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Hello everyone, 

We would like to announce that the AzPA Board of Directors has decided to move our Annual Convention to October 2-4, 2020 at the Arizona Grand Resort and Spa in light of COVID-19. More details will be forthcoming.


October 2-4, 2020

Arizona Grand Resort & Spa

Phoenix, AZ

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


Schedule will be updated based on new dates-Stay tuned!


8:30AM - 10:00AM | General Session I:
Antimicrobial Stewardship Dynamics: one Health, Transitioning Care, and Tracking Resistance in Arizona
Mark Redell, PharmD; Kimberly Halton Welker, PharmD; Vanthida Huang, PharmD, FCCP.

Pharmacists/Technicians learning objectives: 

  • Recognize the threat of antibiotic resistance on a state, national and global perspective.
  • Describe the momentum of expert groups on antibiotic resistance, such as the international One Health Initiative, United Nations Resolution, and WHO world stage on antibiotic resistance.
  • List opportunities to improve transitions of care in patients receiving antibiotics, including transfers between the hospital, home and long-term care.
  • List the performance measures in the Joint Commission statement for Ambulatory Care (effective Jan 1 2020).
  • Develop a plan to interpret and communicate results from institutional and community antibiograms, and the role of surveillance studies.
  • Define the future of antibiotic development and the current realities in Congress.

10:15AM - 11:15AM |GENERAL SESSION II: Herbs Vitamins, and Medications in Breast Cancer
Dawn Gerber, PharmD, BCGP, FASCP; Jeremy Gerber, PharmD, MBA, BCPS, BCOP

Pharmacist learning objectives: 

  • Describe how to apply genetic testing results to breast cancer medications.
  • List side effect management strategies for breast cancer treatments.
  • Identify the risks and benefits of specific vitamins and herbs during breast cancer treatment.

Pharmacy technician learning objectives: 

  • Identify how application of genetic testing results link to breast cancer medications.
  • List potential side effects to breast cancer treatments.
  • Describe the risks and benefits of specific vitamins and herbs during breast cancer treatment.

11:30AM - 12:30PM | BREAKOUT SESSIONS 1: Biomarkers for Prevention and Early Recognition of AKI
Rim Hadgu, PharmD

Pharmacist learning objectives:  (Pharmacist only)

  • Define acute kidney injury (AKI).
  • Describe the limitations of using serum creatinine to diagnose AKI.
  • Identify patients at risk of AKI.
  • Describe the role of biomarkers in prevention and early recognition of AKI.

11:30AM - 12:30PM | BREAKOUT SESSION 2: Telepharmacy:  A Patient’s Perspective
Mitch Larson, BS

Pharmacist learning objectives:

  • Analyze the current trends in the pharmacy industry and their effect on patient access.
  • Recognize the impact of telepharmcy on patients in rural and urban communities.
  • Describe the regulatory environment and what states are doing with rules surrounding telepharmacy.

Pharmacy technician learning objectives:

  • Identify the role of a pharmacy technician in a telepharmacy and how operations differ from a traditional pharmacy setting.
  • Determine the safety of telepharmacy.
  • Describe the role of pharmacy technicians in telepharmacy.

12:30PM - 1:30PM | LUNCH

Painfully Aware: A Review of the Evidence of Acute Chronic Pain
Alaa Abd-Elsayed, MD, MPH

Pharmacists/Technicians learning objectives:

  • Apply evidence-based acute pain management principles in daily practice.
  • Apply pain management treatment and prevention protocols in different patient populations.
  • Describe how pain works and the goals of treating acute pain.

3:00PM - 4:00PM | BREAKOUT SESSION 3:  Gatekeepers in Prevention:  Az Community Pharmacy Perspective of Their Roles in the Drug Epidemic
Nina Vadiei, PharmD, BCPP; Beth Meyerson, MDiv, PhD.

Pharmacists/Technicians learning objectives:

  • Review the literature regarding the pharmacist’s role in the opioid epidemic.
  • Describe the types of innovative practices related to opioid pharm reduction that currently exist.
  • Recognize the perception of community pharmacists in Arizona on their role in reducing opioid addiction and overdose among their patients.
  • Identify intervention components which may be feasible to implement in community pharmacies to help increase addition screenings, brief interventions and referral to community services.

