Capstone Projects and Reflection Papers:
During the PACT course, participants in Track I will be paired with a mentor, to be selected from the faculty who are teaching the workshops. Participants and mentors will determine a topic for completion of the project. After the conference, the mentor will guide, support and assist the participant in researching, implementing and writing about his/her Capstone Project.
The Capstone Project is based on a real-life problem or issue related to the participant’s professional work in Patient Advocacy and should provide application of skills and knowledge learned in the PPALS Professional Patient Advocacy Program as a foundation.
It is important to realize that the Sanford/PPALS collaboration is not a traditional conference, but a course of study that ultimately leads to certification of the PPALS curriculum. Based on how PACT is structured and presented, participants should view the Sanford/PPALS PACT as being an ongoing curriculum that continues even after leaving Sioux Falls.
Participants of Track I (Industry), Level 101 (Introductory) will be encouraged to complete a Capstone project while participants of Track II (Patient Advocacy Organization), Level 101 (Introductory) will be encouraged to complete a Reflection Paper.
Participants of Tracks I and II, Level 201 (Intermediate) are encouraged to submit a Case Study for possible use in a future PACT.
While a Capstone project, Reflection Paper, or Case Study are not required for completion of the course, participation in this aspect of the curriculum bestows a certification.
More information on Capstone Projects and Reflection papers
2024 Sanford/PPALS Patient Advocacy Certificate Training (PACT) Information:
The 2024 Sanford/PPALS PACT will be held May 13th to 16th, in Sioux Falls, SD on the Sanford Research Institute’s campus. This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to learn about the life sciences patient advocacy function which resides within the pharmaceutical and biotech industries as well as within closely affiliated life science entities. For individuals leading patient advocacy organizations, PACT provides lectures on infrastructure and governance.
PACT is comprised of two Tracks, one for Industry and the other for Patient Advocacy Organizations (PAO) and two levels, Introductory and Intermediate. The Intermediate level for both Tracks is available only to individuals who have already attended the PACT Introductory level course. Seating is limited for each Track and Level to insure an intimate and educational conducive environment.
The May 13, 2024 evening event will be held at the ClubHouse Suites, Sioux Falls, SD. The full PACT course, May 14 through 16, 2024, will be held on the Sanford Research Institute’s campus, Sioux Falls, SD.
Introductory Level: Available to individuals who are new to the PACT course:
- Industry Introductory Track I (35 seats) provide individuals who work in a patient advocacy function within a company the opportunity to expand their knowledge on pertinent topics while enhancing their professional development. It also serves as an introduction for individuals who are considering a move into this unique and important career.
- Patient Advocacy Organization (PAO) Introductory Track II (15 seats) offers senior leadership and board members of PAOs courses that can assist with insights on institutional growth and development.
Intermediate Level: Available only to individuals who have attended the Introductory Industry or PAO tracks (no exceptions):
- Industry Intermediate Track I (35 seats) The Intermediate Level continues the patient advocacy conversation through case studies and lectures on current and relevant topics.
- (PAO) Intermediate Track II (20 seats) continues the conversation with senior leadership and board members about organization management and understanding industry practices through case studies and lectures.
Monday May 13, 2024 Welcome reception 6:00 pm (ClubHouse Suites)
Tuesday May 14, 2024 Day 1 8:00am to 5:00 pm (Sanford campus)
Wednesday May 15, 2024 Day 2 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (Sanford campus)
Thursday May 16, 2024 Day 3 8:00 am to 3:00 pm (Sanford campus)
The Registration fee includes educational materials, daily shuttle bus from the ClubHouse Suites to the Sanford campus, welcome reception, 1 group dinner, 3 lunches and 6 refreshment breaks
The Sanford/PPALS PACT is supported by registration fees; there are no sponsors or exhibitors in attendance
Date: May 13-16, 2024
Sanford Research Institute, Sioux Falls, SD.
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The 2024 Sanford/PPALS PACT course will primarily take place at the Sanford Research Institute campus. Their COVID-19 policy is as follows:
It is expected that attendees will have received the full course of COVID-19 vaccinations, but will not be required to provide proof in order to be on site. There will be no requirement to prove vaccination status. Individuals who have not been vaccinated will be expected to wear a mask.
There is no mask requirement when people are in non-clinical areas. The PPALS event will take place completely outside of the hospital setting, so attendees will not be required to mask.
Lodging and Travel:
Hotel: We recommend reserving a room at the Club House Hotel and Suites, 2323 S Louise Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD 57106. Please call 1-800-CLUBINN; or 1-605-361-8700 to make your room reservations. Please inform hotel that you are reserving a room to attend the Sanford/PPALS PACT course.
Travel: Sioux Falls is serviced by Sioux Falls Regional Airport, Joe Foss Field