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MCPHS Boston student pharmacists

Professional Organization Serves Student Pharmacists on Boston Campus

  • The organization is collaborating to engage the community during American Pharmacists Month.

    October is American Pharmacists Month, and the largest student-led pharmacy organization on the Boston campus of Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) is celebrating. The American Pharmacists Association - Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP)—the collective voice of MCPHS Boston student pharmacists—is collaborating to engage the community through pharmacy-focused discussions. The organization provides opportunities for professional growth and encourages members to envision and advance the future of pharmacy. We caught up with APhA-ASP President Ngoc Phuong Mai Le, PharmD ‘24, to learn about the organization and its plans.

    How is APhA-ASP celebrating American Pharmacists Month?

    We will collaborate with Pharmacy Council and other professional pharmacy organizations on campus to host discussions about the current news in pharmacy, the role of pharmacists in the healthcare system, and how student pharmacists can make a difference. We will also create a poster and deliver a presentation about what we learned from these discussions. Please visit our social media for details about these initiatives.

    Will you host additional events, activities, or initiatives this year?

    We have 10 general meetings—5 per semester—with guest speakers from various pharmacy backgrounds. These meetings provide valuable insights and knowledge for student pharmacists on campus. We also offer professional development workshops such as CV/resume reviews, Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences/Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE/IPPE) rotation student panels, and informational residency/fellowship sessions.

    On average, our organization hosts more than 80 meetings, events, initiatives, and patient care projects annually. We are passionate about getting involved and creating opportunities for others to get involved. For example, we conduct community outreach initiatives that give students a chance to provide services and education for the public on specific disease states, treatments, and prevention methods. This year’s upcoming events include OTC vs. Candy Game Night, World Heart Week, Step Challenge, Yoga Sessions, Breathe Strong, and Drug Take Back Day.

    When do you meet? Who can join?

    Our general meetings are held during the activities period on either Tuesday or Thursday. Please check our social media for the latest updates. Our meetings are open to all general members in the Doctor of Pharmacy program and in any other healthcare programs who are interested in attending. Student pharmacists can sign up for APhA-ASP national membership through this website, or they can reach out to stu-bos-apha@mcphs.edu for more information.

    What are your social media handles and outreach channels?

    Instagram: @apha.mcphs.boston

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/APhAMCPHS

    Website: https://aphamcphs.wixsite.com/website

    Campus Group: https://mcphs.campusgroups.com/APhA-ASP/club_signup