AACP Executive Vice President and CEO visits the College

Published on 19 January 2018

St. Louis College of Pharmacy recently welcomed Lucinda Maine, Ph.D., executive vice president and CEO of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) to campus for a thought-provoking presentation on the future of pharmacy education.

Addressing a crowd of College faculty and staff, Maine outlined the key priorities highlighted in AACP’s updated strategic plan, which has been created to educate the public on the role of pharmacists in the health care and industry and highlight the benefits of pursuing pharmacy as a career.

  • AACP’s strategic plan highlights several mission driven priorities, which include:
  • Enriching the Doctor of Pharmacy applicant pipeline to ensure there will be an appropriate number and quality of pharmacists to meet society’s needs
  • Creating a new portrait of pharmacists and pharmacy careers by collaborating with stakeholders to raise the profile of pharmacy as an essential health care profession
  • Working with AACP members and other health professions to transform and innovate health professions education and practice
  • Expanding research and graduate education

During her presentation, Maine highlighted the current decline in the number of pharmacy school applicants nationwide and the increased need for schools to implement creative recruitment strategies in order to attract and retain quality students.

“When there were 10-14 applications for every pharmacy seat in the country, schools didn’t invest a lot in recruitment,” said Maine. “That ended up catching up with us. Now we know that many schools have expanded their recruitment efforts, and many are doing so in partnership with AACP.”

Maine also stressed the growing importance of interprofessional learning and practice in pharmacy education, noting how AACP is taking a leadership role in supporting the transition from curriculum models focused Interprofessional Education (IPE) to those focused on Interprofessional Practice (IPP).

  • Specific education and practice goals outlined in AACP’s strategic plan include:
  • Creating a culture that recognizes and implements curricula for personalized learning
  • Improving the quality of competency in learning
  • Establishing academic-practice partnerships and pharmacist practice models that help advance the pharmacy profession, and ensuring that IPP models are promoted at all schools and colleges of pharmacy
  • Working to ensure that AACP and its members are recognized as essential partners in pharmacy and across various health professions

“Working to help transform learning to prepare pharmacy graduates for team-based care is one of the most rewarding things I’ve done in my 15 years with AACP because of the nature of the relationships that are being developed,” said Maine.

To view AACP’s complete strategic plan for 2016-2019, visit aacp.org.

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