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NCPA 114th Annual Convention and Trade Exposition

Join us October 13-17 this year in San Diego, California for NCPA's 114th Annual Convention and Trade Exposition. Meet new friends, learn from experts, and succeed in your profession!.

Win a Complimentary Student Registration

Complete a voluntary survey to win a complimentary student registration to the NCPA Annual Meeting October 13 – 17, 2012 in San Diego, CA!

Students who complete the survey by August 24, 2012 will be entered to win one free, non-transferable registration to the NCPA Annual Convention and Trade Exposition in San Diego this October—a $150 Value—thanks to the sponsorship of RxOwnership powered by McKesson. The NCPA Annual Convention offers exciting student programming where you will learn about a variety of topics including how to write a business plan, pharmacy valuation, innovations in community pharmacy, and more!

CLICK HERE for more information and to access the survey.

Future Pharmacist Programming

NCPA has lots of exciting activities planned for future pharmacy owners at our 114th Annual Convention and Trade Exposition in San Diego, CA. Registered students may attend any and all programming offered at the convention but will not want to miss the student- specific programming on Saturday, October 13 and Sunday, October 14. Following is a tentative schedule of events:

Saturday October 13, 2012

7:45am – 8:45am
Chapter Officers Breakfast (By Invitation Only)
Rise and shine! Make your way to the convention center to meet your fellow chapter officers for breakfast. Join your fellow student leaders and digest information on how to develop your leadership skills throughout the year!

9:00am – 10:15am
Business Plan Basics: A Student's Guide to Writing a Business Plan
Have you been inspired by a local community owner? Are you planning to be an entrepreneur? Gain confidence and learn the fundamentals to building an effective business plan by visiting this Business Plan Basics workshop. The tools learned during this event will aid you in your success to becoming the next Good Neighbor Pharmacy NCPA Pruitt-Schutte Student Business Plan Competition finalist or future business owner.

10:30am – 11:45am
Keeping it Independent: Assessing Your Opportunities
Determining the value of an existing pharmacy and navigating loan options can be a daunting task to a future pharmacy owner. Join us as we discuss the importance of pharmacy valuation, the lending landscape, partnership considerations and more. Take out the fear of buying a pharmacy and learn how to do your due diligence before entering into an agreement to purchase an existing pharmacy.

12:00pm – 1:00pm
Future Pharmacist Luncheon Featuring a Pharmacy Niche Speaker

1:15pm – 2:15pm
Innovations in Community Pharmacy Technology
"Check in" to this session as expert pharmacists discuss the evolving role of pharmacy technology. Learn the timeline for integrating technologies into a community pharmacy and how pharmacists are utilizing technologies from computer software and robots to e-prescribing, mobile apps, and more. Come download a wealth of information with us!

2:30pm – 4:30pm Good Neighbor Pharmacy NCPA Pruitt-Schutte Student Business Plan Competition
Sponsored by Good neighbor Pharmacy, Pharmacist Mutual Companies, and the NCPA Foundation

This year over 40 schools and colleges of pharmacy submitted business plans to the 9th Annual Business Plan Competition. In July, three were named finalists. Don't miss the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, University of Kentucky, and University of the Pacific as they present their ideas before you and our panel of judges for the chance to win a cash prize and a trip to Aruba for the NCPA Multiple Locations Conference in February. This is surly an event full of excitement and innovation that you will not want to miss!

5:00pm – 6:30pm
Future Pharmacist Networking Reception
Sponsored by RxOwnership powered by McKesson

Come join us for refreshments, door prizes, and a chance to network with your peers. You will have the opportunity to share new ideas and talk about upcoming projects while forging new friendships that will last you throughout your career! Be sure to bring your business cards so you can exchange information and keep up with your new contacts!

Sunday, October 14th, 2012

7:15am – 8:45am
Student Leadership Seminar

1:30pm – 6pm
Student Business Plan and Chapter Poster Session, Exhibit Hall
Catch a glimpse of what your colleagues have been working on this past year by heading to the student poster sessions.* The posters will highlight business plan ideas from schools and colleges who submitted to the Business Plan Competition and special projects, events, and ideas from student chapters over the past year. You will have the opportunity to garnish new ideas for your own student chapter while gaining insight into writing a business plan for the Competition and your future career.
*Chapter Poster Session information will be provided to NCPA Student Chapter Officers and Advisors in mid-August

1:30pm – 6pm
Community Pharmacy Residency Showcase, Exhibit Hall
Are you thinking about completing a residency but also want to practice in the community? If so, a Community Pharmacy Residency Program is the perfect choice for you. Join us for our annual Community Pharmacy Residency Showcase. Visit with residency coordinators, preceptors and current residents to learn about the exciting ways they are impacting patients in the community. Have your questions answered regarding program experiences and expectations to ensure your future success and help you stand out in the application crowd.

