The American Pharmacists Association - Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) has more than 18,000 students nationally. The name of the Academy of Student Pharmacists reflects the status of students as practicing members of the profession. The University of Arizona chapter has the largest membership of all the student pharmacy organizations at our college. The reason is simple: APhA-ASP the largest pharmacy organization that represents and unites all pharmacy interests. This organization is a subset of the national organization, called the American Pharmacists Association (APhA).
In 2007, our chapter beat out ASP groups from 32 other Division AAA schools to win the Chapter Achievement Award for an unprecedented fourth consecutive year. Division AAA schools are those with fewer than 350 students. The chapter also has copped the national award for chapter achievement. The COP chapter also received two awards in 2009: the Membership Achievement Recognition for 90 percent and greater membership and the Outstanding Chapter Achievement Award for Division AAA schools.
APhA represents pharmacists in every area of pharmacy. Becoming a member of APhA-ASP automatically makes you a member of APhA. In addition, being a member of APhA-ASP enables students to receive the APhA journals and other publications which bring educational information on pharmaceutical therapy, counseling patients and current issues concerning the profession of pharmacy.
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Current APHA-ASP Officers*
- Scott Clark, President
- Garrett Berger, President-Elect
- Nick Wong, VP of Fundraising
- Will Binder, VP of Patient Care
- Alex Leonard, VP of Membership
- Aaron Leyba, VP of Professional Affairs and Social Affairs
- Sierra Fung, VP of Policy and Advocacy
- Jessica Browne, VP of Communications
- Kim Nguyen, Treasurer
- Merta Cushing, Secretary
- Asthma: Merta Cushing, Corey Frahm, Vidhi Gupta
- Diabetes: Bryant Wong, Mayra Guzman, Sarah Huynh, Evellyn Ancheschi
Generation Rx Coordinators
- Carol Rim
- Nicholas Ong
- Gabrial Navoa
Operation Heart Coordinators
- Lily Nguyen
- Brittney Dewey
Operation Immunization Coordinators
- Will Kennedy
- Mika Jankowski
Operation Self-Care Coordinators
- Thao Truong
- Cassandra Votruba
*Officers serve until May 2015. New officers will be elected in February or March of 2015 and will shadow current officers through May.