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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=1175384




Friday, January 25

8:30 AM to 12:30 PM     (Registration opens at 8 AM)

Point of Care Testing Certificate Program

Participants gain skills necessary to implement a collaborative testing program for influenza, Group A streptococcus, HIV and hepatitis C. The course's ACPE accredited 20 hours of CE (16 home study, 4 live training) covers targeted disease states, physical assessments of patients presenting to the community pharmacist, point-of-care tests and how to establish a POCT service. Successful completion of the course provides each participant with a certificate of completion. Learn more on the  NACDS Education website.


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9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

CE: Delivering Enhanced Patient Care Training - Part 2 - Advanced Level

Brandon Antinopoulos, PharmD, Trainer

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 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 Managment Collaborative (CMMC) and completed the required online training program.


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10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Pennsylvania Pharmacists Care Network (PPCN) Board of Directors Meeting

Open only to PPCN Board members and invitees



12:00 PM to 1:30 PM

Lunch Buffet

Ticket required - included in certain packages

Munch on Lunch between meetings and Ce sessions, come and go as your schedule permits!



1:15 PM - 5:15 PM

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

Open only to TOP TIER members.


12:45 PM to 2:40 PM

Delivering Enhanced Patient Care : Train the Trainer


1:30 PM to 2:30 PM

CE: On the Frontlines: Español en la Farmacia - Introductory
Livia McCutcheon, MA, PharmD, Assistant Professor, Wilkes University

Paola Bianco, PhD, Professor, Wilkes University

Eileen Friery, Doctor of Pharmacy Candidate, Class of 2019, Wilkes University


1:30 PM to 2:30 PM

CE: Fighting the Good Fight: How to Convert Opioids Just Right! - Introductory

Tanya J. Uritsky, PharmD, BCPS, CPE Clinical Pharmacy Specialist Pain Medication Stewardship, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania


1:30 PM to 2:30 PM

CE: What’s the Skinny on Weight Loss Medication Safety? - Introductory

Megan N Dunlop, PharmD, CTTS Clinical Pharmacist, UPMC Community Provider Services, Altoona, PA


2:40 PM to 3:40 PM

CE: Creating a Regional Overdose Prevention Coalition, an Inter-professional Model

George E. Downs PharmD Linwood F Tice Professor of Pharmacy, Dean Emeritus Philadelphia College of Pharmacy University of Sciences,

Rosemarie O’Malley Halt RPh. MPH Senior Director of Policy Maternity Care Coalition,

Daniel Ventricelli, PharmD, MPH , Assistant Professor of Clinical Pharmacy Philadelphia College of Pharmacy University of Sciences


2:45 PM to 4:00 PM

PPA Educational Foundation Board of Directors Meeting

Open to Foundation Board members, Ambassadors, and invited guests.


2:45 PM to 3:45 PM

Health Policy Committee Meeting

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


3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

CE: Successful Implementation of Community Pharmacy Enhanced Services: Connecting the "Dots on the Map"

Brian Sidone, PharmD and Jeff Covelli RPh BSPharm'95 Pitt MTM Coordinator/Hometown Pharmacies and Lindsey Meston, PharmD, Ambulatory Care Service Coordinator, Asti’s South Hills Pharmacy


3:50 to 4:50 PM

CE: Front Line Pain Management: Evidence-Based Adjuvant Pharmacotherapy for the Treatment of Common Neuropathic Pain Syndromes - Advanced

Shane Donnelly, PharmD, BCGP, Clinical Pharmacist, Delta Care Rx


3:50 PM to 4:30 PM

LEAD Meeting

Open to LEAD participants only


4:30 PM to 5:30 PM

New Practitioner Forum

Open to all new practitioners who graduated after 2012.

Connect and share ideas with new practitioners and residents.


4:30 PM to 5:30 PM  

Local County Association Forum

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


5:00 PM to 6:00 PM

PPCN Luminary Workgroup Metings


5:30 PM to 6:30 PM 

New Practitioner Reception

Mix and mingle with new practitioners (class of 2012 and newer).  Free for all new practitioners.


6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Welcome Reception (ticket required, included in certain packages)

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!


8:00 PM to 9:30 PM CE: Patient Self-Care and Pharmacy 2019 - Introductory Level

 Hosted by Rich Smiga

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 2019 winning team will be!




