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ASHP Annual Meeting '99 Addresses Key Issues Affecting Pharmacists Today

Pharmacists and other health care professionals from around the nation and 13 countries participated in educational sessions on women's health, diabetes management, innovative HIV treatments, patient confidentiality, and other diverse topics at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists' Annual Meeting '99 held June 6-9 in Reno, Nev. Premiering at this meeting was the Joseph A. Oddis Ethics Colloquium featuring keynote speaker Albert Jonsen, Ph.D, professor emeritus of ethics in medicine and former chair of the Department of Medical History and Ethics, School of Medicine, University of Washington.

Educational Sessions. A new condensed schedule offered participants the same amount of continuing education that was held in previous annual meetings. Practitioners explored opportunities for pharmacists in non-traditional roles, learned how to develop strategies for implementing pharmaceutical care, and were briefed on new trends in automation and information technology. Other popular sessions addressed key treatments for sleep disorders, the incorporation of alternative medicines into traditional formularies, pharmacy implications of health care fraud and abuse, and strategies for managing a variety of disease states. A special session on motivation and personal development instructed pharmacy managers on ways to help their staff become involved in patient care. 

Pharmacy technicians and pharmacists alike benefited from a timely session, Workflow and Pharmaceutical Care in the Year 2000, moderated by Melissa M. Murer, executive director for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board. This program addressed the issues surrounding expanding clinical and technical services and examined ways that pharmacists and pharmacy technicians can work together to help patients make the best use of their medicines. 

Other Events. Prior to the Annual Meeting, more than 150 pharmacists took advantage of ASHP's Psychiatric Pharmacy Practice Review and Oncology Pharmacy Practice Review courses to prepare for Board of Pharmaceutical Specialities speciality examinations. 

The Annual Meeting also hosted the first ASHP Best Practices in Health-System Management Awards Program. Six pharmacists were recognized for their creative management solutions in improving the medication-use process. 

The Society's new officers were installed during the final meeting of the ASHP House of Delegates on June 9. Bruce E. Scott, M.S., FASHP, vice president for pharmacy operations, Allina Health System, St. Paul, Minn., was sworn in as president. Sam Shimomura, Pharm.D., FCSHP, FASHP, professor of pharmacy practice and facilitative officer for professional practice, Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, Calif., and Mark Woods, Pharm.D., FASHP, interim director of pharmacy, Saint Luke's Hospital, Kansas City, Mo., assumed three-year posts on the Board of Directors. Steven Sheaffer, director of pharmacy, Mercy Health System, Fitzgerald Mercy Hospital, Darby, Pa., was reelected to his third term as Chair of the House of Delegates. (New professional policies adopted by the House of Delegates are covered in a separate news release.) 

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.