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 2017 Annual Conference
Schedule &
Special Programs

Student Programming
Exhibitor & Sponsor

Hotel & Attraction Information


Schedule of Events

subject to change

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


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Special Programs

Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training
Golf Outing PPCN Patient Care Training
Pharmacy-Based Travel Health Services
Residency Showcase Achieving Independence Competition Leadership & Awards Dinner Child Abuse Awareness Training

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.

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Program Type Keys 

Professional Development


Social Event
  Patient Safety
CE Credit
CE Credit

Attendee Keys

All Attendees
Pharmacy Technician
CE Credit Available
Pharmacy Students

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





Thursday, September 21

8:30 AM to 5:30 PM

Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training

This program has been cancelled

Presented by: Jamie L. McConaha, PharmD, CTTS, BCACP, CDE, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Duquesne University School of Pharmacy and Suzanne K. Higginbotham, BS, PharmD, CTTS, BCACP, Director of Center for Pharmacy Care and Duquesne University Pharmacy

Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialists (CTTS) are professionals specializing in the science of tobacco addiction and ways to treat it. This CTTS training program is accredited by the Council for Tobacco Treatment Training Programs (CTTTP), and participants who successfully complete this training will earn the designation of CTTS. They will be experts in providing tobacco cessation services and able to help meet the demand of assisting smokers with quitting tobacco use for good.
This CTTS program is delivered in a live, didactic format consisting of a hands-on workshop component. Participants can expect to be engaged throughout the training through role-playing scenarios, case studies, and hands-on experience with various types of tobacco cessation monitors and tools. The training provides the participant with an in-depth understanding of tobacco cessation monitors and tools, tobacco dependence, as well as the essential science-based treatment tools necessary to help patients achieve freedom from tobacco use. The curriculum provides knowledge of evidence-based treatment methods and provides participants with necessary skills to assess and treat smokers in multiple settings.


11:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Golf Outing

Additional fee applies - $150 per person (includes golf, cart, and lunch)

PPA's Annual Golf Outing will be held at Pocono Manor Resort and Spa in Pocono Manor, PA. Proceeds benefit PPA's Educational Foundation and PharmPAC.

11:00 AM Lunch Buffet & Registration

 1:00 PM Shotgun Start

 5:45 PM Announcements and Prize Drawing

Add the golf outing to your conference registration package, or register for ONLY the golf outing.

Golf Sponsorship Form - Thanks to RDC for coordinating!

 Dinner on Thursday will be on your own, but consider stopping by the hotel bar when you return to start connecting with other conference attendees!


Friday, September 22

9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

CE: Pennsylvania Pharmacists Care Network Patient Care Training

Presented by: Brandon Antinopoulos, PharmD, Trainer, Pennsylvania Pharmacists Care Network

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.

Add this session to your conference registration package, or register for ONLY this session.

10:00 AM to 2:00 PM


Open only to Top TIER members

11:00 AM to 12:15 PM

Foundation Board Orientation

Open to current Foundation Board members and nominees

1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

CE: Pharmacy-Based Travel Health Services

Presented by: Suzanne K. Higginbotham, BS, PharmD, BCACP, irector for Pharmacy Care and Duquesne University Pharmacy

Pharmacy‐Based Travel Health Services is an innovative and interactive advanced competency training (ACT) program that explores the pharmacist’s role in providing travel health services to patients. This application‐based activity is the first step for pharmacists interested in learning the essential skills necessary to successfully provide travel health services. There are two components to the program:
• 6.0 hour (0.60 CEU) web-based self-study modules with case studies and assessment exam
• 4.0 hour (0.40 CEU) live seminar with assessment exam
PREREQUISITE: To participate in this program, pharmacists must have completed the APhA Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery certificate training program and received a Certificate of Achievement or have previously completed an immunization training program and be authorized to provide immunizations in the state in which they practice.

Add this session to your conference registration package, or register for ONLY this session.

