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Wilkes University Students, Alumni and Faculty Dominate at the Annual Meeting of the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association!

Wilkes University students, faculty and alumni were active participants in the recent Annual Meeting of the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association Meeting held October 1-4 in Grantville, PA. The weekend was filled with education, mentoring and fun. Although not evidence based, Dr. Foote was telling everyone that Wilkes had the largest student turnout of any school of pharmacy. What is fact is that more that 40% of the speakers at the convention were Wilkes faculty, students and alumni!

On Thursday, Drs.Julie Olenak and alumni Vince Hartzell, presented the APhA immunization certification program. A 110 pharmacists were certified through this training program. It was one of twelve national APhA programs offered throughout the country.

On Friday, Dr.Tom Franko and student pharmacists Brittany Wills and Lauren Lockus presented the program "The Dr. Oz Games: The Odds Are Never In Your Favor." . Patients are often heavily influenced by TV doctors, especially Dr. Oz. The "Dr. Oz Effect" is responsible for tremendous sales in products that lack any evidence as to their safety or efficacy. This program was designed to arm pharmacists with the ability to combat the "Dr. Oz Effect" and provide patients with the real information behind several popular products.

On Saturday, the program "Medication Reconciliation: Playing it safe across care transitions." was presented by Dr. Judy Kristeller, Alisa Daniels, Tori Sallo, and Felicia Snyder. This presentation is focused on improving medication management through the patient - pharmacist interaction that occurs during medication reconciliation. The program highlight how medication-related problems are common during care transitions and how they can be identified and prevented by a pharmacist or pharmacy student interacting with patients during medication reconciliation.

Also on Saturday, Dr. Tom Franko presented "Weighted Dice, Counting Cards and Other Methods of Stacking the Deck Against Opioid Conversions." The program's aim was to simplify the complex and convoluted world of opioid conversions regardless of practice setting in an effort to improve patient safety.

Wilkes Alumni also made a presence. On Saturday, Dr. Adam Wood (PharmD 2010) presented "Alphabet Roulette: Hedging Your Bets with Herbal, Mineral and Vitamin Options for the Ambulatory Patient" which featured an evidence-based approach to alternative therapies with a primary focus on herbal remedies. Also on Saturday, Dr. William Conaboy, JD (PharmD 2008) presented "How a Patchwork of Federal and State "House Rules" for Rx Compounding, Telemedicine and E-Prescribing Affect the Practice of Pharmacy". Dr. Conaboy reviewed current federal and state regulation of telemedicine and e-prescribing with a focus on how such regulation (or lack thereof) affects the practice of pharmacy. He also reviewed the current state of federal prescription drug compounding.

Jennifer Smith and Trina Patel accept the PPA Student Membership Award!

Anthony Fanucci, Paige Pientka, Vladimir Russ and Ashley Robold submitted an "Achieving Independence Competition" submission at PPA. The submission was presented by Vlad and Ashley on Saturday. Dr. Kim Ference was the faculty advisor.

Finally, on Sunday, Dr. Kim Ference presented the program "Incorporating Interprofessional Education Experiences into Everyday Pharmacy Practice - A Safe Bet for Improving Patient Care." Dr. Ference reviewed basic requirements and objectives for an interprofessional experience.