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ACPE Releases Accreditation Standards—Keeping History of Pharmacy in the Curriculum

On 2 February 2015 the ACPE released the Accreditation Standards and Key Elements for the Professional Program in Pharmacy Leading to the Doctor of Pharmacy Degree ("STANDARDS 2016")


The history of pharmacy has retained a place in the curriculum, as noted here in the Appendix:

Appendix 1

Required Elements of the Didactic Doctor of Pharmacy Curriculum: The following didactic content areas and associated learning expectations are viewed as central to a contemporary, high-quality pharmacy education and are incorporated at an appropriate breadth and depth in the required didactic Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum. Where noted, content areas may be addressed in the pre-professional curriculum (i.e., as requirements for admission). Required content areas may be delivered within individual or integrated courses, and may involve multiple disciplines.

This appendix was purposely written at the level of broad learning outcomes. It was constructed to provide statements of concepts and understandings essential for pharmacists to master, rather than a list of required topics to cover in the didactic curriculum. The goal is to ensure that critical areas of learning are included in the curricula of all programs without dictating how the lessons are structured, organized, or delivered.
The clear expectation embedded within Appendix 1 is that students will develop the comprehensive knowledge base required to be ‘practice ready’ and that they will be able to retain, recall, build upon, and apply that knowledge to deliver quality patient care in a variety of entry-level practice settings. . . .

Social/Administrative/Behavioral Sciences. . .

History of Pharmacy

• Exploration of the evolution of pharmacy as a distinct profession, the transition from a focus on the drug to a focus on the patient and the drug (including pharmacist-provided patient care), and major milestones and contributors in the evolution of pharmacy.


Thanks to all those who submitted comments to ACPE to keep the history of pharmacy in the curriculum—Your voice was heard!


AIHP Annual Business Meeting:

Took place on 22 December 2014 * 2 pm (Eastern Time) as a telephone conference call and webinar. 

All AIHP members were invited to participate in this telephone conference call. The minutes of the 2013 AIHP Annual Business Meeting were approved (the minutes, as published in Pharmacy in History vol. 55 (2013) No. 4, are available here as a PDF).



George Urdang Medal Lecture by Dr. Efraim Lev (9 September 2014)

The AIHP George Urdang Medal has been awarded since 1952 for distinguished pharmaco-historical writing.

 "Practical and Theoretical Medicine in Medieval Eastern Societies: The Case of Cairo Genizah"


ALERT! Keep history of pharmacy in the curriculum.

Let your voice be heard at ACPE. Talking points will be listed here to help you formulate your response.

See the highlighted paragraph in the most recent AIHP Notes #104.

You can read the letter sent by Greg Higby, AIHP Executive Director, to ACPE outlining the kinds of changes the AIHP Board would like to see considered in the ACPE Draft Standards 2016. If you are interested in adding your voice to that of the AIHP, the letter has been included here as a document that you can use in formulating your own response.


Innaugural AACP History of Pharmacy SIG Newsletter

The Newsletter put together by the AACP History of Pharmacy Special Interest Groug (SIG) is available on the AACP website and here as well.

History of Pharmacy SIG Newsletter

Also available from the SIG is a "Supplemental Inventory of Pharmacy Museums in the United States," as a PDF.




Pinchak's posters for drugstore front windows In 1954, pharmacist Frank Pinchak of Paterson, New Jersey, developed a series of 34 public relations displays for drugstore front windows.  As new laws and regulations of the mid-1950s restricted the professional scope of community pharmacy practice to routine prescription filling, public relations campaigns like Pinchak's stressed the role of pharmacists for properly dispensing powerful new drugs.

Save your place in the history of pharmacy.  Fill out a biographical questionnaire that will be preserved in the AIHP Kremers Reference Files.

Books are Great Gifts! Think about sending books or calendars to your favorite pharmacist or collector.  Some suggestions to consider:

  • History of Drug Containers and Their Labels (which can be purchased by mail from AIHP or online from
  • Drugstore Memories (also available from
  • The Inside Story of Medicines (also available for online purchase from
  • 2012 AIHP Pharmaco-Historical Calendar (only available from AIHP)
  • **All these publications are also available from AIHP directly by sending the filled-out order form.

The American Institute of the History of Pharmacy is a non-profit national organization devoted to advancing knowledge and understanding of the place of pharmacy in history. The mission of the American Institute of the History of Pharmacy is to contribute to the understanding of the development of civilization by fostering the creation, preservation, and dissemination of knowledge concerning the history and related humanistic aspects of the pharmaceutical field.

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