The American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) is a professional, scientific association of approximately 11,000 members employed in industry, academia, government, and other research institutes worldwide. The purpose of AAPS is to serve its membership, the pharmaceutical sciences, the biomedical and biotechnological community, the health professions, and the interest of public health. This is accomplished by providing open forums for the exchange and dissemination of scientific knowledge; by fostering the education and career growth of members and recognizing individual achievement; by influencing the formation of public policy relevant to health and related issues of public concern; and by promoting the pharmaceutical sciences as they relate to health issues of public concern. Through its Annual Meeting and Exposition, its conferences, workshops, and symposia; its print and online publications; and other online initiatives, AAPS continues to offer vital benefits to the pharmaceutical scientists who constitute its membership. Recognizing that modern science is conducted in an integrated fashion comprising many disciplines, AAPS seeks to foster the integration of those sciences related to discovery, design, analysis, development, production, quality control, safety, clinical evaluation, regulation, distribution, and utilization of drugs and drug delivery systems. Membership in the AAPS national organization provides access to many resources that are of benefit to the pharmacy-related professional such as continuing education and career opportunities. You can learn more about the national organization at AAPS.org.
ACCP - Student College of Clinical Pharmacy, West Virginia University Chapter
The WVU chapter of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy was founded in 2014 and will actively attempt to orient students to the practice of clinical pharmacy by a) providing information to students about careers and opportunities within the field of clinical pharmacy, b) promoting dedication to excellence in patient care, research, and education, and c) encouraging skill development necessary to function within an interdisciplinary team. Additionally, the chapter will actively advocate for the role of clinical pharmacists within healthcare and encourage participation in the American College of Clinical Pharmacy at the national level and/or the local/regional chapters.
The Academy of Student Pharmacists is a professional pharmacy organization and is one of the three academies in the American Pharmacists Association (APhA). APhA-ASP members participate in a variety of activities such as professional meetings, service projects, social functions, and legislative lobbying. For more information about the organization, please click on the APhA-ASP link above.
The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists is the 30,000 member national professional association that represents pharmacists who practice pharmacy in hospitals, health maintenance organizations, long-term care facilities, home care agencies, and other components of health care systems. The Society has extensive publishing and educational programs designed to help members improve their delivery of pharmaceutical care, and it is a national accrediting organization for pharmacy residency and pharmacy technician training programs.
The Industry Pharmacist Organization (IPhO) chapter at WVU was founded in 2016 and is exclusively dedicated to advancing the careers of industry pharmacists. In addition to professional meetings, IPhO offers extensive community service opportunities, tours of industry facilities, access to keynote industry speakers, and other pertinent educational and social activities that advocate a fun community atmosphere. For additional information, please click the link above for the most up to date news and activities happening with IPhO.
The International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) chapter at WVU was established in 2000. It aims to provide professional advancement and interdisciplinary opportunities in the field of health outcomes research and act as a forum for the discussion of all issues pertaining to health outcomes research. We strive to achieve an environment where students and experts from diverse fields can share knowledge in Pharmacoeconomics and Health Outcomes Research, and serve as a bridge in bringing together students and members of the pharmaceutical industry, healthcare organizations, and academia.
Kappa Psi is a co-ed professional pharmaceutical fraternity that has approximately 39,000 members from pharmacy schools all across the country. The objectives of Kappa Psi are to conduct a fraternal organization for the mutual benefit of the members and to advance the profession of pharmacy through its educational, fraternal, social, and service activities. The primary on-going area of community involvement is the pharmacy section of Health Rite, a state supported medical clinic for the indigent. Kappa Psi is also involved in various "mini-projects" throughout the year as well as many social functions.
The purpose of the Lambda Kappa Sigma International Pharmacy Fraternity is to promote the profession of pharmacy. The Alpha Omicron Chapter at West Virginia University is committed to reinforcing the importance of service to others and is active in planning service projects for the local community.
The National Community Pharmacists Association is a professional organization that promotes the interest of independent pharmacies. It focuses on community awareness and legislative lobbying for our profession. Specifically, our chapter focuses on community awareness of asthma, osteoporosis prevention, Alzheimer’s awareness and smoking cessation. NCPA is an excellent opportunity for students to give back to their communities while gaining knowledge about community pharmacy practice.
Pediatric Pharmacy Association
The Pediatric Pharmacy Association - The Pediatric Pharmacy Association (PPA) focuses on collaboration, advocacy, research, and education to promote safe and effective medication use in children. The mission of WVU’s chapter is to unite pharmacy students in a joint effort to increase positive patient outcomes for the pediatric population. The chapter raises funds for Alex’s Lemonade Stand, the Josie King Foundation, WVU Medicine Children’s Hospital, and many other organizations committed to providing quality healthcare for children. Members have the unique opportunity to interact with pediatric pharmacists, including PGY-1 and PGY-2 residents, from WVU Medicine Children’s Hospital and gain research experience. With a goal to serve the community, members frequently dedicate time to volunteer in the Activity Center at WVU Medicine Children’s Hospital where they play games or make crafts with pediatric patients.
Phi Lambda Sigma
Phi Lambda Sigma is a National Pharmacy Honorary Society that recognizes outstanding leadership pharmacy students, faculty, and the pharmacists in the community. It strives to recognize the "doers" not just the officers of other organizations. To become a member of the Alpha Eta Chapter of Phi Lambda Sigma you are chosen by your peers at the end of your first professional year and up until graduation. You must have a GPA no less than 3.0.
Rho Chi is a National Pharmacy Honor Society. Students are invited to join based on academic class ranking. The members of the West Virginia University Alpha Mu Chapter of Rho Chi volunteer to provide academic tutoring for classmates.