MPA | Pharmacy News

By Heidi Pillen, Pharm.D., Director, Medication Use Policy and Clinical Services, Beaumont Health

The Michigan Pharmacists Association (MPA) Annual Convention & Exposition (ACE) will be held Feb. 23-25, 2018, at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center, 400 Renaissance Drive, Detroit, MI 48243. The Annual Convention will offer approximately 45 quality continuing education programs (for approximately 21 hours of live CE) throughout the weekend, including at least one pain, one law and one patient safety program each day. 

The Michigan Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (MSHP) is coordinating two programs for the ACE. On Friday, Feb. 23, Beth Gorski and Heather Schalk will provide age-related updates in neurology. On Saturday, Feb. 24, Paula Hiller, Charlie Mollien and Ghada Abdallah will give a complete overview of the electronic prescribing process for controlled substances.

Other “don’t miss” sessions include the Keynote and the General Session. These events typically draw a large crowd of attendees on Friday and Saturday. A variety of continuing education programming is offered until 2 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.

For a break from educational offerings, the Exhibit Hall will be open on Friday and Saturday. In addition, networking luncheons with practitioners with similar interests are offered on Saturday for practice section members, student pharmacists, technicians and other attendees.

The ACE offers many unique opportunities for student pharmacists, including the MSHP Student Pharmacist Luncheon and the MPA Student Social. The luncheon is hosted on Saturday afternoon and allows students to network with other students from the three Michigan colleges of pharmacy as well as interact with experienced pharmacy leaders. The social offers an informal atmosphere to network with fellow student pharmacists, while enjoying a bite to eat.

On Saturday evening, attendees are encouraged to attend the cocktail reception and Annual Banquet & Awards Ceremony to celebrate the installation of the incoming president and the recognition of pharmacy leaders from Michigan with various awards.  This event fosters the development and inclusion of our future pharmacy leaders through the Michigan Pharmacy Foundation (MPF) Adopt-a-Student program, allowing student pharmacists to attend the event.

Other exciting opportunities include a 50/50 raffle that runs throughout the weekend, with the winning ticket drawn on Sunday. A minimum of $500 is awarded to the lucky ticket holder! In addition, the MPF Charity Auction, offering many unique items including jewelry, art, vacations, and autographed memorabilia is conducted throughout event.

Online registration is now open, click here to register early and save! 

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