APhA Institute 2018 Agenda


Webinar - Tuesday, May 8, 2018 (9:00pm - 10:00pm ET) 

The "APhA Institute Experience” Webinar will serve as an opportunity for attendees to learn and ask questions about the APhA Institute on Alcoholism and Drug Dependencies, addiction-related education programs, 12-step meetings, university credit, outdoor activities, travel, housing, and will provide students and pharmacists with information on how to prepare/pack for your trip to Utah. This is a requirement (viewing live or the recorded webinar) for University Credit.


Prior to the APhA Institute - Home Study CPE

Plans for 2018 are to offer pharmacists and student pharmacists with the opportunity to complete CPE via our APhA Institute Home Study Courses. Futher information will be available in May 2018.


Tuesday, May 29

Travel to Salt Lake City, UT
Check-in to Housing at Benchmark Plaza Apartments or University Guest House

Wednesday, May 30

Travel to Salt Lake City, UT
Check-in to Housing at Benchmark Plaza Apartments or University Guest House

4:00 pm Registration Open
5:30 pm University Credit Overview
Keith D. Marciniak, BSPharm
6:00 pm Opening Session: The APhA Institute Experience
Charles Broussard, M.Ed, BSPharm, FAPhA
7:15 pm Introduction to 12-Steps and Alcoholics Anonymous
7:45 pm Break (Set-up Room for Alcoholics Anonymous – Open Meeting)
8:00 pm Alcoholics Anonymous – Open Meeting
9:00 pm Adjourn

Thursday, May 31

7:00 am Registration
8:00 am Finding Grace: An Overview of Addiction & Recovery
Robert Weathers, PhD
9:30 am Break
10:00 am Drug Overdose — Clinical Presentations in the Emergency Department
Jeremy Bair, PharmD, BCPS
11:30 am Lunch
1:00 pm Introduction to Addictive Disorders: Implications for Health Professionals
Merrill Norton, PharmD, DPh, ICCDP-D
2:30 pm Break
3:00 pm Intro to Addictive Disorders: Implications for Health Professionals (Continued)
4:30 pm Break (Set-up room for Narcotics Anonymous Speaker Meeting)
4:45 pm Narcotics Anonymous Open Meeting (Speaker Meeting) 
5:45 pm Adjourn
6:15 pm (Optional) Group Walk Through Red Butte Gardens - Meet at Sage Point Quad
6:15 pm (Optional) Group Hike Up the Mountain - Meet at Sage Point Quad

Friday, June 1

7:30 am (Optional) Ambassador Information Session
8:00 am Addressing Pain Management in Addiction Recovery
Theodore V. Parran Jr., MD, FACP
9:30 am Break
10:00 am Using Brief Interventions in a Busy Pharmacy Setting
Jake Nichols, PharmD, MBA
11:30 am Lunch
1:00 pm Naloxone: Understanding Its Role and Expanding Access in Community Pharmacies
Anita N. Jacobson, PharmD
2:00 pm Break
2:15 pm Bridging the Gap - Integrating Family Therapy and Addiction Counseling
Robert Weathers, PhD
4:15 pm Break (Set-up Room for Al-Anon – Open Meeting)
4:30 pm Al-Anon – Open Meeting
6:00 pm Adjourn
6:30 pm (Optional) Free Time in Salt Lake City / Park City (or Rain Date for Hike)

Saturday, June 2

Track I - (Max Seating: 200)

8:00 am Opioid Conversion: The Essentials for Pharmacists
Tanya J. Uritsky, PharmD, BCPS, CPE
9:00 am Taper Without Withdrawal: A Case Study
Tanya J. Uritsky, PharmD, BCPS, CPE
9:30 am Break
10:00 am Teaming Up to Prevent Diversion: Strategies for Collaboration
Noah Nesin, MD, FAAFP
Jessica Bates, PharmD, BCACP
11:30 am Lunch

Track II - (Max Seating: 400)

8:00 am Careers in Addiction Education & Training
Moderated by: Melissa Skelton Duke, PharmD, MS, BCPS
9:30 am Break
10:00 am Generation Rx Workshop
Moderated by: Keith D. Marciniak, BSPharm
11:30 am Lunch

Track I and Track II Combine

1:00 pm The Implications of Medical Marijuana to the Practice of Pharmacy
Laura Borgelt, PharmD, FCCP, BCPS
2:00 pm Break
2:30 pm Expert Debate: Addressing Controversial Topics in Addiction Recovery
Jeffrey Bratberg, PharmD
Jake Nichols, PharmD, MBA
4:00 pm Break
4:15 pm Case Study of a Recovering Pharmacist
5:00 pm Adjourn
  (Optional) Free Time in Salt Lake City / Park City (or Rain Date for Hike)

Sunday, June 3

8:00 am Closing 12-Step Meeting - Carrying the Message
9:15 am Break
9:45 am Closing Session: Developing Positive Personal Power
Chuck Jackson, EdD
11:45 am Adjourn APhA Institute

Check-out of Housing at Benchmark Plaza Apartments or University Guest House
Depart Salt Lake City, UT


Continuing Pharmacy Education


APhA Institute on Alcoholism and Drug Dependencies CPE Portal with Online Home Study Courses


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

 CPE Monitor
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: 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.

CPE Credits
Qualified attendees can earn 17.5 contact hours of continuing pharmacy education (CPE) credit (1.75 CEUs) while attending the APhA Institute. Sessions approved for CPE Credits are indicated by an ACPE number and CEUs in the APhA Institute Workbook and online via the APhA Institute CPE Portal.

