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Register Now for NCPA's 115th Annual Convention and Trade Exposition!
There is still time to register!! This is an event that you don't want to miss! NCPA's 115th Annual Convention and Trade Exposition will be held October 12-16th at the Walt Disney World Resort Swan and Dolphin Hotel. Student Programming highlights include:

  • "How to Write a Business Plan"
  • "Emerging/Alternate Models of Care"
  • Government Affairs Update
  • Networking Reception
  • "Rise and Residency"
  • Endless networking opportunities
  • Much, Much More!

For more information, visit and select Conference and Events. Another exciting part of the convention is a FREE pass to the Magic Kingdom! All paid attendees to the Annual NCPA Convention will be treated to passes to visit the Magic Kingdom from 4-9 p.m. Oct. 15. Additional passes can be purchased to the Disney theme parks for Oct. 9-18 at a special discounted price by visiting

Are You Attending the Annual Convention Next Month? Let Us Know!
If you're joining us next month in Orlando for the NCPA 115th Annual Convention and Trade Exposition, share it with us on Twitter, Facebook, or Google+! Stay updated on the latest news, happenings, and photos before, during, and after the convention by using the hashtag #NCPA2013 on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+. Don't forget to follow NCPA on Twitter (@commpharmacy), like us on Facebook (, and add us to your circles on Google+ (

Good Neighbor Pharmacy NCPA Pruitt-Schutte Student Business Plan Competition
This year, we are pleased to be celebrating an important milestone in our work to attract the next generation of pharmacists to community pharmacy: the 10th anniversary of the Good Neighbor Pharmacy Pruitt-Schutte NCPA Student Business Plan Competition! Since the competition started in 2004, more than 80 pharmacy schools have submitted 315 business plans for this exciting competition.

We encourage you to join us on Saturday, Oct. 12 from 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. as student finalists from the University of Arkansas, the University of Oklahoma, and the University of the Pacific present their business plans to a live audience and answer questions from a mock panel of industry experts. You will be amazed at the depth and creativity of the students' ideas and their energy and enthusiasm for community pharmacy. With cash prizes and a trip to sunny Naples, Fla. for the 2014 NCPA Multiple Locations Conference at stake, it's anyone's game.

This competition would not be possible without the generous support of AmeriSource Bergen's Good Neighbor Pharmacy, Pharmacists Mutual, and members like you. Join us on Saturday to cheer on your alma mater or your favorite student team—you may just pick up a new idea or two while you're there.

Community Pharmacy Residency Showcase
Join us for the 2013 Community Pharmacy Residency Showcase on Sunday, October 13th, 2013 from 1:30pm – 6:00pm at the NCPA 115th Annual Convention and Trade Exposition in Orlando, Florida. Learn about opportunities in community pharmacy practice and talk with attendees from different programs. For final year students, get some valuable networking time with pharmacy residency directors, residents, and preceptors before the busy ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting in December. Click here to see which programs will be there!

Note from SLC President Boopathy Sivaraman
Hello, my name is Boopathy "Boo" Sivaraman and I would like to take the time to introduce myself as your 2013-2014 NCPA Student Leadership Council President. I would like to personally invite you to attend the 115th Annual NCPA convention and Trade Exposition in Orlando, FL from October 12-16, 2013. This year we have worked hard to ensure students have robust programming to develop you into a leader in the profession. In addition, we, the Student Leadership Council (SLC,) can't wait to mingle with all the collegiate NCPA members and help you "Meet, Learn, and Succeed."

If you have any questions about how SLC can help your chapter please contact me at

For more information and registration details about the convention please visit:

NCPA Foundation Announces Scholarship Winners
Please visit the scholarship page of to view the list of students receiving scholarships from the NCPA Foundation and Partners in Pharmacy. Scholarships will be presented at the NCPA Annual Convention during the foundation's Awards Ceremony on October 13 from 3:30 – 5 pm. For more details, email Congratulations to this year's scholarship recipients!

Congratulations to Preceptor and Faculty Award Winners
Janet Kusler at Kuslers Pharmacy in Snohomish, WA is the recipient of this year's National Preceptor of the Year Award. She will receive the award during one of the general sessions at the NCPA Annual Convention in October. And, Kelly Orr at the University of Rhode Island will receive the Outstanding Faculty Liaison of the Year Award. The award will be presented at the NCPA Annual Convention during the foundation's Awards Ceremony on October 13 from 3:30 – 5 pm. For more details, please email

Join Pharmacists Around the World in a #Pharmacist Tweet-a-Thon on
October 3rd

NCPA is joining with other pharmacy organizations and pharmacists around the world in a global tweet-a-thon on Thursday, October 3, 2013 to celebrate pharmacists and their contributions to health care and our communities.

Join us on October 3rd and tweet about the things you are doing to help patients, other health professionals, and your community that day. Perhaps you are completing a rotation right now, working at pharmacy, or organizing community projects like health screenings or disposal events through professional organizations – whatever actions you are taking to help a patient or your future profession, join us in tweeting about it! Be sure to use the hashtag #Pharmacist in your tweets.

If you're not on Twitter, there is plenty of time to join! It's free and easy to use and only takes a few minutes to set up an account online. Click here for more information, and don't forget to follow NCPA on Twitter at @commpharmacy.

