Best Practices

ICHP Best Practice Award

Applications must be received by July 1st.

Best Practice Online Submission Form

Program objectives and criteria

The objective of the program is to encourage the development of new, innovative pharmacy practice programs or innovative approaches to existing pharmacy practice challenges in health systems within the state of Illinois.

Applicants will be judged on their descriptions of programs and practices employed in their health system based on the following criteria:

  • Innovativeness / originality
  • Contribution to improving patient care
  • Contribution to institution and pharmacy practice
  • Scope of project
  • Quality of submission
Click here for past winners
Prior year's winners are available as home study CPE activities.

Eligibility FAQs

Do you have to be a member of ICHP?
Yes.  Applicants must be a member of ICHP for a minimum of 90 days prior to the submission deadline and practice in a health system setting.

Can there be more than one submission from a health system?
Yes, multiple submissions are accepted from a single health system.

Can you submit a project that has already been presented as a poster?

Can you submit a project that has already been published in a peer-reviewed journal?
No.  Previous publication may limit our ability publish the winner again.

Instructions for preparing manuscript

Each entry for the Best Practice Award must include a manuscript prepared as a Word document, double-spaced using Times New Roman 12-pitch type. A header with the paper title and page number should appear on each page.The manuscript should not exceed 2000 words in length (not counting references), plus no more than a total of 6 supplemental graphics (tables, graphs, pictures, etc.) that are relevant to the program. Each picture, graph, figure, and table should be mentioned in the text and prepared as a separate document clearly labeled.

The manuscript should be organized as a descriptive report using the following headings:

  • Introduction, Purpose, and Goals of the program
  • Description of the program
  • Experience with and outcomes of the program
  • Discussion of innovative aspects of programs and achievement of goals
  • Conclusion


Submissions will only be accepted via online submission form. The manuscript will be forwarded to a pre-defined set of reviewers. Please do not include the names of the authors or affiliations in the manuscript to preserve anonymity.

All applicants will be notified of their status within three weeks of the submission deadline. Should your program be chosen as the winner:

  • The program will be featured at the ICHP Annual Meeting. You will need to prepare a poster to present your program and/or give a verbal presentation. Guidelines will be sent to the winner.
  • You may be asked to electronically submit your manuscript to the ICHP KeePosted™ for publishing as a continuing pharmacy education home study program.
  • You will receive a complimentary registration to the ICHP Annual Meeting, recognition at the meeting and a monetary award distributed to your institution.
Non-winning submissions may also be considered for publication in the ICHP KeePosted™, but your permission will be obtained beforehand.

For more information

If you have any questions related to the program please contact Trish Wegner at Review the Best Practice Award Scoring rubric.

Applications must be received by July 1st.

Best Practice Online Submission Form