Continuing Pharmacy Education

Pharmacy in Downers Grove

Chicago College of Pharmacy (CCP) offers a variety of resources and continuing pharmacy education programs throughout the year.


The Chicago College of Pharmacy is committed to the lifelong learning of its alumni, preceptors, and other interested pharmacists in various practice settings. The College provides high quality knowledge and application-based educational activities that enhance contemporary pharmacy practice.


To provide high quality continuing pharmacy education and professional development activities, which are applicable to contemporary pharmacy practice and meet the educational needs of pharmacists in various settings.

Our continuing pharmacy education activities will enable pharmacists to:

  1. improve their knowledge of contemporary pharmacy practice
  2. improve their ability to apply new knowledge to enhance patient care
  3. meet educational requirements for relicensure


Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.


Registration is now open! Click here to see more information and to register. 

7th Annual Updates in Diabetes and Related Chronic Care Topics Pharmacy Continuing Education Conference

A day-long educational conference focused on different topics about diabetes intended for preceptors, alumni and other interested pharmacists. Up to 6 contact hours of live ACPE accredited continuing pharmacy education will be available. Attendees will receive a program syllabus complete with all learning materials and will enjoy a continential breakfast and lunch. All the educational sessions will be taught by faculty with expertise in diabetes management and will incorporate a variety of active learning strategies.

Date: Saturday June 2, 2018
Check-in/Continential breakfast: 7:30am

Midwestern University - Cardinal Hall
555 31st Street
Downers Grove, IL 60515

To earn the continuing education credit associated with each session, participants must attend the session in its entirety and submit a completed session evaluation and pre/post learning assessment for each session when applicable. All required evaluations and assessments must be submitted by 7/23/18 at the latest to allow time for processing and upload of credits to CPE Monitor. Statement of credits will be available at within 45 days from the date of the program. (note: all these materials will be given at check-in on 6/2/18).  Per ACPE guidelines, statement of credits will not be issued after 60 days from the date of program.

To Register:
Register online by clicking here. The last day to register is May 18, 2018.

Registration is limited to 100 individuals on a first come, first served basis.

Please contact Ms. Cheryl Elder ( or at 630.971.6417) if you have any questions about registration. 

Registration Fees:
There is a $60.00 registration fee for the entire day. This includes all educational materials, food and beverages provided throughout the day.

CCP alumni receive a 50% discount for a registration of $30.00.

Active preceptors of CCP students are eligible for a further reduced registration fee of $20.00.  Active preceptor status will be verified through the CCP Office of Experiential Education.

Detailed Agenda of Educational Sessions:

130 is the new 140: An Update in the Management of Hypertension
Dr. Christie Schumacher - 0.5 contact hour (knowledge-based activity)
1. Identify the blood pressure goals as defined in the 2017 ACC/AHA hypertension guidelines.
2. Recognize appropriate recommended changes to a patient's non-pharmacological and pharmacological antihypertensive therapy.
3. List the main components of a treatment regimen for a patient with hypertension, taking into account co-morbid conditions and patient specific factors.

Updates in the 2018 ADA Standards of Care 
Dr. Jen D'Souza - 0.5 contact hour (knowledge-based activity)
1. Summarize changes to recent national guidelines for the care of patients with diabetes.
2. Identify current and emerging pharmacotherapy treatments, guidelines, and patient goals for patients with diabetes.

Keynote: Diabetes and Depression 
Dr. Jennifer Zacher - 1 contact hour (application-based activity)
1. Explain the prevalence of comorbid diabetes and depression.
2. Identify potential pathophysiologic mechanisms that may explain higher than expected rates of depression in patients with diabetes.
3. Design a treatment plan for a patient with comorbid diabetes and depression, taking into consideration potential adverse effects associated with antidepressants that may worsen diabetes symptoms.

Concurrent Session A: Updates in GLP1 Agonists
Dr. Lea dela Pena - 1 contact hour (application-based activity)
1. Identify newer GLP1 agonist products used in the treatment of diabetes.
2. Explain how to prepare newer GLP1 agonist devices for use, including combination products.
3. Demonstrate appropriate use of each product.
4. Recognize the expiration dates for each product.
5. Write a counseling point for a patient regarding the proper storage and disposal of products containing a GLP1 agonist.

Concurrent Session B: Monitoring Blood Glucose: Is A1c the dinosaur?
Dr. Susan Cornell - 1 contact hour (application-based activity)
1. Describe evidence regarding new and emerging trends and parameters in monitoring patients with diabetes.
2. Discuss the application of emerging monitoring trends in the care of patients with diabetes.
3. Design a monitoring plan that appropriately incorporates multiple monitoring parameters for a patient with diabetes.

Clearing the Confusion:Considerations for Management of Diabetes and Chronic Kidney Disease
Dr. Christie Schumacher - 0.5 contact hour (knowledge-based activity)
1. Recognize the role of new glomerular filtration-estimating equations in medications dosing for patients with diabetes and chronic kidney disease (CKD).
2. Review updates in renal dosing adjustments for glucose-lowering medications.
3. Identify the proposed rationale for the glucose-independent nephroprotective effect of SGLT2-inhibitors.

Pharmacists' Patient Care Process
Dr. Mary Ann Kliethermes - 0.5 contact hour (knowledge-based activity)
1. State the three major concepts required for a professional patient care practice.
2. Identify the five steps of the pharmacist patient care process in a patient case.
3. List the main reasons for the need for a consistent patient care process for pharmacy services.


Concurrent Sessions A and B Repeat - see above for descriptions

Double Trouble: Considerations for the Management of Type 2 Diabetes in Patients with Chronic Heart Failure
Dr. Elizabeth Van Dril - 0.5 contact hour (knowledge-based activity)
1. Recognize the impact of poor glycemic control on the onset and prognosis of chronic heart failure in adults with type 2 diabetes.
2. Review the clinical impact of the heart failure-related results published in the cardiovascular outcomes trials for SGLT-2 inhibitors, GLP1 receptor agonists and DPP-4 inhibitors.
3. List clinical practice considerations for the management of patients with type 2 diabetes and comorbid chronic heart failure.

Sometimes Less is More - The Art of Deintensifying
Dr. Megan Wesling - 0.5 contact hour (knowledge-based activity)
1. Summarize the available clinical evidence and guidelines for deintensification of antihyperglycemic therapy.
2. Identify patients elgible for deintensification of antihyperglycemic therapy.
3. Identify potential barriers to implementing deintensification of antihyperglycemic therapy.


For information on CCP continuing pharmacy education programs, please contact:

Jacob P. Gettig, Pharm.D., MPH, MEd, BCPS, CHCP
Associate Dean for Postgraduate Education
Chicago College of Pharmacy
Midwestern University
555 31st Street
Downers Grove, IL 60515