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"The Future of Pharmacy: Connect, Collaborate, Care"

January 29 - 31, 2016

Best Western Premier The Central Hotel & Conference Center
800 East Park Drive, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17111


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Special Programming

Continuing Education

Hotel Information

Poster Presentations
Student Programming


Student Competitions

Know Pain, Know Gain Competition

Based on the success, fun, and learning of the last few year’s competitions, we once again will be bringing you this inter-active program on Saturday afternoon of the Mid Year Conference. While pharmacists may attend to observe and learn for CE credit - the competition is only open to students! For more information click here.


Patient Self-Care Championship (OTC)

Played a lot like the game show – Jeopardy, with a hint of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire thrown in, the Self-Care Championship is the new nation-wide competition among pharmacy students designed to test your knowledge of OTC products and home remedies. For more information click here.


Poster Presentations

Poster Theme: The Future of Pharmacy: Connect, Collaborate, Care
Posters are to focus on the stated theme and can utilize one of the following in fulfillment of the theme:

  1. One of your IPPE/APPE experiences
  2. One of your places of employment
  3. A special project or research done with a faculty member or preceptor.
  4. Other pharmacy practice proposed change or innovation.
  5. Other emerging issue in pharmacy practice and patient care

Posters should include information about the innovations and/or emerging issue and any observations/recommendations for change or enhancement, especially for pharmacy practice. The CE objectives for this learning activity are: Identify emerging issues relevant to the profession of pharmacy, Discuss some of the innovative pharmacy practices happening in Pennsylvania, and List some of the ways and techniques being utilized in transforming pharmacy practice. Please keep these in mind as you develop your poster!


Learn more about Poster Presentations


Student Programming

Remember! Pharmacy students are welcome to attend any other programs offered at the conference, including CE! The programs listed here were designed with pharmacy students in mind, but you are welcome to attend any program that interests you!


FRIDAY, January 29
Financial Planning: Why Should I Care?

Presented by: Mark Bucklaw and Daniel B. Spickard CLTC, Financial Professionals

Join us for a discussion focused on the creation, maximization and protection of wealth.   A specially prepared presentation on how to structure and utilize todays financial resources to help young pharmacists prepare for a long financial journey through life. The topics to be discussed are:  The current  financial situation of  todays working pharmacists in comparison to those retired right now.  The effects that high debt, fluctuating taxes, low interest rates, stock market uncertainty, rising healthcare costs and more have on new practicing Pharmacists. Learn to have financial balance and have access to financial tools that aid in financial decision making.


Ten years in the life of a young pharmacist

Presented by: Stephanie Smith Cooney, PharmD, President, Gatti Pharmacy; Founding Member, RxHealth Connect

Community pharmacy owner and entrepreneur Stephanie Smith Cooney, PharmD will discuss the first ten years of her career and the transitions seen so far.  She will discuss the challenges of being a new practitioner, growing into her role, and adjustments made through the years as life happens.


SATURDAY, January 30
Pharmacy Mentoring and Research Projects: A Key Component to Your Pharmacy Career

Presented by: Katherine Sulkowski

Looking for a mentor? Looking to complete research before graduation? The purpose of this program is to provide students with insight regarding the importance of finding a mentor in pharmacy school. Whether it is a professor, manager, or simply a friend who happens to be a pharmacist, acquiring a mentor is extremely important to the success of your career. Also, it is equally as important to be a mentor to a younger or fellow pharmacy student. Your colleagues will play an important role throughout your time not only in school, but throughout your career. For those interested in post-graduate training or research, reaching out to your mentor regarding the topic is helpful. Additionally, you can decide to help your mentor or mentee with research if deemed appropriate. Guidance is always helpful, especially within the small world of pharmacy.


Managing Student Loans

Presented by: Daniel Cieniewicz, Financial Advisor 

Strategies to help students after graduating The discussion will be centered around what students can do now to prepare for the repayment of their student loans. The presentation will help answer some questions that students may have while also discussing how to best form a strategy to pay down their loans.


Interviewing 101: May the Odds Be Ever In Your Favor

Presented by: Vicky Shah PharmD, Thomas Franko PharmD, Nicole Pezzino PharmD and Erica Hoot, PharmD

The Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association promotes continuous advancement for its members to improve themselves professionally and mentally. Through this program, we hope to assist students prepare for the next step in their professional career, whether it be interviews for residencies, fellowships or retail positions. Successful interviews have many steps of preparation and it is important for students to know what they can do to best prepare themselves in a world where getting a job is like being in the Hunger Games. Specific topics which will be discussed including how to shake hands with men and women, how to eat lunch during an interview, types of questions to ask and highlight on posture and non-verbal cues. As the profession of pharmacy grows with the increasing number of pharmacy schools, students need to improve their presentation during interviews to acquire their future positions.


The Opportunity for Pharmacy Ownership: What It Can Mean To You

Presented by: Darrin Silbaugh R.Ph and Greg Drew R.Ph

This brief presentation, by a current owner of three independent community pharmacies, and the President of a Pharmaceutical Wholesaler that dedicates its business to independent community, will touch on the opportunities available and how the wholesaler industry partners with new pharmacies and pharmacy acquisitions to help them succeed.

SUNDAY, January 31
CV Building Workshop

Presented by: Katherine Sulkowski

Dreading writing your CV? Graduation approaching? The purpose of this program is for students to gain an understanding for the components of a Curriculum Vitae (CV). Each CV is as unique as each individual pharmacy student. However, there are some sections that should mirror one another within a CV.  Maintaining an updated CV at all points throughout your pharmacy career is vital. This program was developed to provide students with sample CVs, helpful hints, and personalized insight to building an eye-catching CV in order to obtain an adequate position upon graduation.  In addition, we will touch upon how to create a career-focused, position-oriented cover letter. Samples will be provided.


Naloxone Use in the Overdose Patient

Presented by: Melissa V Shiner Pharm D CGP BCPP MHA

This session will include a hands on teaching model of the naloxone rescue kits, including the automatic IM and intranasal. Review of naloxone efficacy and mechanism.  Discussion of Act 139 and the impact of the standing order for naloxone. Opportunities for online education for health professionals and the concerned citizen.



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