AJHP Issue Highlights Professional Impact of 50 Years of ASHP Midyear Clinical Meetings

Press Release

The December 1, 2015, issue of AJHP features articles and an editorial highlighting the vital influence that ASHP’s Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition has had since its debut in 1966 on advancements in patient care and the growing role of pharmacists as patient care providers in the U.S. and internationally.

This year marks the 50th ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting, which will take place December 6-10 in New Orleans. Each year, the meeting draws more than 20,000 pharmacists, pharmacy residents and student pharmacists, industry representatives, and other members of the healthcare team to discuss advances in medication therapies, network, and hear the latest clinical research.

“Advances in the development and use of medications to prevent, treat, and mitigate disease have been exponential over the five decades since the first Midyear Clinical Meeting,” writes AJHP Editor in Chief Daniel J. Cobaugh, Pharm.D., DABAT, FAACT in his editorial, “Celebrating 50 ASHP Midyear Clinical Meetings.”

“All along the way, the Midyear has provided a forum to encourage pharmacists to assume expanded patient care roles, support residency training, enable essential professional networking, present research findings, and recognize individuals and programs that have served as exemplars of cutting-edge practices.”

In honor of the 50th ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting, this issue of AJHP contains seven articles that reflect on the pioneering days of clinical pharmacy, the development of pharmacy practices in diverse care settings, and the important role that pharmacy leaders have played in establishing clinical pharmacy programs across the continuum of care:

Celebrating 50 ASHP Midyear Clinical Meetings

Daniel J. Cobaugh, Pharm.D., DABAT, FAACT

Executive leadership: Critical to developing clinical pharmacy programs and services

Dennis K. Helling, Samuel G. Johnson

Advances in oncology pharmacy practice

Brandon R. Shank, Rowena N. Schwartz, Clarence Fortner, Rebecca S. Finley

Evolution of ambulatory care pharmacy practice in the last 50 years

Jannet M. Carmichael, Deanne L. Hall

Emergency medicine pharmacy: Still a new clinical frontier

Nicole M. Acquisto, Daniel P. Hays

The Ninth-Floor Pharmacy Project at the University of California, San Francisco: A seminal development in clinical pharmacy

William E. Smith, Richard F. DeLeon, Eric T. Herfindal, Joseph L. Hirschmann, Robert A. Miller

History and future of critical care pharmacy practice

Neal Benedict, Mary M. Hess

For more information about the 50th ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition, visit the meeting website.

About ASHP

ASHP represents pharmacists who serve as patient care providers in acute and ambulatory settings. The organization’s more than 40,000 members include pharmacists, student pharmacists, and pharmacy technicians. For over 70 years, ASHP has been at the forefront of efforts to improve medication use and enhance patient safety. For more information about the wide array of ASHP activities and the many ways in which pharmacists advance healthcare, visit ASHP’s website, www.ashp.org or its consumer website, www.SafeMedication.com.