Pharmacy Practice Seminar
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About the Program

For the past 63 years, The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy has hosted the Annual Pharmacy Practice Seminar (PPS), designed for pharmacists practicing in a variety of settings. The mission of the conference is to provide relevant clinical and practice information to pharmacists and technicians interested in staying abreast of new information as well as refreshing their knowledge base. The 2014 PPS was the largest event with over 570 participants from over 10 states. PPS is developed and produced by The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy Continuing Education Office, and by the Pharmacy Practice Seminar Committee.

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PPS At a Glance

 Dates  September 26-27, 2015
 Location  DoubleTree Austin Hotel, 6505 North IH-35, Austin, TX 78752
 Start Time  Programming begins at 7:00 AM CT on Satruday, September 26
 Ending  Last session will conclude around 4:00 PM CT on Sunday, September 27
 Attendance  570 expected
 Attire  Casual
 Food  Breakfast, lunches, and snacks provided
 Pre-Programs  Immunization Update and IV Update will be held the evening Friday, September 25
 Nearest Airport  Austin-Bergstrom International Airport • AUS
 CE Hours  15 CPE Contact Hours
 2016 PPS  September 17 & 18, 2016 at the DoutbleTree Austin Hotel

Empowering Pharmacists and Technicians to Help Patients

The seminar will provide pharmacists and technicians with tools and knowledge that can be immediately applied when they return to their individual practices on Monday, so they may provide optimal care to their patients.  The ultimate goal of PPS is to improve patient outcomes by providing a very practical educational experience.  The speakers who are invited to participate in PPS are highly recommended educators, including UT College of Pharmacy professors, professors from other well respected colleges of pharmacy, practitioners considered to be experts in their field, and nationally renowned speakers.  Many UT alumni who attend PPS comment that they love getting to learn again from the same instructors who were their favorite instructors to learn from as students!


Who Should Register

The Pharmacy Practice Seminar (PPS) is designed for pharmacists and pharmacist technicians practicing in a variety of settings, including but not limited to: community/retail (chain and independent), hospital, clinical, pharmaceutical industry, academia, and government/regulatory practices


15 Contact Hours

The seminar offers up to 15 contact hours of ACPE accredited continuing pharmacy education in a lecture style format, complemented by active learning activities and question/answer sessions. 

The Pharmacy Practice Seminar is a knowldge-based CPE activity.


Pre-Seminar Programs

In addition to the two-day seminar, there are optional pre-seminar courses offered the Friday prior to PPS.  The pre-seminar activities allow participants to enhance their learning by honing in on skills/knowledge specific to intravenous admixture practice or delivering immunizations.  Additionally, there is a third pre-seminar course that focuses on a topic identified by the audience as a current need, but one that cannot be met by PPS due to time constraints. 


It’s Also a Reunion!

The Pharmacy Practice Seminar also serves as a great reunion for many of the attendees, who enjoy visiting with past classmates, colleagues and friends who they may not have an opportunity to see otherwise.  It also affords many alumni the opportunity to stay connected to the UT College of Pharmacy.  And for the many attendees who are not UT alumni, PPS still serves as an annual reunion to visit with friends that they have made by attending PPS year after year. 

Each year a photo is taken of those who have practiced pharmacy for over 50 years:

2014 and 2013 fifty year photo
50 year group


As Large as Texas

PPS continues to be one of the largest CE gatherings in Texas, attracting pharmacists from all across Texas and neighboring states.  While more and more online CE activities are popping up, PPS continues to thrive as one of the few remaining live learning opportunities in the region.  Participants have said, “it’s an extraordinary educational experience that cannot be matched”.  Come see for yourself why PPS continues to grow and why so many are repeat visitors!


Program Planning

SEMINAR PLANNING COMMITTEE

SEMINAR ON-SITE COMMITTEE

Amanda Brown, Pharm.D., BCPS
Clinical Pharmacist / RePes Pharmacist
Hunter Pharmacy Services

Lisa Carlson, R.Ph.
Pharmacy Consultant
Karen Bucknam, R.Ph.
Pharmacy Consultant
KIW Pharmacy Consultants, PLLC
JoAnn Hinojosa, Pharm.D., R.Ph.

Staff Pharmacist

CVS
Libby Gibbs, R.Ph.
Owner
KIW Pharmacy Consultants, PLLC
Annie Ryan Renfro, Pharm.D., BCPS
Staff Pharmacist
St. David's Medical Center
Thomas Guerra, R.Ph.
Director of Pharmacy, SA/West
HEB Grocery Co.
 
Allan Hawkins, R.Ph.
Phase I Clinic
PPD
 
Xan Janiga, Pharm.D., BCPS
Clinical Pharmacist
Texas Oncology Pharmacy
 
Amy R. Jones
Pharmacy Manager
The Hospital at Westlake Medical Ctr
 
Carla Portnoy, R.Ph.
Clinical Oncology Pharmacist
Texas Oncology Pharmacy
 
Neesha Thakkar, Pharm.D., BCPS
Pharmacist Clinical Coordinator
St. David's Medical Center
UT CPE STAFF ON COMMITTEE
Stephen Vickers, R.Ph.
Pharmacy Manger
Randall's Pharmacy
Glen Bamgart, Ph.D.
Director
Continuing Pharmacy Education
UT Austin College of Pharmacy
Kristin Wilson, R.Ph.
Relief Pharmacist
Jennifer Bosworth, Pharm.D.
Assistant Director
Continuing Pharmacy Education
UT Austin College of Pharmacy
Mark Zamutt, B.S. Pharmacy, R.Ph.
Staff Pharmacist
HEB Pharmacy 476
Jody Micheal Curtis
Administrative Associate
Continuing Pharmacy Education
UT Austin College of Pharmacy

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Photo credit to: Texas Escapes


Contact Us: UT Austin Continuing Pharmacy Education Office
Phone: 512-471-6213 • Fax: 512-475-9739 • Email: UTpharmacyCE@austin.utexas.edu

 

Last Reviewed: August 10, 2015

ACPE The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.
Comments to: UTPharmacyCE@austin.utexas.edu
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