General Information

The General Information section is your source for information on attendee services and other activities happening at APhA2014.  

APhA Bookstore
APhA Foundation Booth
APhA Government Affairs Advocacy Action Center Booth
APhA House of Delegates
Arrangements for Persons with Disabilities
Attire
Bag Bar
Blood Drive and Bone Marrow Registry
Business Center
Career Center
Children
Coat and Baggage Check
Cyber Café
Final Program
First Aid
 
First Timer Ribbons
"Friends in Pharmacy" to Honor Paws for Veterans
Grab a Grand!
Green Tips
International Attendees
Lapel Pins
Location/Parking/Directions
Relaxation Station
Restaurant Reservations
San Diego – APhA2015
Spouse/Guest Information
Transportation/Shuttle Service
Travel
Wireless Internet

APhA Bookstore
Convention Center – West Hall C Lobby

The Bookstore carries a comprehensive selection of professional books and textbooks. For information on APhA's digital resources, drop by the PharmacyLibrary or Lexicomp sections of the Bookstore. You will also find a wide range of APhA titles and merchandise for sale. The Bookstore is open:

Friday, March 28 7:30 am–7:30 pm
Saturday, March 29 7:30 am–6:00 pm
Sunday, March 30 7:30 am–6:00 pm
Monday, March 31 7:30 am–2:30 pm

APhA Foundation Booth
Convention Center – Main Street

The APhA Foundation is your connection to pharmacy innovation and philanthropy. Visit our booth to learn more about our research and programs and explore all the opportunities we offer for engaging with our mission to improve people’s health through pharmacists’ patient care services. In addition, join us in gearing up for our next Pharmacists Care campaign, a visual recognition of pharmacists on the APhA lawn during American Pharmacists Month. We’ll provide an opportunity for you to sign up in advance for your 2014 lawn marker and have fun with our Pharmacists Care photo booth!

We're also proud to be leading the effort to build an endowment to support the Bowl of Hygeia Award, recognizing pharmacists who give back to their communities through service. Stop by the Foundation booth to see the Bowl of Hygeia in person. The booth will be open:

Friday, March 28 8:00 am–3:00 pm; 6:00 pm–9:00 pm
Saturday, March 29 10:00 am–4:00 pm
Sunday, March 30 9:00 am–4:00 pm

APhA Government Affairs Advocacy Action Center Booth
Convention Center – Main Street

Plan to visit the APhA Advocacy Action Center Booth, a great source of information about legislative and regulatory issues facing the profession. Learn more about implementation of health care reform and its impact on the profession of pharmacy, as well as APhA's provider status initiative and the legislative and regulatory activities we expect to see in 2014. Visit the booth to support the APhA-PAC and learn more about the Political Leadership Reception scheduled for Friday evening. The booth will be open:

Friday, March 28 8:00 am–3:00 pm
Saturday, March 29 8:00 am–3:30 pm
Sunday, March 30 8:00 am–3:30 pm

APhA House of Delegates
Convention Center – Valencia A 

The APhA House of Delegates sessions will be held in Valencia A of the Convention Center on Friday, March 28 from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm, and Monday, March 31 from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm. All APhA2014 attendees are welcomed to observe the APhA House of Delegates sessions; however, a Delegate ribbon must be worn to participate and vote in the House discussions.

The APhA House of Delegates Office hours are:

Thursday, March 27 3:00 pm–6:00 pm
Friday, March 28 7:30 am–3:00 pm
Saturday, March 29 8:00 am–3:00 pm
Sunday, March 30 8:00 am–3:00 pm
Monday, March 31 7:30 am–1:00 pm

Click here for more APhA House of Delegate information.

APhA-ASP House of Delegates
Convention Center – Valencia B-D

Chapter delegates for the APhA-ASP House of Delegates (student pharmacists) must check in and pick up their delegate materials and ribbons on Sunday, March 30 in the Convention Center, Valencia B-D. It is important that all Chapter Delegates arrive at 2:00 pm so the APhA-ASP House of Delegates can start promptly at 2:30 pm. Do not report to the APhA House of Delegates Office, which is for delegates to the "Big House" only. Back to top

Arrangement for Persons with Disabilities
Scooters and wheelchairs are available for rental through Scootaround.  Reserve your equipment in advance to ensure your needs can be accommodated. If you have a disability for which you may require an auxiliary aid or special service, contact Todd McDonald at 202-429-7547 by Thursday, March 7.

