Unified Professional Pharmacy Organizations of Washington
UPPOW is a professional student “umbrella” organization that encompasses the University of Washington School of Pharmacy chapters of five national organizations.
Our Mission Statement
Uniting multiple disciplines within our profession to provide one unified voice in efforts to impact our communities.
The Organizations in UPPOW
American Pharmacists Association
The American Pharmacists Association (APhA), established in 1852, is the largest pharmacy association in the United States, serving more than 62,000 members. APhA‐ASP provides student pharmacists with opportunities for professional growth, opportunities to improve patient care, and to envision and advance the future of pharmacy.
The UPPOW Outreach Committee has adopted certain projects of the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP). As student pharmacists, we provide education, health screenings, and immunizations. Learning from and collaborating with other student pharmacists around the country, we serve thousands of patients through these national programs: Operation Diabetes, Heart, and Immunization, along with Medication Safety Outreach and the OTC Literacy Campaign.
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) is one of the world’s largest pharmacy organizations, and is at the forefront of the expanding role of a clinical pharmacist. With more than 40,000 members, ASHP is a leader in pharmacy. Our Student Chapter specifically focuses on introducing students to the necessary skills required of a clinical pharmacist, as well as assisting students in learning about and progressing towards a residency.
While our ASHP Chapter provides unique opportunities for all students in the pharmacy program, there are many that a clinically-minded student would not want to miss out on. For example, our Clinical Skills Competitions where teams compete against the clock to solve a complicated patient case. Or, if students have interest in a specific arena of pharmacy practice, our award winning Shadowing Program which has involvement from six local pharmacy practice sites.
International Pharmaceutical Students Federation
As the leading worldwide federation of student pharmacists, IPSF’s goal is to advocate for student pharmacists and improve public health. This is accomplished through the provision of information and opportunities to promote networking and cooperation between professionals globally. Our local chapter has also added initiatives to educate on global health issues, increase cultural competency in healthcare delivery and define pharmacy’s role in the interdisciplinary sphere of global health.
We equip students with the skills to identify unmet needs, interact with diverse patient populations and promote the profession worldwide. Past events include public health campaigns such as HIV/AIDS week, the Eat-Around-the-World journal club where we discuss prevalent global issues, as well as Exploration Seminars and the Student Exchange Program, in which students travel to explore and advocate for pharmacy abroad.
National Community Pharmacists Association
Our organization focuses on community pharmacy encompassing retail, long-term care, compounding, and consulting pharmacy. Each setting provides a wide array of unique clinical services which NCPA highlights through events at school, tours of different types of pharmacies, meeting and networking with owners and pharmacists who practice in a variety of settings.
Our NCPA chapter co-hosts a dinner with a panel of local pharmacists in a fun and informative Q&A session for first year students. We also hold a Community Residency event, which allows students to explore residency opportunities outside of the hospital setting. We'll also start forming our Business Plan team, which will submit a novel business idea to compete against other pharmacy schools across the country.
Washington State Pharmacy Association
The Washington State Pharmacy Association represents pharmacists from all practice settings at a local level. The organization advocates for the profession and provides opportunities to meet, communicate, collaborate, and partner within the healthcare community in Washington. WSPA is the ONLY local, state-wide pharmacy organization. It provides opportunities to meet pharmacists you will likely see again in practice!
Student benefits include opportunities to earn certificates (resume booster!), education on current legislation, and mentorship by local pharmacists. Also, each year the WSPA organizes Pharmacy Day in Olympia. Over a hundred students travel to Olympia to meet with legislators. This is a great opportunity to meet other students and educate influential state politicians on the value of pharmacists as part of the healthcare team.