Home | Join Now | Print Page | Report Abuse | Sign In
Southeast Minnesota Area Pharmacists Night Spectacular
Tell a Friend About This EventTell a Friend

When: October 16, 2018
5:30 – 8:15 pm
Where: Apache Hotel (formerly Kahler Apache Hotel)
1517 16th St SW
Rochester, Minnesota  55902
United States

Online registration is closed.
« Go to Upcoming Event List  

Southeast Minnesota Pharmacist Night Spectacular in Rochester

 Details | Location | Pricing | Schedule | Speakers | About the Host


Southeast Minnesota Area Pharmacists District Chair Sherwood Peterson, Jr., has organized a spectacular pharmacist night and invites you to join him and a stellar lineup for a very special evening as fellow pharmacists from the 11 counties of the Southeast Minnesota Area District of MPhA gather and welcome current MPhA President Jason Varin, University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy Dean Lynda Welage, and MPhA Interim Executive Director Marsha Millonig to Rochester on Tuesday evening, October 16, at the Apache Hotel (formerly the Kahler Apache Hotel) with food provided by The Canadian Honker.

Our meal is provided once again through the gracious support of Pharmaceutical Specialties of Rochester, makers of Vanicream and numerous other sensitive skin products. (www.psico.com)

If you live or work anywhere in the 11 counties of Southeast Minnesota please join us! Fabulous door prizes to be given away for members!

Our keynote speaker is world renowned oncologist, palliative care specialist and author, Dr. Edward T. Creagan of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Dr. Creagan’s dynamic presentation for this evening, “Grit: Rx for Personal and Professional Survival: Proven Survival Tips to Go the Distance,” will not only educate but entertain those in attendance. Dr. Creagan is the author of more than 400 scientific papers and has given more than 1,000 presentations. He has authored two books: How NOT to Be My Patient and his recently released title, Farewell, which delivers vital end of life questions with candid answers from 40,000 conversations with terminally ill patients.

The evening will conclude with remarks from MPhA President Jason Varin and the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy’s Dean Lynda Welage. There will be time for Q&A from audience members.

Members are encouraged to visit directly with any of our leadership during the networking time at the beginning of our evening as well. ALL pharmacists from ALL areas of pharmacy practice and student pharmacists are welcome to attend our SE Minnesota event which has its roots deep in tradition back to the 1970's and possibly earlier. If you live or work anywhere in the 11 counties of Southeast Minnesota please join us!  Whether this will be your first SE MN event or your 30th, it will certainly be worth your time! 

Fabulous door prizes to be given away for members and you can even join MPhA that evening.

Spectacular Menu Just Announced!

  • An Elegant Display of Domestic and Imported Cheeses, Garnished with Mixed Nuts and Dried Berries and Served with an Assortment of Gourmet Crackers.
  • Fresh Fruit Display Served with Yogurt Dip
  • Fresh Vegetable Crudites Display Served with Assorted Dips
  • Caprese Skewers, Fresh Mozzarella, Cherry Tomatoes and Basil Rolled in a Pesto Oil
  • Egg Rolls - Served with a Sweet Chili Sauce
  • Bacon Wrapped Chestnuts
  • Burgundy Toast Points
  • Smoked Lox of Salmon - Garnished with Assorted Accompaniments and Served with Gourmet Crackers
  • Stuffed Mushrooms with Italian Sausage, and
  • Assorted Cakes.

    ****Complimentary Soft Drinks/Water plus a cash bar.***


Apache Hotel (formerly Kahler Apache Hotel)
Grand Ballroom C 
1517 16th St SW
Rochester, MN 55902

YOU asked for it, WE listened! Plenty of FREE parking lot parking right outside the doors providing easy access to our meeting venue!


