October 27, 2017
By: Whitney Tarpy
OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy’s student chapter of the National Community Pharmacists Association was recognized as the Most Improved Chapter of the Year at the NCPA Convention in Orlando from October 14-18.
“Our chapter is devoted to promoting independent pharmacy in Mississippi,” said fourth-year student Lily Van. “It is an avenue of pharmacy that some people forget about, but it is such a vital part of our communities.”
UM has an active chapter, often hosting events that allow students to learn more about careers in independent pharmacy. Many of its members participate in business plan competitions while also taking advantage of travel opportunities for conventions and special events.
“We work closely with the Mississippi Independent Pharmacies Association, and over the past few years, we have also participated in the NCPA Congressional Fly-In in Washington, D.C.,” Van said. “It’s a great experience that not many chapters participate in, and sending students to D.C. allows us to actively advocate for our profession on The Hill.”
Some members, like Van, are also active in the national organization as representatives on the Student Leadership Council, which is a highly-selective group of student leaders from across the nation chosen to represent NCPA.
“It’s great to see our students involved in national organizations like NCPA,” said David D. Allen, dean of the School of Pharmacy. “The first-hand experiences they have speaking with community pharmacists and visiting Capitol Hill will prepare them well for future endeavors, and I’m excited to see what this group will continue to accomplish.”
Even with its award in hand, the chapter’s work is far from done.
“Now that we have won Most Improved Chapter of the Year, I feel like the work is just starting,” Van said. “I would love for us to continue to be more active in advocacy and community outreach, because that is truly what the profession is about: serving the community. I hope that we will win Overall Chapter of the Year, but our main priority is to continue to advocate for community pharmacy.”