General Information

General Information

APhA Advocacy Booth

Federal Legislation & Regulatory Issues • Grassroots Advocacy • Political Action Committee

Public policies affect every aspect of how pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and student pharmacists apply knowledge, experience, and skills to care for their patients. APhA’s Government Affairs team works to ensure pharmacists’ voices are heard by the federal government. Stop by the Advocacy Booth for more information about current issues impacting pharmacists at the federal level and learn how APhA builds positive relationships with the elected officials responsible for making policy decisions that affect pharmacists. 

Did you get your raffle ticket yet? Help the APhA-PAC meet our fundraising goal by purchasing a raffle ticket to win roundtrip airfare to APhA2019 in Seattle, WA. Tickets can be purchased 6 for $20 or 1 for $5 at the Advocacy Booth on Main Street. Proceeds benefit the APhA-PAC.

APhA Election/Meet the Candidates

The 2018 APhA Election officially opens for voting at approximately 5:00 pm (CT) on Friday, March 16. Cast your vote online or at the Elections Booth across from the APhA Bookstore. You can also meet the candidates for the APhA Board of Trustees and the APhA-APPM and APhA-APRS Elections on Saturday, March 17, 11:00 am-11:45 am, at the entrance to the Exhibit Hall. Find out where they stand on issues impacting your practice and the entire profession.

APhA Foundation

Visit our booth to learn more about the innovative ways the APhA Foundation is advancing patient care through pharmacy practice-based, collaborative research. We identify and pilot new models of practice. Our research provides data proving the critical role pharmacists play in achieving the best possible patient outcomes. Come by and show your support. Meet recipients of scholarships and Incentive Grants funded by donors like you. You can purchase tickets for the Taste of Tennessee and Women in Pharmacy: Mix, Mingle, and Margaritas fundraising events or make a donation. Also, don’t miss your chance to see the prestigious Bowl of Hygeia in person! 

APhA House of Delegates

The APhA House of Delegates sessions take place in the Davidson Ballroom of the Music City Center. All attendees are welcome to observe the APhA House of Delegates sessions; however, a Delegate ribbon must be worn to participate and vote in the House discussions. Delegates may visit the APhA House of Delegates page for more information.

APhA-ASP House of Delegates

Chapter Delegates must check in at the Davidson Ballroom of the Music City Center on Saturday, March 17 by 2:30 pm to pick up their delegate materials and ribbon. Do not report to the APhA House of Delegates Office, which is for delegates to the "Big House" only.

Arrangements for Persons with Disabilities

Scooters and wheelchairs are available for rental through Scootaround. Reserve your equipment in advance to ensure your needs can be accommodated. If you have a disability for which you may require an auxiliary aid or special service, contact Nicole Whately at 202-448-8727 by Thursday, February 22.

Attire

Business casual attire is appropriate for sessions and events. You may wish to bring a sweater or light jacket to sessions. Check the weather forecast prior to packing as you may require a jacket and umbrella. Nashville average temperatures are 65º daytime and 50º evening.  

Bag and Ribbon Bar

Registration bags, Program Guides, Coupon Books, Annual Reports, Annual Meeting issues of Pharmacy Today, ribbons, neck wallets, and other materials are distributed at the Bag and Ribbon Bar in the APhA Registration Area. We encourage you to download the APhA2018 App for up-to-date information.

Blood Drive and Bone Marrow Registry

APhA is conducting our 9th Annual Blood Drive and Bone Marrow Registry at APhA2018 in Nashville. Stop by Registration in the Music City Center anytime on Friday, March 16 or Saturday, March 17 to sign up, and on Sunday, March 18, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, to donate. You can also sign up in advance. Please consider making a donation and giving the gift of life!  

Bookstore

The Bookstore carries a comprehensive selection of professional books and textbooks. You will also find a wide range of APhA titles and brand merchandise at discounted prices. Quantities are limited. For information on APhA's digital resources, visit the PharmacyLibrary section of the Bookstore.

Business Center

The UPS Store is open during APhA2018. 
Phone: 615-401-1495

Button Game 
on Main Street

Discover many of the great things APhA is doing year-round to serve our membership! As you stroll down Main Street, collect a button from each of the booths and the Bookstore. Once you’ve collected eight buttons, stop by the Membership Booth for a chance to win one of three great prizes. The first drawing is held on Sunday at 12:00 pm in the Membership Booth. You must be present to win. A second drawing is Monday at 12:00 pm for which you need not be present to win.

Career Center

Be sure to stop by the APhA Career Center booth on Main Street Level 3 to view current job postings and APhA career resources. Go to pharmacist.com and click on Careers for more information.

Children

Please note that children under the age of 18 are not permitted in the education sessions or the Exposition (to include the Opening Reception in the Exposition). This includes children in strollers and carriers.

Cyber Café & Wireless Internet

The Cyber Café provides complimentary access to the Internet to check e-mail, record CPE, and create your personalized itinerary with sessions, networking, and exhibitor visits. Complimentary limited wireless service is available in the meeting rooms and exhibit areas of the Music City Center. 

Education Booth

Visit the Education Booth for information about APhA2018 education sessions, continuing pharmacy education (CPE) credit, and many other APhA education and training activities. 

First Aid and Mothers' Room

First Aid is located outside Hall B of the Music City Center. For emergency assistance, dial 1300 from a house phone. The Mothers' Room is located outside Hall D of the Music City Center.

