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AACP to present academic pharmacy award to Walmart
May 29th, 2014
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) has named Walmart as the 2014 recipient of its Distinguished Service Award for the retailer's decade of support for pharmacy faculty recruitment via the AACP Walmart Scholars Program.
AACP said the award will be presented at the 2014 AACP Annual Meeting, to be held July 26 to 30 at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas.
The AACP board of directors specifically recognized David Trang, Pharm.D., now on faculty at the University of the Incarnate Word, for his contributions in starting the AACP Walmart Scholars Program while in management at Walmart. Trang served as manager of professional recruiting for Walmart Pharmacy and then director of professional recruiting from 2004 to 2006. Before that, he served for three years as a pharmacy district manager. He was a Walmart pharmacist from 1999 to 2011.
"At Walmart and Sam's Club Health and Wellness, it is our responsibility to make a positive impact on the communities that we serve, to make quality health care more affordable and accessible, and to simply create opportunities for our customers and patients to live better," stated Richard Rothman, R.Ph., director of talent acquisition, Health and Wellness, for Walmart. "Health care begins with the patient, and it is important to give back to the institutions that have educated our pharmacists. We celebrate our 10-year partnership with AACP, which has produced more than 600 future faculty, and we are especially honored to receive the 2014 AACP Distinguished Service Award."
The scholars program provides $1,000 scholarships to student-faculty pairs from AACP member institutions to attend the annual meeting, with the goal of strengthening the recipient’s skills and commitment to a career in academic pharmacy.
"It is remarkable that Walmart saw the connection between having adequate numbers of well-prepared faculty in pharmacy schools and their own core priorities as a healthcare company," commented Lucinda Maine, R.Ph., executive vice president and chief executive officer of AACP. "When David Trang approached AACP indicating that he felt the company should support efforts to make academic careers compelling to our top students, we could never imagine that this program could touch so many lives. It is a privilege to be in partnership with Walmart for more than a decade."