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Continuing Professional Development

Office of Continuing Professional Development

57th Annual Heber W. Youngken, Jr.  Pharmacy Clinic

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Radisson Airport Hotel, Warwick, RI




Event Program 


“Improving Health Outcomes in Depression: Emphasis on Patient-Centered Care”

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Radisson Airport Hotel ● Warwick, RI


7:30 am – Registration, Coffee & Pastries

8:30 am – Greetings Mary-Jane Kanaczet, MEd

Director, Continuing Professional Development

College of Pharmacy

The University of Rhode Island

8:45 am – Measuring and Improving the Quality of Care for Patients with Depression

Stephen J. Kogut, PhD MBA RPh

Professor of Pharmacoeconomics and Health System Studies

Department of Pharmacy Practice, College of Pharmacy

The University of Rhode Island


9:45 am – Pharmacotherapy Options for Treating Resistant Depression

Rob Dufresne Ph.D., Ph.D., BCPS, BCPP

Professor of Pharmacy, College of Pharmacy

University of Rhode Island

Psychiatric Pharmacotherapy Specialist

Providence VA Medical Center

10:45 am – Break        

11:00 am – Productive Pharmacist-Patient Interactions Enabled by Patient-Centered Care

Tara Higgins, PharmD, CDOE

Clinical Pharmacy Director

Rhode Island Primary Care Physician Corporation

12:00 pm – Award Presentations and Lunch


1:00 pm – Managing the Depressed Patient: The Physician’s Perspective

Martin J. Kerzer, DO

Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine

The Warren Alpert Medical School, Brown University

2:00 pm – RI Pharmacy Law:  What’s New in 2014*

Peter Ragosta, RPh

Chief Administrative Officer, Board of Pharmacy, RI Department of Health

State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations

3:00 pm – Summary & Evaluations

3:15 pm – Adjourn    






Continuing Education Credits

acpesmallerPharmacists: The University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.  This is a knowledge and activity-based program.  Attendance and completion of online program evaluations at the conclusion of the program are required for reporting credit to NABP via the CPE Monitor. CE participant data will be reported to the CPE Monitor immediately upon completion of the online program evaluations though it may take up to 48 hours to appear in your CPE Monitor account. Universal Activity Numbers:

UAN: 0060-0000-14-066-L01-P         4.0 Contact Hours (0.40 CEUs)

UAN: 0060-0000-14-067-L03-P         1.0 Contact Hour (0.1 CEU – Pharmacy Law)*


Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize and interpret quality indicators used for measuring treatment persistence in depression;
  • Identify common barriers to effective medication use in depression;
  • Describe health-system factors associated with superior treatment outcomes in depression;
  • Define the target symptoms for the principal types of depressive disorders and the role of pharmacotherapy in their treatment.
  • Evaluate the proper way to use sequential monotherapy in the treatment of more complicated or resistant major depression.
  • Discuss in which cases augmenting pharmacotherapy is necessary or advisable in treating major depression.
  • Compare alternative augmenting treatment strategies in terms of effectiveness and safety in treating resistant depression.
  • Discuss the role of the pharmacist in minimize adverse effects and optimizing patient outcomes.
  • Explain clinical considerations that guide antidepressant drug selection;
  • Describe common features of patients initiating therapy with antidepressant medication;
  • Recognize side effects of antidepressant medications as commonly reported to providers;
  • Detect patient alarm signals warranting emergency intervention;
  • Apply motivational interviewing techniques to facilitate effective pharmacist-patient counseling;
  • Effectively discuss the importance of treatment persistence;
  • Empower patients to persists with medications by tailoring messages using patient-centered strategies;
  • Explain changes in the Rhode Island pharmacy law and statutes enacted in the 2014 legislative session.


Target Audience: Community, hospital, managed care and consultant pharmacists, and other interested healthcare professionals.


Registration: Register online at  Early registration fee of $99 includes program materials, break and luncheon.  Registration fee after 10/31/14, including on-site registrants, is $109. Registration fees, subject to a $15 processing fee, will be refunded provided written notification via email to is received 7 days prior to the program.


Facilities and Parking: The program will be held at the Radisson Airport Hotel, 2081 Post Road Warwick, RI.  Telephone: (401) 739-3000 Fax: (401) 732-9309. Parking is available on site at no additional charge. For room reservations call (401) 739-3000 or 1-800-333-3333.


Contact Us:  Please direct questions or comments about this Continuing Pharmacy Education program to the URI Office of Continuing Professional Development. Phone: 401-874-5552 Fax:  401-874-4424 Email: or visit us on the web at

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