The winner of the Best Poster Award from the 2012 Virtual Poster Symposium was selected on Tuesday, May 22, 2012, during the Tuesday session of the 2012 Virtual Poster Symposium. The winner of the Best Student and Resident Poster Award was selected on Thursday, May 24, 2012. Poster finalists for both categories were required to give a 6- to 8-minute presentation by Skype as well as a 3- to 5-minute question-and-answer session with the judges. In all, 93 abstracts were presented during the Virtual Poster Symposium. Of these, 33 were reports of original research, 25 described innovative clinical pharmacy services, and 35 were resident and student submissions. In addition, several papers were encore presentations of work that had been presented in abstract form at other scientific meetings.
Shannon Reidt from the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, Minneapolis, won the Best Poster Award for “Building a home care medication therapy management practice at a visiting nurse agency.” Dr. Reidt’s coauthor on the poster was Jenifer L. Morgan, also from the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy. The other finalists in this category were Andras Farkas from the Nyack Hospital, Nyack, New York; Lance Wollenberg from the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy, Buffalo, New York; and Tony K.L. Kiang from The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Erwin H. Lam from the University of Arizona, Tucson, won the Best Student and Resident Poster Award for “Evaluation of prescribed empiric cellulitis therapy at an academic medical center emergency department.” Mr. Lam’s coauthors were Joseph M. Bissing, Satoru Ito, Asad E. Patanwala, and Kathryn R. Matthias, all from the University of Arizona, Tucson. The other finalists in this category were Jennifer H. Austin from the University of Chicago Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois, and Jacob Marler from the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy, Memphis.
Finalists from both the Best Poster and Best Student and Resident Poster competition will present their research during the Scientific Platform Presentations at the 2012 Annual Meeting. The 2012 Annual Meeting will be held from October 21 to 24, 2012, in Hollywood, Florida. Each winner received a plaque and $250 to help offset travel expenses associated with attending the 2012 Annual Meeting. Serving as finalist judges for the two competitions were Debra Barnette, John Bosso, David Hoff, Sandra Kane-Gill, Jim Koeller, Jill Kolesar, and Roger Sommi. Abstracts for all the 2012 Virtual Poster Symposium presenters are available in the May issue of Pharmacotherapy.
The next abstract award competition will be held at ACCP’s 2012 Annual Meeting. The deadline to submit abstracts for the Annual Meeting is June 15, 2012, for the Original Research, Clinical Pharmacy Forum, and Resident and Fellow Research-in-Progress. The deadline to submit abstracts for the Student Submissions and Late Breaker categories is July 6, 2012. ACCP is now accepting abstracts at https://accp.confex.com/accp/2012am/cfp.cgi.