharmacists who are making MTM services work in community, ambulatory care, and various other practices throughout the country have been actively telling their stories. Many of these have been featured in Pharmacy Today
, and we are working to further disseminate best practice model details on Pharmacist.com
and in other Association publications. The Academy is committed to assisting its members with making MTM services work.
APhA2012 will once again highlight pharmacists engaged in cutting-edge MTM practices. The Academy's Education Standing Committee was involved in the planning for APhA2012 and took a particularly active role in soliciting and selecting the presenters for this meeting's annual MTM Pearls session. This session has proved to be a favorite among annual meeting attendees. In addition, the APhA–APPM Education Standing Committee once again was responsible for a sizable portion of the APhA Contributed Papers review process for APhA. Don't miss your opportunity to review the more than 370 posters describing the very latest in pharmacy practice, administration, science, and research.
The Academy has long been recognized as an excellent place for pharmacists from across the profession to volunteer, engage in the process of advancing pharmacy, and develop leadership skills. As the Academy has undergone transition to its new structure this past year, even more opportunities are available for volunteers to network and provide valuable input to the Association. The Academy engaged in a Lean Six Sigma approach to strategic planning to coincide with the Association's strategic planning cycle. Leaders engaged both at APhA2011 and at the 2011 Academy Leadership Meeting in April in Washington, DC, in detailed strategic planning that resulted in every elected leader taking personal responsibility for moving forward the work of the Academy. We held monthly APhA–APPM Executive Committee calls and every-other-month all-officer calls to help hold each other accountable and track our progress toward goals, objectives, and tactics. Active volunteer members of the Academy served as the force to move things forward. This all-hands-on-deck approach allowed us to accomplish many things.
The Academy continues to have a number of elected officer positions available in addition to many nonelected, volunteer committee, workgroup, and task force appointments. All pharmacists can lead from where they stand, and APhA–APPM is there to help provide the support to every pharmacist in their professional leadership role. Many of our profession's greatest leaders will report that they found their most rewarding opportunities early on in APhA–APPM.
The Academy's Awards Standing Committee once again administered the profession's most comprehensive recognition program for pharmacists. APhA–APPM's premiere award, the Daniel B. Smith Practice Excellence Award, was awarded this year to Steven T. Simenson of Ramsey, MN. In addition, the committee selected recipients for the Distinguished Achievement Award in each of the Academy's six practice sections. In light of the Academy's move to a new structure, the awards committee was tasked with reviewing and making recommendations for revision of the Academy's awards. The committee's recommendations were reviewed by the APhA–APPM Executive Committee and the APhA Board of Trustees Executive Committee. APhA members will have an opportunity during APhA2012 to provide feedback on the new awards program recommendations. Based on member feedback, the final awards program will be approved by the APhA Board and announced in June 2012.
The Academy engaged very actively in legislative and regulatory advocacy over the past year. Academy leaders participated in visits to Congress during the annual Academies Leadership Meeting in Washington, DC, in April, with 30 Hill visits being made during the 1-day blitz. In addition, your Academy president and other APhA–APPM Executive Committee members were involved on a number of other occasions in meeting with members of congress and their staff to promote the MTM Empowerment Act of 2011 (S.274) and the MTM Benefits Act of 2011 (H.R.891). APhA staff are on Capitol Hill practically every day fighting for our profession, but it is individual pharmacists who meet with the congressmen from their home district that really make the message hit home.
The Academy Policy Standing Committee met jointly with APhA–APRS and APhA–ASP's policy committees and hammered out four policy recommendations for consideration by the APhA Board of Trustees as proposed policy topics for the APhA House of Delegates Policy Committee. Three of these four recommendations were selected by the APhA Board of Trustees for new policy development and will be vetted by the APhA House of Delegates this year. The topics include drug supply shortages and patient care, contemporary pharmacy practice, and controlled substances regulation and patient care. In addition, the Academy participated for more than 2 years in a joint process with APhA–APRS examining the issue of counterfeit medications. As a result, the Academy supported APhA–APRS in introducing a new business item in the APhA House to address identified gaps in current counterfeit drugs policy. The Academies truly have the pulse of practice, and our policy process has proven itself time and again to be a meaningful way of ensuring that grass-roots members have the opportunity to have their voices heard in shaping the Association's position on issues vital to our profession.
