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News Bulletin for APhA-ASP/IPSF (American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists / International Pharmaceutical Students' Federation)
News Bulletin for APhA-ASP/IPSF (American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists / International Pharmaceutical Students' Federation)

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 Attending IPSF’s World Con-
gress is a travel experienceall pharmacy students shouldbe able to experience. Travel-ing to a country where hun-dreds of pharmacy studentscongregate to discuss poli-cies, elect new officers, andlearn about pharmacy fromdifferent parts of the world isa tremendous opportunitythat all members of APhA- ASP are eligible to take part
in, but it can come with a hefty price tag. At the University of the Pacific’s Thomas J. Long
School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, the IPSF-Pacific Chapter sent nineteen studentsto World Congress making up over half of the APhA-ASP representation present. My coun-terpart co-chair, Marlyn Nicolas, and I brainstormed different ways to raise funds for ourcolleagues to make the trip more affordable. During the year, we held a cupcake gram
fundraiser just before midterms and Valentine’s Day. Supplies at Wal
-Mart cost about $30,and in just a couple of days, we sold over 250 red velvet cupcakes with nearly a $400 prof-it. However, this was only a small amount needed to help fund the World Congress at-tendees.With the help faculty member, Dr. Nancy DeGuire, Marlyn and I were encouraged to think beyond food fundraisers and more broadly to incorporate the international vision of IPSFinto a larger fundraiser. From this, the idea of hosting IPSF-
Pacific’s inaugural International
Night was formed. The evening entailed a variety of cultural performances from studentsand the Stockton community. Entertainment included a Black National Anthem, Pakistantraditional dance, Indian singing, Vietnamese spoken word, and a cultural fashion showdisplaying beauty and talent from all corners of the world. Ethnic cuisine was donated fromten community restaurants that were able to advertise their businesses to attendees in theprogram and receive tax deductible credit for their generosity. A silent auction was alsoheld from donated items from faculty and staff. Additional components during the eveningincluded a cook-off between four campus fraternities. They were given the secret ingredi-ent of noodles for a main dish and chocolate for dessert, and four faculty members tastedand judged their chef skills with Rho Pi Phi Fraternity taking home the trophy. What beganas a need to raise funds for traveling turned into a large community event involving mucheffort from the IPSF-Pacific co-chairs, World Congress attendees, community, and facultyand staff to make this event a success. At the end of the day, world congress attendeeswere subsidized a percentage of their traveling cost, and IPSF-Pacific will continue this
tradition of hosting an annual “Pacific Without Borders” International Night involving cam-
pus and community members.
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International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation
 Represented in the U.S.A. by Full Member Organization: The American Pharmacists Association - Academy of Student Pharmacists
January 2012
Volume 5, Issue 1CONTENTSFunding World Congress
. 1
Global Profession.
........ 2
Communication Tools
SEP Testimonial
3/4Funding, Cont.
Wrapping Up A Year
Recent News
IMPORTANT DATES1/12 National Pharmacists Day
Incorporate IPSF’s Pharmacy
Profession Awareness Cam-paign into your Januaryevents!http://ipsf.org/ppac-12/14
National Donor DayKeep an eye out within thenext few months for theannouncement of the 2012Vampire Cup Competition.There are many days to pro-mote blood, organ, and tis-sue donation throughout the
year; don’t restrict yourself 
to one date!http://vcup.ipsf.org3/24
World TB (Tuberculosis) Dayhttp://www.ipsf.org/tuberculosis2Download Campaign Kits atipsf.org/download
There are a number of communica-tion tools used online to keep up-to-date with International and NationalIPSF. Please take a look at the listedtools.
If there is something you can’t find,please don’t hesitate to contact
your Regional Member-at-large orpertinent IPSF Officer for clarifica-tion!
General Websites:
National- pharmacist.com/student >IPSF (left toolbar)International- Ipsf.org
APhA-ASP Regional Member-at-large and IPSF National OfficerContact Information-
pharma-cist.com/student > Chapter Re-sources (left toolbar)
Facebook Pages:
National- APhA.ASP.IPSFPan American Regional Office Re-gional Working Group- IPSF.PAROInternational- International Phar-
maceutical Students’ Federation
(IPSF)Parent Organization- InternationalPharmaceutical Federation (FIP)
National Google Site-
International Yahoo Group-
International YouTube Channel
58th World Congress Website-
Last October, the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) Boardof Pharmaceutical Sciences (BPS) held a meeting in Washington, D.C..The BPS is a branch within FIP which has official ties with the WorldHealth Organization (WHO) for the purpose of worldwide pharmacyadvocacy, and serves as a network for global pharmacy and pharma-ceutical sciences. At the meeting, around 25 representatives from vary-ing pharmacy organizations came from across the globe. Among thecountries represented were Japan, the Netherlands, Australia, Taiwan,and India. The BPS invited local International Pharmaceutical Students'Federation (IPSF) members to attend this meeting, and I was luckyenough to attend with one of my peers from the University of Marylandat Baltimore School of Pharmacy; we were the sole students in attendance.Some of the agenda points of this meeting were the new BPS Strategic Plan, and future FIPand Pharmaceutical Science World Congresses (PSWC). The overarching goal is for the BPS tobecome the main body representing pharmaceutical science in the world. The BPS Plan wasstemmed from the FIP Strategic Plan, The 2020 Vision, which included aims to: 1) advance
the pharmaceutical sciences, and 2) increase FIP’s role in pharmaceutical science education.