Saturday, January 26 **Be sure to wear your PPA Shirt!!

7:30 AM – 8:00 AM

Start the Day off right

Join us for Morning Meditation!

Ever heard of meditation and think “I can’t do that!” If you can breathe you can meditate!    Come learn about meditation’s benefits, how to incorporate meditation into your life and a meditation session. We will also discuss easy stretches for health while at work. You can also support the PPA Foundation with a $5 cash donation for your time in the class. Presented by RYT200 Jenna Carmichael. Hope to see you bright and early!


8:00 AM to 9:00 AM 

Breakfast Buffet (Ticket required, included in certain packages)

Hear messages from Mid-Year Conference Sponsors, get updates on what's happening with PPA.


9:00 AM to 12:00 PM 

CE: Battling Through DSMES Accreditation - Advanced Level

Suzanne Higginbotham, PharmD, BCACP, CTTS, Director Duquesne University Pharmacy, Duquesne University

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

Stephanie Harriman McGrath, PharmD, Executive Manager, Pennsylvania Pharmacists Care Network

This three-hour session will provide participants with essential knowledge and skills required to accredit a Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) program through the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) system. The session will focus on the fundamental standards needed when applying for accreditation.  During the session participants will engage in discussion-based active learning experiences and exercises where they will engage in applying knowledge and skills to create a framework for a DSME program that can be utilized in their own pharmacy.

Prerequisite: Attendees should have attended or participated in the 5-part webinar series available on the DSME section of the PPA website.


1:10 PM to 2:10 PM

DSMES (All are welcome!)

CE: Battling through DSMES Accreditation with S.M.A.R.T. GOALS, Patient Documentation, and Continuous Quality

Suzanne Higginbotham, PharmD, BCACP, CTTS, Director Duquesne University Pharmacy, Duquesne University


2:20 PM to 3:20 PM

DSMES (All are welcome!)

CE: The Battle is Real….Recruiting, Retaining and Revenue for DSMES

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


3:40 PM to 4:40 PM

DSMES (All are welcome!)
CE:Prepare the Troops - How to Survive a DSMES Program Audit - Advanced Level

Stephanie Harriman McGrath, PharmD, Executive Manager, Pennsylvania Pharmacists Care Network


4:45 PM to 5:15 PM

DSMES Open Discussion


9:10 AM to 10:10 AM

Health System Track

CE: Using ISMP Self-Assessments to Improve Medication Safety in your Hospital

Justine Meadows, PharmD, PGY-1 Pharmacy Resident, Moses Taylor Hospital


10:20 AM to 11:50 AM

Health System Track

CE:The Battle Field of Care Transitions

Judith Kristeller, PharmD, BCPS, Wilkes University


1:10 PM to 2:10 PM

Health System Track

CE: The Foundations of Antimicrobial Stewardship

Evan Slagle, PharmD, BCPS


2:20 PM to 3:20 PM

Health System Track

CE: It's in Your Blood: Common Infusions in the Intensive Care Unit

Laura M. Brickett, PharmD, BCCCP


10:10 AM to 11:30 AM  

Student Programming

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.

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9:10 AM to 10:10 AM  

CE: Vaccine Boosters will help Us Win this Battle! 2019 Immunization Updates & Travel Health: What Pharmacists Must Know- Introductory

Sarah B. Audi B.S., Pharm.D., CTTS PGY1 Pharmacy Resident- Duquesne University/Mainline Pharmacy
Quintin E. Wright B.S., Pharm.D., CTTS PGY1 Pharmacy Resident - Centers for Pharmacy Care, Duquesne University


9:10 AM to 10:10 AM  

CE: Safe Uses of DOAC

Gale E. Garmong, PharmD; Clinical/Staff Pharmacist, Klingensmith’s Drug Stores


9:10 AM to 10:10 AM

CE: Curious about Cannabis? Navigating the cannabis landscape in Pennsylvania - Introductory

Lindsey Meston, PharmD, Ambulatory Care Service Coordinator, Asti’s South Hills Pharmacy

Ashley Firm, PharmD, Clinical Pharmacist, Asti’s South Hills Pharmacy


10:20 AM to 11:20 AM

CE:  Battle against Human Papilloma Virus (HPV): Expanded Vaccine Recommendations - Introductory