MPhA Members – Complimentary
Students – Complimentary
Non-members – $15

Please register by October 15, 2018


5:30 p.m. Socialize & Exhibitors
6:20 p.m. Welcome and Introductions
6:30 p.m. "Grit: Rx for Personal and Professional Survival: Proven Survival Tips to Go the Distance" with Dr. Edward T Creagan
7:30 p.m. Greetings from the President and Dean and Q&A
8:00 – 8:15 p.m. Adjourn


Edward T. Creagan

Edward T. Creagan, M.D., FAAHP

Dr. Creagan is board certified in Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology, and Hospice Medicine and Palliative Care. His clinical focus includes management of patients with symptomatic, end-of-life issues with a focus on psycho/social/spiritual issues and those with advanced solid cancers with a particular focus on lung cancer and the bio/psycho/social dimension of healing and wellness. Dr. Creagan is a world authority on the healing power of pets. Dr. Creagan has appointments in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and teaches extensively on ethics relating to bioethics and patient/physician engagement and communication. Dr. Creagan is an acknowledged expert in addressing the physical as well as the emotional needs of patients and families during end-of-life encounters. He understands the importance of technology and is one of the first early adapters in the use of the tablet for clinical care. He tweets on an almost-everyday-basis with a focus on empowerment, time management, and how to deal with the stress, turmoil, and chaos of our modern healthcare environment. Dr. Creagan is the author of the award winning and best-selling book on consumer health, "How Not to Be My Patient. A Physician's Secrets for Surviving Just About Any Diagnosis." He writes extensively on Mayo Clinic's website under the heading of, "Frequently Asked Questions," about how to get through life.

Jason Varin, BS, PharmD

Interim Associate Dean for Professional and External Relations, University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy
MPhA President

Prior to joining the College of Pharmacy, Jason practiced as a community pharmacist for 22 years. As a student and then PIC at Snyder's in St. Louis Park, he was part of the team that was one of the original sites for the "Minnesota Pharmaceutical Care Project". During the 18 years that he practiced at Cub Pharmacies, he helped develop the clinical pharmacist role and created a formal experiential program by recruiting and supporting an incredible group of preceptors. Jason is currently serving as Interim Associate Dean for Professional and External Relations and is also Alumni Relations Director at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy. He strives to connect alumni, preceptors and all pharmacists in Minnesota to the College.

Lynda S. Welage, PharmD, FCCP, Dean, University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy

Dr. Lynda S. Welage is the dean of the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy.. Welage brings to the University extensive experience as a collaborative academic leader and an accomplished translational researcher, educator, and pharmacy practitioner and has overseen the development of innovative educational and practice models and strategic initiatives to improve the health of local and global communities. While dean at the University of New Mexico, she strengthened clinical initiatives in care management that benefit pharmacy students and serve the public––including the launch of a Medication Therapy Call Center to optimize medication therapy management in underserved rural communities across the state. Under her leadership, the college completed a strategic plan, updated its PharmD curriculum to enhance integration of foundational and clinical sciences, strengthened interprofessional education and practice, and launched a dual PharmD/MS program in pharmaceutical sciences. She also expanded development initiatives and enhanced faculty mentoring programs, including initiatives for faculty of color in the health sciences. Dr. Welage is well-poised to continue the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy’s legacy of leadership.

Marsha Millonig, MBA, BPharm
MPhA Interim Executive Director

In addition to her role with MPhA, Marsha Millonig is the President/CEO of Catalyst Enterprises, LLC, a health care consulting firm dedicated to creating change. It specializes in projects that allow pharmacy, distribution and manufacturing clients to be more efficient and value-added providers toward improved health outcomes. Prior to forming her company, Marsha was with the Healthcare Distribution Management Association (HDMA) and headed the philanthropic HDMA Healthcare Foundation, and also the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS.) Her BS in Pharmacy is from the University of Minnesota and her MBA from the University of Maryland. She completed the American Society of Health System Pharmacy (ASHP) Executive Residency in Association Management as well. She is a practicing pharmacist and pharmacist immunizer, working with both independent and chain pharmacies. Marsha is also an associate fellow of the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy’s Center for Leading Healthcare Change. She’s a published author. Her last work, 100 MTM Tips for Pharmacists, was published by APhA.

