The California Pharmacists Association invites you to submit your proposal(s) for presentation at its annual educational conference known as the West Cost Pharmacy Exchange – April 24-27, 2014 in Palm Springs, CA. 

CPhA wants to break out of the mold and provide new ways of learning which will allow attendees to connect with one another, gain new insights and leverage key findings - leading to ENGAGING MINDS AND EMPOWERING SUCCESS.  CPhA needs your help in creating the best learning opportunities at Exchange, and we seek your creative participation.  We are interested in your programs, initiatives, breakthroughs and partnerships that are shaping the future of pharmacy in ALL practice settings. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to share and discuss your ideas, methods and solutions for optimizing the delivery of cost-efficient, quality and value-driven pharmacy care. 


Continuing Pharmacy Education (CPE)

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

CPhA’s Mission Statement of Quality Education

The mission of CPhA’s Continuing Pharmacy Education program is to provide resourceful, effective and innovative educational activities that will advance the practice of pharmacy in all practice settings and enhance patient care.

Proposal Submission Dates and Deadlines

Submissions are due to CPhA no later than November 15, 2013.

Notification of accepted proposals will occur on or before December 27, 2013.

What are the benefits of presenting?

If your presentation is selected, you:

  • Receive complimentary registration for the day of your presentation -or-  discounted registration rate of 50% for the entire conference;
  • Gain visibility and recognition as a pharmacy industry leader;
  • Receive the prestige of being selected to present at CPhA's annual conference;
  • Contribute to the advancement of your profession;
  • Have the advantage of networking with California pharmacy professionals!

Selection Process

At CPhA, 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

A scoring system is applied in the evaluation and selection process for all proposal submissions. 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?
  • Is the session format appropriate?
  • 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?


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.