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Membership Reflections and Anticipation

Posted on February 15, 2018 in: Member News

By Gillian Leung, Pharm.D. candidate 2019, University of Michigan College of Pharmacy, Ann Arbor, MPA/MSHP Membership Committee

2018 Membership Committee: (left to right; back to front) Hope Broxterman, Peggy De Voest, Alex Proux, Stephanie Klepser, Susan Melendy, Neha Desai, Kali VanLangen, Chadi Abbas, Gillian Leung, Jillian DiClemente, Emily Blum and Andrew Johnson


Happy 2018 from your Membership Committee! The New Year is commonly known as a symbol of innovation, change and resolution. Have you made plans for the New Year? For the Membership Committee, our goal remains the same – to evaluate member benefits and offerings and work to increase the value of your membership. We aim to make the Michigan Society of Health-System Pharmacists (MSHP) and Michigan Pharmacists Association (MPA) the professional home where members grow personally and professionally so our profession can prosper and advance. The Committee is scheduled to meet twice a year on the MSHP Committee Days in January and May. Every January, members of the MSHP/MPA Membership Committee get inducted and reappointed. We were excited to reconnect with familiar faces and meeting new additions to the Membership "pharmily." The Committee reflected on old businesses and achievements, and also engaged in productive discussions to work toward a goal to serve our members better. We are excited to continue serving you this year!

Is there anything you may be excited to see or experience in 2018? One of the most highly-anticipated events every year is the MPA Annual Convention & Exposition (ACE). The MPA ACE is a meeting for all pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, student pharmacists and other pharmacy profssionals in the state of Michigan. It offers over 40 continuing education (CE) opportunities and over 20 hours of live CE to keep pharmacy practitioners current with the latest information about the profession. No matter your interest and field of practice, it is guaranteed you will find something beneficial. In order to make information more readily available and CE sessions more interactive this year, a mobile-friendly Lecture Panda system and the EventMobi mobile app will be launched at the meeting. Aside from the educational component, the convention provides an invaluable environment for pharmacy practitioners to reconnect with old contacts and build relationships with new faces.

The MPA ACE is scheduled for Feb. 23-25, 2018, at the Detroit Marriot at the Renaissance Center. Online registration to attend the convention is now closed, but onsite registration is still available! Bring your friends and colleagues for a truly remarkable weekend.

One of the annual charges for the Committee is to plan the annual MSHP Student Pharmacist Luncheon and program at the MPA ACE. The goal of the luncheon is to provide student pharmacists with an opportunity to network with pharmacist leaders as well as fellow student pharmacists from across the state. This year, in order to facilitate ice-breaking and encourage conversations, the Committee has proposed the incorporation of a pharmacy-related Heads Up style game at the tables. The roundtable discussion guide has also been revised to make the experience more enlightening for students and more stress-free for the pharmacist table leads. Giveaways such as white-coat clipboards and gift cards will also be available. It is highly encouraged that student pharmacists seize the opportunity to learn and network at the luncheon. We are looking forward to seeing you at the convention.

As announced by MSHP President, Nancy McDonald, the MSHP theme of the year is “Demonstrating Our Value.” The Membership Committee strives to continue evaluating member benefits and increasing the value of your membership so MSHP and MPA can exemplify this theme to help you and every Michigan pharmacy practitioner demonstrate their value.

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