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Schedule & Education

APhA Institute 2024 Agenda

Please note that the agenda below is tentative and is subject to change based upon the development of the curriculum and availability of speakers for the APhA Institute. The information is an example of what the Institute strives to offer.

University Credit Webinar – May 2

In addition to the APhA Institute Experience Webinar, APhA will also host a University Credit Webinar for all student pharmacists interested in obtaining University Credit for the APhA Institute. This session will be mandatory on Thursday, May 2 from 9:00 pm - 9:45 pm ET.

APhA Institute Experience Webinar – May 21

We will conduct an "APhA Institute Experience" pre-meeting session that will serve as an opportunity for attendees to learn about the APhA Institute on Substance Use Disorders, addiction-related education programs, 12-step meetings, and provided students and pharmacists with information on how to prepare for the meeting. The Introduction to the APhA Institute Experience will run from 8:30 pm to 9:00 pm ET followed by a break and then the session will close with Small Group Introductions from 9:00 pm - 9:45 pm ET. Registered attendees will receive access to the session recording and information on their small group via email.

APhA Institute Experience Webinar

Tuesday, May 28 / Wednesday, May 29

Arrive to Salt Lake City, Utah - Encourage all attendees to tour SLC!

Wednesday, May 29

(All session times are listed in MT)

1:00 pm APhA Institute Registration Opens
1:30 pm Pre-Session Roundtable Discussion
Faculty, Pharmacy Recovery Networks, Boards of Pharmacy
3:00 pm Opening Session: The APhA Institute Experience
4:15 pm Break
4:30 pm The State of Affairs
5:30 pm Break / APhA Institute Dinner (Box Lunch Provided)
6:15 pm Introduction to 12-Steps and Alcoholics Anonymous
7:15 pm Alcoholics Anonymous – Open Meeting
8:15 pm Small Group - Breakout Meetings
9:00 pm Adjourn Day 1

Thursday, May 30 

7:30 am Registration Opens
8:00 am Below the Surface: The Neuroscience of Substance Use Disorders
9:00 am Break
9:15 am Below the Surface: The Neuroscience of Substance Use Disorders, Part 2
10:15 am Break
10:30 am Substance Use Disorder 101 for Pharmacists
11:30 am Lunch Break
1:00 pm Case Study of a Pharmacist
1:45 pm Break
2:00 pm Naloxone Access: The Pharmacist’s Role
3:15 pm Break 
3:30 pm Narcotics Anonymous – Open Meeting
4:30 pm Adjourn Day 2
5:30 pm (Optional) Group Hike Up the Mountain — Meet at Sage Point Quad*
(Optional) Group Walk Through Red Butte Gardens — Meet at Sage Point Quad
*All participants must complete an APhA Waiver prior to hiking

Friday, May 31

8:30 am Crisis Intervention: Safety is Everyone's Responsibility
9:45 am Break
10:00 am From Bystander to Advocate – Harm Reduction
11:15 am Small Group Meeting - Touch Base
11:30 am Lunch Break
1:00 pm Workshop: Communication: Practice Makes Almost Perfect
2:15 pm Break
2:30 pm Family Matters: Understanding and Addressing the Impact of SUD on Family Units
3:45 pm Break
4:00 pm Al-Anon - Open Meeting
5:15 pm Adjourn Day 3 / (Optional) Visit from Golden Healer Therapy Dogs

Saturday, June 1 

8:00 am (Optional) Ambassador Information Session
8:00 am (Optional) Dinosaur Debrief
8:45 am The Not-So-Fine-Line of Stimulant Use vs Stimulant Use Disorders
10:00 am Break
10:15 am

Breakout Sessions:
Track I - Operation Substance Use Disorders Workshop
Track II - Pharmacist Recovery Network (PRN) & State Boards of Pharmacy Discussion
Track III - Faculty Member / APhA Pain & Palliative Care SIG Networking Roundtable

11:30 am Lunch Break
1:00 pm 12-Step Meeting
2:00 pm Break
2:15 pm Closing Session: Developing Positive Personal Power
3:45 pm Closing Remarks
4:00 pm Adjourn APhA Institute / Depart for Airport / Free Time in Salt Lake City / Park City

**Attendees that are checking out of the Sage Point Dormitories on Saturday morning may bring their luggage to the Alpine Room to be stored until the APhA Institute adjourns at 4:00 pm. There will be no luggage storage on Sunday, June 4.

