21st Century Technical Standards for Pharmacy Education

September 27, 2023
Noon–1:30 p.m. ET
Meeting attendees gathered in a spacious sunlit hall.

Follow-Up Presentation from the AACP Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Institute

To disseminate, provide context, and assist schools in developing technical standards that reflect the value of Pharmacists with Disabilities, advances in technology and communication access, the AACP is offering a free webinar for its members. 

Hosted by the AACP

Technical standards have been identified as a barrier to pharmacy school admissions for individuals with disabilities. This webinar is designed to assist schools in seeking to align their technical standards to more accurately reflect 21st-century pharmacy education and technology.   The speakers will provide a  history of technical standards, legal and educational implications, review welcoming and inclusive language, and provide a side-by-side comparison of inclusive and restrictive technical standards by domains. Finally, the speakers will outline a thoughtful and informed process of reviewing and revising technical standards. 

Closed captioning will be provided. If you need any additional accommodations, please contact AACP


At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the intended use of technical standards,  legal and accreditation requirements for technical standards, and critical elements of inclusive technical standards. 
  • Apply the information and resources to the review of programs’ technical standards.  
  • Engage relevant institutional stakeholders to revise an updated set of technical standards that reflect recent guidance and inclusive language.


Sarah Shrader
Senior Director of Academic Programs and Professional Development


Lisa Meeks, Ph.D., MA

Dr. Meeks is an Associate Professor of Learning Health Sciences and Family Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School, co-creator of the social media campaign #DocsWithDisabilities, co-host of the Docs With Disabilities Podcast, and executive director of the DocsWithDisabilities Initiative. She is widely considered the leading expert on disability inclusion in health professions education and her work has been published in leading medical journals, including the NEJM, Lancet, JAMA, and Academic Medicine. Her work has also been featured on NPR in the Washington Post, CNBC News, Bloomberg Law, and TIME magazine. 

Dr. Meeks regularly collaborates with health professions associations and faculty across multiple health professions education programs. She is the lead author of the AAMC Special Report: Accessibility, Inclusion, and Action in Medical Education: Lived Experiences of Learners and Physicians with Disabilities co-developer of the AAMC Disability Webinar Series and currently serves as Disability Lead for the ACGME Equity Matters Initiative and an advisor to the ACGME committee on DEI. 

Her most valued contribution to academic medicine is mentoring the next wave of the healthcare workforce and creating space for DocsWithDisabilities to thrive. 

Kruti Parikh Shah, Pharm.D.

Dr. Shah is a Clinical Operations Pharmacist at RUSH University Medical Center, Chicago. She serves on the DEI Committee at the Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacist (ICHP). She is a Disability Lead fellow, a Public Voice Fellow with the OpEd Project, and a steering committee member of the Disabilities Employee Resource Group (DERG) at RUSH. She volunteers as a mentor to high school students interested in allied health careers through the Bridges Mentorship Program with Rush Education and Career Hub (REACH).  

During the pandemic, when medical masks became a barrier to lipreading, she advocated for clear masks to improve access to communication. Being a woman of color and having a disability, she is passionate about Disability, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in healthcare.

She is a graduate of the University of Toronto (Honors BSc) and the University at Buffalo (PharmD).

Brian Hemstreet, Pharm.D., FCCP, BCPS

Dr. Hemstreet serves as the Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Professor, University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. His research interests include drug treatment and prevention of gastrointestinal and hepatic disorders, student leadership, professionalism, and success.

He served on the Board of Regents of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) from 2015-2018 and was elected as President-elect of ACCP in 2022. He also served on several ACCP committees and task forces, and has participated as an abstract reviewer, poster judge, moderator, and speaker at several ACCP meetings. He has chaired the Adult Medicine and GI/Liver/Nutrition PRNs within ACCP, as well as the member relations committee.  Dr. Hemstreet served on the ACCP Pharmacotherapy Preparatory Course faculty from 2004-2015 in the area of gastrointestinal disorders, and served on the editorial board for the seventh edition of the Pharmacotherapy Self-Assessment Program (PSAP) in the area of gastrointestinal therapeutics. He served on the faculty of the ACCP Emerge from the Crowd: How to Become a Standout Residency Candidate program from 2012-2015 and was inducted as a fellow of ACCP in 2012.

Dr. Hemstreet has authored several papers and textbook chapters in the areas of gastroenterology and hepatic therapeutics, including chapters in the fifth, sixth, and eight editions of PSAP, Pharmacotherapy, A Pathophysiologic Approach, and Pharmacotherapy Principles and Practice, amongst others. He has also served as a reviewer for PSAP, The ACCP Field Guide to Becoming a Standout Pharmacy Residency Candidate, and the ACCP Annual Clinical Pharmacy Challenge. Dr. Hemstreet also serves as Associate editor for the gastrointestinal disorders section of the Handbook of Nonprescription Drugs, and has served as an Advisory Board member for the APhA Self Care Institute. He previously served as a member of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy Review Committee for the Foreign Graduate Pharmacy Equivalency Exam and the Pharmacy Curriculum Outcomes Assessment Exam from 2006-2022. He is as member of Rho Chi and Phi Lambda Sigma and has received multiple teaching and leadership awards.

Sarah Triano, MS, NCC, LPC

Sarah is the Director of the Center for Learning Excellence at Geisinger College of Health Sciences where she oversees the disability services for the school’s nursing, Doctor of Medicine, and master’s in biomedical sciences programs. Sarah earned her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Scranton and is a licensed professional counselor in Pennsylvania. She likes to utilize her counseling background to build meaningful relationships with students to develop their academic and personal growth. Sarah is passionate about creating a welcoming, inclusive, and accessible space for students with disabilities in medicine and health science programs. She is co-chair of Access in Medicine (AIM), a program of the Doctors With Disabilities Initiative (DWDI), a working group focused on creating resources and guidance to improve equitable opportunities for students with disabilities in undergraduate medical education and serves on the board of the Coalition for Disability Access in Health Professions Education.

Michelle Laughlin

Before Michelle was born, she experienced amniotic band syndrome, which left her with only one arm, and she has achieved a level of success that no one predicted. She graduated from the University of Northern Iowa, earned a graduate degree from Drake University, and has raised two children. She lives with her husband of 30 years in Johnston and her days are spent working at Drake University, where she serves as the Director of Access & Success. It might seem that Michelle Laughlin lives a pretty ordinary life. She has made the best of her situation by believing in herself and encouraging others to do the same. She uses her experience to inspire others to see disabilities as an asset, rather than a liability. Michelle has inspired more than 100 audiences to live beyond the obvious and embrace the story they were meant to experience. Regardless of any limitations you may face, your time spent with Michelle will challenge your attitudes and spur you on to achieve at a higher level yourself.

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