About the Host

Sherwood E. Peterson, Jr., RPh

Sherwood Peterson, Jr., RPh grew up on the family farm near Baker, Minnesota in the Red River Valley of the North. A 1987 graduate of NDSU College of Pharmacy where he served as SAPhA President and relaunched the College of Pharmacy's Yearbook in 1987. Sherwood has lived and practiced in the Rochester area since 1987 when he began his career at Shopko North Pharmacy.

MPhA member since 1987. Sherwood served as MPhA Southeast District Chair for 6 terms from 1988-2000 and held monthly CE meetings throughout the various towns in the District for the benefit of the members.

Sherwood served 2 terms as the co-chair with John Stevens of the MPhA Government Affairs committee and chaired the first MPhA Task Force that eventually secured the law allowing for Pharmacists' in Minnesota to be immunizers. Sherwood served on the MPhA Board of Directors in the mid 90's.

Sherwood hosted the innovative hour long "The Corner Pharmacist" Radio Show each and every month as a public service from November 1994-July 2017 (274 shows) on the second Tuesday of the month from 8-9AM on Rochester's KROC AM 1340 which earned him the moniker "America's Most Listened to Pharmacist". The show was LIVE, unscreened and uncensored with interactive emailed and phoned in questions from listeners. Sherwood often interviewed special guests from the healthcare arena. Visit the show's website at: www.thecornerpharmacist.com and the show's Facebook page "The Corner Pharmacist Radio Show". The show ended due to the station's format change but Sherwood still appears every October for a "National Pharmacists' Month" interview.

Preceptor to dozens of PharmD externs since 1991 from NDSU, U of MN, U of MN-Duluth, Creighton. Since 2012 is the PIC for Sterling Long Term Care Pharmacy in Rushford serving patients in SE Minnesota and Northern Iowa. MTM certified provider and Nicotine Cessation certified provider by Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center. Sherwood has been honored by his colleagues being named as Minnesota's Distinguished Young Pharmacist in 1992, Excellence in Innovation Pharmacist in 1999 and Bowl of Hygeia in 2001. During his career, Sherwood has been sought out often by local and regional TV, radio and newspapers for interviews about various pharmacist and patient health related topics and speaks often to area groups including the state convention for retired teachers and MTM meetings at senior centers throughout SE Minnesota.

Sherwood and his wife, Wendy, live in Rochester and have 2 children. Sherwood is an avid Minnesota Twins, Wild, Vikings AND NDSU Bison fan!

You are the future of this great profession wherever you may end up practicing and what better time to continue or begin being active in the profession than NOW.

Our profession will continue to grow in importance only through the collective efforts of all of us together educating our patients and the general public both in and out of our various pharmacy practices. Pharmacist MTM services and pharmacist administered immunizations just didn’t happen in this state, they were tirelessly worked for and advocated by your colleagues locally, statewide and even nationally.

Continuing Education:


The Minnesota Pharmacists Association is accredited by the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. This activity is approved for 1 credit hour (s).

To receive Board of Pharmacy credits for this program the following must be completed:

  1. Full participation/completion of the live program
  2. Completion of survey post webinar acknowledging participation.

Board of Pharmacy credit processing takes place on the 15th of each month.

Questions? Please contact jessicat@ewald.com with questions about credits.

Consent to Use of Photographic Images
Registration and attendance at, or participation in, MPhA meetings and other activities constitutes an agreement by the registrant to MPhA's use and distribution (both now and in the future) of the registrant or attendee's image or voice in photographs, videotapes, electronic reproductions and audiotapes of such events and activities.

Cancellation Policy
All cancellations received by October 5 will receive a full refund minus a $10 administrative fee. Cancellations received after October 5 will not receive a refund.

    Minnesota Pharmacists Association


    1000 Westgate Drive, Suite 252, St. Paul, MN 55114 | Phone: 651.697.1771 Fax: 650.290.2266 Email: info@mpha.org

    © 2019 MPhA. All Rights Reserved. Site Map.