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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 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 21 hours of CPE credit. 

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 Three to Five Years                                    

Electronic Health Record: MHS GENESIS and Federal Update

General Session
Panzacola North

Innovative Health Care

Just Culture: What Is It Exactly?

New Drugs of 2017                   



Closing General Session
Panzacola North

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

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 21 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 Leadiant Biosciences, 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.

Accepted 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. 

Poster Information

  • Poster Number: Refer to the poster ID number email sent Wednsday, July 26. Your poster board is numbered so that you can find it easily.
  • Poster Display Location Hours: The posters are displayed in the Sebastian Ballroom of the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel. Your poster must remain on display from Monday, September 11 at 0630 through Tuesday, September 12 at 1330.
  • Poster Set-up and Removal: Set-up your poster in the Exhibit Hall on Sunday, September 10, 1200-1700.  Posters must be removed on Tuesday, September 12, 1330-1400.
  • Poster Board: The poster display board measures 4 feet high by 8 feet wide. Poster boards have a 1-inch frame thus only 45” by 90” is usable space. Push pins are available to hang your poster.

Meet the Researchers
These sessions are part of the JFPS CPE program, as conference attendees are able to earn one hour of CPE credit by viewing the posters, discussing them with the authors, and completing a CPE form. Meet the Researchers CPE sessions are scheduled for Monday, September 11, 0645-0745 and Tuesday, September 12, 0645-0745. Poster authors are required to participate in the sessions that correspond to their poster number. To facilitate movement among the posters, we have assigned all odd numbered posters to the Monday session and all even numbered posters to the Tuesday session. If you need to change your assigned date, email Pat Szybist. Poster presenters may include registered poster co-authors and/or pharmacy personnel from your duty station who are knowledgeable about the content of the poster.

PowerPoint/PDF Submission Process 
All posters must be uploaded to the submission site by August 25. To submit your poster pdf or ppt file, visit the submission site. Log in with the submission site login and password of the submitting author. Click on "Upload File" on your author home page under "Action" column. Locate your file from your computer and upload it to the site. Coordinate this submission with your co-presenters. 

If your poster file is not received by August 25, then we will consider your poster withdrawn and a poster board will not be available.

Poster Awards
Award plaques are presented for First Place in each of the poster categories and Overall Best of Seminar. A Special Recognition ribbon is awarded to the highest scoring poster that did not win in its category. Award criteria include: Technical Merit (1-10), Originality (1-10), and Presentation (1-10). Maximum possible score is 30. Your poster must be displayed at JFPS in order to be eligible for an award. Poster awards are presented during the Wednesday afternoon General Session.

Financial Disclosures
Financial disclosure statements are required for all poster authors and were collected during the submission process. These disclosure statements are required to be included on all posters, even if none of the presenters has any disclosures, i.e., “None”. For examples of a disclosure statement, please see pages 3-4 in the Call for Posters. If you have already submitted or printed your poster, please add this information on a separate sheet and attach it to your poster at JFPS.

All poster presenters must be paid registrants of the Joint Federal Pharmacy Seminar. 

In addition to your participation in the JFPS Poster Session, your abstract will be published in the January/February 2018 electronic issue of the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association (JAPhA).

Contact Information
If you have changed duty stations recently, send contact information updates to Patricia Szybist.

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