Last Chance to Enter MPA’s Pharmacy Week Video Contest

Entries for MPA’s “That’s My Pharmacist” Michigan Pharmacy Week video contest are due June 1. Promote the value of pharmacists with a one to three minute video highlighting the valuable role they play in patient health care. The winning video(s) will be prominently featured in Pharmacy Week materials; on the MPA Web site and in the Sept./Oct. issue of Michigan Pharmacist; displayed at the MSHP Annual Meeting in November; and actively promoted and available to all pharmacists in the state for use in Pharmacy Week celebrations and community outreach. For additional details on how to enter, visit the MPA Web site.

Register for the Fifth Annual MSHP Residency Conference

The Fifth Annual MSHP Residency Conference will be held June 7 at the Lexington Lansing Hotel. Participants will hear a keynote session on leadership from Thomas Thielke, a well-known and innovative leader in pharmacy, as well as roundtable discussions on feedback, the Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS) exam, academic advancement and leadership. Other presentation topics include continuing professional development, financial stablility during tough economic times, successfully publishing your manuscript and more. For more information or to register, visit the MPA Web site. The registration deadline is Monday, May 31.

Recent Pharmacy Graduates: Take Advantage of Your Complimentary MPA Membership

To congratulate all recent pharmacy graduates, MPA extends a complimentary membership with the association through Dec. 31, 2010.

Your gift of membership includes:
Again, congratulations on your achievement! Be sure to update your information to receive important updates from MPA. Welcome to the profession, and if you have any questions regarding your membership, contact Membership Manager Stacy Ann Sipes at (517) 377-0241 or StacyAnn@MichiganPharmacists.org.

Student MPA Volunteers to Help Plan the 2011 Annual Convention & Exposition

On Monday, July 19, Student MPA member volunteers will gather in Lansing to work on planning the student programming for the 2011 MPA Annual Convention & Exposition, which will be held Feb. 25-27, 2011, at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. Working with the students will be MPA Chief Executive Officer Larry Wagenknecht, MPA Chief Operations Officer Dianne Miller and other MPA staff members. A number of suggestions and ideas that were submitted by students following the 2010 Convention will be discussed and evaluated, as well some new ideas for making the upcoming event even better for students. If you’re interested in participating, please contact MPA Associate Executive Director La Vone Swanson at (517) 377-0231 or LaVone@MichiganPharmacists.org.

Participate in Upcoming Immunization Programs

MPA will be hosting two additional Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery Programs this summer to provide interested participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to become a primary source of vaccine administration and information. The first program will be held July 26 at the Lexington Lansing Hotel, and the second will be held Aug. 24 at the new MPA headquarters at 408 Kalamazoo Plaza in Lansing.

Registrants will be mailed a self-study approximately four weeks prior to the live training. The self-study must be completed and submitted at registration on the program date. Successful completion of the self-study will result in eight hours of continuing education credit. Successful completion of the live seminar component will result in 12 hours of live continuing education credit, for a total of 20 hours for the entire program. Click on the links below to access registration and additional information for each immunization program.

Save the Date: Pharmacy Day at the Capitol, Sept. 14, 2010

Be sure to mark your calendar for the upcoming 2010 Pharmacy Day at the Capitol, which will be held Sept. 14 on the south Capitol lawn in Lansing. Held every fall, Pharmacy Day at the Capitol is a key opportunity to educate legislators on the valuable role pharmacy professionals play in health care. Volunteers have one-on-one time during wellness demonstrations with Michigan's lawmakers to discuss important pharmacy issues and provide expertise in the following areas:
  • Blood glucose monitoring
  • Blood pressure monitoring
  • Cholesterol monitoring
  • Immunizations
  • Asthma inhaler usage
  • Healthy lifestyle practices
Click here to view photos from the 2009 event, and be sure to watch the event page on the MPA Web site for the most up-to-date information.