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ASHP Summer Meeting Hits Jackpot in Las Vegas

A unique mix of educational programming and stimulating policy deliberations highlighted the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists’ (ASHP) 2004 Summer Meeting: Learners and Leaders, June 19-23, in Las Vegas. More than 3,200 pharmacists, health care professionals, and pharmaceutical industry exhibitors took part in the conference, which is also home to the annual session of the Society’s policymaking body, the ASHP House of Delegates.

Continuing Education: The Summer Meeting offered attendees a diverse selection of educational programming. Traditional programs included:

  • An update on the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organization’s new medication management standards and survey process,
  • A look at how health systems handle privileging and competence assessment, and
  • A review of the new United States Pharmacopeia’s Chapter 797 guidelines for compounding sterile preparations.

Three learning communities provided attendees in-depth explorations of informatics, evidence-based medicine, and change management principles. 

Educational programming at the meeting also featured a track for seasoned managers, including two presentations by Afterburner, a team of fighter pilots who use combat-proven methodologies to teach attendees how to execute their missions flawlessly in a rapidly changing environment.

Attendees were treated to several thought-provoking speeches, including the inaugural address of incoming ASHP President T. Mark Woods, Pharm.D., FASHP, who focused on managing change in health-system pharmacy and who challenged ASHP members to commit themselves to professional growth.

Opening Gala speaker former Sen. Fred Thompson offered his perspectives on the current political landscape and its implications for health-system pharmacists. Army Capt. Charles G. Boenig, a pharmacist deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, also gave a fascinating account of the challenges of providing services in a combat support hospital.

Policy Deliberations.  Representatives to the Society’s policymaking body approved 19 new professional policies, including measures that deal with drug importation, uniformity of state laws governing pharmacy technicians, pharmacists’ medication therapy management services, and compounding of sterile preparations.  (A separate press release outlines more thoroughly the policy decisions of the House of Delegates.)

The Society’s new officers were installed during the House of Delegates’ final meeting on June 22. T. Mark Woods, Pharm.D., FASHP, was installed as ASHP President, and Agatha Nolen, M.S., FASHP, and Philip J. Schneider, Pharm.D., began three-year terms as members of the ASHP Board of Directors. Marjorie Shaw Phillips, M.S., FASHP, and Marianne Ivey, Pharm.D., MPH, FASHP, were re-elected to a one-year term as Chair of the House and a three-year term as ASHP Treasurer, respectively. 

ASHP is the 30,000-member national professional association that represents pharmacists who practice in hospitals, health maintenance organizations, ambulatory care clinics, 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 professional practice, and it is the national accrediting organization for pharmacy residency and pharmacy technician training programs.  For more information, visit ASHP’s Web site, or