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Continuing Excellence Letter

Continuing Excellence Application

The purpose of OSHP's Continuing Excellence Program is to recognize health-system pharmacy practitioners for their continuing excellence in advancing the profession of pharmacy in Oklahoma.

The OSHP Continuing Excellence Program is designed to:

  1. Stimulate pharmacists to use their expertise and to become more actively involved in their health-system and communities;
  2. Provide public relations for OSHP, and the profession of Pharmacy in Oklahoma;
  3. Be accessible to practitioners in all sizes of health-systems and in all areas of the state;
  4. Recognize all job descriptions (i.e., staff, supervisors, faculty, and directors);
  5. Recognize pharmacists who demonstrate a variety of services to their community.
Although attendance at continuing education programs is recognized, presentations to peers and professional involvement with other health professionals and patients are important components of this program.

Program Description

The OSHP Continuing Excellence Program requires members to submit documentation of their involvement in three categories of service:

Category I: Continuing education programs currently recognized for continuing education credits by the Oklahoma State Board of Pharmacy and applicable for relicensure. One hour of continuing education qualifies for one hour of credit.

Category II: Activities associated primarily with Pharmacist-to-Pharmacist interactions.

Category III: Participation in programs or activities with health professionals, patients, and the public.

** Required category credits are shown in Table 1.

** Examples of credits awarded for each category are shown in Table 2.

** A total of fifty (50) credits must be attained in a calendar year to be eligible for the Continuing Excellence Award. Practitioners must submit required documentation of participation to receive the award. The OSHP Scholarships and Awards Committee will review all applications. Awards will be presented at the OSHP Annual Meeting.

Administrative Criteria

  1. All active and honorary OSHP members may apply for the award.
  2. Each year OSHP members will be notified of the program by a mailing and when possible additional information will be published in the OSHP newsletter.
  3. Pharmacists wishing to be considered for the award must submit documentation to the Chair of the OSHP Scholarships and Awards Committee.
  4. There are no limits on the number of people who can be recognized each year. However, only one award will be given to any one participant in any year. Credits do not "carry over" or accumulate and all required hours must be attained in one calendar year.
  5. The committee chair will convene a meeting to examine applications and notify successful applicants.
  6. Awards will be given at the OSHP Annual Meeting during the Awards Banquet. Attendance at the banquet is highly recommended but not mandatory.


An OSHP plaque noting the recipient's accomplishment in attaining Continuing Excellence;

Press release to local newspapers and the institution's newsletter (if applicable);

Letter of commendation to the Hospital Administrator and Pharmacy Director (if applicable) of the recipient's institution;

Free registration for each recipient to the OSHP Annual Meeting at which the award is presented.


Category Description Required Credits
I Oklahoma Board of Pharmacy approved continuing education
(1 CE hour = 1 credit)
II Pharmacist-to-Pharmacist activities 10
III Pharmacist interactions with health professional, patients, and/or the public 10
  1. Clarification of the number of credits awarded, areas covered, etc. may be obtained from the Chair of the Scholarship and Awards Committee. Appeals will be considered by the OSHP Board of Directors.
  2. No award will be given for any inservice or class given as part of one's job (i.e., college lectures by faculty, attendance at P&T meetings, or other duties listed in one's job description).
  3. No additional credit will be given to OSHP officers for participation in performance of their elected office (i.e., the president's article in the monthly OSHP Newsletter, or attending the OPhA meeting to bring greetings from OSHP). Board liaisons to committees will not receive additional credits since that is one of the duties of office.
  4. An annual award will be given for the demonstration of Continuing Excellence in the profession of pharmacy.


CATEGORY I - Oklahoma Board of Pharmacy or ACPE Approved Continuing Education Programs*

  • OSHP CE meetings
  • OPhA CE meetings
  • ASHP CE meetings
  • ACPE approved CE presentations or correspondence programs
  • Other programs meeting requirements

*One CE contact hour = one credit

CATEGORY II - Pharmacist-to-Pharmacist Interactions*
  • Lecture or poster presentations at an OSHP meeting
  • Journal club presentation
  • Lecture to health-system pharmacy staff
  • Lecture to students and other work with a college1
  • Intern/preceptor interactions2
  • Article in OSHP newsletter3
  • OSHP office/committee duties4
  • Lecture/poster at other professional pharmacy meeting (ASHP, ASCP, OPhA, etc.)
  • Serving as ASHP officer or delegate to the Annual Meeting
  • Any journal publication

*One credit is awarded for each item; not more than 4 credits may be claimed in any one line item.
1 lecture(s) may not be part of employment
2 to claim intern/preceptor interaction, you must be a licensed preceptor and must give direct instruction
3 may not be articles done as part of office (i.e., President's column, etc.)
4 only one credit may be awarded in this line item in any year

CATEGORY III - Pharmacist Interactions with Health Professionals/Patients/Public*
  • Professional interactions with other health practitioners: provision of pharmacy knowledge to a group
    • Presentations to service organizations (American Cancer Society Meeting)
    • Representation on committees with other disciplines (1 credit per year)
    • Nursing or physician lectures, orientation programs, etc.
    • Service on local committees (Board of Home Health, Mental Health Agency, etc.)
    • Teaching first aid, BCLS, etc.
    • Preparation of an article for your health-system newsletter.
  • Professional interactions with patients/community groups
  • Drug abuse lectures to schools
  • Newspaper article on a pharmacy topic
  • Working at an OSHP booth in a mall (1 credit)
  • Staffing at a free medical clinic (1 credit per date)
  • Presentation to a local group (Kiwanis, PTA, Senior Citizens Group, etc.) on a pharmacy topic
  • Poison education lecture
  • Presentation to hospital staff

 *One credit is awarded for each item regardless of the actual time spent on the project. Not more than 4 credits may claimed in any one line item per year.

Application forms must be mailed by February 15 of the current year, to

Lisa Slaton
P.O. Box 2371
OKC, OK 73101

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