Attire
Business casual attire is appropriate for most sessions and events. You may wish to bring a sweater or light jacket to sessions. The Opening Reception and Closing Reception are casual. Student pharmacists should come dressed in their favorite neon outfit for the APhA-ASP Welcoming Social, where the theme is "Neon Night."  

logoBag Bar
Convention Center – Main Street

Registration bags, the Annual Meeting issue of Pharmacy Today, and the APhA-ASP Student Guidebook will all be distributed at the Bag Bar located on Main Street.  Stop by to pick up these items at the registration area.

logoBlood Drive and Bone Marrow Registry
Convention Center – Main Street

APhA will be partnering with OneBlood Orlando to conduct our 6th Annual Blood Drive and Bone Marrow Registry on Saturday, March 29 and Sunday, March 30, 10:00 am-4:00 pm in West Hall C. By participating in the Blood Drive and Bone Marrow Registry, not only will you be making a difference in the community, you will also be entered into a daily drawing for fabulous prizes! Please consider making a donation and giving the gift of life!

Business Center  FedEx Office® Print and Ship Center
Convention Center, West Hall C Lobby
8:00 am-5:00pm daily
Phone: 407-363-2832
usa3996@fedex.com

Career Center
Convention Center – Main Street

The APhA Career Center @ pharmacist.com connects student pharmacists, pharmacists, and technicians with innovative career opportunities. Our site includes new features to help applicants explore jobs based on personal and professional preferences. Visit our booth during registration hours to create a profile, explore career options, and learn more about the APhA Career Center. The booth will be open:

Friday, March 28 6:30 pm–9:45 pm
Saturday, March 29 10:30 am–3:30 pm
Sunday, March 30 10:30 am–3:30 pm

Children
Please note that children under the age of 18 are not allowed in the education sessions or the Exposition (to include the Opening Reception in the Exhibit Hall). This includes children in strollers and carriers.Back to top

Coat and Baggage Check
Coat and baggage check is not available at the Convention Center. Bags may be checked at your hotel.

Cyber Café
Convention Center – Main Street

The Cyber Café provides complimentary access to the Internet to check e-mail, record CPE, and create a APhA2014 itinerary with sessions, networking, and exhibitor visits.  Open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday during registration hours.

Supported by a grant from Eisai Inc.

logoFinal Program
Hard copies of the Final Program are available only on a limited basis by asking at the registration desk.  The primary method of providing comprehensive information about Annual Meeting activities is via the APhA2014 Mobile App.  If you require assistance downloading or navigating the APhA2014 App, stop by the App Help Center, located at registration.

First Aid
Convention Center—West Hall C Lobby, Med Room 3
First Aid is located outside of the Exhibit Hall. If calling from a house or exhibit telephone, dial 51119 for emergency assistance. First Aid will be open:

Thursday, March 27 8:00 am–5:00 pm
Friday, March 28 8:00 am–9:30 pm
Saturday, March 29 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Sunday, March 30 11:00 am–8:00 pm
Monday, March 31 8:00 am–12:00 pm

First Timer Ribbons
Registrants attending their first APhA Annual Meeting will be wearing "First Timer" ribbons. We encourage you to meet and greet these attendees to ensure them a successful APhA2014.

"Friends in Pharmacy" to Honor Paws for Veterans
Convention Center – Main Street

logoWe are honored to have representatives from Paws for Veterans with us during APhA2014. They provide psychiatric service dogs, training, and therapeutic group sessions to veteran and active duty men and women struggling with post traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.

Please give generously at one of the kiosks located at the Bookstore and Convention Center Shuttle stop. Supporters may enter a drawing for a complimentary full conference registration to APhA2015 in San Diego, March 27-30, 2015. There are two ways to enter the drawing — donate a minimum of $5, or purchase the student T-shirt in the Bookstore. Also, look for the paw print floor logo at exhibitor booths — your badge swipe will equal extra donations from that exhibitor! Visit pawsforveterans.com for more information.

Grab a Grand!
Visit the Exposition for a chance to Grab a Grand in the Cash Cube, located on the Exhibit Hall floor! During official hours on Saturday and Sunday, attendees wearing POWER buttons picked up at the Opening Reception may be randomly selected for their chance in the Cash Cube. If selected, you will be immediately escorted to the Cash Cube and have your chance at winning up to $1,000. Each contestant will have 30 seconds to grab flying bills before time expires! The more time you spend in the Exhibit Hall, the better your chances of being selected! 

