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Small Doses

June 1, 2018
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Mission Moments:

Leadership Summit/HOD Recap

More than 90 pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacy students from across the state participated in our annual Leadership Summit and House of Delegates event at Midland Hills Country Club on Thursday, May 31. After a morning of thought-provoking presentations on topics such as perspectives from three generations of pharmacists, succession planning and responding to the health needs of Minnesotans, our House of Delegates elected officers and directors and discussed the direction MPhA will take in the coming year. 2018-2019 President Jason Varin sent his remarks via video from Portugal. Many thanks to our participants, our presenters, and our sponsors!

Installation of Officers and Directors



Rebecca Pickler and Denise Frank

Student leaders

Platinum Sponsor


Gold Sponsor


Silver Sponsors

Boehringer Ingelheim
Lilly USA

For many more photos (and a short video of Molly Ekstrand receiving her green jacket), visit the MPhA Facebook page.

COP Students on Learning Trip in Uganda

MPhA member Melanie Nicol, PharmD, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy is leading a team of student pharmacists on a learning trip in Uganda. The students are spending time on rotations at private and government-run hospitals and developing educational interventions.

UMCOP Uganda

Editor’s Note: During our Annual Learning Networking Event in September, MPhA made note of Mission Moments — those times when a member clearly exemplified our mission to advance patient care. As we move through the year, we will continue to showcase these Mission Moments as part of Small Doses. If you have an example to share, please send it to Laurie Pumper.

Alliance fro Patient Medication Safety

Minnesota News

Mendkoff Receives ASHP Student Leadership Award

Jordan Mendkoff

MPhA Student member Jordan Mendkoff has received a 2018 ASHP Student Leadership Award in recognition of his achievements in campus and pharmacy practice leadership.

MPhA Events

Need CE Hours? Less than Four Months to Reporting Deadline:

Minnesota Board of Pharmacy requires the completion of 30 hours of continuing education by September 30.

MPhA’s continuing education program provides more than a licensing requirement — you’ll also get the opportunity to network with your colleagues, stay on top of your professional game and practice to the top of your license. Don’t miss our Leadership Summit/House of Delegates Meeting, our Virtual Coffee Break Webinars, or Town Halls!

You can check the CE credits earned through MPhA programs by going to Log in; then scroll under Membership>Member Central>Manage Profile, and click. When you are on the Manage Profile page, look under “Content and Features” and select Professional Development. You will see all the MPhA activities you have attended. You can specify a date range, then print or email your transcript. If you need any assistance, please contact Bryan Mowry at

Register Now: MPhA Town Hall

Sunday, June 10, 2018 • 5:30-8 p.m.

Braham Community Center, Braham, Minn.

Join your colleagues in the Braham/Mora area for a chance to network, learn and share with one another while having your voices heard! MPhA Past President Brent Thompson will host the event. You’ll have the opportunity to mix, mingle and visit with exhibitors while sharing fellowship before the dinner program. This event is complimentary to MPhA members!

Christine “Tina” Larsen, PharmD, an MTM pharmacist at Allina Health System, will provide a program on pharmacogenomics and medication use — and applying it to your practice. Then MPhA Interim Executive Director Marsha Millonig will provide an update on Minnesota Pharmacy’s advocacy efforts in 2018 and lead a Town Hall.

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Register Now: June 20 MPhA Virtual Coffee Break

Updates to Diabetes Guidelines: A Focus on Evidence and Clinical Application of Newer Agents

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 • 11:30 a.m. • Online Webinar

Updates will be provided on the American Diabetes Association guidelines as well as the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists guidelines, with a focus on newer agents and evidence supporting use of these medications.

Learning Objectives:

  • Summarize and apply the 2018 clinical guidelines for the treatment of hyperglycemia;
  • Recommend appropriate anti-diabetic agents according to patient characteristics and comorbidities;
  • Apply evidence-based medicine beyond the guidelines to clinical decision making in patients with diabetes;
  • Summarize several cardiovascular outcome trials related to antidiabetic agents and apply trial data to clinical decision making.

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About Our Speakers:

Kylee Funk is clinical faculty at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy. Dr. Funk provides comprehensive medication management at the University of Minnesota Health Nurse Practitioners Clinic. Her research is around the impact of CMM, pharmacist and nurse practitioner partenerships, and innovative techniques for diabetes education. Dr. Funk and Dr. Schweiss are co-directors for the Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome course.

Sarah Schweiss is clinical faculty at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy on the Duluth campus. She also serves as the Assistant Director for the University of Minnesota's PGY-1 residency program. Dr. Schweiss provides comprehensive medication management at St. Luke's Mount Royal Medical Clinic. Her scholarly expertise lies in the realm of innovative diabetes education, interprofessional diabetes care, and novel teaching methods among ambulatory care pharmacy residency programs. Dr. Schweiss co-directs the College's Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome course with Dr. Funk, and also serves as the course director for an interprofessional diabetes experience elective.

National News

NCPA Leaders Discuss President’s Drug Pricing Proposals

From National Community Pharmacists Association video, May 30: National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) Executive Director Douglas Hoey and Board Chair Brian Caswell were interviewed recently by NCPA staffer Kala Shankle, responding to proposals as part of President Trump’s “American Patients First” proposal. They discuss the need to improve PBM transparency and the possibility of eliminating DIR fees.

Watch the video