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JFPS 2017 offers a high-quality, education-based program for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians focused on topics attendees need to improve their pharmacy management operations and enhance their clinical and patient care services.

Education Sessions and Tracks

JFPS is developed by pharmacy experts to share ideas regarding strategies, leading change, effective processes, what's working, and challenges in federal pharmacy. Don’t miss this opportunity to enhance your practice, leadership, and professional development skills. Earn up to 18 hours of CPE credit. 


The JFPS 2017 educational program addresses topics of interest across the services, including Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Navy, U.S. Public Health Service, and Veterans Administration: 

  • Case Law
  • Defense Medical Logistics Standard Support (DMLSS) Training
  • Deployment Issues: Opportunities and Challenges
  • Federal Pharmacy Leaders Vision: Next 3-5 Years
  • Immunization Update: Recent Vaccine Approvals and What’s in the Pipeline
  • New Drugs
  • Pain Management/Opioids: Role of the Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
  • Passing the Torch: Developing Tomorrow’s Leaders
  • Patient Safety Culture
  • (NEW) Pharmacy Technician Track
  • Role of the Pharmacist in the Emergency Department
  • Smoking Cessation Training
  • Speed Mentoring: Career Development in Federal Pharmacy
  • Technology Pearls
  • Updates on DoD’s GENESIS
  • USP <800>: What You Always Wanted to Know but Were Afraid to Ask


All education sessions fit within one of the following education and training tracks, which are based on mission-critical tasks for federal pharmacists:

  • Clinical Patient Care: These sessions cover disease states and their management and may include new drug reviews, pharmacogenomics, pain management, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
  • Implementing Patient-Centered Care: These sessions cover best practices to successfully plan and implement patient-centered care, including medical home programs and medication therapy management (MTM) models of care, and topics such as polypharmacy, medication safety, medication adherence, transitions of care, and provider status.
  • Pharmacy Business Operations, Management, and Professional Leadership: These sessions focus on operational and leadership skills needed to effectively work in or lead a federal pharmacy.  Topics may include provider status, workload recapture, pharmacy personnel management, formulary management implementation, controlled substance accountability and ordering,  pharmacy financial management and logistics, automation system implementation, reducing medication errors, compounding, legislative/regulatory updates and pharmacy law.

General Sessions

Monday, September 11 Tuesday, September 12 Wednesday, September 13
Opening General Session

Panzacola North
  • Welcome Ceremony
  • Presentation of Colors
  • Service Songs
  • Welcome from APhA
  • Andrew Craigie Awards

Federal Pharmacy Leaders Vision: Next 3-5 Years                                    

Update of DoD's GENESIS

General Session
Panzacola North

Innovative Health Care

USP <800>: What You Always Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask

New Drugs of 2017

Closing General Session
Panzacola North

Population Health Issues in the Federal Sector

Academic Detailing

Pharmacy Case Law Update 2017: Kickbacks, Crazy Medicine, and Controlling Everything


  • Poster Awards
  • Closing Ceremony

Continuing Pharmacy Education Information

Depending on their organization or branch of service, qualified attendees are able to earn up to 18 hours of continuing pharmacy education (CPE) credit. Continuing pharmacy education is recorded online.

As of May 1, 2014, APhA is no longer manually transferring older CPE credit information to CPE Monitor. State Boards of Pharmacy are accepting paper Statements of Credit for those credits earned prior to January 1, 2013.

logoAPhA is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

Target Audience
JFPS 2017 education sessions are designed for federal pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.

  • Courses appropriate for pharmacist participation are designated by an ACPE universal activity number ending in the letter "P."
  • Courses appropriate for pharmacy technician participation are designated by an ACPE universal activity number ending in the letter "T." The number of credit hours is based on the amount of content applicable to pharmacy technicians. Please review the ACPE information for each session to determine the amount of credit offered.

Learning Levels
To help you more efficiently plan your time, the content of the education sessions is categorized into two levels of expertise:

  • Level 1: Baseline knowledge of the subject area is required. The information presented is mostly introductory.
  • Level 2: Some prior subject area knowledge and expertise are required, but extensive expertise is not.
  • Level 3: Substantial knowledge and experience in the subject area are required. Information is provided at a level to expand current expertise.

Activity Types
Activity types are designed to give attendees an idea of the intended outcome of a continuing pharmacy education (CPE) activity.

  • Knowledge-based activities are designed to enhance or add to pharmacists' or technicians' knowledge of a topic; mostly didactic sessions.
  • Application-based activities provide pharmacists and technicians with opportunities to apply their knowledge, usually through case studies or other application activities.
  • Practice-based activities are longer, more comprehensive activities of at least 15 hours that incorporate knowledge, skills, and performance. These activities are also known as certificate training programs.

State Requirements

  • Check with the Board of Pharmacy in your state regarding specific continuing pharmacy education requirements.
  • Florida-licensed pharmacists: To ensure that your continuing pharmacy education participation can be filed with the state-mandated CE Broker system you must provide APhA with your Florida license number. To check, log on to and select My Account, then License Information.

The following JFPS Education Committee members declare no conflicts of interest or financial interests in any product or service mentioned in these educational activities including grants, employment, gifts, stock holdings, and honoraria: LT Andrew Benson, Capt Amanda Ferguson, MSgt Robert George, LCDR Chris Janik, LCDR Nahleen Lopez, John Santell, and LTC Aatif Sheikh.

Ellyn Terry declares that she has served as a consultant for MedImmune and her spouse is an employee of Sigma-Tau Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

All other APhA education staff declare no conflicts of interest or financial interest in any product or service mentioned, including grants, employment, gifts, stock holdings, and honoraria. View complete staff disclosures

Content advisors and reviewers:

CAPT(ret) Elizabeth Nolan declares that she owns stock in Abbott Laboratories, AbbVie Inc., Pfizer Inc., Proctor & Gamble Company, and Varian Medical Systems.

CDR (ret) Sue Roper declares that she has no conflicts of interest or financial interest in any product or service mentioned, including grants, employment, gifts, stock holdings, and honoraria.

COL (ret) William M. (Mike) Heath declares that he has served as a consultant for the American Pharmacists Association, Grifols – USA, LMI, ScriptPro, and U.S. Pharmacopeia.

Partial Credit Policy
APhA does not offer partial credit for any CPE activity.

Grievance Policy 
Should any attendee of an approved CPE session be dissatisfied with the quality of the activity, a request in writing must be submitted to the APhA Education Department within five days of the conclusion of the session.

Call for Technology Pearls

Share an innovative idea with your Federal Pharmacy colleagues at JFPS 2017! The deadline for submission was Friday, June 23.

Technology Pearls are brief presentations describing an innovative strategy, idea, or resource, for promoting patient care services through use of technology provided by federal pharmacists and/or pharmacy technicians. Possible topics for "pearls" may include: the use of apps by pharmacy staff or with patients to track and monitor their health; implementation of new technology in your pharmacy; pharmacy add-ons to the electronic health record; change in procedures/process that improves medication error rate, better patient service including decline in wait times, or facilitates transitions of care.

Status of submissions will be sent to the primary author in late July.

More Information
Contact Ellyn Terry at 202-429-7585 for assistance.

Poster Abstracts

Conference Theme: Celebrating Joint Federal Pharmacy Health Care Excellence

The online submission site for poster presentations is closed. The deadline for submissions was Monday, May 1. Notification of submission status was sent via email on Wednesday, May 31.

Look at these prize-winning posters from JFPS 2016 to get ideas for your poster submission. 

Use this handout from JFPS 2010 to assist you in preparing your proposals:

More Information
Contact Patricia Szybist at 202-429-7578 for assistance.