"Friends in Pharmacy" to Honor Paws for Veterans

We are honored to have representatives from Paws for Veterans with us during APhA2018. Paws provides psychiatric service dogs, training, and therapeutic group sessions to veteran and active duty men and women struggling with post traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. Please give generously at the kiosks located at the Bookstore and outside of the General Sessionsto to enter a drawing for a complimentary full conference registration to APhA2019, March 22-25, in Seattle. Stop by the PAWs booth 153 inside the Exhibit Hall to play with the pups and give your donation in person. Also, look for the paw print floor logo at exhibitor booths—your badge swipe will equal extra donations from that exhibitor! Visit pawsforveterans.com for more information.

Headshot Café 

Visit the Headshot Café on Saturday and Sunday, 11:30 am–3:30 pm, for a complimentary professional headshot. Stop by Rite Aid Booth 523 during Exposition hours to receive your headshot voucher.
Supported by a grant from Rite Aid.

History Display

APhA held the 1913 and 1996 annual meetings in Nashville. Stop by to view our wonderful collection of memorabilia from those meetings, including the 1913 Convention Badge. See how times have changed! Learn more about APhA pharmacy leaders during those times and the topics that interested them.

Information Central


Visit Information Central for general assistance during the meeting, customer service needs, and to assist you with additional information on all conference activities. In addition, you can seek assistance from APhA staff, identified by their green staff ribbons and/or APhA blue shirts.  

Invitation Letter for International Attendees

The U.S. Department of State is the official United States Visa information source with information about visa requirements, U.S. embassy and consulate locations worldwide, and wait times for visa interview appointments/processing. Travelers are advised to apply for visas well in advance of intended travel dates. Although APhA may not provide official travel endorsement, a Letter of Invitation is available by completing the Letter of Invitation Request Form

Lapel Pins

Don't leave Nashville without your collectible APhA2018 lapel pin! To pick up your lapel pin, stop by GEICO's booth 204 during Exposition hours.
Supported by a grant from GEICO.

Membership Booth


Calling all APhA members! We want to meet you at APhA’s Membership Booth. Visit us to learn more about how to maximize your benefits 365 days a year. Be sure to enter our drawings for three great prizes! 

Mobile App and Program Guide

The primary methods of providing comprehensive information about Annual Meeting activities is via the APhA2018 Mobile App and Program Guide. If you require assistance downloading or navigating the App, stop by Information Central on Main Street. Hard copies of the Program Guide are available at the Bag Bar.

Photography

Any person who attends an APhA Annual Meeting event grants permission to APhA, its employees and agents (collectively “APhA”) to record his or her visual/audio images, including but not limited to, photographs, digital images, voices, sound or video recordings, audio clips, or accompanying written descriptions, and, without notifying such person, to use his or her name and such images for any purpose of APhA, including advertisements for APhA and its programs. 

Prizes

Don’t miss out on these opportunities to win great prizes.

Registration

Attendee Registration is located in the Music City Center, Level 2 Foyer. 
Thursday, March 15 2:00 pm–5:00 pm
Friday, March 16 6:30 am–9:00 pm
Saturday, March 17 6:30 am–3:30pm
Sunday, March 18 6:30 am–3:30 pm
Monday, March 19* 6:30 am–2:00 pm

Exhibitor Registration is located in the Music City Center, Level 3 Exhibit Hall CD.

Thursday, March 15 2:00 pm–4:00 pm
Friday, March 16 7:00 am–9:00 pm
Saturday, March 17 7:00 am–3:30pm
Sunday, March 18 7:00 am–3:30 pm

Relaxation Station

Be sure to take a few minutes to unwind during APhA2018. For a complimentary seated back massage, visit the Relaxation Station on Saturday or Sunday, 11:30 am–3:30 pm. To receive your complimentary massage coupon, stop by the Healthcare Providers Service Organization's booth 304 during Exposition hours.
Supported by a grant from Healthcare Providers Service Organization.

Restaurant Reservations/Ambassador Staff

Visit the Ambassador Staff desk in the Music City Center for restaurant reservations and information on local attractions and trendy neighborhoods throughout Nashville. 

Safety Tips

Please review the attached safety tips and city information to make your time at APhA2018 safe and secure. 

Social Time #APhA2018

Attend an informative education session? Interact with a fabulous speaker? Meet a new mentor? Network with new colleagues? Connect with APhA and Pharmacy Today Facebook and Twitter to stay informed. Tag your posts, videos, tweets, and photos with #APhA2018 and win a prize for your unique post!

I CARE Photo Op and Messaging
You physically will become the “I” in the message I CARE. Take a moment to post why you are passionate about pharmacy and how you make a significant impact on those you serve, meet, and mentor.

Social Time #APhA2018
Networking is one of the top reasons to attend APhA2018.  Expand your network by sharing your insights, tips, and stories with your colleagues. Connect with APhA and Pharmacy Today on Facebook and Twitter to stay informed about everything #APhA2018. Tag your posts, videos, tweets, and photos with #APhA2018 so your friends can follow along. Who knows? You might win one of the daily prizes for your unique posts! Watch daily for the details on APhA and Pharmacy Today Facebook and Twitter.

How Do You Show Leadership?
Pharmacists are leaders in patient care, but leadership comes in many forms. Stop by the Interactive Leadership wall and share your personal experiences of showing leadership in your daily work. Take a selfie and share it through social media with the hashtag #HowILead. We can’t wait to hear what you’re doing and how you can influence fellow pharmacists.

Do You Have a Favorite APhA Publication?
Stop by the APhA Bookstore and while you’re there take a selfie with your favorite book. Tweet your picture with the hashtag #APhA2018 and you’ll be entered for a prize drawing.

Spouse/Guest Information

A separate registration fee for spouse/guest registration is offered. Included in spouse registration are the Opening Reception, Closing Reception, and Exhibit Hall. Note that the education sessions are not included, nor is CPE credit offered.