Hey Future Buckeyes!
Mackenzie Harrell is a third year pharmacy student who is passionate about community pharmacy and currently works at Kroger pharmacy. She currently serves as the NCPA President at OSU. See below to read about one of the many events students in NCPA can attend 🙂
This past October, the National Community Pharmacists Association student chapter at Ohio State traveled to New Orleans for the 2016 Annual Conference. The conference was an opportunity for students to attend programming to learn about community pharmacy, meet students from around the country that are interested in community pharmacy and to network with pharmacists who currently work in community pharmacy setting. There were 14 Ohio State College of Pharmacy students that attended the conference. We had the opportunity to learn about many things such as how to start your own pharmacy, new services being provided by pharmacists and the importance of a community pharmacist as an accessible health care professional for patients. It was a great opportunity for students to exchange ideas about the chapter with other student pharmacists and to learn from experiences of currently practicing pharmacists.
We also had the opportunity to explore the city and the culture in New Orleans. We attended a pharmacy museum in the French Quarter, went on a group cemetery tour, ate many beignets and cheered on the Buckeyes with the New Orleans Ohio State Alumni Association. One of my favorite nights was when we had a chapter dinner which all students attended that included bowling with our awesome chapter advisor, Dr. Sullivan.
We had two students win national scholarships through NCPA, Kristine Mason, 4th year student, and David Chen, third year student.
The conference concluded with a celebration including a live Jazz band, seafood dinner, tarot card readings and dancing. I think that national conference are a great way for students to strengthen their pharmacy experiences by gaining knowledge and making connections with pharmacists around the country. Furthermore, it is a great opportunity to spend time with classmates and further our passion of being pharmacists.
-Thanks for reading! As always feel free to contact me with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org 🙂