Call for Submissions for the ASCP Annual Meeting

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The Educational Advisory Council invites you to submit educational sessions for the 2015 ASCP Annual Meeting & Exhibition to be held October 30th through November 1st in Las Vegas, Nevada. Submissions must be ACPE accreditation eligible. Submitters should review ASCP's Faculty Guidance Packet before submission.

PLEASE NOTE: Deadline for contributed sessions has been extended:
11:59pm Eastern on Friday, March 20, 2015.

The American Society of Consultant Pharmacists is seeking educational activity proposals that provide innovative ways to approach challenges experienced by pharmacists in a variety of settings. Senior care pharmacy practice is population specific rather than site specific and we encourage submissions that address a wide variety of practice settings (long-term care, skilled nursing facility, hospital, assisted living, ambulatory care center, and other settings). A submission will not be considered if the content is of a promotional nature. Incomplete submissions cannot be considered.

For more information and to submit a session proposal, visit our submission site*. To log on to the submission site, you will need your ASCP member username / password. If you have never used our system before and wish to submit a proposal as a guest of the ASCP system, you will need to create a guest (non-member) account to log on to the submission site.

ASCP will only consider submissions for education sessions that are submitted using the online process by Friday, March 20, 2015.

Any questions should be directed to education@ascp.com.

Notification

Presenters will receive notification of decision regarding submission via email and can expect notification within six (6) weeks after submission deadline.
All submitters will be asked to confirm acceptance of the Educational Advisory Council’s invitation.

Presenter Compensation

Complimentary meeting registration will be provided for the lead presenter of accepted submissions. ASCP greatly values your willingness to share your findings; however, we are unable to support any expenses related to participation. 

General Submission Categories

The following general categories include topics that members and attendees have told us they want addressed in conference sessions. The topics listed are only suggestions and should not limit your proposal. Topics that address innovative solutions to ongoing problems and challenges as well as topics that focus on practical, real-world application information possessing immediate take-home value are recommended.

Please note that some submitted sessions may be combined depending on the topic and material and available slots. The committee works hard to make decisions considering many variables, and not all submitted sessions can be accepted.

Business Management and Operations Issues
These sessions address business challenges that pharmacists face in their daily practices. Reimbursement, personnel management, billing, and productivity issues would be some of the topics that fall into this category.

Geriatrics
These sessions incorporate information designed to strengthen knowledge in identifying disorders commonly seen in the senior population. Topics in this category might include communication skills, compliance packaging issues, role of the caregiver in medication management, and a pharmacist’s decision-making process in consideration of a patient’s cognitive and/or functional status, common diseases, disorders and syndromes seen in the elderly population; observational and assessment skills; and ethical issues, such as end-of-life care.

Geriatric Pharmacotherapy
These sessions address a pharmacist’s advanced knowledge of the medications used to treat common diseases and conditions in the elderly. Topics in this category might include review of specific classes of medications used to treat common geriatric disorders including age-related pharmacologic changes or the impact of selection and dosing of medications in the geriatric population.

Legislative and Regulatory Affairs
These sessions are intended to help pharmacists and providers of pharmacy services to the elderly understand new legislative initiatives, legal issues, and regulatory processes that impact the complex senior care environment.

High Priority Topics Identified by ASCP’s 2015 Needs Assessment Survey

ASCP’s 2015 Needs Assessment identified the following specific topics/areas as high priority areas for our members and meeting attendees:

Business/Operations/Regulatory:

  • Compliance
  • Formulary management
  • LTC survey process
  • Customer relationship management
  • Leadership skills development
  • EHR and HIT
  • Affordable Care Act
  • Quality ratings
  • Transitions of care

Clinical:

  • Infectious disease (antibiotic stewardship, infection control, C Diff, urinary tract infections, Hepatitis C, Immunizations)
  • Cardiovascular (CHF, new drugs for heart failure, rehospitalization challenges and opportunities)
  • Endocrine (diabetes, thyroid, HRT)
  • Mental Health (antipsychotics, behavior management, neuropsych/psychopharmacology, patient assessment, patient-centered treatment planning)
  • Care Transitions
  • Medication Adherence

Presentation Format

Programming for the ASCP Annual Meeting follows the formats listed below. All sessions are concurrent.

Workshops
Workshops are approximately 60-90 minutes in length. The presentation is interactive and given in a classroom format to an audience of 60-100 participants. Workshops focus on skill-building and experiential learning.

Roundtable Discussions
Roundtable discussions run approximately 60-90 minutes in length. Facilitators encourage participants to share and discuss ideas on a specific topic relevant to senior care pharmacy and network with other participants in this setting. One-to-one interaction is encouraged.

Lectures
Lectures are approximately 60-90 minutes in length. An individual or panel gives the presentation to an audience of 50-300 participants.

Submission Instructions

  1. ASCP will only accept complete submissions for consideration. A complete submission includes: online application, CVs of all presenters, financial disclosure, learning objectives, and a session description. Partial submissions will not be considered.
  2. Write a short 40-50 word session abstract.
  3. Write a one or two paragraph description of the session and session content.
  4. Prepare three to five (3-5) learning objectives.
  5. Complete all sections of the online application form. If planning to submit more than one presentation for consideration, please complete a new application for each entry. Be sure to read and understand the copyright release statement and the recording agreement included in the application.
  6. Applications must be submitted electronically through the submissions system.
  7. Incomplete or improperly formatted submissions will not be accepted.

Financial Disclosure

In accordance with the guidelines set forth by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) it is the policy of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP) to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all of its educational activities including those which are sponsored and cosponsored.

Faculty are expected to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest.  Definitions of the following terms are set forth by the ACPE.

  • Relevant financial relationship: financial relationships in any amount occurring in the past 12 months that create a conflict of interest.
  • Commercial interest: any proprietary entity producing healthcare goods or services with the exemption of non-profit or government organizations and non-health care related companies.

All programming offered by ASCP shall exhibit fair and balanced content, providing the audience with information of different perspectives from which to develop an informed professional opinion.  If a conflict of interest exists, presenters must base their presentations on the best available evidence and be prepared to have some or all materials reviewed by peers.

Copyright Release

In consideration of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP) taking action in reviewing my (our) submission, the authors(s) listed above hereby transfer(s), assign(s), and otherwise convey(s) all ownership rights in the submission and all copyright ownership to the ASCP. In the event that such work is not accepted by ASCP, all said rights shall be released. This grants ASCP first publication rights in the submission.

Financial Support/Reimbursement

I understand that contributed session presenters do not receive financial support to attend the meeting and that I cannot pursue commercial support to do so. However, complimentary meeting registration will be provided.

Recording Agreement for Session Presenters: I (we) authorize the recording of my (our) presentation and further authorize unedited and/or edited recordings of my (our) presentation(s) for ASCP's archival purposes without compensation to me (us).


I have read and understand all criteria pertaining to the submission process including disclosure of financial support, financial assistance and publication rights. Submission electronically implies consent with these terms and individual author/presenters signatures are not required. A list of items to have ready to complete the application is listed in its informational section.

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