Professional organizations are only as strong as their volunteers and their staff. APhA–APPM is very blessed to have outstanding volunteers and outstanding staff. Led by Senior Vice President for Professional Affairs Anne Burns, the APhA Academy staff is second to none. Special thanks to Margaret Tomecki and Martha Paterson, who took the lead in assisting APhA–APPM with the majority of its activities and communication throughout the year. Thanks also to Tom English for his work with new practitioners, Jim Owen for his leadership and work with the community pharmacy residency program and MTM services, and Meredith Nelson in helping with many of the day-to-day operations of the Academy. In addition, the Academy's work was empowered and enhanced throughout the organization by dozens of very dedicated, capable individuals who truly believe in the vision and mission of APhA. It is a delight to be able to work with such a talented group of professionals.
Without volunteers, APhA–APPM could not exist. It is because of each and every volunteer that we have been able to make tangible progress this year in moving our profession forward. Although there isn't space to personally thank everyone who contributed tangibly this year, I do want to take the opportunity to thank our elected leadership. Our 2011–12 APhA–APPM Executive Committee members are Dan Kennedy, Portland, OR; Cynthia Boyle, Reisterstown, MD; Amber Briggs, Soldotna, AK; Sharon Gatewood, Mechanicville, VA; Natasha Jackson, Houston, TX; and Allen Nichol, Gahanna, OH. Our 2011–12 section leadership includes Jay Currie, Iowa City; Christine Dorsey, Richmond, VA; Kristin Finley Sobota, Lima, OH; Phyllis Grauer, Plain City, OH; Catherine Kuhn, Dublin, OH; Michael Mosley, New Port Richey, FL; Amy Lugo, San Antonio, TX; Charlie Mollien, Wyoming, MI; Sarah Ray, Shorewood, WI; Michael Schuh, Jacksonville, FL; Brian Schumer, Houston, TX; and Dan Zlott, Alexandria, VA.
Science and the profession
Science is an integral part of the profession of pharmacy, and APhA–APRS is dedicated to continuing to advance the practice of pharmacy through science. Throughout the year, the Academy served as the primary scientific voice for the profession and worked to facilitate the translation of research into pharmacy practice. Academy leadership, in collaboration with APhA President Marialice Bennett, established several charges in 2011–12 related to the advancement of MTM services, the translation of emerging science to practice, and the promotion of career opportunities in the pharmaceutical sciences. In addition, Academy leaders and members worked on initiatives related to the distribution of counterfeit medications, “medical” marijuana, and the development of practice-based research opportunities for pharmacists.
The Academy made considerable progress on key priorities by collaborating with members in other Academies and associations and by engaging and utilizing member expertise. The success of the Academy in addressing critical needs of the Association and the profession is directly tied to the dedication and commitment of the Academy's leaders and volunteers and to the tireless energy, support, and expertise of APhA staff.
Collaborations and initiatives
In 2010–11, APhA–APRS, in collaboration with APhA–APPM, formed a taskforce consisting of APhA members to examine the role of the pharmacist in preventing the distribution of counterfeit medications. The members and advisors of the taskforce included pharmacists working in industry, academia, hospitals, community practice, a wholesaler, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and APhA staff. In 2011–12, the taskforce finalized its white paper containing recommendations for use by APhA and the pharmacy community at large, and the article appears in the current issue of JAPhA. Members of the taskforce will present an overview of the issue at APhA2012 in a session titled Counterfeiting and the Integrity of the Supply Chain.
In February 2011, the Academy welcomed Patrick Clay, PharmD, from Kansas City, KS, as the new APhA Science Officer. As APhA Science Officer, Clay has provided input on scientific and practice-related issues, worked to develop collaborations across the Academies and within the pharmacy community, and functioned as an advocate for the role of science within the profession. During 2011–12, he has provided valuable insight regarding how to incorporate pharmacist-provided services into pilot projects and funding opportunities offered by various government agencies. Other projects for which Clay has played an important role included recruiting and leading a team of members with expertise in outcomes research to identify key studies that demonstrate the value of pharmacist-provided services and assisting APhA with identifying experts in the areas of infectious disease, disaster response, and antibiotic research, development, and appropriate use.