Sean W. Clark, Pharm.D., PGY-2 Ambulatory Care Resident, Center for Pharmacy Care, Duquesne    University  School of Pharmacy 


10:20 AM to 11:20 AM

CE: Pharmacists Role on the Homecare Team

Michael Gionfriddo, PharmD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Geisinger 

Margaret Bigart, PharmD, Clinical Pharmacist – Geisinger at Home, Geisinger
Sarah Krahe Dombrowski, PharmD, BCACP, Clinical Pharmacist MTDM, Geisinger


10:20 AM to 11:50 AM

CE: Overview of Psoriatic Arthristis: Clinical Considerations for Healthcare Professionals - Advanced

Jamie L. McConaha, PharmD, NCTTP, BCACP, CDE

Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Duquesne University


11:30 AM to 12:00 PM

CE: 5 Microskills for Preceptors

Sarah Krahe Dombrowski, PharmD, BCACP, Clinical Pharmacist MTDM, Geisinger


11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Lunch Buffet

Ticket Required - included in certain packages

Grab a bite to eat and mingle with students and pharmacists

Buffet will be open until 12:15 PM



1:10 PM to 2:50 PM

Student Programming

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1:10 PM to 2:10 PM

CE: The Art of War: Strategies to Control Pain in the Older Adult - Advanced

Tanya J. Uritsky, PharmD, BCPS, CPE Clinical Pharmacy Specialist Pain Medication Stewardship, Hospital   of the University of Pennsylvania

Maria Foy, PharmD, BCPS, CPE, Pharmacy Care Coordinator/Palliative Care, Abington Hospital Jefferson Health



1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Pennsylvania Primary Care Consortium (PC2) Meeting and Open Forum

Open to all those involved in Primary Care.  Come and find out more about this statewide initiative and engage in our discussions.


2:20 PM to 3:30 PM

CE: 2018 Novel Drug Approvals

Kimmy Nguyen, PharmD     Assistant Professor     Wilkes University, Nesbitt School of Pharmacy


3:40 PM to 4:40 PM

CE: Specialty Pharmacy Advancements in Inflammatory Diseases

Michael McCall, PharmD, PGY1 Pharmacy Resident, Duquesne University School of Pharmacy and AllianceRx Walgreens Prime


3:00 PM to 4:30 PM

CE: Know Pain, Know Gain Pharmacy Patient Counseling Competition 2019- 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!


4:30 PM to 5:15 PM

Faculty Liaison Meeting


3:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Health System Forum

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


4:45 PM to 5:30 PM

DPP Roundtable


5:15 PM to 7:00 PM

CE: The Battle for Patient Care (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.


Dinner on your own


9:00 PM - Social Hour - Join us in the bar for a beverage and conversation! 



Sunday, January 27                               Wear your favorite sports jersey!

8:00 AM to 10:00 AM  

The Foundation's Sunnyside Up Breakfast (ticket required, included in certain packages)

*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!


9:00 AM to 10:00 AM

CE: 2019 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 2018 grant recipients share the highlights of their projects!


10:10 AM to 1:10 PM

Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association Board of Directors Meeting

Open only to PPA Board members and invitees


10:10 AM to 11:10 AM

PPA Student Forum (will include the Student Advisory Board Meeting)

Open to all student conference attendees


10:10 AM to 11:10 PM

CE: Treating patients with Penicillin Allergies: A Review of the True Incidence of  Cross-Reactivity - Advanced

Pamela J. McCormick, PharmD, BCPS, Clinical Pharmacist, UPMC Mercy Department of Emergency Medicine


10:10 AM to 12:10 PM 

CE: The Plant of the Future – Preparing Pennsylvanian Pharmacists to Lead the   Nation     in Medical Marijuana Patient Care and Research - Introductory

Lisa Yamagishi, BS, PharmD, CTTS, Clinical Pharmacist, Delta Care Rx


10:10 AM to 11:10 AM

CE: A Hi-Tech Glucose Check: An Overview of Continuous Glucose Monitoring Devices for the Management of Diabetes-Introductory

Troy Lynn Lewis, Pharm.D., Assistant Professor, Wilkes University Nesbitt School of Pharmacy



Have a safe trip home and we hope to see you in Seven Springs for the 2019 Annual Conference September 9/19/2019 » 9/22/2019



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