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by Full Member Organization: The American Pharmacists Association - Academy of Student Pharmacists
CHAPTER THINKS BIG TO RAISE FUNDS FOR WORLD CONGRESS
— VAN DUONG (2013), PARO CHAIRPERSON, UNIVERSITY OF THE PACIFIC
Attending IPSF’s World Congress is a travel experience all pharmacy students should be able to experience. Traveling to a country where hundreds of pharmacy students congregate to discuss policies, elect new officers, and learn about pharmacy from different parts of the world is a tremendous opportunity that all members of APhAASP 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 students to World Congress making up over half of the APhA-ASP representation present. My counterpart co-chair, Marlyn Nicolas, and I brainstormed different ways to raise funds for our colleagues 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 profit. However, this was only a small amount needed to help fund the World Congress attendees. 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 IPSF into 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 students and the Stockton community. Entertainment included a Black National Anthem, Pakistan traditional dance, Indian singing, Vietnamese spoken word, and a cultural fashion show displaying beauty and talent from all corners of the world. Ethnic cuisine was donated from ten community restaurants that were able to advertise their businesses to attendees in the program and receive tax deductible credit for their generosity. A silent auction was also held from donated items from faculty and staff. Additional components during the evening included a cook-off between four campus fraternities. They were given the secret ingredient of noodles for a main dish and chocolate for dessert, and four faculty members tasted and judged their chef skills with Rho Pi Phi Fraternity taking home the trophy. What began as a need to raise funds for traveling turned into a large community event involving much effort from the IPSF-Pacific co-chairs, World Congress attendees, community, and faculty and staff to make this event a success. At the end of the day, world congress attendees were subsidized a percentage of their traveling cost, and IPSF-Pacific will continue this tradition of hosting an annual “Pacific Without Borders” International Night involving campus and community members. (Continued on page 5...)
January 2012—Volume 5, Issue 1 CONTENTS
Funding World Congress . 1 Global Profession. ........ 2 Communication Tools .... 2 SEP Testimonial ........... 3/4 Funding, Cont. ............ 5 Wrapping Up A Year ...... 5 Recent News ............... 5
1/12 National Pharmacists Day Incorporate IPSF’s Pharmacy Profession Awareness Campaign into your January events! http://ipsf.org/ppac-1 2/14 National Donor Day Keep an eye out within the next few months for the announcement of the 2012 Vampire Cup Competition. There are many days to promote blood, organ, and tissue donation throughout the year; don’t restrict yourself to one date! http://vcup.ipsf.org 3/24 World TB (Tuberculosis) Day http://www.ipsf.org/ tuberculosis2
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BOARD OF PHARMACEUTICAL SCIENCES (BPS) MEETING IN D.C. CONNECTS STUDENT PHARMACISTS TO A GLOBAL PROFESSION
— ALICIA CHEN (2013), UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND
Last October, the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) Board of Pharmaceutical Sciences (BPS) held a meeting in Washington, D.C.. The BPS is a branch within FIP which has official ties with the World Health Organization (WHO) for the purpose of worldwide pharmacy advocacy, and serves as a network for global pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences. At the meeting, around 25 representatives from varying pharmacy organizations came from across the globe. Among the countries 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 lucky enough to attend with one of my peers from the University of Maryland at 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 FIP and Pharmaceutical Science World Congresses (PSWC). The overarching goal is for the BPS to become the main body representing pharmaceutical science in the world. The BPS Plan was stemmed 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 their focus to what occurs in practice, while the unmet needs in practice are fulfilled by the scientific community. This is a unique idea for a global organization, and definitely has potential to influence international pharmacy in the future. A unique feature of the BPS plan is the incorporation 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 medicine; each SIG will be comprised of various experts within the respective fields. Another relevant initiative discussed was FIPEd, a collaboration designed to integrate FIP Educational Initiatives, 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 international roles pharmacists can take to promote health worldwide. Upon arrival at the meeting, I was able to speak to various people in the room, including a professor from the Netherlands, a FIP representative 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 what these organizations did, much less that some of them even existed. I was very glad to hear that there is a strong pharmacy network that is working to coordinate current pharmaceutical research and science, as well as strengthen pharmacy education worldwide. Discussions arose about ensuring equal representation from various member countries, and the BPS members in attendance made sure that emerging countries such as Brazil and India were equally taken into account. These casual comments reflect the importance of keeping up with current events in economics and other realms that are indirectly related to pharmacy, but just as relevant to understand what is going on in our futures. Other students who are similarly interested in pursuing a career in global health should definitely become familiar with all of these groups, starting with IPSF and FIP. I would not have been 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 one opportunity for growth is for us to have increased involvement as students with these international 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 clinical practice. The YGP is ideal for any young pharmacist as an additional networking opportunity. I would highly recommend interested students to attend nearby meetings or take the opportunity to travel to the FIP World Congress in 2012 in Amsterdam and 2013 in Dublin.
There are a number of communication tools used online to keep up-todate with International and National IPSF. Please take a look at the listed tools. If there is something you can’t find, please don’t hesitate to contact your Regional Member-at-large or pertinent IPSF Officer for clarification!
