Student Organizations

Pharmacy student organizations

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Important Notes

  • Professional fraternities usually require an application and a waiting period during which a candidate must prove worthy of being accepted. This time period may last from two to several weeks, but in no case shall last beyond October 31 of each academic year. 
  • Professional fraternities may not haze but offer to the student an avenue for personal and professional growth. See policy against hazing on Behavior Policies.
  • Students who fall below a cumulative grade point average of 2.50 may not serve in any elective or appointed leadership position in School, Social, Honorary or Professional organizations until the cumulative grade point average is above this level. See Curricular Policy on Outside Activities
  • Please also see documents and links to national organizations on ACPE resources.

PharmD Class Officers

Class of 2019

President: Richard Moore
Vice President: Chung Chen
Treasurer: Husain Ahmed
Course Coordinator: Deon Edionwe

Class of 2020

President: Marissa Guszkowski
Vice-President: Gregory Statt
Treasurer: Jessica Swiderek
Course Coordinator: Matthew Poremba

Class of 2021

President: Kathryn Gentz
Vice President: Habib Rahman
Treasurer: Dhavani Shah
Course Coordinator: Denis Vanini

Student Organizations:

School of Pharmacy Student Association (SPSA)

The School of Pharmacy Student Association represents the student body and sponsors social functions. It is comprised of the class officers and officers of the other student organizations.

Officers:
President: Nicole Wilcox
Vice-President: Eric Scott
Co-treasurers: Amanda Naraine and Bryan Quinn
Secretary: Elizabeth Patt
Senators: Michael Austin, Kira Voyer, Jared Gilbert and Melissa Dhanraj
Faculty Advisor: Karl Fiebelkorn, Senior Associate Dean, Pharmacy Practice

Professional Student Organizations

Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP)

AMCP

The AMCP student chapter at UB was formed in 2011 to facilitate the education, development, and promotion of the principles and practices of managed care pharmacy. There are over 18,000 pharmacists working for health plans and pharmacy benefit management companies. It’s their responsibility to make sure that the plan they design provides individual patients with appropriate drugs and drug therapies, conveniently and cost-effectively. It’s a complex job, involving the expert skills of clinically trained pharmacists at every step in the patient-care process. As with pharmacists who practice in other settings, pharmacists in managed care environments are committed to ensuring that medications are used appropriately to improve patient’s health. When you join, AMCP will help you navigate the world of managed care pharmacy, build a professional network, and explore career paths!

Officers:
President: Katelyn Abbott
Vice President: Kory Zelen
Treasurer: Edward Lee
Secretary: Lydia Deinhart
Historian: Ariel Walker
Student Diplomat: Gregory Statt
Student Diplomat: Solaman Adam
P&T Coordinator: Andrey Polukhin
P3 Liaison: Pauleena Pal
P2 Liaison: Lan Chen
P1 Liaisons: TBD

American Pharmaceutical Association Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP)

APHA-ASP

The APhA Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) is a division of the American Pharmaceutical Association. Its purpose is to foster the professional development of students. This organization sponsors a number of programs including the Poison Prevention Program aimed at pre-school and early grade school children, the Drug Abuse Awareness Program for grade school and high school students, a hypertension screening program, "brown bag counseling", Big Brother/Big Sister program, and more!

Officers:
President: Johanna Sulesky
President Elect: Laurie Plewinski
Communications VP: Brigitte Tsang
Professionalism VP: Stephanie Lanza
Interprofessional VP: Jennifer Kahi
Membership VP: Brianne Lutley
Policy VP: Rachael Luconte
Secretary: Baylie Slowik
Finance VP: Edward Pudim
International VP: Zakiya Rhodie
GenRx Co-Chair: Renae Gozelski
GenRx Co-Chair: Jared Gilbert
Operation Diabetes Co-Chair: Eric Scott
Operation Diabetes Co-Chair: Heather Garr
Operation Heart Co-Chair: Nick Palisano
Operation Heart Co-Chair: Christine Zemanek
Operation Immunization Co-Chair: Sarah Pawlak
Operation Immunization Co-Chair: Kristen D’Angelo
OTC Medication Safety Co-Chair: Brenna Gallivan
OTC Medication Safety Co-Chair: Alana Martin
IPSF President: Zakiya Rhodie
IPSF Secretary: Dhvani Shah
IPSF Treasurer: Jinchan Yoo
IPSF Outreach Coordinator: Gisela Canales
IPSF Health Campaign Coordinator: Kira Voyer
Faculty Advisors: Erin Slazak, PharmD, Gina Prescott, PharmD and Peter Brody, PharmD

American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS)

AAPS

AAPS serves 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.

