"Ingredients for Success"

Proudly Presented by the 
Arizona Pharmacy Association

June 14-17, 2018

Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass

Phoenix, AZ

This four-day annual conference provides continuing education, recognition, and networking opportunities for pharmacy professionals of all practice settings.

Conference Agenda

Thursday, June 14th


  • Pre-Conference Certificate Programs
  • Welcome Reception


8:00AM - 5:00PM

AzPA Immunization Certificate Program*
AzPA Psychiatric Certificate Program*
APhA Diabetes Certificate Program*

*Separate Registration Required


5:30PM - 7:00PM
AzPA Board of Directors Meeting


7:00PM - 8:00PM
Welcome Reception
Eat & mingle with colleagues and special guests

Friday, June 15th


  • Southwestern States Residency Conference
  • Immunization Update
  • Exhibit Hall
  • MWU Reception

6:30AM - 5:00PM
Registration Desk Hours


7:00AM - 5:30PM
Southwestern States Residency Conference* (Separate registration fee)


8:00AM - 9:00AM
Arizona Pharmacy Foundation Board Meeting


8:30AM - 9:30AM: General Session 

Antidepressant Non-Adherence: Contributing Factors and Mitigation Strategies
Alyssa Peckham, PharmD, BCPP; Amanda Colistro, PharmD-Candidate 2020


9:45AM - 10:45AM: Breakout Sessions 

Now what?  Looking for a Job after the Age of 50
Ann Sears Dotson, BS Pharm; Shawn Tennant, PharmD

Immunization Update 2018
Sophia Galloway, PharmD


11:00AM - 12:00PM: Breakout Sessions

Immunotherapy Emergencies:  A Practical Guide for Clinical Pharmacists
Ali McBride, PharmD, MS, BCOP; Brian Do, PharmD.

Managing the Overflow:  Generic Drug Management Strategies
Jason Kwan, PharmD, PGY-1


12:00PM - 12:45PM



1:00PM - 2:30PM: General Session 

Combating the Opioid Epidemic
Alaa Abd-Elsayed, MD, MPH


2:45PM - 3:45PM: Breakout Sessions

Anti-infective Updates, What is New and What is Coming
Jacob Schwarz, PharmD, BCCCP, BCPS

Determining the Most Appropriate Treatment and Duration for Anticoagulant, Antiplatelet, or both Classes of Medication
Christa Tetuan, PharmD, PGY-2

Preceptor Happy Hour: Stories Shared, Lessons Learned
Janet Cooley, PharmD; Suzanne Larson, PharmD; Melinda Burnworth, PharmD, FASHP, FAzPA, BCPS; Lindsay Davis, PharmD, BCPS, FAzPA


4:00PM - 5:00PM

Preceptor Feedback Session (non-accredited follow-up session to Preceptor Happy Hour)


4:00PM - 5:30PM: Breakout Sessions

AzPA Townhall | Speed Networking 
Give your AzPA leadership input on a variety of association & practice topics


5:30PM - 7:00PM
Exhibit Hall Dinner
Eat & mingle with vendors and colleagues while earning a chance to win special prizes


7:00PM - 8:30PM
Reception Hosted by Midwestern University 


8:30PM - 9:30PM 
PharmPAC Comedy Night
Join us for laughs while supporting Political Action Committee.












Saturday, June 16th


  • Student Track
  • Preceptor Development Track
  • Poster Contest
  • U of A Reception
  • Celebration Event

6:30AM - 5:00PM
Registration Desk Hours


7:30AM - 8:15AM


8:30AM - 10:00AM: General Session 

2018 Pharmacy Law Update
Roger Morris, R.Ph, J.D.


9:00AM - 10:00AM: Student Track #1

Cover Letter/Letter of Intent Writing Workshop
Jessica DiLeo, PharmD


10:00AM - 11:15AM: General Session

Legislative Town Hall
Hear from your AZ Legislators


10:00AM - 11:15PM: Preceptor Development 

Great Work! But...is There More to Evaluating Abstracts and Posters?
Janet Cooley, PharmD


11:30AM - 12:30PM: Breakout Sessions

Gabapentin: An “Unnerving” New Trend in Prescription Drug Abuse
Alyssa Peckham, PharmD, BCPP

The Perfect Slice of (Preceptor Role) Pie: Just Like Grandma Made
Melinda Burnworth, PharmD, BCPS, FASHP, FAzPA

High and Dry: Anticholinergic Burden Implications
Jacqueline Hagarty, PharmD, PGY-2; Dawn Knudsen-Gerber, PharmD, CGP, FASCP

Student Track: Leadership and Branding
Crane Davis, PharmD


12:30PM - 2:00PM

Poster Contest  
Showcase your research projects -open to Students, Residents & Pharmacists



12:30PM - 2:00PM

Exhibit Hall Lunch
Eat & mingle with vendors and colleagues while earning a chance to win special prizes


12:30PM - 2:00PM: Preceptor Development 

Poster Evaluations for Practicing Preceptors


2:15PM - 3:30PM: Keynote Speaker

Prevention, Possibilities and Understanding Addiction Recovery Today
Justin Luke Riley


2:15PM-3:30PM: Preceptor Development

Promoting Resilience and Preventing Burnout
Anna Dopp, PharmD.- Director, Clinical Guidelines & Quality Improvement, ASHP


3:45PM - 4:45PM: Breakout Sessions

Updates in the Management of Osteoporosis
Erin Raney, PharmD, BCPS, BC-ADM


3:45PM - 5:15PM: Breakout Session  

From A to Z:  Clinical Pearls for Pharmacists
Variety of speakers

Student Track: Mock Interviews & CV Review Session
We are in need of pharmacists-earn CE while helping students succeed!