General Websites: National- pharmacist.com/student > IPSF (left toolbar) International- Ipsf.org
APhA-ASP Regional Member-atlarge and IPSF National Officer Contact Informationpharmacist.com/student > Chapter Resources (left toolbar)
Facebook Pages: National- APhA.ASP.IPSF Pan American Regional Office Regional Working Group- IPSF.PARO International- International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation (IPSF) Parent Organization- International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP)
National Google Site- APhA-ASP:IPSF International Yahoo Group- IPSFNews International IPSFChannel YouTube Channel–
58th World Congress Websitehttp://www.ipsf2012.org
STUDENT EXCHANGE PROGRAM (SEP) EXPERIENCE: CUSCO, PERU
— KESHIA WARD (2014), APhA-ASP CHAPTER PRESIDENT-ELECT, VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH UNIVERSITY
A young, independent, female seeking a new adventure. Willing to travel and explore the world. Put very simply, that is me. This story is an excerpt of my experience 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... "Do I like to travel? Do I enjoying learning about other cultures? Would I like to understand what a pharmacist career is like in another country?" I suddenly realized my answer to everything was an enthusiastic, "YES!" After that moment, I began an application process that would ultimately give me an experience that changed my life. After my initial application for SEP was submitted, it took a while before I heard any news. I was convinced that being a P1 meant I would never be selected for this 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 among other students to leave the country and volunteer abroad. I was thrilled; however, that is when the wait and anxiety really began. The second stage of the application process was even more tedious and nerve-wracking. I obtained travel insurance and set up an online account on IPSF.org. From there, I was able to choose my top three countries out of all the countries that participate in SEP. The program works as a matching system; not only did I have to choose three countries, but one of them had to accept me. I submitted my Application Form in mid-January; it wasn't until March that I received confirmation. In fact, it was the last day 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 was given 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 me that 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 I would 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 that knew anything about this program, Peru, medical Spanish, and medical practice overseas. It would take another month or so for me 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. I had purchased a one-way ticket to Cusco, Peru. I was informed that housing and some meals would be provided. I was told one month prior to departing, "We are still working on your housing." There were times I had to stop and catch my breath. "You mean things are still not finalized?" I often thought, "How am I supposed to just fly off to some country without really knowing anything?" But I refused to let this stop me. I knew this experience was well worth any hassle along the way. About a week later, I was informed I was living with a girl named Sarah. I was given 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 airport, and was about ten minutes away from the hospital I would be working. I did not even know the age of Sarah. If I knew one thing for sure, it was that an adventure was sure to come; I was ready for the journey to begin! (Continued on Page 4…)
STUDENT EXCHANGE PROGRAM (SEP) EXPERIENCE: CUSCO, PERU, CONTINUED
(Continued from Page 3…) Before I knew it, I found myself saying farewell in Dulles Airport, knowing I would be in another world for the next month. Once I stepped on the plane, all of my doubts began to rush back. How much clinical pharmacy was I expected to know? What kind of work would I be able to do as a P1? What would the language barrier be like? Should I have done this? With that final thought, I had to say, "It is too late now!" Ready or not, I was soon to land in Cusco, Peru. Once in Peru, I was relieved, but freezing cold. I found myself in a little bathroom unpacking my suitcase to add more layers. I was warmly welcomed by three women. I was warned they spoke little English, but I forgot how hard it is to talk rapidly in second language. There was definite compassion from these wonderful women, and the mother of Sarah tried to speak to me in as much English as she could. It was nice for them to attempt to accommodate me. Sarah was 19 and a student pharmacist in Cusco. She was beautiful, charming, and very soft spoken; she spoke little English. I went to her apartment and realized elevators were rare in Cusco. I toted my luggage up six flights of stairs before Sarah showed me her apartment. I was pleasantly surprised to see that I had my own room, as Sarah's brother had left for the US a few months earlier. Her mother was just visiting for the day, but she welcomed me as if I were one of her own. The other lady at the airport was a Professor and Director of the national student pharmacy organization in Cusco. Even after arriving, I did not know anything about my job. Not even Sarah or her friends had any clue; most student pharmacists have little exposure with work until after graduation. Living with a student helped me compare Peru and the US’s education systems. In Cusco, students have free schooling for pharmacy in one university for six years after high school. They choose what focus their degree and job will be: industry, research, herbal/natural medicine, or education. Having Sarah around helped me a great deal initially. That was simply amazing. It took a while for me to get acquainted with the accent and customs. There were also some minor issues I had to deal with, like how the hospital administration had no clue I was even coming. It took some time to sort out the details, but once you are there and backed by a national pharmacy organization, it is hard for them to tell you to leave. After some paperwork, things were taken care of and in full swing.
Sterile setup in Peruvian hospital ward.