Officers:
Chair: Ryan Polli
Vice-Chair: Jin Niu
Secretary: Yujie Yang
Treasurer: Robert Jones

American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP)

ASCP

ASCP is an organization that seeks to promote the role of the consultant pharmacist as a health-care specialist. The student branch of the New York State chapter of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists was formed in the spring of 1997. The branch functions as a student arm of the state organization and offers opportunities for students interested in consultant pharmacy.

Officers:
President: Mary Hejna
Vice President: Miranda Graham
Secretary: Jessica Mason
Treasurer: Jessica Micceri
President-Elect: Roksolana Lypska
Membership Chair: Henry Wilson
Faculty Advisor: Robert Wahler, PharmD

Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International (CPFI)

CPFI

The CPFI Student chapter at UB was formed in December of 2009 to provide fellowship among like-minded professionals in the health-care and medicinal sciences. We hope to challenge and promote spiritual growth centered on Jesus Christ by integrating faith into the professional and personal lives of pharmacists and students.

Officers:
President: Hubert Chua
President-Elect: Lena Kuffuor-Afriyie
Treasurer: Samourra Joseph
Secretary: Mamie Talty
Event Co-ordinator: Theresa Tufuor
Faculty Advisor: Ed Bednarczyk, PharmD

College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists (CPNP)

CPNP

Members of CPNP work directly with patients and caregivers to apply specialized clinical knowledge and skills, educate and train healthcare professionals, and develop new knowledge in order to improve health outcomes for those individuals with psychiatric disorders, including substance use and neurologic disorders. Members apply evidence-based, cost-efficient best practices as a member of a treatment team to achieve patient recovery and improved quality of life.

Officers:
President: Christopher Banker
Vice President: Madeline Garvin
Secretary: Elaine Shao
Treasurer: Alexis Watters
Historian: Miranda Graham

Dean's Student Ambassadors (DSA)

SPPS

Dean’s Student Ambassadors are a voluntary public relations organization of students who assist in the promotion of the UB School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences to prospective students, their families, alumni, preceptors, and the university and external communities.

Faculty Advisor: Jennifer Rosenberg, Associate Dean and Director of Admissions, Enrollment Planning and Pre-Pharmacy Advising
Staff Advisor: Christine Stumm, Associate Director of Admissions and Advisement

Refer to Dean's Student Ambassadors webpage for application, information and instructions.

The Formulary

The Formulary is a publication written for and by pharmacy students. It is a stepwise approach to pharmacy school and student life at the University of Buffalo. It includes pharmacy-related news, editorials, and humor. The Formulary provides a way for organizations to showcase what they do and for pharmacy students to have a voice that could be instrumental to improving the program.

Editor in Chief: Ngan Nguyen
Managing Editor:  Edward Lee
Copy Editor: Myles Blas
News Editor: Quoc Pham
Editor: Rachael Mesina
Historian: Melanie Nguyen
IT Chair: Chung Hon Yu

Industry Pharmacists Organization (IPhO)

IPhO

The Industry Pharmacists Organization (IPhO) believes that pharmacists' scientific training, medication expertise, clinical acumen, patient focus and experience as healthcare providers make us ideally suited for a career in the pharmaceutical industry. Pharmacists play a key role in professional organizations by making valuable contributions to drug development and optimal medication utilization. IPhO works with its members to advocate for advancing industry-based pharmacists to leadership positions by increasing awareness and recognition among employers, senior management, colleagues, thought leaders, educators and students of what pharmacists have to offer.

Officers:
President: Jake Kinley
Vice President: Kory Zelen
Director of Social Media and Marketing: Kyle George
Director of Professional Programming: Nicholas Cashman
Director of Communications:  Viktoriya Avlasevich
Director of Finances/Fundraising: Henry Wilson

International Pharmaceutical Students Federation (IPSF)

IPSF

The UB International Pharmaceutical Students Federation is an organization focused on outreach initiatives to underserved populations on the local, national, and international level. The organization is responsible for organizing annual international medical mission trips, annual medical mission trips to areas within the United States, and local outreach in the Western New York area throughout the year. Students also have the opportunity to attend the annual Global Missions Health Conference in November.