Online Home Study
Qualified attendees can earn 7.0 contact hours of CPE Credit (0.7 CEUs) for completing the APhA Institute Online Home Study Courses. Please note that online home study is a requirement for student pharmacists taking the APhA Institute for University Credit.

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 or 1-800-237-APhA (2742) and press #2 for assistance with login issues. Contact the APhA Education Department at 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 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 within 5 days of the conclusion of the session.

Faculty disclosures are provided in the APhA Institute Workbook. The APhA Education Committee and APhA staff disclosures can be found on

Claim Your Credit
To obtain CPE credit, you are required to actively participate in each activity and complete an evaluation. The attendance code provided at the end of each session is needed to access and complete the evaluation. In order to complete the online activity evaluation form, participants will need to have a valid username and password.

1. Log into with your APhA Profile ( username and password.  DO NOT Create a 2nd account. You will need a valid NABP e-Profile ID number to claim credit.
2. Click on the following link to access the APhA Institute CPE Information.
3. Enter the attendance code provided at the end of each session.
4. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the activity evaluation and claim credit.
5. Proof of your CPE credit will be available to you on CPE Monitor, located at
6. Your CPE must be filed by 5:00pm ET on Friday, July 6, 2018, in order to receive credit. The attendance code expires on this date and no CPE will be granted after this time.


University Credit Information

APhA has partnered with the Notre Dame of Maryland University School of Pharmacy to provide University Credit for all interested student pharmacists. After successfully attending each session of the APhA Institute and completing a paper that will be due following the conference, the Notre Dame of Maryland University will issue a pass/fail grade and 2.0 credit hours. The cost for University Credit is $75.00 (this includes the transcript fee). Registration can be completed when you register for the APhA Institute.

The deadline to sign-up for University Credit is Monday, May 28, 2018 at 11:59pm PT. If you missed the opportunity to sign-up for University Credit during the registration process, please visit this link to sign-up today!  In addtion, please email APhA Staff at by no later than May 28, 2018 to request a full $75.00 refund. On-site registration will not be available in Salt Lake City, UT.


University Credit Checklist

  1. Verify with your school or college of pharmacy that the University Credit (2.0 hours) will be accepted. Please note that this is a pass/fail course.
  2. Complete the online registration for University Credit (since registration for the APhA Institute is now closed, please email APhA Staff at and they will send you a link on your profile to register.)
  3. Review the APhA Institute Course Syllabus.
  4. Create an NABP e-Profile ID - Visit our NABP CPE Monitor Instruction Page on
  5. Complete your Home Study Courses prior to 11:59pm PT on Tuesday, May 29, 2018.
  6. Complete, print and bring a hardcopy of the Notre Dame of Maryland University Request for Academic Transcript Form to the APhA Institute. Transcript forms will be collected on Wednesday, May 30, 2018.
  7. Attend all APhA Institute required sessions as per the APhA Institute Course Syllabus.
  8. Complete the required attendance form and submit the form at noon on Sunday, June 3, 2018.
  9. Complete the course paper and submit it to Notre Dame of Maryland University by no later than Friday, June 15, 2018. Late assignments will not be accepted and will result in earning a failing grade. All documents must be uploaded to the APhA Institute University Credit Submission Form. E-mailed assignments will not be accepted.

Course Grade Rubric: This is a pass/fail course. Students must attend ALL sessions to receive course credit. Failure to attend any session will result in a failing grade. In addition, students must achieve a minimum of 420 points to receive a passing grade.



Due Dates

Pre-Meeting Webinar

25 Points

May 8, 2018

Complete and Achieve a passing score of 70% for the Pre-Institute Online Home Study

175 points

May 29, 2018

Complete and Submit the Course Registration & Transcript Request Form

25 points

May 29, 2018

Complete daily sign-in attendance sheet with APhA Institute Staff for each session

25 points

June 3, 2018

Complete and Submit a Reflection Paper

210 points

June 15, 2018

 Total Points

460 points 


Group Hike Waiver

Each year at the APhA Institute, we conduct a voluntary Group Hike Up the Mountain (foothills of the Wasatch Mountain Range). This year, the Group Hike will be held on Thursday, May 31, 2018. Participants will meet in the Sage Point Quad at 6:15pm where we will take a group picture and APhA Staff will provide a few last minute instructions and information. It is highly encouraged that all attendees view the Group Hike Section of our APhA Institute Experience Webinar (Tuesday, May 8, 2018). The Webinar provides a good overview of the Group Hike along with pictures and information on the terrain and what to expect when hiking.

APhA recognizes that the hike may involve physical activity including, but not limited to, walking, muscle strength and muscle endurance, cardiovascular conditioning and training, as well as other various fitness activities. All attendees that wish to participate in the Group Hike must sign the APhA Waiver affirming that they are in good physical condition and do not suffer from any known disability or condition which would prevent or limit their participation in this Group Hike.

In addition, participation in the Group Hike is purely voluntary and in no way mandated by APhA. Participants are responsible for all hike-related decisions, actions, and outcomes.

As an alternative to the Group Hike, APhA Institute Staff will lead a group of participants through The University of Utah's Red Butte Garden. To purchase tickets and for more information regarding the walking tour through Red Butte Garden, please visit the About the Institute Section of our website.