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NSU Fall Classic 2015
Saturday, November 7, 2015
Sunday, November 8, 2015
Fort Lauderdale Campus
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The 2015 NSU FALL Classic

The Rebuilding of a Profession

Saturday, Sunday  November 7th & 8th, 2015

Keynote Speaker
Keynote Speaker, Doctor Josh Lenchus, (far left) receiving the “2015 Florida Physician of the Year” Award (graduate of NSU medical school and a Florida registered pharmacist). 

Cameo Speaker, Representative Matt Hudson, (below) Florida State House of Representatives, District 80. Representative Hudson is one of the most visible leaders in the House of Representatives demonstrated by his Leadership Role of Speaker pro tempore (2014-2016), Chair of the Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee and Member of the following: Appropriations Committee, Energy & Utilities Subcommittee, Joint Administrative Procedures Committee, Joint Legislative Budget Commission and the Judiciary Committee.

Matt Hudson

About the Program

This is a must program for all pharmacists. The quality of this conference is at a national level regardless of its application to Florida issues. The first day of the Fall Classic offers pharmacists a glimpse at how prescriptions are disappearing from pharmacies at an alarming rate and what may be the future model where most job-orientated pharmacists will seek careers in patient care prototypes. If you seek to enjoy being employed in the years to come then you need to know the entire scenario that is happening with physician dispensers in Florida. You will need to re-think your professional options. In a short summary, this two-day conference will present provoking presentations that will identify “genuine threatening challenges” to current pharmacy practices that are not being addressed elsewhere. The conference will offer remediating solutions that require pharmacists to understand that they must re-commit to the profession in many fashions. Some of the career endeavors (employment) addressed are currently being developed and are in need of forerunners.


Attendees will be honored with two major presenters. Dr. Josh Lenchus, the youngest Chief of Staff at Jackson Memorial in history and a State and National contributor to healthcare, will speak about how pharmacists are viewed by the healthcare team and how we can enhance our situation. Dr. Lenchus is a licensed Florida pharmacist as well.

Statesman Matt Hudson, in a cameo appearance, will provide his opinion on how to navagate Tallahassee as a healthcare professional in need of changes. He will also address the educational efforts and duties of the pharmacist in the state's Smoking Cessation programs. Representative Hudson's’ parents were both pharmacists.

The 10:10 a.m. presentation with Dr. Barry Bleidt will take the stable world of dispensing pharmacy away from you in a dramatic presentation of facts and figures that are happening every day we live. When the prescriptions dry up, what would you expect? This is not a “what if,” this is a “they are” disappearing prescriptions presentation. Want to understand how the physician dispenser is doing it? Details here at 10:10 a.m., November 7th.

If pharmacists have to seek new jobs/careers can they? Dr. Robert Pihl of McGill University will review what he terms the ‘predominate introverted personality trait’ of those who make up the profession of pharmacy. Dr. Pihl will analyze whether we bright and ambitious pharmacists are suited for the business world that often favors extroverts. He will address the questions “should we be screening pharmacy student applicants for extroversion,” “do we need a survival guide for pharmacy introverts” and “can one optimize their leadership career without compromising their basic quiet personality?” 

In rebuilding the profession, the afternoon session on Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) reflects on where we should be focusing our efforts. Staying alive as a profession is not going to be easy. From this two-hour presentation you will learn about ACO’s from a CEO (Mr. Richard Lucibella), a Physician Director (Dr. Martha Rodriguez) and a working pharmacist (Dr. Renee Jones). The needs of today and the future will be addressed. Time permitting, questions will be taken.

The 3:10 p.m. session by Dr. David Harlow turns to the institutional face and where pharmacists need to put their energies to maintain careers for both today and in the future. Dr. Harlow brings a working model to NSU that utilizes pharmacists to impact direct patientcare outcomes. 

The anchor presentation of the day comes with Dr. Goar Alvarez, member of the Florida Board of Pharmacy and practitioner who addresses most of the issues of the day.


