When: March 11–14, 2020
Where: Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, FL
Who Should Attend
This conference is designed to help pharmacists and pharmacy researchers, administrators, technicians, residents, and interns who are specializing in hematology/oncology practice, as well as associated oncology/hematology professionals, improve the efficiency of healthcare delivery while maintaining high-quality patient care.
Why You Should Attend
Attending HOPA’s annual conference provides you with information about the latest developments in clinical trials, therapeutic regimens, treatment guidelines, and emerging technologies. Your attendance also positions you to better participate in healthcare initiatives and clinical decision making that will have a direct and positive impact on management of care for cancer patients.
The 4-day conference is intended to educate attendees about promising research and new treatment regimens, to provide clinical updates on treatment of tumor types and new supportive care therapies, and to present an overview of common clinical and technical issues that arise in the hematology/oncology clinical setting.
Getting Approval to Attend
Here are some tips to help you get approval from your supervisor to attend the HOPA Annual Conference.
- Review the conference materials with an eye toward addressing your hospital or facility’s current needs or plans for the near future.
- Prepare an estimate of costs in advance, including registration fee, membership fee, airfare, hotel, and miscellaneous expenses. Remember that registering before Early Bird closes, will save you $50 on your registration fee.
- Emphasize the opportunity to gain continuing education credits at the conference.
- Identify a back-up person or process to ensure work coverage during your absence. Perhaps you can ask an assistant or department head to help.
- Seek approval from your supervisor immediately. An early request shows that you are a careful planner, and you may be able to take advantage of savings on both the registration fee and airfares. Should your supervisor have any questions, you will also have ample time to address them.
- Put your request in writing. Include a time-off request, your expected expenses, the specific benefits that your conference attendance will have for the hospital or facility, and the knowledge you will gain from the conference (refer, for example, to a session teaching a skill that you will be able to learn or enhance).
- Sometimes asking in person is better. Be sure to have all of the information about the conference with you for your supervisor to review.
- Ask for your supervisor’s recommendation of classes for you to attend. Encourage your supervisor’s involvement in your educational development.
- If you have attended the conference in the past, explain to your supervisor how the education offered particular value to your patients or institution.
- After asking for permission, follow up in a timely manner. A gentle reminder or an offer to discuss the conference may lead to approval.