As a student pharmacist, there are many opportunities to travel to different states for various conferences through school organizations. These conferences vary in cost, due to registration, hotel stay, and travel. However, Campbell University, has a Pharmacy Executive Board (PSEB) who can provide funds toward these trips. There is PSEB meeting once a month where students get a chance to apply for up to 60% of travel cost (hotel, airline or gas). It is an amazing opportunity and gives you the chance to improve your pharmacy network opportunities with less of a financial burden.
Recently, I attended the annual American College of Clinical Pharmacy conference in New York City with the Student College of Clinical Pharmacy organization here on campus. We were able to apply for travel and hotel funding for the trip as an organization. Once we arrived in NYC, we went straight to our hotels and got dressed in our professional clothing to head to our first workshop. As students, we were able to attend most of the workshops offered which included lectures on various disease topics, professionalism topics, and networking opportunities.
When you join SCCP on the national level, you are given the option to join Practice and Research Network (PRN) groups which are established to connect focused groups of clinical pharmacists to enhance professional support and collaboration. These consist of current practicing pharmacists; however you get to be linked in on their virtual conversations which helps you keep up to date with specific therapeutic areas. At the conference each PRN group had a social hour for students to attend and network with current clinical pharmacists.
My favorite workshop was focused on students who were interested in applying to residency. It was focused on building your brand as a student. The speaker also discussed what to expect at midyear, interview opportunities, and a cover letter workshop. This shows that the conference included workshops that were beneficial for both pharmacist and student pharmacist ACCP members.
You are probably wondering, if we got to explore NYC… and yes of course we did! Each day consisted of conferences in the mornings, and some in the afternoon. During our down time we were able to explore the city with a group of friends, shop, sight see, enjoy an iced coffee at a trendy coffee shop, and enjoy group dinners at popular restaurants. The most important part of these conferences is not only to network but also to get to know your peers.
Phoenix Riley, P2