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
Plan now to attend the 2016 MPA Annual Convention & Exposition! The event will be held Feb. 26-28 at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. Registration for this event is now available online. Be sure to register by Feb. 15 to save on registration rates. Pre-registration will close at 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 15. After that date and time, you must register onsite and pay the onsite registration rate.

Featured Sessions
Friday's Opening Session will focus on prescription drug and opioid abuse issues in Michigan. Lt. Gov. Brian Calley will provide an overview of the Michigan Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Task Force findings and recommendations. Rounding out the Opening Session will be discussions focusing on what pharmacists can do to assist patients who have substance abuse problems, and our own Amanda Lick, MPA manager of advocacy, governmental and regulatory affairs, will tell her story related to the issue. The Keynote Session on Saturday will feature technology expert Bill Felkey, who will talk about the digital age of health care. Lucinda Maine from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy will join us on Friday for a General Session to discuss the future of the reforming health care system.

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. Please visit the Charity Auction/Donor Recognition page to view some of the exciting items available at this year's Auction.
    • 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 Web site for more information on activities, dining, experiences and more for the Metro Detroit area.