Continuing Education

Continuing Education

Opportunities to earn continuing education, including MPA live events and webinars, home study offerings, and updates on pharmacist or pharmacy technician continuing education requirements from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education or the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board.

MSHP Annual Meeting to Focus on Pharmacy Related Outcomes

By Nisha Patel, Pharm.D., BCPS, clinical pharmacist, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, Mich.

The MSHP Annual Meeting will be held Friday, Oct. 25, 2019, at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in East Lansing, Mich. Registration is now available online for the upcoming event! Held each fall, the Annual Meeting offers up to six hours of live continuing education (CE) credit. Programming is geared toward health-system pharmacists, residents, pharmacy technicians and student pharmacists; tracks focus on clinical, leadership management and residency topics, as well as other general areas of pharmacy practice. In addition to CE programs, there will be a Town Hall meeting, clinical skills competition for students and an exhibit hall to provide attendees with a chance to exchange ideas and learn about new products and services.

This year’s meeting starts with a continental breakfast, where attendees can network with exhibitors and fellow health-system pharmacists from across the state. This will be followed by the Keynote Session on Progressive Clinical Pharmacy Services and patient care outcomes by Gary R. Matzke, professor emeritus, Department of Pharmacotherapy and Outcome Sciences, Virginia Commonwealth University, School of Pharmacy. The Town Hall Meeting follows the first session, where Board officers are sworn in as members of the MSHP Board, Committee members are recognized for their efforts throughout the year and annual Society awards are presented. The morning concludes with two tracks to choose from: the leadership track and clinical track. The leadership session will focus on credentialing and privileging. The clinical session will focus on mental health: Benzodiazepine Prescribing and ICU Delirium presented by Rebecca L. Jones, clinical pharmacy specialist, mental health, Battle Creek VA Medical Center and Jessica L. Jones, critical care clinical pharmacy specialist, Beaumont Health System Dearborn.
Lunch will be provided after, where attendees can continue to network with exhibitors and fellow health-system pharmacy professionals. Winners of the clinical skills competition will be announced and the exhibitor challenge prize drawing will occur during lunch. There will also be a residency lunch, by invitation only, providing another networking opportunity for residents, preceptors and residency directors.
The afternoon will start with two sessions: the clinical track session and preceptor development session. The clinical session will focus on collaborative transition of care models with the Henry Ford Health System Bedside Transitions of Care Model presented by Nancy C. MacDonald, transition of care coordinator, Henry Ford Health System and with HATRIX presented by Sean M. McConachie, clinical assistant professor, Wayne State University Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Science and Joshua Raub, clinical pharmacy specialist, Detroit Receiving Hospital. The preceptor development session will focus on Research Skills – Study Design and Statistics presented by Raymond Yost, manager, pharmacy services, Detroit Receiving Hospital. The afternoon will also include the Reverse Exhibitor Program, where registered exhibitor representatives will have the opportunity to have a one-on-one discussion with key pharmacy decision makers about product and company information, by invitation only. Finally, the annual meeting will end with a general session on use of medication calculators within the electronic health record presented by Patrick Arnold, clinical informatics pharmacist, Michigan Medicine, Cindy Pollock, informatics pharmacist, Spectrum Health and Martha Slot, clinical pharmacy specialist – informatics, Spectrum Health.
If you have not had the chance to register yet, please be sure to visit the MPA website. We hope to see you there! 
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Leadership for the Medical Community

By Ryan Bickel, Pharm.D., MHA, pharmacy manager, Mercy Health – Saint Mary’s, Grand Rapids and Diana Behnam, Pharm.D., pharmacist, Genesys Medical Regional Center, Grand Blanc 

Pharmacists and many other healthcare professionals utilize leadership skills in their practices on a daily basis. Some hold formal leadership positions (e.g., manager), while others who do not possess an official title still rely on these skills sets. Because of this, many healthcare team members have the desire to expand upon or hone the leadership skills they learned in their formal education and training. This can be achieved through a variety of methods, including seeking graduate degrees, mentorship and professional development courses. Two formal training programs available to Michigan pharmacists include the Michigan Pharmacy Foundation’s (MPF) Healthcare Professional Leadership Academy (HPLA) and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Foundation’s Pharmacy Leadership Academy® (PLA).

The HPLA program is led by Brenda Wagenknecht-Ivey, a professional leadership consultant and coach, in conjunction with Michigan Pharmacy Foundation (MPF) leadership. It is a nine-month program designed to teach and apply leadership skills and knowledge. While most participants are pharmacists, the program is open to all healthcare team members, including physicians, nurses and pharmacy technicians. HPLA consists of four mandatory day-long seminars in Lansing, six monthly webinars, a main project, personal goal setting and more. The program offers some individualization, as each participant selects a project and creates personal goals. Each participant is also assigned a project advisor to help guide, discuss and answer questions. In addition, participants receive live continuing education (CE) credits for attending the in-person seminars. Visit to learn more. 

