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OPA Annual Conference & Trade Show

April 12-14, 2019

OPA Annual Conference & Trade Show
Save the Date: April 12-14, 2019

Don’t miss the biggest opportunity of the year to learn, network, and enjoy the hospitality that only Downtown Columbus can deliver. The OPA Annual Conference is one of the most attended and recognized pharmacy events in the country. With more than 30 cutting-edge CPE sessions, engaging exhibits, an exceptional array of expert speakers, Ohio Research Podium presentations and poster displays, and students competition in the Innovative Pharmacy Business Plan Competition, the OTC and Self-Care Challenge, and the Pharmacy Olympics social event. Pharmacy excellence around the state will be recognized at the annual Awards Luncheon.

From specialized programming to exciting competitions to leadership recognition, the 2019 OPA Conference has it all. Join the excitement! 

To exhibit for 2019, click on the Trade Show & Exhibit Info link or the Register to Exhibit link in the box at the upper left corner of this page.

2018 Annual Conference Recap:

Special thanks to our 2018  Gold, Silver and Bronze OPA Conference Sponsors

Conference APP

In an effort to go green, continuing education presentations will be available on the app for you to access via your mobile device.  Be sure to download the app before you get to the Conference to read in-depth descriptions of CPE programming, start a to-do list, and get excited about the Annual Conference!


Registration Deadlines   by 3/15/18 by 4/16/18
 Discounted Member $279 $309  $339

Non-Member Rate w/ special conf rate
& 2018 OPA Membership*

$452 $482  $512
Pharmacy Resident Rate $134 $164  $194

Pre-registration rates are valid through April 16. Onsite registration rates will become effective on April 17. 
Full registration includes admission to all Friday, Saturday and Sunday CPE Programs, handout materials, Trade Show, meals and breaks. Registration for the PAC Breakfast is a separate fee.

*Special full conference rate for NEW members includes conference and April-December OPA membership. This special offer is available to NEW OPA members only (those who were not members in 2016 or 2017).



 Registration Deadlines  by 3/15/18 by 4/16/18 Onsite 
Friday  $149  $169  $190
Saturday  $149  $169  $190
Sunday  $89  $109  $130

One day registration includes admission to CPE Programs, handout materials, Trade Show, meals and breaks.


 Registration Deadlines  by 3/15/18 by 4/16/18 Onsite 
Friday  $322  $342  $363
Saturday  $322  $342  $363
Sunday  $262  $282  $303

**Special one day Non-Member conference rate includes April-December OPA membership. One day registration includes admission to CPE Programs, handout materials, Trade Show, meals and breaks.


 Registration Deadlines    by 3/16/17
by 4/17/17 Onsite 
Friday  $89  $109  $130
Saturday  $89  $109  $130
Sunday  $49  $69  $90

One day registration includes admission to CPE Programs, handout materials, Trade Show, meals and breaks.

Click here to view the full 2018 OPA Annual Conference Brochure
Programming details: Annual Conference Program Descriptions and the 2018 OPA Annual Conference Learning Objectives

2018 Special Events

BI - Lilly Breakfast Theatre
Friday, 7:15 a.m (MOVED from Saturday)
Options in basal insulin: Basaglar® (insulin glargine injection)
Speaker: Nancy D’Hondt, RPh, CDE, FAADE
Clinical Pharmacist, St. John Hospital and Medical Center, Detroit, MI

This program will discuss an FDA-approved insulin glargine option from the Boehringer Ingelheim and Eli Lilly and Company Alliance. The presentation will provide information regarding the BASAGLAR clinical profile, as well as dosing and administration. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask the faculty questions about the data presented and refreshments will be provided.

Awards Luncheon
Friday 11:25 a.m.
OPA will recognize excellence in the profession, in the community, and with the Association at the Annual Awards Luncheon. Media representatives will be recognized for their support of educating the public on safe medicine use and for awareness of pharmacy issues.

Trade Show and Prize Drawing
Friday, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. & Saturday, 11:15 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Attendees may transform their practice by meeting exhibitors and learning about their products and services. Network with colleagues over lunch. Visit the exhibitors for a chance to win a BIG prize. There is no concurrent programming during Trade Show hours, so this is the perfect time to network with your colleagues and have a little fun!

Poster Session
Friday, 4:10 - 6:00 p.m.

Our annual Poster Session will feature the research of the faculty and students from Ohio’s colleges of pharmacy, as well as practitioners from around the state. The Ohio Research Forum 2018 CPE session will be held at 1:00 p.m.

Friday Dinner in the City**
Friday  7:00 pm 
Attendees have the option to dine at one of four downtown Columbus restaurants. After a day of learning, network with your peers in a more casual setting. With the exception of caviar and alcohol, it’s all included in your conference registration! (Restaurant options may change prior to 4/20/2018.) Please indicate your preferences on the registration form. **(Note: restaurant choices will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis. Unfortunately, we will not be able to change your choice selections once your registration has been processed.)

PAC Breakfast
Saturday, 7:15 a.m.

Support pharmacy’s influence in Ohio’s General Assembly by attending the Political Action Committee Breakfast. You’ll hear from an influential Ohio legislator and you can also sponsor a student. This event requires a separate fee on the registration form.

Conversations Over Coffee
Friday 8:15 am
Talk to pharmacy leaders, new practitioners, and students from around the state about the next step in your pharmacy career! Discuss interview preparation, pursuing a residency, board certification, and much more!

Paying Off Student Loans
Saturday, 8:15 a.m
The "Financial Pharmacist" will use his own experiences paying off $200,000 of student loans to help you develop a debt-payoff strategy and balance other financial goals. 

Residency Expo
Saturday, 11:15 a.m
The Expo is your chance to meet residents and program directors from across the state. Come with questions and discover what their program can do for you.

House of Delegates
Saturday, 4:40 p.m.
The House of Delegates serves as the policy-making body of the Association.  Be a part of decisions made for the practice of pharmacy in Ohio through the resolutions and bylaws processes.

NPX (New Practitioner Experience) and UNDER 40 Networking Social
Saturday 5:00 pm      Location: Barley's
If you are a pharmacist with < 7 years in practice, join other new practitioners and honorees of the UNDER 40 Award at this fun event! Network, meet and have fun at at location to be determined. Stay tuned for more details.

Pharmacy Ambassadors Reception, UNDER 40 Recognition and President’s Banquet
Saturday, 7:00 p.m.
Meet OPA's inaugural UNDER 40 Honorees and connect with colleagues and friends before the President’s Banquet, which includes the installation of OPA President Ryan Schneider and the 2018-2019 officers and trustees. A dessert reception will follow. All are welcome.

Faculty Disclosure
Disclosure of faculty and commercial support relationships will be made known at each activity.

Continuing Education Credit
This Conference is targeted to all pharmacists and student pharmacists. The Continuing Pharmacy Education (CPE) portion is coordinated by the Ohio Pharmacists Foundation. To receive CPE credit, pharmacists must attend the entire session, actively participate, complete the CPE form indicating sessions attended, and return the signed form to OPA within 30 days of the Conference. CPE credit will be uploaded
to the CPE Monitor at the end of each month. CPE Statements of Credit can be printed from the CPE monitor.
Learning objectives for each of the continuing pharmacy education programs can be found on the OPA website at All CPE sessions are knowledge-based activities unless otherwise indicated.

ACPE LogoThe Ohio Pharmacists Foundation, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. Disclosure: The OPF trustees and other individuals responsible for planning OPF continuing pharmacy education activities have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

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