The Academy continued to work with staff to implement mechanisms to increase the number of APhA–APRS members who participated in Academy activities during 2011–12. APhA–APRS leadership has spearheaded an effort to increase member engagement and recruited volunteers to contribute their expertise to more than eight committees and workgroups that have met throughout the year. During 2011–12, more than 45 APhA–APRS members served the Academy in a volunteer capacity. We thank those members who have chosen to support the Academy and welcome new members to become involved. We hope that you will feel at home at APhA and will consider both elected and nonelected opportunities available through APhA–APRS. We need your help to ensure that the scientific voice of APhA remains strong and vibrant.
To support APhA's strategic goals regarding the advancement of MTM services, the Academy partnered with APhA–APPM to convene a workgroup to provide feedback regarding how to assess the status of pharmacist-provided patient care services. The workgroup consisted of scientists with expertise in the economic, social, and administrative sciences, outcomes-based research, and manpower issues. Practitioners who participated brought their knowledge and experience with practice-based research, health systems management, and the owner/business model perspective. The workgroup was led by Jon Schommer, PhD, and APhA–APRS President Walt Chambliss and APhA–APPM President Michael Hogue served as ex-officio members. The workgroup's recommendations were forwarded onto senior leadership for consideration.
APhA–APRS members from ESAS continued to build on the work of the APhA–APRS MTM Emerging Issues Taskforce, which was formed in 2010–11. During 2011–12, key leaders of the taskforce and additional members with expertise in MTM service delivery and research were convened and asked to identify studies that demonstrate the value of pharmacist-provided services. The Academy continued its collaboration with APhA–ASP to educate student pharmacists on the benefits of pursuing an advanced degree in the pharmaceutical sciences by contributing articles to Student Pharmacist, interacting with students at the 2011 APhA–ASP Midyear Regional Meetings (MRMs), and providing resources on graduate studies.
The APhA–APRS programming at APhA2011 was evaluated by the Education Standing Committee during the 2011 Academies Leadership Meeting. Committee members' recommendations have been incorporated into programming for APhA2012. Science-related educational sessions included methodology sessions, contributed papers poster and podium sessions, research roundtables, interdisciplinary research sessions, policy sessions, and postgraduate programming. Section-specific programming included business meetings, judging of posters and podium sessions, and recognition of Academy award recipients and volunteers. Based on feedback from APhA–APRS members, sessions regarding counterfeit medications and disaster response will be offered at APhA2012.
APhA–APRS members have advanced policy discussions and provided scientific expertise on issues such as MTM services, pharmacy certification, manpower issues, practice-based research, health information technology, the pharmacist's role in therapeutic decision making, “medical” marijuana, drug shortages, and preventing distribution of counterfeit medications. The Academy will continue to actively participate in the House of Delegates policy development process and welcomes your support. Members are encouraged to inquire about serving as an Academy delegate at APhA2012, if your schedule permits.
APhA–APRS scientists continue to serve as APhA appointees on PQA (Pharmacy Quality Alliance) Workgroups. The work of these groups to develop quality measure concepts, educate pharmacists and other stakeholders about the importance of pharmacy quality, and advocate for broad dissemination of pharmacy quality measures in the marketplace is commendable and important for advancing pharmacists' services.
Publications and communication
APhA–APRS members made key contributions to APhA's scientific publishing portfolio as authors, peer reviewers, editors, and contributors. The Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences remains the authoritative journal for the pharmaceutical sciences around the world and celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2011. It is the official scientific journal of the Board of Pharmaceutical Sciences of the International Pharmaceutical Federation and is published in cooperation with the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists. The Academy commends L. Douglas Ried, PhD, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association and Associate Editors Jeanine P. Abrons, PharmD, MS; John P. Bentley, PhD; Wesley G. Byerly, PharmD; Jennifer Cerulli, PharmD, BCPS, AE-C; and Donald L. Harrison, PhD, for their work to ensure that the Journal includes high-quality research. The March/April 2011 theme issue focused on shaping the future of patient-centered health care and pharmacists' role in the medical home, which is a key Academy priority. The current theme issue focuses on innovations in payment models for MTM. In addition, JAPhA is celebrating its 100-year anniversary in 2012.
