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Networking Event Welcomes Philadelphia and Delaware Pharmacy Residents

Kate Traynor

Pharmacy professionals in Philadelphia and Delaware joined forces last week at an educational and networking session to welcome new pharmacy residents.

About 40 residents and residency program directors attended the event, which was held in Cape May, N.J., said Anthony Chiefari, Pharm.D., clinical director of the pharmacy department at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia. Hahnemann's residents were joined by those at five Philadelphia institutions—the University of Pennsylvania Health System, Albert Einstein Medical Center, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Crozer-Chester Medical Center, and the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy—as well as residents from Christiana Hospital in Newark, Del.

"It was a great time," Chiefari said.

The anemia management session at last week's pharmacy residents program in Cape May, N.J., was presented by Robert K. Hallisey, M.S., clinical pharmacy coordinator at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

He said the day began with a presentation on the management of anemia, during which the speaker "covered the subject across several different disciplines of practice." The in-depth presentation, Chiefari said, discussed issues of interest to nearly everyone who attended the event.

After the educational session ended, the residents gathered to socialize. Chiefari said the idea behind this part of the program was "to get everyone in the area networked together so that through the year...everyone will know each other." He said plans are already under way to create an e-mail list to help the attendees stay in touch.

Another way attendees may interact during the upcoming year is by participating in what Chiefari called "pharmacy grand rounds" for pharmacy residents. The rounds will be attended by residents from the various institutions, which will take turns hosting the sessions. Chiefari said he had participated in a multisite rounds program while in Baltimore, and that there was a discussion during the Cape May event about developing a similar program in Philadelphia.

"We're really kind of close-clustered together in the city," Chiefari said. "So there's really ample opportunity there to invite everyone to participate" in a pharmacy rounds program.

A factor that contributed greatly to the Cape May event's success was the funding secured from Ortho Biotech for the anemia-management program. Chiefari said he approached the company only for support of the morning's continuing-education program, not the afternoon activity, "which was really the networking session." In that way, he said, Ortho's support for the event conformed to the new marketing code from the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America. The voluntary code, which went into event July 1, allows pharmaceutical companies to fund continuing-education programs but prohibits supporting events that are strictly social.

"We're perfectly within the guidelines," Chiefari said. He noted that drug company representatives who had scheduled social dinner programs for Hahnemann's staff had recently canceled those events because they would run afoul of the code.

An educational and networking session will be planned for next year's pharmacy residents "if we can still find some funding," he said. "I think we're going to try to do it on an annual basis."