Pharmacy Education 2018 FAQs

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General Meeting Information

Where is the 2018 AACP Annual Meeting being held?

The 2018 Annual Meeting will be held at the Hynes Convention Center and the Sheraton Boston Hotel in Boston, Mass. Please refer to your meeting registration confirmation email to reserve your hotel room and receive additional travel information. Programming will be held at the Hynes Convention Center and the Sheraton Boston Hotel July 21-25.

Can I bring a spouse/guest to the meeting?

Yes! Spouse/guest registration is $200 and includes entrance to the Welcome Reception on Saturday, July 21; Exhibitors’ Opening Reception on Sunday, July 22; Exhibitors’ Boxed Lunch on Monday, July 23; and a ticket to the Closing Reception on Tuesday, July 24. It also includes a continental breakfast before the sessions and meetings on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. This registration does not apply to faculty, administrators and/or staff of pharmacy schools.

This is my first AACP Annual Meeting, what should I expect?

Welcome! We are glad you have chosen to attend the 2018 Annual Meeting. AACP has developed a new faculty/first-timers orientation session to share, learn and network with colleagues about the wonderful opportunities available during the meeting. This will be held on Saturday, July 21 from 3:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

Is my child allowed at the Annual Meeting?

For health and safety considerations, children under the age of 16 are not permitted to attend any functions, including the Closing Reception, Exhibit Hall or educational programming. Children 16 years and older must be registered as a guest or have an event ticket to attend any function.

What is the dress code?

Attire at the AACP Annual Meeting sessions is business casual. Feel free to be comfortable in slacks, polo shirts, cardigans (for chilly meeting rooms), blazers, blouses and most importantly, comfortable shoes. 

What is the weather like in Boston during the meeting dates?

The Boston summer temperatures average a high of 82 degrees Fahrenheit with an average low of 66 degrees Fahrenheit. Although July has not historically yielded a large amount of rainfall, it is always advisable to bring an umbrella for unexpected showers. 

What is the closest airport to the Hynes Convention Center and AACP Boston Hotels?

The AACP hotels are all accessible via Boston International Airport - BOS (about 10 miles). Taxi transport from BOS airport cost around $40 one-way. All three hotels are also accessible by public transportation from Boston Logan International airport.  

Who do I contact if I have hotel and travel inquiries, meeting programming and/or general meeting questions?

For any questions regarding hotel and travel, meeting programming or general inquiries, please contact Emma Zaenglein, Meetings Coordinator, at 703-739-2330 ext. 1007.


How can I register?

Register here! For more information regarding registration and the AACP Annual Meeting Website, view here. Reminder: members must be logged into the AACP website with their username and password to access the member registration rates.

Will I receive a refund if I cancel?

Refunds will be processed on all cancellations received in writing by Thursday, June 21, excluding a $100 administrative fee. Due to meeting costs, no portion of the registration fee will be refunded for cancellations after June 21.

When does online registration open and close?

Early-bird registration rates end Thursday, May 17. Regular registration rates will apply May 18-June 21 and may be made online. Last call registration rates will apply June 22-July 25 and can be made online or onsite at the registration desk. Meeting registration will also be available onsite at the AACP Registration and Help Desk located in the Hynes Convention Center and Sheraton Boston Hotel.

How can I make modifications to my registration?

If you need to add an event or modify your registration, you may do so by going to the AACP My Registration page and clicking on the Review/Edit Registration link. If you want to cancel your registration for a free session (e.g. the Yoga Fitness session) you may do so via the Review/Edit Registration link.  However, if you need to cancel a paid event or your entire conference registration, please see the information below in the Refund and Cancellation section. If you have a question about modifying your registration, please email AACP or call 703-739-2330 ext. 1000.  

Where do I pick up my name badge and registration materials?

Your name badge and registration packet will be available onsite at two different locations including the Hynes Convention Center and Sheraton Boston Hotel. The Sheraton registration desk will be open during the following times:

  • Friday, July 20, 4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 21, 7:00 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 22, 7:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
  • Monday, July 23, 7:00 a.m.–300 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 24, 7:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 25, 7:30 a.m.–8:30 a.m. 

There second registration and help desk is located on the third floor of the Hynes Convention Center in the Boylston Hallway. The Hynes registration desk will be open during the following times:

  • Friday, July 20, 4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 21, 7:00 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 22, 7:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
  • Monday, July 23, 8:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.


Is a Closing Reception ticket included in my registration?

Yes, a Closing Reception voucher is included in your registration packet if you pre-selected your attendance when you registered online. Closing Reception vouchers are only included in the full registration and single-day Tuesday registration packets. The voucher is non-transferable. 

Admissions Workshop Pre-Session

Where can I pick up my registration materials for the Admissions Workshop Pre-session?

