Diplomats are AMCP members who volunteer to work with a school/college of pharmacy as a managed care pharmacy resource for student pharmacists and faculty.
The AMCP Diplomat Program is
- Raise faculty
awareness of AMCP and managed care pharmacy;
- Expose student
pharmacists to career opportunities in managed care pharmacy; and,
- Enhance communication
between the Schools/Colleges of Pharmacy and local AMCP members.
Diplomat Program Overview
Members of the AMCP Schools
of Pharmacy Relations Committee provide oversight for the AMCP Diplomat
Program. Diplomats are current AMCP
Members who volunteer to participate in the Diplomat Program. There are four Diplomat Regional Coordinators
who serve as liaisons between the Schools of Pharmacy Relations Committee and
the Diplomats. The goal is to have at
least one Diplomat assigned to each school/college of pharmacy. Some schools/colleges have Co-Diplomats to
share the responsibility. See Addendum A for an overview of the Program and its
respective staff members.
DIPLOMAT APPOINTMENT PROCESS
A Diplomat must be an AMCP member who has a sense of volunteerism to
further the mission of AMCP with the schools/colleges of pharmacy. The Diplomat will exhibit excellent
leadership skills to develop, educate and foster schools/colleges of pharmacy
into a positive relationship with AMCP at the local level. The ideal Diplomat must have a commitment to
AMCP and student pharmacists. Strong
communication skills and regular follow-up are key factors to being successful
and achieving the goal to increase awareness and activity at the respective
school/college of pharmacy.
The Diplomat will help create a greater understanding and appreciation
of managed care pharmacy among students and faculty members; develop
opportunities to facilitate the incorporation of managed care pharmacy concepts
into curricula; and engage AMCP student by serving as a liaison between the
chapters/Universities, local AMCP members and the Academy.
Diplomat Appointment and Term
AMCP members who wish to volunteer to serve as
the Diplomat for a specific school/college of pharmacy, preferably located in
the area of their residence, may apply online through the AMCP website (http://www.amcp.org/diplomatapp/). This link provides a list of Schools of Pharmacy
that currently have no AMCP Diplomat assigned. If the school being
requested is not listed, a Diplomat has already been assigned;
however, there may be an opportunity for a Co-Diplomat.
Once the request is received staff will
review and notify the AMCP member of their appointment and forward tools to
assist the Diplomat.
The Diplomat will serve in this role until
such time that s/he is no longer able to or it is determined that the Diplomat
has not fulfilled the minimum duty requirements. In addition, each year diplomats will be
asked to re-confirm their commitment as a diplomat via email. The confirmation email will allow diplomats
to “opt-in” or “opt-out” of serving another year. For those schools with academy members
awaiting diplomat positions OR Co-Diplomats for consecutive years, the academy
may include this information in the email as well to better inform their
decisions. Those choosing to “opt-out”
will be encouraged to provide transitional support to the incoming diplomat.
Minimum Duty Requirements
The Diplomat will be required to do the following (at a minimum):
- Submit at least
two Activity Reports each year (via AMCP website) or one for each speaker
- Complete Year-End
Diplomat Program Evaluation (via email in late spring).
- Have on-going
communications with the faculty contact and/or
AMCP Chapter Advisor regarding AMCP activities and resources; and,
- Visit with
school/college of Pharmacy and meet with student pharmacists, AMCP chapter
and/or faculty contacts.
- If the
school/college has Co-Diplomats, coordinate activities/reporting to ensure
requirements are completed.
Note: Diplomats will receive periodic
email reminders with links to the online reporting forms.
The Diplomat is encouraged to do the following:
- Encourage the
faculty to learn more about managed care pharmacy;
- Distribute AMCP
materials to key contacts at the school;
- Participate in
Career Day at the school;
- Interface with
and be a resource for AMCP Student Pharmacist Members and the AMCP Student
Chapter (if one exists at your school);
managed care internship and residency information;
- Offer to present
a lecture on managed care pharmacy or secure a speaker;
- Encourage the
formation of an AMCP Student Chapter if one does not already exist (see AMCP
Chapter Activation Materials;
communication between schools with and without AMCP Student Chapters;
- Identify student
pharmacist leaders who may be potential AMCP Student Pharmacist Committee
members and report to AMCP staff;
- Attend Diplomat
Program Meeting at each of the AMCP national meetings;
- Encourage faculty
to join AMCP;
- Link local AMCP
members and other managed care pharmacy professionals with student
- Promote the
Diplomat Center on the AMCP website.
Note: Not all Schools of Pharmacy will have
established AMCP Student Chapters.
Therefore, the role/activities may vary greatly depending upon the
School of Pharmacy’s interest in managed care and AMCP. The overall goal of the Diplomat is to be the
face/liaison of the organization and respond to the needs of the School of
Pharmacy he/she has volunteered to serve.
The Diplomat Director
oversees the Diplomat Program and conducts the Diplomat Meeting at each of the
national AMCP Meetings. The Diplomat Director serves as a resource to the
Diplomat Regional Coordinators, the Diplomats, and the AMCP staff liaison.
For 2016-17 (April-April)
Regional DirectorsAt the present time there are
four Diplomat Regional Coordinators (East, Midwest, South and West) who are the
primary conduits between Diplomats in their region and AMCP
staff/headquarters. The Regional
Coordinator serves as a mentor for the Diplomats in their region. If you have
any questions about your duties while a Diplomat, please contact your Regional
The AMCP Manager of Student Development and New Practitioner Programs serves as the Diplomats’ primary contact at AMCP headquarters. Staff will provide tools and information to assist the Diplomats and provide periodic reports and evaluation to the Schools of Pharmacy Relations Committee.