Annual Meeting Events for Students, Trainees & Early-stage Professionals

Student, Trainee & Early-stage Professional (STEP & ESP) membership and participation in ACCP’s Annual Meeting are strongly encouraged and are beneficial on several levels:

  • Mentoring, networking and expert career guidance
  • Student, Trainee & Early-stage Professional-specific events at the Annual Meeting
  • ACCP Student & Trainee and Early-stage Professionals Abstract Awards Programs
  • Substantially-discounted registration fees for educational programs

Learn How to Make the Most of Your Participation in the Meeting
In advance of the meeting, STEP & ESP Attendees will be invited to attend a webinar on how to make the most of their time and the opportunities presented at the meeting. Don’t miss the chance to virtually meet peers before arriving at the meeting and learn about key events!          
Early-stage Professional (ESP) Ambassadors 
Students & Trainees will be given the option of being partnered with an Early-stage Professional (ESP) Ambassador that will contact you in advance of the meeting to answer questions and share information about what to expect of the meeting. The ESP Ambassador will also serve as your guide at the meeting, answer questions and help you network throughout the events. 

Check in at the ACCP Registration Desk upon arrival and meet the ACCP Staff while you pick up your meeting materials, including a reminder of STEP & ESP Events for which you have RSVP’dSTEP & ESP Attendees will be identified with ribbons on their badges

Pre-meeting Workshop: Physiologically-based Pharmacokinetic Analyses: A Workshop on Practical Applications in Clinical Drug Development, Saturday, September 7th, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
This full-day Workshop is valuable for beginner to intermediate level PBPK users and will focus on the current scientific aspects and considerations to apply PBPK modeling in clinical drug development, including advances in the software utilized for this type of modeling. Attendees will learn how PBPK modeling can be used to facilitate decision making and inform more efficient clinical study design. It offers attendees the opportunity to learn through real-world case examples of direct application of PBPK modeling in drug development, as well as active hands-on learning to run PBPK models. In addition, regulatory perspectives on the use of PBPK modeling to support new drug applications will be presented and discussed.

PharmaFete “Carnivale in the Fall”, Saturday, September 7th, 7:00 – 10:00 PM
Join us Saturday evening for the PharmaFete to celebrate the start of the meeting and enjoy the chance to socialize, connect with friends and meet ACCP Members and Annual Meeting Attendees with whom you will share experiences over the next three days. Student, Trainee & Early-stage Professional Abstract Award Winners will receive their awards and ACCP Recognition Award Winners will be recognized during this event.   

STEP & ESP Morning Gatherings                
STEP & ESP colleagues are encouraged to meet each morning for breakfast create a sense of community and provide opportunities to network and share your experiences at the meeting. Each morning will have a theme to help you get the most out of the meeting. When you are up and going for the morning, grab some breakfast and join us to get this extra benefit of the meeting.

Sunday, September 8th, 7:00 – 7:45 AM – “ACCP Connect” will provide the opportunity to converse with ACCP Leadership about topics for professional growth and honing skills such as critical elements in building a successful career path, volunteering for a committee that supports ACCP’s programs and goals, planning/moderating STEP & ESP-focused webinars and general professional development. 

Monday, September 9th, 7:00 – 7:45 AM – “Up Close with the Editors-in-Chief” provides an informal Q&A with Drs. John van den Anker (The Journal of Clinical Pharmacology) and David Greenblatt (Clinical Pharmacology in Drug Development) to better understand the importance of submitting high-quality manuscripts for publication, what Peer Reviewers look for in manuscripts, serving as a Peer Reviewer and building a path to serve on an Editorial Board. 

Tuesday, September 10th, 7:00 – 7:45 AM – “Career Paths” will allow Attendees to explore options and seek guidance from representatives in industry, academia, regulatory and clinical settings.    

STEP & ESP Panel Discussion, Sunday, September 8th, 1:30 - 3:00 PM  
As changes evolve over the course of your career, preparing for that change and cultivating resilience will be essential. The Panel Discussion will be focused on “Weathering the Storm through Career Changes”.

  • Dr. Mark Rogge will share his adaptive career path embracing change in industry;
  • Dr. Natella Rakhmanina will discuss the evolution of her career serving the global pediatric HIV community in research and clinical settings;
  • Dr. Jomy George will address approaching career transitions across the spectrum of clinical pharmacology.

STEP & ESP Networking Event, Sunday, September 8th, 3:00 - 4:30 PM  
The Networking Event starts with a fun ice breaker and moves on to roundtable discussions in small groups with senior ACCP Leaders. In August, Attendees will be asked to sign up for topics of interest to optimize the experience.

  • Come prepared with questions important to your career;
  • Hear about career options available to clinical pharmacology professionals;
  • Understand how decisions affect your career path and how to navigate unexpected opportunities;
  • Continue to develop your network with experienced professionals;
  • Learn how ACCP can help you build your career in clinical pharmacology.

Stay around for the group picture at the end of the Networking Session.

Poster Walks, Sunday & Monday, September 8th and 9th
In August, we’ll contact you to sign up for Poster Walks with a senior representative from ACCP Leadership who will host a small group of STEP & ESP colleagues through a selection of outstanding Posters, fostering scientific questions and conversation.   

Podium Presentations
A select number of Student Abstract and Early-stage Professional Award Winners will have the honor of providing Podium Presentations on Sunday and Monday. Join us to support your colleagues and hear about the research projects that led to their awards.