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ASHP Midyear Showcases Strategies For Innovative Patient Care

Current and future applications of genomics, strategies for dealing with workplace challenges, and a new look at the complex issue of medication error prevention will headline the offerings at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists’ (ASHP) 35th Annual Midyear Clinical Meeting, December 3-7, 2000, in Las Vegas. The meeting, which is the largest international meeting dedicated to improving patient care through drug therapy, will feature more than 40 educational sessions and a variety of networking and career advancement opportunities for pharmacists to expand their ability to care for patients.

The Midyear will officially kick off with an innovative presentation, Anatomy of an Error, during the Opening General Session (Monday, December 4, 9:00 a.m.). The presentation will offer an up-close look at the impact a medication error can have on families, health care professionals, and health systems. Participants in the session will share their experiences coping with the aftermath of an error and will offer personal strategies to promote medication safety.

The educational agenda at the Midyear features programming that will give meeting attendees an in-depth look at two expanding areas in health care, genomics and medication error prevention. Educational offerings in the learning tracks include:


  • How genomics will influence the future of health care,     
  • Current and future applications of human gene therapy,     
  • The impact of genomics on drug discovery and development, and     
  • The ethical implications of advances in genomics.

Medication Error Prevention

  • The role of certified pharmacy technicians in medication error prevention,     
  • Highlights of the Institute of Medicine report and managed care initiatives,     
  • The pharmacist’s role in improving patient safety in perioperative setting, and     
  • Using information technologies and automation to prevent medication errors.

Other educational sessions at the meeting will help pharmacists secure their place in the changing health care environment by offering strategies for treating patients with specific disease states, updates on current practice trends, and techniques for dealing with workplace issues. Pharmacy managers who are working to incorporate pharmaceutical care into their facilities will benefit from workshops on establishing an environment conducive to practice change, motivating staff to provide direct patient care, and providing learning resources for safe and effective medication use practice. Other sessions include:

  • Dealing effectively with staff shortages,     
  • Uses for alternative medicine to treat neurological diseases,     
  • Ways to improve outcomes in intensive care units,     
  • How the Internet is impacting pharmacy practice, and     
  • Strategies to advance pharmaceutical care through public relations.

Special programming focused on the needs and interests of pharmacy students (Sunday, December 3) and pharmacy technicians (Tuesday, December 5), including the ASHP National Clinical Skills Competition and a Technician Networking Forum, also will be conducted at the meeting. ASHP’s Personnel Placement Service, the most extensive on-site interviewing and placement service available in the profession; industry exhibits that allow attendees to review the latest technologies and pharmaceutical products and services; and networking activities, including poster sessions and "pearls" presentations, that allow for an exchange of innovations and new ideas, will be featured.

For more information about the 2000 Midyear Clinical Meeting, call ASHP Customer Service at (301) 657-4383, the "Meetings" section of ASHP’s Web site, (, or the October 15, issue of the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy. Online registration is available at

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, which has a long history of medication error prevention efforts, believes that the mission of pharmacists is to help people make the best use of medicines. 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.