14th Annual Current Concepts in Medication Safety

Wilkes-Barre, PA US
March 27, 2024
This is live, in-person educational activity. Each member of the target audience is responsible for delivering patient care within the medication-use system.  They all have the potential to make a medication error and would benefit from reviewing existing practices that minimize the likelihood of medical errors or learning new risk reduction behaviors. Strategies to prevent medication errors will be discussed, an improved understanding of these strategies as well as their implementation will improve patient safety and therefore outcomes.
There will be six lectures, each one hour in length.  In addition, there will be 15 minutes of opening remarks.  The sessions will be lecture based with audience participation in the form of questions and case scenarios.  There will also be a poster presentation to be reviewed by the Planning Committee prior to the conference; posters will be displayed at the conference.   

Target Audience

This activity is designed for physicians, advanced practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and respiratory therapists.  Other learner groups such as persons working in the healthcare field, clinical and non-clinical, inpatient, and ambulatory has the opportunity to enhance their knowledge in the area of medication safety would also benefit from this education. 

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this course, the participant should be able to:

  • identify the scope, complexity, and implications of medication errors that can extend well beyond our interaction with the patient
  • discuss current concepts and evidence-based practices that exist to assist in providing error-free care to our patients
  • examine the human factors, organizational culture and the accountability needed to prevent medication errors
Refund Policy
A full refund will be given for any cancellations received up to one week prior to the course.  No refunds for no-shows. 
Course Cancellation Policy
In the unusual circumstance that this course is cancelled, you will be called and/or emailed, and any tuition fees received would be refunded in full.  Geisinger is not responsible for any airfare, hotel or other costs incurred.
Your attendance will be recorded within three to four days of the conclusion of the activity.  Credit will display on your continuing education transcript once the activity evaluation is completed.  
    Course summary
    Available credit: 
    • 6.00 ACPE
    • 6.00 ACPE Tech
    • 6.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
    • 6.00 ANCC
    • 6.00 Participation Credit
    • 6.00 CRCE
    Course opens: 
    Course expires: 
    Event starts: 
    03/27/2024 - 7:00am EDT
    Event ends: 
    03/27/2024 - 4:00pm EDT

    7:00 AM   

    Registration/Continental Breakfast/Visit Exhibits


    Welcome and Introduction

    Michael Ashton, MD

    8:15 AM 

    What's New? Updates on Vaccine Safety

    Scott Mitsko, PharmD, Ashlyn Grace Narins, PharmD and Molly Rinkevich, PharmD

    9:15 AM     Nutrition Break

    9:30 AM

    Weight Loss Medications: Are they safe?

    Jennifer Franceschelli Hosterman, DO

    10:30 AM   

    Cultivating Your Professional Diastole as a Pathway to Moral Well-being

    Tessy Thomas, DO

    11:30 AM   Luncheon will be provided/visit exhibits – Poster Display

    12:45 PM 

    Drug Diversion Awareness Training

    John K. Oast, Jr., MS, CHPA

    1:45 PM     Nutrition Break

    2:00 PM

    Legal Aspects of Medication Safety

    Lara Endler, JD and Noah Katz

    3:00 PM

    Innovative Approaches for Medication Safety and Adherence in Patients 65 and Older

    Sarah Krahe-Dombrowski, PharmD, Marisa Knorr, PharmD and Kirsten Mascaritola, PharmD

    4:00 PM    

    Program Evaluations/Adjournment

    Mohegan Sun Pocono
    1280 Highway 315
    Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702
    United States
    +1 (570) 831-2100


    To find Mohegan Sun Pocono from Philadelphia and Allentown, take Interstate 476 (Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike) to Exit 105. Turn left onto PA-115 N (Bear Creek Blvd.). Go approximately 5 miles. PA-115 N becomes PA-309 N. Take Exit 1 from PA 309 N. At traffic light, turn left onto PA-315. Mohegan Sun Pocono is 1.5 miles on the left.

    Geisinger Faculty
    Michael Ashton, MD
    Associate, Primary Care
    Geisinger Medical Center
    Jennifer Franceschelli-Hosterman, DO
    Associate, Clinical Nutrition and Bariatric Medicine
    Geisinger Medical Center
    Marisa Knorr, PharmD
    Ambulatory Clinical Pharmacist
    Life Geisinger
    Sarah Krahe-Dombrowski, PhamD
    Director, Pharmacy Residency Program
    Associate, Medication Therapy Disease Management
    Geisinger Medical Center
    Kirsten Mascaritola, PharmD
    PGYI, Medication Therapy Disease Management
    Geisinger Medical Center
    Scott Mitsko, PharmD
    PGY I, Acute Care Pharmacy
    Geisinger Wyoming Valley
    Ashlyn Grace Narins, PharmD
    PGYI, Acute Pharmacy 
    Geisinger Wyoming Valley
    John Oast Jr., MS, CHPA
    Director, Security Training and Special Program
    Geisinger Medical Center
    Diane Polombo, PharmD, CPPS
    Activity Director
    Director, Medication Safety
    Geisinger Medical Center
    Molly Rinkevich, PharmD
    PGYI Acute Care Pharmacy
    Geisinger Wyoming Valley
    Tessy Thomas, DO
    Associate, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
    Geisinger Medical Center


    In support of improving patient care, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.




    Credit Designation 

    Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 6 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the educational activity. 

    Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine designates this live activity for 6 contact hours for nurses. Nurses should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the educational activity. 

    This live activity is approved for 6 contact hours (0.6 CEUs) of continuing pharmacy education credit JA0008072-0000-24-001-L05-P and JA00050872-0000-24-001-L05-T.

    This program has been approved for 6 contact hours Continuing Respiratory Care Education (CRCE) credit by the American Association for Respiratory Care, 9425 N. MacArthur Blvd. Suite 100 Irving TX 75063. Course # 191647000.

    imageThis activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive 6 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credits for learning and change.



    Disclosure Policy 

    Faculty and all others who have the ability to control the content of continuing education activity sponsored by Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine must disclose to the program audience whether they do or do not have any real or apparent conflict(s) of interest or other relationships related to the content of their presentation(s). 


    Available Credit

    • 6.00 ACPE
    • 6.00 ACPE Tech
    • 6.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
    • 6.00 ANCC
    • 6.00 Participation Credit
    • 6.00 CRCE


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