MSHP Annual Meeting: Beyond Continuing Education
posted: 07/15/2010

by Sandra L. Chase, B.S., Pharm.D., FMPA, Co-Chair, MSHP Educational Affairs Committee

Many believe that conferences, such as the Michigan Society of Health-System Pharmacists (MSHP) Annual Meeting, are strictly about continuing education. It’s true that they provide a great way to obtain a number of continuing education credits in one day, especially since you need 10 hours of live CE per year; however, these meetings offer more than that.

In addition to learning experiences, the meeting provides a great opportunity to network with colleagues; find out what issues are occurring at other hospitals; ask your peers how they handle certain issues, or about implementation of new programs (why re-invent the wheel when someone may have already developed a program that you can modify for your hospital?); or, just catch up with friends from around the state!

This year, the MSHP Annual Meeting will be in a different area of the Michigan: Grand Rapids. It had been held in Lansing for several years, moved to Novi last year, and now it’s moving to the west side of the state. I hope everyone from other areas of the state will still attend, and we’re hoping to attract some pharmacists and technicians from the west or north who have never attended in the past. Remember, the meeting is still free for student pharmacists and residents (with registrations received through Oct. 25, 2010), so preceptors please plan accordingly for your student(s) to have the day off!

Once again, the MSHP Educational Affairs Committee has worked hard to plan a great meeting for attendees. The day will begin with a breakfast meeting for directors, preceptors, current residents and individuals interested in starting a residency program. After the breakfast, Joel Weintraub of Humor for the Health of It will provide the keynote session on ways to improve safety and patient outcomes with an interesting twist.

The Town Hall meeting will be held right after this session, where officer and Board members for the following year will be announced. In addition, a variety of awards will be presented to deserving individuals or organizations. The second general session will combine the real life experience that Jim Stevenson faced when the terrorist from last December’s attack in Detroit ended up at the University of Michigan Health-System with the expertise of TJ Richardson from the Office of Public Health and Preparedness.

The afternoon will once again have two concurrent clinical and management/leadership tracks. The clinical tracks will include a clinical pearls session focusing on pediatrics, cardiology, pharmacogenomics and antidepressants, and infectious diseases. The second clinical track will provide an anticoagulation update. Leadership tracks will consist of a panel discussion on the merging of technology and roundtable discussions. The panel will include representatives from four health-systems around the state who will give insight on what we’re facing with technology and how various functions (i.e., Pyxis, barcoding, order entry) will be integrated. During the roundtable discussions, you will hear from the experts on preceptorship/Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE), playing nice in the sandbox and issues in disposing of pharmaceutical waste.

So, please mark your calendar and plan to attend the MSHP Annual on Nov. 5 at the Crowne Plaza in Grand Rapids. The Crowne Plaza is located at 5700 28th Street, SE, in Grand Rapids. A special overnight rate of $89, plus tax, is being extended to attendees of the MSHP Annual Meeting. Reserve your room before Oct. 15 by calling (800) 227-6963 or (616) 957-1770. Remember, aside from CE, you’ll be provided with a great opportunity to network with colleagues and friends. Hope to see you there!

To register, visit the event page on the MPA Web site, or call the MPA office at (517) 484-1466. Registration rates will increase after Oct. 25, so those wishing to attend are encouraged to register before this date. Student pharmacists and residents receive complimentary registration until Oct. 25. After this date, they will be assessed a $10 registration fee.


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