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NACDS’ point-of-care testing tour gets underway

BY Antoinette Alexander

ARLINGTON, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores Community Pharmacy-Based Point-of-Care Testing certificate program kicked off this weekend at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Pharmacy in Omaha, Neb. This marks the first stop on a national multi-city tour that will continue at colleges and schools of pharmacy during 2015.

Last month, NACDS announced the acquisition and expansion of a certificate program designed to provide training for pharmacists to administer point-of-care testing and other health assessments in pharmacies.

The two-day training program at UNMC filled the training facility at capacity. Day one focused on completion of the certificate program, and on day two participants completed a “train-the-trainer” program to learn how to teach the certificate program to other pharmacists.

“The University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Pharmacy is a great launching point for this exciting program,” stated NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson. “More and more patients are looking to their pharmacists for new services that help maintain their health and wellness. One of the great things about this NACDS certificate program is that it demonstrates the extensive education and training of pharmacists, and that it will create even greater access to services that can help improve patient health.”  

“We’re honored to have the tour start at UNMC in Omaha. It’s hard to believe how far this training has come from its inception to a national-level certificate program driven by NACDS’ leadership. This is a very exciting time for the pharmacy profession,” state Don Klepser, Department of Pharmacy Practice, University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Pharmacy.

Point-of-care testing empowers clinicians to use effective, fast technology to aid their decision making at the “point-of-care” to improve patient health.  Pharmacy-based point-of-care testing is done as part of care coordination.  

Designed for community pharmacy, academia and pharmacy association staff, the Community Pharmacy-Based Point-of-Care Testing certificate program will train participants to administer a variety of point-of-care tests, as well as health and physical assessments. Specifically, the accredited certificate program includes 20 hours of Continuing Pharmacy Education credit, for those who complete course requirements and assessments, including 12 hours of home study and eight hours of live training about disease states, physical assessments, point-of-care tests, collaborative practice models and business models.  

The extensive education and training of pharmacists qualifies them to provide a host of services, including point-of-care testing. The NACDS point-of-care testing certificate program, developed by faculty at UNMC and Ferris State University will further complement their robust pharmacy education.  

Accoring to NACDS, registration for the national multi-city tour certificate programs is currently open. Space is now limited, so those interested in participating should complete the survey to begin the application process as soon as possible.

With support from Quidel, a manufacturer of diagnostic healthcare solutions that can lead to improved patient outcomes, the registration fee for participants of the two-day training programs during the national tour — including the program at UNMC — will be waived.  
 

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Diplomat Pharmacy opens intern/fellowship programs

BY Michael Johnsen

FLINT, Mich. – Diplomat Pharmacy is seeking students for summer internship and fellowship programs for the summer of 2015, the specialty retailer announced Friday.
 
“We hope to attract and inspire students from throughout the country who are looking for an engaging summer experience that will extend beyond the typical office environment,” stated Phil Hagerman, Diplomat CEO and chairman. “We have a multitude of compelling workshops and activities in which students take part, with the intention to spark a broader platform from which these young and talented minds can leap as they seek a career.”
 
The programs bring together students for a summer immersion program designed to help interns and fellows gain professional experience offered through hands-on experience, community introductions, alumni connections and group housing for the fellows.
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Professions Quest launches MMO as health professional training tool

BY Michael Johnsen

 

 
 
PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. —  The Virginia Serious Game Institute announced Monday that one of its initial high tech startups, Professions Quest, has launched its flagship title Mimycx, a massively multi-player online serious game dedicated to revolutionizing knowledge exchange throughout the healthcare industry; specifically in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, nursing, dentistry, public health, allied health and veterinary colleges.
 
Mimycx provides an interactive learning environment that brings multiple students from 16 different healthcare professions together to solve real-world healthcare scenarios and help master interprofessional education collaborative core competencies. Mimycx will debut at the 2015 IPEC Institute in Herndon, Va., and the 2015 Joint AACOM & AODME Annual Conference in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., later this month.
 
“A key goal in the design of Mimycx is the development of a new approach to interprofessional education learning that creates benefits not yet discovered through any other virtual or e-learning educational vehicle,” said Scott Martin, founding director, Virginia Serious Game Institute. 
 
“Prince William County encourages technological innovation, growth and expansion," said Corey Stewart, chairman, Prince William Board of County Supervisors. "The Virginia Serious Game Institute captures our shared vision to help small businesses realize their market potential and growth opportunities.”   
 
“Key to our success is the Virginia Serious Game Institute, which has been instrumental in our ‘accelerated’ performance as a new small business,” added Lucinda Maine, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy EVP and CEO of Professions Quest.  “The public release of Mimycx marks an important milestone achievement for Professions Quest and Mimycx.”
 
The Mimycx game quests are set in a futuristic environment, which allows students to step outside the traditional realm of healthcare education while learning new communication techniques and how to interact, collaborate and form cohesive teams. Users can explore the world of Mimycx on their own, form healthcare teams of up to five members and take on quests together, while simultaneously being evaluated on their performance and interaction.
 
Mimycx customers will receive two, one-hour faculty development sessions included in their product license.  Following the launch, Professions Quest will release a new scenario or quest, every six weeks in 2015, for a total of eight this year. 
 
 

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