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NCPA Foundation Scholarships and Student Loans—Applications Due on March 15, 2011
The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) Foundation is pleased to announce the continuation of its Scholarship Program. Student members of NCPA are eligible to apply. The student must be enrolled in an accredited U.S. school/college of pharmacy on a full-time basis during the following terms: fall 2011 and spring 2012.

The following scholarships are available:

  • Presidential Scholarship

  • J.C. and Rheba Cobb Memorial Scholarship for Excellence in Government Affairs

  • Neil Pruitt Sr. Memorial Scholarship for Entrepreneurism

  • Willard B. Simmons Sr. Memorial Scholarship for Pharmacy Management

Please visit www.ncpafoundation.org for more information.

NCPA Legislative Advocacy Challenge—Applications Due on March 15, 2011
The NCPA Legislative Advocacy Challenge is a project created by the NCPA Student Leadership Council to gauge the level of legislative advocacy taking place within each NCPA Student Chapter and to recognize each school's accomplishments. Click here to access the Legislative Advocacy Challenge Information Packet for complete details.

NCPA Outstanding Student Member of the Year Award—Nominations Due on March 18, 2011
Nomination for NCPA Outstanding Student Member of the Year Award deadline is March 18, 2011. Please submit one recipient from your chapter to receive this award. Each active NCPA student chapter can nominate one member for this award. This individual must be an active member of NCPA who has contributed to the continued success of their NCPA student chapter. Each recipient will receive a certificate from the NCPA Foundation in recognition of this award. The application is available for download.

2011 NCPA Outstanding Faculty Liaison of the Year Award—Nominations Due on March 30, 2011
Let us help you recognize your NCPA Faculty Liaison at our Annual Convention in Nashville this October. This Award recognizes a faculty liaison who demonstrates exceptional leadership and commitment to independent pharmacy, his/her NCPA Student Chapter, and the community. The winner of this award will receive an engraved plaque, complimentary registration to the NCPA Annual Convention and Trade Exposition and a $1,000 contribution to the NCPA Foundation in award recipient's name. Self-nominations are acceptable. Please click on the following link for instructions on how to nominate an outstanding faculty liaison: NCPA Outstanding Faculty Liaison of the Year Nomination. Nominations are due by March 30, 2011.

The Sharps Compliance, Inc. Scholarship Program Essay Contest—Due on April 30, 2011
Are you looking for additional scholarship opportunities? Sharps Compliance Inc. recently launch an essay contest for students in healthcare and related studies. Students are asked to describe the safe disposal measures they believe could have been taken to prevent a needle stick injury that happened in a real-life situation. The entry deadline is April 30, 2011 and winners will be announced May 31, 2011. First, second and third place prizes will be awarded at $1,500, $1,000, and $750 respectively. For more information, visit www.sharpsinc.com/scholarship. For program details, eligibility, rules and regulations, please click here.

Good Neighbor Pharmacy NCPA Pruitt-Schutte Student Business Plan Competition—Due on May 15, 2011
It's about that time again to start thinking about entering the Business Plan Competition! The Business Plan Competition helps young pharmacy entrepreneurs develop the blueprint necessary for buying an existing independent community pharmacy or developing a new pharmacy. You could also win a trip to the 2011 NCPA Annual Convention in Nashville, TN and the 2012 Multiple Locations Conference at the Westin Resort & Spa Los Cabos in Los Cabos, Mexico!

Please visit the Good Neighbor Pharmacy NCPA Pruitt-Schutte Student Business Plan Competition section on the NCPA website for application, sample business plan, and details of the competition, or for questions, contact Afton Yurkon, Associate Director of Student Affairs, at afton.yurkon@ncpanet.org. The deadline for business plan entries is May 15, 2011.

On February 9, 2011, Good Neighbor Pharmacy and NCPA presented a webinar entitled, "Essentials of Writing a Solid Pharmacy Business Plan". The audio recording and slide deck can now be found on the NCPA Student Website in the Business Plan Competition Section under "Resources": Click here to access the archived audio recording and slide set.

Good Neighbor Pharmacy®, an AmerisourceBergen® solution, is one of the nation's largest branded independent pharmacy networks with more than 3,700 members. To find out how to join the growing family of Good Neighbor Pharmacists, call 1.800.916.9101 or visit www.goodneighborpharmacy.com.

Patient Safety Note
Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) Medication Safety Alert!® Community/Ambulatory Care Edition
This innovative newsletter—sent monthly by e-mail to each school and college of pharmacy—brings you vital and potentially life-saving information about medication-related errors, adverse drug reactions, as well as recommendations that will help you reduce the risk of medication errors and other adverse drug events in your community practice site. The ISMP Medication Safety Alert!® Community/Ambulatory Care Edition is targeted toward pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, pharmacy students, nurses, physicians, and other community health professionals. In addition to the newsletter, ISMP sends urgent advisories about serious errors or information that requires immediate attention to its subscribers.

Information found in the ISMP Medication Safety Alert!® Community/Ambulatory Care Edition stems from error reports submitted voluntarily by practitioners and consumers to the ISMP Medication Errors Reporting Program and the FDA MedWatch program. ISMP independently reviews and analyzes all reports, performs additional investigation when required on a confidential basis, seeks outside expert review, and informs industry and regulatory authorities as necessary, before preparing material for publication and dissemination. This newsletter is ideal for student going on rotation. Contact your school librarian to obtain the latest eNewsletter!


 


February 17, 2011



IMPORTANT
Dates & Deadlines


March 15, 2011
NCPA Foundation Scholarship Application Deadline
NPCA Foundation Student Loan Application Deadline
Legislative Advocacy Challenge Report Deadline

March 18, 2011
NCPA Student Chapter Outstanding Member of the Year Award Deadline
**Note: One nominee from each active chapter

March 30, 2011
NCPA Foundation Faculty Liaison of the Year Award Deadline


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Contact your NCPA National Student Leadership Council representative or NPCA Student Affairs at studentaffairs@ncpanet.org to schedule a time that works for you. NCPA Student Affairs, SLC Members, and/or NPCA Ambassadors would love to visit your school!


Has Your Chapter Completed a Successful Chapter Project?
Share a brief description of your successful chapter project, the results of your efforts in your school and/or community, and pictures (if available)! We want to recognize NCPA student chapters for their outstanding efforts and share your ideas and success stories with other NCPA student chapters. Email your story and pictures from the event, if applicable, to be included in the new NCPA Chapter Highlights section in the student section of the NCPA website.


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