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Quality Educational Sessions and Networking Opportunities Highlight ASHP Annual Meeting '99

Pharmacists from around the nation and from many parts of the world will gather in Reno, Nev., June 6-9, 1999, to take part in top-notch educational sessions, address American Society of Health-System Pharmacists business at the House of Delegates sessions, and witness the latest technological breakthroughs at a variety of industry exhibits at the Society's Annual Meeting '99.

The opening general session will include a presentation by outgoing ASHP President Bruce Canaday highlighting recent ASHP initiatives, as well as the first-ever Joseph A. Oddis Ethics Colloquium, established by the ASHP Research and Education Foundation in honor of one of pharmacy's most distinguished leaders. The Colloquium, designed to help health-system pharmacists confront ethical challenges in pharmacy practice and patient care, will feature a presentation titled, "Fortresses and Formularies: Ethics, Drugs and Managed Care," by Albert R. Jonsen, Ph.D., professor emeritus of ethics in medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. 

A diverse array of educational sessions will help practitioners bring new ideas and strategies to their practice sites. Sessions on opportunities for pharmacists in non-traditional roles, new trends in automation and information technology, and effective ways to implement pharmaceutical care will be offered. Attendees can also attend sessions addressing key issues like protecting patient confidentiality, incorporating alternative medicines into formularies, and the challenges of disease state management. 

A special session called "Motivation and Staff Development: Keys to Facilitating a Change in Practice," which incorporates a well-conceptualized practice-change model, is scheduled for Monday morning. The session will help pharmacy managers learn how to motivate staff members to become more involved in direct patient care across various practice settings and is a prerequisite for the "Designing your Own Plan for Motivating Staff To Provide Pharmaceutical Care" workshop repeated on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. 

Members can help chart ASHP's future by offering suggestions on ASHP activities, services, or other issues during the House of Delegates' Open Hearing Sunday afternoon. A special "Meet the candidates" session gives members the opportunity to meet potential nominees for ASHP president, members of the ASHP Board of Directors, and chair of the House of Delegates. 

Pre-meeting workshops are scheduled again this year for June 4 and 5. A program on designing a competence assessment system to meet Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organization (JCAHO) standards is back by popular demand. Other workshops include review courses for oncology psychiatric pharmacy speciality certification exams, and a session on using the ASHP Pharmacy Residency Learning System as a model to strengthen residency programs. 

ASHP Annual Meeting '99, now just Monday through Wednesday, continues to offer the same continuing education sessions and features a business casual atmosphere for the first time. For more information about programming or registering for ASHP Annual Meeting '99, contact ASHP Customer Service at (301) 657-4383 or visit ASHP's Web site at

The Annual Meeting is host to the ASHP Foundation Walter Jones Golf Classic. Named in memory of a 29-year veteran ASHP staff member, the Classic allows attendees to network in a relaxing environment while supporting a good cause--helping fund scholarships for pharmacy students. For more information, contact the ASHP Foundation at (301) 657-3000, ext. 1206. 

ASHP is the 30,000-member national professional association that represents pharmacists who practice in hospitals, health maintenance organizations, long-term care facilities, home care, and other components of health care systems. ASHP believes that the mission of pharmacists is to help people make the best use of medications. Assisting pharmacists in fulfilling this mission is ASHP's primary objective. The Society has extensive publishing and educational programs designed to help members improve their delivery of pharmaceutical care, and it is the national accrediting organization for pharmacy residency and pharmacy technician training programs.