West Coast Pharmacy Exchange
April 9-12, 2015, Anaheim, CA

Deadline extended until: September 5, 2014

This is the Call for Presentation for the CPhA’s West Coast Pharmacy Exchange.  We’re looking for dynamic presentations that inform pharmacists about best practices, push the leading edge of the profession, and motivate the pursuit of excellence.


Presentation proposals are encouraged to cover one of these topics, however other topics not listed here will also be considered.

Topics geared towards Pharmacists

  1. Advanced Practice Pharmacist - Address different pathways to becoming an advanced practice pharmacist (APP).
  2. Collaborative Practice Agreement - How to develop a collaborative practice agreement.  The benefits and challenges of developing a collaborative practice agreement.
  3. Anticoagulation Therapy - Review new regulatory requirements and updated consensus guidelines. Discuss decision-making around monitoring and dispensing anticoagulation agents.
  4. Immunization Update 2015 - Review both the new law and important vaccine updates.
  5. New Drugs 2015 - Review new medications in the last year, and also provides a comprehensive review of new and old regulations and laws to improve patient care.
  6. Hot Pharmacy Law Topics - Review new pharmacy laws
  7. Over the Counter Update
  8. Leadership and Innovation - How to foster leadership and move the profession forward in creative and evidence-based ways. 
  9. Updates in Specialty Pharmacy
  10. Review of JNC 8 Guidelines
  11. Review of New Lipid Guidelines (ACC/AHA)
  12. Medication Adherence tools in chronic disease management
  13. Use of Health Apps in pharmacy practice
  14. Use of social media tools in pharmacy practice
  15. Telehealth in MTM, Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and opportunities to expand AmCare into community pharmacy setting
  16. Federal Provider Status - is there a need for HR 4190 since we already have SB 493 in California?
  17. Innovative pharmacy practice - advancing patient care
  18. Best Practices (e.g. Pharmacy role in Patient Centered Medical Homes, Successful implementation of Smoking Cessation Program, Travel medicine, etc.)
  19. Diabetes
  20. Naloxone/current trends in Addiction Medicine
  21. Potential uses of new technologies such as social media/ tablet technology/smart phones to help manage patients
  22. How to build solid business cases to justify new clinical roles to administration.
  23. Using a model pharmacist-run refill clinic to establish a collaborative practice. (San Diego, Scripps)
  24. Medication Therapy Management
  25. Controlled Substances (dispensing, use of CURES, law)
Topics geared towards Student Pharmacists
  1. Why choose a Residency in Community Pharmacy?
  2. Leadership Development Programming
  3. Leadership Workshop; Public Speaking Workshop
  4. CV writing workshop
  5. Networking 101 for young professionals
  6. How to boost your pharmacy career

Session Formats—Changes this year!
We’re listening! CPhA has made changes in session formats this year.  All CE session lengths will be standardized to 75 minutes.  While this means there may be fewer opportunities to present longer sessions, we believe this format will be more substantive. If there are topics that need more time, we encourage splitting the presentation into two-parts.  Presentations requiring more time than that should be considered for other education program formats (e.g. workshop) through CPhA.

CPhA is also requesting for presenters to identify and develop education sessions to the various experience level of pharmacists.  Please use the guide below:

Introductory - The attendee has very limited knowledge of or practical experience with the session subject area. 
Intermediate - The attendee has some experience with the session subject area would like to add to current knowledge.
Advanced - The attendee has an advanced understanding of the session subject area and is looking to gain cutting edge information, clinical pearls, and opportunities to share/receive advanced information with others of similar expertise.


Audio-Visual Equipment
Rooms for all presentations will be set up with a PC laptop (with Office Suite loaded), LCD projector, a screen, and a microphone. Additional audio visual equipment must be communicated with CPhA in advanced for consideration.


Preparing Successful Proposals/Selection Process
CPhA is looking for dynamic presentations that celebrate our successes, challenge our thinking, and push the profession forward. It is the mix and diversity of topics reaching all practice settings that is important. The collective diversity among our speakers is one of the great strengths of CPhA’s educational programs.  We make a conscious effort to preserve this diversity which enriches the learning experience of our many pharmacists.

The Education Advisory Committee will review collected proposals using a scoring system.  The submission of a proposal is not a guarantee for selection.  It is important to remember that all proposals will be reviewed only once.  There will be no reconsideration of unaccepted proposals.  Therefore, it is important that the proposal, which serves to introduce the body of work, is well written and meets the selection criteria.

Questions to ask yourself prior to submitting your proposal:

  • Is the topic innovative and relevant?
  • Has the content leader or speaker received positive ratings in the past (if applicable)?
  • Is the session well-organized and designed to meet the needs of more than one practice setting?
  • Does the proposal adequately explain what will occur in the session? 
  • How engaging is the presentation likely to be?
  • How well suited is the proposed presentation to the preferred session format?


Helpful hints to avoid denial of proposal submissions:

  • Commercial Tone: Proposal appears to overtly promote a product, pharmaceutical manufacturer or their services.
  • Research is Not Original: Literature review, use of hypothetical data, data previously published or presented. Multiple submission(s) on the same topic or based on the same data source cannot be submitted by the same person.
  • Low Significance and Relevance to Pharmacists/Health Care Professionals in Pharmacy: Not applicable to the following pharmacy settings: acute care, ambulatory care, managed care in pharmacy.
  • Topic Not Timely to Current Pharmacy Practice: Use of old data, saturation of topic in the marketplace.
  • Topic Too Narrow: Topic would not appeal to a broad audience of pharmacists.
  • Poor Grammar and Composition of Proposal Submissions: Incorrect sentence structure, punctuation, misspelled words; confusing, difficult to understand or follow when reviewing.
  • Lack of Conclusions and/or Conclusions Do Not Match Objectives: Conclusions are just a repeat of results.
  • Lack of Data or Measurable Outcomes: No results to prove effectiveness.
  • Incomplete Documentation: Your proposal will be denied if the following is not included: biographical sketch, faculty, faculty disclosures, learning objectives and program descriptions.


All proposals must be received by 11:59 p.m. on September 5, 2014. Proposals must be submitted online.

To help maximize the number and diversity of presenters and perspectives, each individual or team of individuals is limited to three proposal submissions. Reviewers will consider your first three completed proposals as determined by time of submission. In most cases, only the two highest-ranked proposals will be selected for the conference program.

How to Submit a Proposal
Proposals must be submitted online. Click the button below to open the proposal form.