The Health Professional Leadership Academy (HPLA) is a competitive program to build future leaders of pharmacy. It is an intensive, self-reflective experience where participants acquire self-awareness to be respected team managers, collaborative healthcare partners and influential pharmacy industry leaders. The program consists of eight two-hour webinars, home study, and a day at the Michigan Pharmacists Association Annual Convention & Exposition.

Developed in 2012, with more than 100 graduates, the Michigan Pharmacy Foundation (MPF) is committed to continuing the development of leaders to advance the profession of pharmacy.

The 2023 HPLA application deadline has passed for the 2023 class.

View 2023 Class Schedule

October 2023

  • Oct. 12, 8:45-11 a.m. (virtual)
  • Oct. 26, 8:45-11 a.m. (virtual)

November 2023

  • Nov. 9, 8:45-11 a.m. (virtual)
  • Nov. 30, 8:45-11 a.m. (virtual)

December 2023

  • Dec. 14, 8:45-11 a.m. (virtual)
  • Another date is TBD based on break-out groups availability (virtual)

January 2024

  • Jan. 4, 8:45-11 a.m. (virtual)
  • Jan. 25, 8:45-11 a.m. (virtual)

February 2024

  • Feb. 24, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (in-person)
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2022 MPF HPLA Graduating Class
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“This is a great opportunity for future leaders of pharmacy. This is content not offered in most schools or other associations.”
Nathan French, PharmD, Pharmacy Supervisor, Pharmacy Services, Ascension-St. John Hospital, 2023-23 graduate

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“This course is extremely valuable in being able to make self-assessments and analyzing personal traits and characteristics. If you are looking for an opportunity to grow as a leader and develop skills, this is the course.”
Andrew Wechter, Manager, Infusion Pharmacy Services, University of Michigan Health, Michigan Medicine, 2022-23 graduate

“Thank you. I learned so much about myself as a leader and leaders around me with different styles. This is especially beneficial as a new leader.”
Sarah Kean, PharmD, Pharmacy Manager, CVC Pharmacy, Surgery and Cardiovascular Services, Michigan Medicine Department of Pharmacy Services

“The Leadership Academy is an incredibly enriching experience for personal growth and reflection. Please consider investing in the future of pharmacy leaders!”
Christine Jiang, PharmD, BCPS, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Ambulatory Care, Henry Ford Medical Center, graduate 2023-24

Why should I apply? What will I learn and how will I grow?

Content modules cover:

  • What is Leadership?
  • Who you are as a leader?
  • Behavior and culture,
  • Effective communications,
  • Building teams and leading others

Each participant completes a DiSC personality style assessment and an Agile emotional intelligence assessment. They engage in group activities to practice crucial conversations, acquire new skills, and discuss difficult topics requiring introspection and personal growth.

Content is aligned with the ACPE standards and participants receive 30 CEUS upon completion of the program. Space is limited so the selection process is competitive.

How do I apply? Is there a fee?

Healthcare professionals from all practice environments are welcome to apply. Space is limited so the selection process is competitive.

To apply, please complete and return the application form by the specified due date.

The cost to attend the 2023 HPLA Program has been underwritten by the Michigan Pharmacy Foundation for Michigan Pharmacists Association (MPA) members. A program fee of $395 will be charged for non-MPA members.

What are the criteria?

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to participate in HPLA, a health professional must:

  • Be in a healthcare administrative or clinical leadership position currently or be interested in pursuing a career in a healthcare leadership position.
  • Attend all Academy webinars, participate in breakout groups, complete assigned home study, complete and attend ACE, February 24, 2024.
  • Devote at least 3-6 hours per month to prepare for and participate in Academy activities.

Evaluation Criteria

HPLA applications will be evaluated and selected by MPA and MPF using the following criteria:

  • Leadership interests, goals, and anticipated benefits
  • Leadership responsibilities and/or healthcare leadership or career interests
  • Expectations of the Academy and how knowledge and skills will be applied
  • Past or current involvement in student, professional or community affiliations or organizations
  • Compatibility or suitability with Leadership Academy learning objectives and curriculum
  • Letter of interest (please submit with your application and responses to the questions)

Note: Membership in a professional organization is not a requirement for selection, but it is preferred.

Why should I support the Leadership Academy? How can I give?

The challenges facing pharmacy leaders are many. The healthcare landscape is more complex and stressful than ever. Pharmacy plays an integral role in delivering quality care to patients and pharmacists deserve a seat at the table where critical decisions are made. The Health Professional Leadership Academy prepares future pharmacy leaders to lead teams, persuade other care providers and advocate for the profession of pharmacy.

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