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!"

MPA Annual Convention & Exposition

ANNUAL CONVENTION HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Annual Convention offered 40 continuing education (CE) programs throughout the weekend, including at least one pain program, one law program and one patient safety program each day to fulfill pharmacist and pharmacy technician CE requirements.

  • Networking with company representatives during Exhibit Hall hours on Friday and Saturday.

  • The MPF Charity Auction occurred throughout the weekend, giving attendees the opportunity to bid on many unique items such as jewelry, art, vacations and autographed memorabilia.

  • Convention participants donated approximately 300 pounds of food to Gleaners Community Food Bank.

  • At Friday’s Opening Session, Dr. Phil Knight, executive director of the Food Bank Council of Michigan, and Gerald Brisson, chairperson for the Food Bank Council of Michigan and president of Gleaners Community Food Bank gave an inspiring presentation on how pharmacy professionals can help solve hunger.

  • Michigan Pharmacy PAC held a luncheon and awards ceremony on Friday. Sen. Winnie Brinks and Rep. Mary Whiteford were presented with the Michigan Pharmacy PAC Legislator of the Year Award, Rep. Christine Grieg and Sen. Wayne Schmidt were given the Michigan Pharmacy PAC Good Public Health Award and Ashley Blanchette and David Campana were honored with the Michigan Pharmacy PAC Hank Fuhs Good Government Award. A Governor’s Club reception was also held on Friday evening.

  • Saturday’s Keynote Session was delivered by Jenelle Sobotka, Pharm.D., FAPhA, professor, director of online certificate and masters programs in pharmacy leadership at the University of Cincinatti, James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy. She discussed effective teambuilding and the steps to success.

  • Practice section luncheons occurred on Saturday for MSCP and CSPM. Mark Rohde was awarded the MSCP Pharmacist of the Year and Deborah Sopo was given the CSPM Pharmacist of the Year award.

  • MSPT also had a luncheon on Saturday and presented awards to Technician of the Year, Angela Faszczewski and Service Award recipient, Kim Sveska.

  • The NASPA-NMA Student Pharmacist Self-Care Championship was held on Saturday afternoon and Courtney Fedeson, Stephanie Gryebet and Lienna LaBarge, were honored as recipients of the Michigan Pharmacy Foundation Student Scholarship Program.

  • The Annual Banquet & Awards Ceremony was held on Saturday evening to install the incoming president, Jessica Bessner, and to honor pharmacy leaders in Michigan with various awards, including Dave Campana, Pharmacist of the Year; Gary Kadlec, Bowl of Hygeia; David Neff, Executive Board Medal; Curtis Collins, Excellence in Innovation; Katie Axford, Distinguished New Pharmacist Practitioner; Fred W. Arnold Public Relations; Sarah Vordenberg, Fellow of MPA; Sandra Tylor, Outgoing President; and Ghada Abdallah, James Lile and Margaret Malovrh, Executive Board Service. Hall of Honor recipients were also recognized.

  • The MPF Adopt-a-Student program allows members of the Student Michigan Pharmacists Association to attend the Annual Banquet & Awards Ceremony for free and to network with pharmacists and technicians sponsoring them.

  • The House of Delegates Session was held on Sunday morning and the MPA Upper Peninsula Division Local Association was recognized with the Distinguished Local Association Achievement Award and Curtis Smith was given the Ernie Koch Striving for Excellence Award.

     

    CONTINUING EDUCATION

    For complete instruction on how to earn continuing education credit for programs attended at the 2019 MPA Annual Convention, please click on the black bar below, titled Continuing Education Credits and Handouts.

     

    SAVE THE DATE FOR 2020

    The MPA Annual Convention & Exposition will be held Feb. 21-23, 2020, at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center.

