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NCPA Congratulates 2012 Chapter of the Year Award Recipients

NCPA recognizes the top three NCPA chapters and the most improved NCPA chapter each year at the NCPA Annual Convention. Congratulations to the University of Texas at Austin who was named NCPA Student Chapter of the Year in San Diego this October and received a $2,000 cash award for their chapter! The first runner-up was the University of Houston who received a cash award of $1,000 and second runner-up was Ohio Northern University who received a cash award of $500. The most improved chapter, Rutgers University, received $250.

Top 10 Finalists in addition to the chapters listed above include the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, University of Colorado, University of Kansas, University of Washington, Washington State University, and West Virginia University.

The Chapter of the Year awards are based on activities than took place during the preceding school year and including neighborhood community service projects, creating members, promoting independent pharmacy, advocating legislative action, fundraising, and submissions to the Business Plan Competition, Legislative Advocacy Challenge and Health and Wellness Challenge. Activities were reported in the Chapter End of Year Report which was completed by over 75 Student Chapters in 2012. Congratulations to all NCPA Student Chapters on your efforts and activities to promote community pharmacy!

Student representatives and Chapter Advisors from the University of Texas at Austin, University of Houston, Ohio Northern University and Rutgers University receive their chapter awards at the NCPA Annual Convention in San Diego, CA.

Congratulations to the 2012 Good Neighbor Pharmacy NCPA Pruitt-Schutte Student Business Plan Competition Finalists

Teams of pharmacy students from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, University of Kentucky, and the University of the Pacific presented their business plans before a panel of live judges and a live audience during NCPA's 114th Annual Convention on October 13, 2012 in San Diego, CA. The competition is currently supported by contributions from Good Neighbor Pharmacy, Pharmacists Mutual Companies and the NCPA Foundation. The results of the exciting competition were announced during the convention's opening general session and are as follows:

Second Runner-Up – University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy
Team Members: Ashley Lanham – Team Captain, Jessica Cox, Sara Holliday
Team Advisor: Kenneth Robert, PhD, MBA


First Runner-Up – University of the Pacific Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy
Team Members: Daniel Huynh – Team Captain, Nataliya McElroy
Team Advisor: Edward Sherman, PharmD


First Place – University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Pharmacy
Team Members: Brandyn England – Team Captain, Kevin Barton, Blake Johnson, Tyler Shinabery
Team Advisor: Schwanda Flowers, PharmD

NCPA Elective Rotation in Association Management

Would you like to learn more about pharmacy association work? Do you have an interest in pharmacy ownership and entrepreneurship? If you answered yes to either of these questions, an Elective APPE Rotation in Association Management at NCPA may be right for you!

The purpose of the elective rotation is two-fold:

  1. Provides an experience that demonstrates the importance of a national pharmacy association to the profession.
  2. Provides a pharmacy student with an opportunity to become more aware of the vast opportunities that exist in independent community pharmacy practice.

Interested? Click here to visit the NCPA website for an FAQ document and application. Applications must be postmarked by December 31, 2012.

NCPA Foundation Summer Internship and Executive Residency Applications

The deadline for the 2013 NCPA Foundation Summer Internship Program and 2013-2014 NCPA Executive Residency in Association Management is January 15, 2013. Begin working on your application today for an excellent opportunity to experience life at a national pharmacy association, while also learning more about the many exciting opportunities that exist in independent community pharmacy practice.

The NCPA Summer Intern will spend 10 weeks at NCPA headquarters, beginning in May or June (start date is flexible) and will receive a stipend to help offset housing and transportation costs. Click here for more information and an application.

The NCPA Executive Residency in Association Management is a springboard into a career of association work. Pharmacy school curriculum is extensive, but an NCPA Executive Residency distinguishes you from your fellow graduates by opening up new and rewarding opportunities for you in a number of areas. Interested? Click here for more information and an application.

For questions and to learn more about the Summer Internship and Residency opportunities please contact NCPA Student Affairs at

NCPA National Student Leadership Council Deadline – January 31, 2013

Attention all student leaders: Do not miss the opportunity to apply for a national student leadership position in NCPA’s National Student Leadership Council (SLC)! The SLC represents all student pharmacist members of NCPA and is comprised of 16 student members who each complete a two-year term; the first as a Junior Member and the second as a Senior Member. Multiple students from a school or college of pharmacy may apply each year, but only one may be appointed from that school or college. All SLC members must have held an office on the chapter level and all must be current student members of NCPA.

Questions? Contact your regional SLC representatives or NCPA Student Affairs at Additional information and an application can be found on the NCPA website at

Patients’ Pharmacy Choice, Mail Order Headaches Voiced in New NCPA Video “Mail Order Madness” Debuts at

Independent community pharmacists work with patients to achieve positive health outcomes, reduce health care expenses and provide a range of essential, niche services—a fact dramatized in a new video released today by the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA). The video was first screened at NCPA's 114th Annual Convention & Trade Exposition and is featured on the educational website

The new NCPA video depicts an independent community pharmacist with a strong relationship with patients; who monitors patients' full medication regimen to prevent drug interactions; promotes the appropriate use of generic drugs to lower costs; encourages the taking of medication as directed, or "adherence"; helps patients navigate the red tape imposed by pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs); and provides access to additional health services, such as immunizations.

The video is the third in the NCPA series. On Sept. 12, 2012, "Mail Order Madness" was released, giving additional voice to those patients who are dissatisfied with mandatory mail order plan designs. The first video, The Third Wheel", was released July 11, 2012 in conjunction with the launch of the website and parodies how PBMs can negatively affect the cost and value of prescription drug benefits.


November 16, 2012

Dates & Deadlines

November 2012
NCPA Foundation Bone Marrow Donor Drives

December 31, 2012
NCPA Elective Rotation in Association Management Application Deadline

January 15, 2013
NCPA Foundation Summer Internship and NCPA Executive Residency in Association Management Application Deadlines

January 31, 2013
National Student Leadership Council Application Deadline Chapter Midterm Report Deadline

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 Spring 2012
Are you interested in a visit to your School or 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 next semester! Please contact NCPA Student Affairs at and provide us with dates of availability from January 2013 – April 2013 when known.

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