Carolina Association of Pharmacy Students (CAPS)
The mission of the Carolina Association of Pharmacy Students is to engage student pharmacists by fostering professional development, providing patient-centered care, and advocating for the pharmacy profession. Through this organization, members gain national memberships of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) and American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) as well as a state-wide membership to the North Carolina Association of Pharmacists (NCAP). The purpose of CAPS is to provide real-world opportunities for students to practice their patient-care, professionalism, and advocacy skills.
The Carolina Association of Pharmacy Students (CAPS) is the largest organization on The Eshelman School of Pharmacy campus. CAPS is an umbrella organization which includes the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP), the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacy (ASHP), and the North Carolina Association of Pharmacists (NCAP).
APhA is a national organization that represents pharmacists from all disciplines, with APhA-ASP is the branch solely dedicated to student pharmacists. There is a chapter of APhA-ASP at every school and college of pharmacy in the US. Our chapter has eight patient-care projects (PCPs), which include: Gender Health, Operation Self-Care, Operation Diabetes, Operation Heart, Operation Immunization, Generation Rx, Project AGE, and Smoking Cessation and Lung Health. In addition to the PCPs, APhA-ASP offers the International Pharmaceutical Students Federation (IPSF) and the Student Political Advocacy Network (SPAN).
ASHP is a national professional association that represents pharmacists who practice in hospitals, HMOs (health maintenance organizations), long term care, home care, and other areas of health care systems. ASHP-SSHP is the branch dedicated to student pharmacists. The Midyear Clinical Meeting hosted by ASHP is the largest gathering of pharmacists in the world.
NCAP is a state organization with the purpose to unite, serve and advance the profession of pharmacy specifically within North Carolina.
Join our organization for opportunities like…
(1) Developing clinical knowledge and practicing patient counseling skills through direct patient care 2) learning how to be a professional and the extensive variety of careers available to pharmacists, 3) being a leader in the field through policy, advocacy, and making student pharmacists’ voices heard
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Dues are due around the end of September/beginning of October. These dues include the student’s national memberships to both APhA and ASHP as well as the student’s state membership to NCAP. With these dues, members participate in local events hosted by our chapter as well as national initiatives and services. Dues are currently $124.
CAPS Frequently Asked questions
- How can I join CAPS?
At the completion of the bridging course, a Qualtrics survey will be distributed to the student body where they will pay their dues electronically.
- How much are dues?
- What are my responsibilities as a member?
Responsibilities of a member is to achieve active status by attending or participating in events to achieve 10 points per semester, with the exception of those on split semester (i.e. PY2 Spring, PY3 Fall) where the requirement is reduced to 5 points per semester.
- How much of a time commitment is CAPS?
This organization is built to provide a variety of events to satisfy the interests of all students at the Eshelman School of Pharmacy. That being said, we host, on average, 9 events per week which range from patient care opportunities to professional development to advocacy to networking. Students can choose which events they find interesting and what areas they would prefer to spend their time. The experience in CAPS is to be tailored to the student’s interests. An active member is to achieve 10 points throughout the semester and 1 point is roughly equivalent to 1 hour of time.
- What happens at CAPS meetings?
CAPS holds General Body Meetings once a month which starts with a brief overview of upcoming events followed by an outstanding speaker from varied areas in pharmacy. We have had the pleasure of hosting past ASHP Presidents, international pharmacists, lobbyists, and many more. General Body Meetings are only a small portion of the benefits you receive from CAPS. Our other events range from informative meetings held at the school by faculty, pharmacists, or members of the community to direct patient outreach through immunization clinics and blood pressure screenings to professional and career development opportunities through CV reviews, networking, and residency matching sessions, etc. Our events vary greatly and there is something for all interests in pharmacy.
- What would I benefit from being a part of CAPS?
Through CAPS, our students gain valuable skills necessary to build the best healthcare professionals possible through patient-care opportunities, professionalism activities, policy and advocacy experiences, national meeting attendance, and a plethora of leadership prospects. CAPS members have the unique opportunity to interact closely with new practitioners, pharmacists from all backgrounds, and other health professional students. CAPS is one of the only organizations that provide leadership opportunities to first-year students where they can host their own events as well as work closely with upperclassmen. CAPS is the largest organization on campus and our leadership structure alone has 47 elected and appointed positions. This provides ample opportunity for members of CAPS to take on a leadership role and become involved in a higher capacity.
CAPS offers a variety of different projects to become involved with, including:
- International Pharmaceutical
- Student Federation
- Operation Heart
- Operation Diabetes
- Operation Immunization
- Generation Rx
- Project AGE
- Smoking Cessation and Lung Health
- Operation Self-Care
- Gender Health
- OTC Med Safety
- Spanish Rx
- Professional and Career Development
- Special Projects
CAPS holds multiple events a week. To provide a glimpse, we’ve listed a few of our highlighted events.
- Blood Glucose and Blood Pressure Training
- CV Workshop
- Campus Health Flu Clinic
- St. Thomas More Latino Health Fair
- ASHP Clinical Skills Competition
- Hospital Shadowing
- LinkedIn Workshop
- International Student Exchange Program
- Policy Round Table Discussion
- Smoking Cessation Provider Perspective Workshop
- Mutual Drug Tour
- UNC Cancer Hospital Tour
- Phit Pharmacist Month
- OTC Jeopardy
- Midyear to Match Program
- Mr. Pharmacy
- CPP Dinner
Kim Gromek, Class of 2022
Emily Vanerian, Class of 2023
Megan Byrne, Class of 2022
Tia Belvin, Class of 2023
Lauren Hochstetler, Class of 2022
Emma Fay, Class of 2023
Kevin Rhash, Class of 2022
Kristina Kearin, Class of 2023
Finance Vice President
Ashleigh Lovelace, Class of 2022
Finance Vice President-Elect
Gail Kheyman, Class of 2023
Membership Vice President
Monica Cozad, Class of 2022
Membership Vice President-Elect
Justin Suero, Class of 2023
Communications Vice President
Kirsten Goodrich, Class of 2022
Communications Vice President-Elect
Robyn Dryer, Class of 2023
Dr. Macary Marciniak, Dr. David Steeb, Dr. Phil Rodgers
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