The role of the AFPE in pharmacology education

The American Foundation For Pharmaceutical Education (AFPE) was founded in 1942 by visionary pharmaceutical leaders of the National Drug Trade Conference (NDTC). This is an independent foundation that works constantly in order to advance and support pharmaceutical education in the United States. Actually, AFPE is the oldest and largest nation’s pharmacy foundation. How do they contribute to pharmaceutical education? AFPE has provided fellowships, scholarships and grants for the best brightest students during the last 70 years.

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Here below there is a list of the most important contributions of AFPE to the pharmaceutical industry as well as students.

Support for Schools and Colleges of Pharmacy

1943–1946: Aid to Prevent Pharmacy College Closures during WWII
1944–1978: Pharmacy Student Scholarships
1946–2013: Graduate Student Fellowships in Pharmaceutical Science
1985–2008: New Investigator Program for Pharmacy Faculty
1992–2008: Pharmacy Student “Gateway to Research” Scholarships
1992–2013: First Year Graduate School Scholarships
2008–2013: Pharmacy Faculty Research Grants

Support for American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

1944–1978: Pharmacy Student Recruitment
1945–1991: American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education
1946–1950: The Pharmaceutical Survey
1949–1978: Pharmacy Teacher Seminars
1966–1973: Visiting Lecturer Program
1967–1969: Education Survey
1968–1972: Inter-Institutional Pharmacology Program
1972–1973: The Millis Study Commission on Pharmacy
1979–1983: Council on Sections Special Projects Program
1985–1987: Commission on Graduate Education
1987: Executive Management in Colleges of Pharmacy (Seed Grant)
1989–1990: AACP Database Project

Support for Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education

1944–2008: Grants to Support Pharmacy College Accreditation
2012: Grant to support ACPE Invitational Conference

American Foundation For Pharmaceutical Education, is located in Alexandria, Virginia. This organization primarily operates in the Educational Services business / industry within the Educational Services sector. The organization is estimated to generate $863,398 in annual revenues, and employs approximately 3 people at this single location.

The American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education aims to advance and support pharmaceutical sciences education at U.S. schools and colleges of pharmacy working on the following programs:

Awarding Fellowships and Grants

AFPE has taken the first steps on the foundation of the first year graduate school fellowships in the pharmaceutical sciences, pre-doctoral fellowships in the pharmaceutical sciences, pre-doctoral fellowships in the clinical pharmaceutical sciences, and pharmacy faculty development research grants.

Recognizing and Supporting Talented Students and Faculty

AFPE thinks of talented students and faculty. AFPE recognizes and supports them during their training on the pharmaceutical education.

Encouraging Exceptional Students to Pursue an Advanced Degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences

AFPE First Year Graduate School Fellowships supports exceptional Pharm.D. degree graduates in the first year of graduate school as they begin a PhD degree course.

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Educating Outstanding Industry-Ready Pharmaceutical Scientists

AFPE Pre-Doctoral Fellowships in the Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pre-Doctoral Fellowships in the Clinical Pharmaceutical Sciences support the most exceptional Ph.D. students during the advanced, research phase and enable them to focus intensively on industry-oriented subjects.

Nurturing Pharmaceutical Science Faculty Researchers

The AFPE Pharmacy Faculty Development Fellowships in Community Pharmacy Practice and in Geriatric Pharmacy enable full-time PharmD and PhD pharmacy college faculty members to undertake a minimum 6-month intensive project including coursework, training, and/or research.

Supporting State-of-the-Sciences Pharmaceutical Education

The interest of AFPE corporate and individual contributors in supporting new or evolving scientific fields helps pharmacy educators create state-of-the-art curricula to keep pace with today’s rapid advances in drug discovery and development.

AFPE partners with the Kappa Epsilon, Phi Lambda Sigma, and Rho Chi pharmacy honor societies to provide fellowships to first-year graduate students.

Kappa Epsilon

The mission of Kappa Epsilon is to empower its members to achieve personal and professional fulfillment by developing their confidence, self-esteem, interpersonal skills and leadership vision; and represent the interest of the members to health-care professionals and the community at large.

Phi Lambda Sigma

The purpose of Phi Lambda Sigma, also known as the national Pharmacy Leadership Society, is to promote the development of leadership qualities, especially among pharmacy students. By peer recognition, the Society encourages participation in all pharmacy activities. Such recognition instills and enhances self-confidence, encourages the less active student to a more active role and promotes greater effort toward the advancement of pharmacy. Since membership crosses fraternal and organizational lines, the Society does not compete with other pharmacy organizations.

Rho Chi

The Rho Chi Society encourages and recognizes excellence in intellectual achievement and advocates critical inquiry in all aspects of pharmacy. The Society further encourages high standards of conduct and character and fosters fellowship among its members.

The Society seeks universal recognition of its members as lifelong intellectual leaders in pharmacy, and as a community of scholars, to instill the desire to pursue intellectual excellence and critical inquiry to advance the profession.

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