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Complete Online Evaluations and Posttests and Return Your Attendance Form by March 15

Thank you for your participation in this year’s MPA Annual Convention & Exposition! Those who attended the MPA Annual Convention & Exposition are required to complete evaluations and posttest questions (if received by presenters) to receive continuing education credit. Posttests and evaluations are accessible online, and they must be completed by March 15, 2016.

Posttest questions are not applicable to application-based programs; however, you must still complete evaluations for these sessions. For knowledge-based programs in which presenters did not submit posttest questions, attendees will not be penalized. Individuals not able to complete this requirement online must contact MPA before March 15, 2016.

In addition, if you forgot to place the white copy of your attendance form in one of the drop boxes before leaving the Convention, please e-mail the form to MPA Education Program Manager Elizabeth Adado at or fax to (517) 484-4893 by March 15. 

Posted in: Continuing Education
MPA Pharmacy Law and Policy Symposium to Provide Key Legislative and Regulatory Updates

The fourth annual MPA Pharmacy Law and Policy Symposium will be held Wednesday, April 27, 2016, at Lansing Community College, West Campus, in Lansing. This event occurs every year in April and the 2015 event attracted a record attendance of 175 pharmacy professionals!

The MPA Pharmacy Law and Policy Symposium is intended to provide pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and student pharmacists with information on important legislative and regulatory changes that impact their profession. The 2016 event will feature presentations on the CMS Waiver, New EPA Rulemaking presented by the Department of Environmental Quality, an MPA Law Update and a Drug Diversion and Fraud program presented by a West Michigan Financial Crimes and Health Care Fraud Task Force Officer, a DEA Agent and an Assistant United States Prosecutor.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to earn six hours of live continuing education credit and enjoy an update on a variety of key law and policy changes that affect your everyday practice! Be sure to register online before April 20 to save on rates!

Posted in: Continuing Education
Join us for the June Community Pharmacy-based Point-of-care Testing Certificate and Train-the-trainer Programs

There is a recognized need for community pharmacists to collaboratively improve patient access to care through the use of point-of-care tests. The certificate course provides community pharmacists and members of academia, industry and government with the skills necessary to develop and implement a collaborative testing program for influenza, Group A streptococcus, HIV and hepatitis C.

The course’s 20 hours of continuing education (12 hours of home study and eight hours of live training) will cover information on the targeted disease state, the physical assessment of a patient presenting to a community pharmacist, point-of-care tests and how to establish a point-of-care testing service.

Following the certificate course on June 30, is the Point-of-care Testing Train-the-Trainer program. Complete your certificate training by becoming a trained trainer! This program is designed for individuals interested in becoming faculty members to deliver the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Community Pharmacy-based Point-of-care Testing Certificate Course and for those who want to deliver the certificate course within their own organization.

When preparing faculty members in the delivery of point-of-care testing, your teaching will directly impact the pharmacists you train and the quality in which they provide patient care in the field of point-of-care testing; thereby, making the delivery of point-of-care tests within community pharmacies a standard of practice.

This day-long training program will provide a more in-depth review of the Community Pharmacy-based Point-of-care Testing Certificate Course’s educational content as well as provide tips and techniques to prepare faculty members to deliver a quality presentation. Successful completion of the Point-of-care Testing Certificate program is required.

Registration for both programs will be available online beginning mid-March 2016.

Posted in: Continuing Education
Need to Take the MPJE? Attend our Law Review Prep Program on May 21!

Fourth-year student pharmacists as well as pharmacists transferring from another state are invited to an exclusive program on Saturday, May 21, 2016, at the Lansing Community College, West Campus, in Lansing. Join MPA for the Pharmacy Law and Regulatory Review and 2015 Update, which is specifically designed to help fourth-year students achieve a strong understanding of the Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination (MPJE) content and aid prospective pharmacists in preparing for the test.

The program will be presented by Eric Roath, Pharm.D., MPA director of professional practice. Attendees will also be able to purchase Michigan Pharmacy Law: A Guide to the Statutes and Regulations (7th edition) at a discounted price of $20. Written by Jesse Vivian, R.Ph., J.D., a professor of pharmacy practice at Wayne State University Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and general counsel for MPA, this publication covers Michigan statutes, administrative rules, the federal Controlled Substances Act and more.

Please note that pharmacist continuing education will not be awarded for this program. The program is for fourth-year student pharmacists and those pharmacists who are transferring from another state that need to take the exam only.

Registration is available online. Registration is $49.95 for Student MPA members; $69.95 for nonmember student pharmacists; $69.95 for pharmacist members; and $89.95 for nonmember pharmacists. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to adequately prepare for your exam and learn the latest law updates!

Posted in: Continuing Education
Get Out and VOTE on March 8!

If you are registered to vote, remember to cast your ballot on Tuesday, March 8 between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. Prepare in advance by viewing your sample ballot and look up your polling precinct location. The Presidential Primary election is the first opportunity to voice your opinion through your vote so make sure your voice is heard! The primary elections are important to narrow down the potential candidates to the real contenders. View your ballot here.

Posted in: Laws and Regulations
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