The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists or ASHP is a 35,000-member national professional association that works on behalf of pharmacists who practice in hospitals and health systems. The organization represents pharmacists who practice in hospitals, health maintenance organizations, long-term care facilities, home care, and other components of health care systems.

This national organization of hospital and health-system pharmacists works on a variety of fronts ranging from advocacy to continuing education. The groups primary activities include:
Advocacy – ASHP advocates to help open new doors for pharmacists to use their extensive clinical knowledge to care for their patients. We regularly reach out to the Joint Commission and other Quality Organizations, Congress, Federal Regulators, State government, and other healthcare organizations. Career Services – ASHP’s provides pharmacy job seekers and employers a place to connect online with quality job postings and career advice. CareerPharm is also the only pharmacy job site that gives you access to the industry’s largest recruiting event PPS at the ASHP Midyear.

Continuing Education – ASHP is one of the largest accredited providers of Continuing Education for pharmacists. We also provide Continuing Education on medication therapy and medication safety for physicians and other health-care professionals.
Drug Information – For 50 years, ASHP has provided an evidence-based foundation for safe and effective drug therapy through its AHFS suite of drug information products (AHFS DI, AHFS Essentials, and AHFS MedMaster Consumer Medication Information).

Meetings and Conferences – ASHP hosts a number of meetings, conferences, and specialty courses each year to provide health-system pharmacy practitioners with venues for updating their knowledge, networking with colleagues, enhancing their skills, and learning about the latest products and technologies.

Professional Policies and Practice Standards – ASHP develops official professional policies, in the form of policy positions and guidance documents, in order to establish best practices and provide guidance to ASHP members and other audiences impacted by health-system pharmacy practice.
Publishing – ASHP publishes the world’s premier pharmacy journal, American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy, as well as a wide variety of clinical and management references, textbooks, online products, and video training programs.

Residency and Technician Training Accreditation – ASHP is committed to assisting existing residencies refine their programs, helping prospective programs with the process of seeking accreditation, and making it as easy as possible for prospective residents to find the best residency program for them.
For more information visit the website of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

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