Student Organizations

Joining a student organization can provide you with a number of opportunities to grow as a pharmacist outside of the classroom, such as:

  • Giving back to the community
  • Gaining experience working with real people while participating in health fairs, blood drives and other events
  • Getting to know your fellow pharmacy students, both at the University of Iowa and around the country
  • Connecting with people with common interests

Organizations

Health care practitioners in the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy design and implement drug benefits for more than 200 million Americans covered by health insurance. Drug benefits ensure broad access to needed medications and include programs and incentives that improve patient health while keeping costs under control. Managed care pharmacy helps to ensure that those drug benefits are delivered in a safe and cost-effective manner and that patients receive the most appropriate medications.

Managed care pharmacy professionals perform many functions. Among other things, they:

  • Monitor the safety and effectiveness of new drugs on the market;
  • Alert patients to potentially dangerous drug interactions;
  • Use medication therapy management practices to ensure patients receive the most appropriate therapies;
  • Develop and implement programs to improve medication adherence;
  • Ensure “medical-necessity” guidelines for the pharmacy benefits are consistent with evidence-based medicine and that exceptions are based on sound medical judgment;
  • Provide ongoing patient education and care coordination of medication therapy; and
  • Use various evidence-based tools and incentives to keep the costs of prescription drugs under control.

All of these practices, and more, aim to ensure that all patients have access to the pharmaceuticals they need and that the medications they take are improving their lives.

The American College of Veterinary Pharmacists student chapter is an organization that provides opportunities for pharmacy students to explore a career path in veterinary pharmacy.  This organization engages pharmacy students who are interested in the field of veterinary pharmacy, by increasing awareness of the need for more veterinary pharmacists and the need for an enhanced education in animal pharmaceutical care.  The ACVP student chapter partners with local animal shelters and animal hospitals to support programs related to veterinary cancer, diabetes, poison control, and animal safety.  Our organization holds webinars and customized hands on compounding workshops to enhance and perfect the skills needed to properly manage animal pharmaceuticals.

The mission of the APhA Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) is to be the collective voice of student pharmacists, to provide opportunities for professional growth, to improve patient care, and to envision and advance the future of pharmacy. APhA-ASP is the nation’s largest student pharmacist organization with over 30,000 student members from across the country and provides opportunities for student pharmacists to become involved through patient care projects, community outreach, international organizations, career programming, professional development and more. Check out our Membership Video HERE

NATIONAL PATIENT CARE PROJECTS

APhA-ASP Generation Rx
APhA-ASP Operation Diabetes
APhA-ASP Operation Heart
APhA-ASP Operation Immunization
APhA-ASP OTC Medicine Safety
APhA-ASP Women's Health Campaign

LOCAL PATIENT CARE PROJECTS

Katy's Kids -- Katy’s Kids was developed by the Iowa Pharmacy Association in 1988 as an educational program designed to teach young children about appropriate and responsible medication use. If children can understand the proper use of prescription drugs at an early age, perhaps they will have an increased appreciation and compliance with their medications and be less likely to become involved with harmful drugs later in life.

Operation Skin Health -- Operation Skin Health was established in 2018 by students at The University of Iowa College of Pharmacy APhA-ASP Chapter to meet the needs of local Iowans and educate them on the dangers of skin cancer, use of OTC skincare products to treat common ailments, and photosensitivity reactions associated with certain medications.

POLICY & ADVOCACY

The House of Delegates is the policy‑making body of APhA-ASP, an official Academy of the American Pharmacists Association. With representation at every school and college of pharmacy, APhA‑ASP is the collective voice of student pharmacists in the United States and Puerto Rico. The House is comprised of one delegate from each school or college of pharmacy, four APhA-ASP National Executive Committee members, and observers from student pharmacist and other health professional organizations. Learn about APhA-ASP's Legislative Process HERE. Learn about APhA's Legislative Priorities HERE

INTERNATIONAL PHARMACEUTICAL STUDENTS' FEDERATION (IPSF)

As the leading worldwide federation of student pharmacists, IPSF's goal is to advocate for student pharmacists and improve public health. As a member of APhA-ASP you are automatically a member of IPSF, with no additional paperwork or dues required. APhA-ASP is the Full Member Organization representing the United States to IPSF. The Student Exchange Program (SEP) is a mobility program that gives students from all over the world a chance to experience what pharmacy means outside their own borders. For every two students APhA-ASP chapters host, three APhA-ASP/IPSF members may take part in the SEP in another country. This is a great way to gain exposure to the practice of pharmacy internationally as a student pharmacist!

