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Call for Presentations

This is the Call for Presentation for the California Pharmacists Association’s
Western 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.

Click HERE for a PDF to use for drafting your proposal. 


Practice Topics geared towards Pharmacists

  1. Business – Geared towards independent/owners addressing different topics regarding how to run pathways to becoming an advanced
  2. Specialty – Addresses accreditation, disease management, drug access
  3. Legislation – Addresses regulatory updates, and payments
  4. Clinical - Addresses direct patient care

Topics geared towards Student Pharmacists

  1. Networking 101

       2. Leadership Workshop; Public Speaking

       3. Financial Planning

       4. Career Planning


Topics geared towards Technicians

  1. Getting certified

       2. Career Advancement

Session Formats

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.

Program Dates:

Please keep the following dates available for presenting. (Decision expected by November)
  • Friday April 12
  • Saturday, April 13
  • Sunday, April 14

Click HERE to begin your submission.

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