Annual Convention

What People Are Saying About the Annual Convention

"I hope that it continues to grow in the magnitude that it has. I would love to see every pharmacists who's able to get there have some exposure to the Convention because there's nothing quite like it."

"Thank you for all the hard work you put into the Annual Convention every year. I am always amazed at the variety and attention to detail that is put into the programming!"

"You do a good job of providing a variety of educational topics; it can't be an easy task! It's also nice to have the Convention in the heart of downtown Detroit for the choice of restaurants and other entertainment."

“My favorite part of the Annual Convention is the Student Social because it allows me to interact with students from all of the pharmacy schools in Michigan.”

"Thank you to all the MPA staff. You always plan an excellent seminar weekend!"

Annual Convention & Exposition
The Michigan Pharmacists Association (MPA) Annual Convention & Exposition will be held Feb. 23-25, 2018, at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. The Annual Convention offers more than 45 continuing education (CE) programs, or approximately 21 hours of live CE activities, throughout the weekend, including at least one pain program, one law program and one patient safety program each day. 


Annual Convention Highlights

    • The MPA Annual Convention & Exposition provides approximately 45 quality continuing education programs on the latest in pharmacy.
    • On Friday, the day ends with a cocktail reception and activities in our Exhibit Hall, giving everyone a chance to mingle and unwind from their first day at the event.
    • The MPA 50/50 Raffle is conducted throughout the weekend, with a winning ticket drawn on Sunday. A minimum of $500 is awarded each year!
    • The Michigan Pharmacy Foundation (MPF) Charity Auction occurs throughout the weekend too. There are many unique items to choose from such as jewelry, art, vacations and autographed memorabilia.
    • On Saturday, practice section members, students or those who just want to catch up with your colleagues all have the opportunity to attend a luncheon for those with similar interests.
    • Local association leaders gather during the weekend for their annual program that, in the past, has provided valuable tools for increasing membership and holding innovative events.
    • After wrapping up CE sessions on Saturday, attendees get dressed up and head to the cocktail reception and Annual Banquet & Awards Ceremony. The incoming president is officially sworn in and pharmacy leaders in Michigan are recognized with various awards.
    • Student pharmacists also have the opportunity to attend the Banquet and network with practicing pharmacists through the MPF Adopt-a-Student program.
    • Continuing education sessions continue until 2 p.m. on Sunday and business is conducted during MPA’s House of Delegates Session.
What to Do in Detroit

Be sure to visit the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau website for more information on activities, dining, experiences and more for the Metro Detroit area.

Directions and Parking

Directions to the Renaissance Center
The Renaissance Center is located at the intersection of Jefferson Ave. and Beaubien St. in Downtown Detroit. The Marriott Hotel lobby entrance is located on the west side of the Renaissance Center. For easy GPS vehicle navigation, enter the Beaubien Place Parking Garage address: 238 Beaubien St., Detroit.

 

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From the North

  • Take I-75 South to I-375 to Jefferson Ave. West (toward downtown) and merge to the center left lane.
  • Turn left on to Beaubien St.
  • For hotel self-parking, follow signs to Beaubien Place Parking Garage on left just prior to reaching Atwater (along Detroit River).
  • To valet park, continue on Beaubien and turn right at Atwater.
  • Turn right at W. Renaissance Drive.
  • The hotel entrance is immediately on the right.

From the South

  • Take I-75 North to M-10/John C. Lodge Highway to Civic Center, which turns into Jefferson Ave.
  • Go past the Renaissance Center and turn right at Beaubien St.
  • For hotel self-parking, follow signs to Beaubien Place Parking Garage on left just prior to reaching Atwater (along Detroit River).
  • To valet park, continue on Beaubien and turn right at Atwater.
  • Turn right at W. Renaissance Drive.
  • The hotel entrance is immediately on the right.

