Alcalde Southwest Leadership Conference

Alcalde Southwest Leadership Conference

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2020 Alcalde Southwest Leadership Conference

Alcalde XXXIV has been rescheduled to a virtual event taking place May 19-21, 2020.

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What is the Alcalde Southwest Leadership Conference?

Alcalde 2020, the 34th Annual Southwest Leadership Conference, intends to provide encouragement and learning experiences that will promote creativity, scholarship, leadership, and the presentation of evidence-based research. To the extent possible, the process adopted for presentation at Alcalde is patterned after that of ASHP, to provide practical experience in getting ready for a national presentation.

Alcalde, the Spanish title for the mayor of the town or village, is derived from the Arabic word al-qadi, or “judge”. Fortunately, the term was applied to local government officials whose functions were varied but always included a judicial element. Types of alcalde were differentiated according to the specialized nature of their judicial functions: the alcalde de corte was a judge in the palace court with jurisdiction in and about the residence of the king; the alcalde mayor assisted the judges appointed by the king in the towns. Since the 19th Century, the alcalde has had the dual role of the local council and representative of the central government. The pharmacy resident, fellow or preceptor must also serve a dual role as a leader among his or her peers and as a representative of the profession.

Need assistance or have questions? Please call the TSHP office at (512) 906-0546.

2020 Alcalde Virtual Event Registration

We look forward to seeing you at Alcalde XXXIV!

How to Register:

  • Online – Pay online via credit card
  Resident/ Fellow     Preceptor*     Pharmacist     Student  
through 5/10/2020  $150 $0 $150 $75

*Preceptors are not being charged to attend but must register to to receive access.

Alcalde conference is a program of the TSHP Research & Education Foundation. The Foundation accepts credit and debit cards (Visa, MC, Discover, Amex) or checks. Please note that cash payments will not be accepted onsite.

All residents and fellows are strongly encouraged to submit abstracts of papers to be presented at SWLC for pharmacy residents, fellows and preceptors.

The presentation format includes 15 minutes of lecture and five minutes of questions-and-answers. The presentation must be in a PowerPoint format; an LCD projector and screen will be provided. Abstracts should be submitted via email no later than the deadline stated above. Please name your email attachment "last name.first name.abstract.docx" (i.e., albrecht.linda.abstract.docx) and send it to the Conference Director, Linda Albrecht at

Residents and fellows must submit their presentation in PowerPoint format no later than the deadline stated above. Changes to presentations will not be allowed after this time. Please submit the PowerPoint presentation with a title using your name (i.e., "last name.first name.powerpoint.pptx") to the Conference Director, Linda Albrecht at

Papers are sought in the following categories for platform presentation:

This category includes reports of well-conducted original research on drug effects in humans. Examples of topics that might be covered include the following:

  • Comparative efficacy and safety evaluations of two or more drug therapies;
  • Exploratory studies on the clinical pharmacology and pharmacokinetics of investigational drugs;
  • Analyses of the incidence and severity of adverse drug reactions;
  • Bioavailability studies in human subjects; and
  • Comparative evaluations of the clinical usefulness of various laboratory methods.

This category includes clinical research reports that have been presented elsewhere. Submissions must be reports of original research in clinical or laboratory research.

These submissions must report completed original research. Included in this category are evaluative studies of new roles or services in institutional pharmacy practice.

These are contributions reporting new, improved, or innovative roles or services in pharmacy practice that have not been evaluated formally, but are of such importance that they should be brought to the attention of other practitioners. Also, reports of clinical cases that do not meet the criteria for evaluative studies fall into this category. Examples of the latter include reports of unusual drug reactions involving only one or a few patients or unique uses of drugs in a limited number of patients when the drugs involved are important therapeutic agents.

These reports present uncompleted evaluative studies (or clinical/laboratory research) that are currently in progress and will most likely still be in progress at the time of the meeting. Research-in-progress reports allow investigators to bring their projects to the attention of colleagues earlier than would otherwise be possible. In addition, a forum is provided for investigators to benefit from peer review at a stage when appropriate modifications can still be made in study methods, data collection and analysis or interpretation of results.

These management case studies are intended to take the audience through an analysis of the sequential steps or processes involved in resolving a particular problem, implementing a change, developing and implementing a new system or program, planning and organizing an administrative function, or some other example of applied institutional pharmacy management. The primary objective is not simply to offer a forum for the presenter to tell the audience what was done, but rather to join the audience in a critical analysis of the case.

One component of each of the specialty residency standards for accreditation by ASHP is an investigational or research project. There are also a number of Clinical Sciences Fellowship programs in the Southwest, and these are especially oriented toward research. In some cases laboratory research is conducted, and the SWLC would encourage persons engaged in this type of scholarly work to present reports on completed projects or in the category, “Research-in-Progress.” (ASHP does not include “Laboratory Research” as one of its categories.)

Important Deadlines:

Intent to Present: January 15, 2020
Abstract Submission: February 28, 2020
*Updated 04.02.2020*
Slides Submission:
 May 8, 2020

Examples of Selected Presentation....

2020 Schedule 

2020 Hotel & Local Information >> Will be updated as information is announced

Moody Gardens® Hotel, Spa & Convention Center

TSHP has secured discounted room rates for our event. Mention "TSHP Seminar" or use group code "TSHSP42020" when making your reservation to receive the special attendee rates.

Moody Gardens® is a public, non-profit educational destination utilizing nature in the advancement of rehabilitation, conservation, recreation, and research. Work or play, this subtropical island destination is ideal for families and groups alike. Features a variety of unique attractions, a 4-diamond hotel, spa & convention center and an 18-hole seaside-links golf course.

As one of the top 10 attractions in the state of Texas, Galveston Island Moody Gardens® offers something for just about everyone. A combination of unique attractions, a hotel, spa & convention center and a seaside-link public golf course makes Moody Gardens a perfect place for both leisure and business on any scale.
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Reservation Deadline: March 20, 2020

Discounted Room Rate: $179 (+ room/tax)
NOTE: This discounted rate is available to event attendees for three days prior & and three days after our seminar dates, subject to room availability.

Reserve a room by calling (888) 388-8484 any time between 6:00 AM and 11:00 PM seven days a week and ask for the "TSHP Seminar Room Block".

Or Book Online now using online reservation group code: TSHSP42020

HOTEL RESERVATION ALERT: Housing companies, including but not limited to “Trip Planner Services”, “Corporate Booking Services”, “CBS International”, “Hotels for Everyone”, are in no way affiliated with TSHP, or the Annual Seminar. Reservations processed by these rogue/pirate housing companies may not be made at official Annual Seminar hotels and/or may not actually be secured at an conference area hotel! The reservation method described above is the only official means of reserving your room.

One Hope Boulevard | Galveston, Texas 77554
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Parking: Self-parking (surface and garage) is complimentary for hotel guests and attendee day guests. Valet parking is $20 per day.

Host City Information - Galveston, TX

Map of Galveston Island - The Lay of the Land

What to see & do in Galveston - Visit for tips, links, and a calendar events happening around the Island.

Enjoy live webcam views of the island from locations on the Seawall, Strand, Pier 21, and Moody Gardens.

2019 Alcalde Abstracts

View and download  the previous year's presentation abstracts' booklet.