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1/16/2020 to 1/18/2020
When: January 16-18, 2020
Where: Deep Portage Learning Center
2197 Nature Center Dr NW
Hackensack, Minnesota  56452
United States

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Announcing the Fifth Annual Pharmaceutical Care Lyceum
January 16th – 18th, 2020

This year’s theme is Advancing Health Equity

Application Deadline: January 5th, 2020

Cost: $249 per person

Download the Application Form Here

The Pharmaceutical Care Lyceum was inspired by the Deep Portage Pharmaceutical Care Conference hosted for several years by the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy Peters Institute of Pharmaceutical Care and then by Medication Management Systems. The 2020 Pharmaceutical Care Lyceum is brought to you by a group of pharmaceutical care practitioners hoping to revive the spirit and intent of Deep Portage in partnership with the Minnesota Pharmacists Association.

This conference has brought together pharmaceutical care students, faculty, and practitioners from around the world to explore the practice as defined in the Pharmaceutical Care Practice Standards (Cipolle, Strand, and Morley, 2012).

The purpose of the Pharmaceutical Care Lyceum is to illuminate issues related to the practice of pharmaceutical care, foster collegiality among students, faculty and practitioners and to invigorate the practice as the cornerstone of pharmacy.  The fifth annual Pharmaceutical Care Lyceum will provide an opportunity to reflect, collaborate, and develop next steps toward improving health and health care equity in our communities.

The goal of this year’s conference is to explore pathways to advance health equity. By delving into our own personal and professional development, we can attempt to understand pieces of health equity to build pharmaceutical care practices that promote advances in health equity.

From the World Health Organization, “equity in health implies that ideally everyone could attain their full health potential and that no one should be disadvantaged from achieving this potential because of their social position or other socially determined circumstance…. Efforts to promote social equity in health are therefore aimed at creating opportunities and removing barriers to achieving the health potential of all people” (Whitehead and Dahlgren, 2006).

Some questions to consider as you develop your submission:

  • Why do individuals with severe and persistent mental illness die 25 years earlier from cardiovascular or metabolic disease than the general population? How can we improve this?
  • How do structural and institutional racism influence care delivery and patient outcomes? What can we do about it?
  • How do you handle a patient encounter when they are being openly discriminatory toward you or your learner?
  • How do your biases influence the care you provide?

Further reading on health equity:
Cannuscio, Carolyn C, et al. “Social Justice Is the Foundation of Healthcare - and Medical Education | Opinion.” https://www.inquirer.com, The Philadelphia Inquirer, 16 Sept. 2019, www.inquirer.com/health/social-justice-healthcare-medical-education-system-20190914.html

Whitehead M, Dahlgren G. Concepts and Principles for Tackling Social Inequities in Health: Levelling up, Part 1. World Health Organization, Regional Office for Europe; 2006. www.euro.who.int/__data/assets/pdf_file/0010/74737/E89383.pdf

Wyatt R, Laderman M, Botwinick L, Mate K, Whittington J. Achieving Health Equity: A Guide for Health Care Organizations. IHI White Paper. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Institute for Healthcare Improvement; 2016. (Available at ihi.org)


Previously, the Deep Portage Conference, created an environment fostering innovative practice ideas and concepts.  As a result of this, concepts such as the medication experience, the Phillips Neighborhood Clinic’s student-run pharmaceutical care practice, and understanding the development of pharmaceutical care students and practitioners have been incorporated into our collective knowledge of pharmaceutical care. 

Application Information

The Pharmaceutical Care Lyceum is successful only when all participants are actively engaged, open and prepared to share ideas, challenge current practice, and envision what is possible.  This is achieved through discussion-based presentations, active learning groups, and the creation of an environment that is relaxed and allows for creativity. 

The Pharmaceutical Care Lyceum learning sessions will consist of 30 to 60 minute time slots. Sessions may be in large group, small breakout, or smaller roundtable formats. As a potential participant to the Pharmaceutical Care Lyceum, we ask that your submission describe your optimal session format and preferred time allocation. Sessions should present visions, generate discussion, and challenge the group. Some example session formats include:


Suggested time


Panel Discussion

60 minutes

Moderated interactive discussion with 3-5 experts on a provocative or innovative topic

Practice Dilemma/ Topic Roundtable

30 minutes

Focus on rich participant dialogue with brief framing presentation


60 minutes

Presentation with significant participant engagement


30 or 60 min

Task-oriented small group experience


30 or 60 min

The Lyceum concept encourages creative license!

Presentations should account for less than half of your allocated time in order to allow for accelerated growth and discussion. Although technology will be available (screen, projector) the use of active dialogue and learning techniques versus traditional PowerPoint presentations is preferred.

Up to 70 applicants will be selected to attend.  Not all attendees will be asked to present.  Please be thoughtful when completing your application and keep your submission to no more than 2 pages. In your application, please include each applicant’s full name, email address, and a short biosketch (a one paragraph summary of academic, work, and professional experiences).  Additionally please include 2-3 learning objectives for your session. Please see attached application form.

Group and individual applications will be accepted. Group applications should include 4 or less group members and should include a description of how each team member will contribute to the group’s presentation.

To apply for the conference, submit your completed application form to PCareLyceum@gmail.com by November 7th.

You will be notified on or before November 28th, 2019 whether your application has been accepted for presentation. For first time participants, challenge yourselves to think beyond what you currently know and see in pharmaceutical care. For previous attendees, look beyond your current practices and previous experience at the Deep Portage discussions and come up with new ideas to share and shape our future. Because time on the agenda is limited, your session may not be selected for presentation, but you may still be invited to attend and actively engage in the conference as space permits.

Conference Format and Logistics
The Pharmaceutical Care Lyceum is not a passive environment.  Each participant is not only encouraged but expected to be engaged and participate.  However, the conference will be FUN – as thoughtful dialogue and FUN are not mutually exclusive!

The conference will be held at the Deep Portage Learning Center, 2197 Nature Center Dr NW, Hackensack, MN 56452. Deep Portage is a conservation and environmental learning center. The basic accommodations allow time for reflection and a new way of connecting with each other and our environment. It’s approximately a 3.5 hour drive from the Twin Cities metro or 2.75 hours from Duluth. Transportation will not be provided, car-pooling is strongly encouraged. Additional information can be found at: www.deep-portage.org 

Lodging, meals, and all conference materials will be provided for a total cost of $249 per participant. There will be ample opportunities to interact socially and enjoy indoor and outdoor activities (such as rock climbing, cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, campfires, and more!).

We look forward to your application.  Please email for more information or to discuss your ideas with us.

Please contact us with questions and your completed application at PCareLyceum@gmail.com.

Highest regards from the conference organizers,

Kaity Bader
Molly Ekstrand
Emily Evan
Keri Hager
JoAnna Harper
Trish Klatt
Michelle Mages
Sara Massey
Swetha Pradeep
Allyson Schlichte
Mary Jo Vierkant
Kyle Walburg


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