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General Education Information

ACPE Accreditation

ACPE LogoThe 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.

  • Pharmacists
    ASHP determines the number of contact hours for each session. Registrants may earn up to 175 contact hours (17.5 CEUs) at ASHP’s 2020 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].

Educational Objectives

The 2020 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.

Target Audience

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 settings, inpatient facilities, outpatient clinics, 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 Pharmacy 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Activity Types
    CPE activities at the 2020 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.
  • Topic Designations
    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 
  • Evaluations
    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.
  • ACCME Standards for Commercial Support
    ACPE has adopted the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support, which require separation of continuing education from commercial influence. Instructional materials for CPE activities, including presentation slides, undergo peer review to ensure compliance with the Standards for Commercial Support.
  • Relevant Financial Relationships Disclosure Statements
    Presenters, program chairs, planners, reviewers, ASHP staff, and others with an opportunity to control CE content, are required to disclose financial relationships with commercial interests. In accordance with these standards, all potential conflicts of interest have been resolved prior to the CPE activity taking place. ASHP will disclose financial relationship information to meeting attendees in the 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 on the poster content.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

An approach to lifelong learning, 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

Levels of Content

ASHP categorizes Midyear meeting 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.

Clinical Sessions and Intensive Studies

The Clinical Sessions and Intensive Studies are advanced-level, thought-provoking sessions open to all Midyear Clinical Meeting attendees. How¬ever, 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 10 for special Midyear meeting pricing.

Industry-Supported Symposia

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 for ASHP Advantage symposia presented at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting.

Other industry-supported symposia have been scheduled in conjunction with the 2020 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 in planning and implementing a new program or resolving an administrative problem.

Pearls Sessions

The objective 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 are Medication Safety and Quality, Management, Clinical, Informatics, and 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 programs that have worked in other healthcare systems.

NOTE: CPE credit is not offered for poster sessions.

Claiming CE

After participating in the educational activities of this meeting, attendees can process and claim their CE credit through ASHP eLearning at Attendees claiming their CE online will be able to view their CE statements immediately.

NOTE: Learners who claimed credit for the live activities, should not claim credit for the home study activities.

For Live CE credit, all attendees must complete an evaluation and claim their live CE by February 1, 2021. Sessions available for Live CE can be identified by the “L” in the ACPE UAN number. Example: 0204-0000-20-246-L04-P

For Home Study CE credit, all attendees must complete an evaluation and claim their home study CE by March 1, 2021. Sessions available for Home Study CE can be identified by the “H” in the ACPE UAN number. Example: 0204-0000-20-246-H04-P

NOTE: To ensure your credit hours have been transferred to CPE Monitor, verify the accuracy of your CPE Monitor profile prior to Live CE or Home Study CE deadlines. After these deadlines, 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 ASHP eLearning. After you have entered this information, it is saved for future CE processing. You may obtain your e-Profile ID at
  • 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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