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The American Pharmacy Student Alliance (APSA) is a professional pharmacy organization at the USC School of Pharmacy. APSA is a student alliance between five independent professional organizations: APhA-ASP, ASHP, CPhA, CSHP and IPSF. An active chapter of the APhA-Asp is maintained at the School of Pharmacy. It is affiliated with the American Pharmaceutical Association, the California Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the California Pharmacists Association. Students have representation in the House of Delegates of these organizations, serve on policy committees and receive the journals of both the national and state organizations. The local student chapter meets regularly to consider issues of professional interest and to sponsor professional programs.

About our parent organizations

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.

For more information, visit http://www.pharmacist.com/

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.

For more information, visit http://www.cpha.com

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!

For more information, visit: http://www.ashp.org

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!

For more information, visit: www.cshp.org

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

For more information, visit http://www.ipsf.org


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