Admissions Workshop registration materials can be picked up at the Hynes Convention Center: Room 304, Third Level on Friday, July 20 from 7:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m.

Continuing Education

*Annual Meeting attendees can earn up to 17.75 hours of continuing education credits by attending the Annual Meeting and an additional 3.00 hours for the Joseph T. DiPiro Excellence in Publishing Workshop and 4.75 hours for the Teachers Seminar.

Which sessions can I receive CE credit for attending?

A list of CE sessions will be provided in the AACP Official Program Guide handed out at the meeting. 

ACPEAACP is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. 

How do I request CE credit for the sessions I attended?

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) CE credits are administered via the online AACP CE Administration software program, Learning Express CE (LECE). Attendees must register, complete and submit CE-session evaluations by accessing LECE at Login or create your profile with your AACP email and password if you don’t have a profile on LECE. Once logged into the system you will see a list of Annual Meeting sessions offering CE credit, listed by day. Select each session you attended and click on the “Register” button on the right side of the session name. At the completion of the sessions you registered for and attended, you will be provided an Access Code. The Access Code will allow you to complete the session evaluation. Completion of the evaluation is required to earn continuing education credit for the session. Please verify that your NABP ID and Birthdate (MM/DD) are accurate in Learning Express. If they are not correct, you will not receive CE credit for sessions attended. Your CE credit will be electronically reported to NABP. You may print “proof of participation” from the system for your records. Access to session activity evaluations in LECE will be denied after August 24, at 11:59 p.m. ET. If you have questions regarding CE before or after the Annual Meeting, please contact Dorothy Novilus, CPD manager, at 703-739-2330 ext. 1027.

Why do I need a CE session code?

AACP utilizes standard procedures for providing evidence of participation in a continuing education program. Prior to completing the CE session evaluation, participants will be asked to enter an “Access Code” to ensure they have attended programs approved for continuing education credits. Presenters will provide the Access Code at the conclusion of their presentations.

Educational Sessions

How do I obtain copies of the presentations?

Educational presentations that are submitted to AACP will be available on the AACP Community site/mobile app at the beginning of July.

School Poster Presentation

When are school posters presented?

School posters are scheduled on Saturday, July 21, from 1:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. in the Sheraton Boston Hotel. School poster presenters will be at their poster to discuss their work from 6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. 

What is the school poster theme this year?

This year’s theme is “Complementary Approaches with a Common Mission: Connecting the Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacy Practice.”

Where can I find abstracts that will be presented at the Annual Meeting?

All abstracts are published in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, Volume 82, Issue 5.

When can I set up my school’s poster?

School poster presenters should set up their posters on Saturday, July 21, between Noon–1:00 p.m., prior to the start of the poster session.  

How large should I make my poster?

Each poster board measures 4 feet high by 8 feet long. Posters should not exceed these measurements.

Are there any restrictions?

AACP cannot accommodate audio/visual equipment and/or computers at the poster sessions. Additionally, AACP will not provide handouts or display tables. 

Research and Education Poster Presentations

When are research and education posters presented?

Posters are scheduled in three sessions on Sunday, July 22, and Monday, July 23: 
o    Session I: Sunday, July 22, 4:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
o    Session II: Monday, July 23, 9:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
o    Session III: Monday, July 23, Noon–1:30 p.m.

Are the same posters presented on Sunday and Monday?

No. Poster presenters will be assigned to present their poster during one of the three poster sessions on Sunday or Monday. A schedule of presenters and poster titles will be listed in the AACP Official Program Guide distributed at the meeting.

What types of posters are presented?

Posters presented include reviewed research/education abstracts from AACP’s nine Sections (Administrative Services, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Continuing Professional Education, Experiential Education, Library and Information Science, Pharmaceutics, Pharmacy Practice and Social and Administrative Sciences), New Investigator Award recipients, Innovations in Teaching Award recipients and Excellence in Assessment Award recipients. 

When can I set up my research and education poster?

Research and education poster presenters should set up their assigned posters between:

o    2:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m. if they are assigned to Poster Session I. 
o    9:00 a.m.–9:30 a.m. if they are assigned to Poster Session II.
o    11:00 a.m.–Noon if they are assigned to Poster Session III. 

Where can I find the full abstracts that will be presented at the Annual Meeting?

All abstracts will be published in the June issue (Volume 82, Issue 5) of the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education.

How large should I make my poster?

Each poster board measures 4 feet high by 8 feet long. Posters should not exceed these measurements.

Are push pins or Velcro® dots provided by AACP?

No. Presenters must supply their own push pins or Velcro® dots to attach their posters to poster boards. 

Are there any restrictions?

