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Pharmacy SNOW Symposium

​​Join us in beautiful Colorado, Dec. 9–11, 2016, for the inaugural Pharmacy SNOW (Strategies for New Opportunities Worldwide) Symposium. Bringing pharmacy practitioners and educators together to share knowledge and best practices for the advancement of pharmacy education and practice worldwide.

Health disparities negatively impact individuals’ worldwide. Key factors contributing to health disparities include limited access to health care resources and skilled health care providers and staff who can deliver needed services.  Pharmacist can play a major role in helping to eliminate these health disparities.  The purpose of this symposium is to bring together a diverse group of pharmacists to addresses existing global challenges and strategies related to disparities to improve health in underserved populations. 

The symposium focuses on topics related to pharmacist’s role in eliminating health disparities worldwide.  The primary themes of the conference are:

  1. Promoting your value interprofessionally
  2. Expanding pharmacy practice to optimize patient wellness
  3. Education to improve practice.  

You are invited to participate in roundtable discussions, short oral presentations, poster presentations, and receptions that will provide numerous opportunities to network, collaborate and elevate international pharmacy practice. International experts will set the stage.​ Abstract submissions for poster presentations will be accepted until October 31, 2016​. Encore presentations welcome.

Early Bird Registration has been extended to Octo​ber 31, 2016. 

Friday, Dec​​ember 9, 2016

5-9 p.m.​ Arrival and Registration
Opening Session
Welcome Reception (wine and hors d'oeuvres)​

Saturday, December 10, 2​016

​7:30-8 a.m. ​Continental Breakfast
8-11:30 a.m.​ ​Promoting your value interprofessionally
  • ​Establishing interprofessional patient care models to address the global shortage of health care workers - currently accepting proposals from prospective speakers*
  • Utilization of pharmacists to improve access to health care providers - Doug Fish, USA
  • Networking Coffee Break
  • Round Table Session - Promoting your value interprofessionally
​11:30-1 p.m. ​Short Oral Poster Highlights
Lunch and Poster Viewing
1-4 p.m.​ ​Education to improve practice
  • Credentialing and accreditation - John Pieper, USA
  • Curricular transitions in pharmacy education - G. Parthasarathi, India
  • Round Table Session - Education to improve practice
4-4:30 p.m.​ Networking Coffee Break​
​4:30-5:30 p.m. ​Partnering for a better world - selected special session presentations
​5:30-6 p.m. ​Short Oral Poster Highlights
​6-7 p.m. ​Cocktail Reception and Poster Viewing
​7-9 p.m. ​Evening Dinner and Reception - Downtown Denver (McCormick's Restaurant)

Sunday, Decemb​er 11, 2016

​7:30-8 a.m. ​Continental Breakfast
​8-11:30 a.m. ​Expanding pharmacy practice to optimize patient wellness (part I)
  • Sustaining supply chains in underserved countries - Patrizia Ascani, MSF
  • Personalized medicine: A world view - Christina Aquilante, USA
  • Networking Coffee Break
  • Dispensing help and hope for the underserved - Frieda Martin, USA
​11:30-1 p.m. ​Short Oral Poster Highlights
Lunch and Poster Viewing
​1-4 p.m. ​Expanding pharmacy practice to optimize patient wellness (part II)
  • Round Table Session - Expanding pharmacy practice to optimize patient wellness
  • Pharmacist's role in promoting vaccinations - Ema Paulino, Portugal
  • Enhancing antimicrobial stewardship among community pharmacists - Sameer Dhingra, Trinidad
​4-6:30 p.m. ​Closing Remarks and Awards
Registration fee includes all meals, coffee breaks, and receptions.

Registration Fees:

​Early Bird (Sept. 30, 2016) After Sept. 30, 2016​
​Regular Attendee $500​ $600​
​Students/Residents/Post-Grad Trainees $300​ $400​

*Saturday dinner and reception for accompanying family members: $90

Regis​ter now​.


