Two-Day Workshop from April 29-30, 2017

Advanced training for the board certification examination
Recertification credits to BCGP credentialed pharmacists

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The ASCP Geriatric Pharmacist Boot Camp is a two-day workshop with advanced training to help pharmacists prepare for the board certification examination and to offer recertification credits to BCGP-credentialed pharmacists.

Based on the Commission for Certification in Geriatric Pharmacy (CCGP) Content Outline (PDF) the course allows participants to help prepare for the exam or to refresh geriatric principles by working through practice skills and clinical case topics with other pharmacists and our subject matter experts. Attendees can register for Day 1, Day 2, or both days of the Boot Camp. Additionally, attendees registered for the full Boot Camp (Day 1 & Day 2) have the option to purchase the Flex Plan*—recordings from both days—for $99. As a special offer, all registrants will receive a coupon to purchase the 90-day subscription of the BCGP Self-Assessment Exam for $20 USD (normally $89).

*Flex Plan recordings will be released early June 2017. These recordings do not include additional CPE or BCGP credits to Boot Camp attendees.

Starting in 2018, the exam will have the following changes:

  • New content outline
  • Increased number of questions from 150 to 175
  • Increased number of multiple choice options from 3 to 4

Board certification demonstrates superior knowledge and expertise beyond a licensed pharmacist.

Certification credentials may be useful in qualifying for a promotion with a current employer or in obtaining a job with a new employer.

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The BCGP Boot Camp is for pharmacists preparing to take the BCGP certification exam and BCGPs who wish to receive recertification credits.

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April 29-30, 2017
Holiday Inn Toronto Yorkdale
3450 Dufferin Street
Toronto, Ontario M6A2V1


Day 1 of the Boot Camp focuses on the 2014 CCGP Content Outline. Day 2 concentrates on advanced level pharmacotherapeutic cases in the high priority diseases identified in the CCGP content map. The ASCP Geriatric Pharmacist Boot Camp offers 17 BCGP Recertification Credits if both days are attended.

Day 1: Saturday, April 29

  • 7:40am - 5:45pm


  • 7:45am - 8:40am

    Breakfast & Networking

  • 8:40am - 8:45am

    Welcome & Introductions

  • 8:45am - 9:30am

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Recognize the physiological heterogeneity of the older adult population
    2. Recognize the spectrum of aging from healthy aging to frailty
    3. Compare and contrast age-related physiologic changes versus pathophysiologic changes in older adults
    4. Evaluate the impact of age-related pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic changes on drug disposition in older adults
    5. Apply the knowledge of physiologic changes associated with aging to the clinical use of medications, including PK/PD changes
  • 9:30am - 10:15am

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Discuss the range of socioeconomic status in today’s older adult population and how this impacts access to health care in older adults
    2. Compare and contrast the disparities in health status between older adults with low socioeconomic status and those with higher socioeconomic status
    3. Select appropriate tools (assessment, technology, communication) to assist with the provision of pharmaceutical care
    4. Provide input to other members of the interdisciplinary team based on assessment of socioeconomic barriers to care
    5. Develop a plan of care based on assessment of different aspects of socioeconomic status (ie. medication adherence, level of care)
  • 10:15am - 10:30am


  • 10:30am-11:15am

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Identify factors that can influence communication with older adults
    2. Identify barriers that can interfere communication with older adults
    3. Describe strategies to avoid or manage communication barriers
  • 11:15am -12:15pm

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Define the term “Beers’ criteria”
    2. Identify risk factors for inappropriate medication use in older adults
    3. List medications considered to be potentially inappropriate for use in older patients and identify safer alternatives
    4. Discuss evidence showing that inappropriate medication use results in poor health outcomes in older adults
    5. Describe strategies that pharmacists can use to improve the quality of medication use in older adults
  • 12:15pm - 1:15pm


  • 1:15pm - 1:45pm

    Learn about the history and get an overview of CCGP and the CGP exam.

  • 1:45pm - 2:30pm

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Define common geriatric syndromes seen in the elderly
    2. Develop approaches to caring for patients experiencing geriatric syndromes and special problems
    3. Discuss how drug therapy may cause or exacerbate geriatric syndromes
    4. Recommend and assess both drug and non-drug interventions for geriatric syndromes and special problems
  • 2:30pm - 3:15pm

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Identify appropriate assessment instruments to use for a given set of symptoms or patient complaints
    2. Identify a variety of screening and assessment tools (e.g., mini-cog exam, Katz index of activities of daily living, geriatric depression scale, and others)
  • 3:15pm - 3:30pm


  • 3:30pm - 4:30pm

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Develop and apply systems for the following:
      - Medication reconciliation during transitions of care
      - Identification of risk factors for Adverse Drug Event (ADE) or medication incidents/ errors
      - Prevention of ADE or medication incidents/ errors
    2. Recognize iatrogenic conditions (e.g., healthcare associated infections, falls, pressure ulcers, medication-induced conditions)
    3. Develop strategies to prevent or resolve iatrogenic conditions
  • 4:30pm - 5:45pm

