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Patient Safety CE


Immunization CE


Pain/Addiction/Opioid CE

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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 to view CE materials and access evaluation surveys

Details for each continuing education session, including descriptions, program objectives, presenter details, activity type, UAN, and more are available at http://www.papharmacists.com/events/Sessions.aspx?id=1042497.


Friday, January 26

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Preparing your Pharmacy to be a Diabetes Self-Management Education Site

This full day track will feature a number of CE programs for pharmacists and pharmacy staff interested in applying for DSME accreditation through the AADE. Each session is accredited individually so that you can attend only the sessions that are of interest to you.

 Click here for the full schedule and program details.

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Substance Abuse CE Track

Pharmacists' Solutions to Substance Abuse

This full day CE track will be centered on equipping pharmacists with the skills and knowledge to address substance use disorders. Although we encourage attendees to participate in the entire track, each session is accredited individually so that you can select presentations that fit your needs.

 Click here for the full schedule and program details.

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CE: Pennsylvania Pharmacists Care Network Patient Care Training - Advanced Level

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. This session is open only to pharmacists who have enrolled in the Comprehensive Medication Management Collaborative (CMMC) and completed the required online training program.

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Training Outpatient Pharmacists Techniques In Evidence Based Research (TOP TIER)

Open only to TOP TIER members.

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Lunch Buffet

Munch on lunch between meetings and CE sessions

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Pennsylvania Pharmacists Care Network (PPCN) Board of Directors Meeting

Open only to PPCN Board members and invitees

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PPA Educational Foundation Board of Directors Meeting

Open only to Foundation Board members and invitees

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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.

Click here for more details

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Health Policy Committee Meeting

Open to Health Policy Committee members. Other attendees may attend and observe.

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PPCN Luminary Meeting

Open only to PPCN Luminaries and PPCN Board members.

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Welcome Orientation

Sara Powers Bowden, Director of Professional Development, Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association

Come learn what PPA conferences are all about! Designed for first time attendees, PPA staff will tell you what to expect during the conference, the best ways to meet your goals, and how to make the most of your weekend.

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New Practitioner Forum

Connect and share ideas with new practitioners and residents.

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Local County Association Forum

Members of PPA's affiliated county associations (Allegheny, BucksMont, and Lehigh Valley) meet and share ideas. Also open to those interested in possible affiliation.

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New Practitioner Reception

Mix and mingle with new practitioners (class of 2011 and newer)

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Boards of Directors Social

Open only to members of PPA's Boards of Directors (PPA, PPCN, and Educational Foundation)

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Conference Kick-Off Celebration & Welcome Reception

Mingle with old friends and make new ones! Grab a bite to eat before students face off in competition. Show your spirit by wearing your Alma mater gear!

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CE: Patient Self-Care and Pharmacy 2018 - Introductory Level

Hosted by Richard Smiga, RPh, CEO, Care Capital Management, Inc.

The conference kick-off celebration will lead into the always popular “Jeopardy-Like” question and answer informational session. This program will help you to identify the correct treatments for patient self-care, explain aspects of the effective and safe practice of pharmacy self-care treatments, and relay that information to your patients. Come represent and cheer on your pharmacy school! The traveling championship plaque will be presented to the winning team’s school. Pharmacists will be able to earn CE credit for this session. This is an event you do not want to miss!!! Last year, Temple walked away as the winner! Come join us to find out who the 2018 winning team will be!




Saturday, January 27

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Breakfast Buffet, Presentations, and Bylaws Vote

*Buffet will be available until 8:15 AM*

Hear messages from Mid-Year Conference Sponsors, get updates on what's happening with PPA, and vote on proposed changes to PPA's Bylaws.

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CE: Preventing Elder Financial Fraud: It Takes a Village - Introductory Level

Christina Kotsalos, Director of Investor Education and Consumer Outreach Office, PA Department of Banking and Securities
Denise Getgen, Director of Adult Protective Services, PA Department of Aging
David Galinsky, MD, Chief Medical Officer, PA Department of Aging

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.

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Student Programming

Vicky Shah, PharmD, BCPS, Assistant Professor, Wilkes University Nesbitt School of Pharmacy

Karen Hoang, PharmD, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, MTM Services at UPMC Health Plan

Greg Drew, RPh, President,Value Drug Company

Pharmacy students are encouraged to attend programming designed just for them. Students attending this morning session will learn networking skills that can be utilized throughout the conference weekend, and information on specialty pharmacy will be presented.