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

PPCN Board of Directors Meeting

Board members and invitees only

2:00 PM to 5:00 PM

CE: What a Pharmacist and a Pharmacy Technician needs to know about Pharmacy Compliance in Today's Stressful Health Care Environment

Introductory Program Presented by: Carlos M. Aquino, Compliance Consultant, PharmaDiversion, LLC and Jim Schiffer, RPh, Esq, Associate, Allegaert Berger & Vogel, LLP

This introduction to the world of Compliance and is presented in two parts. Part One will focus on compliance issues regarding DEA oversight of the pharmacy profession. Part Two will focus on compliance issues regarding federal, state, and commercial pharmacy participation.

2:15 PM to 3:45 PM

Coalition of Pharmacy Schools

Open to coalition representatives or invitees

2:20 PM to 3:20 PM

CE: Proton-Pump Inhibitors: Navigating the Jungle of Risks and Benefits

Advanced Program Presented by: Chelsea Bombatch, PharmD, BCPS, Clinical Pharmacist, Washington Health System

There has been an increased volume of alerts regarding the risks associated with use of proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs). This program will provide guidance on balancing the risks and benefits associated with chronic PPI therapy. It will also offer tools to evaluate the appropriateness of PPI therapy.  Patient cases will be utilized to demonstrate the concepts and aid in the application of said concepts to future patients. 

3:00 PM to 4:55 PM


Open to those in the CMMC and those with an interest in joining or learning more about the CMMC.

3:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Student & New Practitioner Programming

Visit the student programming page for more information.

3:15 PM to 4:45 PM

Educational Foundation Board of Directors Meeting

Board members, ambassadors and guests only

3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

Health Policy Committee Meeting

Open to committee members - other conference attendees may observe

3:30 PM to 4:30 PM

CE:Exploring the Concept of a Pharmacist Implemented Carepath for Multiple Sclerosis within the Healthcare Jungle

Advanced Program Presented by: Dante M. Grassi, PharmD, BCPS, Clinical Pharmacist Innovator/ Clinical Investigator, Neurology Biologics, Assistant Professor, Center of Pharmacy Innovation Outcomes, Geisinger Health System

The program will discuss how a pharmacist can have a vital role in implementation and execution of an evidence-based MS Carepath.  The presentation will focus on clinical pharmacist involvement with a multi-disciplinary approach for the treatment of MS. The program will review the disease of MS, updated information on DMTS, and specific treatment strategies for MS.

4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Local County Association Forum

For affiliated counties and those interested in possible affiliation

5:00 PM to 6:00 PM New Practitioner Forum
For residents and new practitioners to share ideas

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
New Practitioner Reception
Open to residents and new practitioners (class of 2011 or newer) and their spouses/guests
Students graduating in 2018 are welcome to attend beginning at 6:30 PM

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM Past Presidents Reception
Open to PPA Past Presidents and their spouses/guests only

7:00 PM to 9:30 PM

Welcome Reception & Dinner in Exhibit Hall

Grab some dinner and a drink, then mix and mingle with pharmacists and visit with exhibitors who provide a wide variety of products and services.

9:30 PM to 11:00 PM

Philadelphia College of Pharmacy at USciences Dessert Reception

Come mingle with old friends and meet our students!



Saturday, September 23

7:30 AM to 9:15 AM

Breakfast Buffet available until 8 AM (sponsored by OneTouch)

PPA Business Meeting

The Annual Business meeting will feature the installation of the 2017/2018 Board of Directors, Rite of Roses Ceremony, updates from PPA Leadership, and other important PPA business


9:30 AM to 11:30 AM

CE:Penetrating Through the Density of Care Post-Discharge.  Opportunities for Community Pharmacists in Transitions of Care

Introductory Program Presented by: Eric Wright, PharmD, MPH, Co-Director and Proffesor, Geisinger Center for Pharmacy Innovation and Outcomes

Transitioning a patient from inpatient care to community care is difficult and often involves a tangle of healthcare providers and “navigators”.  Although generally community pharmacists are the most frequently encountered healthcare provider by patients, they are typically unaware of hospitalizations, lack insight into the hospitalization, and are not empowered or compensated for directed care post-discharge limiting the potential impact community pharmacists could have on readmissions.  Many hospitals are partnering with community pharmacies to assist with post-discharge care.  This program will discuss examples of programs integrating pharmacists into transitional care roles and provide an outline of resources available for community pharmacists interested in developing care processes for patients in the post-discharge care environment. 