3:30pm – 5:30pm
NCPA Foundation Awards Ceremony and Reception
Feel the 'Good Vibes' at this year's award ceremony and reception. Join us as we award scholarship winners and recognize NCPA's student chapter of the year, faculty liaison of the year, and the Good Neighbor Pharmacy NCPA Pruitt-Schutte Student Business Plan Competition participants and winners.

What are you waiting for? Register today at a discounted rate of $150 for student members. Students should plan to arrive on Friday evening to ensure they will not miss student programming beginning bright and early on Saturday morning!

Community Outreach Ideas for your NCPA Student Chapter

As you begin planning events for the fall semester with your NCPA Student Chapter, take a look at the following ideas for community outreach from other successful NCPA Student Chapters!
Brought to you by by NCPA Rotation Students Janelle Fether, Ohio Northern University and Bri Morris, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

  1. Provide health screenings. Health screenings are an easy and effective way to raise health awareness in the community. They typically require few supplies and take up minimal space, so they can be set up virtually anywhere (in a pharmacy, at a fair/festival, public health events and benefits, etc.). Blood pressure, blood glucose, cholesterol, BMI, and bone density screenings are a few of the services student pharmacists can provide. Work with your chapter advisor to ensure you follow guidelines and regulations for your state and make sure to have a pharmacist on site to monitor and provide assistance during your event.
  2. Utilize social media. If your chapter does not already have one, create a Facebook and Twitter account! Social media makes it so easy to reach people that we wouldn't otherwise reach. Have members invite friends and friends-of-friends, and soon you will have a massive audience for your NCPA messages. Be sure to update your accounts with information on upcoming events and pictures of your chapter out in the community. Like or follow independent pharmacies in the area, helping to promote their stores and events. By effectively using social media, your NCPA chapter will demonstrate how important pharmacy is in the community.
  3. Host events in conjunction with community pharmacies. Whether it is a brown bag event or health screening, working with your local independent pharmacy can be beneficial for both owners and students. If you are having trouble thinking of how your chapter can get involved, talk to the pharmacists! Visit your local independent pharmacy and introduce yourself. Explain the goals of your NCPA student chapter, ask pharmacists what they need to better serve their patients and let them know you are available to assist, if needed. Fostering a relationship with pharmacy owners around the community could lead to more joint projects in the future, a possible speaker, or even a possible career!
  4. Participate in interprofessional events. Do you have medical, nursing, physical therapy and/or other health profession students on campus? Consider teaming up with other health care professionals to provide extended services to the community. Identify health fairs or other health-related events that are being offered in your community and contact the sponsor of the event to ask how your NCPA Chapter can be involved in the future. Hosting a health screening in conjunction with medical students or providing antibiotic counseling during a dental clinic shows the community as well as other healthcare providers the value of pharmacists.
  5. Educate the community. Providing educational health-related programming is another great idea for public events or local elementary, middle, and high schools. Poison prevention programs can educate children on how to avoid unsafe or unknown substances or raise parents' awareness on how medications and household chemicals may look like candy or juice drinks from a child's perspective among other helpful poison safety tips. Safe medication use programs can describe the importance of medication adherence or describe abuse potential and warning signs of abuse for certain prescription medications. Healthy lifestyle choice presentations may focus on anything from healthy food choices and regular exercise to the importance of avoiding tobacco, drug, and alcohol use.
America's Pharmacist is Now Available Wherever You Are

NCPA's official magazine, America's Pharmacist, is now digital! Beginning in September, instead of a print edition, student members can only access this magazine online and on mobile devices. You'll get the same great content with navigation, social media links, bookmarks and notes, and even Google language translation. And now, whether you're on campus or not, you'll never miss an issue.

Simply logon with your member ID and password for free access to the current issue along with a searchable archive of previous issues to download CE or any articles.

To access your digital copy today, visit


August 8, 2012

Dates & Deadlines

August 24-26, 2012
NCPA Ownership Workshop,
Hyatt Regency Crystal City,
Arlington, VA

October 13-17, 2012
NCPA 114th Annual Convention
and Trade Exposition,
San Diego, CA

Has Your Chapter Completed a Successful Chapter Project?
Share a brief description of your successful chapter project and the results of your efforts in your school and/or community. We want to recognize NCPA student chapters for their outstanding efforts and share your ideas and success stories with other NCPA student chapters. Contact NCPA Student Affairs at to share your story to be posted in the Chapter Highlights section of the NCPA website.

NCPA Outreach Visits for Fall 2012
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 NCPA Student Affairs at and provide us with dates of availability when known.

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