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Continuing Professional Development

Office of Continuing Professional Development

30th Annual Seminar by the Sea
Northeast Regional
Continuing Education Conference for Pharmacists

Headline Topics Influencing Pharmacy Practice

 March 11, 12 & 13, 2015

Hyatt  Regency Newport Hotel, 1 Goat Island, Newport RI 02840

Plenary Sessions

Thursday & Friday, March 12 & 13, 2015

2-Day Agenda


Thursday, March 12, 2015

7:00   AM               Registration, Breakfast and Exhibits, Grand Ballroom Foyer and Brenton Hall


8:00   AM               Welcome, Program Overview and Awards, Grand Ballroom


8:15   AM               Keynote Presentation: Future Trends in Pharmacy, Professionalism and Ethics

William A. Zellmer, M.P.H                                                                                 

Clinical Professor, School of Pharmacy, Virginia Commonwealth University

Contributing Editor, American Journal of HealthSystem Pharmacy


9:15 AM                 Medical Marijuana

Al Domeika, R.Ph., Dispensary Facility Manager

Prime Wellness of Connecticut                                                                                                                                                                  

10:15 AM               Break, Brenton Hall 


10:30 AM               40 years later: Key Strategic Trends Impacting Commercial Insurance, Healthcare Decision-making and Future Pharmacist Roles

Randy Vogenberg, PhD, Principal  

Institute for Integrated Health                                           


11:30 AM               Going Beyond the Hospital Walls: The Pharmacist’s Role in Prevention and Treatment of C.difficile Infection                                  

Monica Dorobisz, PharmD, Infectious Diseases Pharmacist

Co-Chair, Kent Antimicrobial Stewardship Program   


12:30 PM           Luncheon and Exhibits, Rose Island Room and Brenton Hall 


1:45   PM               Use of Statins: Side Effects, Drug-Interactions, and Myopathy

Fatemeh Akhlaghi ,Ph.D., Pharm.D.

Ernest Mario Distinguished Chair in Pharmaceutics, College of Pharmacy, The University of Rhode Island                                                                                                               


2:45   PM               It’s Not Me, It’s My Background: Improving the Patient Experience by Understanding Our Differences                                                                   

Ruth Dapaah-Afriyie, Pharm.D., Clinical Pharmacist Specialist

Residency Program Director, Lifespan Corporation  


3:45   PM               Break, Brenton Hall

4:00   PM               Pharmacy Law – Provider Status*                                                                                                             


5:30   PM               Exhibits and Networking Reception, Brenton Hall



Friday, March 13, 2014

7:00 AM                 Registration, Breakfast, and Exhibits, Grand Ballroom Foyer and Brenton Hall


8:00 AM                 Welcome and Overview, Grand Ballroom


8:15 AM                 Keynote Presentation

 Michael Fine, MD

Director, Rhode Island Department of Health


9:15 AM                 Pharmacists Role in Anticoagulation Management

John Fanikos, RPh, MBA

Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences


10:15 AM               Break, Brenton Hall


10:30 AM               Flu, pneumo and more…what else is in store!? Pharmacist Immunization Update 2015

Ginger Lemay, PharmD, CDOE                                                      

Clinical Assistant Professor, College of Pharmacy, The University of Rhode Island          


11:30 AM           Pharmacy Quality Measures and Improvement Strategies – A Spring 2015 Update

 Nicholas Dorich, PharmD                                                 

Pharmacy Quality Consultant, Pharmacy Quality Solutions, Inc.


12:30 PM               Luncheon and Exhibits, Rose Island Room and Brenton Hall


1:30 PM                 New Drug Update                                

Jean-Marie Pflomm, Pharm.D.                  

Editor, The Medical Letter                               


2:45 PM                 Patient Communications


3:45 PM                 Break, Brenton Hall


4:00 PM                 Painful Prescriptions; to fill or not to fill, that is the question.*                              

Karen Ryle, MS, RPh

President, National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP)

President, Massachusetts Board of Registration in Pharmacy

 Associate Chief of Pharmacy, Ambulatory Care, Massachusetts General Hospital


5:15 PM             Wrap Up and Evaluations




Upon completion of the knowledge-based learning activities, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe select market changes that have altered the focus of pharmacist practice today.
  2. Identify challenges for pharmacists to better understand strategic trends in order to make new practice opportunities over time.
  3. Determine how role of other healthcare practitioners have changed relative to pharmacists.
  4. List 2-3 changes in consumer (patient) healthcare responsibility since 1975.
  5. List both medication-related and environmental risk factors for C. difficile infection both in the hospital and the community settings.
  6. Compare and contrast the various treatment options for C. difficile infection.
  7. Explain the role of the pharmacist in prevention of C. difficile infection in patients in the hospital and community settings.
  8. Describe how quality-based payment models have been implemented for various healthcare providers and how these payment models are being applied to pharmacy networks.
  9. Determine the 2015 Star Ratings and general updates on quality measurement.
  10. Identify the challenges for implementing quality-focused activities in pharmacies and strategies for addressing these challenges.
  11. Investigate anticipated changes for quality measurement in the 2016 calendar year.


Community, hospital, managed care, academic and consultant pharmacists and other interested health care professionals.

Continuing Education (CPE) Credits

acpesmallerThe University Of Rhode Island College Of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council on Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education (cpe).  Attendance and completion of online program evaluations and self-assessment tools at the conclusion of the program are required to print a statement of credit.

Thursday and Friday, March 12 & 13, 2015 Participants will receive up to 0.75 CEUs (7.5 contact hours) for each day of attendance up to a total of 1.5 CEUs (15 contact hours.)  *Pharmacy Law credit will be awarded each day to Thursday and Friday attendees. One Contact Hour of immunization credit will be awarded to Friday attendees. This is a knowledge-based learning activity. Upon successful completion of the online program evaluation, cpe participant data will be automatically uploaded CPE Monitor and posted to the participant’s NABP account within 72 hours. Credit will not be awarded to participants who complete the program evaluation more than 60 days post activity. Universal Activity Numbers: Day One 0060-0000-15-005-L04-P Day One Pharmacy Law 0060-0000-15-006-L03-P.  Day Two 0060-0000-15-007-L04-P Pharmacy Law 0060-0000-15-008-L03-P.

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