Top 10 Reasons to Attend Annual Convention in Orlando

Written By: Tyler Staten, PharmD Candidate 2014, Harding University College of Pharmacy

  1. Network, network, network, did I say network?
    Yeah, it is that important! Maybe you have heard the saying "Pharmacy is a small world." It is true! We must continue to make connections and ties wherever we go, and you never know when you might need to contact a person that you have networked with in the past for ideas, experience, or connections in a new area to which you have moved. Take advantage of the networking receptions with your peers, the pharmacist networking receptions, as well as the exposition hall. Find someone from your area, from an area you intend to move one day, network with an SLC member, and even an NCPA staff member. Make all the connections while you can. It helps build people skills, which will benefit your ability to connect with patients.
  2. Future Pharmacists' Programming!
    This year's student programming is focused around you! Our convention committee has worked to make the programming tailored to what would benefit you during school and for your future career in independent pharmacy. Sessions include: business plan basics, emerging and alternate models of care, pharmacy purchasing loan options, a free lunch session featuring a legislative congressional update, pharmacy niche panel, rise and residency breakfast session, business plan and chapter posters session in the exposition hall, and student networking reception. All this is available to you!
  3. Pharmacists' Programming!
    Been to convention before? About to go into practice? Come to the pharmacists' programming! There are a lot of sessions that are full of information for practitioners, so why don't you get ahead of the game and come listen to those sessions as well? There will be sessions on technology, social media, front-end overhaul (one of my personal favorites), buying and selling a pharmacy, junior partnerships, profitable niche services to implement, and many more. This is your opportunity to grow your knowledge base and interact with practicing community pharmacists.
  4. Residency Showcase!
    As always, the exhibition hall will contain a residency showcase featuring many community pharmacy residencies, their programs, and how to apply. This is a great chance to meet some of the community pharmacy residency program directors and residents and interact with them before you go to ASHP's Midyear Clinical Meeting in December, consider this your practice round before Midyear! Be sure to come prepared with your current CV in case they ask for a copy!
  5. Good Neighbor Pharmacy NCPA Pruitt-Schutte Business Plan Competition!
    The top three teams will be presenting and competing to be selected as the winners of the 2013 Good Neighbor Pharmacy NCPA Pruitt-Schutte Business Plan Competition on Saturday at 2:30PM. This is a growing event and is the highlight of convention for attendees. Come watch the presentation and pretend that you are the banker, and the teams are selling their plan to you, vying for a loan! This is a great way to watch the culmination of effort put forth into creating a business plan, and watch as their efforts pay off! Make sure that you and your chapter get your ideas together to submit and possibly participate, if chosen, for next year! Remember: Competition Saturday, winner announced Sunday!
  6. Learn how to get politically involved!
    One of NCPA's biggest tasks, as an organization, is the representation of all 23,000 independent pharmacies in the United States to the legislators in Washington, D.C. You have a voice and your impact can make a difference! Legislators want to hear stories of how their constituents are affected on a daily basis by issues that pharmacies face! Come to the Government Affairs forum on Sunday for a chance to learn about what is going on, how NCPA is addressing it, and what role you can play as a student pharmacist! Whether your voice is heard locally, within the state, or at the national level, all representation of pharmacy is important! Come hear how you can make a difference!!
  7. Exposition Hall and Exhibitor Theater!
    Starting Saturday at 6:30PM, over 350 businesses that directly work with pharmacies will be in town for participation in the exposition hall! Come by and see what these companies have to offer for independent pharmacies and how they can implement their goods and services to improve the business of pharmacy! Always an exciting time!
  8. Poster Session!
    The Poster Session is a new and growing opportunity for your chapter to present what it has done in the past year, as well as seeing what other chapters have done! Or for students to present the research that they have done in the past year. The poster session will be housed inside the exhibition hall. Talk to Whitney about how to get your chapter's poster submitted! (
  9. Keynote Address!
    Forty-second President of the United States, William J. (Bill) Clinton will be the keynote speaker on Monday morning to address the conference attendees! His address might include information regarding his work to lessen the abuse of prescription drugs, his public service during and after office, and many other issues that he is currently working on. It will be a great chance to hear what he has to say, so I would encourage you to extend your stay at convention to hear what he has to say to the conference attendees! Read his full biography here.
  10. Universal Studios and Walt Disney World!
    The convention is being held at the Walt Disney World, Swan and Dolphin Resort, so you will be in the heart of Walt Disney World in the Epcot area of the park! Right in the middle of the action! And on Tuesday night, the closing session includes an admission ticket to the Walt Disney World Theme park.

    Also, are you a Harry Potter Fan? Hogwart's is at Universal Studios, which is not that far away from Walt Disney!

Come Meet, Learn, and Succeed at the NCPA 115th Annual Convention and Trade Exposition and with Disney's help, you can "Make Your Dreams Come True!"


September 30, 2013

Dates & Deadlines

October 12-16, 2013
NCPA Annual Convention and Trade Exposition: Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel, Orlando, FL

NCPA Outreach Visits for Fall 2013
Are you interested in a visit to your School/College of Pharmacy from NCPA staff, NCPA Ambassadors (NCPA Member Owners) and/or an NCPA Student Leadership Council representative? We would be happy to coordinate a visit with you! Please contact Whitney Cowart, Associate Director of Management and Student Affairs, at and provide us with dates of availability when known. We are already starting to schedule meetings for August and beyond!

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