Summer Meeting

The GSHP Summer meeting is July 7-9, 2017 at the beautiful Omni Amelia Island Resort in Amelia Island, FL.  The meeting consists of 15 hours of continuing education, a large exhibit program, reverse expo and student programming.

Take a tour of Fernandina Beach (video)

Comments from last year's meeting

GSHP has a superior program! Well worth traveling to attend. Have attended state meetings elsewhere, and Georgia rocks! Very relevant & applicable information, excellent speakers & fun, too.

I thought the meeting was fantastic...the right mix of learning and fun!

Great facility, friendly GSHP facilitators, wonderful learning and collaborative environment

Beautiful location, very good content, will attend again next year




FRIDAY   (7 hours)




8:00-8:55 am

(1 hour)

ASHP's Practice Advancement Initiative (PAI):  Using the tools to optimize your practice  


Panel Discussion

9:00-9:55 am

(1 hour)

Title:  Topical Treatment of Pain



1. Discuss the role of topical nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in the management of pain


2. Discuss the role of transdermal lidocaine in the management of pain


3. Review the evidence for compounded formulations in the management of pain

David Bookstaver Pharm.D. BCPS

Chief, Clinical Pharmacy

Eisenhower Army Medical Center

Fort Gordon,GA




10:00 am-10:15 am



10:15 am –11:10 am

 (1 hour)

The Challenge of C. difficile and Antimicrobial-Resistant Gram-negative Infections: Opportunities to Re-evaluate Current Management Approaches

  1. Explain current trends in local and regional antimicrobial resistance and identify patient risk factors for infection by problematic bacterial pathogens
  2. Assess the role of newer antimicrobial agents as part of the armamentarium in the management of infections caused by multidrug-resistant Gram-negative bacteria and C. difficile
  3. Evaluate the utility of novel approaches that reduce the risk of recurrent C. difficile infection in high-risk patients
  4. Describe antimicrobial stewardship strategies that aim to minimize the burden of serious bacterial infections in healthcare institutions


11:15 am – 11: 30 am




11:30am – 12:40 pm

(1 hour)

Title:  Reducing Hospital Readmissions in Heart Failure:  Pharmacy’s Pivotal Role



1.  Describe the high incidence and burden of heart failure, including the risk of hospitalization and the need to meet quality metrics for the reduction of readmissions in heart failure

2.   Explain the complex pathophysiology and risk factors for heart failure

3.   Integrate new classes of pharmacologic agents for heart failure into the current effective treatment paradigm

4.   Plan for the use of biomarkers and novel electronic monitoring technologies to workup, monitor treatment follow-up and medication adjustment in heart failure

Paul P. Dobesh, Pharm.D., FCCP, BCPS (AQ Cardiology)

Professor of Pharmacy Practice

College of Pharmacy

University of Nebraska Medical Center

Omaha, NE 

12;45 pm – 1:40 pm

(1 hour)



Title: Confronting the Rise of Cancers in the HIV Population



1. Summarize the incidence of AIDS and non-AIDS related cancer (NADC) diagnoses in HIV-infected patients

2. Review screening recommendations for people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA)

3. Discuss cancer treatment outcomes in PLWHA

lignancy in HIV

David L. DeRemer, Pharm.D. BCOP FCCP

Clinical Associate Professor

Outpatient BMT Clinical Specialist

University of Georgia College of Pharmacy

Augusta, GA




Title:  Scary Drugs for Small People
A Pharmaceutical Look at Pediatric Medical Emergencies



1.     Define key elements of pediatric emergency pharmacy that differ from adults

2.     Examine medications used in rapid sequence intubation in children

3.     Discuss drug choices in pediatric status epilepticus

4.     Explore pharmaceutical options in pediatric cardiac arrest and arrhythmias


Matt Post, Pharm.D., BCPPS

Emergency Room Pharmacist

Children’s Hospital of Atlanta


1:45 pm – 1:55pm

(10 min)



2:00pm-2:55 pm

(1 hour)


Track A

Management topic:   Billing- Overview of billing opportunities for pharmacists


Joshua B. Wyche, Pharm.D., MBA

Pharmacy Manager - Ambulatory & Oncology Services

Augusta University Health

Augusta, GA

Track B


Title:  It’s no longer a death sentence: an update in HIV/AIDS



1.     Describe the epidemiology of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in the United States

2.     Determine the approach to a baseline evaluation in a newly diagnosed HIV-infected patient

3.     Review differences between initial antiretroviral regimens

4.     Identify methods to promote patient adherence

5.     Discuss data supporting preexposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to prevent transmission


Daniel B. Chastain, Pharm.D., AAHIVP

Clinical Assistant Professor

University of Georgia College of Pharmacy, SWGA Clinical Campus

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Infectious Diseases

Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital

Albany, GA


3:00 pm – 3:45 pm

(45 min)

ASHP Update

Paul Bush




3:45 pm – 5:00 pm

Officer Installation and Awards



5:00pm – 7:00pm


Reception/Exhibits in Exhibit Hall

(2 hours)



SATURDAY  (3.5 hours)






8:00am – 9:25am

(1.5 hours)

Title:  Biosimilars: Definitions and Impact to Health System Pharmacy




1.     Define “biosimilar”

2.     Differentiate between the terms biologic, biosimilar and bioequivalency

3.     Review efficacy and safety data on biosimilars in accordance with FDA guidelines

4.     Describe the role of the pharmacists regarding pharmacovigilance when reporting an adverse event involving a biosimilar