I found myself working a typical 8 am until 12 or 1 pm shift daily. It was not bad, but very tedious. They had little technology: only two computers and an office with an old printer. All records were kept on carbon-copy paper, and medications were dosed by books that were practically outdated. I worked two weeks in acute care and in the general wards, and then two weeks on the pediatrics ward. I also visited the maternity ward and the ER. I got to see how the medications differed, how they were being used, and how a second-world country utilizes its resources. Some things made me see how we are much more advanced with medicine and sterility in comparison. Patients received medications very cheaply at usually less than $10. It was not uncommon for family members to buy needed medications across the street. Pharmacists ensured the correct drugs were sent up to the wards, and nurses handled everything from there. A typical day was chaos. Charts were flown between doctors, nurses, and pharmacists; they were obviously lost many times during a morning! My life was not all work, though. I got to see the city of Cusco, make friends, and fully comprehend what life was like as a Peruvian student and pharmacist. I went to lunches where the food was cooked under the earth, and discovered what was considered of true value to Peruvians. Everyone was always so anxious to hear about what life is like the US. We discussed salaries, family traditions, religions, typical dishes, transportation, and everything in between. Visiting Machu Picchu was a major highlight of my trip. To summarize, this experience opened my eyes to a new world. I am better equipped to handle challenges in most pharmacy settings now. If I can give any advice to student pharmacists, it is to participate in SEP! Be patient, and flexible. In Peru, most things are still tediously processed by paper, copyright laws do not exist, the concept of time does not exist, and music and dancing is a must at all times. Regardless of where one travels, the "art" of pharmacy dosing, dispensing, and making patients well is pervasive. IPSF exposed me to the true core of pharmacy; what varies is all the technology, procedures, protocols, and knowledge base. This is something I now know and can share with others over my entire career as a result of this experience. Please see Keshia’s blog at http://blog.travelpod.com/members/kkward, and feel free to contact her!
CHAPTER THINKS BIG TO RAISE FUNDS FOR WORLD CONGRESS, CONTINUED
(Continued from Page 1…) Not all fundraising efforts have to be daunting. Thanks for the inspiration of Dr. DeGuire and support from Dean, Dr. Donald Floriddia, and IPSF-Pacific faculty advisor, Dr. Katerina Venderova, IPSF-Pacific took the opportunity to fundraise for World Congress and transformed it into a wholesome international experience for both participants involved in planning and attendees. This is just one way to raise funds for World Congress, and the capacity and resources may vary depending on your university, but don’t be afraid to think big to make it happen. Other ways to decrease costs to attend World Congress are to register early for the lowest registration cost (350 Euros between January 15th and March 31st), purchase airplane tickets early, and ask friends, family, and faculty for sponsorship.
SEE YOU IN NEW ORLEANS, WHERE WE BID YOU ADIEU!
— DAYL ECCLES, NATIONAL PROJECT COORDINATOR 2011-2012
This year has been filled with accomplishment for the National Officers of APhA-ASP/IPSF. We have been grateful to serve you throughout the past year, and are happy to continue to do so until the end of our terms at the conclusion of the IPSF Workshop at APhA Annual in New Orleans this coming March. Some highlights of the past year…
Revised the structure of the IPSF National Officer Board to include the Contact Person, the Student Exchange Officer, Student Exchange Officer-Elect, and National Project Coordinator
Moved to more modern forms of communication by dissolving the Yahoo and Facebook Groups, starting a Facebook Page, and creating a Google Site to provide you with documents in addition to the IPSF section on pharmacist.com Presented at the IPSF Workshop at APhA Annual 2011 in Seattle, and held discussions at all Mid-Regional Meetings Accepted the 1st Annual IPSF Vampire Cup Competition Award Represented USA student pharmacists as Official Delegates, and voted at the IPSF General Assembly in Thailand Released 3 APhA-ASP/IPSF News Bulletin newsletters, updated information on Collaborating with Pharmabridge, and wrote articles for APhA-ASP publication
It has been a true pleasure! Thank you!
2011-2012 Officer Contacts: National Contact Person (CP) (Regions 1-4) firstname.lastname@example.org National Contact Person Co-Chair (Regions 5-8) email@example.com Student Exchange Officer (SEO) and SEO-Elect firstname.lastname@example.org National Project Coordinator email@example.com To contribute to the APhA-ASP/ IPSF News Bulletin, please email the National Project Coordinator.
Reminder: Submit IPSF Event Forms to APhA-ASP/IPSF throughout the year!
RECENT NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Congratulations to following APhA-ASP members for their election and appointment to the following IPSF leadership roles: Christine Cooper, University of New Mexico—Executive Board (elected) Chairperson of Public Health (elected onto the Executive Board) Juliane Christina, University of Arizona HIV/AIDS Campaign Coordinator Caitlin Frese, University of North Carolina World Healthcare Students’ Symposium Joint Working Group Representative FIP is updating their World List of Pharmacy Schools, found at http://aim.fip.org/world-listof-pharmacy-schools/. Please ensure your School information is listed and current, and email any updates to Oliver van der Spek (firstname.lastname@example.org). FIP appreciates your help! Please check with your Members-at-large for periodic (~monthly) announcement emails forwarded from IPSF International and the IPSF National Officers. These will include internship and grant announcements, leadership opportunities, project ideas, and reminders.
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