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VPhA 143rd Annual Convention

March 8 - March 10

You’re invited to attend VPhA’s 143rd Annual Convention where pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and student pharmacists from the surrounding regions convene, learn, network, and engage with colleagues and peers! We hope you will join us for VPhA’s one and only statewide three-day convention in downtown historic Roanoke with tons of opportunities to broaden your knowledge in the pharmacy profession.

Convention Agenda and Education Information

Thursday, March 7, 2024

5:30pm – 7:30pm Early Check-In, Welcome Cocktail Reception & Exhibit Hall

Friday, March 8, 2024 – 4.5 Hours of CE

7:00am – 4:00pm Registration
7:30am – 8:30am Breakfast
8:00am – 8:15am Welcome Jamie Fisher, VPhA Executive Director
Dr. Sharon Gatewood, VPhA President
8:15am – 12:15pm Looking Beyond the Prescription: the 5Ms of Age-Friendly Pharmaceutical Care
Session One
: Applying the 5Ms to Pharmaceutical Care
Session Two: Medication Deprescribing
Session Three: Interprofessional Collaboration in Age-Friendly Care
Tana N Kaefer, PharmD
Director of Clinical Services | Bremo Pharmacies
Kristin Zimmerman, PharmD, BCGP, BCACP
Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacotherapy & Outcomes Science, VCU
Lana Sargent, Ph.D., RN, FNP-C, GNP-BC
Associate Professor – School of Nursing, VCU | Affiliate Faculty – School of Pharmacy, VCU (Geriatric Pharmacotherapy Program)
Sarah E. Hobgood, MD
Associate Professor, Program Director, Geriatric Medicine Fellowship, VCU
12:00pm – 1:00pm Buffet Lunch
12:30pm – 1:15pm DEI Book Discussion | A Black Man in a White Coat by Damon Tweedy, MD
12:00pm – 2:15pm Exhibit Hall
2:15pm – 3:45pm Update On the Use Of Long-Acting Injectable Medications Ericka Crouse, PharmD, FASCP, FASHP, BCPP, BCGP
Associate Professor
School of Pharmacy
Virginia Commonwealth University
3:45pm – 4:00pm Break
4:00pm – 4:30pm VPhA Award Recognition & Ceremony
Free to Attend – Friday Awards Ceremony
4:30pm – 5:30pm VPhA Membership Meeting

Saturday, March 9, 2024 – 7.0 Hours of CE

7:00am – 4:00pm Registration
7:30am – 8:30am Breakfast
8:00am – 9:30am How To Become a Provider with Virginia Medicaid JoeMichael Fusco, PharmD
MCO Pharmacy Compliance Manager, Office of the Chief Medical Officer, DMAS
9:30am – 9:45am Break
9:45am – 11:45am Test & Treat Protocol Overview and Walkthrough Jean-Venable “Kelly” R. Goode, Pharm.D., BCPS, FAPhA, FCCP
Professor and Director, Community-Based Residency Program,
Sharon Gatewood, Pharm.D., BCACP, FAPhA
Associate Professor, VCU School of Pharmacy
11:45am – 12:00pm Break
12:00pm – 1:00pm Plated Luncheon – Rooke Lecture | Passion, Purpose, and the Path to Inspired Change Traci Poole, PharmD, BCACP, BCGP
Associate Professor
College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, Belmont University
1:00pm – 1:15pm Break
1:15pm – 2:00pm Special Presentation by Merck | Epidemiologic Trends in Adult Invasive Pneumococcal Disease and Unmet Needs Amber Darr, PharmD
Director of Hybrid Pathway, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Shenandoah University
2:00pm – 2:15pm Break
2:15pm – 3:15pm An Update from the Virginia Department of Health Alexis Page, PharmD, BCACP
Pharmacy Supervisor, Division of Pharmacy Services, Office of Epidemiology, Virginia Department of Health
Stephanie Wheawill, PharmD
Director, Division of Pharmacy Services, Virginia Department of Health
3:15pm – 3:30pm Break
3:30pm – 5:00pm Cannabis in the Commonwealth – What Every Pharmacist Should Know in 2024 Alexis Long, PharmD
Pharmacist, Encompass Health Rehab Hospital of Northern VA, Member of VPhA Academy of Medical Cannabis
Chelsea Sprouse, PharmD, BCACP
Pharmacist in Charge, Rise Medical Marijuana Dispensary
5:15pm – 6:30pm Virginia Schools of Pharmacy Reception – Hosted by Hampton, ACP, & SU

Sunday, March 10, 2024 – 3.0 Hours of CE (SPRING FORWARD)

8:00am – 9:30am Registration
8:00am – 9:30am Breakfast
8:45am – 9:45am Protecting Your Practice: Lessons from Disciplinary Cases David A. Robinson, Esq., J.D., M.B.A., B.S.
Assistant Attorney General, Health Professions Section, VA Office of the Attorney General
9:45am – 10:00am Break
10:00am – 12:00pm NASPA/NMA Student Pharmacist Self Care Championship VCU, ACP, & SU
12:00pm Closing Remarks & Adjournment

14.5 Total Hours of CE

Registration and Fees


Reminder: VPhA Members must be logged in to receive Member-only pricing!

Online Annual Convention Registration is now closed. Onsight registration will be available at Hotel Roanoke, Thursday, March 7 (5:30pm) – Sunday, March 10, 2024 (10:00am)
Those registering onsight will incur a $75 fee in addition to the registration rates.

Hotel Information

Hotel Roanoke
110 Shenandoah Avenue NW
Roanoke, VA 24016
(540) 985-5900


Convention Exhibitor and Sponsorship

VPhA is no longer accepting applications for Convention Exhibitors and Sponsorships!
Thank you for those who chose to promote their company and cause with VPhA!

Registered participants are encouraged to check out our Exhibitor and Sponsorship Details page for more information regarding shipment and exhibitor setup.

Intended Audience

This event was designed specifically for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.

CPE Credit Information

The Virginia Pharmacy Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

Faculty Disclosure Statements

All faculty included in the activities listed have indicated that they do not have conflicts of interest, nor do they have a financial relationship with a commercial interest related to their respective presentation

Education Planning and Application

Topics selected for the VPhA 143rd Annual Convention were developed by the VPhA Meetings and Education Committee based upon input from surveys and evaluations from attendees at the 2023 Annual Convention.  Additional input was obtained from the various specialty sections of VPhA, the VPhA Board of Directors, and from the review of surveys of other state associations of their members’ needs.  The VPhA Meetings and Education Committee utilized contemporary literature search to determine the level of education and educational gaps of members in order to design specific topics and learning objectives.


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