Caring for the very young to the very old

As co-geriatrics coordinator and health fair coordinator for Skull and Mortar (SAM), I am so thrilled at how our service organization has mobilized pharmacy students to reach community members of all ages. In October, we held our first health fair in collaboration with APSA in the community and provided care for over 300 participants. At Pumpkin Patch we partnered with another APSA project, Poison Prevention, to ready elementary school children for a safe night of trick-or-treating, helping them distinguish between candy and potentially dangerous look-a-likes. We sent them home with fun carved pumpkins as well. When the Medicare Part D enrollment period opened, SAM was there ready to assist retired USC employees to choose the prescription plans best fit for their needs. In the spring, SAM hosted over 100 middle school students for our annual “Kid’s Day” where they were exposed to the profession of pharmacy, taught about healthy living, and they were given a chance to be mentored by a pharmacy student. SAM coordinated two health fairs in the spring. The first was Senior Home Health Fair which implemented the patient centered care model. Pharmacy students and dental students from USC were able to collaborate together to provide screenings, medication reconciliation and oral care for patients all during one sitting. The second was Senior Prom Health Fair where we were able to provide screenings and health education, serve the seniors lunch, and provide a time of music and dancing for them. They were all so appreciative of all the volunteers coming out and spending time with them. Their smiles and laughter were so rewarding! That is just a glimpse into how SAM had been able to reach out to the community throughout the year, and we are thankful to APSA and all the students who helped make these events possible. Can’t wait for next year! -Carrie W.

CPhA/CSHP Joint Professional Luncheon

As a pharmacy student, I feel that it is important to be active in school organizations as well as
contribute to our community. Through American Pharmacy Student Alliance, I was able to help
coordinate CSHP/CPhA Joint Professional Luncheon. This was a great networking event where
pharmacy leaders from both California Society of Health System Pharmacists and California
Pharmacists Associations were invited to talk with students about their career paths, and the step
they take to not only define themselves as pharmacists, but also define our profession. From this
luncheon, students including myself were able to gain insights towards some of the leadership
roles each pharmacist plays in his or her organization and learn from their experiences. I feel that
having the opportunity to converse with such active pharmacists in our profession really inspires
me to be active in our profession and contribute to our community.

Christina Xie

Pharm.D. Candidate 2015

What is IPSF?

Promoting health on a global basis.

IPSF stands for the International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation, and it is the largest student run pharmacy organization in the world.  IPSF was founded in London in 1949 by 8 pharmacy student associations; currently, the federation encompasses association members from 84 countries.  IPSF’s Here in the United States, IPSF is a part of APhA-ASP, so becoming a member of APhA-ASP also comes with the benefit of being a member of IPSF.

IPSF manages the annual Student Exchange Program, the annual World Congress, professional development events, as well as public health campaigns (i.e. diabetes and healthy living campaign, anti-counterfeit medication campaign, anti-tobacco campaign, humanitarian campaign, anti-tuberculosis campaign and HIV/AIDS awareness campaign).

Here at USC, IPSF collaborates with other project directors to host events creating awareness of certain diseases states, especially on days marked by the World Health Organization to be the day to create awareness of that disease.  Furthermore, IPSF manages the travel health awareness educational project, which educates participants on how to prevent the acquisition of communicable diseases while travelling abroad (e.g. mosquito bite prevention, safe food habits). IPSF has also collaborated with the USC Institute of Global Health.

Jonathan Palar

Pharm.D. Candidate 2015

Captain CPhA

Hey Guys!

Wanna watch the Captain CPhA Video you saw during the general meeting? Here it is! When the link becomes active, we’ll add the Most Interesting Pharmacist in the World soon!


California Society of Health-System Pharmacists (CHSP)

CSHP is a professional society of pharmacists and associates who serve patients and the public by promoting wellness and best use of medications. The mission of CSHP is to: serve as an organization through which the membership pursues its common professional goals; provide leadership for the profession and support for its members; represent its members before private and public agencies and health care professional organizations.

At the University of Southern California Student Chapter level, CSHP student members will enjoy the benefits of networking with health-system pharmacists, residency roundtables, leadership opportunities and more. If you are even thinking about pursuing a career in hospital pharmacy, ambulatory care, long-term care, or other health system settings joining CSHP is a must! Don’t miss out on career opportunities or residency opportunities… become a member of CSHP!

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American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)

ASHP is a 30,000 member national professional association that represents pharmacist who practice in hospitals, health maintenance organizations, long-term care facilities, home care, and other components of health care systems. ASHP believes that the mission of pharmacists is to help people make the best use of medicines. Assisting pharmacists in fulfilling this mission is ASHP’s primary objective. The society has extensive publishing and educational programs designed to help members improve their professional practice.  ASHP is also the national accrediting organization for pharmacy residency programs.

At the University of Southern California Student Chapter level, ASHP students will enjoy discounts to attend the Midyear Clinical Meeting, the largest showcase of residency and fellowship programs in the country, information on residencies throughout the U.S. and opportunities to network with pharmacists across the country. Students who are interested in pursuing a residency or fellowship will definitely want to join ASHP!

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California Pharmacists Association (CPhA)

CPhA is our state association, representing all pharmacists in California. CPhA, founded in 1869, is the largest state association representing pharmacists. CPhA represents pharmacy professionals from all practice settings. Our mission is to promote, expand and defend the profession of pharmacy and the role of pharmacists in California. Additionally the goal of the organization is to be a unified pharmacy profession that is recognized as preeminent in patient care.

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American Pharmacists Association (APhA)

APhA is the first and largest professional association of pharmacists in the United States. The mission of the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) is to be the collective voice of pharmacy students, to provide opportunities for professional growth, and to envision and actively promote the future of pharmacy. APhA is the voice of the profession. It is the only professional organization that has members in all fields of pharmacy practice, including pharmacists, technicians and interns. APhA represents pharmacists from diverse fields including pharmacists working in hospitals, community, industry, academia, management, and pharmacists in various specialized fields.

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International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation (IPSF)

IPSF is an international federation for student pharmacists, affiliated with APhA-ASP.  By joining APhA-ASP, you become a member of IPSF. Some of the advantages of membership include: (1) Student Exchange Program: Ever wanted to study pharmacy abroad?  This summer program gives you the opportunity to see the profession from another nation’s perspective; (2) Smoking Cessation Project: Raise public awareness of the world’s leading preventable cause of death; (3) Book Appeal: Help underserved student pharmacists across the globe obtain much-needed textbooks

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