General Information

General Information

Visit the APhA Experience Zone

We look forward to welcoming you to the APhA Experience Zone, located in the center of the Exhibit Hall, where you can get up close and personal with what’s new and exciting at APhA. Visit us daily and don’t miss the opportunity to win great prizes and take home something special. Make sure you follow #APhA2020 on Twitter and Facebook for updates and information on fun activities.

Advocacy Area

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 Area 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.

APhA Bookstore

Save 35% or more on our comprehensive selection of professional and student resources onsite at the APhA Bookstore. The discount is also applicable to all of our titles online when ordering from pharmacist.com/shop for the duration of the meeting. Visit the PharmacyLibrary section of the Bookstore for APhA’s digital resources.

APhA Building Tours

Do you have plans for Tuesday, March 24? We would love to have you take a tour of the American Pharmacists Association headquarters. Located on the National Mall, tour highlights of our historic building include the grand architecture of the Ernest Mario Rotunda, APhA Awards Gallery, Art Gallery showcasing the collection of Great Moments in Pharmacy paintings, and treasured archives held in the Joseph D. Williams Library. Visitors will also delight in the breathtaking views from the Potomac View Terrace overlooking the city's national landmarks.

Tuesday, March 24

  • Tour #1: 8:00 am–10:00 am
  • Tour #2: 10:00 am–12:00 pm
  • Tour #3: 1:00 pm–3:00 pm

Registration is complimentary; however, pre-registration is required through the registration process. Registration deadline is Saturday, March 21 at 3:30 pm. The event may fill prior to the deadline and cannot accommodate walk-ins.

You will receive an event confirmation via email. Please read all details in the email and click on the link to provide security information to enter the building.

APhA is located at 2215 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20037, 8 blocks south of the Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro stop. Street parking is very limited.

APhA Election/Meet the Candidates

The 2020 APhA Election officially opens for voting at approximately 5:00 pm (ET) on Friday, March 20. Cast your vote online or at the Elections Booths located in the Chesapeake Foyer (don’t forget your “I voted” ribbon after you vote at the booth). You can also meet the candidates for the APhA Board of Trustees, APhA-APPM and APhA-APRS, and SIG elections  on Saturday, March 21, 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

Stop by our booth to learn how the APhA Foundation is advancing pharmacists’ patient care. Snap a selfie by the prestigious Bowl of Hygeia Award and the first Remington Honor Medal awarded in 1919. Chat with current recipients of our scholarships and Incentive Grants that your generous donations have funded. Find out how you can become a recipient of this type of support. Hear about our APhA2020 events: the 1953 Society Reception, APhA Foundation Annual Contributors’ Breakfast and the Remington Innovation in Pharmacy Forum. Register to attend the Women in Pharmacy Leadership Development Forum. For more than 60 years, our pharmacy practice-based, collaborative research provides data supporting the critical role pharmacists play in improving patient health outcomes. Come by and learn more!

APhA House of Delegates

The APhA House of Delegates sessions take place in the Gaylord National, Maryland Ballroom A-D. 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.

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 20.

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. The average late-March temperatures are 60º daytime and 40º evening.  

Blood Drive and Bone Marrow Registry

APhA will be partnering with the Anne Arundel Medical Center and Be the Match for our 11th Annual Blood Drive and Bone Marrow Registry. Sign up will take place on Friday, March 20 in the Chesapeake Foyer, with donations collected on Saturday, March 21 and Sunday, March 22, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm in a mobile unit outside in the Maryland Ballroom Bus Loop. By participating, not only are you making a difference in the community, you will be entered into a daily drawing to win a $50 gift card. Remember to hydrate and eat before donating. Please bring your ID.

APhA will also once again be partnering with the Be The Match registry to offer you the unique opportunity to give a life-saving bone marrow transplant to someone in need. Thousands of patients with leukemia and other life-threatening diseases depend on Be The Match, the largest and most diverse registry in the world, to find a life-saving donor. To be eligible for Be The Match, you must be between the ages of 18 and 44, willing to donate to any patient in need, and able to meet the health guidelines. It takes 5 minutes to register in person: complete some paperwork, do a DNA cheek swab. That’s it! Over 70% of patients in need of a transplant do not have a matching donor in their family. Finding an unrelated match on the registry is their only chance at a life-saving cure for their disease. 

