General Education Information
The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.
Some states have special criteria for program content to meet their requirements for continuing education. Check with your state to determine if such requirements exist and to determine which Midyear Clinical Meeting educational sessions meet those requirements.
ASHP determines the number of contact hours for each session. Registrants may earn up to 200 contact hours (20.0 CEUs) at ASHP’s 2021 Midyear Clinical Meeting.
- Pharmacy Technicians
Sessions specifically designed for pharmacy technicians are designated with a “T” following the ACPE number. For information on pharmacy technician certification and continuing education requirements, contact PTCB at 800-363-8012 or [email protected].
The 2021 Midyear Clinical Meeting educational sessions are developed to maintain and enhance the knowledge, skills, and competence of pharmacists and technicians in acute and ambulatory settings. Through skill-building and active participation, 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.
Educational activities are planned and structured to meet either the knowledge-based or application-based educational needs of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in a variety of settings. This includes those practicing in large and small hospitals, managed care facilities, ambulatory care and community settings, inpatient facilities, outpatient clinics, specialty pharmacy and homecare settings, as well as in academia and the pharmaceutical industry.
Continuing Pharmacy Education
In accordance with ACPE’s Accreditation Standards for Continuing Pharmacy Education, ASHP fully supports the following:
Definition of Continuing Education
Continuing pharmacy education for the profession of pharmacy is a structured educational activity designed or intended to support the continuing development of pharmacists and/or pharmacy technicians to maintain and enhance their competence. Continuing pharmacy education (CPE) should promote problem-solving and critical thinking, and it should be applicable to the safe practice of pharmacy.
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 Assessment and Feedback
Learning assessment and feedback are part of every activity; while participating in an activity, attendees will assess their own learning through various teaching formats and techniques.
CPE activities at the 2021 Midyear Clinical Meeting are knowledge-based and application-based. Knowledge-based sessions are designed primarily for acquiring factual knowledge; application-based sessions primarily apply the information learned in the time allotted.
ACPE universal activity number topic designations are used by boards of pharmacy when a specific type of continuing pharmacy education is required for re-licensure:
01 | Disease state management/drug therapy
02 | AIDS therapy
03 | Law
04 | General pharmacy
05 | Patient safety
06 | Immunizations
07 | Compounding, sterile and non-sterile
08 | Pain management/opioids
ACPE standards require us to develop and conduct evaluations for each CPE 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.
Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education
The Standards for Integrity and Independence (SII) in Accredited Continuing Education are designed to ensure that accredited continuing education serves the needs of patients and the public, is based on valid content, and is free from commercial influence.
The Standards were released in December 2020, replacing the Standards for Commercial Support: Standards to Ensure Independence in CE Activities.
Financial Relationships Disclosure
Presenters, faculty, program chairs, planners, reviewers, ASHP staff, and others in control of CE content, are required to disclose financial relationships with ineligible companies (as defined by the SII). In accordance with these standards, all relevant financial relationships have been mitigated prior to the CPE activity taking place. ASHP will disclose relevant financial relationship information to meeting attendees in the onsite program, on the mobile app, and at the beginning of the education session. ASHP maintains disclosure information on file for six years. Poster disclosures are displayed in the lower-right corner of the poster boards.
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-reflection as well as educational plan development, implementation, documentation, and evaluation. Educational sessions and other activities at the meeting may form part of your own CPD plan. For more information, visit www.acpe-accredit.org/continuing-professional-development.
Levels of Content
ASHP categorizes the educational content into the following levels:
- General Interest: No prior knowledge of the specific content is required.
- Intermediate: Basic knowledge of the specific content area is suggested, but extensive experience is not necessary.
- Advanced: General working knowledge of the specific content area is suggested; information will be provided to expand current expertise.
Educational Session Materials
Materials will be available on the Session Schedule and Itinerary Planner for all registered attendees approximately two weeks before the meeting.
Intensive Studies and Clinical Sessions
The Intensive Studies and Clinical Sessions are advanced-level, thought-provoking sessions that are open for all Midyear Clinical Meeting attendees. However, if you are board-certified, you must purchase the package(s) for your specialty/specialties in order to receive the recertification assessment and claim the recertification credit. These sessions are approved by BPS to provide recertification credit. Recertification will be applied to the year in which you pass the assessment. Purchase package(s) by 5:00 p.m. (ET) on December 9 for special Midyear meeting pricing.
ASHP Advantage, a brand of ASHP, specializes in developing customized, needs-based educational activities for pharmacists, physicians, and other healthcare professionals. You may process continuing education credit online at elearning.ashp.org for ASHP Advantage symposia presented at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting.
Other industry-supported symposia have been scheduled in conjunction with the 2021 Midyear Clinical Meeting and will be held throughout the week. The symposium organizer is responsible for content, logistics, and issuing continuing education credits.
Management Case Studies
Find out how your peers are meeting today’s administrative challenges by discussing actual cases in pharmacy management. Each presentation focuses on one pharmacy department’s administrative steps and decision-making processes on planning and implementing a new program or resolving an administrative problem. Cases may be presented by an individual or a team and will consist of a 20-minute case summary followed by a brief period of questions, answers, and discussion.
The object of each pearl presentation is to convey one idea, concept, or fact that has been useful in day-to-day practice and may not be widely known, understood, published, or taught. Among the categories of pearls this year are Safety and Quality, Management, Clinical, Informatics, Emergency Medicine.
Poster sessions allow attendees to informally discuss current projects in pharmacy practice with colleagues. This is your opportunity to pick up ideas from hundreds of successful programs that have worked in other healthcare systems.
NOTE: CPE credit is not offered for poster sessions, unless otherwise stated.
Poster mentors volunteer just a few moments of their time to provide one-on-one feedback and guidance to residents and students on their projects. The insightful feedback of practicing professionals helps the students and residents become the rising stars of our profession.
After participating in the educational activities of this meeting, attendees process and claim their CE credit online through the ASHP Learning Center at elearning.ashp.org. Attendees claiming their CE online will be able to view their CE statements immediately.
All Live continuing pharmacy education credits must be claimed within 60 days of the live session you attend. To be sure your CE is accepted inside of ACPE's 60-day window, plan to process your CE before the deadline!
- Live content: February 1, 2022
- Home study content: March 1, 2022
- FOR LIVE CE CREDIT, all attendees must complete an evaluation and claim their Live CE by February 1, 2022. Sessions available for Live CE can be identified by the “L” in the ACPE UAN number.
- HOME STUDY CE CREDIT, all attendees must complete an evaluation and claim their Home Study CE by March 1, 2022. Sessions available for Home Study CE can be identified by the “H” in the ACPE UAN number.
NOTE: To ensure your credit hours have been transferred to CPE Monitor, verify the accuracy of your CPE Monitor profile prior to the 60-day deadline. After 60 days, ASHP is unable to transfer your CE credit hours to CPE Monitor.
NABP's CPE Monitor
To process CE, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians must enter an NABP e-Profile ID, birth month, and date in the eLearning Portal. After you have entered this information, it is saved for future CE processing. You may obtain your e-Profile ID at https://nabp.pharmacy.
Florida Department of Health Continuing Education Credits
Florida-licensed pharmacists must self-report their meeting continuing pharmacy education credit hours to CE Broker. ASHP is not offering Florida Consultant Pharmacy CE at this meeting.
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