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Student Activities & Organizations

Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP)

The Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy is a national professional society dedicated to the concept and practice of pharmaceutical care in managed health care environments. AMCP-UW provides pharmacy students with the exposure to the concept of formularies, cost-effectiveness studies, and P&T committees. AMCP’s mission is to provide an understanding of various roles of pharmacists in insurance companies, consulting firms and pharmaceutical manufacturers. Students will have an opportunity to be in the AMCP annual P&T competition as well as making valuable connections. Nationally, the Academy has more than 4,800 members and provide comprehensive coverage to over 200 million Americans served by managed care.

American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP)

The American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP) is an international professional organization whose stated mission is to provide leadership, education, advocacy, and resources to advance the practice of consultant and senior care pharmacy. The UW student chapter offers a number of activities, including public education and professional outreach activities, in full support of that mission.

Bridges to Health Patient Advocacy Center

The Bridges to Health Patient Advocacy Center provides leadership opportunities in designing, implementing and evaluating community outreach and patient advocacy programs. Efforts are directed toward, increasing access to health services for special or underserved populations, reducing health disparities, promoting disease prevention and health promotion activities, and collaborating with community-based organizations to offer educational programs and health fairs.

Institute For Health Improvement (IHI)

The purpose of our IHI Open School Chapter is to promote patient safety and quality of care, to recognize the importance of interprofessional collaboration, and to provide a venue for networking. The chapter is an interdisciplinary student organization, with officers representing the School of Medicine, the School of Nursing, the MEDEX PA program, and the MHA program, in addition to the School of Pharmacy. This interdisciplinary nature is central to achieving our three aims. Specific activities to achieve these aims include interdisciplinary mixers, lectures from leaders in healthcare improvement, and participation in IHI national events.

Kappa Psi

Kappa Psi is the largest professional fraternity for pharmacists, and is the third largest pharmacy organization in America. Men and women are invited to join the University of Washington chapter (Beta Omicron), which is one of over 60 collegiate chapters in the United States. Graduate and undergraduate pharmacy students are generally pledged during Winter Quarter. The fraternity provides fellowship and mutual support to its members. Kappa Psi members form lifelong friendships and professional contacts. Many of the faculty members belong to the Seattle Graduate Chapter, which actively aids the collegiate chapter. As befits an organization, whose primary goal is to develop the social and interpersonal skills of its members, the Beta Omicron chapter includes an annual Spring School of Pharmacy picnic in the activities it sponsors.

Lambda Kappa Sigma (LKS)

LKS is an international fraternity that promotes the cultural, social, intellectual and professional development of its members. At the collegiate level, this is accomplished through fraternity scholarships and grants to undergraduate and graduate students. The Chi collegiate chapter at the University of Washington was chartered in 1941 and benefits from close ties with the UW alumni chapter.

Phi Lambda Sigma

Phi Lambda Sigma is a national honorary recognizing outstanding leadership ability. Student members partner with faculty and practitioners in a variety of projects that actively promote leadership in the profession. The chapter also organizes activities for the Center for Pharmacy Leadership and Professional Excellence. Students are selected for membership beginning in their second professional year based on criteria that include: leadership in local, state or national pharmacy organizations, participation in school organizations and involvement in community service activities. A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required.

Pharmacy for Reproductive Education and Sexual Health (PhRESH)

Pharmacy for Reproductive Education and Sexual Health is a Registered Student Organization at the University of Washington. Our aim is to promote the involvement of the pharmacy profession to expand access to contraception, educate about reproduction and sexual health, and serve as a guide for the community in finding additional information and services. We want to be a resource for health service professionals by providing information about contraception, women’s health, STDs, and billing for medical services. As student pharmacists we want to increase our understanding about these key issues and be proactive, compassionate, and knowledgeable in providing patient care. Website: https://sites.google.com/a/uw.edu/phresh/home

Rho Chi

Rho Chi is a national pharmacy honor society that recognizes outstanding academic achievement. Students in their second professional year who rank in the top 20 percent of their class are invited to become members each Spring. In addition to the annual initiation banquet, Rho Chi engages in a variety of service activities including tutoring, scholarship fund raising and preparing an exhibit for the biannual Health Sciences Open House.

Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA)

SNPhA is an educational service association of pharmacy students who are concerned about pharmacy and healthcare related issues, as well as to increase the diversity and minority representation in pharmacy and other health-related professions.The purpose of SNPhA is to plan, organize, coordinate and execute programs geared toward the improvement for the health, educational, and social environment of the community. We aim to offer student members the opportunity to develop leadership and professional skill, educate students about and promote active participation in national health care issues, develop the role of the minority health professional as a vital member of the health care team, develop within communities a positive image of minority health professionals, and to educate communities on better health practices and to increase their awareness and understanding of diseases.

Unified Professional Pharmacy Organizations of Washington (UPPOW)

Find out more about UPPOW by visiting our website and our Facebook Page, or ask any board member!

UPPOW includes the student chapters of APhA (American Pharmacists’ Association), ASHP (American Society of Health-System Pharmacists), FIP (International Pharmaceutical Federation), NCPA (National Community Pharmacists’ Association), and WSPA (Washington State Pharmacy Association). Benefits include publication subscriptions, career information, invitations to attend continuing education seminars and conferences, scholarship opportunities, and opportunities to network with students and practitioners from across the world. Students are encouraged to participate in professional development programs, leadership opportunities, and community outreach activities offered by both UPPOW and the parent organizations. UPPOW also sponsors monthly meetings, speaker presentations, and a variety of social events. The chapter also engages in service activities such as health fairs, public education programs, and community outreach.




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Pharmacy Links

AACP - American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
ACCP - American College of Clinical Pharmacy
AMCP - Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy
APhA - American Pharmacists Association
ASCP - American Society of Consultant Pharmacists
ASHP - American Society of Health-system Pharmacists
IPSF - International Pharmaceutical Students' Federation
NABP - National Association of Boards of Pharmacy
NCPA - National Community Pharmacists Association
Washington State Pharmacy Quality Assurance Commission
WSPA - Washington State Pharmacy Association