3:00PM - 4:00PM | BREAKOUT SESSION 4:  A Review of COPD Guidelines
Nick Ladziak, PharmD, BCACP

Pharmacist learning objectives:  (Pharmacist only)

  • Describe COPD and drug mechanisms of action in patient friendly terms.
  • Apply COPD treatment guidelines to a patient case
  • Counsel a patient on proper use of common medications
  • Recognize combination products used for the treatment of COPD.

4:15PM - 5:15PM | BREAKOUT SESSION 5: What’s Currently Smoking?  Evidence-based Treatment Options in Tobacco Cessation Interventions
Jing Li, PharmD, BCPS  (NEW)

Pharmacists/Technicians learning objectives:

  • Define the chronic condition of commercial tobacco use.
  • Identify the 3 link-chain of addiction.
  • Describe current guidelines on the treatment of tobacco cessation intervention, addressing the pharmacotherapy and behavior health.

4:15PM - 5:15PM | BREAKOUT SESSION 6: An Immunization Update and Arizona Law
Conchetta Lesser, PharmD, BCACP

Pharmacists/Technicians learning objectives:

  • Review current CDC guidelines for immunizations
  • Identify changes made to guidelines within the last year, including the emergence of focus on shared clinical decision making and how this affects pharmacist recommendations.
  • Define how these changes impact community pharmacists within the Arizona law.

4:15PM - 5:45PM |BREAKOUT SESSION 7: Preceptor Workshop – Formal Title: TBD
Janet Cooley, PharmD; Suzanne Larson, PharmD;

5:30PM - 7:00PM | EXHIBIT HALL




6:00AM - 6:50AM | YOGA SESSION


7:00AM - 8:00AM | BREAKFAST




8:00AM - 5:00PM | Az AADE TRACK


8:15AM - 9:45AM |GENERAL SESSION IV: 2019 Pharmacy Law Update
Roger Morris, R.Ph,  J.D.

Pharmacists/Technicians learning objectives:

  • Describe new legislative updates pertaining to the practice of pharmacy in Arizona.
  • Describe the practical ramifications of proposed state and national legislative initiatives.
  • Recognize emerging patterns that will broadly affect the healthcare profession and pharmacy practice.

10:00AM - 11:30AM | GENERAL SESSION V:Legislative Town Hall: Meet your AZ Legislators to discuss legislation in pharmacy practice

Pharmacists/Technicians learning objectives:

  • Recognize the impact the Pharmacist Political Action Committee (PPAC) of Arizona has in our state.
  • Evaluate critical legislative issues that will impact the practice of pharmacy.
  • Review legislation considered in Arizona that can impact the profession.

11:30AM - 12:30PM | PRECEPTOR TRACK 1 BREAKOUT SESSION 8: The Preceptor-Mentor Sandwich and the “Meat” (Preceptee/Mentee) in the Middle
Mindy Burnworth, PharmD, BCPS, FASHP, FAzPA; Vanthida Huang, PharmD, FCCP

Pharmacist learning objectives:  (Pharmacist only)

  • Compare and contrast preceptorship and mentorship.
  • Develop a plan to grow into a quality preceptor and quality mentor.
  • Develop a plan to be the ideal preceptee and ideal mentee.

11:30AM - 12:30PM | BREAKOUT SESSION 9: Medication Optimization In Older Adults: Use of Shared Decision Making Model
Laura Hanson, PharmD, BCGP

Pharmacist learning objectives:  (Pharmacist only)

  • Describe challenges commonly encountered when designing medication regimens for older adults.
  • Define the shared decision-making model.
  • Compare the use of shared decision-making with other models of care related to medication management.

11:30AM - 12:30PM |BREAKOUT SESSION 10: Leadership and Engagement Skills in Pharmacy
Jarrod Gonzales, PharmD (PIC)

Pharmacists/Technicians learning objectives:

  • List the 5 different communication styles.
  • List the 5 different conflict resolution styles.
  • Define strengths-based leadership
  • Describe the 7 best practices of a good one-on-one conversation.
  • Formulate a coaching plan for better results and follow through.



2:00PM - 3:00PM |GENERAL SESSION VI: Personal Burnout Strategies for the Pharmacy Professional
Michael Negrete, PharmD


3:15PM - 4:15PM |PRECEPTOR TRACK 2 BREAKOUT SESSION 11: I gave them feedback, why was there no change?  Maximizing the Impact of Feed back You Give
Susan Horst, PharmD.

