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.

Persons who are interested in presenting at JFPS should email Patricia Szybist with their CV and their interest on what topics or issues they would like to be considered as a speaker. The education session topics will be determined by the Education Needs Survey and consultation with the JFPS Education Advisory Committee.

Education Tracks

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.

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.

Poster Abstracts

Conference Theme: Celebrating Joint Federal Pharmacy Health Care Excellence

The online submission site for poster presentations is open. The deadline for submissions has been extended to Monday, May 1. Notification of submission status will be sent in May 2017.

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.