5.     List biosimilar products that pharmacists can expect to dispense in the future


Edward Li, PharmD, MPH, BCOP

Associate Professor, Pharmacy Practice

University of New England College of Pharmacy

Portland, ME




Title:  Do you DOAC? Direct Oral Anticoagulation Management



1.     Discuss DOAC use and current practices

2.     Review DOAC use in subpopulations

3.     Illustrate the need for pharmacy involvement in DOAC patient care

4.     Propose strategies to expand or initiate pharmacy-driven DOAC management

Michelle McElhannon, Pharm.D. | Advanced Patient Care Pharmacist | AMS Clinic

Piedmont Athens Regional

Athens, GA









9:30am – 11:00am

Exhibits/Breakfast in Exhibit Area

(1.5 hours)


11:00am – 11:55am

(1 hour)




Title:  Using the Pharmacists’ Patient Care Process to Enhance Students' Experiences in the Health-Systems Setting



1. Outline the JCPP Pharmacists’ Patient Care Process

2. Identify how the various steps of the JCPP Process are  employed in the health-system setting

3. Discuss ways to make the JCPP Process real and relevant during student pharmacy practice experiences

Lindsey H. Welch, Pharm.D., APPE Director, University of Georgia College of Pharmacy


Lori J. Duke, Pharm.D., Assistant Dean for Experience Programs, University of Georgia College of Pharmacy


Lindsey H. Welch, Pharm.D.

Public Service Associate

Director, Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences

University of Georgia College of Pharmacy


Title:  Optimizing the Digital Space in the Pharmaceutical Industry



After attending this session, participants should be able to


1.       Understand the importance of having a digital presence

2.       Identify key reasons for social media implementation

a.     Education

b.    Marketing

c.     Connectivity with Customers/ Patients

d.    Connectivity with Physicians/ Customers

e.     Clinical Trail engagement

f.     Listening and interacting

3.       Differentiate between relevant social media platforms

a.     In depth: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Blogging

4.       Analyze appropriate uses in accordance to company needs and FDA regulation.

a.     Design a company policy to fit individualized objectives

b.    Identity Standard

Tori Shober, BA



Student Leadership Session


12:00pm – 1:00pm

(1 hour)



Title: Sticks and Stones May Break Bones, but Osteoporosis Doesn’t Have To: A review of how to manage patients diagnosed with osteoporosis



1.     Describe the pathophysiology of osteoporosis

2.     Discuss risk factors associated with osteoporosis

3.     Summarize osteoporosis preventative care recommendations

4.     List non-pharmacologic and pharmacologic agents for the management of osteoporosis

5.     Design treatment and monitoring plans for the management of osteoporosis


Sharmon P. Osae, PharmD, BCACP
Clinical Assistant Professor, SWGA Clinical Campus
University of Georgia, College of Pharmacy
Albany, GA




Title: Sepsis 16: New Developments and Unsolved Mysteries



1.     Summarize the recently revised sepsis definitions and diagnostic criteria

2.     Discuss the new additions to the current guidelines

3.     Describe recommendations that lack clarity and review related evidence


Anthony Hawkins, PharmD, BCCCP | Clinical Assistant Professor| Critical Care Medicine

University of Georgia College of Pharmacy | Southwest GA Clinical Campus

Albany, Georgia 




Resident Student Forum


SUNDAY  (4 hours)




8:00am – 9:00am

(1 hour)

Title:  Diabetes Update: Literature Evaluation of Recent Publications



§  Recall primary literature to support the use of new agents used in the management of diabetes

§  Identify changes to current guidelines because of recent publications


Anne Misher, PharmD, CDE

Clinical Assistant Professor

Clinical and Administrative Pharmacy

University of Georgia –

Southeast Georgia Campus


9:00am – 10:00am

(1 hour)

Standardize 4 Safety and Its Importance for Your State’s Practitioners


10:00am – 12:00pm

(2 hour)

Controlled Substances-Best Practices


**Florida Approval Applied For**

Norman Tomaka



 Continuing Education 

 The Georgia Society of Health-System Pharmacists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmaceutical education.                

  The Summer Meeting will provide an opportunity for you to earn up to 14.25 hours of continuing education credit.










Photos from the Summer meeting

To Exhibit

Room Reservations-The 2017 Summer Meeting will be held at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation, Amelia Island, FL. GSHP has very attractive room rates that start at $169 single/double per night for an resort view hotel room or $229 for an oceanview room at the Omni Amelia Island Inn and Beach Club. To make your reservation, click here:

Hotel Reservations

The GSHP room rate will be honored for three days prior to group arrival and three days after group departure if available.

The Plantation has a wide variety of rooms and villas and the link above can help you with any of them.

Click here for villa information, rates, etc.

If you need any assistance with rooms or need more information about the room types that are available, please contact Steve Glass at

There is $10 daily resort service fee this year per room. The resort fee includes:


  • Self Parking ($10 daily value)
  • Unlimited high speed internet access in all accommodations ($9.95 daily value)
  • On-property Transportation ($4.00 daily value)
  • Unlimited use of health & fitness center ($20 daily value)
  • In Room Coffee Service ($5.00 daily service)
  • Meeting Concierge & 24 Public Safety Team
  • Local & Toll Free Phone Access


Summer meeting cancellation policy

A full refund will be granted for refund requests received by June 1; from June 2 through June 15, a $45 administrative fee will be deducted from the registration fee; after June 15, there will be NO refunds for cancellations.











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