Green Tips
APhA is committed to limiting the negative impact on our environment. Please join your colleagues by following these tips for an environmentally friendly conference:

  • Reach! When you leave your hotel room for the day, reach for the light switch and thermostat. Turn off all lights and turn your thermostat up five degrees.
  • Recycle! Be sure to utilize recycling bins located in lobbies and meeting room corridors throughout the Convention Center and hotels.
  • Refill! Instead of buying bottled water, bring a refillable water bottle and make your way to the nearest water fountain.
  • Reuse! Reuse your hotel room linens and towels rather than getting new ones each day.
  • Ride! Take advantage of public or shuttle transportation to your destination. Better yet, walk!
  • Remember to download the APhA2014 App

International Attendees
The U.S. Department of State is the official United States visa information source with information about visa requirements, U.S. embassy and consulate locations worldwide, and wait times for visa interview appointments/processing. Travelers are advised to apply for visas well in advance of intended travel dates. Although APhA may not provide official travel endorsement, a Letter of Invitation is available by completing the Letter of Invitation Request Form.

Lapel Pins
Don't leave Orlando without your collectible APhA2014 lapel pin! To pick up your lapel pin, stop by GEICO's booth 530 during Exposition hours.

Supported by a grant from GEICO.

Location/Parking/Directions
Most events will take place at the Orange County Convention Center and Hyatt Regency Orlando, the headquarter hotel. The Convention Center complex is comprised of several buildings. APhA activities are held in WEST Building (Hall C). The street address is 9800 International Drive.

Click here for parking and directions. Click here for the hotel/shuttle map on page 3.

Relaxation Station
Convention Center – Main Street

Be sure to take a few minutes to unwind during APhA2014. For a complimentary seated back massage, visit the Relaxation Station on Saturday or Sunday, 11:30 am-3:30 pm. To receive your complimentary massage coupon, stop by the Healthcare Providers Service Organization's booth 600 during Exposition hours.

Supported by a grant from Healthcare Providers Service Organization.

Restaurant Reservations
Convention Center – West Hall C Lobby

Orlando is a true culinary hot spot with award-winning restaurants and celebrity chefs that cater to visitors from across the globe. The distinctive dining and entertainment districts include the Convention Area, Restaurant Row, Winter Park, Downtown, Universal/CityWalk and Disney/Lake Buena Vista. The Orlando Dining and Entertainment Guide will guide you to the perfect spot! Booth hours are:

Friday, March 28 10:00 am–5:00 pm
Saturday, March 29 9:00 am–3:30 pm
Sunday, March 30 9:00 am–3:30 pm
Monday, March 31 9:00 am–3:30 pm

San Diego Information – APhA2015
Convention Center – Main Street

Mark your calendar — APhA2015 will be held March 27-30, 2015. Stop by the San Diego booth to discover the amazing entertainment, dining, shopping, and attractions awaiting you! 

Friday, March 28 10:00 am–8:00 pm
Saturday, March 29 7:00 am–3:30 pm
Sunday, March 30 7:00 am–3:30 pm

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Spouse/Guest Information
A separate registration fee for spouse/guest registration is offered. Included in spouse registration are the Opening Reception, Closing Reception, and Exhibit Hall. Note that the education sessions are not included, nor is CPE credit offered.

Transportation/Shuttle Service
The Orlando International Airport is located 11 miles from the official APhA2014 hotels. Cab fare from the airport to the official APhA hotels is approximately $40. Cab fare to Orlando attractions from hotels varies. Always confirm rates when enlisting services.

SuperShuttle Orlando is offering a $4 discount off roundtrip shuttle service to and from the airport. Discounted rates are $18 one way and $28 roundtrip per person. Exclusive sedans, SUVs, and vans are available (rates vary). Book your SuperShuttle online or call 1-800-258-3826, reference code APA14.

Avis is the rental car supplier for APhA2014. Reserve cars online or contact Avis at 1-800-331-1600, reference D010092.

Once at the meeting, APhA2014 shuttle buses will operate in a continuous loop between most hotels and Convention Center (West Hall C) during official APhA2014 activities. See shuttle map (on page 3) for details.

Travel
Options Travel is the official travel agency for APhA2014. Options Travel has negotiated rates with all of the major airlines and car rental companies. Discounts up to 15%! The best discounts are available when booking at least 60 days prior to travel. Call Options Travel at 800-578-2173 between 8:30 am–5:00 pm (ET) Monday-Friday. Or send an email to Vicki Bode. Identify yourself as an APhA2014 attendee.

Wireless Internet 
Wireless internet is available for purchase ($12.95/day) at the Convention Center for use in meeting rooms and the concourse. Free public WiFi is available in the Concourse area. Prices vary at each hotel.

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