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5/16/2002
Press Release

Pharmacy Practice Benefits From 40 Years Of ASHP Accreditation Activities

As the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) marks the 40th anniversary of its pharmacy residency accreditation program, the organization is helping to build the future of residencies though its triennial training conference for residency preceptors and the culmination of its yearly residency match program for pharmacists.

ASHP began its accreditation program in 1962 to help meet the need for pharmacists with specialized training in hospital practice. Through the years, ASHP has continually updated its accreditation standards to reflect advances in practice.

National Residency Preceptors Conference

The 2002 ASHP National Residency Preceptors Conference will be held August 16-18 in San Diego. The conference will provide residency program directors with specialized training to help pharmacists implement and manage successful residency programs in a variety of practice settings.

Topics will include:

      • Using practice management to develop leaders,
      • Assuring a quality residency environment, and
      • Obtaining Medicare reimbursement.

Pre-conference workshops will familiarize attendees with the systematic process used to design, develop, conduct, and evaluate residency training programs. For more information about the conference, contact ASHP Customer Service at 301-657-4383, ASHP Accreditation Services Division at 301-657-3000, ext. 1251, or go to www.ashp.org/public/meetings/preceptors/index.html.

Residency Programs Continue to Grow

The number of residency programs has grown steadily since ASHP began accrediting programs, as both employers and pharmacists have recognized the value of this important learning experience.

The number of pharmacy practice residents has more than tripled since 1981, with nearly 650 pharmacists matching with pharmacy practice residency programs in 2002. This year also saw a record number of nearly 900 accredited pharmacy practice residency positions and more than 300 specialized pharmacy practice residency positions available to pharmacists.

"Residency programs are an invaluable learning experience," said Janet L. Teeters, M.S., director, ASHP Accreditation Services Division. "These programs help prepare pharmacy practitioners for the challenges of today’s complex health care systems, while also providing the skills they need to meet the practice demands of the future."

ASHP is the 31,000-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.