APhA–APRS honors outstanding scientists and published research in the areas of the basic, clinical, and economic, social, and administrative sciences through its Academy Awards. The 2011–12 APhA–APRS Awards Committee reviewed nominations and selected recipients for the following awards to be presented at APhA2012:
- Research Achievement Award (ESAS): Carole L. Kimberlin, PhD
- Fellow: Rajender R. Aparasu, MPharm, PhD; Lawrence M. Brown, PharmD, PhD; William E. Fassett, PhD; Donald J. Levine, DPh; Michael J. Miller, BSPharm, DrPH; and David P. Nau, BSPharm, PhD
- Ebert Prize: Jared A. Baird, PhD; Bernard Van Eerdenbrugh, PhD; and Lynne S. Taylor, PhD. A classification system to assess the crystallization tendency of organic molecules from undercooled melts. J Pharm Sci. 2010;99:3787–806.
- Clinical Research Paper Award: Cameron A. Winfrey, PharmD; Sara Wortman, PharmD; Stacey Frede, PharmD; Natalie Kunze, PharmD; Wayne F. Conrad, PharmD; and Pamela C. Heaton, PhD. Pharmacist-initiated peripheral arterial disease screening program in a community pharmacy setting. J Am Pharm Assoc. 2011;51:373–7.
- Wiederholt Prize: Melinda Elise Kozminski, PharmD, BCACP; Rachelle Busby, PharmD, BCPS; Melissa Somma McGiveny, PharmD, FCCP; Patricia M. Klatt, PharmD, BCPS; Stephanie R. Hackett, PhD; and Joel H. Merenstein, MD. Pharmacist integration into the medical home: qualitative analysis. J Am Pharm Assoc. 2011;51:173–83.
Three new Academy-elected leaders will be installed at the 2012 APhA Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA, and will serve on the APhA–APRS Executive Council:
- Basic Sciences Section Chair-elect: Robin M. Zavod, MS, PhD, Downers Grove, IL
- Clinical Sciences Section Chair-elect: Robert DiCenzo, PharmD, FCCP, BCPS, Saratoga Springs, NY
- Economic, Social and Administrative Sciences Section Chair-elect: Richard A. Hansen, PhD, Auburn, AL
The APhA–APRS Postgraduate Advisory Committee continued to encourage student pharmacists to pursue advanced degrees in the pharmaceutical sciences. Academy postgraduate scientists participated in the APhA–ASP MRMs, wrote articles in Student Pharmacist, and developed online materials and programming for APhA2012. The APhA2012 Postgraduate Forum will focus on Writing and Publishing Insights from the Clinician, Researcher, and Editor Perspectives. All are welcome to participate in this session.
As I reflect on the final year of a 2-year term as APhA–APRS President and a member of the Board of Trustees, I think most about the passion APhA leaders have for the profession of pharmacy. Marialice Bennett, 2011–12 APhA President, advocates for us to “lead from where you stand” as a way of advancing the profession. I have had the pleasure of witnessing that type of leadership by so many elected officers, volunteers, and staff. I encourage APhA–APRS members to continue to bridge science to practice along the entire supply chain from the research laboratories where new medications need to be discovered to the patient's hand.
I would like to thank Doug Ried, former APhA–APRS President, and Anne Burns and Martha Paterson of APhA staff for mentoring me throughout my term as president. I would also like to thank the members of the Academy, APhA executive leadership and staff, President Michael Hogue (APhA–APPM), President Sara McElroy (APhA–ASP), APhA President Marialice Bennett and the members of the APhA Board of Trustees for your encouragement and support. I would also like to thank APhA Science Officer Patrick Clay and the members of the APhA–APRS Executive Council for their dedication and contributions on behalf of the Academy: Bill Fassett, Chandra Sekar, Patrick Clay, Ed Bednarczyk, Kimberly Plake, Marcia Worley, Zia Shariat-Madar, Julie Oestreich, and Matthew Witry. I encourage the entire APhA–APRS membership to support Bill Fassett as he starts the wonderful journey as president of APhA–APRS in March 2012.
