Schedule and Programming

Convention Features

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.