  • Before October 1, 2016: Full Refund minus $30 processing fee
  • Oct 1- Nov 15, 2016: 50% Refund
  • After Nov 15, 2016: No Refund

The organizers are offering reduced rates to students and postdocs. Room reservation is separate from the conference reservation. After completing the registration, please visit the Travel and Accommodation tab for information on hotel reservations. ​​​​​

We invite faculty, practitioners, residents/post-graduates, and students are invited to submit an abstract to the conference committee addressing one of the three themes of the symposium:

  1. Promoting your value interprofessionally
  2. Expanding pharmacy practice to optimize patient wellness
  3. Education to improve practice.  

Please consider the following presentation types:

  • Roundtable session 
  • Mini session
  • Poster session

You are welcome to submit multiple presentations for consideration. All accepted presenters are responsible for their own registration fees, travel and accommodation. The language of the conference is English.

Abstract submissions will close on August 31, 2016. To submit, please email abstract submissions to

Types of sessi​​ons​

  • Roundtable session: These sessions are 30 minutes in length.  Roundtable sessions are intended to be informal discussions on current topics related to one of the symposium themes and to provide a venue to both share and learn from other attendees. When submitting your roundtable topic, please include the title and three objectives as to what information the participants will take away from the discussion.
  • Mini session: Partnering for a better world, these special presentations are allocated 15-20 minutes in length. The intent of these sessions is for presenters to share examples of collaborations/partnerships that have advanced pharmacy education and/or practice worldwide.   When submitting your mini session, please include an overview of the collaboration/partnership, outcomes, and future plans.
  • Poster session: Posters are displayed throughout the conference. There will be a manned poster-viewing times within the program when authors will be present with their posters.  Presenters may choose to have their abstract considered for a short oral poster presentation. There will be a limited number of short oral presentations, with abstracts selected on a competitive basis.  
The workshop will be held at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colorado. Nestled on the Colorado plains and only 80 minutes from world-class ski and snowboard resorts, the CU Anschutz Medical Campus is a mecca for nationally renowned hospitals (the Children’s Hospital, VA and University of Colorado Health) and experts in health care and education.

The official hotel of the Pharmacy SNOW Symposium is Hyatt Regency Aurora-Denver Conference Center, Aurora, Colorado.  The Hyatt Regency Aurora-Denver features 249 guestrooms and suites and amazing hotel amenities such as an oversized fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment, outdoor swimming pool, and full-service restaurant with lounge and outdoor patio. The hotel is located across the street from the symposium venue. 

If you would prefer to make a reservation with the hotel via phone, please call +1 303 365 1234.​​​​​

Ralph J. Altiere, Ph.D.
Dean and Professor
University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Aurora, Colorado

Sharon Youmans, PharmD, MPH
Professor and Vice Dean
UCSF School of Pharmacy
San Francisco, California

Patrizia Ascani
Section Pharmacist – Medicos Sin Fronteras (MSF)
Medical Department – Centro Operacional Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain

Frieda Martin, RPh
Sterile Compounding Supervisor at College Pharmacy
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Sameer Dhingra, PhD
Lecturer and Clerkship Coordinator
School of Pharmacy
University of the West Indies, St. Augustine

Tina Brock, BSPharm, MS, EdD
Associate Dean for Global Health & Educational Innovations
Professor of Clinical Pharmacy
UCSF School of Pharmacy
San Francisco, California

Douglas N. Fish, PharmD
Professor and Chair
University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Aurora, Colorado

John A. Pieper, Pharm.D., FCCP, FAPhA
President and Professor
St. Louis College of Pharmacy
St. Louis, Missouri

Dr. G Parthasarathi
JSS College of Pharmacy
Dean, Faculty of Pharmacy
JSS University
SS Nagara, MYSORE - 570 015, India

​​Christina Aquilante, PharmD
Associate Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Aurora, Colorado

Ema Paulino
Professional Secretary at International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP)
Owner, Farmácia Nuno Álvares
Almada, Portugal

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