Michigan Pharmacists Association Annual Convention & Exposition
posted: 04/14/2009

by Curtis Collins, Pharm.D., M.S., BCPS, MSHP Education Committee

Michigan Pharmacists Association (MPA) Annual Convention & Exposition was held Feb. 27-March 1, providing another excellent educational opportunity for Michigan Society of Health-System Pharmacists (MSHP) members. The MSHP Education Committee planned programs of special interest to health-system pharmacists. In addition, there were other programs of general appeal to our members.

Maureen Smythe, professor at the Wayne State University Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, began MSHP programming on Friday morning. She discussed emerging issues in the recognition and management of heparin induced thrombocytopenia. Randolph Regal from the University of Michigan Health System and College of Pharmacy continued first day programming by delivering an insightful presentation with what had to be the convention’s most unique title, “A Corpus of Concepts Concerning Copacetic Care of Anemia: So, Blood Else is New?”

Furthermore, Gundy Sweet, also from the University of Michigan, continued programming with a Friday afternoon session discussing marketing tactics used by the pharmaceutical industry and ways to minimize the influences of biased marketing. Former MPA CEO Robert C. Johnson and current CEO Larry Wagenknecht wrapped up Friday’s programming with the opening session. They discussed major accomplishments by MPA over its 125-year history and looked at ways to improve patient care.

On Saturday, MPA Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Greg Pratt led a discussion on the role of the pharmacist in emergency preparedness. The presentation reinforced the critical role pharmacists play in emergency preparedness planning and response.

The keynote speaker at this year’s conference was Arleen Arnsparger, senior consultant for Claire Raines & Associates in Texas. She discussed ways to work effectively and productively with co-workers of differing generations. She also explored generational profiles, work environments, leaders and communication styles.

Saturday morning MSHP programming continued with a presentation by Sandra Chase. She gave attendees an update on the benefits and strategies for treating elderly hypertensive patients. Mary Petrea Cober, clinical assistant professor at the University of Michigan, reviewed oral supplementation for vitamin nutritional deficiencies in intestinal failure patients.

Those who stayed for the final day of presentations were not disappointed when James Miller, clinical pharmacy specialist at Sinai Grace Hospital, wrapped up programming Sunday afternoon by providing a presentation on anabolic hormones in severely burned patients.

All in all, the Annual Convention & Exposition once again provided a wealth of continuing education programming and networking opportunities for MSHP members.


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