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Schedule at a Glance


subject to change

 All meetings and events are open to all attendees unless otherwise indicated


Special Programs and Events

Medical Marijuana
Child Abuse Training PPCN Live Training
OTC Competition Student Poster Presentations  Know Pain, Know Gain Competition 
PharmPAC Bowl MMXVII Foundation Auction & Raffle
Sunnyside Up Breakfast

Continuing Education

CE sessions are labeled as either Introductory level or Advanced level. These designations are self-declared by the presenter, are not recognized or recorded by ACPE, and have no bearing on CPE requirements.

Introductory level sessions do not require previous or extensive experience on the topic.

Advanced level sessions are appropriate for attendees who have at least a basic understanding of the topic and are looking to expand their knowledge.

Click here for more information on CE sessions, including objectives, credit hours, activity types, and more.

Program Type Keys 

Professional Development


Social/Networking Event


Suggested Attendee Keys

All Attendees
Pharmacy Students
  Pharmacy Technician
CE Credit Available

If no Attendee Key is listed, then attendance is restricted.
See program description for restrictions. 




Friday, January, 27

 9:00 am to 11:00 am

CE: Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse for Clinicians

This two-hour training is designed to provide clinicians and other medical staff with the knowledge they need to accurately identify suspected child abuse and meet their legal obligation in reporting. The presentation reviews the elements of child abuse including the legal definitions of a child, perpetrator, categories and indicators of abuse. The training provides an overview of mandated reporting obligations including how to make a report, protections for those who report and the liability for failing to report.  Medical indicators of abuse are covered as are conditions that mimic abuse. Case studies are reviewed. This training is eligible for Act 31 credits and is approved by the Departments of Human Services and State.

Also available from 1:15 PM to 3:15 PM.

Free for PPA members; $65 for non-members.

Advance Registration &
Fee Required

 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

CE: Pennsylvania Pharmacists Care Network Patient Care Training (Advanced level)


Open only to pharmacists who have previously completed the online training program provided through the Comprehensive Medication Management Collaborate (CMMC).

The Pennsylvania Pharmacists Care Network (PPCN) has been developed to serve as the structure for pharmacists in Pennsylvania to work together to care for individual medication-related needs in local communities. The focus of the PPCN will be to connect pharmacists, payers and health care practitioners in order to deliver medication management services to patients in the Commonwealth. The goal of the PPCN is to improve patient outcomes, enhance quality, and reduce overall healthcare costs. This live training session is designed to reinforce the concepts covered in the online training modules in an active learning environment through a patient case, documenting and billing encounters, and implementing patient care services in your practice setting.

Advance Registration Required

 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

CE: Medical Marijuana Comes to the Commonwealth

The Lambert Center for the Study of Medicinal Cannabis and Hemp at Thomas Jefferson University presents an essential review of the medical cannabis and endocannabinoid landscapes, followed by an in-depth assessment of the upcoming medical marijuana program here in Pennsylvania.  The essential facts pharmacists will need to properly participate in PA will be emphasized.  Researchers and practitioners with first-hand experience will describe the variety of challenges facing this new industry.  A patient who has received medical marijuana in a pharmacist-centered dispensary will share her education and treatment experiences.  An extensive Q&A session will conclude the session.

Advance Registration &
Fee Required

10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Open only to Top TIER members

Training Outpatient Pharmacists Techniques In Evidence-based Research. A partnership for community resident research organized by the University of Pittsburgh.

11:10 am to 12:10 pm

CE: The Mysterious Thyroid Gland (Advanced level)


Why is the thyroid gland frequently referred to as the ‘mysterious’ gland?  Why is the drug Synthroid/levothroid prescribed in women 85% of the time?  What factors in the environment are playing a direct role in an increase in thyroid dysfunction?  These are a few of the questions that will be addressed in this program that attempts to reveal many of the facts, theories and assumptions associated with the function of thyroid gland in synergy with the body’s endocrine and immune systems.

11:10 am to 12:10 pm

CE: Navigating the Beers Criteria: Balancing Medication Safety and Efficacy in the Geriatric Patient (Introductory level)


Management of the geriatric patient, regardless of the setting, continually challenges skilled clinicians as they must balance both safety and efficacy. The 2015 Updated American Geriatrics Society (AGS) Beers Criteria seeks to provide a resource for patients, clinicians, and payers. This one hour program will equip pharmacists with the expertise needed to evaluate medication regimens and recommend alternatives in this unique but growing population.