9:30 AM to 10:30 AM

CE: Safarai Ride Through the Jungle of Healthcare: Destination Community Pharmacy Based Patient Care Services

Introductory Program Presented by: Nicole C. Pezzino, PharmD, CDE, Assistant Professor, Wilkes University and Julie Olenak, PharmD, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Associate Professor, Wilkes University

The jungle of developing patient care services in a community pharmacy setting can be daunting to try and navigate without a clear path. On this journey through the healthcare jungle, we will discuss the foundations of establishing programs and how to overcome barriers that may get in your way while implementing your patient care service. In addition, Pennsylvania has many laws that you must understand to be successful on your expedition. Finally, we will develop a map together that can help set a more clear path when incorporating patient care services within a community pharmacy. 

9:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Student Programming

Visit the student programming page for more information.

9:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Mentor & Research Collaborative

Open to mentor and research collaborative members only


10:40 AM to 11:40 AM

CE: Starting Medication Synchronization with Clinical Services: Tackling the Elephant Sized Task

Introductory Program Presented by: Ashley Firm, PharmD, Clinical Coordinator, Asti's South Hills Pharmacy and Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh Physician Assistant Studies

Whether you are looking to launch your med sync service or looking to grow an already successful program, join us in tackling this elephant sized task!  We will discuss the steps needed to launch a new medication synchronization service within a community pharmacy and promote the integration of med sync with existing clinical services. Obstacles and resistance to launch or sustainability of the service will be addressed with group brainstorming of solutions.

11:00 AM to 11:20 AM

Exhibitor Meeting
Open to exhibitors and associate members only

11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Lunch in Exhibit Hall

Munch on lunch and continue where you left off at Friday night's Exhibit Hall

12:50 PM to 1:50 PM

Health System Forum

Opportunity to connect with other health system pharmacists and discuss new ideas.

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

CE: Pharmacy Frontiers: Applying Pharmacogenomics to Clinical Practice

Introductory Program Presented by: Rebecca A. Pulk, PharmD, MS, Fellow, Center for Pharmacy Innovation and Outcomes, Geisinger Health System

Pharmacogenomic markers can help explain some of the inter-patient variability in response to everyday medications.  As genomic technologies are decreasing in cost, genomic information is becoming more commonly utilized within the medical field. Pharmacists are poised to aid patients and clinicians in understanding pharmacogenomic results and their applicability to patient care. This session will serve as an overview of pharmacogenomic markers covered by CPIC dosing guidelines for practicing pharmacists.  Information resources to help guide pharmacogenomic based recommendations will also be described.


1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

CE:Your Guide to Navigating the Diabetes Education Program Accreditation Jungle

Introductory Program Presented by: Karen Hoang, PharmD, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, MTM Services at UPMC Health Plan 

Are you confused about the steps needed to get a diabetes education program accredited through the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) or the American Diabetes Association (ADA)? Would you like to learn more about the overall process? Join us for an introductory program that will walk you through the steps and requirements needed for accreditation!

1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

Achieving Independence Competition

Support PPA's student pharmacists as they share their entrepreneurial spirit and present their innovative concepts for creating an independent pharmacy!

Open to all conference attendees

1:30 PM to 2:30 PM

Student Programming

Visit the student programming page for more information.

