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Pharmacy Organizations

American Pharmacist Association Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP)

Community Outreach Group, Educational Group, Professional Development Group

 

American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists advocates for the advancement of the pharmacy profession. The Academy of Student Pharmacists promote drug safety, diabetes management, heart health, and wellness to the community and throughout the university. The chapter exposes students to many areas of pharmacy and what the role of a pharmacist is through our many community outreach programs.

For more information, email davidsbr@musc.edu:

Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International

Interest Group

Through CPFI, we strive to serve Christ and the World through Pharmacy, encourage believers to follow after the Lord, integrate faith into practice, and encourage fellowship among believers. We do this by having monthly meetings and social events to promote growth and fellowship of our members.

For more information, email:

Industry Pharmacists Organization 

Educational Group, Interest Group, Professional Development Group

IPhO is the organization whose pharmacist members are universally recognized within the pharmaceutical industry as being the most professionally equipped to contribute to the development, commercialization, promotion, and optimal use of medicines. The Industry Pharmacists Organization is exclusively dedicated to advancing the careers of industry pharmacists.

IPhO accomplishes this by: 

  • Providing timely and relevant information that is vital to our members.
  • Raising awareness among employers and industry executives about the role that industry pharmacists can play in drug development.
  • Providing targeted resources and coaching to enhance members' continuing education and professional development. 
  • Creating opportunities for members to network and exchange ideas with their industry pharmacist peers.
  • Providing access to attractive and relevant employment opportunities available in the industry. 

For more information, email IPhOatMUSC@gmail.com or:

Kappa Epsilon- Beta Epsilon Chapter

Professional Fraternity

Founded in 1921, Kappa Epsilon (KE) is a professional pharmaceutical fraternity whose purpose was to unite women students of pharmacy. The current mission of Kappa Epsilon is to unite pharmacy students, faculty, and alumni dedicated to empower its members to achieve personal and professional competence, to develop leaders within the profession and community, and to provide professional and philanthropic services. Kappa Epsilon's national project involves various breast and ovarian cancer awareness efforts. Currently, there are 37 collegiate chapters and 10 alumni chapters across the United States.

 For more information, email:

Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, Inc. 

Professional Pharmacy Fraternity, Social Group

Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, Inc. was founded in 1879 and currently has 191 chapters (111 Collegiate and 80 Graduate chapters), more than six thousand collegiate members, and over eighty seven thousand graduate members across the United States, Canada, and the Bahamas. The Iota Chapter at the Medical University of South Carolina was chartered in 1927. We strive to develop leaders in the pharmacy profession and to foster the pillars of Industry, Fellowship, Sobriety, and High Ideals.

For more information, email iota@kappapsi.org:

National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA)

Community Outreach Group, Interest Group, Professional Development Group

The National Community Pharmacists Association Student Chapter is an organization for students interested in community pharmacy to cultivate relationships amongst colleagues in the profession and encourage service within the community through pharmacy practice. The organization advocates for community pharmacists, encourages interest in independent pharmacy ownership, and prepares future leaders in the profession.

 For more information, email:

Phi Delta Chi

Professional Pharmacy Fraternity

Phi Delta Chi (PDC) pharmacy fraternity was founded in 1883 and currently has more than 60,000 collegiate and alumni members worldwide. With over 70 chartered chapters across the nation, PDC provides a lifelong Brotherhood and promotes the social growth of its members. The Alpha Kappa chapter at the Medical University of South Carolina consists of a diverse group of men and women with a shared interest of advancing the profession, serving the community, and developing leaders in pharmacy. Additionally, our collegiate chapter is committed to improving public health and strengthening ourselves as future healthcare professionals.

For more information, email:

Phi Lambda Sigma

Professional Development Group

Phi Lambda Sigma (PLS) encourages active participation in professional pharmacy organizations and recognizes outstanding student, faculty, and alumni leaders. Members are selected by peer recognition. Such recognition instills and enhances self-confidence, encourages students to more active roles, and promotes greater effort towards the advancement of pharmacy. 

PLS Mission: To support pharmacy leadership commitment by recognizing leaders and fostering leadership development.

Phi Lambda Sigma Events include: The Annual PLS Leadership Conference, etiquette/networking events, leadership seminar series.

For more information, email:

The Rho Chi Society 

Community Outreach Group, Educational Group, Professional Development Group, Service Group

The Rho Chi Society encourages and recognizes excellence in intellectual achievement and advocates critical inquiry in all aspects of pharmacy. The Society further encourages high standards of conduct and character and fosters fellowship among its members. The Society seeks universal recognition of its members as lifelong intellectual leaders in pharmacy, and as a community of scholars, to instill the desire to pursue intellectual excellence and critical inquiry to advance the profession.

For more information, email:

Student Government Association (COP)

Affinity Group, Community Outreach Group, Educational Group, Interest Group, Professional Development Group, Service Group, Social Group

The Student Government Association (SGA) is the governing body for all College of Pharmacy students and represents the student body’s interests. It also functions to assist the administration and faculty in promoting professional attitudes and fellowship. Socially, the SGA sponsors various events and fundraisers throughout the year. SGA officers are elected each spring semester by fellow students. 

For more information, email:

Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA)

Affinity Group, Community Outreach Group, Interest Group, Professional Development Group

SNPhA is an educational service association of pharmacy students who are concerned about the profession of pharmacy, healthcare issues, and the poor minority representation in these areas. The purpose of SNPhA is to plan, organize, coordinate, and execute programs geared toward the improvement of the health, educational, and social environment of minority and underserved communities. SNPhA gives students a chance to build on their leadership skills through executive board membership and initiative chairs. Some of the initiative events are designed to let students serve in the underserved communities with hands-on activities and is involved in community outreach programs to have a more direct, personal, and professional experience with volunteering in these areas.

For more information, email cop-snpha@musc.edu or:

Student Society of Health Systems Pharmacists

Interest Group, Professional Development Group, Service Group

SSHP is a professional pharmacy student organization recognized by the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacy (ASHP). Goals of SSHP include encouraging students to pursue careers in health-system pharmacy, including postgraduate residency and fellowship training, and advocating for advanced pharmacy practice. SSHP students attend local, state, and national conferences; shadow pharmacy practitioners in a variety of areas; participate in research; and volunteer in the community.

For more information, email: