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NCPA National Student Leadership Council
Attention all student leaders: Do not miss your last opportunity to apply for a national student leadership position on NCPA's National Student Leadership Council (SLC)! The SLC 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 national student members of NCPA.
The goal of the SLC is to support the development of future leaders in community pharmacy and to recognize student pharmacists who have a strong interest in entrepreneurship and pursuing a career in community pharmacy. The SLC supports the Associate Director of Student Affairs at NCPA in providing the student pharmacist perspective when developing programs for NCPA student members. Questions? Contact your regional SLC representatives or Student Affairs at email@example.com. Additional information and an application can be found at www.ncpanet.org. The deadline to apply for a position on the SLC is January 31, 2013.
NCPA Outstanding Student Member of the Year Award
Each active NCPA student chapter may nominate one NCPA Chapter member for NCPA Outstanding Student Member of the Year. This individual must be an active member of NCPA who has contributed to the continued success of their NCPA student chapter. Each recipient will receive a certificate from the NCPA Foundation in recognition of this award to be presented to the student at an appropriate awards ceremony at their School/College of Pharmacy. Click here to download an application form. Nomination forms are due on or before March 1, 2013.
Good Neighbor Pharmacy NCPA Pruitt-Schutte Student Business Plan Competition
It's about that time to start developing your plans for the Business Plan Competition! The Competition encourages young pharmacy entrepreneurs to develop the blueprint necessary for buying an existing independent community pharmacy or developing a new pharmacy. You could also win a trip to the 2013 NCPA Annual Convention in Orlando, FL and the 2013 Multiple Locations Conference in a tropical location!
Please visit the Good Neighbor Pharmacy NCPA Pruitt-Schutte Student Business Plan Competition section on the NCPA website for an application, details of the competition, and resources, or for questions, contact student affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for business plan entries is May 15, 2013.
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Has Your Chapter Completed a Successful Chapter Project? Share a brief description of your successful chapter project, the results of your efforts in your school and/or community, and pictures (if available)! We want to recognize NCPA student chapters for their outstanding efforts and share your ideas and success stories with other NCPA student chapters. Email your story and pictures from the event to email@example.com to be included in the NCPA Chapter Highlights section on the NCPA Website.
Top Ways to Advocate for Community Pharmacy
Written by Jenna Clack, University of the Incarnate Word Feik School of Pharmacy, and
Dawne O'Brien, University of Arizona College of Pharmacy
"Get Into Politics or Get Out of Pharmacy."
By advocating for community pharmacy you are calling attention to important issues and building relationships with your legislators. As future independent pharmacy owners, you need to protect both your business and your patients. The following sections provide information on how you, as students, can advocate for the pharmacy profession.
Attend your State Pharmacy Association Meeting and Legislative Day. The majority of states have a day designated between January and April to meet with students and pharmacists. During this time, you will have the opportunity to speak with legislators about current pharmacy affairs and legislation. Come to the meeting prepared to address a few issues that you feel are very important to the pharmacy profession. It is recommended to do thorough research on the topics prior to the meeting. You will act as an expert in the field and work toward building trust with the legislators.
Write letters or make phone calls to your state representatives. By directly addressing your legislators you are calling attention to important issues in your profession. Remember, change cannot take place unless legislators are educated about the issues. A list of current issues and how to contact your federal and state representatives can be found on the NCPA Advocacy Center website.
Attend NCPA Legislative Conference in May 2013 in Washington DC. This conference will feature programming centered on the issues currently facing independent pharmacists. You will also have the opportunity to meet with legislators from your home state and represent your constituency.
Register to Vote. It is highly encouraged that all students become registered voters so that you can vote for officials who support community pharmacy in your state. Your chapter might also consider holding a "Register to Vote" initiative and try to get all of your classmates registered prior to the next election period.
Attend your State Pharmacy Association meetings. This will allow you to become familiar with lawmakers close to home and develop personal relationships.
Encourage your patients to voice their opinions. When you are on the receiving end of patient complaints about unfair practices such as limiting patient choice, empower patients to take a stand by contacting their representatives. They can also file complaints and share their personal stories through the fight4rx website. Pharmacists and patients should also be encouraged to learn about how their drug plans are operated. Information regarding this topic can be found at whorunsmydrugplan.com.
Keep your fellow students aware of arising issues through presentations, emails, and bulletin boards. Don't worry about overkill. The more you try to share the issues, the more likely someone is to really "get it" and join the movement.
Encourage interprofessional communication. The pharmacy profession is rapidly evolving and pharmacists are now performing more clinical activities in the retail setting. By forming critical relationships with providers, pharmacists can demonstrate the skills and knowledge they possess.
Remember, there are many ways to get involved with pharmacy advocacy! Additional resources are available for students and pharmacists on the NCPA Advocacy Center website, which can be accessed at www.ncpanet.org/index.php/advocacy-center.