From the East

  • Take I-94 W to I-75 South to I-375.
  • Take Jefferson Ave. West (toward downtown) and merge to the center left lane.
  • Turn left on to Beaubien St.
  • For hotel self-parking, follow signs to Beaubien Place Parking Garage on left just prior to reaching Atwater (along Detroit River).
  • To valet park, continue on Beaubien and turn right at Atwater
  • Turn right at W. Renaissance Drive.
  • The hotel entrance is immediately on the right.

From the West

  • Take I-96 E or I-94 E into Detroit. Follow M-10/John C. Lodge Highway south towards the Civic Center. This will become Jefferson Ave.; proceed east on Jefferson approximately a quarter mile.
  • Go past the Renaissance Center and turn right at Beaubien St.
  • For hotel self-parking, follow signs to Beaubien Place Parking Garage on left just prior to reaching Atwater (along Detroit River).
  • To valet park, continue on Beaubien and turn right at Atwater. Then, turn right at W. Renaissance Drive.
  • The hotel entrance is immediately on the right.

Parking at the Renaissance Center
There are a variety of parking options for Convention attendees, including valet parking and three parking garages that are connected to the Renaissance Center with convenient covered walkways. Visit the Renaissance Center website at GMRenCen.com/parking-and-valet for additional parking information.

Hotel Accomodations

The MPA Annual Convention & Exposition will be held on Feb. 22-25, 2018, at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center, Detroit, Mich.

Convention participants may make reservations at a special group rate by visiting the Marriott website as the event approaches. Watch your MPA communications for more information!

Schedule and Programmaing

In addition to providing valuable opportunities for pharmacy professionals to earn CE, the Convention features the following special events and programs:

Consultant and Specialty Pharmacists of Michigan (CPSM) Annual Meeting and Luncheon
CSPM holds its Annual Meeting and Luncheon on Saturday during the Convention. CPSM members are invited to network, honor the Society's Pharmacist of the Year and outgoing Board members, and more.

Exhibit Hall
Network with different organizations in the Exhibit Hall! Learn about the latest products and services, enjoy entertainment and refreshments, and establish connections with representatives to further your business.

House of Delegates Session
The MPA House of Delegates is the policy-forming body of the Association. At each Annual Convention & Exposition, the House of Delegates convenes to discuss proposed policy changes and review the MPA Bylaws. After discussion and vote on any proposed changes, those resolutions are directed to the MPA Executive Board for review and recommendation. Several awards are also presented during the House Session and special reports are presented.

Keynote and Opening Sessions
The Keynote and Opening Sessions at the Annual Convention, typically held Friday morning and Saturday morning each year, draw a large crowd of attendees. MPA seeks out nationally-known speakers to present on key issues impacting the profession.

Local Association Leadership Program
Local association leaders are invited to a program held during the Convention, typically a breakfast or lunch, that focuses on issues important to their organization such as compliance, Internal Revenue Service requirements, member recruitment and more.

Michigan Pharmacy Foundation (MPF) Continental Breakfast
Participants can purchase coffee and pastries for all three days of the Convention or individual days. Proceeds support Foundation initiatives, including leadership programs for pharmacy practitioners, scholarships for students pharmacists and grant funding for projects that improve health outcomes.

MPA Product Store
The Association offers pins, shirts, publications and more in the MPA Product Store at the Convention. Special Convention pricing is generally offered, so attendees are encouraged to take advantage of discounts!

MPF Charity Auction
Bid on items in the MPF Charity Auction, including valuable autographed memorabilia, historical pharmacy items, jewelry, art and much more! The auction also offers a Buy It Now option for attendees unable to stay all weekend, or for those "must have" items.

Michigan Pharmacy PAC Luncheon
Join Michigan Pharmacy PAC for this annual luncheon to honor elected officials and Association members who have contributed to the advancement of pharmacy and supported good public health policy.

Michigan Society of Community Pharmacists (MSCP) Annual Meeting and Luncheon
MSCP holds its Annual Meeting and Luncheon on Saturday during the Convention. MSCP members are invited to network, honor the Society's Pharmacist of the Year and outgoing Board members, and more.

