Why join CSHP?

Hospital pharmacists need to have a voice. A national organization like CSHP unifies its members to create a stronger influence when we need to be heard, for example in professional negotiations or more importantly, to advocate for improved patient safety in our workplace.

The Society is a champion of your unique practice of pharmacy. It also offers the following benefits: 

Malpractice Insurance
CSHP offers an excellent “claims made” insurance policy for members at a very affordable price through Benson Kearley IFG.  When researching insurance policies, ensure you are adequately covered in Alberta where insurance is mandated. Be informed and purchase an insurance policy that represents your needs!

The Western Branches Banff Seminar
Our flagship educational and social event is an annual tradition in neighbouring Banff. Meet up with school-mates, contribute to the theme, be enlightened and enjoy! Enthusiastic member-volunteers give a huge effort to this event and the success shows in high repeat attendance.

Membership allows you to become involved in any number of Pharmacy Specialty Networks (PSNs). A PSN allows members to benefit by working alongside your peers from coast to coast to coast! For example, you may want to ask advice on a perplexing clinical scenario, informally poll other members across the country on an issue, disseminate information urgently or inform others of new landmark trials.  A PSN "takes on a life of its own”, depending on the contributions of its members!

CSHP PSNs in a variety of interest areas! Review the list of PSNs (and the Terms of Reference for each) on a regular basis to see if there is a PSN of interest to you.

Education specifically for hospital pharmacists
CSHP volunteers strive to develop high-quality educational programs that are specific to your needs as a hospital pharmacist. Several events take place close to home within the Alberta Branch. Check the website regularly! CSHP members are offered reduced rates for registration. For example, members receive registration discounts at the annual Professional Practice Conference (PPC) in Toronto.

Online access to CSHP Official Publications and discounts on other pharmacy-related publications
CSHP’s Official Publications consist of its guidelines, information papers, and statements on pharmacy practice. These are continually updated and available to members online. CSHP is also the publisher of Compounding: Guidelines for Pharmacies (2014), a comprehensive set of guidelines that covers the compounding in pharmacies whenever compounded preparations are intended for human use, regardless of the route of administration or whether the preparation is related to research purposes. This valuable, electronic publication is available to members at a discounted rate. Other publications, such as the Canadian Investigational & Special Access Drug List, are also available to members at discounted prices.

Member rates with the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists
Thinking of purchasing an ASHP publication? A membership discount is applied when you place your order via CSHP Official. Members also receive reduced rates at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting in the USA.

Free online access to the Canadian Journal of Hospital Pharmacy
The Canadian Journal of Hospital Pharmacy is an academic journal that focuses on how pharmacists in hospitals and other collaborative health care settings optimize safe and effective drug use for patients in Canada and throughout the world. Our bimonthly Journal takes pride in publishing peer-reviewed, scholarly papers under the editorial leadership of Stephen Shalansky, BSc (Pharm), ACPR, PharmD, FCSHP, who is a Clinical Coordinator in the Pharmacy Department of Providence Healthcare (Lower Mainland Pharmacy Services) and a Clinical Professor in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of British Columbia.

CSHP eBulletin
The CSHP eBulletin is the place to view job opportunities in hospital pharmacy across the country, CSHP news, and details on upcoming events. CSHP eBulletin posts can be viewed at any time by visiting the following link CSHP members have the additional benefit of receiving weekly email notifications to be kept up to date on new items being added each week. 

CSHP-Alberta Branch Student Professional Host Program
This new program is designed to allow Alberta branch student members the opportunity to communicate with pharmacist members on an informal basis via email to increase student interest and awareness of hospital and other health care related practices.  It is also meant to assist students in learning more about career options available to them after graduation and issues currently facing the pharmacy profession.    

Reduced membership fees for new members and student supporters
A tiered discount is available to new active/supporting members who have never previously held that membership in CSHP.  And, of course, special low rates are available for pharmacy students and those enrolled in post-graduate pharmacy programs.

When is the membership year? 

The CSHP membership year is from July 1 to June 30. Join as early as April 1st to receive up to 15 months of membership at no additional cost.

The Student Supporter year runs from January 1 to December 31.

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If you have any questions are not answered by the information contained in the website, please feel free to contact me by e-mail at

Stacey Ginther
Chair, Membership/Communications, CSHP Alberta Branch