AACP cannot accommodate audio/visual equipment and/or computers at the poster sessions. Additionally, AACP will not provide handouts or display tables. 

PharmCAS R&R Lounge: Recharge and Reconnect

What is the PharmCAS R&R Lounge?

Taking care of business sometimes requires taking care of yourself in the process. Premier sponsor Liaison is making it easy with the Recharge & Reconnect (R&R) Lounge—designed to offer attendees a brief but much-needed respite from crowds, noise and other common meeting stresses, while keeping you fresh for the business of learning and networking. Kick up your feet, immerse yourself in a 10-minute chair massage, check your email, charge your phone, tablet or laptop and unwind. A variety of fruit-infused waters will help refresh you for your next session or appointment. We encourage you to pre sign-up for a chair massage time slot as these are extremely popular. You may do so in person by visiting the PharmCAS R&R Lounge during operating hours. Services are complimentary. Make time to stop by for a little R&R located in the Sheraton Boston hotel, Fairfax room on the Third Floor!

PharmCAS R&R Lounge Hours:
Saturday, July 21, Noon-6:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 22, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Monday, July 23, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, July 24, 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Wireless Internet

Will I have wireless Internet access in the hotel guestroom?

Sheraton Boston Hotel: We offer wireless and wired internet for a fee in guest rooms. Guests can connect up to three devices for the cost of $9.95 for 24 hours. Club Level guests and SPG Members receive complimentary internet.

Marriott Copley Place:  
High Speed: Check email + browse the Web for 12.95 USD/day
Enhanced High Speed: Video chat, download large files + stream video for 16.95 USD/day
*Complimentary Wireless available in the lobby and public areas

Hilton Boston Back Bay: Complimentary in-room Wi-Fi available.

Will I have wireless Internet access in the Hynes Convention Center and Sheraton Boston Hotel meeting space?

As a registered AACP meeting attendee, WiFi will be available in the R&R Lounge and all AACP meeting space. Please note there is a bandwidth limit and we ask you to access only one personal device at a time and not download streaming video.  

Hynes Convention Center: 
Network: Hynes Convention Center
No password needed

Sheraton Boston: 
Network: AACP18
Password: pharmed18 * note password case sensitive


Fitness Challenge

Will AACP be providing fitness and wellness activities at the Annual Meeting?

Incorporating wellness into one’s lifestyle is challenging, and when coupled with frequent travels and hectic schedules, it can be almost impossible. Physical fitness, mindfulness exercises, and focusing on overall health is already a way of life for some, and at Pharmacy Education 2018, we are providing you with various opportunities to participate in wellness elements. With much gratitude to our wellness sponsor, Pearson (PCAT), you can join in three different fitness activities (yoga, Zumba and circuit training), register your smart watch/fitness band in our Steps Challenge, and practice mindfulness in our meditation room. Prizes will be awarded to the top three winners of the Steps Challenge. 

Fitness Activities:

Sunrise Yoga 
Monday, July 23
6:30 a.m.–7:30 a.m.
Sheraton: Republic Ballroom, Second Floor
Fitness enthusiasts are welcome to enjoy a sunrise yoga class on Monday at 6:30 a.m. that allows all fitness levels to participate. The class will be held in a carpeted room so mats are not required.

Zumba Fitness Session 
Monday, July 23
3:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
Sheraton: Republic Ballroom, Second Floor
Feeling energetic? Join us Monday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. for a Latin-inspired Zumba class. The routines feature aerobic/fitness interval training with a combination of fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt. Open to all levels.

High Energy Circuit Workout 
Tuesday, July 24
6:30 a.m.–7:30 a.m.
Sheraton: Republic Ballroom, Second Floor
Jump start your Tuesday morning and join your colleagues in a high energy circuit workout. This aerobic workout puts the emphasis as much on having fun as breaking a sweat. All levels welcome

Walking Challenge:

Join the AACP Walking Challenge at the Pharmacy Education 2018 Conference in Boston!

The Challenge has been graciously sponsored by Pearson and encourages attendees to engage in healthy activities, some friendly competition, and win prizes.

The AACP Challenge starts on Saturday July 21, 2018 at 8:00am ET and ends Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at 11:59pm ET.    Participants can track their steps using their own personal Fitbit, Jawbone, Apple Watch, Garmin, or the step trackers integrated on your iPhone/Android smart phone 
To join the Walking Challenge, please:  

1) Download the Heka Walk app from the iTunes or Google Play Store
2) Complete the in-app registration and pairing process
•    Launch the Heka Walk app and complete the registration process
o    The non-case sensitive activation code is:  aacp1
•    Pair your supported step tracker
3) Start Walking! 
•    To sync your step data to the app, select "Tap to sync steps" at the top of the dashboard

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