Professional Patient Advocates in Life Sciences Course of Studies



Join Sanford Health and the Professional Patient Advocates in Life Sciences (PPALS) PACT Program for the 2017 Professional Patient Advocates in Life Sciences Course of Studies. Held from May 9-11 in Sioux Falls, SD, the event is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to learn the do’s and don’ts of the professional patient advocacy function within the pharmaceutical and biotech industries.

The course curriculum offers individuals with careers as professional advocates in life sciences the opportunity to expand their knowledge on pertinent topics while enhancing their professional development. It provides an introduction for individuals who are giving consideration to joining this unique and important career. The course also provides a track for the senior leadership and board members of patient advocacy organizations that offers insights on institutional growth and development.

Attendance is limited to 60 participants for this course.

Schedule of events: May 9-11.

TRACK I: A PACT program for patient advocacy professionals in the life sciences sector.


  • $1,250* (includes a one year membership to PPALS, a $300 value)
  • $950 for current PPALS members

*Discount will be applied for three or more registrants from one company.

At the end of the course, Track I attendees are required to complete a Capstone project based on material learned during this course of study.

TRACK II : For individuals in senior leadership position or board of directors member for a non-profit health patientadvocacy group. 

  • Cost: $250


Event agenda coming soon. 

Hotel information:

ClubHouse Hotel
2320 S Louise Ave
Sioux Falls, SD 57106
(605) 361-8700 or (866) 534-8700
Rooms will be held until April 7, 2017. To receive the special group rate of $92 (tax included) for a double queen room, you MUST call the hotel and mention the Sanford/PPALS Attendees Room Block.
This special rate will not be honored online.

Conference facility:

Sanford Center - Dakota Room
Dakota Room
2301 E 60th Street N
Sioux Falls, SD



Off of I-229, Benson Road Exit


This conference was developed in collaboration between Sanford Research and CoRDS, and Professional Patient Advocates in Life Sciences (PPALS).

Professional Patient Advocates in Life Sciences (PPALS) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to defining and advancing the function of patient advocacy within the biotech and pharmaceutical industries.

Sanford Research is a non-profit research organization and is part of Sanford Health, an integrated health system headquartered in the Dakotas. Sanford Health is one of the largest health systems in the nation with a presence in nine states and four countries. More than $600 million in gifts from Denny Sanford has provided for an expansion of research initiatives in type 1 diabetes, breast cancer and genomics in internal medicine.

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