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!


2018-2019 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: TBA
IPSF Health Campaign Coordinator: Kira Voyer
Faculty Advisors: Erin Slazak, PharmD, Gina Prescott, PharmD and Peter Brody, PharmD


Patient Care Projects

Operation Diabetes

Operation Heart

Operation Self-Care

Generation Rx

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Buffalo Pharmacies Wellness Clinic

Participation and volunteering to educate patients on how to use a glucometer, what a normal A1C reading is, understanding their blood pressure reading and the impact of taking diabetic medication properly in cardiovascular health.

Chapter Members Present:  5

Patients Attended Event(s): 60

Patients Received Health & Wellness / Clinical Services: 60

Patients Reached Through Public Relations: 100

Refugee Education Session

7 UB students volunteered at a monthly refugee education session to teach refugees how to take medications safetly, how to go to the doctor and get medication in the United States, and how to read prescription labels.  Each student works one on one with an interpreter to translate printed materials to the refugees.

Chapter Members Present:  7

Patients Attended Event(s): 29

Patients Received Health & Wellness / Clinical Services: 29

Patients Reached Through Public Relations: 29

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Vampire Cup Blood Drive

A representative from the American Red Cross came to the school and held a blood drive for pharmacy students and UB students to participate in. 28 units of blood were collected.  Pizza and a T-shirts were given to the participants.

Chapter Members Present: 2

Patients Attended Event(s): 28

Patients Received Health & Wellness / Clinical Services:28

Patients Reached Through Public Relations: 0

Journey’s End School Supplies Drive

IPSF is held a collection bin outside of Tim Horton's in Kapoor for one month to collect school supply donations for Journey's End of Buffalo.

ARC Stress Relief Event

Students took blood pressure and BMI measurements of the undergraduate students on UB North Campus. Operation Heart collaborated with UB Wellness Services to organize this wellness clinic. There were other stress relief activities including, therapy dogs and crafts.

Chapter Members Present:  3

Patients Attended Event(s): 60

Patients Received Health & Wellness / Clinical Services: 60

Patients Reached Through Public Relations: 60

SNPhA/APhA Operation Diabetes National Diabetes Week Collaboration

Created themes for each day of the week to promote diabetes awareness and education. Prizes were awarded for the most active social media participants. Multiple fundraising events were also held to raise funds that were donated to the American Diabetes Association.

Chapter Members Present:  20

Patients Attended Event(s): 200

Patients Received Health & Wellness / Clinical Services: 0

Patients Reached Through Public Relations: 300

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UB Great American Smokeout

Operation Heart collaborated with UB Against Cancer in a community education event to raise awareness of the benefits of smoking cessation and promoted a healthy lifestyle. Students were able to play with the Plinko board and win prizes such as dark chocolate, pens, hats, pins, and wristbands. There was a poster that focused on cardiovascular health, the differences between a heart attack and a panic attack, and differences in a heart attack between men and women. BMI readings were done and there was many heart healthy recipes that students were able to look at.

Chapter Members Present:  2

Patients Attended Event(s): 40

Patients Received Health & Wellness / Clinical Services: 25

Patients Reached Through Public Relations: 0