1:00 pm  to 2:00 pm

CE: Zika for Pharmacists: Basics, Prevention and Opportunities (Introductory level)


This session will discuss key clinical aspects of the Zika virus and the current epidemiological status of the virus across the world. Additionally, the session will guide pharmacists to make patient-focused recommendations for prevention and to provide general education for the public.

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

CE: A Guide to Individualized Vaccinations Needs of Oncology Patients (Introductory level)


As the US and worldwide incidence of cancer increases, the likelihood of a pharmacist caring for patients whom have or had cancer is very high. Often, vaccinations are overlooked due to the perceived “complexity” of oncology care and lack of knowledge in managing this populations vaccination needs. As cancer patients and survivors live longer,  vaccination needs of this population need to be addressed not only for short term infection protection, but for building lifelong immunity. This program acts as a primer for all pharmacists on the guidelines, evidence and recommendations for vaccinating this population. By the end of the presentation, the pharmacist will be able to assess, evaluate and develop individualized vaccination schedules for oncology patients encountered in both the inpatient and outpatient settings.

1:10 pm to 2:10 pm

PiR2 Meeting

For committee members, invitees, and those interested in building a stronger PPA

1:10 pm to 2:10 pm

Train the Trainer

Invitation only. For those who wish to become trainers for PPCN Patient Training.

1:15 pm to 3:15 pm

CE: Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse for Clinicians

This two-hour training is designed to provide clinicians and other medical staff with the knowledge they need to accurately identify suspected child abuse and meet their legal obligation in reporting. The presentation reviews the elements of child abuse including the legal definitions of a child, perpetrator, categories and indicators of abuse. The training provides an overview of mandated reporting obligations including how to make a report, protections for those who report and the liability for failing to report.  Medical indicators of abuse are covered as are conditions that mimic abuse. Case studies are reviewed. This training is eligible for Act 31 credits and is approved by the Departments of Human Services and State.

Also available from 9 AM to 11 AM.

Free for PPA members; $65 for non-members

Advance Registration &
Fee Required
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Coalition of Pharmacy Schools Meeting

Open only to coalition representatives and invitees

2:10 pm to 3:10 pm

CE: A Time of Many: Hepatitis C Solutions in the Interferon-Free Era (Advanced level)


The treatment of Hepatitis C continues to evolve. Interferon-based regimens are "history" and highly effective direct acting antivirals (DAAs) are available for patients. DAAs approved in the last year will be discussed, as well as agents in phase 3 clinical studies. Opportunities for pharmacist involvement in the care of patients with hepatitis C will be highlighted.

2:10 pm to 3:10 pm

CE:  You’ve Been Freed. Do You Know How Hard It Is to Lead? It’s Time to Prevent Med Errors and Proceed! (Introductory level)


(a rhyme in Hamilton style)
Med errors during hospital admission and discharge occur commonly normally.
Most errors are preventable and pharmacists are lamentable.
Of how to prevent errors forever and improve med safety earnestly.
Standby to identify and solidify your skills to prevent med errors and show our customers a pharmacist is dependable and indispensable.

2:20 pm to 3:50 pm Educational Foundation Board of Directors Meeting
For board members, ambassadors, and invitees. Guests may sit in and observe.
2:30 pm to 4:00 pm

Health Policy Committee Meeting

For committee members and invitees. Guests may sit in and observe.

3:20 pm to 4:50 pm

CE: Do You SBIRT? A Primer on How to Start (Introductory level)


Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is an evidence-based approach that is used to identify, reduce, and prevent substance use disorders.  This session will introduce the attendee to core SBIRT skills that can be incorporated into every day practice, including how to efficiently screen and identify patients who have or may be at risk for substance use disorders.  Attendees will also learn how to use motivational interviewing strategies to elicit behavioral change from the patient and how to identify appropriate referral sources to offer patients who need additional services.  This interactive session will have you role-playing with colleagues and engaging in in-depth discussions on how community-based screenings for health risk behaviors can make a difference!


3:20 pm to 4:10 pm

New Practitioner Programming


This program is primarily geared for new practitioners and soon-to-be graduates. Other students are welcome to attend as well.