This is the "you will not hear these ideas in America" day. Therefore, you will not want to miss the 7:00 a.m. lecture. With the recent time change of gaining one hour, you should have no problem getting there for the first three hours of eye-opening opportunities. Dr. Kimmi Le Stultz will begin with a snapshot of something new that the State of Florida has just allowed pharmacists to do in achieving "provider status." The world of "labs" has never been a teaching focus for pharmacy schools nor has the non-traditional med/supplement options in healing patients. Times are a changing as you will see here and from Dr. Mitch Ghen for the next two hours. He will share his experiences on the impact of IV nutrition as an author, practitioner and a pharmacist supporter. Dr. Mitch is a dynamic speaker who brings real "healthcare" into our traditional world of "disease care" and offers prospective ideas for those who can see the needs of the consumer biosphere.

Colonel Michael Heath

The required course of Florida Med Error is next for two hours as Dr. Thomas Brickenden covers the requirements of the State in the first hour. For the second hour, participants will be treated by the seventh recipient of the Stephanie F. Aleong National Patient Safety Award. This award has become a tradition at NSU and partner Brand Insititutes’ Drug Safety Institute (DSI). The 2014 recipient, Colonel Michael Heath, (left) a veteran of the Army and USP services will share with you a presentation titled “Physical Environments that Promote Safe Medication Use." He was not available last year but will make up for lost time this year. The 2015 recipient will be presented in April.

Lunch, and then get ready for another exceptional contribution with Dr. Stuart Shipe. Dr. Shipe was a pharmacist who was not content with the current state of the profession. He went back to school and earned degrees that allowed him to achieve things that he needed to be both successful and rewarding. Gathering his lifelong experiences, he has taken on the quest of bringing five different new careers for pharmacists - as he sees it - that are not currently available. He will share with you his renderings of whom and what "pharmaconutritionalist, pharmaconutriceutics, phytopharmacotherapist & biopharmaconutriceutics" are all about and what they will be doing. Can pharmacists design foods that enhance drug compliance?

The last two hours of the day end with fast hitting young pharmacists discussing their ventures outside the box of the profession. Dr. Mary Van will focus on her recent Physician Collaborative Agreement experience and the relationship. Dr. Tyler Harrold will get into his experiences of keeping Sterile Compounding on the right tracks. Dr. Simone Hobus brings one of the most distinctive careers in pharmacy as she reveals Germ Bullet and the domain of aromatherapy.

Fall Classic Classroom

Program Agenda/Schedule

Saturday, November 7, 2015

7:00 -8:00   Healthy Breakfast, NSU HPD Cafeteria                    

7:00 -5:00    Sign-In  Steele Auditorium Foyer

8:00 a.m.      Welcome   Steele Auditorium

Frederick Lippman, Ed.D, Chancellor, NSU, HPD

Lisa Deziel, Pharm.D., Ph.D., Dean, NSU College of Pharmacy

8:00 a.m.        How Pharmacists are Perceived by a State Physician Leader

Joshua Lenchus, D.O., R.Ph.

9:00 a.m.        How Pharmacists are Perceived by a State Legislative Leader

Matt Hudson, Florida State Representative, District 80

10:00 a.m.      Break

10:10 a.m.     The Vanishing Prescription Volume: A Formula for Destruction?

Barry Bleidt, Pharm.D., Ph.D.

11:10 a.m.      Can the Introverted Pharmacy Profession Survive Changes?

Robert Pihl, Ph.D.

12:10 p.m.      Lunch

1:00 p.m.         The ACO Practice Model: The Future of Pharmacy Model?

Richard Lucibella, CEO,  Martha Rodriquez, M.D.,  Renee Jones, Pharm.D.

3:10 p.m.         The Institutional Challenge and Changes in Pharmacy Survival

David Harlow, Pharm.D.

4:10 p.m          What We Should Know From the Board of Pharmacy

Goar Alvarez, Pharm.D.