As a direct participant of HPLA, the experience was remarkable. Live sessions were fun and filled with multiple interactive games, while learning valuable life skills. The lessons learned are used throughout daily life; they are not limited to work-related environments. The program assists in building character, discovering more about yourself and understanding the outside world from a different perspective. Leadership is more complicated than the perceived individual in a position of authority. True leadership exists in everyone, irrespective of status or titles. The program, which is filled with individuals who lead by example, is inspiring in its delivery.                                                        

-Diana Behnam


The ASHP Foundation’s PLA is a year-long program comprised of seven, six-week modules, which focus on various aspects of leadership with a specific emphasis on strategic orientation, change leadership and impact and influence. ASHP fellows and other recognized, national pharmacy leaders serve as the facilitators and utilize similar methods of instruction as the HPLA program. Group discussions and presentations are facilitated using a web-based conferencing system. Participants receive 15 hours of ACPE-accredited CE upon completion of each module. In addition, participants earn credits towards a Master’s degree (MBA, MHA, MS) at five different colleges/universities. Upon completion of the program, graduates may use the designation Diplomate, Pharmacy Leadership Academy (DPLA).

Having participated in Great Lakes Young Pharmacists Leadership Conference [a predecessor to the MPF’s HPLA program], I was interested in continuing my leadership development.  After researching my options, I felt that ASHP Foundation’s PLA was the best choice for me. The program allowed me to participate via webinar, which allowed me to spend more time at home with my young family. I enjoyed interacting with pharmacy thought leaders and fellow pharmacists from across the nation. Many of the relationships that I formed continue to this day. Finally, the program offered college credit at several graduate programs, which greatly appealed to me. After the program, I transitioned directly into a Master of Healthcare Administration program, as did a significant portion of my fellow PLA classmates. Overall, I found the PLA to be an exceptional experience.

-Ryan Bickel

While multiple methods of leadership development exist, HPLA and PLA are unique as participants have the opportunity to network with colleagues and pharmacy leaders. Pharmacy professionals seeking further leadership development are encouraged to research their options and determine what program or method best fits their needs. Program fees and other associated costs are often covered or subsidized by employers or through professional association grants.

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Don’t Miss the Upcoming MPA Annual Convention and Exposition!

By Heidi Pillen, Pharm.D., Director, Medication Use Policy and Clinical Services, Beaumont Health

The Michigan Pharmacists Association (MPA) Annual Convention & Exposition (ACE) will be held Feb. 23-25, 2018, at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center, 400 Renaissance Drive, Detroit, MI 48243. The Annual Convention will offer approximately 45 quality continuing education programs (for approximately 21 hours of live CE) throughout the weekend, including at least one pain, one law and one patient safety program each day. 

The Michigan Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (MSHP) is coordinating two programs for the ACE. On Friday, Feb. 23, Beth Gorski and Heather Schalk will provide age-related updates in neurology. On Saturday, Feb. 24, Paula Hiller, Charlie Mollien and Ghada Abdallah will give a complete overview of the electronic prescribing process for controlled substances.

Other “don’t miss” sessions include the Keynote and the General Session. These events typically draw a large crowd of attendees on Friday and Saturday. A variety of continuing education programming is offered until 2 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.

For a break from educational offerings, the Exhibit Hall will be open on Friday and Saturday. In addition, networking luncheons with practitioners with similar interests are offered on Saturday for practice section members, student pharmacists, technicians and other attendees.

The ACE offers many unique opportunities for student pharmacists, including the MSHP Student Pharmacist Luncheon and the MPA Student Social. The luncheon is hosted on Saturday afternoon and allows students to network with other students from the three Michigan colleges of pharmacy as well as interact with experienced pharmacy leaders. The social offers an informal atmosphere to network with fellow student pharmacists, while enjoying a bite to eat.

On Saturday evening, attendees are encouraged to attend the cocktail reception and Annual Banquet & Awards Ceremony to celebrate the installation of the incoming president and the recognition of pharmacy leaders from Michigan with various awards.  This event fosters the development and inclusion of our future pharmacy leaders through the Michigan Pharmacy Foundation (MPF) Adopt-a-Student program, allowing student pharmacists to attend the event.

Other exciting opportunities include a 50/50 raffle that runs throughout the weekend, with the winning ticket drawn on Sunday. A minimum of $500 is awarded to the lucky ticket holder! In addition, the MPF Charity Auction, offering many unique items including jewelry, art, vacations, and autographed memorabilia is conducted throughout event.

Online registration is now open, click here to register early and save! 

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Registration Open – MPA Annual Convention Feb. 24-26, 2017

MPA’s Annual Convention & Exposition will be held Feb. 24-26, 2017, at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. This is MPA’s premiere event of the season, featuring 21 hours of live continuing education credit, practice section luncheons and annual meetings, an annual banquet, exhibit hall and many networking opportunities. Visit the Convention Event page for more information and registration. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Pharmacy CE Webinar – The Management of Adverse Events Associated with Vaccinations

The Vaccine Adverse Reporting System, Health Resources & Services Administration, Institute for Safe Medication Practices and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are offering a webinar, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016, covering the management of adverse events associated with vaccinations. At the completion of the webinar, participants will be able to identify adverse events that are commonly associated with vaccinations administered to adolescent and adults, discuss strategies on how to properly document and report adverse events related to vaccinations, develop a care plan to avoid and manage adverse events commonly associated with vaccinations and discuss effective strategies for educating patients about adverse events association with vaccinations and techniques to manage them.


The target audience for this webinar is pharmacists, with 1.0 hours of continuing education credit available. In order to receive credit for participating, be sure to register online as well as completing the posttest questions by Jan. 17, 2017.


For more information, as well as registration, be sure to visit

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