Pharmacist learning objectives:  (Pharmacist only)

  • Define different types of feedback.
  • Describe different methods to give feedback.
  • Differentiate between productive and non-productive language.
  • Identify opportunities to shift from one-way feedback to a two-way conversation.

3:15PM - 4:15PM |BREAKOUT SESSION 12: Resume Builder 101
Phillip Ieng, PharmD.  

Pharmacists/Technicians learning objectives:

  • Identify what recruiters are looking for in a resume.
  • Recognize good resumes from bad ones.
  • List important sections featured in a resume.
  • Define what a resume is and how it differs from a CV.

3:15PM - 4:15PM| BREAKOUT SESSION 13: LDL How Low can you go?
Sarah Rinehart, PharmD, PGY2; Candyce Collins, PharmD, BCACP, CHCQM

Pharmacist learning objectives:

  • Identify potential challenges with lipid panel results, including laboratory interpretation and patient and provider resistance.
  • Describe key features of primary literature regarding safety and efficacy of low LDL.
  • Identify ways to address low LDL results with patients and providers in your clinical practice.

3:15PM - 4:15PM | BREAKOUT SESSION 14: Reviewing a review:  Principles in the Evaluation of Systematic Review and Metaanalysis
Stacy Haber, PharmD.

Pharmacist learning objectives:

  • Identify the role of systematic reviews in the practice of evidence-based health care.
  • Identify the types of information displayed on a forest plot in a systematic review.
  • Interpret statistical tests that assess the level of heterogeneity in a meta-analysis.
  • Evaluate the appropriateness of various models to pool data in a meta-analysis.
  • Apply the findings of a meta-analysis to a patient case.

4:30PM - 5:30PM |PRECEPTOR TRACK 3: BREAKOUT SESSION 15: That Doesn’t Sound Like Anything I Want To Do:  Precepting the Unmotivated or Unengaged Learner
Conchetta Lesser, PharmD, BCACP

Pharmacist learning objectives:  (Pharmacist only)

  • Identify signs of declining motivation or disengagement in APPE students and residents.
  • Give examples of behaviors indicating disengagement.
  • Design a plan to address lack of motivation.
  • Collaborate with student or resident for follow up on plan.

4:30PM - 5:30PM |BREAKOUT SESSION 16: Not Just Lowering A1C: Improving Cardiovascular Outcomes in Older Adults with Diabetes
Nicole Early, PharmD; Taylor Naberhaus, PharmD, PGY2

Pharmacist learning objectives:  (Pharmacist only)

  • Identify cardiovascular outcomes from landmark trials involving antidiabetic agents, including SGLT2 inhibitors,GLP-1 receptor agonists, and dipeptidyl peptidase 4 inhibitors.
  • Compare risks and benefits of novel antidiabetic agents in older adults.
  • Given a patient case, utilize current ADA guidelines and available clinical trial evidence to create a patient careplan for management of diabetes in patients who are at increased risk of cardiovascular disease.

4:30PM - 5:30PM |BREAKOUT SESSION 17:  From A-Z:  Clinical Pearls for the Pharmacists
Jacob Schwarz, PharmD, BCIDP, BCCCP

Pharmacists/Technicians learning objectives:

  • Evaluate clinical scenarios or “clinical pearls” that might not be widely known or published.
  • Apply novel clinical practice options for patient care in various health settings.
  • Describe medication management strategies in difficult or controversial patient care situations.
  • Assemble clinical information that can be applied to applicable work settings.







7:00AM - 7:45AM | BREAKFAST


8:00AM - 12:00PM | WORKSHOP (4) hour: Step it Up into Team Training: Team STEPPS Fundamental Training – The National Standard for Team Training in Healthcare
Nancy Alvarez, PharmD; Michael Negrete

Pharmacist learning objectives:

  • Describe the impact of errors and why they occur.
  • Describe the TeamSTEPPS framework.
  • State the outcomes of the TeamSTEPPS framework.
  • Define a team and identify the benefits of teamwork and team structure.
  • Identify the role of patients and their families as part of the care team.
  • Describe components and composition of a multi-team system.
  • Describe how communication affects team processes, outcomes and challenges.
  • Identify TeamSTEPPS tools and strategies that can improve a team’s communication.
  • Describe how leadership affects team processes and outcomes and identify different types of team leaders
  • Describe the activities involved in successfully leading teams
  • Describe the tools for leading teams, including briefs, huddles, and debriefs
  • Apply the tools for leading teams to specific clinical scenarios and discuss how situation monitoring affects team processes and outcomes.