In forming the BPS's Strategic Plan, they recognize that the scientific community tailors theirfocus to what occurs in practice, while the unmet needs in practice are fulfilled by the scien-tific community. This is a unique idea for a global organization, and definitely has potential toinfluence international pharmacy in the future. A unique feature of the BPS plan is the incor-poration of Special Interest Groups (SIGs), which are meant to bring innovative ideas that will
help maintain BPS’s position at the forefront of pharmaceutical scientific knowledge. The SIGs
are ten focus groups, covering topics including biotechnology, drug design, and natural medi-cine; each SIG will be comprised of various experts within the respective fields. Another rele-vant initiative discussed was FIPEd, a collaboration designed to integrate FIP Educational Initi-atives, including partnerships between FIP, WHO, and UNESCO (United Nations Educational,Scientific and Cultural Organization). As a student interested in global health, this meeting opened my eyes to what internationalroles pharmacists can take to promote health worldwide. Upon arrival at the meeting, I wasable to speak to various people in the room, including a professor from the Netherlands, a FIPrepresentative involved in planning FIPEd from the Royal Hospital in Melbourne, a Young
Pharmacists’ Group (YGP) board member, and a FIP veteran from Taiwan. The current chair
of BPS is a pharmacy professor from Kyoto University. Prior to this session, I had no idea whatthese organizations did, much less that some of them even existed. I was very glad to hearthat there is a strong pharmacy network that is working to coordinate current pharmaceuticalresearch and science, as well as strengthen pharmacy education worldwide. Discussions aroseabout ensuring equal representation from various member countries, and the BPS members inattendance made sure that emerging countries such as Brazil and India were equally takeninto account. These casual comments reflect the importance of keeping up with currentevents in economics and other realms that are indirectly related to pharmacy, but just as rele-vant to understand what is going on in our futures.Other students who are similarly interested in pursuing a career in global health should defi-nitely become familiar with all of these groups, starting with IPSF and FIP. I would not havebeen able to attend this meeting if I had not been part of the Student Exchange Program(SEP) through IPSF this past summer. IPSF is doing great work with SEP already, and oneopportunity for growth is for us to have increased involvement as students with these interna-tional pharmacy organizations. The BPS would be ideal for students interested in research,and the Board of Pharmaceutical Practice (BPP) for students who would like to pursue clinicalpractice. The YGP is ideal for any young pharmacist as an additional networking opportunity. Iwould highly recommend interested students to attend nearby meetings or take the oppor-tunity to travel to the FIP World Congress in 2012 in Amsterdam and 2013 in Dublin.
  A young, independent, female seeking a new adventure. Willing to travel and ex-plore the world. Put very simply, that is me. This story is an excerpt of my experi-ence with IPSF and my summer as a student pharmacist in Peru.I heard of IPSF and the Student Exchange Program (SEP) at my first APhA-ASP Mid-Regional Meeting. I was a P1, simply fascinated with other cultures and the art of traveling. When debating the possibility of doing IPSF, I began to ask myself... "DoI like to travel? Do I enjoying learning about other cultures? Would I like to under-stand what a pharmacist career is like in another country?" I suddenly realized myanswer to everything was an enthusiastic, "YES!" After that moment, I began anapplication process that would ultimately give me an experience that changed mylife. After my initial application for SEP was submitted, it took a while before I heardany news. I was convinced that being a P1 meant I would never be selected forthis remarkable experience. To my surprise, I was very wrong. After a few months,I found out I survived round one of the application process. I was accepted amongother students to leave the country and volunteer abroad. I was thrilled; however, that is when the wait and anxiety really be-gan.The second stage of the application process was even more tedious and nerve-wracking. I obtained travel insurance and set upan online account on IPSF.org. From there, I was able to choose my top three countries out of all the countries that participatein SEP. The program works as a matching system; not only did I have to choose three countries, but one of them had to acceptme. I submitted my Application Form in mid-January; it wasn't until March that I received confirmation. In fact, it was the lastday of a spring break cruise trip. I sadly gathered my luggage and turned on my phone. In my inbox sat an email that read,
 “Dear Student, ACEF
Peru has reserved your SEP application. For further information, please contact your SEO...” 
 I relished this moment as I felt the thrill rush through me. My first choice had not picked me, but my second choice had! I wasgiven the opportunity to work as a student pharmacist in another country. I could not wait to travel. I was enthused to work somewhere new. I was even somewhat enticed by the challenges I was about to be faced with. With all these thoughts, it hit methat I had little time to start doing what I needed to do before leaving. I had no idea which city I would be in, with whom Iwould live, or about what I would be doing in my job. Aside from knowing that I would be working in a hospital, I knew nothing.I was not sure what my travel expenses would be, nor how much of my Spanish had been lost over the years.My head felt as if it were one big pin-ball machine with thoughts bouncing around everywhere. I began to emailing anyone thatknew anything about this program, Peru, medical Spanish, and medical practice overseas. It would take another month or so forme to know I was being placed in Cucso, the closest city to Machu Picchu.Once my destination was set, I began to look for flights. I did not book a roundtrip flight because the dates were not finalized. Ihad purchased a one-way ticket to Cusco, Peru. I was informed that housing and some meals would be provided. I was told onemonth prior to departing, "We are still working on your housing." There weretimes I had to stop and catch my breath. "You mean things are still not final-ized?" I often thought, "How am I supposed to just fly off to some countrywithout really knowing anything?" But I refused to let this stop me. I knew thisexperience was well worth any hassle along the way. About a week later, I was informed I was living with a girl named Sarah. I wasgiven her address, which really did not help me because Peru addresses lack zip codes and even proper street names. I knew I was living close to an air-port, and was about ten minutes away from the hospital I would be working. Idid not even know the age of Sarah. If I knew one thing for sure, it was thatan adventure was sure to come; I was ready for the journey to begin!
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