5:10 p.m.         Program Sign Out & Adjournment

Sunday, November 8, 2015

6:30 am-8:00 am  Healthy Breakfast - NSU HPD Cafeteria

6:30 am-1:00 pm  Registration & Sign-In - Steele Auditorium Foyer

7:00 a.m.           Welcome -  Steele Auditorium

7:00 a.m.           Enhancing Your Career through Unique Achievements:

The Lab Experts of America

Kimmi Stultz, Pharm.D.

8:00 a.m.           Enhancing Your Career through Unique Achievements:

An Aggressive Patient Nutrition Approach

Mitch Ghen, D.O.

10:00 a.m.         Break

10:10 a.m.         Florida Required Med Errors Presentation

Thomas Brickenden, J.D., R.Ph.  &  Colonel Michael Heath

The Stephanie F. Leong National Patient Safety Award Presentation

12:10 p.m.          Lunch

1:00 p.m.            Enhancing Your Career through Unique Achievements:

The Non-Traditional World of Dr. Shipe

Stuart Shipe, DOAM, R.Ph.

3:00 p.m.            Break

3:10 a.m.            Enhancing Your Career through Unique Achievements

1.  Aroma Therapy and the Pharmacist

Simone Hobus, Pharm.D.

2.  The Right Side of Sterile Compounding

Tyler Harrold, Pharm.D.

3.  The Physician Collaborative Agreement

Mary Van, Pharm.D.

5:10 p.m.           Evaluation & Adjournment


Goar Alvarez, Pharm.D., C.Ph., FASCP, Assistant Dean, Pharmacy Services, Assistant Professor, NSU College of Pharmacy, Ft. Lauderdale, FL,  Member Florida Board of Pharmacy.

Barry A. Bleidt, Ph.D., Pharm.D., R.Ph.  Professor, NSU College of Pharmacy, Sociobehavioral & Administrative Pharmacy, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Thomas A. Brickenden, J.D., M.S., R.Ph.  Private Practice Attorney, Weston, FL

Lisa Deziel, Ph.D., Pharm.D.  Dean, NSU College of Pharmacy

Carsten Evans, Ph.D.  Executive Director of Continuing Education & Professional Affairs, NSU Health Professions Division, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Simone Hobus Ghanavati, Pharm.D., Vice President of Operations, Research & Development, Bullet, Boca Raton, FL

Mitchell Ghen, D.O., Ph.D., M.S.  Integrative Medicine Physician, & Radio Host locally “Doctor Mitch” and two daily national shows. Boca Raton, FL

David Harlow III, Pharm.D. Assistant Vice President of Professional Services, Martin Health System, Stuart, FL

Tyler Harrold, Pharm.D., Post Haste Pharmacy, Hollywood, FL

W. Michael Heath, M.S., Colonel (Retired) U.S Army, Lexington, KY

Matt Hudson, Statesman, Florida House of Representatives, District 80

Renee Jones, Pharm.D.  Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice,

NSU College of Pharmacy, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Frederick Lippman, E.D., R.Ph.  Chancellor, NSU Health Professions Division, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Josh Lenchus, D.O., R.Ph., FACP, SFHM, President, Jackson Health System Medical Staff, Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine and Anesthesiology, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Associate Program Director, JMH Internal Medicine Residency, Associate Director, UM-JMH Center for Patient Safety Medical Director, Procedure Service.

Richard Lucibella, CEO Accountable Care Options, Boynton Beach, FL

Robert Pihl, Ph.D., Professor, Psychology & Psychiatry, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Martha Rodriquez, M.D., Practitioner & Chair, Board of Directors, Accountable Care Options, Boynton Beach, FL.

Stuart Shipe, DAOM, P.A., R.Ph.  Private Practitioner, Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, Stuart, FL & Radio Host for “A Better Way to Health.”

Kimmi Stultz, Pharm.D.  Private Practitioner, Physician & Consumer Consultant, Parkland, FL

Mary Van, Pharm.D., Director of Operations, Thrive Spa, Miramar, FL.