Officers:
President: Zakiya Rhodie 
Secretary: Dhvani Shah 
Treasurer: Jinchan Yoo 
Outreach Coordinator: TBA
Health Campaign Coordinator: Kira Voyer
Faculty Advisor: Gina Prescott, Clinical Associate Professor, Pharmacy Practice

Lambda Kappa Sigma

LKS

Lambda Kappa Sigma is an international professional pharmacy fraternity whose mission is to promote the profession of pharmacy among women and advance women within the profession by developing its members as individuals and leaders through the support of fellow members, while encouraging a high standard of professional ethics and scholarship.

Officers:
President: Edward Lee
Vice President: Sylvia Ou
Treasurer: Kate Zarudna
Internal Secretary: Charles Pang
External Secretary: Izumi Hamada
Social Chair: Andy Tsang
Membership Chair: Ngan Nguyen
Service Chair: Hui Hong Lu
Fundraising Chair: Xin Ying Zheng
Historian: Jerrica Tang
IT Chair: Alex Yu
Faculty Advisor: Irene Reilly

National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA)

NCPA

The National Community Pharmacists Association represents the interests of pharmacists who practice in independently owned pharmacies. The student chapter promotes the educational and practice interests of students interested in community pharmacy practice in the independent pharmacy setting.

Officers:
President: Henry Wilson
Vice President: Emanuel Jaffe
Treasurer: Dennis Fitzgibbon
Secretary: Anna Mak
Faculty Advisor: Karl Fiebelkorn, Senior Associate Dean

Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Committee (PPAG)

PPAG

The mission of PPAG is to promote safe and effective medication use in children through collaboration, advocacy, research and education.

 

Officers:
President: Shani Thomas
Vice President: Autumn Punter
President-Elect: Gisela Canales
Secretary: Kristen D'Angelo
Treasurer: Victoria Getman
Faculty Advisor: Nicholas Fusco, PharmD

Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduate Association (PGSA)

SPPS

The Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduate Student Association (PGSA) provides a voice for pharmaceutical sciences graduate students. The Pharmaceutical Sciences GSA organizes student activities and provides information concerning departmental and university-wide happenings to make your experience at UB more enjoyable. One of the important activities we sponsor is the “Alumni Symposium” where a PharmSci alumnus is invited to provide current graduate students with insights into the pharmaceutical industry, FDA, or Academia. PGSA also sponsors annual events such as ice skating, pumpkin carving, and bowling.

Officers:
President: Vika Nguyen
Vice President: Robert Dingman
Treasurer: Peter Bloomingdale
Secretary: Joy Gong
Senator: David Beaman
Senator Alternate:  Hsuan Ping Chang

Phi Lambda Sigma Leadership Society (PLS)

PLS

The purpose of the society is the encouragement, recognition and promotion of leadership in pharmacy. Members are selected by peer recognition. Eligibility for membership includes high moral and ethical character, a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher, and successful completion of first professional year.

Officers:
President: Rachael Luconte
Vice President: Matthew Poremba
Treasurer: Richard Moore
Secretary: Chung Chen

SPPS

The Pre-Pharmacy Club at UB welcomes all students who are interested in pursuing a career in the pharmacy profession.

Rho Chi Honor Society

Rho Chi

The Rho Chi Society is a national pharmacy honor society. On the basis of their academic standing (top 20% of their class), students may be invited to membership in their P-2 year in the School. A major purpose of Rho Chi is to promote high scholarship in pharmacy.

Officers:
President: Atul Dilawri
Vice President: Monica Lee
Treasurer: Hui Hong (Hannah) Lu
Secretary: Anna Mak
Historian: Lisa Li
Faculty Advisor: Karl Fiebelkorn, Senior Associate Dean

Student College of Clinical Pharmacy (SCCP)

SCCP

The purpose of SCCP is to increase student awareness in the area of clinical pharmacy by providing information about opportunities and careers within the field. The organization promotes the development of leadership and other skills necessary to perform duties required by a clinical pharmacist as a member of a multi-disciplinary team, encouraging excellence in patient care, research and education.