Established in 1969 as the Student American Pharmaceutical Association, APhA–ASP has supported the development of student pharmacists by serving as their collective voice, providing opportunities for professional growth, improving patient care, and envisioning and advancing the future of pharmacy. Since its formation, APhA–ASP has prepared student pharmacists to confront the challenges facing the profession and transform these challenges into opportunities. This past year was no exception, as student pharmacists found new and exciting ways to lead APhA–ASP into the future. A year ago at APhA2011 in Seattle, WA, APhA–ASP participated in setting the vision for a stronger tomorrow for the profession of pharmacy, and we have continued this theme throughout all of the Academy initiatives in 2011–12.
The APhA–ASP National Executive Committee (NEC) consisted of APhA–ASP National President Sara McElroy, National President-elect David Steeb, National Member-at-large Ryan Burke, National Member-at-large Parth Shah, and Speaker of the House Ashley Weems. In May 2011, the NEC met for the first business meeting and set goals for the Academy in the following four areas: (1) membership, (2) patient care, (3) legislative and political advocacy, and (4) leadership development and professionalism. This year, one of the overarching goals of the NEC was to review the Academy's existing projects and programs, identify areas for enhancement, solicit feedback from the membership, and implement improvements.
The NEC was joined by the APhA–ASP National Standing Committees on Communication, Education, and Policy at the Academies Leadership Meeting, where committee members met to set goals and objectives and establish projects and programs that supported the Academy's activities for the year. In addition to the work within APhA–ASP, student leaders collaborated with leaders in APhA–APPM and APhA–APRS to identify synergies and discuss the strategic directions of the Association for the upcoming year.
The APhA–ASP NEC met again in July 2011 and January 2012 to assess progress on their goals and objectives and plan additional programming for the upcoming year. In January, the NEC was joined by the newly elected regional officers, who underwent orientation to APhA and the roles and responsibilities associated with their respective positions. The officers were as follows:
- APhA–ASP Regional Delegates: Brandon Dionne (Region 1), Kristin Showen (Region 2), Audrey Schnell (Region 3), Adam Loyson (Region 4), Brittany Karns (Region 5), Brian Primeaux (Region 6), Nathan Dewey (Region 7), and Kellie Kocher (Region 8)
- Regional Members-at-large: Joshua Cahill (Region 1), Hazel Atienza (Region 2), Chase Stooksbury (Region 3), Meagan Williams (Region 4), Annie Shelton (Region 5), Sarah Riley (Region 6), Stephanie Adams (Region 7), and Pan Wong (Region 8)
- MRM Coordinators: Amanda Zelinski (Region 1), Linley Mild (Region 2), Michael Wolcott (Region 3), Kalynn Rohde (Region 4), Ashlee Randklev (Region 5), Wesley Kosko (Region 6), Yara Nouisser (Region 7), and Lucie Vu (Region 8)
APhA–ASP now represents 33,552 student pharmacists from every school and college of pharmacy in the United States and Puerto Rico. APhA–ASP remains the collective voice of student pharmacists, as 58% of all student pharmacists nationwide are members. The APhA–ASP NEC and APhA Student Development Staff completed 60 student outreach visits, including six new chapters, and performed seven video teleconference visits.
Part of the success of the Academy's membership campaign resulted from continued collaboration between the NEC and the New Practitioner Advisory Committee, which identified ways to foster continued membership in APhA upon graduation through APhA's new Dual Membership Program. For the first time, the spring membership campaign included a new dual-membership category in which student pharmacists receive membership for both their final year and their first year as a new practitioner. A total of 3,787 student pharmacists signed up for this membership option in 2011.
APhA–ASP Standing Committees
It was another year of great accomplishments for the APhA–ASP Awards, Communications, Education, and Policy Standing Committees. The 2011–12 APhA–ASP Awards Standing Committee met in November to select Chapter Achievement Awards and the following individual award winners:
- Linwood F. Tice Friend of APhA–ASP Award: Joseph L. Fink III, BSPharm, JD
- APhA Outstanding Dean Award: Hewitt W. “Ted” Matthews, PhD, Mercer University
- APhA Outstanding Chapter Advisor Award: Gary E. DeLander, BSPharm, PhD, Oregon State University
- APhA Student Leadership Awards: Autumn Bagwell, Samford University; Athena Brand, University of Texas at Austin; Angela Olenik, University of Rhode Island; and Kelley Ratermann, University of Kentucky
Incorporating feedback from chapters, the Awards Standing Committee recommended the addition of four new APhA–ASP Chapter Achievement Awards to be piloted at APhA2012. These awards include additional recognition opportunities for each APhA–ASP Division (Second Runner-up in Division A, AA, AAA), as well as an award to recognize the efforts of a new chapter (APhA–ASP Up-and-Coming Chapter Award). The 2011–12 APhA–ASP Awards Standing Committee was chaired by David Steeb and included Vice-chair Jill Augustine and members Libby Giesler, Indrani Kar, and Cameron Jordan.
