School of Phar­macy part­ner­ship with Pharm. D. pre­ceptor and Boston Med­ical Center rec­og­nized with AACP Crystal APPLE Award

The North­eastern Uni­ver­sity School of Phar­macy together with John Mar­shall, Clin­ical Spe­cialist in Crit­ical Care, and Boston Med­ical Center, have been awarded the 2008 Amer­ican Asso­ci­a­tion of Col­leges of Phar­macy (AACP) Crystal APPLE Award for achieving excel­lence in academic-​​practice part­ner­ships for exem­plary expe­ri­en­tial education.

It is an honor to be rec­og­nized with the Crystal APPLE Award for the second year in a row,” said Debra A. Copeland, Assis­tant Clin­ical Pro­fessor and Director of Expe­ri­en­tial Edu­ca­tion in the School of Phar­macy at the Bouvé Col­lege of Health Sci­ences. “The award is a tes­ta­ment to Northeastern’s excel­lence in expe­ri­en­tial edu­ca­tion. It rec­og­nizes the exem­plary rela­tion­ship between the Uni­ver­sity and Boston Med­ical Center.”

The AACP Crystal APPLE (Academic-​​Practice Part­ner­ships for Learning Excel­lence) Award, spon­sored by Merck & Com­pany, Inc., rec­og­nizes the con­tri­bu­tions of fac­ulty and admin­is­tra­tors at col­leges and schools of phar­macy and the phar­ma­cist prac­ti­tioner edu­ca­tors and admin­is­tra­tors who are their prac­tice part­ners in suc­cess­fully con­ducting and sup­porting quality expe­ri­en­tial edu­ca­tion in exem­plary patient care clin­ical teaching environments.

The AACP Crystal APPLE awards pro­gram seeks to iden­tify the most exem­plary clin­ical edu­ca­tion sites as judged by stu­dents and peers and hold them up as models for the Academy,” explained Dr. Lucinda L. Maine, AACP exec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent and CEO. “The com­pe­ti­tion for this pres­ti­gious recog­ni­tion is intense and reflects the strong com­mit­ment to quality expe­ri­en­tial edu­ca­tion of these academic-​​practice partners.”

In the coming year, a pro­file describing each part­ner­ship will be fea­tured in AACP’s Aca­d­emic Phar­macy Now and on the AACP Web site in the Academic-​​Practice Part­ner­ship Ini­tia­tive (APPI) cat­e­gory of the Resources section.

Everyone within the phar­macy pro­fes­sion, prac­ti­tioners, edu­ca­tors, stu­dents and leaders, bear the respon­si­bility to pre­pare our next gen­er­a­tion of phar­ma­cists,” said David Miller, director of phar­macy affairs for Merck & Co. “The Crystal APPLE Award isn’t just an awards pro­gram to rec­og­nize a few indi­vid­uals but rather it high­lights models that any phar­ma­cist can develop in col­lab­o­ra­tion with their school of pharmacy.”

North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, Copeland, Mar­shall, and Site Admin­is­trator Arthur Theodore, M.D. of Boston Med­ical Center, along with seven other col­leges and schools of phar­macy and their prac­tice part­ners, will be hon­ored with a Tiffany & Co. crystal apple and plaque, as well as an hon­o­rarium for pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment during the 2009 AACP Interim Meeting Awards Cer­e­mony on Monday, Feb­ruary 23, 2009.

For more infor­ma­tion, please con­tact Samantha Fodrowski at 617–373-5427 or at s.​fodrowski@​neu.​edu.

About North­eastern

Founded in 1898, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity is a pri­vate research uni­ver­sity located in the heart of Boston. North­eastern is a leader in inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research, urban engage­ment, and the inte­gra­tion of class­room learning with real-​​world expe­ri­ence. The university’s dis­tinc­tive coop­er­a­tive edu­ca­tion pro­gram, where stu­dents alter­nate semes­ters of full-​​time study with semes­ters of paid work in fields rel­e­vant to their pro­fes­sional inter­ests and major, is one of the largest and most inno­v­a­tive in the world. The Uni­ver­sity offers a com­pre­hen­sive range of under­grad­uate and grad­uate pro­grams leading to degrees through the doc­torate in six under­grad­uate col­leges, eight grad­uate schools, and two part-​​time divi­sions. For more infor­ma­tion, please visit www​.north​eastern​.edu.

About BMC

Boston Med­ical Center is a pri­vate, not-​​for-​​profit, 582-​​bed, aca­d­emic med­ical center affil­i­ated with Boston Uni­ver­sity School of Med­i­cine. Com­mitted to pro­viding high-​​quality health care to all, the hos­pital offers a full spec­trum of pedi­atric and adult care ser­vices including pri­mary and family med­i­cine and advanced spe­cialty care with an emphasis on community-​​based care. Boston Med­ical Center offers spe­cial­ized care for com­plex health prob­lems and is a leading research insti­tu­tion. Boston Med­ical Center and Boston Uni­ver­sity School of Med­i­cine are part­ners in the Boston HealthNet—15 com­mu­nity health cen­ters focused on pro­viding excep­tional health care to res­i­dents of Boston. For more infor­ma­tion, please visit www​.bmc​.org

About AACP

Founded in 1900, the Amer­ican Asso­ci­a­tion of Col­leges of Phar­macy (AACP) is a national orga­ni­za­tion rep­re­senting the inter­ests of phar­macy edu­ca­tion and edu­ca­tors. Com­prising all 108 U.S. col­leges and schools of phar­macy including more than 5,000 fac­ulty, 50,000 stu­dents enrolled in pro­fes­sional pro­grams and 3,900 indi­vid­uals pur­suing grad­uate study, AACP is com­mitted to excel­lence in phar­macy edu­ca­tion. To learn more about AACP, visit its Web site at www​.aacp​.org.

About Merck

Merck & Co., Inc. is a global research-​​driven phar­ma­ceu­tical com­pany ded­i­cated to putting patients first. Estab­lished in 1891, Merck cur­rently dis­covers, develops, man­u­fac­tures and mar­kets vac­cines and med­i­cines to address unmet med­ical needs. The Com­pany devotes exten­sive efforts to increase access to med­i­cines through far-​​reaching pro­grams that not only donate Merck med­i­cines but help deliver them to the people who need them. Merck also pub­lishes unbi­ased health infor­ma­tion as a not-​​for-​​profit ser­vice. For more infor­ma­tion, visit www​.merck​.com.