Business Center

The FedEx Office Print & Ship Center in the Gaylord National offers packing and shipping, signage, copying, and office supplies. Open 6:00 am to 9:00 pm daily and offers 24 hour self-service printing, copying, and internet access. 

Business Center: 301-567-0457 • fax: 301-567-1813 
Parcel Receiving: 301-567-7181• fax: 301-567-2930

Charging Stations

Stop by the Charging Stations to relax and recharge your phone, tablet, and other devices. Charging Stations are located on Level 1 near the Exhibit Hall and Level 2 near the General Session (Potomac Ballroom).
Supported by Merck & Co., Inc.

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.

Coffee Service

Join us on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday at 6:30 am near the Education sessions for coffee.

Coronavirus Briefing

APhA takes the health and safety of our attendees seriously and is taking cautionary steps to prepare attendees for safe travel as well as implementing best-practice guidelines to reduce the risk and spread of the Coronavirus or other contagious viruses. Read the APhA2020 Brief.

Dining at the Gaylord National

  • Belvedere Lobby Lounge: Beverages and light appetizers — 4:00 pm–12:00 am
  • Cocoa Bean Coffee Shop — 6:00 am–2:00 pm
  • Harbor Marketplace: Grab-n-Go Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner — 6:00 am–2:00 am
  • National Pastime Sports Bar: Lunch and Dinner — 11:00 am–12:00 am
  • Old Hickory Steakhouse: Dinner — 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Pienza Marketplace: Breakfast — 6:30 am–10:30 am (Lunch and Dinner hours vary)
  • Pose Rooftop Lounge — 9:00 pm–2:00 am (Hours vary)

Education Booth

Visit the Education Booth for information about APhA2020 education sessions, continuing pharmacy education (CPE) credit, and many other APhA education and training activities. Stop by the Cyber Café for complimentary access to the Internet to check email and record CPE.

First Aid

First Aid is located in the Prince Georges Registration Desk C Office. For emergency assistance, dial 333 from any house phone or dial 301-965-4500 from your cell phone.

"Friends in Pharmacy" Supports the Homeless Community

APhA is proud to support the Carpenter’s Shelter, with a mission to support the homeless to achieve sustainable independence through shelter, guidance, education, and advocacy. The Carpenter’s Shelter​​​​​​ booth is located in the Chesapeake Foyer.

  • Visit the Booth!
  • Create an encouraging card to go into the Welcome Home kits provided to “graduating” residents who are leaving the shelter to move into their own home.
  • Donate! A minimum of $10 (honor system) to be entered to win.
    • One comp full pharmacist registration to APhA2021.
    • One comp full student registration to APhA2021.
    • One of two custom prints from APhA’s Select Poster artist, Patrick O’Brien.
  • Visit the Exhibit Hall! Look for the Friends in Pharmacy floor logo at exhibitor booths. One badge swipe equals extra donations from that exhibitor.
  • Visit the Bookstore! Proceeds from the APhA-ASP t-shirt sales benefit Carpenter’s Shelter. Get yours while supplies last.

Thank you for your support! Learn more at CarpentersShelter.org

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's booth, #515, during Exhibit Hall hours to receive your headshot voucher.
Supported by Rite Aid.

History Display

APhA held the 1858, 1883, 1920, 1934, 1960, 1970, 1980, 1990, 2000, 2010 and 2020 annual meetings in Washington, DC. Stop by to view our wonderful collection of memorabilia from those meetings, as well as past membership badges and lapel pins. See how times have changed! Learn more about APhA pharmacy leaders during those times. 

Obtain your personal copy of 150 Years of Caring - A Pictorial History of the American Pharmaceutical Association, prepared especially for the 2002 Sesquicentennial APhA Annual Meeting, edited by the late George Griffenhagen. Your complimentary copy awaits you at the History Display (limited quantities).

Information Center

Visit the APhA Information Center, centrally located in the Chesapeake Foyer of the Gaylord National, to answer questions, and assist you during the meeting. In addition, you may seek assistance from any APhA staff member, identified by their green staff ribbons and/or APhA blue shirts.  