The 2011–12 APhA–ASP Communications Standing Committee used new communication vehicles to connect and inform student pharmacist members. For the first time, APhA–ASP used webinar technology to reach out to members and chapter leaders throughout the year. Webinar topics included Generation Rx, leadership opportunities, patient care projects, American Pharmacists Month (APhM), political advocacy, and an overview of APhA2012. This year, a national APhA–ASP Facebook page was launched. Throughout the year, the NEC and standing committees used this page to advertise important announcements, share photos, and stay connected with members. The Communications Standing Committee ensured the success of the third annual video competition, PharmFlix. The theme this year, Share Your Story, was designed to help students pharmacists promote their experience within the profession. In its third year, 41 videos were submitted from chapters, and the top 15 videos will be aired at APhA2012. For the first time, all APhA–ASP members had the opportunity to vote for their choice of the top video, which will be recognized at APhA2012. The 2011–12 APhA–ASP Communications Standing Committee was chaired by Ryan Burke and included Vice-chair Jordan Brazeal and members Justin Balint, Jessica Shalita, and John Wright.
The 2011–12 APhA–ASP Education Standing Committee focused on improving the current APhA–ASP patient care projects so that student pharmacists could continue to demonstrate the value of pharmacist-provided services. The committee developed a new education session for the MRMs, Survival Guide to Pharmacy School, which encouraged goal setting, organization, time management, and networking tools. The 2011–12 APhA–ASP Education Standing Committee was chaired by Parth Shah and included Vice-chair Jamie Chin and members Renee Advincula, Elizabeth Alford, and Kristen Gardner.
The 2011–12 APhA–ASP Policy Standing Committee acted on the four resolutions passed by the APhA–ASP House of Delegates, which included pharmacist inclusion in state and federal loan repayment programs, pharmacists as providers, advancement of MTM services, and regional poison control centers. The committee also worked to educate students and encourage them to become actively engaged in policy and advocacy through monthly PowerPoint presentations sent to chapters and a webinar on the policy development process. The 2011–12 APhA–ASP Policy Standing Committee was chaired by Ashley Weems and included Vice-chair Davena Norris and members Audrey Banner, Kim Claeys, and Sheri Winner.
Leadership and professional development
A record 183 student leaders and 7 chapter advisors attended the 2011 APhA Summer Leadership Institute. The weekend of activities included opportunities to exchange ideas, an overview of APhA–ASP programs, and a full day of leadership development.
Attendance at the APhA–ASP MRMs increased to a record number of 2,456 this year. Each weekend featured leadership and professional development workshops, education sessions, and opportunities to participate in the APhA–ASP policy process. A total of 122 proposed resolutions were passed at the Closing Business Session of the APhA–ASP MRMs this fall. The APhA Leadership Training Series (LTS) provided student pharmacists with another opportunity to develop their leadership skills. In 2011, 149 student pharmacists successfully attended and completed four designated LTS sessions and will be receiving a certificate to recognize this achievement.
For the first time this year, student pharmacists have the opportunity to be recognized for outstanding leadership and commitment to APhA and the profession with graduation honor cords. Chapters may purchase honor cords for members that have demonstrated active involvement through participation in chapter programming, local, regional, and national meetings and are continuing their membership from student to new practitioner.
