Pharmacy Faculty and Students to OPA

by Kathryn Sill, Public Relations Writer

Cedarville University School of Pharmacy faculty and students will attend the Ohio Pharmacist Association (OPA) Conference from April 17-19. 

The conference will take place in Columbus at the Greater Columbus Convention Center and is the largest gathering of pharmacists and pharmacy students in the state each year. The conference provides networking and continuing education opportunities for pharmacists across the state. Seven pharmacy schools will attend the event. 

Melody L. Hartzler, Pharm.D., AE-C, BCACP, assistant professor of pharmacy practice, is one of the professors involved with the conference and will be presenting at the event. 

“Our students participated in the Self-Care Challenge last year and will do so again this year,” Hartzler said. “It’s a competition to see which school has the best knowledge of over-the-counter products.  Myself and other faculty members have also presented at past meetings. I am currently on the board for the Ohio Pharmacists Association.” 

At the OPA Conference this year, Hartzler will be presenting in the Innovative Practice Forum on Friday by sharing her experience of Shared Medical Appointments at her practice site. Then, on Saturday Hartzler will present on “Individualizing Diabetes Therapy: An Interactive Approach in the Management of Type 2 Diabetes,” which will focus on continuing education and new diabetes medications and how best to use them in clinical practice with case scenarios. 

Marc Sweeney, Pharm. D., dean of the school of pharmacy, will also be presenting at the conference. On Friday, Sweeney will present “Turning Pharmacy Challenges into Financial Opportunity,” which will discuss the financial challenges facing the profession right now. Then, on Saturday Sweeney will present “The Role of the Pharmacist in Public Health” with Ginger Cameron, Ph.D., epidemiologist and assistant dean of the school of pharmacy. This session will give a description of public health and discuss models for pharmacists in this role. 

Outside of presenting professionally, Sweeney will also have the opportunity to perform musically at the President’s Banquet on Saturday evening with Douglas Anderson, Pharm.D., professor of pharmacy practice, and Jeb Ballentine, Pharm.D., associate professor of pharmacy practice and director of pharmacy practice lab. Sweeney will perform on the keyboard, Ballentine will play the drums and Anderson will play the bass guitar. 

Hartzler said the OPA Conference provides a great opportunity to hear how pharmacists are moving forward in their practice. 

“You often can take great ideas home to implement in your practice,” Hartzler said. “Our students enjoy connecting with other students and have been able to collaborate on projects with students from other schools.”

“The OPA Conference allows the Cedarville school of pharmacy to expand our presence within the professional community,” Sweeney said. 

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 3,620 undergraduate, graduate and online students in more than 100 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings and leading student satisfaction ratings.