Student Activities & Organizations
LIU Pharmacy offers a wide range of co-curricular and extracurricular activities designed to enhance the professional and personal development of the student pharmacists. Professional development hours offered twice weekly afford students to hear from invited speakers on a variety of topics including career opportunities in various pharmacy settings, legislative issues of concern to pharmacists, strategies for engaging in public health initiatives and many other areas of interest. Student professional organizations provide students to engage with peers and pharmacists in local, state, and national meetings, develop skills in leadership and interpersonal behaviors, and participation in community service activities. Social and cultural organizations offer student pharmacists welcome occasions to engage with fellow students in both relaxed and festive settings.
Students of LIU Pharmacy have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of pharmacy professional organizations. Several of these organizations have student chapters affiliated with LIU Pharmacy. Additionally, students may elect to participate in professional fraternal societies and/or social clubs and organizations. The LIU Brooklyn campus also offers over 50 clubs and organizations for students.
Pharmacy Student Leadership Council
All full-time students in LIU Pharmacy professional program are represented by the Pharmacy Student Leadership Council. The Council consists of elected representatives from each class as well as all professional organizations and serves to promote the general welfare of the pharmacy student body. All full-time students are permitted to vote in the Pharmacy Student Leadership Council elections and are invited to participate in all activities sponsored by the Council.
Professional Organizations with Local Chapters
American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) The Academy of Student Pharmacists is the national professional society of pharmacy students in the United States and an official subdivision of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA). ASP membership is open to any student regularly enrolled in a pre-pharmacy or pharmacy program in an accredited school. ASP chapters provide many professional, educational and social activities for members (www.aphanet.org) or (www.pharmacist.com).
American Association of Pharmaceutical Sciences (AAPS)
AAPS is the professional organization to which many of the college’s graduate students in the M.S. and Ph.D. programs as well as pharmaceutical sciences faculty belong (www.aaps.org).
American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP)
ACCP is a professional and scientific society that provides leadership, education, advocacy and resources to enable clinical pharmacists to achieve excellence in practice and research. ACCP's membership is composed of practitioners, scientists, educators, administrators, students, residents, fellows, and others committed to excellence in clinical pharmacy and patient pharmacotherapy. ACCP StuNet is a network that provides student members access to leaders in clinical pharmacy, as well as a chance to explore leadership roles within ACCP (www.accp.com/stunet).
Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP)
AMCP is the national professional association of pharmacists who use the tools and techniques of managed care in the practice of pharmacy. Its goal is to provide the best available pharmaceutical care for patients and to empower its members to serve society by using sound medication management principles and strategies to improve health care for all and to help reduce health-care costs (www.amcp.org).
American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP)
ASCP is the national professional association representing pharmacists who provide medication distribution and consultant services to patients in long-term care facilities (www.ascp.com).
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists-Student Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP-SSHP)
SSHP offers a broad array of services and products to health-system pharmacists, and serves as a national accrediting organization for pharmacy residency and technician training programs. Any student interested in institutional pharmacy practice should join; benefits include Student Line, a student newsletter, and special programs at ASHP national meetings (www.ashp.org).
Indo-American Pharmacists Society (IAPS)
IAPS was formed by pharmacy students of Indian origin to promote social and professional networking opportunities and is open to all pharmacy students (www.iapsrx.org).
Industry Pharmacist Organization (IPhO)
IPhO, formally the Pharmaceutical Industry Student Association (PISA) is a newly renamed student organization that is a chapter of a professional pharmacy organization dedicated exclusively to advancing the careers of industry-based pharmacists. IPhO was founded by industry pharmacists for industry pharmacists. Its mission is to give pharmacy students more information to better understand the career opportunities open to them in the pharmaceutical industry. The chapter invites industry professionals, many of whom are alumni, to talk about their career paths and how to be successful in their areas of practice. IPhO members also collect information on related internships as well as the skills, education and experience that will be helpful in starting a career in the pharmaceutical industry. In addition, members work together to explore the different areas of pharmacy within industry where pharmacy students and pharmacists have opportunities for work (http://www.industrypharmacist.org).
Jewish Pharmaceutical Society (JPS)
JPS was an organization originally formed in the 1950s at the Brooklyn College of Pharmacy that has been recently revived by students interested in promoting the profession among Jewish pharmacy students. Their events and guest speakers focus their attention on the intersection of their faith and their profession.
National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA)
NCPA was founded in 1898 as the National Association of Retail Druggists (NARD); it represents the pharmacist owners, managers and employees of nearly 25,000 independent community pharmacies across the United States. Independent pharmacists – more than 60,000 nationwide – dispense the majority of the nation’s retail prescription drugs. The College of Pharmacy opened a student chapter in 2004. The student chapter offers students a wide array of opportunities to broaden and enrich their educational experience and gain valuable, real-world skills (www.ncpanet.org).
