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AzPA Women's Reproductive Health Certificate Program

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"A comprehensive, invaluable update/ refresher for any pharmacist interacting with female patients" - Erika Cardon, past participant 

The program is intended for pharmacy professionals who provide care to women of reproductive age and/or who desire additional training in women’s reproductive health issues. It is designed to further educate pharmacy professionals in the area of women’s reproductive health. Topics will focus on the management and care of commonly encountered female reproductive issues such as contraception, menstrual disorders, infertility and pregnancy. The goal of this program is to increase pharmacy professionals’ knowledge, confidence, and awareness of women’s reproductive health issues as it pertains to pharmacy practice.


Program Objectives:

1. Develop a working knowledge of women’s reproductive issues as it relates to pharmacy practice.

2. Interpret literature and resources to aid in managing or selecting contraceptive options.

3. Compare and contrast options for emergency contraception.

4. Describe conditions resulting in infertility and identify appropriate treatment options for related conditions such as endometriosis and polycystic ovary syndrome.

5. Design a therapeutic plan to address preconception health.

6. Evaluate appropriateness of medication use and disease state management during pregnancy and lactation.

7.  Identify resources available for women’s reproductive health issues


Pre-requisites: none


Course instruction design and participant requirements:

Participants of this practice based activity must complete all required components in order to be eligible to receive a certificate of completion and any subsequent CEU’s that may be issued.


Home Study Program: (19 hours of home study)

  • Read Home Study Program Book
  • Complete the home study guide
  • Completion of the home study exam with a 70% or better

Live Seminar (8 hour program)

  •  Attend the live seminar
  • Completion of the final exam with a 70% or better


Continuing education credit: This program is eligible for ACPE continuing education credit. Please refer to final program content for more information.


Program Evaluation: This program will be evaluated annually for any necessary content updates.


Program Authors and Faculty:

  • Shareen Y. El-Ibiary, Pharm.D., FCCP, BCPS: Dr. Shareen Y. El-Ibiary is a Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at Midwestern University College of Pharmacy in Glendale, Arizona. Dr. El-Ibiary has spoken nationally and internationally on various women’s health topics, written book chapters and papers, and developed continuing education programs related to women’s health topics. 
  •  Erin Raney, Pharm.D., BCPS, BC-ADM: Dr. Erin Raney received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Arizona and then completed pharmacy practice and ambulatory care specialty residencies at the Medical College of Virginia Hospitals in Richmond, Virginia. Her primary teaching responsibilities and clinical interests are in the area of women’s health, including an elective course on postmenopausal women’s health. She has presented multiple continuing education programs on women’s health topics and authored manuscripts in the areas of contraception, preconception health, and management of menopausal symptoms.
  •  Brooke L. Griffin, Pharm.D., BCACP:  Dr. Brooke Griffin is an Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy in Downers Grove, IL. She co-directs a Women’s Health elective at the college and she is the main lecturer for women’s health topics in the Therapeutics sequence. She is currently Chair-Elect for the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) Women's Health Practice and Research Network and has presented on women's health topics at the annual ACCP meeting.
  •  Kathleen Vest, Pharm.D., CDE, BCACP: Dr. Kathleen Vest is an Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Midwestern University, Chicago College of Pharmacy in Downers Grove, IL. She has served as the co-director of the Women’s Health elective at Midwestern University for the past nine years. Her research and teaching interests include women’s health, pharmacy education, diabetes management and medication adherence.


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