Click here for more details

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CE: Keeping Abreast of the Chaos with Lipid Guidelines - Introductory Level

Roshni S. Patel, PharmD, BCPS, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Jefferson College of Pharmacy, Thomas Jefferson University

Cholesterol guidelines have been a hot topic over the past few years, initially sparking controversy when the 2013 American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association (ACC/AHA) guidelines were published which revealed stark differences in clinical practice from the former NCEP III guidelines. Since then, ACC published a consensus pathway in 2016 intended to supplement the 2013 guidelines and more clearly elucidate the role of nonstatin therapies. Recently, in September of 2017 ACC released an update to the 2016 consensus pathway! These updates have been driven by the newest evidence pertaining to the PCSK9 inhibitors, a lipid lowering class of agents with impressive results. To complicate matters, both the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists and the National Lipid Association also house their own set of cholesterol lowering guidelines. With so many options to choose from, healthcare practitioners have become divided on how to manage high cholesterol levels. This presentation will compare and contrast the various guidelines and review the emerging evidence to help the clinician fine-tune their treatment approach to dyslipidemia.

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Community/Independent Track

CE: Tips, Tricks, and Tools for Successfully Implementing Patient Care Into Your Pharmacy - Introductory Level

Moderated by: Melissa Somma McGivney, PharmD, FCCP, FAPhA, Associate Dean for Community Partnerships, Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy

Panelists: Chris Antypas, PharmD, President & Chief Operating Officer, Asti’s South Hills Pharmacy

Robert L. Maher Jr, PharmD, BCGP, Director of Clinical Services for Klingensmith's Drugstore and Patton Pharmacy, Adjunct Professor Duquesne University School of Pharmacy

Brian J Sidone, PharmD, Director of Pharmacy, Mainline Pharmacy, Residency Program Director

Stephanie Smith Cooney, PharmD, President, Gatti Pharmacy

A PPCN Primer for creating an environment and workflow to efficiently deliver quality patient care. While PPCN focused, this presentation would also be appropriate for any pharmacy interested in improving their MTM and other patient care services and method of delivery.

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Health System Track

CE: Quieting Down Opioid Prescribing - Advanced Level

Maria Foy, PharmD, BCPS, CPE, Pharmacy Care Coordinator, Palliative Care, Abington Hospital Jefferson Health
Tanya J. Uritsky, PharmD, BCPS, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Pain Management and Palliative Care, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Over the last 20 years, opioids have been overprescribed to the point where both opioid prescriptions and opioid related deaths have quadrupled. Despite high opioid use, some patients continue to suffer and experience decreased functionality from pain. Patients who continue to have a poor quality of life despite opioid therapy should have opioids discontinued. This session will provide guidance on de-escalation techniques for opioid de-prescribing while providing information on alternative agents that can be used for pain control.

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Lunch Buffet

*Buffet will be available until 12:15 PM*

Grab a bite to eat, get an update on pandemic vaccine preparedness in PA, and hear messages from conference sponsors.

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Student Programming

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

Jerry Musheno, RPh, Pharmacy Law Consultant

Pharmacy students are encouraged to attend programming designed just for them. Students attending this session will learn about third party insurances and controlled substances & the law.

Click here for more details 

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Community/Independent Track (Option 1)

CE: Ready for a Trip Around the World: Travel Vaccines in the Community Pharmacy - Introductory Level

Megan N Dunlop, PharmD, PGY1 Community Pharmacy Resident, Duquesne University and Mainline Pharmacy
Brian J Sidone, PharmD, Director of Pharmacy, Mainline Pharmacy, Residency Program Director

This program is designed review travel vaccinations and travel health.  During the program, participants will select appropriate treatment regimens for patients in case-based practice sessions based on patient travel itineraries.  We will also review travel vaccine as a business opportunity for community pharmacies.

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CE: One Error, Two Error, Three Error… No More! Keep Calm and Prevent Medication Errors - Introductory Level

Vicky Shah, PharmD, BCPS, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Wilkes University
Steven Kheloussi, PharmD, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Wilkes University

Patient safety is the main priority in healthcare; however, sometimes errors just happen! Come learn on methods to prevent medications errors in the outpatient and inpatient setting. Saving lives is not easy, but preventing medication errors goes a long way!

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Community/Independent Track (Option 2)



Open to all PPCN pharmacies and their trained pharmacists --- or those pharmacists and owners who may want to consider becoming a PPCN pharmacy!  Find out more about our exciting and growing network in Pennsylvania.  Moderated by the new PPCN Executive Manager, this is your opportunity to explore questions, concerns, ideas or simply to learn more about what is happening.  We will also discuss the national movement – Community Pharmacy Enhanced Service Network or CPESN and what your role PPCN and your pharmacy can play.  Learn how PPA with PPCN is helping lead these efforts – you’ll want to be a part!

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Health System Track

CE: Improving Medication Reconciliation Processes: Transitions of Care for the Pharmacy Technician and Pharmacist - Introductory Level

Christopher Tanski, PharmD, BCPS, Cardiology Nursing-Unit Based Pharmacist, Cleveland Clinic Heart and Vascular Institute

Medication reconciliation is a component of the Joint Commission’s national patient safety goals for medication use. The World Health Organization recognizes the ability of pharmacist-led medication reconciliation interventions to reduce adverse-events and hospitalizations. This program will discuss the most common errors, high risk medications of concern, and evidence-based practices to support a pharmacy-driven medication reconciliation process.