New Jersey Pharmacists Association (NJPhA)
NJPhA was founded in 1870 to represent pharmacists in the State of New Jersey who practice in all areas of pharmacy. The student chapter was formed to promote networking opportunities for students who plan to practice in New Jersey (www.njpharmacist.org).
Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA)
SNPhA (the student group of the National Pharmaceutical Association) is an organization of pharmacy students whose purpose is to plan, organize and coordinate programs geared toward the improvement of health education and the social environment of minority communities (http://nationalpharmaceuticalassociation.org).
Student Pharmacists Society of the State of New York (SPSSNY)
SPSSNY is a student chapter of the state pharmacists’ organization whose focus is to promote the profession through legislative initiatives, networking opportunities and continuing education programs. The focus of this chapter is to keep students informed and mobilized regarding pending legislation that will affect the practice of their profession in New York (www.pssny.org).
Other Professional Health-related Organizations
Initiation of Giving Internationally through Volunteer Experiences (iGIVE)
iGIVE is a new organization formed by pharmacy students but open to all students of Long Island University. Their goal is to provide opportunities for students interested in service abroad, particularly in underdeveloped countries, such as Sierra Leone, Haiti, Honduras and Costa Rica. Students may use the service experience abroad to fulfill requirements toward their Doctor of Pharmacy degree. The organization is dedicated to building sustainable projects in the communities they visit. The membership promotes education on campus of these health initiatives through Professional Development Programs, fundraising and other programs.
Student for Growing Interest for Transplantation (S4GIFT)
S4GIFT is a chapter of a national organization interested in educating and training health professional students regarding organ, tissue, and bone marrow donation and transplantation.
Professional Fraternal Societies
Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity (KY)—Zeta Nu Chapter
Kappa Psi, while new to the campus, is the oldest national pharmaceutical fraternity. Through the objectives of developing industry and fostering fellowship, sobriety, and high ideals, KY strives to advance the profession of pharmacy and service the community. (www.kappapsi.org).
Lambda Kappa Sigma (LKS)—Alpha Eta Chapter
Lambda Kappa Sigma is the only international, professional fraternity for women enrolled in pharmacy. It seeks motivated female students to join its ranks, and encourages the development of its members both culturally and intellectually. LKS provides both professional and social functions throughout the academic year (www.lks.org).
Phi Delta Chi (PDC)—Beta Theta Chapter
The objective of Phi Delta Chi is to advance the science of pharmacy and its allied interests and to foster and promote a fraternal spirit among its members. A lifelong experience, PDC promotes scholastic, professional, and social growth in its Brothers. They strive to provide quality services to patients, thereby advancing public health and strengthening themselves as health professionals (www.phideltachi.org).
Rho Chi Society—Beta Theta Chapter
Rho Chi is the national pharmacy honor society that stimulates and recognizes superior scholarly achievement in pharmacy. Entry-level students in the upper 20% of their class who have a cumulative index of 3.500 or better are eligible for membership during their fourth year. Graduate students are eligible for membership if they have completed at least 24 credits with a 3.500 GPA in addition to other requirements. Eligible students will be automatically nominated for Society membership. Members are available to tutor pharmacy students during posted hours at a designated location throughout the academic year (www.rhochi.org).
Phi Lambda Sigma—Beta Kappa Chapter
Phi Lambda Sigma is the national pharmacy leadership society that promotes the development of leadership qualities among pharmacy students. To be eligible for membership, the student must be of high moral and ethical character, must have completed 96 credits of scholastic work applicable for the pharmacy degree, and have a grade-point average of at least 2.500. Prospective members are nominated on the basis of their demonstration of dedication, service and leadership in the advancement of pharmacy. Members are selected by peer recognition (www.philambdasigma.org).
Pharmakon is the yearbook of LIU Pharmacy. It is developed annually by its graduating students. Since the earliest years after it was founded in 1886, the Brooklyn College of Pharmacy’s graduating class published an annual yearbook originally called The Crimson and Gold. In 1924, it was renamed Pharmakon, an ambiguously interesting Greek word meaning that “which acts as both remedy and poison;” it also refers to the gift of writing.
The Pharmacy Newsletter (TPN)
TPN is a publication by students in the Doctor of Pharmacy program that aspires to promote communication among students, faculty, administrators and the wider campus of LIU Brooklyn. In addition to covering events, activities and interviews for and about the college, each issue has a particular focus within the profession and may include original research of a peer-review nature as well as articles on scientific subjects.