Student Pharmacists Programming

Our Student Pharmacists Programming is jam-packed with the networking and learning opportunities you need to build a successful career in community pharmacy after graduation.


7:30 - 9 a.m.
Chapter Officer's Breakfast (Invitation Only)

Meet the members of the Student Leadership Council (SLC) and find out how you can get involved in this highly sought-after leadership opportunity. Among the topics you don't want to miss: end-of-the-year reports, grading rubrics for the Business Plan Competition, Legislative and Health Care Challenges, and NCPA Student Chapter logo use guidelines.

9 - 9:50 a.m.
Rise and Residency Panel

Rise and shine and learn from a panel of residents about the diverse residency program opportunities available to you after graduation. Panelists include Patrick Brown (UNC Ownership Residency), Sarah Reed (WVU/Kroger), Allie Jo Shipman (NCPA Executive Resident), and an Eli Lilly Fellowship representative.

9:50 - 10 a.m.
Meet Your Student Leadership Council & Break

Meet and network with Student Leadership Council representatives from across the country.

10 - 10:55 a.m.
Clinical Skills for Independent Pharmacy

Discover the opportunities to utilize your point-of-care skills that await you in independent pharmacy.

11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
The Importance of a Business Plan to Your Success

Get the wholesaler perspective on why it is important for wholesalers and lenders to see a solid business plan when considering buying a pharmacy, and learn which key components wholesalers look for in a business plan. Hear examples from wholesalers of how writing a plan and keeping it current have helped their customers stay successful and thriving.

12 - 12:50 p.m.
Student Pharmacists Lunch, Sponsored by McKesson

Hone your networking skills with McKesson representatives at this Student Pharmacists lunch.

1 - 1:30 p.m.
Photo Booth & Region Meet-Up

Participate in a chapter photo booth contest and take advantage of this opportunity to mingle and network with students from your region as well as Student Leadership Council representatives.

1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
14th Annual Good Neighbor Pharmacy NCPA Pruitt-Schutte Student Business Plan Competition

With the highest number of student participants to date, a group of 12 students from three schools will vie for the top spot at the 14th Annual Good Neighbor Pharmacy NCPA Pruitt-Schutte Student Business Plan Competition. Come and see firsthand the excitement around the live presentations of the competition. The winning team will receive cash for their school and a complimentary trip to the NCPA 2018 Multiple Locations Conference in Fort Myers, Fla., in February. For the third consecutive year, we will highlight former Business Plan Competition participants who are now independent owners.

3:30 - 4 p.m.
Business Card Swap

Expand your network in very little time. Students, pharmacists, and exhibitors are invited to attend this fast-paced business card swap.

4 - 5:30 p.m.
Trending Topics in Community Pharmacy: Roundtable Discussions

Always a lively event, these roundtables will keep you inspired and engaged even at the end of the day. Find out more about innovative pharmacy practices, transitions of care, and unique compounding opportunities within a smaller presentation setting.

7 - 8:30 p.m.
NCPA Opening Night Reception


9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Opening General Session
Sponsored by Anda, Inc.

President's speech: DeAnn M. Mullins
Keynote Speaker: ZDoggMD

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Business Plan Competition Train the Trainer

Designed for students, faculty members and deans, this program will cover the essentials on how to create an innovative pharmacy business plan proposal using the standards and guidelines set forth by the Good Neighbor Pharmacy NCPA Pruitt-Schutte Student Business Plan Competition. It will highlight strategies on how you can effectively establish emerging pharmacy initiatives in the health care system, rooted in the entrepreneurial tradition of independent community pharmacy. Drs. Tim Rocafort, Ashlee Mattingly, and Joey Mattingly, all of the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, will present the training and highlight the success they had implementing their program, including having a business plan team place in the top three the first year after implementation.

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Business for Success Student Luncheon
Sponsored by AmerisourceBergen, Live Oak Bank, and Pfizer

Do you want to be your own boss? Do you have the drive to be an entrepreneur? Then independent pharmacy ownership could be the ideal path for you. Join pharmacy experts as they discuss independent pharmacy ownership and specifically how to successfully purchase your own community pharmacy. They will explain how to obtain financing, avoid pitfalls, and position yourself for success in the community pharmacy marketplace. Learn from financial lenders and business coaches the steps you need to take to become a successful owner in independent pharmacy.

1:30 - 6 p.m.
Grand Opening of the NCPA Trade Show

1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Community Pharmacy Postgraduate Opportunities Showcase

Find ways to combine your passion for community pharmacy with the opportunities offered by a residency or fellowship. Interact with residency directors, preceptors, and current residents and fellows to learn how they are impacting patients in the community pharmacy setting. Get the answers you need to ensure your future success and help you stand out in a crowd.

NCPA 2017 Postgraduate Opportunities Showcase — Attending Programs

1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Innovation in Community Practice Poster Session

This poster session showcases independent community pharmacies that are focused on developing community practice solutions at all levels of the health care system. Engage in peer-to-peer learning while discussing ideas and research designed to help community pharmacists move their practice forward. This poster session also features entries from the Student Business Plan Competition and noteworthy events from NCPA student chapters across the country.

3 - 4 p.m.
Medisca Presentation

Go back to the roots of our profession and find out how you can have an impact in your community through compounding medications.

4 - 5:30 p.m.
NCPA Foundation Awards Ceremony

Acknowledging all of the hard work you have put into your school work and chapter over the past year, the NCPA Foundation Awards Ceremony highlights scholarship winners, presidential scholars, the Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year, the Outstanding Chapter Members of the Year, the Most Improved Chapter of the Year, and the Chapter of the Year. Come and support your school and your peers as we recognize all that you do for community pharmacy.

All events will be held at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. Schedule subject to change.