STUDENT PHARMACIST MAGAZINE

Student Pharmacist magazine is written by student pharmacists for student pharmacists, and provides the latest on career preparation, leadership, legislative activities and advocacy efforts, patient care projects, APhA-ASP chapter innovations, life on rotation, tips from New Practitioners, and more.

GET INVOLVED

Register HERE. Annual Dues: $65

What is CPFI?

• An international organization of Christian pharmacists and pharmacy students working in all types of pharmacy service and practice.
• Our mission is to encourage fellowship between like-minded individuals and to promote Christ through pharmacy.

What do we do? 

• The UI Chapter of CPFI participates in a variety of activities throughout the year!
• Some examples of past events are:
    - Weekly Bible studies
    - Guest speakers talking about how they use their faith in pharmacy practice
    - Volunteer events at Walden Place nursing home o Immunization clinics at Walgreens
    - Ugly Christmas sweater social with College of Medicine Christian group
    - Mission trips/global health opportunities

How do I join? 

• CPFI has no membership dues to join!
• Everyone is welcome to attend Bible studies and events throughout the semester.
• Leadership positions require application.

Industry Pharmacists Organization is a new student organization at Iowa and actively recruiting members and an Exec board. IPhO is driven to provide resources to student pharmacists pursuing a career in the pharmaceutical industry to develop them professionally and educationally and we are excited to begin bringing these resources to our college.

Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity is the oldest and largest professional pharmacy fraternity in the world.

For more information, please visit the national Kappa Psi website.

Website: 

https://www.kappapsi.org

About Us

NCODA's focus is to offer an international community for healthcare students with passion in oncology and pharmaceutical industry. We provide education, leadership, mentorship and opportunities in research and community outreach. We promote unique and dynamic experiences for students to collaborate with all oncology stakeholders.

NCODA is a free organization that has open enrollment for anyone registered with the national organization (www.ncoda.org) and who is affiliated with the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy.

The National Community Pharmacists Association, founded in 1898 as the National Association of Retail Druggists (NARD), represents the pharmacist owners, managers, and employees of more than 23,000 independent community pharmacies across the United States. The nation's independent pharmacies, independent pharmacy franchises, and independent chains dispense nearly half of the nation's retail prescription medicines.

The nation's independent pharmacists are small business entrepreneurs and multifaceted health care providers who represent a vital part of the United States' health care delivery system. They have roots in America's communities. They are community leaders actively involved in community-oriented public health, civic, and volunteer projects. Many hold local elected offices; others serve as state legislators.

NCPA Student Chapters offer pharmacy students a wide array of opportunities to broaden and enrich their educational experience, gain valuable, real world skills, and have some fun in the process.

Hosting roundtable discussions, conducting health screenings, presenting expert speakers—whatever you and fellow chapter members can imagine, you can organize and implement. Networking, developing leadership, providing valuable public services, even earning cash awards for your school—NCPA Student Chapters are doing these things today. The best way to engage area independent pharmacists into pharmacy student activities is through an NCPA Student Chapter.

Members of the Pharmacy Ambassadors serve as representatives of the College of Pharmacy to prospective high school and college students. The group is made up of volunteers from all cohorts and offers many opportunities for participation.

One of the Ambassadors major responsibilities is to provide tours of the college to interested high schools and transfer students. This provides applicants with an opportunity to interact with current pharmacy students and to gain insight into a typical student’s life. Prospective students also receive more information about the curriculum, facilities, and the admissions process. Most tours to prospective high school students are given weekdays at 2:30 p.m.  On several dates tour for larger groups will be given as well.  Pharmacy Ambassador members may also be asked to participate in other special events throughout the year.

With over 60,000 initiated Brothers, Phi Delta Chi is one of the largest pharmacy fraternities in the country. Nearly 1 in every 12 pharmacists is a Phi Delta Chi Brother. Our focus is to develop leaders that will advance the pharmacy profession while cultivating friendship, leadership, and scholarship among its Brothers. Phi Delta Chi is a lifelong commitment to serve those around you.

We hope you take the time to read about our heritage and join us as we become "Leaders in Pharmacy."

National Website: www.phideltachi.org

Chapter Email: phideltachi.nu@gmail.com

Purpose

The purpose of Phi Lambda Sigma, also known as the National Pharmacy Leadership Society, is to promote the development of leadership qualities, especially among pharmacy students. By peer recognition, the Society encourages participation in all pharmacy activities. Since membership crosses fraternal and organizational lines, the Society does not compete with other pharmacy organizations. Phi Lambda Sigma is complementary to Rho Chi in that it honors leadership, while Rho Chi honors scholastic achievement. Members are selected by peer recognition. No greater honor can be bestowed upon an individual than to be recognized as a leader by one's peers. Such recognition instills and enhances self-confidence, encourages the less active student to a more active role and promotes greater effort toward the advancement of pharmacy.