Hotel Accommodations, Directions and Parking

Hotel Accommodations

Convention participants may make reservations at a special group rate by visiting the Marriott website at https://book.passkey.com/go/MichiganPharmacistsAssoc or by calling Marriott reservations directly at (800) 352-0831 before 5 p.m. on Feb. 5, 2019. Be sure to mention that you are attending the MPA Annual Convention to receive the special rate of $149 per night plus tax. The hotel will extend the group rate after Jan. 31 if there are rooms available in the group block.

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.

Schedule and Programming

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

A tentative schedule of events can be found here.

 

ACTIVITIES

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.

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.

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.

 

Continuing Education Credit and Handouts

PROCESS TO CLAIM CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDIT

Michigan Pharmacists Association is once again using Lecture Panda that will allow participants to easily complete program evaluations and posttests online, as well as obtain program handouts.

Instructions

To earn pharmacy continuing education credit, complete the following steps.

1. Register with Lecture Panda – Prior to the event, you should register on the Lecture Panda website for this event by providing your name, e-mail address, NABP E-profile identification number (aka CPE Monitor number) and date of birth (MMDD format). To do so, go to https://www.lecturepanda.com/v2/register/ag1zfnJ4Y2V0cmFja2VycicLEgZDRVVzZXIYgICAsLaLigoMCxIHTGVjdHVyZRiAgIDA7L6aCgw/new, or scan the below QR code with your cell phone or tablet to be directed to the event page on the Lecture Panda website. Upon registering on Lecture Panda, you will receive an e-mail confirming registration with a link to complete credit requirements. This link allows you access to all program handouts, evaluations and posttests. To avoid e-mails going to your spam folder, be sure to set up your e-mail account to allow e-mails from Lecture Panda.

2. Access Handouts – To access program handouts, refer to the registration confirmation e-mail that you received from Lecture Panda and click on the blue button titled “Complete Credit Requirements.” You will be directed to all program handouts where you can conveniently pull them up on your PC, cell phone or tablet, or you can print them if you wish to have hard copies. Please note hard copies of handouts will not be provided onsite. Additionally, if you would like to have all posttest questions with you while at attending programs, be sure to print the handout named “posttest booklet” as it contains all applicable posttest questions. Posttest questions will not be provided for reference onsite.

3. Claim Credit – To complete all evaluations and posttests for programs that you attended and claim credit, refer to the registration confirmation e-mail that you received from Lecture Panda and click on the blue button titled “Complete Credit Requirements.” You will be directed to confirm your name, e-mail address, NABP E-profile identification number and date of birth, then proceed to the claim credit screens where you will enter the program claim code provided at the end of each program and complete evaluations and posttests. More information about program claim codes is below. Upon completion of the evaluations and posttests, credit will automatically be submitted to your CPE Monitor record. You must pass each posttest with a score of 70 percent or greater to earn credit.

4.  Overall Event Evaluation – MPA would like to know about your overall experience while attending this event. Please be sure to complete the overall event evaluation on Lecture Panda in addition to program evaluations. Your feedback is used to improve the Convention and other MPA events.

Program Claim Codes

When completing claiming credit in Lecture Panda, you will be required to enter a “claim code” unique to each program. Be sure to pay attention at the end of each program to receive that program’s claim code. Program claim codes will not be provided to participants after participants are released from the program. It is recommended that you keep track of program claim codes by recording them as they are provided during sessions.

Posttest questions are not applicable to application-based programs; however, evaluations must be completed. For knowledge-based programs in which presenters did not submit posttest questions, attendees will not be penalized. MPA, as an ACPE-accredited provider, is required to report pharmacist and pharmacy technician PCE credit to CPE Monitor. ACPE guidelines prohibit MPA from issuing credit 60 days or more after the activity for any reason. Therefore, to avoid denial of credit, it is imperative that pharmacists and pharmacy technicians complete the online evaluations and posttests before March 11, 2019. You will receive periodic e-mails from Lecture Panda reminding you to complete requirements. Due to this new process, participants will not receive an attendance form to record programs attended.

 

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