2:10 PM to 3:40 PM

CE: Digital Health 104: An Update on the Digital Health Wilderness

Introductory Program Presented by: Kyle McCormick, PharmD, Pharmacist Patient Care Director, Gatti Pharmacy and Ravi Patel, Lead Innovation Advisor, University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy

Technology is an ever-changing landscape - and digital health is no exception. In the past year alone, virtual reality has changed the way healthcare practitioners train, machine learning and artificial intelligence are revolutionizing the health research and clinical decision support industries, and blockchain technology (the technology that powers Bitcoin) is transforming how we exchange electronic health information and view security of these exchanges. In this CE, we will touch on these and other updates to the digital health landscape. We will provide attendees with a number of examples and advice on analyzing existing technologies that patients, pharmacists, technicians, and educators can start using to enhance their current practice.

2:10 PM to 3:10 PM

CE: Navigating Safely Through Uncharted Waters: Overcoming the Challenges of Oral Oncolytic Therapies with a Specialized Crew

Introductory Program Presented by: Mitchell E. Hughes, PharmD, Hematology/Oncology Clinical Pharmacist, The Abramson Center for Advanced Medicine at Penn Medicine

The concentrated development of oral oncolytic therapies available to patients with cancer have steered pharmacists towards unique challenges. Unlike chemotherapy administered by infusion, there is little available literature describing best practice for checking oral oncolytic agents. The purpose of this presentation is to discuss the implementation of an oral oncolytic taskforce, in the retail and ambulatory setting, as a method to enhance medication safety, improve vigilance of these high alert medications, and discuss a real world experience to the challenges associated when dispensing oral oncolytic agents. 

2:30 PM to 5:00 PM

Residency Showcase
Learn more about residency programs in PA and surrounding areas & prepare for ASHP. Last year's Residency Showcase had over 70 programs represented and more than 150 students in attendance!  All pharmacy students are invited to attend.  Admission is included in the student conference registration packages.  Students who do not plan to attend the conference call still attend the showcase, but there is a fee of $20 for non-members (free for PPA members!).

View Residency Programs attending & register for ONLY the showcase

3:05 PM to 4:00 PM

Independent Owners Forum

Join fellow independent pharmacy owners for discussion on hot topics.

3:20 PM to 4:50 PM

CE: Starting Your New Expedition - the Trials and Tribulations of Implementing a Clinical Service in Your Community Pharmacy

Introductory to Advanced Program Presented by: Rob Maher, PharmD, BCGP, Director of Clinical Services, Klingensmith's Drug Stores and Patton Pharmacy and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Duquesne University and Gale Garmong, PharmD,Clinical/ Staff Pharmacist, Klingensmith's Drug Stores and Adjunct Instructor of Pharmacy & Therapeutics, University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy

Community pharmacy “adventurers”, join us to explore the jungle of opportunities to develop new clinical services that bring value to patients and the healthcare system! Drawing from the literature, our real-world experiences, and those of attendees, we will discuss how to design, implement, and evaluate clinical services at your community pharmacy. In particular, we will focus on working effectively as a clinical team and present strategies to prepare for and overcome implementation barriers.

3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

CE: Taming the Jungle: Completing an Assessment of Risk in a Community Pharmacy to Comply with USP <800>

Introductory Program Presented by: Pattie Kienle, Director, Accreditation and Medication Safety, Cardinal Health Innovative Delivery Solutions

USP <800> becomes official and enforceable on July 1, 2018.   Prior to that, and at least every 12 months thereafter, pharmacies that handle hazardous drugs must complete an Assessment of Risk for the drugs and dosage forms on the NIOSH List of Antineoplastic and Other Hazardous Drugs.   These drugs are not limited to antineoplastics, but include a wide variety of commonly-dispensed drugs that have properties that can be hazardous to personnel.    This session will provide a framework for developing a pharmacy’s Assessment of Risk, and include practical tips to use during the process.

4:05 PM to 4:45 PM Combined Legislative Meeting

5:30 PM to 6:00 PM

Achieving Independence Reception

For Achieving Independence teams, advisors, coaches, judges, and independent pharmacy owners.


