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Student Programming



Students attending the conference will be able to participate in several hours of student programming each day, as well as sit in on any continuing education programs, meetings, forums, and other events included in the conference schedule.

PPA plans a variety of programs designed with students in mind.



Friday, January 26

3:00 to 5:00 PM

APhA Career Pathways Workshop

Karleen Melody, PharmD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Pharmacy, University of the Sciences/PCP.

To make a sound career decision, you need knowledge about two important subjects- the pharmacy profession and yourself. The APhA Career Pathway Evaluation Program for Pharmacy can help you identify the pharmacy career option that is appropriate for you by providing information and guidelines you will need to carry out this process.

In order to get the most out of this live workshop please complete exercises 1-6 in the Briefing Document posted or by accessing http://www.pharmacist.com/sites/default/files/files/Pathway_Briefing_Document.pdf  Please note that responses to Exercises 1 to 4 are to be completed in writing and Exercises 5 and 6 is best completed using the Online Assessment Tool http://www.pharmacist.com/pathway_survey . Please make sure to print out your results from the online exercises and take all exercises with you to the live workshop.

Please bring a copy (printed or electronic) of the Pathway Workshop Workbook you can find posted or by accessing: https://www.pharmacist.com/sites/default/files/files/Pathway_Workshop_workbook_070807.pdf

After participating in this live workshop, you will not only have detailed and useful information about many areas of pharmacy practice, but also will have a clearer understanding of how to choose a career path in pharmacy that is right for you.


6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Welcome Reception & Buffet Dinner


8:00 PM to 9:30 PM

OTC Competition

Played very similar to Jeopardy, teams from each school face off and answer questions from a game board with "interesting" self-care categories.  Pharmacists can obtain CE credit while cheering on their favorite teams! Temple University won the competition in 2017, which school will take home the traveling plaque this year? For more information on the OTC Competition, click here.


Saturday, January 27

7:45 AM to 9:00 AM


*Breakfast will be served until 8:15 AM


9:00 AM to 10:00 AM

General Opening Session for ALL

Preventing Elder Financial Fraud: It Takes a Village

*Students are expected to participate

Elder Financial Abuse has skyrocketed to be the number 1 issue reported and verified to Adult Protective Services staff – and that’s only the tip of the iceberg, as so much abuse goes unreported.  Research shows that elder Americans, particularly those with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), are at serious risk of becoming victims. The results of a recent national survey indicate that as many as 20% of older Americans have already experienced financial fraud or are very concerned about becoming victims of fraud. Learn how state securities regulators, senior service providers and adult protective services professionals are working together to protect older Americans from investment fraud and how pharmacists and others working on the front lines can get involved in the Elder Investment Fraud and Financial Exploitation prevention program.


10:10 AM (or following General Session) to 11:30 AM

Networking Workshop

Vicky Shah, PharmD, BCPS, Assistant Professor, Wilkes University Nesbitt School of Pharmacy and Karen Hoang, PharmD, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, MTM Services at UPMC Health Plan

Networking at conferences can be overwhelming. In this workshop Dr. Karen Hoang and Dr. Vicky Shah will walk you through tips on how to network at a larger conference, such as APhA Annual, versus a smaller regional conference. They will go over topics such as when to hand out business cards, how to insert yourself into a conversation and how to gracefully leave one, how to remember names, and more!

Specialty Pharmacy

Greg Drew, RPh. President of Value Drug Company

Students will learn about specialty pharmacy.


11:30 AM to 1:00 PM



1:10 PM to 2:50 PM

Keep Calm and Guarantee Care

John Barrett, MBA, RPh, VP - Business Development and Account Management at PerformRx

Students will learn about third party insurances.

Keys to Understanding Controlled Substance Regulations

Jerry Musheno, RPh,  Pharmacy Law Consultant

During this session, students will learn about the inter-relatedness of the Code of Federal Regulations and Federal Register at the Federal level, and also the importance of the Pennsylvania Bulletin at the PA state level, and a reminder that the PA controlled substance regulations are under the auspices of the Department of Health, not the Board of Pharmacy. They will also learn about specific sections of the broad controlled substance regulations that apply to pharmacy. All while reinforcing the treasure trove of information that is available in the Federal Register and PA Bulletin, since both engage in explanatory discussions about respective regulations. This will be reinforced by examples and students will learn how to perform actual online research for all of the above.


3:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Know Pain, Know Gain Competition

This competition starts with a rapid-fire elimination round that brings the number of contestants from 10 to 3, finalists will then participate in a mock patient counseling session. Judges develop a patient case, and a mock patient will interact with each finalist for up to seven minutes. For more information on this competition, click here. If you are interested in participating in this competition, please contact Rachel Stall.


5:15 PM to 7:00 PM

Poster Presentations and Reception

Show off all your hard work, and present your poster! Pharmacists may also earn CE credit by learning from students about their work! For more information, click here.


7:00 PM to 11:00 PM

140th Anniversary Celebration and Buffet Dinner

Help kick off PPA's 140th anniversary celebration at this exciting birthday bash! We'll have dinner and drinks, music and dancing, and plenty of fun and games!

Be sure to bring a PPA shirt to wear to this event!

Sunday, January 28

8:00 AM to 10:00 AM

Sunnyside Up Breakfast

*Breakfast will be served until 8:30 AM

Come and celebrate all of the good things your Educational Foundation has accomplished!  Foundation update and grant presentations will be given! For more information, click here.

Be sure to bring your favorite sports team gear to wear to this event!

10:10 AM (or following breakfast) to 11:10 AM   

SPPA and Student Advisory Board Meeting

*All student attendees are encourages to attend and voice your opinion

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