Michigan Society of Health-System Pharmacists (MSHP) Delegate Caucus Breakfast
MSHP holds a delegate caucus breakfast on Sunday for those serving as regional representatives and MSHP delegates to the MPA House. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the resolutions, bylaw amendments and Society issues related to the House of Delegates in preparation for the House Session held on Sunday during the Convention.

Michigan Society of Pharmacy Technicians (MSPT) Annual Meeting and Luncheon
MSPT holds its Annual Meeting and Luncheon on Saturday during the Convention. MSPT members are invited to network; honor the MSPT Pharmacy Technician of the Year, Service Award winner and outgoing Board members; and more.

MPA Student Pharmacist Social
Student pharmacists are invited to attend this informal reception. Enjoy drinks and pizza while networking with fellow student pharmacists from Michigan’s colleges of pharmacy.

MSHP Student Pharmacist Luncheon
MSHP sponsors a luncheon for student pharmacists at the Convention each year on Saturday afternoon. Students are invited to network with other up-and-coming pharmacists from the three Michigan colleges and a pharmacy leader is placed at each table to allow attendees to interact with an experienced practitioner.

National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations (NASPA)-
Nonprescription Medicines Academy (NMA) Student Pharmacist Self-care Championship

Student pharmacists representing each college of pharmacy participate in a Jeopardy-like competition testing their knowledge of over-the-counter products. The program becomes interactive when student pharmacists use their “ask the audience” lifelines if they become stumped. Convention attendees are encouraged to support their college of pharmacy and see who wins the traveling trophy each year.

New Delegate Briefing
New members of the MPA House of Delegates are provided with an overview of the process, including roles of House officials, the purpose and composition of the House, registration and the credentialing process, achieving a quorum, the resolution process and more.

Past President Breakfast
Past presidents of the Association are invited to a breakfast on Sunday morning during the Convention each year to reminisce and strategize about the Association and pharmacy.

Pre-banquet Reception and Annual Banquet & Awards Ceremony
On Saturday evening, all Convention attendees are invited to a pre-banquet reception to mingle with other pharmacy professionals as well as the MPA Executive Board. Following the reception, the Annual Banquet & Awards Ceremony is held to formally inaugurate the incoming MPA President as well as honor Michigan leaders in pharmacy with various awards.

 

Sponsorship Opportunities

Michigan Pharmacists Association (MPA) would like to extend sponsorship opportunities to your organization for the Annual Convention & Exposition. The Convention attracts nearly 1,300 combined health-system, retail, community and consultant/specialty pharmacists as well as pharmacy residents, pharmacy technicians and student pharmacists. Sponsors are approved on a first come, first served basis. Explore the black bars here to learn more about available sponsorship opportunities. For more information about exhibiting at the 2018 Annual Convention visit our Exhibitor Prospectus page. 

Sponsorship Opportunities Include:

  • Annual Banquet & Awards Ceremony
  • In-room Internet Service
  • Exhibit Hall Grand Opening Reception
  • Pre-banquet Reception
  • Pizza Luncheon in Exhibit Hall
  • Refreshment Break
  • Convention Tote Bags
  • Product Theater Sessions
  • Education Sessions
  • Hotel Key Cards
  • Badge Lanyards
  • Daily Convention Newsletters
  • Advertising in Final Convention Brochure

If you are interested in any of these opportunities, complete the Sponsorship Commitment Form here and return to Mary Farrington, MPA director of continuing education via fax at (517) 484-4893, email at Mary@MichiganPharmacists.org or mail to Michigan Pharmacists Association, 408 Kalamazoo Plaza, Lansing, MI 48933. If you have any questions regarding these opportunities, contact MPA's education planning assistant, Jennifer Crawford, at (517) 377-0225 or Jennifer@MichiganPharmacists.org