Officers:
President: Mason Chan
President-Elect: Christopher Brighton
Secretary: Sylvia Ou
Treasurer: Omar Marzouk
IT Chair: Jennifer Stanton
P3 Liaison: Atul Dilawri
P3 Liaison: David Pegado
P2 Liaison: Matthew Butler
P2 Liaison: Jonathan Wang

SCRIPT: Student Digital Newspaper

SPPS

SCRIPT is a publication written for and by pharmacy students. It includes pharmacy-related news, editorials, and humor. SCRIPT provides a way for pharmacy students to have a voice that could be instrumental to improving the program by bringing student concerns to the attention of relevant faculty members, as well as other students.

SIGNA: Student Digital Yearbook

SPPS

The graduating class publishes SIGNA, the school’s yearbook. SIGNA is an exciting record of student experiences here at the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Officers:
President: Lisa Li
President-Elect: Shu Qing (Sindy) Zhong
Vice President: Chi Wai (Melissa) Fan
Treasurer:  Ebne Rafi
Secretary:  Elaine Shao
P3 Liaison: Victoria Wong
P2 Liaisons: Andy Tsang and Ben Li
Faculty Advisor: Karl Fiebelkorn, Senior Associate Dean

Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPHA)

SNPhA

The Student National Pharmaceutical Association is an educational and service association of students who are concerned about pharmacy issues, professional development, and the lack of minority representation in pharmacy and other health-related professions.

Officers:
President: Melanie Nguyen
President-elect: Taylor Latvala
Vice President: Kate Zarudna
Secretary: Omar Marzouk
Treasurer: Lisa Li
Historian: Ngan Nguyen
Fundraiser: Charles Pang
Service Chair: Alice Zheng
Power to End Stroke Initiative Co-Chair: Izumi Hamada
Power to End Stroke Initiative Co-Chair: Andy Tsang
Chronic Kidney Disease Co-Chair: Chris Singh
Chronic Kidney Disease Co-Chair: Matt Butler
Diabetes Co-Chair: Mayuriben Patel
Diabetes Co-Chair: Caroline Rusch
Immunization Co-Chair: Kong Yu Chen
Immunization Co-Chair: Chris Vu
Remember the Ribbon: Jean Tian and Hetal Patel
Legislative Co- Chair: Edward Lee
Legislative Co- Chair: Rachel Mesina
Faculty Advisor: Cindy Konovitz

Pharmacists Association of Western New York (SPAWNY)

PAWNY

SPAWNY is an organization of students of pharmacy dedicated to the advancement of the profession of pharmacy. Increased membership and leadership resources, proactive political action, comprehensive community outreach, enhancement of student skills and education and networking with community practitioners will provide a solid foundation that promotes the contemporary concepts of pharmaceutical care. SPAWNY will encourage the development of student abilities to enter the profession of pharmacy upon graduation. Members are represented at the annual Pharmacy Day in Albany to advocate progressive legislation and regulation that supports public health.

Officers:
President: Mike Austin
Vice President: Ali Oddi
Secretary: Kira Voyer
Treasurer: Caitlin Grimm
Membership Chair: Stephanie Krafft
Community Outreach Chair: Anna Augostini
Faculty Advisor: Karl Fiebelkorn, Senior Associate Dean

Pharmacists Society of the State of New York (SPSSNY)

PSSNY

SPSSNY is the student chapter of PSSNY – Pharmacists Society of the State of New York. The aim of this society is to unite the pharmacists of the state for mutual assistance, encouragement, and improvement in order to maintain the standard of pharmacy practice at a high professional and ethical level.

Officers:
President: Alison Oddi
Vice President: Anna Augostini
President Elect: Michael Austin
Secretary: Kira Voyer
Secretary- Kelly Segal (D'Youville)
Faculty Advisor: Karl Fiebelkorn, Senior Associate Dean

Student Society of Health-System Pharmacists (SSHP)

ASHP

SSHP is an organization that promotes active student membership in local, state and national health-system organizations, stimulates student interest in health-system pharmacy/academia careers, encourages students to pursue post-graduate residency training, and facilitates career development and professionalism among students.

Officers:
President: Frencina Monteiro
President-elect: Jared Gilbert
Secretary: Kira Voyer
Treasurer: Emanuel Jaffe
Director of Communications: Nicole Wilcox
Policy Chair: Laurie Plewinski