5:30PM - 6:30PM
Reception Hosted by University of Arizona


6:30PM - 7:30PM
Past President Reception (Invitation Only)


8:00PM - 10:00PM
Celebration Event-Casino Night
Enjoy music, games & networking while supporting our Student Pharmacist Academy

Sunday, June 17th


  • Community Pharmacy Track
  • Awards Luncheon
  • New Drug Update
  • Technician Specific CE

6:30AM - 2:30PM
Registration Desk Hours


7:00AM - 7:45AM


8:00AM - 9:30AM: General Session 

Effective Grassroots Involvement in the Policy Making Process
Heidi Ann Ecker, Senior Director, Govt. Affairs, NACDS


9:45AM - 10:45AM: Breakout Sessions

Assessing QT Interval Prolongation in Hospitalized Patients to Guide Appropriate Medication Use and Monitoring
Khoa Dang Truong, PharmD, BCPS

Emergency Medicine Pearls:  Tips for the Everyday Pharmacist
Elisabeth Palmer, PharmD, BCPS; Mark Culver, PharmD, BCPS; Justin Fahringer, PharmD; Melinda Burnworth, PharmD, BCPS, FASHP, FAzPA

Yes, You Can! How Community Pharmacies Have Profitably Implemented Enhanced Care Services
Bruce Kneeland, BA


11:00AM - 12:00PM: Breakout Sessions

The Pharmacist Role in International Disaster Response
Lisa Torney, RPh, MHA, PhC, FAPhA

The Role of Pharmacy Technicians in Medication Therapy Management 
Natasha Chappotin, CPhT.

Everyday Leadership:  The Pharmacists Role
Quincy Renee Ostrem, PharmD, MBA; Ndidi Precious Alino, PharmD, MS

Pit Viper Antivenoms:  Past, Present, Future
Keith Boesen, PharmD., CSPI


12:00PM - 1:30PM

♦Award Luncheon♦
Cheer on your colleagues as they receive special recognition


1:45PM - 2:45PM: Breakout Session

Web of Knowledge: Feedback vs. Evaluation (from the Itsy Bitsy Spider's Perspective) 

Melinda Burnworth, PharmD, BCPS, FASHP, FAzPA; Jane Stein, PharmD; Victor De Dios, PharmD Candidate


1:45PM - 3:15PM: Breakout Session

New Drug Update 2018
Robert Lipsy, PharmD, BCACP, FASHP, FAzPA


3:30PM - 4:30PM: Breakout Sessions

You Don’t Need More Time, You Need  a Better Strategy
Ndidi Precious Alino, PharmD, MS


Community Pharmacy Enhanced Services Network Meeting
Arizona CPESN Members or those interested 





















Registration Fees

Full Conference

Member Prices 
Pharmacist: $350.00
Technician/Associate: $250.00
Resident: $250.00
Student: $125.00

Non-Member Prices 
Pharmacist: $400.00
Technician/Associate: $300.00
Resident: $300.00
Student: $150.00

One Day

Member Prices 
Pharmacist: $150.00
Technician/Associate: $100.00
Resident: $100.00
Student: $50.00

Non-Member Prices 
Pharmacist: $175.00
Technician: $125.00
Resident: $125.00
Student: $60.00

Continuing Education Credit

CE Hours: 17.00
CE Units: 1.700
Accreditations: “The Arizona Pharmacy Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as providers of continuing education.”


Hotel Accommodations

Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass

(This is not the Casino!)

5594 W Wild Horse Pass Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85226

Phone: 602- 225-0100

Group Rate: $140.00 (Note: This fee does include the $29/day resort fee)

Please do NOT book through outside vendors such as Hotels.com etc. AzPA will not get credit for the room and in addition, the resort fees of $29 are not included in those prices. Be sure to mention The Arizona Pharmacy Association Convention to receive the special rate.

Refund Policy

Refund and/or cancellation requests must be made in writing to the Arizona Pharmacy Association office. A cancellation request must be made at least fourteen calendar days prior to the scheduled program and will require a $100.00 fee. No refunds will be issued for cancellation requests made less than fourteen calendar days prior to the scheduled program. You must submit a written request to cancel by email, fax, or standard mail and confirm that AzPA has received the request. AzPA reserves the right to cancel any activity due to insufficient pre-registration or as determined by the Executive Director or CE Administrator. In this case, all individuals pre-registered are notified and issued a full refund. Registration fees cannot be re-allocated due to the multiple steps involved with processing CE Credits. Refund checks will be mailed fourteen business days after the conclusion of the meeting, if approved. For more information about refunds and/or cancellation requests please contact the Operations Director.