Top of Page
Skip main navigation
CE Classroom

Continuing Education Program


NSU Fall Classic 2020
Saturday, November 7, 2020
Sunday, November 8, 2020
Program from:
NSU College of Pharmacy
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Advance Registration Fees:
Pharmacists: $175 / One Day: $100
Pharm Techs: $95 / One Day: $55


About the Program

Saturday November 7th, 2020

The 31st NSU Fall Classic Conference was really given no title when we started to put it together months ago. We thought a beautiful red leaf would present a peaceful moment in time to our readers. If we were to give it a name today it would be something like “Preparing yourself and your loved ones for when the Vaccine gets here to assure it works”.

The conference includes several contemporary topics that offer “cutting edge” information which is both relevant and engaging to pharmacy practitioners plus includes your license required courses (Florida Med Error & Validation of Prescription Controlled Substances and Human Trafficking) as additional home study offerings at no extra charge. Consultant pharmacists should be happy as they close out their two-year cycle and can earn up to 12 hours of recertification credits.

The speakers selected for the NSU Fall Classic for the most part came from your evaluations over the past five years. The four 3-hour block presentations went to speakers that our followers rated with the highest overall evaluation numbers. We do have a few new speakers to NSU including this year’s 13th Annual Patient Safety Award recipient, an amazing contributor to our professional world.

On Saturday November 7th, a six-year tradition continues as the charismatic Dr. Mitch Ghen kicks off the event with another incredible presentation as he addresses pragmatic issues with answers regarding natural methods to enhance our immune function to defend off all diseases (especially viruses). He will discuss why the aging patient cannot come back to normality with just receiving a miracle COVID19 vaccine. He will provide the science background behind the immune function and how one can stay healthy over a lifetime. He will address immune markers, reversing the deathly trend of immune senescence, baseline supplements, pro-inflammatory compounds and how one’s “lack of good immune system” at any age can lead to a deficient response to any vaccine. How do you measure your immune system?

Dr. Mitch is a practicing physician who holds a master’s degree in biomechanical trauma and has a Ph.D. in nutrition and psychoneuroimmunology.

The following presentation could be the single reason for attending this conference, it is the National Patient Safety Award that NSU College of Pharmacy and partner Brand Institute present annually.

It all started with the book Dangerous Doses by Katherine Eban. The astonishing book was about South Florida and how we contributed to a national drug counterfeiting incident. The star of the book was Stephanie Feldman, a hard-nosed attorney who went after justice. When she died at thirty-six, we created this Award in her name.

Last year in November we introduced Katherine’s second book Bottle of Lies at this conference. No one in the audience of 400+ knew anything about the critical information that this world class investigative author was releasing to the public about the significantly lack of quality control that was involved in our nations’ generic/brand drug supply chain. We recommended this book then as a must read for all pharmacists and we still do! A MUST READ before this meeting. Katherine has been recognized by the national media for her patient safety role including being a TED presenter.

In summary, it was Katherine Eban who let the Indian and Chinese cats out of the bag regarding the US dependency upon the poor oversight of these two country’s drug manufacturing processes. Some estimates were that 86% of our drugs supplies came from these two sources and at sub quality at best.

The 2020 Patient Safety Award recipient, Katherine Eban will discuss some of the details that she encountered as an investigative reporter.

New to the Zoom screen at NSU pharmacy education will be Dr. Kristie Wallace. Dr. Wallace, a Medical Science Liaison in the area of CNS/Psychiatry brings an amazing background of experience and talent to her lecture in describing the “pharmacist’s role in the management in cognitive dysfunction in mood and co-morbid disorders.”

She will discuss how a pharmacist should be aware of a declining patient through such skills as observational, drug therapy reviews and relationship.

To close out Saturday, the popular Dr. Stuart Shipe will continue with the theme of “immunity” that Dr. Mitch established but will address how we have allowed the outside world to destroy it. He will share case studies that support the fact that he sees a much “sicker” patient today than he did ten years ago. His lecture on clinical environmental medicine will be highlighted by his own patient case studies and his use of non-traditional methods to recover them. If you have children, you will not want to miss his studies about the signs and symptoms to look for in the very sick child.

