Become an International Leader!

The International Pharmaceutical Student Federation (IPSF) of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) is a worldwide student pharmacy organization that advocates for the improvement of public health and pharmacy education. Founded in 1949 by eight pharmacy student associations in London, United Kingdom. Representing more than 350,000 pharmacy students and graduates in 80 countries worldwide, this organization focuses on outreach initiatives to underserved populations in the local, national, and international level.

Our 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 are throughout the year. The UB IPSF chapter at the University at Buffalo’s School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences designs projects and events aimed to allow students to make an impact in the community of Buffalo and eventually the world!


2019- 2020 Officers:

IPSF President/International VP: Zakiya M. Rhodie

IPSF Treasurer: Jinchan Yoo

IPSF Secretary: Dhvani Shah

IPSF Outreach Coordinator: Gisela Canales

IPSF Health Campaign Coordinator: Jasmine Chien 

Faculty Advisor: Gina Prescott, PharmD

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Remote Area Medical (RAM) at Wise County, VA


Every summer, APhA-IPSF hosts a trip to the largest free health clinic in the United States. This past June 2019, over 1,000 patients were registered and triaged! Approximately $600,000 in medical services were provided to underserved populations that traveled from throughout Virginia and surrounding states like Tennessee and Kentucky. There is a chronic shortage of medical resources in both rural and urban areas. As pharmacy students, we can provide education and guidance on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle and manage medications. This is a great experience for pharmacy students to partake in health-related activities. These activities include A1C readings, cardio checks, triaging (blood pressure and glucose readings), opioid overdose and Narcan (Naloxone) recovery training, preoperative counseling, Rx counseling, dental shadowing, and immunizations, which are allowed in the state of Virginia to be administered by pharmacy students whom have been trained!


Meet our first exchange student: alberta

Alberta was the first international APPE student from Taichung, Taiwan, met with a few members of the IPSF eboard and pharmacy students to eat at Duff’s, one of Buffalo’s famous wing spots! She currently studies at the Taipei Medical University’s School of Pharmacy and recently graduated. While in the states, she shadowed and rotated to the Erie County Medical Center (ECMC), the Dent Neurologic Institute, and Middleport Family. She was greatly welcomed by the pharmacy community of Buffalo. This is the beginning of our growth to bringing international APPE students to UB for international pharmacy research and practice.

International Mission Trips

Locations: Ghana, Jamaica (Spring Break), Haiti (with SIGN Inc. or UB Medical School), Dominican Republic,and Belize!

Every year, P1-P4 students are given the chance to travel all over the world to countries with large underserved communities. This past year, our pharmacy students helped over 3,000 patients internationally! Trips are offered at various times during winter and spring break throughout the year. Funds to aid students in acquiring supplies are donated through the new Crowdfunding initiative!

IPSF Cultural Night

Join us as we celebrate cultures from around the world! At APhA-IPSF cultural night, students bring in their favorite cultural dishes and we celebrate cultural diversity through food, dress, music, speeches, and dance!  At the end of the night, have a chance to win a gift basket by entering into the raffle!

IPSF Speaker Series: The Cheryl Brown Talk

In 2018, 1,281 refugees were resettled in NYS. The majority of the newly arrived refugees were placed in Erie county! Given the prevalence of incoming refugees, Ms. Cheryl Brown, a Public Health Representative of the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), speaks about the refugee health program that aims to assist new americans. Every year during the spring semester, she discusses what a refugee is, the process of getting into the U.S., life after arriving, statistics, and her role conducting health assessments for each refugee.