6:00 PM to 7:00 PM Leadership & Awards Reception

7:00 PM to 9:30 PM

Leadership & Awards Dinner

This formal event (black tie optional) recognizes PPA's incoming and outgoing officers, and several prestigious awards are presented to deserving PPA members.

Learn more about PPA's Awards program.


Sunday, September 24

8:00 AM to 9:15 AM Breakfast Buffet, Announcements, and Scholarship Awards (sponsored by Tax Saving Professionals)
Breakfast Buffet will be available until 8:30 AM

9:25 AM to 11:25 AM

CE: Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse for Clinicians

Meets Act 31 Requirements for Pharmacy License Renewal

Presented by: Haven Evans, Director of Training, Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance 

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.

Add this session to your conference registration package, or register for ONLY this session.

9:25 AM to 10:25 AM

CE: Pharmaceutical Diversion

Introductory Program Presented by: Louis Callavini, Diversion Investigator, Drug Enforcement Administration

This presentation will provide an overview of the growing problem of diversion of pharmaceutical controlled substances throughout the United States.  The objective of this presenting is to educate pharmacists and pharmacy staff about their responsibilities as DEA registrants, the current heroin and fentanyl epidemic and the role that pharmaceutical controlled substances played.


9:25 AM to 10:25 AM

CE: Pandemic Vaccine Planning: Creating a Sanctuary in the Middle of the Jungle

Introductory Program Presented by: Deanne Hall, PharmD, CDE, BACAP, Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy and Chiara Gessler, PharmD, Clinical Coordinator, Pittsburgh South, Giant Eagle, Inc

This educational session will discuss the keys to developing an implementation plan for pandemic vaccinations in Pennsylvania community pharmacies. Learnings from the strategic planning meeting with our state and local partners will be shared. Topics to be covered include: 1) partnering with state and local agencies for pandemic vaccine planning; 2) considerations for establishing an MOU, 3) utilizing PA-SIIS, 4) training, and 5) implementing pandemic vaccinations in community pharmacies. The overarching goal of this presentation is to prepare Pennsylvania community pharmacists to fully participate as vaccine providers during future pandemic scenarios.

9:25 AM to 10:25 AM

Student Advisory Board Meeting

Open to all student conference attendees

9:25 AM to 12:25 PM

PPA Board of Directors Meeting

Board members and invitees only


10:40 AM to 11:40 AM

CE: Avoiding the Grapefruit Juice in the Pharmacy Jungle: Top 5 Drug Interactions all Pharmacists Should Know!

Introductory Program Presented by: Vicky Shah, PharmD, BCPS, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Wilkes University and Karen Hoang, PharmD, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, MTM Services at UPMC Health Plan

Ever heard of GFPACMAN or Barbies Car Goes Really Really Fast??? If not, come learn about all the major drug interactions that all pharmacists should know when reviewing patient medications. Synergistic, antagonistic and CYP interactions galore, we will cover all these interactions to ensure safe regimens for patients. 

10:40 AM to 11:55 AM

CE: Student CE Platform

Introductory Program Presented by: PPA student members

Support the future of pharmacy by attending this series of 15-minute presentations by 2018 PharmD Candidates. These pharmacy students have been given the opportunity to gain valuable experience by presenting on a topic of their choice for CE credit. All presentations have been reviewed and approved by pharmacy school faculty.
"Dispensing Naloxone in the Community Pharmacy Setting" - Olivia Goss, University of Pittsburgh
"Medicine Matchmaker: How to Find Pharmacogenomics Information in a Pinch" - Kayla Bardzel, Wilkes University
"Antimicrobial Stewardship: The Community Pharmacist's Role in Combating Antibiotic Resistance" - Nicolette Diehl, University of Pittsburgh
"Persuade & Aid: A Pharmacist's Role in HPV Prevention" - Swana Thomas, Philadelphia College of Pharmacy
"Utilizing Student Pharmacists to Drive Medication Therapy Management Services in the Community Setting" - Kelly Kempa, Wilkes University




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