SATURDAY, November 7, 2015


8:00 a.m. How Pharmacists are Perceived by a State Physician Leader

    (0092-0000-15-052-L04, P,T)  1 Hour - Topic:  Leadership, MTM, Management

Learning Objectives  Upon completion of this session, participants should be better able to:

1. Describe the general values that pharmacists partner with the Florida Medical Association.
2. Discuss the values/services that pharmacist contribute to a large teaching institution.
3. Discuss reasons why pharmacists need to become providers (provider status) of healthcare.

 9:00 a.m.  How Pharmacists are Perceived by a State Legislative Leader

     (0092-0000-15-053-L04-P,T)  1 Hour - Topic: Management, Leadership

Learning Objectives  Upon completion of this session, participants should be better able to:

  1. Review how pharmacists have done over the past few years in legislative matters.
  2. Discuss the current standing and needs of Florida pharmacists.
  3. Review how pharmacists can impact the current status of healthcare in Florida.
  4. Describe how to create a bill to be presented to the House of Representatives.


10:05 a.m. The Vanishing Prescription Volume: A Formula for Destruction?

    (0092-0000-15-054-L04-P.T.)  1 hour - Topic: MTM, Management, Leadership

Learning Objectives  Upon completion of this session, participants should be better able to:

  1. Examine the history of the “other dispensers” section in Florida pharmacy law rules & regulations.
  2. Discuss who the “In-Office Dispensing” companies are and how they are effective.
  3. Discuss the eminent future of volume generic prescriptions disappearing from the current prescription landscape.
  4. Describe how a physician drug inventory system is designed. 

 11:10 a.m.  Can the Introverted Pharmacy Profession Survive Changes?

    (0092-0000-15-055-L04-P,T.)  1 Hour - Topic: Counseling

Learning Objectives  Upon completion of this session, participants should be better able to:

  1. Discuss introversion in the professional workplace as a percentage compared to the norm.
  2. Describe the power of the personality trait that shapes our responses to situations involving other people.    
  3. Review the application and values of employing “assertive interactions” in the workplace.
  4. Describe Emotional Intelligence as an insightful tool in professional practice.  

1:00 p.m.  The ACO Practice Model: The Future of Pharmacy Model?

   (0092-0000-056-LO4-P,T)  2 hours - Topic:  Management, Outcomes, Managed Care

Learning Objectives  Upon completion of this session, participants should be better able to:

  1. Discuss the expectations of affordable care organizations and how they differ from non ACOs.
  2. Describe how the status of quality factors involved in the ACO model are subjective and how they are impactful.
  3. Discuss the incentives within the ACO models and whether or not if they are strong enough to change performance skills to improve healthcare.
  4. Describe from an administrative viewpoint if pharmacy skills can enhance ACO outcomes in a positive manner.
  5. Describe from a physician manager viewpoint if pharmacy skills can enhance overall ACO outcomes in a positive manner.
  6. Discuss the pharmacist views as to how the ACO model presents a viable workplace.

 3:10 p.m.  The Institutional Challenge & Changes in Pharmacy Survival

    (0092-0000-15-057-L04-P,T)  1 Hour - Topic: MTM, Outcomes

Learning Objectives  Upon completion of this session, participants should be better able to:

  1. Outline skills of an effective provider of patient services.
  2. Discuss reasons why pharmacists need to become providers.
  3. Describe an institutional model where pharmacist partner in providing patient care.
  4. Discuss the skills and knowledge needed for pharmacists to perform as practitioners in an acute care setting.  

4:10 p.m. What We Should Know From the Board of Pharmacy

    (0092-0000-15-058-LO4-P,T)  1 Hour - Topic:  Law, Laboratory, Administration

Learning Objectives

  1. Recall the Florida Board of Pharmacy agenda highlights for the past six months.
  2. Discuss the regulation details involved with physician dispensers in the State of Florida
  3. Clarify the various stakeholders and their interests regarding recent control substance issues.
  4. Discuss the recent changes in the “Lab Order and Monitoring” rules and regulations.
  5. Identify various professional opportunities that #3 offers consultant pharmacists.