About Us

History

Phi Lambda Sigma was organized in March, 1965 on the campus of Auburn University, with the approval of the faculty of the School of Pharmacy. Following a two-year probationary period, the Auburn University Student Senate granted a charter to the Society on October 3, 1967. The Phi Lambda Sigma National Fraternity was legally incorporated in Lee County, Alabama on June 28, 1968. That same year, the name "Phi Lambda Sigma" was registered with the U.S. Bureau of Patents and Copyrights in Washington, D.C., and an official key was designed by the Balfour Company. The National Office was moved from Auburn University to Atlanta, Georgia in 1992. In 1996, Phi Lambda Sigma contracted with the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy for administration of the Society, and the National Office was relocated from Atlanta to the campus of the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy in Memphis, Tennessee. In 1999 the Society relocated to the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy where it makes its current home.

Chapters

Like many national associations, Phi Lambda Sigma operates through a system of local Chapters. Phi Lambda Sigma Chapters are designated by Greek letter. As of the summer of 2000, a Phi Lambda Sigma Chapter had been chartered at 62 of the 81 school and colleges of pharmacy in the United States and Puerto Rico.

Membership

Membership in Phi Lambda Sigma consists of four categories: student, faculty, alumni and honorary. For a student to be eligible for membership, he or she shall:

  • Be of high moral and ethical character

  • Have completed at least 135 quarter hours or 90 semester hours of scholastic work applicable toward a recognized pharmacy degree

  • Have a cumulative grade point average of at least 1.50 on a 3.00 grading scale, or a 2.50 on a 4.00 grading scale
     

Any exception must comply with the Constitution and Bylaws of Phi Lambda Sigma. Nomination for all membership categories emanates from the present members of the Society. Prospective members are nominated on the basis of their demonstration of dedication, service and leadership in the advancement of pharmacy. By promoting such recognition, Phi Lambda Sigma provides an incentive for the development of future leadership potential for the profession.

Activities

Run for Hope

The Run for Hope is a 5k run/3k walk that raises proceeds to support SafeNetRx, a program that puts free and low-cost medications in the hands of people who would otherwise go without.

Softball Tournament

Each year, Phi Lambda Sigma organizes a student/faculty/healthcare-professional softball game to promote networking and fun outside of the classroom.

Other Events

Please reach out to the current executive team to find out other events that are coming this year!
 

Links

National Phi Lambda Sigma Organization
American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
American College of Clinical Pharmacy
American Pharmaceutical Association
American Society of Consultant Pharmacists
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
Association of Natural Medicine Pharmacists
Iowa Pharmacy Association
National Association of Chain Drug Stores
National Rho Chi Organization
The University of Iowa

Delta Chapter

The Rho Chi Society encourages and recognizes excellence in intellectual achievement and advocates critical inquiry in all aspects of pharmacy.  Further, the Society encourages high standards of conduct and character and fosters fellowship among its members. The Society envisions that it will seek universal recognition of its members as lifelong intellectual leaders in pharmacy, and as a community of scholars, will instill the desire to pursue intellectual excellence and critical inquiry to advance the profession.

Established in 1922, Rho Chi is an academic honor society in pharmacy. As the fourth chapter established in the United States, the University of Iowa’s Delta Chapter began in 1923. The Rho Chi Society encourages and recognizes excellence in intellectual achievement.

Membership in Rho Chi

The undergraduate who is elected to active membership is one who has displayed academic excellence, a capacity for achievement in the science and art of pharmacy and the allied sciences, and strength of character, personality, and leadership. Men and women ranking in the highest twenty percent of the class, having obtained a scholastic average equivalent to the second-highest letter grade are eligible for election after having completed six semesters or nine quarter of scholastic work applicable toward the degree granted by their school of pharmacy. Rho Chi elections, therefore, take place in both the fourth year and the fifth year of most pharmacy curricula. The Society also provides for graduate students, faculty, alumni, and honorary membership.

Activities

Each year, Rho Chi holds a spring initiation banquet to honor new members in the society. Initiates are encouraged to bring friends and family to the ceremony. Current Rho Chi members as well as faculty and staff also share in the celebration. Fundraising, such as bake sales and trade/generic handbook sales, are performed throughout the year in order to host the banquet.