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Health System Track

CE: “Living on a Prayer”: A  Health System Response to the Opioid Epidemic - Advanced Level

Nishaminy Kasbekar, BS, PharmD, FASHP, Director of Pharmacy, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center

The opioid epidemic continues  to create significant mortality and morbidity. Pharmacists are uniquely qualified to impact this epidemic and intervene in positive ways. This presentation will discuss the many ways a health system is intervening to affect this epidemic and attendees can learn ways that pharmacy can impact and affect these changes.

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Community/Independent Track

Reimbursement Dynamics 2018- What’s going on and what can we do about it?

Value Drug Company will host a special forum/seminar for conference attendees, especially independent owners, managers, and employees, to discuss what’s happening with reimbursement, networks and fees. We will also have a group discussion on options and strategies to build revenue. This session is included in the registrations for the full PPA conference or Saturday package options. However, this special session is also open to non-conference attendees at no charge by clicking here and registering in advance.  It immediately follows the PPCN/CPESN Forum and non-conference attendees may also opt in to that session as well if they are a PPCN pharmacy or interested in becoming one.

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PPCN School Faculty Meeting

Open to faculty currently involved or interested in facilitating CMMC training at PA schools of pharmacy.

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CE: Keep Calm and Focus on the Evidence for the Management of Diabetes - Advanced Level

Nicole Pezzino, PharmD, BCACP, CDE, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Wilkes University

This interactive diabetes update will provide participants with evidence from key clinical trials and findings from recent diabetes guidelines as well as evaluate the cardiovascular benefits of antidiabetic medications. During the session, participants will engage in discussion-based active learning experiences by walking through patient cases structured by the Pharmacists’ Patient Care Process (PPCP). To conclude each case, we will discuss the importance of personalizing the medication experience for the patient as well as take-home points for implementation in your respective practice setting.

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CE: Know Pain, Know Gain Pharmacy Patient Counseling Competition 2018 - Introductory Level

Pain management is an important topic that pharmacists are often faced with while practicing. Often, these patients present unique challenges to providers. It is important to review key pain management concepts and counseling techniques in order to optimize your patient’s treatment plan. Come observe and learn as our students compete!

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Health System Track

Health System Forum

Connect with other health system pharmacists & technicians and discuss current issues and hot topics.

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CE: Keep Calm and Care On (Poster Presentations) - Introductory Level

Student pharmacists will present their posters focusing on original research, projects in progress, and innovative practice ideas and strategies. Pharmacists in attendance may earn one hour of CE credit by engaging in thoughtful discussion with the presenters.

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PPA's 140th Birthday Bash

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

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The Foundation's Sunnyside Up Breakfast

*Buffet will be available until 8:30 AM*

Come and celebrate all the good things PPA's Educational Foundation has accomplished!

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

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CE: 2018 Overview of Emerging Practices and Opportunities from PPA’s Educational Foundation Grant Research - Introductory Level

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 2017 grant recipients share the highlights of their projects!

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Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association Board of Directors Meeting

Open only to PPA Board members and invitees

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Student Advisory Board Meeting

Open to all student conference attendees

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CE: Pharmaceutical Poetry 2018: Recent Updates in Clinical Research for the Practicing Pharmacist - Introductory Level

Jonathan D. Ference, PharmD, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs, Assistant Dean of Assessment & Alumni Affairs, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Wilkes University Nesbitt School of Pharmacy
*Assisted by Erika Zarfoss, PharmD Candidate 2019, Wilkes University Nesbitt School of Pharmacy

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.

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CE: Guardians of the Opioid Galaxy: Awesome Mix 1 - Advanced Level

Thomas Franko, PharmD, BCACP, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Wilkes University Nesbitt School of Pharmacy
*Assisted by Nikko Bonavoglia and Kayla Hiryak PharmD Candidates 2019, Wilkes University Nesbitt School of Pharmacy

The opioid epidemic is one of the greatest crises in the country today.  Pharmacists are placed in a unique setting where they act as the last line of defense against inappropriate medication use.  Pharmacists also play a key role in providing resources and education to the public on improved health outcomes.  This program will demonstrate real world scenarios surrounding opioid use and the patient/pharmacist interaction.  Attendees will be able to actively engage in similar role play scenarios throughout the presentation. 

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CE: Developing Your Antipsychotic Injectable Service - Introductory Level

Karleen Melody, PharmD, BCACP Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy, Philadelphia College of Pharmacy

This continuing education program will give an overview of long-acting injectable anti-psychotic medications that can be administered at a pharmacy, compare and contrast available opportunities, discuss business components and challenges of developing this service, and give tips and tricks to grow this patient care service.

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CE: Hit Me With Your Best Shot: Update on Immunizations - Introductory Level

Karen Hoang, PharmD, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, MTM Services, UPMC Health Plan

Vaccines are one of the simplest, most cost-effective tools to improve public health. According to the World Health Organization, immunizations prevent 2-3 million deaths every year. Come learn about recent immunization updates and get a refresher on your vaccine knowledge at this presentation!

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