A final list of all session learning objectives and faculty disclosures will be available in May 2023.

Continuing Pharmacy Education (CPE)



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

CPE Monitor

Utah CPE

CPE Monitor is a collaborative system used by ACPE, National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP), and ACPE-accredited providers for all pharmacists, student pharmacists and technicians to record and track their CPE credits. Visit: www.nabp.net/programs/cpe-monitor-service to set up your e-Profile. Contact NABP customer support at 847-391-4406, Monday to Friday between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm CT for additional information.

Target Audience

APhA Institute education sessions were designed for pharmacists from all practice settings. Courses appropriate for pharmacist participation are designated by an ACPE universal activity number ending in the letter "P."

Learning Level

CPE offered at the APhA Institute is: Level 1 - Baseline knowledge of the subject area is required. The information presented will be a primer on the topic and appropriate for a wide range of pharmacists.

Activity Type

CPE offered at the APhA Institute is: Knowledge-based activities – designed to enhance or add to pharmacists’ knowledge of a topic, mostly through didactic sessions.

For Assistance

Contact the APhA InfoCenter at infocenter@aphanet.org or 1-800-237-APhA (2742) and press #2 for assistance with pharmacist.com login issues. Contact the APhA Education Department at education@aphanet.org for session codes and other CPE related questions.

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, make sure you have provided APhA with your Florida license number. To check, log on to www.pharmacist.com and select My Account, then License Information.

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, contact the APhA Education Department at education@aphanet.org within 5 days of the conclusion of the session.


Please see individual APhA Institute “Letter of Agreement” for faculty disclosures.

Claim Your Credit

To obtain CPE credit, you are required to actively participate in the entire session, submit the corresponding attendance code, complete speaker and session evaluations, and claim credit using the online CPE submission site.

Register for the APhA Institute and add to your APhA Learning Library by clicking on this link: https://ebusiness.pharmacist.com/PersonifyEbusiness/Shop-APhA/Product-Details/productId/359767108

  1. Select “Add to Cart”
  2. Select “Checkout”
  3. Select “Next, Next” then “Complete Order”

The APhA Institute Learning Plan will now be available under “My Training” in the APhA Learning Library. Ensure your NABP e-Profile ID and Birth Month and Day (MMDD) are updated in the APhA.

  1. Select “My Account” at the top right next to your name
  2. Select “NABP e-Profile ID”
  3. Input your NABP e-Profile ID and date of birth (MMDD) if missing
  4. Check “Yes, I have read the APhA’s CPE Monitor Policies and Procedures”
  5. Click “Submit”

For each session, follow the steps below to claim CPE credit.

  1. Go to the APhA Learning Library at https://www.pharmacist.com/Education/NEW-Learning-Library and click the “Get Started” button.
  2. Login with your APhA username and password.
  3. From the APhA Learning Library Home page, under “My Training,” click on the 2023 APhA Institute on Substance Use Disorders Learning Plan tile. This learning plan contains all of the education sessions for home study and the APhA Institute on Substance Use Disorders in Salt Lake City, Utah.
  4. Locate the session in the list and click on the title.
  5. Click the “Start Learning Now” button at the top right of the screen
  6. Click the “Begin the Test” at the bottom of the screen
  7. Enter the session’s attendance code and click the “Submit Test (Completed)” button on the bottom right of the screen
  8. On the next screen, click the “Next Activity” button.
  9. For each speaker, click the “Begin the Survey” button under the speaker’s name to complete the speaker evaluation. Click the “Submit” button.
  10. Click the “Next” button at the top right of the screen to proceed to the session evaluation.
  11. Click the “Begin the Survey” button under the “APhA Education Evaluation” header.
  12. Complete the evaluation form and click the “Submit” button at the bottom of the screen.

