PPA News

Posted by: Matthew Helms on Jun 2, 2020


On Thursday, May 28, 2020 after thoughtful consideration, the Board voted to shift our 2020 Fall Conference and BCPPS Review and Recertification Course to a virtual format. Many factors contributed to our decision. 

The most important contributing factor is the health of our members and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. We also recently surveyed you, our members, to ask about the effects the pandemic has had on your employers and your personal feelings about traveling at this time.

The vast majority of our members work in institutions that have enforced indefinite business-related travel bans or restrictions. Some of you may not be able to travel for the rest of the year. Also, most of our members' employers have already or will experience a reduction in their travel budgets for the foreseeable future. In addition, and maybe most importantly, survey participants indicated they are uncomfortable traveling to an in-person conference even if the challenges listed above were mitigated. 

We are also concerned about the logistical challenges and liability of conducting an in-person event during a global pandemic. 

While we were hopeful that we could offer a hybrid event, the uncertainty is too great to plan any in-person gathering in good conscience. While we are disappointed that will not meet in-person this year, we are not disheartened, and we look forward to working on offering an interactive, 100% virtual event. 

We learned much from conducting our Annual Meeting virtually. We have listened to the feedback of the 500+ participants, and we will be improving and adjusting the Fall Conference experience to make it even better. Here is what we have in store for the Fall Conference this year: 

  1. Twenty hours (20) of continuing pharmacy education in the areas of GI/Nutrition, General Pediatrics and Preceptor Development, including eight (8) hours of BCPPS recertification credit. 
  2. Poster Session 
  3. Residency Showcase 
  4. Helms Award Lecture
  5. Yaffe Award Lecture
  6. Lobby Lunch Sessions (an opportunity each day to interact with your friends and colleagues virtually). 
  7. Exhibitor Theaters
  8. And don’t forget, the 20-hour BCPPS Review and Recertification Course


We have reduced our registration fees (up to 30%) to make our Conference even more accessible in the light of your current budget challenges. If you are an individual member of PPA, you can register for the entire conference for $300. That's $15 per credit hour. And it’s even more affordable for residents and students! Also, we have eliminated regular and late registration fees. Every rate is an early bird rate! We, of course, encourage you to register early.

You can still submit YOUR proposal(s) and/or abstract(s) to be considered for the Fall Conference. 

Call for Education Program Proposals - All educational programs at PPA are sourced by our members, who submit proposals to be considered by the Education Committee.

We call upon our members to submit ideas for sessions in GI/Nutrition, General Pediatrics, and Preceptor Development or Scholarship. You may submit a full proposal (which includes title, speakers, learning objectives, learning methods, and educational needs assessment), or you can submit a partial proposal (which includes suggested title, speakers, and learning objectives). Please note that all proposals will be considered for our PPA-U BCPPS recertification program.

The proposal deadline is June 26, 2020. Submit Proposal

Call for Abstracts. All practitioners, investigators, post-doctoral trainees, and students in the field of pediatric clinical pharmacy, whether members of PPA or not, are invited to submit abstracts of papers to be considered for platform or poster presentation at the Fall Conference. Poster Presentations are informal discussions of current projects in pharmacy practice with meeting attendees. It is your opportunity to share your research or successful programs that have worked in pediatric healthcare systems, and to pick up ideas from others.

NOTE FOR DEFERRED ANNUAL MEETING ABSTRACTS: You must re-submit your abstract using the Fall Conference Abstract submission site.

The abstract deadline is June 26, 2020. Submit Abstract

We appreciate your input as members of PPA and look forward to coming together as a community and professional family for the 2020 PPA Fall Conference and BCPPS Review and Recertification Course

Thank you for your ongoing strong commitment and dedication to your patients, family, and communities. You are what make PPA and the profession of pediatric pharmacy AWESOME!


Hanna Phan, PharmD, FCCP, FPPA
President (2019-2020)

Matthew Helms, MA, CAE
Executive Director