Rho Chi has traditionally participated in many College of Pharmacy activities, such as National Pharmacy Week and tutor referral services. During the academic year, Rho Chi members participate in the University of Iowa Mobile Clinic. The mobile clinic was established in May 2002 and its mission is to provide health care to underserved populations in and around Iowa City and to utilize the interdisciplinary potential in the allied health sciences at the University of Iowa. This has been an exciting opportunity for students to exercise their drug therapy knowledge and educate both patients and other health care students.

Purpose of the College of Pharmacy Student Leadership Council:

To facilitate fair operations among student organizations within the college of pharmacy (COP); to promote growth of student professionalism; and to represent the collective COP student body voice at the college-, university-, and state-levels.

Tasks:

Oversee the coordination and scheduling of all activities, fundraising, and meetings for all COP student organizations. Disperse university funds to the various organizations. Function as a liaison between the students, COP administration, the Graduate and Professional Student Government (GPSG), and Iowa Pharmacy Association. 

Executive Positions:

There are 5 elected SLC executive positions: President-Elect, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Parliamentarian.
New officers are elected each Spring.

Class Officers:

There are 4 elected class officer positions for each class: President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. The function of the class officers is to represent their class at student leadership council meetings, raise funds for social activities, and plan and schedule these activities for the class. They bring issues to the student leadership council that have been raised by their class members. New officers are elected each Spring. P1 class officers are elected at the beginning of the Fall semester.

History

The Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) was founded in 1972 as the student affiliate of the National Pharmaceutical Association (NPhA). SNPhA is an education and service association of pharmacy students and high school affiliate members concerned about pharmacy, health care issues, and the need for greater minority representation in pharmacy and other health professions.

Purpose

The purpose of SNPhA is to plan, organize, coordinate, and implement programs geared toward improving the health, social, and educational environment of the community. Likewise, SNPhA is to provide opportunities for professional development for its members.

Objectives

  • To offer student members the opportunity to develop leadership skills
  • To educate students about, and promote active participation in national health care issues
  • To develop the role of minority health professionals as vital members of the health care team
  • To develop within all communities, a positive image of minority health professionals
  • To educate minority communities to better health care practices and increase their awareness and understanding of the most prevalent disease conditions

Activities

  • Plan and implement health awareness projects
  • Power to End Stroke screening and education,
  • Smoking cessation education,
  • Chronic kidney disease education
  • Immunization awareness
  • Diabetes education
  • Safe use of medications, poison prevention
  • Remember the Ribbon ( HIV/ AIDS education)
  • Coordinate health fairs targeting underserved and minority communities
  • Pheasant Ridge community
  • Broadway community
  • Iowa City Chinese church
  • Vietnamese church in Davenport
  • NuCara pharmacy at Washington, Iowa
  • Participate in health fairs hold by College of Pharmacy and the University of Iowa
  • Semi- Annual employee health fair in field house
  • ECGPS health fairs
  • Coordinate regional meetings, attending regional and national meetings
  • Publish a Chapter Management Manual and Regional Meeting Planner
  • Publish a newsletter, “The Signatura”
  • Develop partnerships with companies to provide scholarship and internship opportunities
  • Provide career development information and opportunities

For Further Information Contact:
SNPhAHeadquarters@yahoo.com

www.snpha.org
Florida A & M University
College of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences

Tallahassee, FL 32307 (850) 561–2024

The Pediatric Pharmacy Association is an international, nonprofit, professional association representing the interests of pediatric pharmacists and their patients. The mission of the Pediatric Pharmacy Association is to promote safe and effective medication use in children through collaboration, advocacy, research, and education.  The national organization may be found here.  

Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. Our organization (UIHS) focuses on communication, leadership development and how it is incorporated into Pharmacy. Members improve their speaking and leadership skills by attending meetings, giving prepared speeches, speaking extemporaneously (off the cuff) and providing valuable feedback to other members.

"The world needs leaders. Leaders head families, coach teams, run businesses and mentor others. These leaders must not only accomplish, they must communicate. By regularly giving speeches, gaining feedback, leading teams and guiding others to achieve their goals in a supportive atmosphere, leaders emerge from the Toastmasters program. Every Toastmasters journey begins with a single speech. During their journey, they learn to tell their stories. They listen and answer. They plan and lead. They give feedback—and accept it. Through our community of learners, they find their path to leadership."

As Pharmacists, we are a crucial component of the healthcare team and have to lead our teams through optimal communication to provide the best patient-centered care possible.

About Us

UI-PSP is an organization dedicated to educating students, faculty, and other health care professionals about policies and issues associated with pain management, palliative care, and substance use disorders. We provide services and outreach programs to strengthen and educate our community, peers, and patients in those areas of interest. UI-PSP is open to the COP students, faculty, and staff, as well as community members.

What is ACCP?

