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 2018 Professional Patient Advocates in Life Sciences (PACT) course of study. Now in its 3rd year, PACT will be held from May 9th-11th in Sioux Falls, SD, on the Sanford Research Insitutes' campus. This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to learn about the professional patient advocacy function which resides within the pharmaceutical and biotech industries as well as within closely affiliated companies.

In Track I, PACT provides individuals who work in a patient advocacy function 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.

In Track II, PACT offers senior leadership and board members of patient advocacy organizations courses that can assist with insights on institutional growth and development.

PACT has been desgined to limit the Track I to 45 attendees and to 15 attendees for Track II. 

Schedule of Events: May 9-11

Wednesday, May 9, 2018* Special Track II Journalism Workshop 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Wednesday, May 9, 2018: Welcome reception and orientation 6:00pm
Thursday, May 10, 2018: Day 1 8:00am to 5:00pm
Friday, May 11, 2018:       Day 2 8:00am to 4:00pm

**For Track II attendees, a Pre-Course Journalism course by Check Orphan will be offered as a free add on Wednesday, May 9th, 2018 from 1:00pm – 5:00pm. 

TRACK I: A PACT program for patient advocacy professionals in the life sciences sector. Track I attendees are required to complete a Capstone project based on material learned during this course study.

Registration Fees:

  • $1,250* (includes a one year membership to PPALS, valued at $300)
  • $950 for current Professional Patient Advocates in Life Sciences members

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

TRACK II : For individuals in senior leadership position or board of directors member for a non-profit health patientadvocacy group. Track II are required to submit a Reflection Paper based on material learned during this course of study.

Registration Fee:

Cost: $250

*For Track II, new this year is a Journalism Workshop offered through CheckOrphan.  There is no additional fee for this workshop and attendees will be automatically registered.  Workshop is on Wednesday, Myay 9th from 1 pm to 5 pm at the ClubHouse Hotel. 

Event agenda coming soon. 

Hotel information:

ClubHouse Hotel
2320 S Louise Ave
Sioux Falls, SD 57106
(605) 361-8700 or (866) 534-8700

We strongly recommend reserving a room ASAP as currently, we do not have a room block 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 the hotel that you are reserving a room to attend the Sanford/PPALS PACT course.

Conference facility:

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

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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