Connecting Students with Professional Associations

CPhA CEO Jon Roth discusses the role of professional associations with students.

By Dua Moua '09Dec 5, 2011
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One of the most prominent factors in finding a successful career is networking. Networking is when like-minded people act together to create and take advantage of opportunities. These opportunities can include working together to achieve a business goal or helping each other to achieve personal and professional goals.

Pacific's Academy of Student Pharmacists (ASP) aims to help this cause by hosting the annual California Pharmacists Association (CPhA) Day on which they invite representatives from the association to speak about the role of the Association, how to become involved, and why it's important to be involved. This year's guests included Jon Roth, Chief Executive Officer (CEO); Pat Person, Speaker of the House of Delegates and 2012 President-Elect; Doug Hillblom '78, President-Elect;and Erin Moeller, Director of Conventions & Marketing. Also in attendance were Dean Phillip Oppenheimer and Dr. Donald Floriddia '71.

As Dr. Person spoke to the audience of more than 100 students, he asked them to imagine a pharmacy world without pharmacy technicians, authorizations for pharmacists to administer flu shots, or fill a prescription during federal, state, or local emergencies among other scenarios. He wanted students to have a realistic understanding of what life would be like if patients didn't receive the care and service they had today.

Every year the students host more than 30 outreach and health fair events, events Dr. Person said were made possible by individuals involved in the profession who fought for that right. "We have to look at the future of the profession to help guide us in and find what is most beneficial for patients, family, and the community," said Dr. Person.

Dr. Roth later addressed the students and urged them to get involved whether it be taking on leadership roles within ASP or serving on committees. It is important that students are professionally involved even if it's not with CPhA; any involvement is better than none stressed Dr. Roth.

He reminded the students that CPhA's executive committee is represented by proud Pacific leaders. In addition to Dr. Hillblom, Kenneth Scott '78, RPh, Eric Gupta '00, PharmD, and Helen Park '99, PharmD, also represent Pacific. Furthermore, a number of alumni also serve on other associations such as the California Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (CSHP), American Pharmacists Association (APhA), and more. The students were also invited to attend CPhA Outlook in Sacramento in February.

The ASP Executive Board presented CPhA with a certificate confirming nearly 690 current CPhA student members. Even early in their careers, student pharmacists are already dedicated members of the profession.

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about the author

Dua Moua   Dua Moua '09 is the Marketing Communications Assistant at the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at Pacific.