Jerry McKee, Pharm.D., MS, BCPP—Nominating Committee Chair

Thanks to the contributions of time and talent, members have helped CPNP to make great strides in its short 16 years of existence. CPNP is truly a membership-driven organization. This is especially true in selecting future leaders of the organization. Another of the many ways you can contribute is to nominate your peers and colleagues with the dedication and time to take CPNP even further. On or before Tuesday, September 11, you have the opportunity to nominate leaders for 3 positions on the CPNP Board of Directors (President-Elect, Treasurer and Member-At-Large). You can log in as well to learn more about the requirements for each position. As the immediate past-president of the Board, I can attest to the value of this experience and encourage you to recommend those you respect as well as consider nominating yourself for this excellent opportunity.

Once an individual has been nominated, they will be asked to complete a form detailing their current position, professional experience, prior CPNP volunteer work, other professional activities they are involved in, and board positions he/she is willing to serve in. This information is then shared with the Nominating Committee consisting of me as Immediate Past President and Chair, Past Presidents Steve Stoner and Ann Richards, and Julie Kissack and Dean Najarian. This information is merged with a historical profile of CPNP involvement all of which assists the nominating committee in evaluating the skill sets and leadership of those nominated to meet the needs of the Board. The final slate of six nominees (2 for each position) will be based on the future skill sets and leadership needs of the board matched with the qualifications of those nominated as detailed on their nomination profiles. This slate will be offered to the membership for voting in late October through mid-November.

Nominations for the prestigious Judith J. Saklad Memorial Award are also being accepted through September 11. This award is presented annually to a senior psychiatric pharmacy practitioner who has achieved a level of professional distinction and demonstrates a continuing dedication to the practice of psychiatric pharmacy. Like Dr. Saklad, this practitioner will represent the qualities and ideals of professional enthusiasm, in addition to possessing a passion for optimizing patient care. You are encouraged to review the Saklad award criteria and provide a substantive, thoughtful nomination for the colleagues you believe are most deserving of this recognition.

Each and every one of us can make our contributions to CPNP and this is one of the significant ways you can make a difference to an organization so important to our profession.

CPNP is excited to announce our annual CPNP University sale through the end of October 2012. You can access all 1- hour CPNP University courses for $15 per. Each session features a speakers' audio presentations (with slides). Upon successful completion of the required examination, 1 hour of ACPE credit can be obtained. Remember that CPNP University provides members and guests online access to ACPE approved programming that is:

  • Specific to psychiatric and neurologic pharmacists

  • In short, 1 to 2 hour increments

  • Delivered totally through the CPNP website

  • At low member and non-member rates

Don't forget to check out all of the other CPNP University courses available. The search function makes it easy to find the specific topics you are seeking. New to CPNPU within the past few months is the 2012 Annual Meeting programming offered in Tampa in late April. NEW courses now available include:

  1. Bariatric Surgery: Nutritional and Pharmacologic Considerations in the Psychiatric Patient

  2. Drugs in Development: Treating the Core Social and Communication Impairments in Autism

  3. Finding Common Ground Across the Psychosis Spectrum

  4. Making Sense of Antidepressants: An Evidence-Based Approach to the Controversies

  5. Management of Neuropsychiatric Sequelae of Traumatic Brain Injury

  6. Medical Marijuana: Magical Cure or Myth?

  7. Mental Illness in the Criminal Justice System: Constructing a Comprehensive and Competent Criminal Justice/Mental Health Treatment System

  8. Metabolic Syndrome and the Psychiatric Patient: Case-Based Application of Newly Released Guidelines

  9. Metabolic Syndrome and the Psychiatric Patient: A Review of the Newly Released Guidelines

  10. Migraine Treatment in 2012

  11. Movement Disorders: An Overview of Drug-Induced Movement Disorders

  12. Movement Disorders: Clinical Assessment of Drug-Induced Movement Disorders: A Case-Based Approach

  13. Nicotine and Schizophrenia: Exploring the Relationship to Cognitive Function

  14. Personalized Medicine in Depression

  15. Pharmacogenomics for the Practicing Neuropsychiatric Pharmacist

  16. Taking the Ouch Out of Pain Management in Patients with Addiction

  17. Understanding Genetic Variability and Pharmacogenomic Studies in Psychiatry

Don't miss this opportunity to obtain quality, profession-specific education tailored to your profession! Thanks in advance for supporting CPNP and CPNPU!

Congratulations!

Barbara G. Wells, Pharm.D., FCCP, BCPP, has been chosen by ACCP's Parker Medal Selection Committee as the 2012 recipient of the College's Paul F. Parker Medal for Distinguished Service to the Profession of Pharmacy. Dr. Wells is professor and dean emeritus at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, and executive director emeritus of the school's Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, in Oxford, Mississippi. The 2012 Paul F. Parker Medal will be presented during the Opening General Session at the 2012 Annual Meeting in Hollywood, Florida, on Sunday morning, October 21. Dr. Wells is a member of CPNP and recipient of the CPNP Foundation 2011 Career Achievement Award.

Ericka Breden on her wedding, September 1st.

Brian Crabtree, RPh, Pharm.D., BCPP, has been appointed Chair of Pharmacy Practice at Wayne State University. Read the full press release.