Student pharmacists continued to advocate for pharmacist-provided services and promote public health by participating in patient care projects. Student pharmacists participating in Operation Heart screened more than 29,000 patients and provided health and wellness services to an additional 42,000 patients to help combat the number one killer of Americans. As part of Operation Immunization, student pharmacists immunized more than 5,500 patients. Chapters participating in Operation Diabetes collectively screened more than 26,000 patients and educated an addition 1.4 million through public relation efforts. Finally, as part of the Heartburn Awareness Challenge, student pharmacists assessed more than 6,600 patients for heartburn severity and educated more than 900,000 patients about the importance of seeking their pharmacist as a trusted medication expert. Of important note, the reporting cycle only reflects a 6-month period from January to June 2011. The reporting cycle was revised this year to better align with the Chapter Achievement Awards.
The National Patient Counseling Competition allowed student pharmacists to show their skills as patient educators and health care providers. The national winner for the 2011 competition was Jack McGuire from Sullivan University.
Project CHANCE was revamped in 2011–12. APhA–ASP in collaboration with the Pharmacy Services Support Center of the Health Resources and Services Administration Office of Pharmacy Affairs and the FDA Office of Special Health Issues awarded five APhA–ASP chapters with $10,000. The award went toward a project that raises the awareness of safe medication practices in underserved communities, promotes interprofessional collaboration, and delivers comprehensive pharmacy services within the 340B-eligible entity. APhA–ASP Project CHANCE Award recipients included the following chapters: University of Kentucky, University of Minnesota, University of Southern California, University of Washington, and Virginia Commonwealth University.
For the second year, APhA–ASP collaborated with the Cardinal Health Foundation to support Generation Rx, an educational program that increases public awareness of prescription medication abuse. Through this community outreach program, 54 chapters participated by making a positive impact on the individuals in their community. A total of 397 Generation Rx presentations were given this year, and more than 340 activities were conducted by our chapters. In all, over 148,000 individuals were educated on prescription drug abuse and misuse and more than 1.7 million heard our message through public relations.
Legislative and public advocacy
Throughout the year, student pharmacists advocated for the advancement of the profession and the importance of pharmacists in health care. On Friday morning of the APhA Summer Leadership Institute, a Hill visit briefing was held for those interested in speaking with their members of Congress. More than 35 scheduled Hill visits were conducted, with over 60 student leaders participating in the meetings.
For the second year, the APhA–ASP NEC and APhA–ASP Policy Standing Committee challenged chapters to raise their awareness and contribution to the APhA Political Action Committee (PAC) through the Winter is Cold … but Advocacy is HOT! campaign, from mid-January to mid-February 2012. The campaign encourages chapters to raise funds for the APhA PAC and will solicit matching donations from alumni of each school and college of pharmacy. In winter 2011, 23 chapters participated in the campaign and their efforts raised more than $3,500.
Finally, APhA–ASP continued to recognize the impact of individual student pharmacists by selecting Kyle J. Hampson, Duquesne University, as the 2012 Good Government Student Pharmacist of the Year.
Student pharmacists were instrumental in promoting the profession as part of APhM. To launch APhM, more than 30 student and faculty members from colleges and schools of pharmacy in the Washington, DC, area brought their white coats and community outreach projects to APhA headquarters to participate in a health fair for APhA and U.S. State Department staff about topics such as heartburn awareness, smoking cessation, managing diabetes, immunization, and safe disposal of medications. Approximately 220 student pharmacists participated in the Live From New York media day in New York City and appeared on the Today Show and Good Morning America in their white coats to share the message, Know Your Medicine, Know Your Pharmacist. Continuing the effort to capitalize on the use of social networking, students across the nation used social media to promote APhM by updating their profile picture to the APhM logo and including a unique fact about pharmacy for their daily status.
Several of the strategic goals established by the APhA–ASP NEC were accomplished by collaborating with other professional organizations. APhA–ASP continued its relationship with the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) as Sara McElroy attended the 2011 AACP Annual Meeting and expressed appreciation to deans and faculty members for their ongoing support of student pharmacists.