Dr. Shipe will offer an individual toxicity questionnaire, that rates one’s potential need for a purification program.


Sunday November 8th, 2020

Starting the Sunday morning presentations off will be the subject FOOD. And that person doing so is our own South Florida expert and author Staci Shacter. Staci has provided pharmacists with many food/diet opportunity lectures over the past two years and on Sunday the 8th she will take on Food as Medicine. Her approach will incorporate what we have already been discussing about one’s immune system.

She will take on challenges of “the food science behind better immune function” and “the personal food approach to healthier immunity at any age.” Staci will discuss how to best employ food as a support or an enhancement in increasing one’s individual immune system. She will get into the complexities of diets and make them seem almost magical in tackling specific health conditions. You will want to be awake before she starts to lecture.

Jackson VP Dr. Venessa Price Goodnow manages one of the largest pharmacy hospital systems in the SE United States. Included in that responsibility is a tremendous drug usage system where she manages a large skillful and knowledgeable pharmacy support team to master the patient care processes demanded of a front-runner institute. Though her current position she has managed to create new pharmacy positions to address the needs of her health population (Dade County and the World).

Her roots come from community pharmacy, a residency in New England, working in pharmacoeconomics practice, a clinical coordinator, an industry medical liaison and now JMH where she has taken on the scrutiny of various overseers including numerous accreditation teams to create a modern system. She is professional active having been the President of her State organization and receiving their Pharmacist of the Year award.

This history of experience has put her in a position to be able to share what she feels our future holds regarding skillsets needed to fill these expanding roles, knowledge to be able to be marketable, career paths to take whether you be a new grad or a seasoned veteran, insight to discuss the business side of the profession and much more. Look for a well- rounded opinion from an outstanding leader.

A few years ago, Dr. Tracy Faulkner brought an incredible story to the Fall Classic about a patient who survived a massive brain aneurysm. Through slides and storyline, she took the audience into surgery, drug therapies and finally outcome of the Johns Hopkins patient. On November 8th she will continue that outcome story (Part II) through a functional medicine presentation. Find out where that patient is today.

The older pharmacists attending the last offering of the day (pharmacognosy) will most likely refer to it as “Weeds and Seeds”. Dr. Stuart Shipe may even debate if “Weeds and Seeds” or pharmacognosy is non-traditional. Wasn’t herbal medicine practiced thousands of years before Western medicine? He will discuss the pharmaceutical drugs today that in fact do have their origins in phytochemistry? Maybe the practice got high-jacked about a hundred years ago by the petroleum czars.

Dr. Shipe will explain the rational for the use of botanical medicine as well as providing quality measures in assessing herbal products. He will also include a discussion on drug-herb interactions.

Because consumers are ever more demanding for non-traditional alternatives, pharmacists must commit to the knowledge.

Dr. Shipe, a pharmacist who has his doctorate in Oriental Medicine, is a practitioner of Eastern medicine. He has shared his knowledge at our NSU conferences for nearly 15 years. He now teaches our pharmacy students. Pharmacognosy made it back into the pharmacy classroom thanks to him!

Looking for the Human Trafficking, Med Error and Validation of Prescription Controlled Substance required courses????

These three required courses for pharmacists (two for pharmacy technicians) will be provided to registrants at no charge once the NSU Fall Classic is over. They are home study courses and if you need all three you can receive an additional 5 hours.


Saturday, November 7, 2020
Time Event
8:00 a.m. Welcome: Coming into Your Home via Zoom
Carsten Evans, Ph.D., Program Director
8:00 a.m. Decreasing Your Health Risk: By Enhancing Your Immune Function
Mitch Ghen, D.O., Ph.D.
11:10 a.m. National Patient Safety Award Presentation:
“Bring Back Our Drugs and their Quality
Thomas Brickenden, J.D., M.S., R.Ph., Brian Frasca MBA, R.Ph.
Recipient Katherine Eban, Investigative Journalist & Authorof both Dangerous Doses & Bottles of Lies
12:10 p.m. Break for lunch
1:00 p.m.

The Pharmacists Role in the Management of Cognitive Dysfunction in Mood and Co-Morbid Disorders
Kristie Wallace, Pharm.D.

2:00 p.m.

