Clinicians share research, earn more CE credits at this year’s RCEC

The 2013 Retail Clinician Education Congress is just around the corner, and this year’s confab will feature a new wrinkle that attendees should be sure not to miss: RCEC poster session.

The sixth annual RCEC conference, which is hosted by The Drug Store News Group in conjunction with the Convenient Care Association, will be held May 14 to 16 at the Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas.

“Based on clinician feedback from previous years, we are so excited to introduce the poster session at this year’s Retail Clinician Education Congress. The poster session gives participating clinicians an opportunity to share their research and hard work with their peers.

They also exemplify all the amazing services being provided by caring clinicians throughout the retail clinic industry in communities across the country,” said Tine Hansen-Turton, executive director of the Convenient Care Association.

Based on feedback from previous conference attendees, an open call for proposals for RCEC was held earlier this year. Retail clinicians and organizations were encouraged to submit topics for continuing education breakout panel sessions and posters.

The poster session at this year’s RCEC not only represents an important opportunity for healthcare providers to share research, programs and results with their peers, but it also increases the number of CE credits that clinicians can earn at RCEC.

Conference attendees can earn CE credit and mingle with the authors to learn more about their presentations by attending the Poster Session/Meet The Author events. The posters will remain up on display throughout the conference.

At press time, there were 16 posters slated to be presented at this year’s conference. Topics include, but are not limited to, infectious diseases, immunizations, weight management, eczema and the differentiation of a sore throat.

“We are excited to have this [poster session] available this year, and we feel that it really gives the attendees the chance to participate and present to their peers. We are excited to grow it in future years,” said Suzanne Feeney, director of CE and clinical content for The Drug Store News Group. “And the fact that they can get CE for it is something that we are pleased about. We are pleased to be able to offer 0.1 hours of CE for each poster reviewed.”

In all, the three-day educational and networking forum offers retail clinicians 15 to 18 hours of live CE, and also serves as a platform to honor those providers and key executive leaders whose work throughout the year has distinguished them among their peers in retail health care. The annual Clinician Awards for Retail Excellence (CARE) awards honor the “Unsung Heroes” who work tirelessly each day to help further the cause of retail-based health care.

During the event, the winner of this year’s Loretta Ford CARE Lifetime Achievement Award also will be announced. Past winners of the Lifetime Achievement Award include Loretta Ford, who helped revolutionize the nursing profession more than 40 years ago with her work in cofounding the nation’s first pediatric nurse practitioner program; Mona Counts, who opened one of the first all-nurse-practitioner practices in the United States; Shirley Chater, former commissioner of the U.S. Social Security Administration; and Hal Rosenbluth, cofounder of Take Care Health Systems.

The conference is under accreditation process for between 15 and 18 hours of CE by Partners in Healthcare Education, an approved provider of Nurse Practitioner Continuing Education by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, provider No. 031206.