Thursday, March 19 1:30 pm–5:00 pm
Friday, March 20 6:30 am–6:30 pm
Saturday, March 21 6:00 am–5:00pm
Sunday, March 22 6:30 am–5:00 pm
Monday, March 23 6:30 am–2:00 pm

Internet Access

Complimentary internet is available in the meeting and exhibit areas of the Gaylord National.

  • Network: APhA2020
  • Password: pharmacist

Supported by Anschutz Medical Campus.

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 Pin

Don’t leave the Gaylord National Resort without your collectible APhA2020 lapel pin! To pick up your lapel pin, stop by GEICO’s booth, #110, during Exhibit Hall hours.
Supported by GEICO.

Los Angeles: Home of APhA2021

Mark your calendar—APhA2021 will be held March 12-15, 2021 in Los Angeles! Stop by the Los Angeles booth in the Chesapeake Foyer.

Meet the Artist

Patrick O’Brien, renowned painter and artist of the beautiful Select Attendee* posters, will be on site at APhA2020. Come by to say hello and enjoy his beautiful artwork. If you are a Select Attendee, Patrick can personalize your poster. Patrick will be in the Chesapeake Foyer on Thursday from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm, and Friday from 7:00 am to 11:00 am.
*Select Attendees are full conference pharmacists attending a minimum of two consecutive APhA annual meetings.

Membership

Connect face-to-face with the APhA Membership Team to learn how to maximize your APhA membership to meet your individual needs and goals. Be sure to also enter our drawings for your chance to win great prizes. We are located in the Exhibit Hall at the Experience Zone.

Mobile App and Program Guide

The primary methods of providing comprehensive information about Annual Meeting activities are via the APhA2020 Mobile App and Program Guide. If you require assistance downloading or navigating the App, stop by Information Central in the Chesapeake Foyer of the Gaylord National. Hard copies of the Program Guide are available at the Bag Bar at Registration.

Mothers' Room

The Mothers’ Room is behind the Concierge Desk in the Gaylord National main lobby. Please ask at the front desk for the key. Refrigeration is not provided.

Pharmacy Profiles

A subsidiary of APhA, Profiles is a comprehensive resource for helping pharmacists manage all professional information in one place with easy-to-use, secure online tools. Visit with Pharmacy Profiles and claim your profile for a free gift. 

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. 

Registration

Registration is located in the Prince George's Exhibit Hall at the Gaylord National. Registration bags, Program Guides, Annual Reports, ribbons, neck wallets, and other materials are distributed at the Bag and Ribbon Bar.

Attendee Hours:

Thursday, March 19 2:00 pm–5:00 pm
Friday, March 20 6:30 am–9:00 pm
Saturday, March 21 6:30 am–3:30 pm
Sunday, March 22 6:30 am–3:30 pm
Monday, March 23* 7:00 am–2:00 pm

*Registration Desk relocates to the Chesapeake Foyer

Exhibitor Hours:

Thursday, March 19 2:00 pm–5:00 pm
Friday, March 20 6:30 am–9:00 pm
Saturday, March 21 6:30 am–3:30 pm
Sunday, March 22 6:30 am–3:30 pm
Registration bags supported by Albertsons Companies.
Neck wallets supported by Kroger.

Relaxation Station

Take a few minutes to unwind with a free seated back massage on Saturday or Sunday, 11:00 am-3:00 pm. To receive your massage coupon, stop by the Healthcare Providers Service Organization’s booth, #510, during Exhibit Hall hours. The Relaxation Station is located in the Exhibit Hall.
Supported by a grant from Healthcare Providers Service Organization.

Restaurant and City Information

Visit the Concierge Desk located in the main lobby of the Gaylord National for assistance in booking reservations at National Harbor’s best restaurants and to learn about local attractions and transportation options. In addition, both Washington, DC and Old Town Alexandria have information booths on Saturday (8:00 am–3:00 pm) and Sunday (9:00 am–1:00 pm) in the Chesapeake Foyer.

Shuttle Service

Click here for information on local transportation options. 

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.

Treasure Hunt

Take a trip around the Exhibit Hall for your chance at a $500 gift card! Click on the Treasure Hunt icon in the Mobile App to get started. Two winners will be announced at 2:30 pm on Sunday, March 22, in the Exhibit Hall. You do not need to be present to win.

Welcome Snack

Join us on Friday from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm in the Registation Area in the Prince George’s Exhibit Hall for an afternoon snack.