SUNDAY, November 8, 2015

7:00 a.m. Enhancing Your Career Through Unique Achievements: The Lab Experts of America

    (0092-0000-15-060-LO4-P,T.)  1 hour - Topic: Laboratory, MTM, Marketing, Nutrition                

Learning Objectives  Upon completion of this session, participants should be better able to:

  1. Describe the specific labs ordered within both a CMP and a BMP.
  2. Discuss how a genomic test can be of value to a patient taking critical drugs.
  3. Describe when to order a micro-nutrient lab panel and how to recommend nutrition when results indicate a need.
  4. Explain when and how you would order a CDSA lab and interpret the results.
  5. Describe the value of a PLA2 lab test in utilizing it to evaluate coronary inflammation.

 8:00 a.m.   Enhancing Your Career Through Unique Achievements:

                        An Aggressive Patient Nutrition Approach   

     (0092-0000-15-061-LO4-P,T)  2 hour - Topic:  Nutrition, Laboratory, Marketing                 

Learning Objectives  Upon completion of this session, participants should be better able to:

  1. Identify the accumulations of everyday toxins and how they impact our health.
  2. Discuss specific lab tests that identify the various non-nutritional values resulting from everyday toxins.
  3. Discuss the Spectrum of Gluten-Related Disorders and how to address remedial nutritional health.
  4. Identify career opportunities for pharmacists in the nutritional field of wellness both healing and prevention.  
  5. Describe through nutrition how to boost the body’s miracle molecule to prevent and reverse chronic diseases.

10:10 a.m. Med Error I & II

(0092-0000-15-062-L05-P,T)  2 Hours - Topic: Medical Errors

Learning Objectives  Upon completion of this session, participants should be better able to:

  1. Describe the review process for root cause analysis.
  2. Discuss error reduction and prevention in the pharmacy setting.
  3. Identify categories of high-risk medications.
  4. Discuss methods (eg. stress) to increase patient safety in the workplace.
  5. Discuss the Florida continuing education requirements regarding med error review.
  6. Provide strategies & introduce cultures that may be employed to decrease patient medication errors.
  7. Review ten years history of analyzing Florida med error pharmacists in a remedial program.


1:00 p.m.    Enhancing Your Career Through Unique Achievements:

The Non-Traditional World of Dr. Shipe

(0092-0000-15-063-L04-P,T.)  2 Hours - Topic: MTM, Reimbursement, Marketing, Nutrition

Learning Objectives  Upon completion of this session, participants should be better able to:

  1. Discuss the rethinking of the science of nutrition.
  2. Review evidence-biased traditional drug profiles.
  3. Describe the marketing of cholesterol and its impact on pharmacy practice.
  4. Examine the trail from gene testing to nutritional care.

 3:00 p.m.  Enhancing Your Career Through Unique Achievements.

 (0092-0000-15-064-LO4-P,T)  2 hours 

Topic:  MTM, Reimbursement, Marketing 

Learning Objectives  Upon completion of this session, participants should be better able to:

  1. Discuss careers and jobs pharmacy related that are atypical to traditional thinking.
  2. Describe the application of consumer driven aroma therapy products Germ Bullet and Sleep Bullet.
  3. Explain the basic steps of compliance in building a sterile compounding program.
  4. Design a Physician Collaborative Agreement in creating a partnership business.
  5. Identify market needs in creating pharmacy related entrepreneurships.


Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. This program has been approved for up to 17.0 contact hours (1.7 CEUs). This program has also been approved for Consultant Re-Certification up to 15 hours, and Med Errors Education (2 hours) of continuing education credits.

The Provider, NSU College of Pharmacy, will report all earned continuing education (CE) credits for this program to CE Broker for those pharmacists who provide their correct birth date and pharmacist license numbers.

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