Bridging Pharmacy Education and Practice Summit - FAQs

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What is the purpose of the Bridging Pharmacy Education and Practice (BPEP) Summit?

The purpose of the BPEP Summit is to achieve consensus and provide action-oriented recommendations that address two major questions: 
Given that an optimized pharmacy workforce is needed to achieve improved and optimized health outcomes for all people, (1) what does pharmacy workforce optimization look like; and (2) to get to an optimized pharmacy workforce, what is needed, what changes are required in PharmD education, post-graduate education and training, continuing professional development, and ACPE standards? 


1. What does pharmacy workforce optimization look like? Essential elements for pharmacy workforce optimization:

  • Components and mechanisms for bridging pharmacy education and practice
  • Acknowledgement by payers, public/patients, and other health care providers of the value of pharmacists’ contributions to health outcomes and health equity
  • Principles of pharmacy workforce optimization, including 
    • Professional identity formation
    • Practice transformation
    • Culture of change/ change leaders
    • Continuing professional development (CPD), life-long learning

2. To get to an optimized pharmacy workforce, what is needed, what changes are required in the following areas?

  • PharmD education—e.g., competency-based education
  • Post-graduate education and training
  • Continuing professional development (CPD)
  • ACPE standards
What is the AACP Transformation Center (ATC) and how does this relate to the BPEP Summit?

The AACP Transformation Center (ATC) is a new unit within AACP’s organizational structure designed to embolden academic pharmacy’s contributions to accelerating pharmacy practice transformation and academic innovation. It was established to address the need to educate, enhance, expand, and sustain a pharmacy workforce that contributes to medication optimization and health outcomes for all. The BPEP Summit is the first major initiative for the ATC. Please visit the AACP Transformation Center webpage to learn more.

How will the BPEP Summit be structured?

The BPEP Summit will be held at the following six regional host sites:
1. University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA)
2. Lipscomb University (Nashville, TN)
3. Florida A&M University (Tallahassee, FL)
4. The University of Texas at Austin (Austin, TX)
5. The Big 10 Conference Center in Illinois (Chicago, IL)
6. University of Utah (Salt Lake City, UT)
Please find more details about these host site locations on the BPEP Summit Travel Information webpage

Who will attend the BPEP Summit?

There will be roughly 300 invited participants for the BPEP Summit. Pharmacists and other professionals from pharmacy education and pharmacy practice will be represented, striving for a balance of deans and faculty members from institutions of various sizes, and practitioners from various types of practice settings. In addition, there will be individuals representing additional healthcare professions and other disciplines who will be invited to participate.

How can I register for the Summit?

Interested individuals must submit an application to attend. Applications are due by March 25. Once the application portal closes, AACP will review the applications and send follow-up communication to all applicants conveying our decision about the selection of applicants by mid-April.

What is the registration cost?

There is no registration cost for the Summit, however, the cost of travel and lodging will be the responsibility of the individual attending. Kindly wait to book travel and lodging until AACP's decision has been communicated to all applicants regarding the selection.

When is the application deadline for the open call for participants?

The application deadline for the open call for participants is March 25, 2022.

Do applicants apply individually or as a team for the BPEP Summit?

Each individual interested in attending the Summit from an organization/institution should complete a separate application and not submit an application as a team. There will be no institutional/organizational team component during the Summit.

When does the BPEP Summit begin and end?

The Summit begins at 10:00 AM ET on Thursday, June 2, 2022 and concludes on Friday, June 3, 2022 at 4:30 PM ET. Please find more details on the BPEP Summit Agenda webpage.

Will continuing education (CE) credits be available as part of the Summit?

Due to the nature of this consensus Summit, CE credits will not be available.