  • A professional and scientific society that provides leadership, education, advocacy and resources enabling clinical pharmacist to achieve excellence in practice and research
     

What is UI-ACCP?

  • UI-ACCP is the University of Iowa American College of Clinical Pharmacy
  • We work to expose members to the field of clinical pharmacy through the support and promotion of research, outreach, service and education.
  • Our goal is to further develop our members’ interest and knowledge of clinical pharmacy practice and research to better prepare you for futures as residents, clinical pharmacists, fellows and/or researchers. 
  • UI-ACCP Website: http://uiaccp.wix.com/ui-accp
     

UI-ACCP Member Benefits:

  • Opportunities for professional service hours
  • Clinical pharmacist shadowing within our specialty shadowing network
  • Active involvement and leadership opportunities
  • 1 free PRNs (Clinical pharmacist specialty networks)
  • ACCP Travel awards to annual meeting ($250-1000)
  • Opportunity to participate in a clinical competition at the annual meeting
  • Online CV review service via licensed clinical pharmacists
  • Residency and fellowship directory
  • Pharmacotherapy journal subscription
  • Exploration of clinical pharmacy career pathways
  • Research Network
  • Industry, residency and research exposure
  • Case study series
  • Participate on committees and gain leadership experience
  • And more!
     

Become a Member:

  1. National dues are $40 and paid online at the AACP website while registering. Local chapter dues are $10.
  2. Select one (1) PRN to join. Each additional PRN is $20 if you select more than one.

About Health Systems Pharmacy

Health-system pharmacy is pharmacy practice in the following areas:

  • Hospitals
  • Ambulatory care clinics
  • Homecare/long-term care facilities
  • Health maintenance organizations
  • Universities and academic health centers
  • Government and unifromed services
  • Other components of the health system

The most common setting for health-system pharmacists is a traditional hospital, but this could be in a rural setting or a large academic medical center, and anything in between. Another growing area is ambulatory care clinics. Here, pharmacists directly interact with patients seeking treatment for conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, and hypercholesterolemia. Pharmacists working in home care and long term care focus mainly on the elderly population. They perform drug regimen reviews and monitor for medication-related problems and inappropriate therapy while interacting directly with patients and other health care professionals. Another setting that health-system pharmacists play an important role in is that of health maintenance organizations. Here, pharmacists are involved in formulary and disease state management as well as claims processing and adjudication. As faculty members at universities and academic health centers, health-system pharmacists play an active role in the education and training of future pharmacists and may also contribute to clinical research and drug development. Government positions are also available for pharmacists with opportunities in the Air Force, Army, Navy, and the U.S. Public Health Service.

Mission

Our mission is to:

Stimulate student interest in health-system pharmacy

Inform students about pertinent matters affecting the pharmacy profession

Enhance personal and professional development

Benefit the community with student-provided services

It is UI-SSHP's goal to complete these tasks and better prepare pharmacy students for a future career in health-system pharmacy.

About UI-SSHP

UI-SSHP is the University of Iowa Student Society of Health-System Pharmacists. It is a recognized student society of the national organization, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).  This organization exposes students to the many opportunities available to them in health-system pharmacy.  It also allows pharmacy students to learn more about opportunities after graduation, such as residency programs and fellowships. Students will be exposed to ways to enhance their leadership ability, provide service to the community, and improve their networking skills.

What We Do

UI-SSHP performs many activities throughout the year, such as:

  • Inviting clinical pharmacists to speak at monthly meetings about their career paths and job responsibilities.
  • Annually hosting a national speaker to discuss major issues affecting the profession.
  • Co-presenting a CV and resume night, where students learn the skills of writing an effective CV and/or resume.
  • Coordinating a residency night to allow students to talk with residency directors and residents in the area. This event gives students the opportunity to learn more about the process of obtaining a residency and the skills required to complete a successful interview.
  • Hosting a rotations night, where P4 students share thir rotation experiences and advice.
  • Assisting students in attending the annual ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting.
  • Planning local service events in the community, including medication safety presentations.

    Membership Benefits

    The benefits of becoming a member of UI-SSHP are numerous and include:

    • Subscription to the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy and the electronic ASHP Daily Briefing
    • Discounted rates to meetings held by ASHP
    • Eligibility to compete in the Clinical Skills Competition and earn free registration to the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting
    • Increased exposure to health-system pharmacy
    • Networking opportunities with practicing clinicians
    • IPPE 4 credit leadership and service opportunities
    • Residency preparation
    • And more!

      Become a Member

      The UI-SSHP membership drive is held in the fall. Membership dues are $55, which includes membership to UI-SSHP and the national organization, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).