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Educational Objectives

The 2012 Summer Meeting educational programs are developed to maintain and enhance the knowledge, skills, and abilities of pharmacists and associated personnel in healthcare systems through skill building and active participation in sessions on important issues relevant to contemporary practice. The educational goal of this meeting is to provide information and instruction on a variety of topics to enable pharmacy practitioners to provide quality patient care.

Target Audience

Activities are planned and structured to meet either the knowledge- or application-based educational needs of pharmacists and/or pharmacy technicians in a variety of healthcare systems. This includes those practicing in large and small hospitals, managed care facilities, inpatient facilities, outpatient clinics, and homecare settings, as well as in academia and the pharmaceutical industry. Knowledge-based sessions are designed primarily for acquiring factual knowledge; application-based sessions, primarily to apply the information learned in the time allotted.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

An approach to lifelong learning, Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is a process of active participation in learning activities geared to helping individuals develop and maintain continuing competence, enhance their professional practice, and support achievement of their career goals. CPD emphasizes self-appraisal and educational plan development, implementation, documentation, and evaluation. CE sessions or other activities you participate in at the meeting may form part of your own CPD self-appraisal or plan.

Educational Session Handouts

Handouts for educational sessions will be available for all registered attendees online two weeks prior to the meeting on the Meeting Program/Planner. To avoid long lines at Network Connections, it’s best to print out the handouts for the sessions you want to attend before the meeting and bring them with you. Handouts will not be given out in the session rooms.

Presenter Disclosure Statements

ASHP maintains disclosure information from all presenters of ASHP-sponsored educational programs, including speakers and poster abstract authors.  Speaker disclosures are on introduction slides in the sessions.  Poster disclosures are displayed in the lower right corner of the poster boards.

Poster Presentations

Poster sessions encourage registrants to informally discuss current projects in pharmacy practice with colleagues.  This is your opportunity to pick up ideas from successful programs that have worked in other healthcare systems. ACPE standards do not permit CE credit for poster sessions.

Continuing Education

ASHP is one of the largest providers of continuing pharmacy education accredited by ACPE—the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. In accordance with ACPE’s Accreditation Standards for Continuing Pharmacy Education, ASHP fully supports:

Active Learning
A basic principle and best practice in adult learning, active learning means interaction with faculty and other participants to improve learning, retention, and application of new knowledge and skills. Even in large sessions, faculty use participatory instructional techniques intended to engage you more fully as a learner.

Learning Assessments and Feedback
The Standards call for learning assessments to be part of every activity; assessments and mechanisms for feedback to participants are part of every CE session.

Activity Categories
CE learning activities at the 2012 Summer Meeting sessions are knowledge- and application-based.

Evaluations
ACPE’s Standards require us to develop and conduct evaluations of each CE activity.  Beyond this requirement, your feedback is important to us for evaluating achievement of the learning objectives, quality of faculty, effectiveness of teaching methods and materials, and perceptions of commercial bias.

Non-Commercialism and the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support
ACPE has adopted the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support. These standards require complete separation of continuing education from commercial support.  Instructional materials for CE activities, including presentation slides, undergo an intensive review process at ASHP to ensure compliance with the Standards for Commercial Support.  Disclosures of relevant financial interest by everyone involved in the planning or delivery of ASHP’s CE content have been included in slides and announcements in sessions; and, in accordance with these standards, any actual conflicts of interest were resolved prior to the CE activity taking place.

ACPE Accreditation

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

Some states have special requirements for program content to meet state requirements for continuing education.  Please check with your state to determine if such requirements exist and to determine if these programs meet those requirements.

Florida Department of Health Continuing Education Credits
Florida licensed pharmacists must self-report their meeting CE credits to CE Broker.  ASHP is not offering Florida Consultant Pharmacy CE at this meeting.

For Pharmacists
ASHP determines the number of contact hours for each session.  Registrants may earn up to 30.0 contact hours (3.00 CEUs) at the ASHP 2012 Summer Meeting.

For Pharmacy Technicians
Educational programs at the Summer Meeting are a Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB)-accepted method for certified pharmacy technicians to obtain CE credit.  Those programs appropriate for technicians are designated with a “T” following the ACPE number.

Programs do not have to be ACPE-provider approved to be PTCB acceptable.  A Continuing Education Documentation Form for Pharmacy Technicians will be available at ASHP Meeting Info.  Contact PTCB at for further information at (202) 429-7576.