Congratulations 2013 Graduates!
As you transition into your new role as a practitioner, take advantage of NCPA's recent graduate rates and live your dream of becoming a pharmacy owner!
NCPA Recent Graduate Membership Rates:
1st Year Graduates—$40
2nd Year Graduates—$60
3rd Year Graduates—$90
To take advantage of these low rates, visit www.ncpanet.org or call NCPA's Membership Department at 800-544-7447.
NCPA Foundation Announces Ludwig Scholarship Winners
During the 2013 NCPA Legislative Conference in Washington, DC, the NCPA Foundation presented the Dennis L. Ludwig Memorial Scholarship in Government Affairs. Auburn University received the Ludwig scholarship for the NCPA student chapter with the highest attendance at the conference.
In addition, based on a random drawing, the following students received Ludwig scholarships to help offset expenses related to attending the conference:
- Jessica Alflen, Ohio Northern University
- Eleni Peterson, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
- Nicholas Rainey, Medical University of South Carolina
- Lauren Wee, Ohio State University
Dennis L. Ludwig was president of NCPA in 1996-1997 and a long-time NCPA Foundation Advisory Committee member. He was also a keen grassroots activist both in Denver and in Washington, DC.
NCPA 115th Annual Convention and Trade Exposition
It's that time again to meet new friends, learn from experts, and succeed in your profession. Join us October 12-16, 2013 at the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort in Orlando, FL for NCPA's 115th Annual Convention and Trade Exposition. Register by June 30th, 2013 to receive the Early Bird Rate of $125 for members and $175 for non-members.
Congratulations New Student Chapter Officers!
Please remember to complete the Chapter Officer Roster Form to update the information on your newly elected student chapter officers.
Pharmacy Schools Honored in Medication Adherence Competition
Five pharmacy schools were honored in the second annual Script Your Future Medication Adherence Team Challenge for health profession students. The month-long competition engaged health profession students and faculty in developing creative ideas for raising awareness about medication adherence as a critical public health issue. This year's awardees are St. Louis College of Pharmacy, University of Charleston School of Pharmacy, University of the Pacific Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, Touro University College of Pharmacy California, and the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy.
The Medication Adherence Team Challenge is part of the Script Your Future public awareness campaign launched in 2011 by the National Consumers League. The campaign includes more than 130 public and private stakeholder organizations, including NCPA.
10 Tips to Remember When Interviewing
Written by Lindsey Feuz, student at University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and NCPA Student Leadership Council Member
Summer is just around the corner and it's never too early to start thinking about trying to get a summer internship. Developing good interview skills is important even if you have a job at the moment you never know what the future holds. Practice and preparation makes all the difference and here are ten tips to remember to improve your interviewing skills!
- Practice and preparation can make all the difference. Remember that saying you probably have heard throughout your lifetime that, "Practice Makes Perfect," interviews are no different from other skills/subjects. Going to an interview with the thought process of I'll just "wing it" is not the strategy to have because without preparation and practice, you are mostly relying on luck.
- First Impression=Lasting Impressions. First and foremost for any interview you need to look the part so make sure your attire is appropriate. Before any words even come out of your mouth typically the first judgment an interviewer makes is going to be based on how you look and what you are wearing. Wear professional business attire that allows you to be comfortable, but remember to be conservative and have a clean and tidy appearance. Remember any overwhelming scent (e.g. perfume or cologne) may not be favorable.
- The handshake. Greet the interviewer by looking them in the eye and giving a solid handshake. A good handshake should be firm, but not bone crushing. The "dead fish" hand shake is not how you want to start off an interview. Remember practice makes perfect and remember sometimes it's better to ask someone who will be "brutally honest".
- Do your research. While the majority of people have heard this guidance many times this simple advice is still not taken. Hearsay is not a substitute for doing a little bit of research which usually you can do by going right to a company's website. Before any interview it's just a good idea to know something about what the position entails.
- Have questions prepared. All interviewers at some point will ask, "Do you have any questions?" Asking questions shows that you have an interest about the position and want to learn as much as you can. However, there is a flip side to asking questions as there are some questions you really shouldn't ask during an interview. For example, it may not be the best question to ask "What does your company do?" this is why you should research the company beforehand.
- Be able to speak about everything on your curriculum vitae or resume. If you can't speak about something on your CV or resume that is a good indicator that you probably shouldn't include it. Anything on your CV or resume is fair game for the interviewer to ask a question about and many times they will ask you to elaborate on different aspects.
- Try to watch saying "like" and "umm" too much. This isn't always the easiest thing to do, but remember it is okay to pause and take a few moments to think before answering a question. If you don't understand the wording of a question or if the question has multiple parts, it's usually okay to ask to ask them to rephrase or repeat a portion of the question.
- Things to Bring with You: Have extra copies of your CV or resume and a few business cards on hand since you never know how many interviewers you may have. Make sure you are carrying some type of identification in case the building your interview is in has security. Bring a printed list of references in case it is requested during your interview. Depending on the type of interview a portfolio may also be required.
- Set the stage for further contact. Ask the interviewer what the preferred method for follow-up is or when they believe they will be making their decision. If an interviewer requests you follow up by phone in a week, respect this request. Calling the next day can be construed as rude or pushy. Even though it can be difficult, remember to accept rejection with grace. No one likes to think about rejection, but it happens to the best of us. It's good to remind oneself to keep emotions in check and don't burn bridges if someone else gets hired. One never knows what the future may hold. For example, the accepted candidate may not work out, or a different position may open up.
- Take the time to say Thank you. A positive, nonintrusive way to stay on an employer's mind is to send a hand written thank-you note. It shows good courtesy and a hand written thank-you really adds something.