The Pharmacist Role in Clinical Environmental Medicine
Stuart Shipe, DAOM, M.S., R.Ph

5:10 p.m.

Adjournment of Saturday Program


  • Thomas Brickenden, J.D., M.S., BSPharm., Private Practice Attorney, Weston, FL
  • Michelle Clark, Ph.D., Dean, NSU College of Pharmacy, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • Katherine Eban, Global Investigative Journalist, Author and Lecturer, New York, NY
  • Carsten Evans, Ph.D., M.S., C.Ph., Executive Director of Continuing Education & Professional Affairs, NSU Health Professions Division, Ft. Lauderdale, F
  • Brian Frasca, M.B.A., R.Ph., C.Ph., President Chicago, Brand Institute, Chicago, IL
  • Mitchell Ghen, D.O., Ph.D., M.S. Integrative Medicine Physician, Boca Raton, FL & Radio Host for “Doctor Mitch”.
  • Frederick Lippman, E.D., R.Ph., Health Professions Division Chancellor, NSU
  • Stuart Shipe, DAOM, M.S., R.Ph. Private Practitioner, Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, Stuart, FL & Radio Host for “A Better Way to Health”, WPSL 1590AM
  • Kristie Wallace, Pharm.D., Medical Science Liaison -CNS/Psychiatry, AbbVie Pharmaceuticals, Pinellas Park, FL
Sunday, November 8, 2020
Time Event
8:00 a.m.

Welcome Back: Coming into Your Home via Zoom
Carsten Evans, Ph.D., Program Director

8:00 a.m.

Food for Medicine
Staci Shacter, M.S., RD, LDN

9:30 a.m.


11:10 p.m.

Current State of Pharmacy Affairs
Venessa Price Goodnow, Pharm.D.

12:10 p.m.

Break for lunch

1:00 p.m.

Functional Medicine: Brain Health
Tracey V. Faulkner, Pharm.D.

2:00 p.m.

The Art of Pharmacognosy: The Modern Revival of Grass-Roots Pharmacy
Stuart Shipe, DAOM, M.S., R.Ph

5:10 p.m. Adjournment of Sunday Program and Conference



  • Michelle Clark, Ph.D., Dean, NSU College of Pharmacy, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • Carsten Evans, Ph.D. M.S., C.Ph., Executive Director of Continuing Education & Professional Affairs, NSU Health Professions Division, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • Tracey V. Faulkner, Pharm.D., Private Practice, Baltimore, MD
  • Venessa Price Goodnow, Pharm.D., Chief Pharmacy Officer and Vice President, Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, FL
  • Frederick Lippman, E.D., R.Ph., Health Professions Division Chancellor, NSU, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • Staci Shacter, M.S., RD, LDN, Private Consultant Practitioner, South Florida
  • Stuart Shipe, DAOM, MS, R.Ph. Private Practitioner, Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, Stuart, FL & Radio Host for “A Better Way to Health”, WPSL 1590AM

Fees & Registration

Pharmacists: Full Conference=$175  or One Day=$100  Pharmacists
Register Here

Pharmacy Techs: Full Conference=$95 or One Day= $55  Pharm Techs
Register Here

Cancellation Policy:
Refund of Registration fee, less $10.00 service charge, will be provided for cancellations emailed before 12:01am Thursday, November 5th.


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 16.0 contact hours (1.6 CEUs) with the potential of 21 hours. Florida Med Error Education (2 hours), Validation of Prescription of Controlled Substances (2 hours) and Human Trafficking (1) have been approved as home study continuing pharmacy education and are offered to registrants online post program at no extra charge.

This program has been submitted to the Board for approval for Consultant Re-Certification (12 hours).
To receive the 12 hours consultants must attend the four three-hour sessions listed as Saturday 8-11am, 2-5pm, and Sunday 8-11am, 2-5pm.

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 pharmacist license numbers. For those with multiple licenses and proper credentials, the Provider will report credits earned to e-profile (NABP) for those who report accurate ePID and DOB information. 

Policy of Non-Discrimination

Nova Southeastern University admits students of any race, color, sex, sexual orientation, age, nondisqualifying disability, religion or creed, or national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school, and does not discriminate in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

Return to top of page