8:00AM - 9:00AM | CPhT TRACK 1: Pharmacy Technician Scope of Practice Expansion
Jody McConkey, MPA/HCM, CPhT


8:00AM - 9:00AM | BREAKOUT SESSION 19: Step by Step Approach to Presenting a Continuing Pharmacy Educational Presentation
Jimmy Stevens, PharmD.

Pharmacists/Technicians learning objectives:

  • Classify the types of CE's available.
  • Locate the correct areas to submit an application.
  • List the suggest objective verbs.
  • Review the organization of a CE topic.
  • Describe the proper way to create learning assessment questions.

8:00AM - 9:00AM | BREAKOUT SESSION 20:Back to Basics and the Future Pharmacokinetics/Pharmacodynamics: Primer in Pediatric Patients
Titlola Afolabi, PharmD.

Pharmacist learning objectives: (Pharmacist only)

  • Describe age-related physiologic changes as a patient progresses through infancy and childhood.
  • Predict how physiological differences affect PK parameters.
  • Identify how pharmacodynamics and pharmacogenomics impact drug selection or dosing to maximize efficacy and minimize adverse effects.
  • Given a patient case, formulate a treatment regimen incorporating principles of developmental pharmacology.

8:00AM - 9:00AM | Medicare and Medicaid Overview
Eman Kirolos, PharmD.

Pharmacists/Technicians learning objectives:

  • List the different types of Medicare: Parts A, B, C, and D, and the differences in funding, eligibility and coverage.
  • Identify the dynamics of policy and practice in Medicare coverage plans.
  • Review Medicaid program plans with drug rebates and pricing structures.
  • Describe the important provisions of the Affordable Healthcare Act (Obama Care)
  • Determine the implications of the potential repeal of ACA and a single government operated healthcare plan.

9:15AM - 10:15AM | CPhT TRACK 2 BREAKOUT SESSION 21:  Pharmacy Technician Career Paths: Above and Beyond the Counter
Jody McConkey, MPA/HCM, CPhT.

Pharmacy technician learning objectives:  (CPhT. only)

  • Identify what other career paths exist beyond retail and hospital pharmacy.
  • Recognize what skills can be developed now to get into those broader roles.
  • Recognize how special projects and networking can help you find the desired career path that fits you.
  • List next steps to achieve an enhanced pharmacy technician career path.

9:15AM - 10:15AM |BREAKOUT SESSION 22: The Changing Landscape of the Board of Pharmacy Regulations
Lorri Walmsley, PharmD.

Pharmacists/Technicians learning objectives:

  • Review national hot topics of boards of pharmacy.
  • Describe the landscape of technician scope across the country.
  • Recognize relevant Arizona recent regulatory changes and trends in prescriptive authority.
  • Identify the technician scope of practice in Arizona vs. trends across the nation.
  • Identify recent regulatory changes in pharmacy practice in Arizona and across the nation.
  • Identify key differences in pharmacist prescriptive authority vs. national trends.

9:15AM - 10:15AM |BREAKOUT SESSION 23: Don’t Weight to Treat: Updates in Obesity Management
Jacqueline Hagarty, PharmD, BCACP; Rose Colucci, PharmD, BCACP

Pharmacist/Technicians learning objectives:

  • Identify dietary and physical activity recommendations for obesity management from recent guidelines.
  • Describe evidence-based behavioral interventions that can be used in obesity management.
  • 3. Recognize the mechanism, adverse reactions, and contraindications of medications currently used in clinical practice for weight loss.

10:30AM - 11:30AM | BREAKOUT SESSION 24:  Finding Reason:  Focus on Medication Errors and Patient Safety
Jeremy Gerber, PharmD, MBA, BCPS, BCOP

Pharmacists/Technicians learning objectives:

  • Compare/contrast the person-based versus the system-based approach to understanding error management.
  • Identify different tools and their reliability at preventig human medication errors.

