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 Registration
Register now for the MPA Annual Convention & Exposition, Feb. 27-March 1, 2015, at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. Those planning to attend are encouraged to register by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 16, 2015, to save on rates. Pre-registration closes at that time and those registering after Feb. 16 must register onsite and pay onsite registration rates. Registration is available at the links below, or you are welcome to use the printable registration forms and mail to 408 Kalamazoo Plaza, Lansing, MI 48933 or fax to (517) 484-4893 (credit card payment only). Please note that if you register online, you must complete separate registrations for Michigan Pharmacy Foundation and Michigan Pharmacy Political Action Council activities designated below.

Printable Registration Forms:

Annual Convention Preliminary Brochure
The preliminary Convention brochure provides a complete overview of the event, including an at-a-glance schedule, general information such as hotel accommodations and session handout details, Convention activities, student pharmacist activities, continuing education information and a tentative itinerary. Click here or on the image at the right to access the 2015 preliminary 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.

Hotel Accommodations

Attendees of the MPA Annual Convention & Exposition may make reservations at a special group rate by visiting the Marriott Web site or by calling Marriott reservations directly at (800) 352-0831 before 5 p.m. on Feb. 5, 2015. Be sure to mention that you are attending the MPA Annual Convention to receive the special rate.

The Detroit Marriott recently underwent a $30 million renovation, including 70 floors of redesigned guest rooms and hotel space. The Detroit People Mover public transportation system enables guests of the hotel to have easy access to city attractions. For more information on the Detroit Marriott, please see the Marriott Web site.

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 is holding the 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 is The Value of the Pharmacist or The Value of the Pharmacy Technician. Submissions were due by 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. Voting information was provided in MPA E-news on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, and is also available below.

Please watch the videos available at the links below and then vote for your favorite online at

The Value of the Pharmacist
by Melvin Leonard, Vivian Baek and Alex Rogowski
Click here to view this video on YouTube. The video will open in a new Internet browser window.

How the MPA Made Me a Leader
by Libin Philip
Click here to view this video on YouTube. The video will open in a new Internet browser window.

Voting will be conducted through Friday, Feb. 13, 2015. After voting closes, votes will be tallied and the first and second place winners will be announced and recognized at the MPA Annual Convention & Exposition. Convention attendees will have the opportunity to view all video submissions during the event. The video receiving the most votes will receive the first place prize of $150, and the video receiving the second highest number of votes will receive the second place prize of $50.

For complete contest details, please see 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.