School of Pharmacy Student Organizations

Student organizations within the School of Pharmacy provide students with opportunities for exposure to career opportunities, networking with students and practitioners, and professional development in areas such as leadership and clinical practice. All of these opportunities, in conjunction with the education received, contribute to the creation of successful practitioners for the workforce and active participants in the profession.

Student organizations are popular and very active at Pacific. They provide students the opportunity to not only become active in their profession, but also give back to the community. The following student organizations are recognized at the School of Pharmacy.

Pharmacy Student Senate

Serves as the student governing body for the school and includes representatives from each of the student organizations and classes.

  • Provides networking between organizations for communications
  • Determines distribution of Senate funds to organizations
  • All students are members and welcome at meetings. Voting officers are elected.
  • Coordinates the P1:P2 Student Mentor program

Class Officers

Coordinate activities, foster collegiality, and provide a communication conduit

  • Class members elect a president, vice president, secretary, treasurer and activities director. The elections are scheduled as follows: P3 and P2 elections are held in the
    Spring, P1 in the Fall.
  • Sponsor social events throughout the year
  • Provide leadership training and skill development

Ambassadors Club

Serve as a link between the school and potential and incoming students, liaison with the community, and support to the school’s admissions interview days. Provides leadership training, skill development and extensive networking.

  • Provides support at other School of Pharmacy events, such as the White Coat Ceremony, Benefactor Reception, Career Fair, and Recognition Program and Reception
  • Pre-pharmacy club fairs, high school and middle school fairs, and tours to visiting dignitaries
  • Leadership positions are determined by election in spring
  • Meet current Ambassadors Club leadership

Pacific Pharmacy Students United (PPSU)

This umbrella student organization includes the national and state organizations for APhA and ASHP (details below). All P1 and P2 students are members of this organization, which will offer many opportunities for leadership, committee membership and social activities with your peers.

American Pharmacists Association Academy of Students of Pharmacy (APhAASP) and the Oregon State Pharmacists Association (OSPA) Student Chapter

Represent the national and state organizations. Provides exposure to a broad range of career options, leadership training, networking and activities.

  • Provides leadership training, skill development, and extensive networking
  • Patient care projects including Project CHANCE
  • Hosts the school’s round of the National Pharmacy Counseling Competition
  • Health fair events, Diabetes Expo, Medication Education events with children, youth and elderly individuals, wine tasting fundraiser
  • Participation in state, regional and national meetings

American Society of Health‐System Pharmacists (ASHP) and the Oregon Society of Health‐Systems Pharmacists (OSHP) Student Chapter

Represents the national and state organizations. Provides exposure to a broad view of career opportunities in the health-system pharmacy settings, residency training, and various activities.

  • Service projects include weekly Farmers Market Health Fair, Oregon Special Olympics Medfest/Healthy Athletes Event, medication education events, wine tasting fundraisers, Residency Roundtable events, etc.
  • Hosts the School’s round of the national ASHP Clinical Skills Competition
  • Participation in state and national meetings

Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP)

This student organization represents the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) on campus. The organization was formed to encourage the education and support of the advancement of managed care pharmacy, enhance the common academic and professional interests of the student members, and offer professional opportunities and leadership within managed care pharmacy. The chapter was chartered in fall 2010.

Phi Delta Chi (PDC)

Phi Delta Chi (PDC) was established in 1883, with charter status granted to Gamma Beta in 2007. PDC is a professional pharmacy fraternity dedicated to the development of leaders to advance the profession of pharmacy.

Activities include community youth education service, medication preparation for the Essential Health Clinic, Virginia Garcia Medication Education Project, Manna Shelter clothing drives, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital fundraising, and social engagements. Pledging for P1 and P2 classes occurs in early fall, with initiation in late fall/early winter.

Kappa Psi

Kappa Psi is the largest and oldest professional pharmaceutical fraternity. Charted at Pacific University in 2011, Kappa Psi has strong values consisting of Fellowship, Integrity, Sobriety, and High Ideals. The Pacific University Chapter promotes the profession of pharmacy, lifelong bonding, and friendship.

  • Members of this fraternity participate in community service projects, professional development activities, and social events throughout the year
  • Pledging and initiation take place during Fall Semester

Phi Lambda Sigma (PLS)

Also known as the national Pharmacy Leadership Society, Phi Lambda Sigma (PLS) promotes the development of leadership qualities, especially among pharmacy students.

  • Activities include Leadership Summit, participation at other state and national meetings
  • Members are selected by peer recognition. No greater honor can be bestowed upon an individual than to be recognized as a leader by one’s peers. Such recognition instills and enhances self-confidence, encourages the less active student to a more active role and promotes greater effort toward the advancement of pharmacy. Leadership positions are determined by elections in the fall.

Professional Student Senate (PSS)

PSS includes representatives from each professional program within the College of Health Professions (CHP), representing the needs of each of the professional programs, as well as the CHP as a whole.

  • Activities include distributing funds for hardship cases (for students), organizing interdisciplinary case conferences (ICC), distributing money to each class for events and graduation, approving research proposals, scheduling cultural and social events, etc.
  • The P1 and P2 classes will each elect an individual to serve as a Professional Programs Council (PPC) representative for a two-year term

Professional Society of Pharmacists (PSOP)

Professional Society of Pharmacists (PSOP) is a professional pharmacy organization originating in 1964 with a mission to promote pharmacy education and foster networking opportunities among pharmacists. PSOP offers monthly dinner/education programs and an annual conference to foster education and networking. Note that PSOP is not currently an officially recognized organization with the School of Pharmacy, but participation and membership is encouraged.