PPA News



Posted by: Matthew Helms on Mar 12, 2020

The 28th Annual PPA Meeting is going virtual!

We have been closely monitoring the CDC and WHO reports regarding the spread of COVID-19. Our Board of Directors has met and based on considerations for individual health, public health, and the financial health of our association, we believe that change to a virtual format for our 29th Annual Meeting is the most appropriate course of action.

While the schedule of events and delivery methods for the meeting have changed, we will still provide our core educational content in hematology, oncology, and neonatal intensive care from April 29-May 3, 2020. We will also be conducting an online/virtual poster session and residency presentations.

Please stay tuned for a revised agenda coming soon.

Over the coming weeks you will be receiving more information about the virtual conference. In the meantime, we have included brief Q&A (below) for you to consider. We hope these answers provide some direction and clarity as we move forward.

We will be holding a virtual Town Hall on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at 4:00 pm Eastern (3:00 pm Central) to answer your questions regarding our Annual Meeting. Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/463995074.

Thank you all for your ongoing contributions and passion for PPA. Although these are challenging times, we are enthusiastic about our upcoming conference, and look forward to “seeing” you there!

We appreciate your patience and understanding!

Sincerely,

Hanna Phan, PharmD, FPPA
PPA President

Matthew Helms, MA, CAE
PPA Executive Director

 

I want to attend the virtual meeting. What do I do now?

If you are registered for the conference, and still want to attend the Annual Meeting, you are all set. You will be sent login/call-in instructions in a few weeks. Your experience will be different of course. However, you will be able to take advantage of the same core programming, posters, and platform presentations. You will be able to receive the same ACPE-accredited and BPS-approved continuing education. The requirements and process for receiving CPE and BCPPS credits will not change.

If you have not registered for the conference, and you can now attend, please go to the Conference website for more information. https://www.ppag.org/index.cfm?pg=events&evAction=showDetail&eid=77786&evSubAction=listAll

I am a student. Will PPA conduct the student conference online, too?

Yes. If you are registered for the conference, and still want to attend the Student program, you are all set. You will be sent login/call-in instructions in a few weeks. While the experience will be different, the content will be the same.

I am presenting a poster. What do I do now?

PPA will be hosting a Virtual Poster Session on Friday, May 1, 2020 at 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM eastern time. You will be able to present your poster from your home or office at that time. If you are registered for the conference, and your poster has been accepted, you will receive emailed instructions on how to upload your poster to the system. Note: your poster must fit inside a PPT slide.

I want to attend the Virtual Poster Session. What do I do now?

If you are registered for the Annual Meeting, you will be sent emailed instructions about how to login to and navigate the Virtual Poster Session.

Will PPA virtually present Best Practice Award, Teaching Award, and Scientific Platform Presentations?

Yes, although the exact times of the presentations have changed. Please refer to our revised agenda.

I am a Resident schedule to present during the Annual Meeting. What do I do now?

If you are presenting your residency project, things will be changing a lot! The Bruce Parks Memorial Residency Project Presentations will be held on Friday, May 1, 2020 from 12:30-3:30 pm eastern time, and will become a Virtual Poster Session combined with your oral presentation. We have been in contact with ASHP’s Accreditation Services Office to make sure that our changes meet the R2.2.6 accreditation objective.

We will be sending an email with a modified schedule and specific instruction on what to do next.

What is the refund policy for registration?

If you cannot attend the virtual meeting and have already registered for the meeting, you can request a refund. You also have the option to transfer any balance to a future PPA meeting. Please contact us at membership@pediatricpharmacy.org.

Can I get reimbursed for transportation and hotel cost or penalties?

No. We are unable to provide refunds for travel expenses. Please work directly with your airline and the conference hotel at 757-763-6200 to cancel your reservations. If you purchased travel insurance, please contact your provider for information and next steps.