Topic: Financial planning

New Practitioners and P3/P4 Students

4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

CMMC Forum

Open to those in the CMMC and those with an interest in joining or learning more about the CMMC
4:10 pm to 5:15 pm Local County Association Forum
Open to affiliated counties and those interested in possible affiliation

4:15 pm to 5:00 pm

Student Programming

This session is primarily geared for new student PPA members and/or first time PPA Conference attendees. Other students are welcome to attend as well.

4:15 pm to 5:30 pm

New Practitioner Forum and Meet & Greet with Students

P4 students graduating in 2017 are welcome to participate.

For residents and new practitioners to share ideas

New Practitioners and P4 Students

4:30 pm to 5:15 pm

Independent Owners Legislative Advisory Committee / Pharmacists Advocacy Committee Meeting

Open only to committee members and invitees

6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Conference Kick-Off Celebration & Welcome Dinner

Mingle with old friends and make new ones! Grab a bite to eat before students face off in competition.

8:00 pm to 9:30 pm

CE: Patient Self-Care and Pharmacy 2017

Played very similar to Jeopardy, teams from each school face off and answer questions with "interesting" self-care categories. The University of Pittsburgh won the competition in 2016, which school will take home the plaque this year?
Click here for more information on this competition

Foundation Auction and Raffle items will be available for bids!

Saturday, January 28  

7:30 am to 10:15 am

Breakfast and General Session (Breakfast buffet available until 8 AM)

Fuel up for a full day of programming, commencing with a general session presented by representatives of the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs.

Helping Pharmacists Deliver Solutions to the Opioid Overdose Crisis in Pennsylvania


This program will describe the psychopharmacology and neurochemistry of addiction with emphasis on opioids. A review regarding Medication Assisted Treatment for opioids and the systems in Pennsylvania by which the medications are distributed to those with “opioid use disorder” will be described and explained. Other topics will include the potential role of the pharmacist in identifying individuals who may have “opioid use disorder,” as well as providing education to families regarding opioid overdose, the Good Samaritan Act in PA, and utilization of Naloxone and the “warm handoff”.

10:20 am to 12:20 pm Student Programming
10:20 am to 12:20 pm

CE: Special Topics in Men's Health: Updates and Application (Introductory level)


This continuing education program will address aspirin for preventing non-heart disease related conditions, using testosterone supplementation, and worrying out osteoporosis and fragility fractures in men. Participants will review the latest information surrounding these topics and then apply it to case studies of pharmacists working with male patients in different practice areas. Attendees will participate in group discussions and plan different approaches to managing similar cases.

10:30 am to 12:00 pm

Leadership Excellence and Advocacy Development (LEAD)
Open to LEAD participants only.

Click here to learn more about LEAD.
10:30 am to 12:00 pm

CE: Patient Safety Update: Solutions for OTC Risks in Older Adults (Advanced level)


As more prescription products have become available over-the-counter (i.e. PPIs, allergy medications), a pharmacist must consider the potential deleterious effects to the older adult population. This CE aims to bring awareness to pharmacists through an overview of commonly used products (medications, herbals, supplements) and their potential adverse effects on the elderly through drug interactions and pharmacologic effects. At the conclusion of the CE, the pharmacist will be able to identify these potentially harmful products, construct a plan for an elderly individual through a patient case vignette, and apply this information to their practice setting.

10:30 am to 11:30 am

CE: Pennsylvania Pharmacists Care Network: Keys to Building Partnerships that Facilitate Patient-Care Services Offered by Pennsylvania Community Pharmacists (Introductory level)


Pennsylvania pharmacists are well-positioned to provide patient care services in their communities. This program will review the types of patient-care services most commonly offered by pharmacists throughout Pennsylvania as well as resources needed to increase the provision of these services.  Strategies for establishing relationships with medical practices to facilitate the provision of patient care services by community pharmacists will be highlighted.

10:30 am to 12:00 pm

CE: Changing Views, Saving Lives, Ending the Epidemic: A Live Naloxone Training for Pharmacists (Introductory level)


The availability of naloxone has been met with mixed feelings. Some feel that this is a lifesaving initiative taken by the state whereas others feel it shows acceptance of opioid overdose in society. One aspect enabling some of this trepidation is a lack of understanding about naloxone and its use.  The recent standing order has dramatically increased the availability of naloxone, provided an appropriate training has occurred.  Pennsylvania currently recommends an online naloxone training course for first responders and the public.  This program would take portions of the online training recommended by the state and incorporate real life examples and scenarios culminating with a live simulation of an overdose and the steps needed to manage the situation.

