California Pharmacist is excited to showcase the achievements, projects, events, and other notable activities taking place at California schools of pharmacy. This issue features California Northstate University, Chapman University, the University of Southern California, and the University of California, San Francisco.

It is an honor to provide this report from Chapman University School of Pharmacy's APhA-ASP/CPhA for the first issue of the journal's inaugural year of 2024. Our chapter here at CUSP has been busy organizing school-wide events that celebrate our profession and advocate for it. Here are some amazing events we have done in the past year. Enjoy!

This past summer, engaging events such as our Foreign Language Series and Beans & Memes took place. In collaboration with other student chapters such as HAP, VAPSA, and KAPSA, students got to learn useful medical terms in Spanish, Vietnamese, and Korean. We all know language is one of the most common barriers in healthcare, so with this event, we hoped our peers could learn basic, useful terms we could use while practicing. In Beans & Memes, we invited our lovely professors to judge students’ meme skills while having some refreshments. Here, the professors really showed their humor and shared some laughs with us.

Now, fall is the busiest time of the year, with welcoming P1s into our school. Surely, they were nervous and excited, but to help them acclimate to this pharmacy journey, our chapter collaborated with our CSHP chapter to organize a Mentorship Program. This program helped pair P1s and P2s together to build connections and a way for new students to have someone they can rely on who has gone through the journey they're about to embark on. Additionally, every year, Chapman University holds a homecoming event to celebrate the Chapman family together. APhA-ASP/CPhA held a health fair where P2 students administered more than 60 flu vaccines to attendees while P1 students got to see first-hand what they will be doing soon after getting their vaccination license.

We participated in Legislative Night on October 16. 2023. This was a fun event in collaboration with the rest of the Board of Directors. It was a valuable experience learning from Michelle Rivas. Our students especially enjoyed the interactive portion of the event!

Finally, just before final exams started creeping in and students got their well-deserved winter break, we celebrated by doing a Friendsgiving social, potluck style! Board members shared their favorite dishes to show gratitude for each other and spread love. Seeing many different dishes to share with our peers was delightful. Moreover, as the pharmacy profession continues to evolve, we invited keynote speakers who kindly shared their experiences in pharmacy and where it is heading in our What's Happening in Pharmacy Fireside Chat and Networking Event. We kindly thank our sponsors, Walgreens and, of course, CPhA, for making this event possible. Most especially, we appreciated having Dr. Rajan Vaidya come to visit as a speaker.

With the new year, new events are underway! We are preparing for our local patient counseling competition to determine who will represent Chapman University School of Pharmacy at APhA's 2024 annual meeting. Additionally, community outreach events with our seniors and more speaker panels are being organized before the board members transition to their successors. It has definitely been quite an eventful year here at CUSP APhA-ASP/CPhA!

— Maraiah Colarines, CPhA-ASP Board of Directors

The USC APSA Welcome Picnic held on September 14, 2023, was an opportunity for P1 students to learn more about APSA and what it has to offer. There were stations where students could learn more about the 18 patient care projects. Students were also able to network with current APSA members.

APSA's OTC/Medication Safety Patient Care Project collaborated with the Poison Prevention Patient Care Project on September 27, 2023, to educate students about overdose prevention from OTC medications. According to the National Capital Poison Center, approximately 2.1 million people are exposed to poisons.

We also collaborated with Phi Lambda Sigma to host an Interview Prep Workshop on September 28, 2023. This event was a great opportunity for student pharmacists to practice and learn vital interview skills to further advance their pharmacy careers.

On October 2, 2023, USC APSA hosted the CPhA/CSHP Local Association Meet and Greet. Student pharmacists were able to speak with esteemed guests about legislation, learning about the vast opportunities available through our local associations.

On October 16, 2023, we had the opportunity to collaborate with CPhA-ASP and other pharmacy schools in California to host Legislative Night. Guest speaker Michelle Rivas presented information about legislation and how we can get involved. CPhA Immediate Past President Dr. Richard Dang, Dr. Edith Mirzaian, Dr. Anna Chaparyan, and Amantha Bagdon were able to join us this evening as well.

Our biggest event, Meet the Directors, was held on November 6, 2023. We were joined by numerous pharmacy professionals in specialties such as inpatient, outpatient, ambulatory care, managed care, and the pharmaceutical industry. Students were able to network and explore the unique fields that the profession of pharmacy has to offer.

— Diana Ly, CPhA-ASP Board of Directors

APhA-ASP & CPhA are national and state organizations that are committed to empowering our members by providing them with the necessary tools for success in their future pharmacy careers. On August 9, 2023, the University of California, San Francisco, APhA-ASP CPhA chapter kicked off the fall with an information session for students to hear about the wide variety of opportunities we have to offer.

APhA-PLS-OCPD collaborated to offer students a 20-minute, one-on-one session via Zoom with a trained and experienced PLS or APhA member to review their resume. This opportunity provided some useful feedback, and helped students get prepared for the internship cycle.

APhA-CPhA hosted the CPhA-ASP Legislative Night on October 16, 2023. This was an amazing opportunity for students in our chapter to join pharmacy students across the state to learn more about the legislative process and how to get involved.

On October 27, 2023, Dr. Melissa Kimura, CPhA President-elect and Senior Global Studies Leader at Genentech, spoke at our Tea Talk. She discussed her career path, CPhA initiatives, and how we could become more involved.

Our chapter hosted Around the World Night on October 29, 2023. At this global networking night, students had an opportunity to meet some of the UCSF School of Pharmacy's distinguished faculty along with current residents and alumni over light internationally themed refreshments. The speakers came from a broad range of global experiences and backgrounds. Students received a "career passport" to fill out as they networked with the different professionals. They then redeemed this passport at the end of the night for an internationally themed goodie bag full of candies and snacks.

On November 2, 2023, our chapter hosted pharmacy advocacy with Dr. Pamela Schweitzer, a distinguished UCSF alumnus and retired Rear Admiral. Students had a unique opportunity to network with Dr. Schweitzer and learn more about her career in the U.S. Public Health Service as the former assistant surgeon general. Through the conversation, students were able to understand the roles available to pharmacists within government and policy, as well as discuss how students can get involved in advocacy and continue to do so throughout their careers.

— Sandhyarani Gullapalli, CPhA-ASP Board of Directors

The California Northstate University chapter volunteered to do blood pressure screenings and help facilitate an OTC versus Candies game at the annual Giant Pumpkin Festival in Elk Grove.

We also participated in CPhA-ASP Legislative Night in collaboration with all the pharmacy schools in California. The event was held on October 16, 2023, and featured Michelle Rivas, CPhA executive vice president of government relations & corporate affairs. This was an invaluable opportunity for more than 500 pharmacy students from across the state to learn more about the legislative process and how to get involved.

CPhA President-elect Dr. Melissa Kimura and CPhA Treasurer and Past-President of Sacramento Valley Pharmacists Association Dr. David Mitchell joined us at CNU for the evening.

To celebrate American Pharmacists Month, CNU held a dinner dedicated to recognizing and honoring the invaluable contributions of pharmacists and preceptors. The event served not only as a platform for expressing our heartfelt appreciation but also provided a means to generate funds through a silent auction and raffle. The evening was a wonderful opportunity for our community to come together, express gratitude, and celebrate the dedicated professionals who play a vital role in the field of pharmacy.

— Harleen Kaur, CPhA-ASP Board of Directors