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Midyear Draws 16,000 Attendees to Discuss Pharmacists' Role in Drug Safety

Katherine M. Bennett

ASHP's advocacy in medication-error prevention and the recent release of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) report on medical errors, "To Err is Human," provided an exciting backdrop for the Society's 34th Annual Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibits in Orlando, Dec. 5-9.

The meeting, which is the largest annual gathering of pharmacists in the world, featured more than 50 educational sessions to help pharmacists who practice in health systems strengthen their patient care skills. Meeting attendees displayed great interest in the IOM report, which cited the ASHP guidelines on medication-error prevention and several AJHP articles. Educational sessions on medication-error prevention, such as "Ensuring the Success of Pharmacists on Patient Care Rounds" and "Creating a Safe Environment: Ways to Minimize the Opportunities for Error," played to standing-room-only crowds and highlighted ways pharmacists can take an active role in reducing errors. The meeting's educational offerings were grouped into practice interest tracks and four learning tracks representing cutting-edge topics in pharmacy and health care: alternative therapies, improving practice at your site, incorporating science into practice, and the expanding roles of pharmacists. Click here for highlights of the meeting, which featured special programming targeted to the nearly 2,500 students in attendance.