Diabetes Certification Opportunity for Alabama Pharmacists

Author: APCI Staff/Thursday, March 7, 2019/Categories: APCI News

Samford University McWhorter School of Pharmacy has once again partnered with the Alabama Department of Public Health to provide a certification training program to thirty (30) actively-practicing pharmacists who are licensed to practice in Alabama and work at a pharmacy located in the state of Alabama at NO COST.

Project Manager, Dr. P.J. Hughes of Samford University McWhorter School of Pharmacy seeks to recruit thirty (30) pharmacists in a practice without Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) but who are committed to and capable of launching a nationally-accredited program at his/her practice site.  Completion of the program consists required attendance at two separate ACPE-accredited continuing pharmacy education certificate activities (i.e., APhA Pharmacist & Patient-Centered Diabetes Care [diabetes certificate] and the Samford University DSME Toolkit program) plus reporting outcomes associated with the accreditation process at the practice site.  

The programming dates are Sunday April 7, 2019 and Friday May 31, 2019 in Birmingham, AL at the Samford University College of Health Sciences campus.  

How can incorporating DSME services into your practice benefit you?

"Providing Diabetes Self-Management in the Pharmacy allows you to provide and bill for clinical services and practice at the top of your license. You have the opportunity to potentially transform a patient's health outlook with your education and be paid for it. It creates a diverse revenue stream outside of the normal channel for pharmacies and creates additional sales dollars for other items and builds your pharmacy's brand as a clinical destination." – Patrick Devereux 

Beyond attending CE programs as part of the grant what additional support and expertise can you expect?

Patrick Devereux and Anthony Bolus are well versed in obtaining and maintaining accreditation for Diabetes Self-Management Education. The DSME program at FMS Pharmacy was established in 2011 and has improved the health outlook of many of our patients. Working with Dr. Devereux and Dr. Bolus, pharmacies can expect to get real world advice on developing the best program and maintaining excellence in that program. In addition, Drs. Devereux and Bolus can help navigate the potential billing roadblocks as well as give you advice on developing partnerships with providers in your area. 

As mentioned, this total program provides two certifications and a DSME curriculum valued at over $1,000 per pharmacist, containing over 40 hours of ACPE-accredited continuing education. If you have any questions, please reach out to Dr. Hughes by replying to this email.  Please use the form below to give us your personal contact information and to express interest.  The form will be active until March 15, 2019.

All pharmacist selections for inclusion in this grant project will be notified by March 19, 2019 via the email address provided (please double check your email address for accuracy when completing the form).  Please provide us an email address you utilize frequently so we can efficiently notify you of your inclusion of the grant, if selected. If more than 30 replies are received, priority will be given to individuals who practice in Alabama counties without an accredited DSME site (https://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/diabetes/assets/DSME_Map.pdf) . 

IMPORTANTLY: by completing the form linked below, you agree, that if selected for inclusion, you will make yourself available on April 7, 2019 and May 31, 2019 for both program dates.  Additionally, prior to completing, please confirm you have support of your practice site to attend the training with the goal to implement a DSME program at your practice site (unless you are an owner or director).

Thank you for considering this wonderful opportunity to transform your practice and Alabama pharmacy practice!

Form Link: https://samford.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_56ARZiSloXv4bYx