12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Lunch Buffet sponsored by RecoveryAS.com

Grab a bite and network with other attendees

1:40 pm to 2:40 pm

CE: Treatment and Management of Hepatitis C Genotype 1: A Primer for Pharmacists (Introductory level)

Hepatitis C treatment has drastically evolved since the development of the first direct acting antiviral agents in 2014. The goal of this program is to allow pharmacists to apply the knowledge learned to patient cases encountered in their practice setting, whether that be in an acute care, community, or ambulatory care environment. Through this program pharmacists will learn the prevalence and pathophysiology of hepatitis C, gain a practical understanding of the direct acting antivirals’ most common drug interactions, contraindications, side effects, and how to manage them, and finally illustrate current barriers to care and controversies surrounding HCV treatment.

1:40 pm to 2:40 pm

CE: Dial It Up: Optimizing Diabetes Management Through the Use of Novel Insulins (Advanced level)


This program will review traditional and novel insulin therapies in an interactive, case-based manner.  Evidence on using these insulins for the treatment of type 1 and 2 diabetes mellitus will be discussed.  Come learn about the clinical pearls pertaining to these insulins to determine which of your patients would most benefit from their use!

1:40 pm to 3:00 pm

PPCN Mentor & Research Collaboratives

Open only to collaborative members
1:40 pm to 2:40 pm

CE: Addressing Opioid Abuse and Addiction: Tools to Help Pharmacists Deliver Solutions (Introductory level)


This program is designed to raise awareness about the role pharmacists can play in addressing opioid abuse and addiction. The goal is to provide some basic information around resources that all pharmacists can use in their own practices, as well as help inform fellow practitioners about the prescription opioid crisis.

1:40 pm to 2:40 pm

CE: Is MANopause real? Common changes to men’s health during the aging process and the potential effects on their medication regimens (Introductory level)


Pharmacists are familiar with menopausal changes in women, but what about hormone decline in men? When does this occur, and are the affects similar to those in female patients?  In this one-hour session, participants will discover normal age-related changes in male hormone physiology and how these changes affect medication therapy.

1:40 pm to 3:45 pm Student Programming
2:50 pm to 3:50 pm

CE: How to Navigate Patients with HIV Through a Sea of OTC’s (Introductory level)


HIV patients often come with unique needs due to medication interactions and complications of the disease. Many community pharmacists are often intimidated by recommending OTC therapy for patients with HIV due to the numerous drug interactions and side effects. The goal of this presentation would be to discuss what OTC medications to recommend and what to avoid when counseling HIV patients. Topics covered will include gastrointestinal, cough and cold, constipation, and dietary supplements.

2:50 pm to 3:50 pm

CE: Zika, Yellow-Fever, and Malaria…Oh My: Travel Health Vaccinations (Introductory level)


This program will focus on travel health vaccinations and preventative measures. This program is aimed at pharmacists interested in learning fundamentals of travel health needs and important resources to assist in providing patient counseling. The presentation will include current relevant travel vaccination indications and information, personal care and safe travel techniques for counseling patients, specific information on Zika virus and prevention techniques, and specific sources that pharmacists can utilize to obtain the most up to date recommendations for travel vaccinations and precautions. This will be an interactive program that will utilize web-based technology for audience participation and evaluation.

2:50 pm to 3:50 pm

CE: Improving Performance – Solutions to Sexual Dysfunction! (Introductory level)


Nearly 31 percent of men and 43 percent of women report some degree of difficulty performing sexually. Discussion of sexual dysfunction is difficult to initiate with patients but with the medical advancements in the last two decades, the concept of sexual dysfunction has been revolutionized and fairly common. The goal of our CE is to elaborate on the treatment options for both sexes as well as to answer any questions related to sexual dysfunction as a whole.

3:15 pm to 4:45 pm

PPCN Board of Directors Meeting

Open only to board members and invitees
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

CE: Injecting Change is an Insul-win (Introductory level)

NICOLE PEZZINO, PharmD, CDE in collaboration with SCOTT DRAB, PharmD, CDE, BC-ADM

Significant advances have developed in the management of diabetes, including an increase in options of insulin therapies for our patients. The speakers will be discussing six of the most recent insulin therapies: Afrezza® (inhaled insulin), Toujeo® (insulin glargine U-300), Tresiba® (insulin degludec), Ryzodeg 70/30 (insulin degludec and insulin aspart), Basaglar® (insulin glargine) and FIAsp (ultra-rapid acting formulation of Novolog). Topics to be covered for each insulin include: efficacy/safety trials, PK/PD profiles, pen differences (units/pen, days stable unrefrigerated, max dose in a single injection, "hold" injection seconds). To conclude the session, participants will be asked to apply the information to a patient case where we will identify key methods of personalizing the insulin regimens to meet the patient’s individual routine.