10:30AM - 11:30AM |BREAKOUT SESSION 25: Anticoagulation in Nonvalvular Atrial Fibrillation:  Differences for Patients on Dialysis
Maura Jones, PharmD., BCPS

Pharmacist learning objectives:  (Pharmacist only)

  • Identify patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation eligible for anticoagulation.
  • Describe anticoagulant drug dosing in patients on dialysis
  • Analyze current literature on safety and efficacy of anticoagulants used in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation undergoing dialysis
  • Develop appropriate anticoagulant recommendation based on evidence and patient specific factors.

10:30AM - 11:30AM | BREAKOUT SESSION 26: Biostats 101: A Quick Review for the Board Exams and Improving Patient Care
Jacob Schwarz, PharmD, BCIDP, BCCP, BCPS

11:45AM - 1:00PM  | AWARDS BANQUET


1:15PM - 2:15PM | BREAKOUT SESSION 27: When Clinic and Home Readings Don’t Agree: Managing White Coat Hypertension and Home Monitoring of Blood Pressure
Jacqueline Hagarty, PharmD, BCACP; Beth Zerr, PharmD, BCACP, AE-C

Pharmacists/Technicians learning objectives:

  • Describe the current recommendations for home blood pressure monitoring.
  • Identify the implications of chronotherapy (timing of BP medication administration) and discuss the potential impact on cardiovascular outcomes.
  • Provide education to patients regarding best practices for home BP monitoring, specifically focusing on device selection, timing of readings and timing of medication administration.
  • Recognize the data regarding cardiovascular risks association with White Coat Hypertension.
  • Create a care plan for patients with White Coat Hypertension.

1:15PM - 2:15PM |BREAKOUT SESSION 28: Chronic Venous Insufficiency: Pearls for the Practicing Pharmacist
Robert Stoffrey, D.O.

Pharmacist learning objectives:  (Pharmacist only)

  • Compare/Contrast chronic venous insufficiency with lymphedema and lipedema and lower extremity arterial stenosis.
  • Define chronic venous insufficiency.
  • Identify examples of chronic venous insufficiency.
  • Describe a detailed differential diagnosis for chronic venous insufficiency.

Pharmacy Technician Career Paths: Above and Beyond the Counter
Kristen Snair, CPhT


1:15PM - 2:15PM |BREAKOUT SESSION 30:  Updates in Asthma Management for Adults and Adolescents
Aya Shoura, PharmD, PGY2 ; Nick Ladziak, PharmD, BCACP

Pharmacist learning objectives:  (Pharmacist only)

  • Classify level of asthma symptom control and future risk of adverse outcomes.
  • Describe the recommendations for controlling symptoms and preventing exacerbations for patients with infrequent asthma symptoms.
  • Identify the preferred controller treatment options for patients with moderate to severe asthma
  • Recognize the utility of over-the-counter epinephrine inhalation for temporary relief of asthma symptoms.

2:30PM - 4:00PM |Advanced Immunization CE
Holly Van Lew, PharmD, BCPS; Sophia Galloway, PharmD.


2:30PM - 4:00PM | GENERAL SESSION VII: New Drug Update 2020
Robert Lipsy, PharmD, BCACP, FASHP, FAzPA

Pharmacists/Technicians learning objectives:

  • Identify the appropriate place in therapy for newly approved drugs.
  • Advise patients on the major adverse drug reactions to recently approved therapies.
  • Evaluate laboratory results to determine if dose adjustments are needed with newly approved drugs.

Early Bird Registration*

Full Conference

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

Non-Member Prices 
Pharmacist: $450.00
Technician/Associate: $300.00
Resident: $300.00
Student: $150.00

One Day

Member Prices 
Pharmacist: $175.00
Technician/Associate: $125.00
Resident: $125.00
Student: $50.00

Non-Member Prices 
Pharmacist: $225.00
Technician: $150.00
Resident: $150.00
Student: $60.00

*NOTE: Prices will increase by $45 (Pharmacists) and $25 (Technicians, Residents, Associates) 

Continuing Education Credit

More information on CE will be available shortly.


Hotel Accommodations

Arizona Grand Resort & Spa

8000 S. Arizona Grand Parkway | Phoenix, AZ 85044 | Phone: (602) 438-9000

When making their reservation, please mention Annual Convention 2020 to get the special room rate of $149/night


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 twenty one (21) 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 twenty one (21) 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.