Annual Convention

What People Are Saying About the Annual Convention

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

-Derek Quinn, vice president, Westlake Drug, Inc.

"Each member owes it to himself/herself and the profession to attend the Convention as often as possible. Although it may not be feasible for some to attend every year, everyone should make an attempt. It's an important event that allows you to keep up on key professional issues."

-Jim Richards, emeritus professor, University of Michigan College of Pharmacy

Annual Convention & Exposition
Thank you to everyone who attended this year's MPA Annual Convention & Exposition, Feb. 27-March 1, 2015, at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center! We appreciate your support of the 2015 event and look forward to seeing you next year.

Posttests and Evaluations
As a reminder, you must complete posttests (if received by the speaker) and evaluations online no later than March 16
for each program that you attended to be eligible for continuing education credit. If the program was application-based, you must still complete an evaluation. Please refer to page 13 of the final Convention brochure and the supplemental materials booklet with the blue cover that you received at registration for complete continuing education details. Posttests and evaluations can be accessed at the link below.

Overall Event Evaluation
We hope you enjoyed the 2015 MPA Annual Convention & Exposition. Please take a couple of minutes to tell us about your experience by completing the Overall Event Evaluation online. Results will assist us in making improvements.

Program Handouts
Program handouts are available on the Schedule and Programming page through March 31, 2015.

Annual Convention Final Brochure
The final Convention brochure, which was also provided to attendees onsite, includes a complete overview of the event, including a welcome from MPA President Jennifer Hagerman, general information, special activities, student pharmacist activities, continuing education details, a map to help you navigate the Detroit Marriott, a complete Convention itinerary and award recipient information. Click here or on the image at the right to access the 2015 final Convention brochure!

Annual Convention Highlights

Annual Convention Highlights

    • The MPA Annual Convention & Exposition provides approximately 50 quality continuing education programs on the latest in pharmacy.
    • On Friday, the day ends with a cocktail reception and entertainment in our Exhibit Hall, giving everyone a chance to mingle and unwind from their first day at the event. Friday evening, student pharmacists also get to network at the Student Social.
    • 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.

First-time Attendee Webinar Series

If this is your first time attending the MPA Annual Convention & Exposition, be sure to watch through a few short videos, available at the links below, to ensure that you get the most out of your experience. These videos will also benefit those who have not attended in many years. The series of four videos cover general information, parking and transportation, additional activities and continuing education. Each video is no longer than five minutes, so be sure to take the time to watch the entire series for key information that will refresh your memory or benefit you as a first-time attendee. We hope you enjoy this year’s event!

MPF: Operation Care Package Michigan

Once again this year, Michigan Pharmacy Foundation (MPF) has chosen to support Operation Care Package Michigan, an organization dedicated to supporting men and women who are serving our country. MPF will be collecting donations from their wish list for troops deployed overseas. Members are encouraged to bring donated items to the MPA Annual Convention & Exposition. Monetary donations will also be accepted.

Wish list items include the following:

Baby wipes
Bar soap
Beanie Babies
Beef jerky
Bug spray (nonaerosol)
CDs (all varieties of music)
Chap stick
Commercially-sealed lip balm 
Cough drops
Dental floss
Disposable cameras
Disposable razors
Energy bars
Foot powder (travel size containers)
Greeting cards (blank; all occasions)
Hand lotion
Hand sanitizer
Hard candy
Kleenex (pocket size)
Moist towlettes (individual packets)
Novelty items
Packets of powder for cold beverages
Personal cooling products 
Religious music/books
Saline nose spray
Shaving cream
Small stuffed animals
Sunflower seeds
Trail mix

A full list of items on the wish list can be found at A promotion flyer is also available online if you'd like to print if off and post it at your practice site/facility to assist MPF with promoting this important initiative.

All donation items or monetary contributions can be dropped off in the Mackinac Ballroom on Level 5 of the Detroit Marriott. Drop-off hours are Thursday, Feb. 26 from 6-8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 27 from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 28 from 7 a.m.-3 p.m.

If you have any questions about this MPF initiative, please contact MPF Executive Director Dianne Miller at Thank you in advance for your support of Operation Care Package Michigan and the Foundation’s efforts.

Pharmacy Feature Film Contest

In conjunction with the MPA Annual Convention & Exposition, the Association held the annual Pharmacy Feature Film Contest. This is a fun way to highlight various areas of pharmacy, utilize your creativity, and advocate for the profession of pharmacy and the Association. Each year, an established theme will help guide you in determining the focus of your video project. In addition to competing with other pharmacy professionals, colleges of pharmacy and local associations/regional societies to become the first or second place winner, through your participation, you can help us communicate the value of the pharmacist, the benefits of Association membership and professional involvement, and other key pharmacy-related topics. We encourage student pharmacist, pharmacy technician and pharmacist members as well as local associations/regional societies to take advantage of this unique opportunity!

This year’s contest theme was The Value of the Pharmacist or The Value of the Pharmacy Technician. Congratulations to this year's first and second place winners! Their videos are available at the links below.

For your reference, the complete contest details are available in the rules and instructions document online.

What to Do in Detroit

What to Do in Detroit

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