4:00 pm to 5:00 pm Independent Owners Forum

Independent pharmacy owners

4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

CE: Know Pain, Know Gain Pharmacy Patient Counseling Competition 2017

Contestants will participate in a rapid-fire Q & A session on pain management, followed by the top three finalists competing in a patient counseling session.

Click here for more information on this competition.  If you are interested in participating in this event, please contact Ashley Robbins or check the appropriate box when registering for the conference.

4:00 pm to 5:00 pm Health System Forum

Health system pharmacists

5:15 pm to 7:00 pm

CE: Pharmacists Delivering Solutions (Student Poster Presentations)

Pharmacy students from across the state will present posters with the theme Pharmacists Delivering Solutions. Pharmacists in attendance can receive one hour of CE credit.

7:00 pm to 9:45 pm

PharmPAC Bowl MMXVII: Tailgate for Pharmacy

Support PPA's PharmPAC at this exciting, tailgate-themed event! Wear your PAC t-shirt or team colors and play backyard games (organized by pharmacy schools) with a beer in one hand and a hot dog in the other. Dance the night away with music from John DeJames & Hear to Please.

Be sure to purchase your PAC t-shirt (short sleeve: $10, long sleeve: $12) or add it to your conference registration!

Foundation Auction and Raffle items will be available for bids. Winners will be announced!

Sunday, January 29

7:20 am

The Foundation's Sunnyside Up Breakfast

Come and celebrate all the good things PPA's Educational Foundation has accomplished! Grant recipients will report on their findings, and Foundation leadership will report on current initiatives. Pharmacist attendees can receive one hour of CE credit.

Just by attending breakfast, you will be making a $5 contribution to the Foundation. Plus, pick up your Foundation coffee mug or t-shirt to bring the Foundation home with you!

Click here to learn more about PPA's Educational Foundation.

 CE: Highlights of New Solutions and Opportunities from Foundation Grant Research in Pennsylvania

Each year, PPA’s Educational Foundation provides several grants of up to $1,000 each for the exploration of innovative and best pharmacy practices, especially focusing on patient centered outcomes. Come hear the 2016 grant recipients share the highlights of their projects! Topics include the naloxone standing order in community pharmacies (Elizabeth Bunk); electronic cigarettes (Alana Grabigel); antimicrobial selection in dental practice (Natalie Kokta); increasing childhood influenza vaccinations in the community pharmacy setting (Danielle Mayer); and children’s perceptions of self-care and medication adherence mobile applications (Rebecca Wytiaz).

Following Breakfast
(2 hours)

CE: Pharmaceutical Poetry 2017: Recent Updates in Clinical Research for the Practicing Pharmacist (Introductory level)

JONATHAN D. FERENCE, PharmD *assisted by student JARRET LEBEAU

The term POEM (patient-oriented evidence that matters) refers to a clinical study that addresses relevant, patient-oriented outcomes with feasible interventions; the results of which, if found to be valid, has significant practice implications.  This session will explain how the practicing pharmacist can identify a pharmaceutical POEM and review the findings and practice implications of recent clinical studies that affect their daily practice.

Following Breakfast
(1.5 hours)

CE: Revolutionizing How We Talk to Patients: Implementing Motivational Interviewing into Daily Practice (Introductory level)


Pharmacists often have 5 minutes or less to make an impression upon a patient. This can be challenging when trying to address health behavior change and issues such as medication adherence. Motivational Interviewing can be utilized in any health care practice setting in which there is communication with a patient. This CE session aims to apply the principles of Motivational Interviewing to the pharmacists’ patient care process. Patient cases will provide opportunity to practice Motivational Interviewing skills.

Following Breakfast

Student PPA General Meeting

Students come express yourself! Learn more about what PPA does for you and offer your ideas for pharmacy stronger in PA. PPA's Student Advisory Board and Ambassadors will also be meeting.

Following Breakfast
PPA Board of Directors Meeting
Open only to board members and invitees. Guests may sit in and observe.


*as noted, this CE includes student presenter(s) in compliance with PPA's guidelines

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