"That's My Pharmacist" Michigan Pharmacy Week Video Contest

Promote the importance of pharmacists to patients across Michigan by entering MPA’s Pharmacy Week video contest!

Contest Specifics:
  • Student pharmacists, pharmacy residents and other MPA members are encouraged to create a one to three minute video highlighting the valuable role pharmacists play in patient health care.
  • The theme of the video should center around the tagline, “That’s My Pharmacist.” This is also the theme of a nationwide message campaign MPA has developed and will be releasing in 2010 and 2011.
  • Ideas for video content include patient interviews, recording in different pharmacy settings, pharmacist interviews, personal testimonials, etc.
  • Entries should be in a flash or mpeg standard video format.
  • Entries are due no later than June 1.
Award Recognition:
  • Video will be prominently featured in Michigan Pharmacy Week materials
  • Video will be actively promoted and available to all pharmacists in the state to use for Pharmacy Week celebrations and community outreach
  • Video will be highlighted on MPA’s Web site and the Sept./Oct. issue of Michigan Pharmacist
  • Video will be featured at MSHP Annual Meeting in November
Entry Details:
Entries should include:
  • Video
  • Information sheet including:
    • Video title
    • Names and contact information for video creators
    • Release forms for video participants (see sample)
    • Synopsis of video

    Entries may be e-mailed to Jill@MichiganPharmacists.org or a DVD can be mailed to:
    MPA Video Contest
    815 N. Washington Ave.
    Lansing, MI 48906

    • Contact MPA Director of Communications Jill Cobb at (517) 377-0240 or Jill@MichiganPharmacists.org
    • This contest is being brought to you by the MPA/MSHP Public Affairs Committee.

Mark Your Calendars for Pharmacy Day at the Capitol

Be sure to mark your calendar for the 2010 Pharmacy Day at the Capitol, Sept. 14 on the south Capitol lawn in Lansing. Each fall, Pharmacy Day at the Capitol provides a key opportunity for pharmacy professionals to educate legislators on the vital role they play in health care. Volunteers provide one-on-one demonstrations to Michigan’s lawmakers and information in a variety of areas, including blood pressure monitoring, immunizations, asthma inhaler usage, healthy lifestyle practices and blood glucose readings. Save the date for this important event and watch future MPA communications for additional information. Also, visit the photo gallery from the 2009 event.

More Than 1,300 Attend 2010 Annual Convention

The 2010 MPA Annual Convention & Exposition, held Feb. 26-28 at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center, attracted more than 1,300 student pharmacists, pharmacists, technicians, academia and others. A variety of student events were held throughout the weekend, including the first Self-Care Challenge. Teams of three from each college of pharmacy competed in a Jeopardy-style game. The Self-Care Challenge winning team of Carrie Nelson, Valerie Franklin and Jessica Schultz from Ferris State University received a traveling trophy to display at their college.

On Saturday, the Michigan Society of Health-System Pharmacists (MSHP) sponsored a student luncheon. A pharmacy leader sat at each table during the lunch to provide students the opportunity to network with professionals in the industry and ask questions about getting involved in the organization.

In addition, the Michigan Pharmacy Foundation hosted the adopt-a-student program once again, and is proud to announce that all 120 students were adopted this year. The MPA online forum was utilized to match up students with their “parents” prior to the convention, as opposed to matching them at the student social, which proved to be a successful change. Rather, the student social was a much more casual event, where students enjoyed light refreshments, mingled and played games.

A number of educational programming sessions were geared directly toward student members, including financial planning and the MPJE law review. Student pharmacists also assisted with presenting donation drive items to Mother Waddles Perpetual Mission during the convention’s Keynote Session.

If you attended the convention, please take a moment to complete a short survey online to assist MPA in improving student pharmacist activities at next year’s convention.

Also, check out this year’s photo gallery:

MSHP to Hold Fifth Annual Residency Conference

The Michigan Society of Health-System Pharmacists (MSHP) Residency Conference will be held June 7 at the Lexington Lansing Hotel. This day-long conference will feature several presentations on topics relevant to advancing residency experiences. MSHP President Terry Baumann will provide openings remarks, followed by the keynote session presented by Thomas Thielke, director of pharmacy at the University of Wisconsin. Pearl topics will close out the morning and then lunch will be provided. In the afternoon, attendees will hear two speakers, as well as participate in roundtable discussions on a variety of topics.

This program is designed for residency directors, preceptors, residents and students committed to improving the residency experience. Continuing education credit will not be awarded for this conference. Watch future MPA communications for registration information and further conference details.

Michigan Student Pharmacists Represented at APhA Annual Meeting

MPA was active at the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Annual Meeting & Exposition March 12-15 in Washington, D.C., hosting events and providing networking opportunities for student pharmacists. Through sponsorship by Michigan Pharmacy Foundation (MPF), students from each Michigan college of pharmacy were able to attend the Political Leadership Breakfast. Students in attendance through the MPF sponsorship included Janelle Turino, Kimberly Betters, Megan Hansen, Clayton Gilde, Charles Makowski, Claire Lee and Kim Claeys. Claire Lee also sits on the APhA Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) Policy Review Committee and represented Michigan as a delegate to the APhA House of Delegates. Students were also invited to a luncheon hosted by MPA at Finn and Porter restaurant on March 13.

Jennifer Lins, a P4 student pharmacist at the University of Michigan, was recognized in the 7th Annual One to One Patient Counseling Competition. Lins worked on a clinical psychiatric rotation in the summer of 2009 and was recognized for counseling a patient hospitalized for mania.

Photos from the APhA Annual Meeting & Exposition are available in the MPA online photo gallery. The 2011 event will take place March 25-28 in Seattle, Wash.