APhA–ASP collaborated with the APhA Foundation by continuing to encourage student pharmacists to participate in the Bringing Your Medicines to Life Campaign, as chapters were challenged to secure a paver in a section specifically designated for APhA–ASP chapters on the East Terrace of APhA Headquarters. The APhA Foundation also continued to show its support for student pharmacists through the APhA Auxiliary/APhA Foundation Student Pharmacists Scholarship program. These scholarships recognize leadership and active involvement inside the world of pharmacy and throughout student pharmacists' local communities. Winners of the 2012 APhA Foundation Scholarships include:
- Justin Balint: Wilkes University (Charlie Thomas Scholar)
- Jamie Chin: University at Buffalo (Boyle Family Scholar)
- Nicole Fornell: Midwestern University–Chicago (George F. Archambault Scholar)
- Kristen Gardner: University of Michigan (Marvin and Joanell Drystad Scholar)
- Jeremy Lund: University of Florida (John Gans Scholar)
- Julia Marie: Creighton University (APhA Foundation/APhA Auxiliary Scholar)
- Hung Minh Le: Washington State University (Paul Pumpian Scholar)
- Laura Phan: University of California, San Francisco (Sam Kalman Scholar)
- Anne Stageman: University of Missouri-Kansas City (Robert Gibson Scholar)
- Dianne Staves: University of Maryland (Colonel Jerry Ross Scholar)
- Elyse Weitzman: University of Pittsburgh (Gloria Francke Scholar)
- Kathleen Wild: Texas A&M Health Science Center (Mary Louise Andersen Scholar)
The APhA–ASP/International Pharmaceutical Students' Federation (IPSF) National Committee continued to promote activities related to international pharmacy affairs and raise awareness of pharmacy practice abroad. More than 30 APhA–ASP/IPSF members attended World Congress in Thailand. At this meeting, APhA–ASP was recognized as the first official IPSF Vampire Cup winner for our efforts in blood donation last year. In 2012, 33 student pharmacists will participate in international practice experiences as part of the IPSF Student Exchange Program. The 2012 APhA–ASP/IPSF National Committee includes Student Exchange Officer-elect Miranda Law, National Contact Person Yuqian Liu, and National Project Coordinator Brianne Morris.
Finally, APhA–ASP continued its support of the University of Utah School on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependencies by sponsoring the 29th meeting of the Pharmacy Section. This year, attendance in the Pharmacy Section was again the highest of the 14 sections at the school, with 224 student pharmacists and 86 pharmacists/faculty members attending the week-long session. Highlights of the week included lectures on the topics of the history of addiction; pathophysiology of addiction; intervention strategies for health professionals; introduction to treatment and counseling; drug use—social norms, behaviors, and trends; and developing positive personal power. One of the other highlights of the school was the Generation Rx Workshop, where students from the top three national winning chapters presented on their projects. Two students from the University of Florida, University of Minnesota, and Idaho State University received a travel stipend to attend the meeting as part of winning the top three Generation Rx prizes.
Presidential theme: One Team
This year, the APhA–ASP NEC and national president renewed their commitment to the presidential theme One Team: Working Together to Shape the Future of Health Care. This theme was developed in response to health care reform legislation and the bold vision of pharmacy practice outlined by the Joint Commission of Pharmacy Practitioners. Throughout this year, student pharmacists were again encouraged to unite with fellow health care practitioners and establish the pharmacist's role in the patient care team. Interprofessional collaboration was encouraged within patient care projects and Project CHANCE.
The 2011–12 APhA–ASP Ad Hoc Committee on Interprofessional Collaboration was developed to support the presidential theme. The main responsibility of the committee was to create a white paper on interprofessional collaboration. This article is anticipated to be published in spring 2012 and will provide guidance to student health professionals as they form interprofessional relationships. The 2011–12 APhA–ASP Ad Hoc Committee on Interprofessional Collaboration was chaired by Sara McElroy and included Vice-chair Angela Nikitas, and members David Steeb, Christian Conley, Saundra Hartman, and Samatha Keca.
Bright future for APhA–ASP
APhA–ASP has enhanced pharmacy education by providing student pharmacists with the resources and experiences necessary to be successful practitioners and leaders in the profession. Through the hard work and dedication of current and past pharmacy practitioners, our profession has witnessed a transformation in which pharmacists' knowledge and skills have moved from “behind the counter” to directly affecting the lives of the patients. As pharmacy enters another era of transformation, a new generation of leadership will be called on to turn the vision for pharmacy practice into a reality. As demonstrated by another extraordinary year of success, student pharmacists are ready to accept the challenges of leading change in pharmacy.
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.
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