    Case Series: Identifying & Resolving Drug-Related Problems

Day 2: Sunday, April 30

  • 7:40am - 5:45pm


  • 7:45am - 8:40am

    Breakfast & Networking

  • 8:40am - 8:45am

    Welcome & Introductions

  • 8:45am - 9:45am

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Describe the pharmacist’s role in the use and interpretation of laboratory tests
    2. Use commonly ordered laboratory tests in chronic disease management to provide the best clinical care and consultation to older patients
    3. Understand the alternative strategies to monitor organ function, particularly renal function
    4. Use laboratory results to effectively guide therapeutic drug monitoring
  • 9:45am - 11:15am

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Interpret recent guidelines and clinical data regarding the management of dyslipidemia, hypertension, and stroke prophylaxis in patients with atrial fibrillation
    2. Select appropriate treatment goals for older adults with hypertension and dyslipidemia
    3. Examine the impact of common adverse effects observed with cardiovascular pharmacotherapy in the older adult
    4. Evaluate the potential role of emerging and recently approved therapies
  • 11:15am - 12:15pm


  • 12:15pm - 1:45pm

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Discuss recent guideline changes regarding the management of diabetes in older adults
    2. Compare and contrast newly approved and established treatment options for type 2 diabetes
    3. Design an appropriate treatment plan to achieve patient specific goals of therapy
    4. Discuss recent evidence regarding the cardiovascular safety of therapies used to manage diabetes
  • 1:45pm - 2:00pm


  • 2:00pm - 3:30pm

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Identify signs and symptoms of major depression in high risk elderly patients
    2. Differentiate the pharmacologic treatments for geriatric depression
    3. Describe the treatment approach for cognitive symptoms in dementia
    4. Develop a plan for the management of behavioral disturbances in patients with dementia
  • 3:30pm - 3:45pm


  • 3:45pm -5:15pm

    Learning Objectives:
    1. List the common causes of mental status changes seen in older adults with delirium
    2. Select appropriate treatment for targeted symptoms in delirium
    3. Identify the key monitoring parameters for antiepileptic drugs
    4. Evaluate a given antiepileptic regimen in an older adult for efficacy and toxicity
  • 5:15pm - 5:45pm

    Clinical Topics on the Horizon


Continuing Pharmacy Education


The American Society of Consultant Pharmacists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

An application‎ for accreditation has been made to the Canadian Council on Continuing Education in Pharmacy (CCCEP).

Day 1


8.5 credit hours, 7.5 hours of live content and 1 hour for post-test assessment

Day 2


8.5 credit hours, 7.5 hours of live content and 1 hour for post-test assessment

Event FAQs

To receive continuing pharmacy education (CPE) credit, participants must attend the activity in its entirety, complete the post-test with a grade of 70% or better, and evaluate the activity on the ASCP Learning Center* within 45 days of the activity (by June 14, 2017). To access the post-test and evaluation, participants must enter the CPE code for the educational activity. The CPE code will be announced during the activity introduction.
There will be a post-test to complete from each day. You will have ONE post-test attempt to achieve a 70% or higher. No partial credit will be given.
You must enter the CE code and complete the evaluation to receive credit. ASCP reports CPE attainment to ACPE and NABP via the CPE Monitor system. The course should be posted within 24-48 hours of evaluation completion. If you are a U.S. pharmacist, it is the responsibility of the participant to provide their correct date of birth (MMDD format) and NABP e-Profile ID on their member or guest profile on the ASCP Website.

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Registration payment information:

  • Attendance is restricted to paid participants only. This policy is established to avoid disruptions during the programming, reduce liability, and help maintain ASCP’s professional learning environment.
  • Due to exchange rates, ASCP will only accept payment through credit cards. ASCP accepts American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa.
  • Please note: You will receive an email confirmation when payment is processed.
  • All refund requests must be made in writing and postmarked no later than April 1, 2017. A $100 cancellation fee per registrant will be charged. No cancellations will be refunded after April 6, 2017.
  • If you purchase the full Boot Camp, you can add on the 6-month access to the recordings through the Flex Plan for $99

Hotel Information

Hotel reservations can be directly made online at the Holiday Inn Toronto Yorkdale or by calling 1-866-568-0046 or 416-785-6856. Please mention ASCP Boot Camp when booking to get our reduced meeting rate of $139.95 CAD. ASCP's room block deadline is April 5, 2017.

Registration Rates
Prices in USD
Full Boot Camp (2 Days)
$415 ASCP Members
$620 Non-Members
Single Day Registration
$225 ASCP Members
$340 Non-Members

Space is limited to the first 150 registrants.

If you can only attend one day, we recommend day one for those preparing for the exam and day two for those interested in CGP recertification credits.