Repeat these instructions for each session. You must file your CPE credit at pharmacist.com by Thursday, July 1, 2023, 5:00 PM ET.

Poster Presentations

Operation Substance Use Disorders is brought to APhA Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) through a collaboration with Walmart, Inc. It is an educational program in which student pharmacists work in their communities to prevent misuse of prescription medication, break the stigma of substance use disorders (SUD), support patients in recovery, and advocate for the profession. By educating and providing resources to people of all ages and socioeconomic backgrounds, student pharmacists will raise awareness, prevent harm from prescription medication misuse, and support patients who struggle with SUD. APhA-ASP is honored to partner with Walmart, Inc. on this educational program to expand the breadth and depth of this important initiative to the communities surrounding our nation’s schools and colleges of pharmacy. Learn more about APhA-ASP Operation Substance Use Disorder. 

APhA-ASP National Operation Substance Use Award Recipients will present information on their chapter programming during the APhA Institute. Attendees will have an opportunity each day to meet with each of the chapter leaders. 

2021-2022 National Award Recipients

Operation Substance Use Disorders 2021-2022 Second Runner-Up Award - University of Wisconsin - Madison

Student Representative: Jessica Haase (jhaase5@wisc.edu) and David Potapenko (dpotapenko@wisc.edu)

Operation Substance Use Disorders 2021-2022 First Runner-Up Award - University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center

Student Representative: Martina Lynn Walling (mwallin3@uthsc.edu) and Autumn Potter (apotte16@uthsc.edu)

Operation Substance Use Disorders 2021-2022 National Award - East Tennessee State University Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy

Student Representatives: Samantha Taylor (Keen) (keensi@etsu.edu) and Christina Tarasidis (tarasidisc@etsu.edu)

The APhA New Practitioner Network (NPN) also strives to provide opportunities for recent graduates to develop themselves and empowers them with the knowledge and skills necessary to define the future of their profession. Many new practitioners are highly engaged in substance use disorder initiatives throughout pharmacy school and continue this interest after graduation. To further the passion and interest of new practitioners, APhA developed a research awards program for new practitioners, residents, and/or postgraduates who conduct research in the area of substance use disorders. Selected grant recipients will present their research projects during at the APhA Institute on Substance Use Disorders.    

2022 APhA NPN Operation Substance Use Disorder Grant Recipients

Raven Cauldron, PharmD

Clinical Pharmacy Resident, Oregon State University College of Pharmacy

Thai Nguyen, PharmD

Public Health Fellow, University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy

Sarah Wigfield, PharmD

PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Resident, Froedtert Hopital

University Credit

APhA Institute on Substance Use Disorders – University Credit Information

APhA is partnering with Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions to provide elective credit (two credit hours) for the APhA Institute on Substance Use Disorders, May 29 – June 1, 2024. Student Pharmacists who attend the APhA Institute on Substance Use Disorders are eligible to receive two elective credits from Creighton University. There will be a $95.00 registration fee for the university credit (in addition to the Institute registration fee). Student attendees will enroll and pay the university credit registration fee directly with the Creighton University Registrar’s Office (via the link below), not APhA.

All student pharmacist attendees interested in receiving credit may apply directly to Creighton University after they completed their registration/enrollment for the Institute with APhA.

APhA highly encourages all student pharmacists to meet with school or college of pharmacy administrators prior to enrolling in the course to ensure that university credit will be accepted and transferred directly to your current school or college of pharmacy.

To receive credit, each student must:

  • Attend all required sessions including any pre-session webinars.
  • Submit all the session codes as provided at the end of each session.
  • Write and submit a reflection (paper) on the student's experience at the Institute.
  • "Guidelines for the Reflection (paper)" will be provided at a later date.

The deadline for submission of the Final Reflection Paper is June 16, 2024 at 11:59 pm central time in order to receive the elective credit. A transcript verifying the credit can be obtained from the Creighton University Registrar at the end of the summer.

Creighton University Registration Link

Register for the University Credit webinar on May 2nd at 9:00 pm eastern time.