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General Education Information

Educational Goals

The ASHP 2020 Summer Meetings educational sessions are developed to maintain and enhance the knowledge, skills, and competence of pharmacists, technicians, and other healthcare professionals in acute and ambulatory settings. The educational goal of this meeting is to provide information and instruction on a variety of topics through skill-building and active participation to enable healthcare providers to provide quality patient care.

Educational Objectives

At the conclusion of the ASHP 2020 Summer Meetings, attendees will be able to:

  • Summarize the current state of knowledge and emerging healthcare trends in acute and ambulatory settings.
  • Give examples of important issues relevant to their practice.
  • Identify key concepts that could be implemented at their site.

Target Audience

Educational activities are planned and structured to meet either the knowledge-based or application-based educational needs of pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, physicians, and nurses (CME and nursing CE offered for the Medication Safety Collaborative only) in a variety of settings. This includes those practicing in large and small hospitals, managed care facilities, ambulatory care settings, inpatient facilities, outpatient clinics, and homecare settings, as well as in academia and the pharmaceutical industry.

Continuing Pharmacy Education

In accordance with ACPE’s Accreditation Standards for Continuing Pharmacy Education (CPE), ASHP fully supports the following:

Definition of Continuing Education

CPE for the profession of pharmacy is a structured educational activity designed or intended to support the continuing development of pharmacists and/or pharmacy technicians to maintain and enhance their competence. CPE should promote problem-solving and critical thinking, and it should be applicable to the safe practice of pharmacy.

Active Learning

A basic principle and best practice in adult learning, active learning means interaction with faculty and other participants to improve learning, retention, and application of new knowledge and skills. Even in large sessions, faculty use participatory instructional techniques intended to engage you more fully as a learner.

Learning Assessment and Feedback

Learning assessment and feedback are part of every activity; while participating in an activity, attendees will assess their own learning through various teaching formats and techniques.

Activity Types

CPE activities at the ASHP 2020 Summer Meetings are knowledge-based and application-based. Knowledge-based sessions are designed primarily for acquiring factual knowledge; application-based sessions primarily apply the information learned in the time allotted.

Topic Designations

ACPE universal activity number topic designations are used by boards of pharmacy when a specific type of CPE is required for re-licensure:

01 Disease state management/drug therapy
02 AIDS therapy
03 Law
04 General pharmacy
05 Patient safety
06 Immunizations
07 Compounding, sterile and non-sterile
08 Pain Management/Opioids 


ACPE standards require us to develop and conduct evaluations for each CPE activity. Beyond this requirement, your feedback is important to us for evaluating achievement of the learning objectives, quality of faculty, effectiveness of teaching methods and materials, and perceptions of commercial bias.

ACCME Standards for Commercial Support

ACPE has adopted the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support. These standards require separation of continuing education from commercial influence. Instructional materials for CPE activities, including presentation slides, undergo peer review to ensure compliance with the Standards for Commercial Support.

Relevant Financial Relationships Disclosure Statements

Presenters, program chairs, planners, reviewers, ASHP staff, and others with an opportunity to control CE content are required to disclose financial relationships with commercial interests. In accordance with these standards, all potential conflicts of interest have been resolved prior to the CPE activity taking place. ASHP will disclose financial relationship information to meeting attendees in the AJHP program, on the mobile app, and at the beginning of the education session. ASHP maintains disclosure information on file for six years. Poster disclosures are displayed in the lower-right corner of the poster boards.

Continuing Professional Development

An approach to lifelong learning, continuing professional development (CPD) is a process of active participation in learning activities geared to helping individuals develop and maintain continuing competence, enhance their professional practice, and support achievement of their career goals. CPD emphasizes self-reflection as well as educational plan development, implementation, documentation, and evaluation. Educational sessions and other activities at the meeting may form part of your own CPD plan. For more information, visit ACPE’s website.

Educational Session Materials

Materials will be available on the web-based itinerary planner on May 15 to download or print for all registered attendees. Print the materials for the sessions you plan to attend before the meeting and bring them with you. Handouts will not be provided in the session rooms.

NOTE: Printers will not be provided onsite.

Industry-Supported Symposia

ASHP Advantage, a brand of ASHP, specializes in developing customized, needs-based educational activities for pharmacists, physicians, and other healthcare professionals. For ASHP Advantage symposia presented at the ASHP 2020 Summer Meetings, you may process continuing education credit online at ASHP eLearning.

Other industry-supported symposia have been scheduled in conjunction with the ASHP 2020 Summer Meetings and will be held throughout the week. The symposium organizer is responsible for content, logistics, and issuance of continuing education credits.


Poster sessions allow attendees to informally discuss current projects in pharmacy practice with colleagues. This is your opportunity to pick up ideas from hundreds of successful programs that have worked in other healthcare systems.

NOTE: CPE credit is not offered for poster sessions.

Educational Session Recordings

With so many educational sessions to choose from, it used to be impossible to catch them all — but not any longer. The full-meeting registration fee includes access to all available educational session recordings. Access the sessions you’ve missed online and attend at your leisure.

NOTE: CPE credit is not available for recordings.

ACPE Accreditation

ACPE logoThe American Society of Health-System Pharmacists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

Some states have special criteria for program content to meet their requirements for continuing education. Check with your state to determine if such requirements exist and to determine which Summer Meetings educational sessions meet those requirements.


ASHP determines the number of contact hours for each session. Registrants may earn up to 19 contact hours (1.90 CEUs) at the ASHP 2020 Summer Meetings.

Pharmacy Technicians

Educational sessions at the ASHP 2020 Summer Meetings may satisfy the requirement for certified pharmacy technicians. These sessions are designated with a “T” following the ACPE number.

For information on pharmacy technician certification and continuing education requirements, contact PTCB at 800-363-8012 or

Physician and Nursing CE

Sessions in the 2020 Medication Safety Collaborative are approved for continuing medical and continuing nursing education.


ACCMEThe American Society of Health-System Pharmacists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists designates this live activity for a maximum of 19.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


This activity has been submitted to the Maryland Nurses Association for approval to award contact hours. The Maryland Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Florida Department of Health Continuing Education Credits

Florida-licensed pharmacists must self-report their meeting continuing pharmacy education credit hours to CE Broker. ASHP is not offering Florida Consultant Pharmacy CE at this meeting.

CE Processing

After participating in the educational activities of this meeting, attendees process and claim their CE credit online through ASHP eLearning. Attendees claiming their CE online will be able to view their CE statements immediately.

NOTE: All continuing pharmacy education credits must be claimed within 60 days of the live session you attend. To be sure your CE is accepted inside of ACPE's 60-day window, plan to process your CE before July 31, 2020. 

NABP’s CPE Monitor

CPE MonitorTo process CE, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians must enter an NABP e-Profile ID, birth month, and date in ASHP eLearning. After you have entered this information, it is saved for future CE processing. Obtain an e-Profile ID on NABP’s website.