At Pacific, the opportunities to grow as a student pharmacist and a leader in the community are countless. The student leadership at the School is made of 15 patient-care committees, four professional pharmacy organizations, and four professional pharmacy fraternities.
While students are enrolled in the curriculum, Pacific provides ample opportunities to cultivate skills such as patient communication and chronic disease management. Pacific hosts several large scale health fairs throughout the year not only to help underserved communities, but to give students an opportunity to gain practical and real-life skills.
For a complete list of student organizations and calendar events, please visit Pacific chapter of American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) here. Below, you will find a short description of various student committees, organizations, and fraternities. You'll see the difference an education at University of the Pacific makes.
Academy of Student Pharmacists
APhA-ASP is the encompassing student body government, as well as Pacific's chapter of the American Pharmacists Association. By representing both the student body and pharmacy's national organization, APhA-ASP Pacific's mission is to facilitate the events of the student body and to promote the profession of pharmacy. The executive board of APhA-ASP Pacific is composed of 6 students, elected by students, and is responsible for maintaining a multitude of student activities through the year.
Diabetes is a serious lifelong disease that affects more than 16 million people in the U.S. alone. As pharmacists, we will be a major source of information and therefore, it is important to keep abreast on the latest developments on diabetes. The members of this committee volunteer at local health fairs, fundraise money for prevention and research, teach students the proper method of using blood glucose monitors, and invite guest speakers to keep students informed. Every year OD screens thousands of patients for glucose levels.
The members of this committee volunteer at numerous health fairs to perform blood pressure and cholesterol screenings as well as educate the community about heart disease, stroke prevention and how to maintain a healthy lifestyle. They participate in annual events including the American Heart Association Heart Walk, Asparagus Festival and various outreach events during American Pharmacists Month.
Each year, over 60,000 Americans die of vaccine-preventable diseases. For every child who dies from a vaccine-preventable disease, 400 adults will die from vaccine-preventable diseases. This committee strives to educate the public about the importance of vaccination as well as to promote implementation of immunization services in pharmacies by participating in flu clinics during the fall semester. The committee regularly immunizes flu vaccines to the public and is expanding to cover other vaccine-preventable diseases as well.
California Society of Health System Pharmacists - Pacific Chapter
Since 2003, the CSHP-Pacific chapter has represented the students from University of the Pacific under our parent state organization, California Society of Health-System Pharmacists (CSHP) and under the national organization, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). To our members, we provide opportunities for outreach, networking and mentorship with health-system pharmacists and education about health-system careers especially post-graduate opportunities such as residencies. We welcome all students to join, especially those who are looking to explore the variety of health-system careers and pursue a post-graduate residency.
Academy of Managed Care Pharmacists - Pacific Chapter
The Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) is a professional organization comprised of pharmacists and associates who serve patients by promoting good health with the use of rational drug therapy. The primary principle of the "managed care" mentality is to provide both realistic and quality healthcare to all patients. Focusing on both clinical and economical aspects highly increases compliance and thus improves the wellness of our patients.
American Society of Consultant Pharmacists - Pacific Chapter
American Society of Consultant Pharmacy (ASCP) is a professional organization focusing on improving the health of the geriatric population. We participate in many health care outreach events that focus on preventive care for the elderly such as bone mineral density, Alzheimer's, and falls prevention screenings. In addition, ASCP also advocates for the profession of consultant pharmacy providing guest speakers for students to network and learn more about the organization.
National Community Pharmacists Association - Pacific Chapter
Pacific NCPA actively promotes community pharmacy through entrepreneurship, leadership, community involvement, and enabling students to participate in national conferences and competitions. From community health screenings to legislative involvement, NCPA strives to build a strong foundation of experiences and unique networking opportunities for future pharmacy leaders. For example, through access to student mentorship programs, industry guest speakers, and independent pharmacy visits, Pacific NCPA student members are empowered with the knowledge needed to compete in a rapidly evolving industry.
Kappa Psi - Gamma Nu Chapter
The Gamma Nu chapter of Kappa Psi is dedicated to developing professionalism and character amongst its members. Since 1879, we are the oldest and largest international pharmacy fraternity promoting industry, fellowship and high ideals with over 47,000 members in the U.S. and British Columbia. The honor of being a member of Kappa Psi is truly so because of its rich history, strong brotherhood, diversity, and professional achievement. Members of Kappa Psi serve as teaching assistants, student body officers, tour guides, various committee chairs, and volunteer at numerous professional events and health screenings. Look around and you will find that Kappa Psi produces strong leaders on campus and in the community. We are extremely proud of our academic achievements and our ability to foster our brothers to be strong professionally, socially and fraternally.
Lambda Kappa Sigma - Alpha Xi Chapter
Lambda Kappa Sigma (LKS) is an International Pharmacy Fraternity that is dedicated to the development of its members professionally, intellectually, and socially. LKS has grown to over 18,000 members with 44 collegiate chapters and 36 alumni chapters. LKS promotes growth and advancement of women in pharmacy. Members serve the community through a number of professional projects which include the annual Folic Acid Campaign, and other activities geared towards women's health and awareness. LKS has cultivated many student leaders and role models on campus such as student advisors, committee chairs, and student officers. Members of LKS are equipped to balance time to have fun and strengthen bonds of friendship while also developing professional skills to become excellent pharmacists evolving industry.
Phi Delta Chi - Alpha Psi Chapter
Phi Delta Chi is co-ed pharmacy fraternity that is deeply dedicated to developing leaders to advance the profession of pharmacy. We are America's first professional pharmacy fraternity and currently have 73 collegiate chapters across the nation. Phi Delta Chi, a life-long experience, promotes scholastic, professional and social growth among its brothers. Brothers of Phi Delta Chi are involved on campus as: committee co-chairs, organizational officers, and student advisors. Phi Delta Chi is active in the community participating in professional projects, such as: blood pressure screenings, health fairs, and health awareness walks. Even with the busy lives as pharmacy students, we have a balance between the professional and social aspects of college life. We are leaders in pharmacy and will be brothers for life.
Rho Pi Phi - Lambda Sigma Delta Chapter
Rho Pi Phi (RPP) is a co-ed professional fraternity dedicated to the advancement in the field of pharmacy. The philosophies of RPP rest upon the foundation of professionalism, friendship, fraternalism, and unity. Importance is placed on community activism, academic support, and building friendships. This RPP chapter is extremely active and its members have involved themselves with many social, professional, and academic activities. Every member works together to make this fraternity one of solidarity and strength and to be outstanding leaders in the community and in the pharmacy profession.
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