Pharmacy Student Groups – Engaged in Community

Each week, Gabriella Pepe, A P3 Pharm D student and secretary of the Executive Board of the school’s Pharmacy Student Government Organization (PSGO) sends out her “PSGO Weekly Dose” to faculty and students. The informative email catalogues activities, lectures, service opportunities, and news from eleven very active School of Pharmacy student groups engaged in community, leadership and the profession of pharmacy. Under the guidance of Assistant Dean and Clinical Professor Jenny Van Amburgh, the groups have grown in number and structure, and the enthusiasm of student members is palpable. (If you are interested in receiving news directly from these groups, contact information has been included). (Back to SPRING 2015 NEWSLETTER)

Phi Delta Chi Pharmacy Fraternity

The Beta Chi Chapter of the Phi Delta Chi Pharmacy Fraternity is dedicated to advance the science of pharmacy and its allied interests, and to foster and promote a fraternal spirit among its members. Phi Delta Chi strengthens its Brothers in serving the community and driving the evolution of the profession of pharmacy. This year, Phi Delta Chi has been engaged in numerous professional events, served several community organizations, and fostered a Brotherhood bond unlike any other group on campus. For example, PDC hosted its 8th annual Bouve Health Day, served the kids of Boston via Cradles to Crayons, and have attended both regional and national conferences to reinforce our brotherly spirit among our chapter and beyond. We write, create, and publish a yearly Publication that sums up the accomplishments of PDC in the past academic year—it includes extensive write-ups, high-quality photographs, and other visual effects that makes it both easy to read and informative. Be sure to send your email to [email protected] to join our mailing list and we’ll send you the most recent copy.


The American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP), Northeastern University (NU) Chapter is committed to being the collective voice of student pharmacists, providing opportunities for professional growth, improving patient care, and, envisioning and advancing the future of pharmacy. For the first time in history, NU can proudly proclaim that one of its own, Lucianne (Lucy) West, a P3 student pharmacist, is the National President of APhA-ASP.  Lucy will be the voice of over 34,000 student pharmacists for the next year, and we are excited to support her and part-take in advocating for our future profession.  Additionally, out of over 120 chapters, the APhA-ASP NU Chapter was presented with the National award for Most Improved Chapter, at the recent APhA annual meeting in San Diego. Go huskies!


The Industry Pharmacists Organization (IPhO) is dedicated to advancing the careers of industry pharmacists. The Northeastern University IPhO student chapter was established just this past academic year to offer such opportunities to PharmD students. NU IPhO has accomplished much in bringing awareness of the industry professions to our school. NU IPhO has hosted various industry speakers such as James Alexander and James Dion, as well as many current industry post-doctoral fellows. NU IPhO has also hosted networking-style events such as our annual Industry Fellowship Roundtable event in the fall. Two of the NU IPhO executive board members attended the APhA Annual conference in San Diego, CA in March 2015 to partake in both APhA and IPhO events. NU IPhO publishes a newsletter focused on a specific area of industry (i.e. Regulatory Affairs, Marketing, etc.) periodically during the academic semesters and also welcomes industry Alumni and speakers to come in and speak to students about their careers. For further collaboration and contact please email [email protected] with your name and contact information.


 Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity Inc

The Gamma Lambda Chapter of Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity Inc. is dedicated to fostering high ideals, scholarship, sobriety, and professionalism in its brothers. This year has been a turning point for our chapter as we accomplished three major goals: collaboration, brotherhood, and service.

The chapter has actively engaged in collaboration with other pharmacy organizations on campus by hosting the first annual Pharmacy Spelling Bee, which was open to all pharmacy organizations and faculty, and the friendly Pharmacy Fraternity Wars with Lambda Kappa Sigma and Phi Delta Chi. We also made a commitment to the Kappa Psi brotherhood as we attended the fall province meeting with twelve different pharmacy schools across the Northeast, and had our first chapter retreat earlier this semester. The Gamma Lambda chapter has also has been engaged in serving the community as we raised awareness and funds for the Alzheimer’s Association throughout the past academic year. Furthermore, the chapter continuously gives back to the Boston community as we volunteered at the Red Cross every month during the spring semester.

We will be publishing our first chapter newsletter, which will contain chapter updates, graduating brother’s interviews, current events within the healthcare, and much more! Please email [email protected] to join our e-mail list to receive our newsletter biannually. As been reinstated on campus only two years ago, our chapter has grown quickly and set core foundations for our future brothers to follow. We look forward to keeping this momentum and establishing a strong presence within the school of pharmacy!

Lambda Kappa Sigma:

The Ahlpa Rho Chapter of Lambda Kappa Sigma fraternity is dedicated to promote growth and advancement of women in the pharmacy profession.
This past year, our chapter has grown tremendously with the addition of 9 new members, who all contributed to our many accomplishments. Within the school, our sisters organized a successful portfolio event for students educating them about hospital and ambulatory care pharmacy, and hosted a mental health trivia game as part of Mental Health Awareness week in October. Each week, our sisters were committed to helping our community, and volunteered at Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, Room to Grow, Haley’s House, Brides Against Breast Cancer, and the annual Relay for Life. Recently, we came in 2nd place in the 1st Annual Pharmaceutical Fraternity Wars with Kappa Psi and Phi Delta Chi! For more information on how to get in touch, please contact Karin Yamazaki (Alumni Chair) at or Erika DaCosta (President) at [email protected].

National Community Pharmacists Association 

Our NCPA student chapter is actively continuing to promote the growth and prosperity of independent community pharmacy here at Northeastern, with plans on expanding in our involvement. This past fall we hosted Cardinal health speakers presenting on the topic of Preventing the Misuse and Abuse of Prescription Drug Medications. We also invited past alumni Shane Savage and Pulin Patel to speak about their experiences as independent pharamcy owners. Any alumni who are independent pharmacy owners and are interested in speaking to NCPA about their experiences please contact [email protected]

NU ACCP Student Chapter

The purpose of Northeastern University American College of Clinical Pharmacy Student Chapter (NU ACCP Student Chapter) is to advance student understanding of and exposure to the frontiers of clinical pharmacy. This year, we had a Residency vs. Fellowship event for students to learn more about each program and how they differ. We also had Dr. Mary Riedy, a current PGY-2 resident at Children’s Hospital in Boston, speak about her role in pediatric clinical pharmacy, and Dr. Ethan Smith, a PGY-1 pharmacy resident at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, speak about his experience as well. Finally, we had two of our founding members of the group, Suzanne Molino and Jacqueline Clark present an introductory guide to applying for a residency. If you have any questions for our chapter, please email [email protected].


Northeastern University Society of Health-System Pharmacists (NUSHP) is dedicated to promoting awareness of interests in the pharmacy field with a focus on hospital and health system careers. This past year NUSHP has been engaged in numerous events in collaboration with other pharmacy organizations on campus. On April 12th, 2015, NUSHP along with Phi Delta Chi, and Phi Lambda Sigma hosted the 1st Annual School of Pharmacy 5K, Run from Resistance. This awareness event educated the community about the serious public health issue of antibiotic resistance. We were able to raise over $1000 for our partners at the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers and educate over 150 students, faculty, and members of the community. In addition to this event, several portfolio events were held this year to educate students on various opportunities available in health-system pharmacy, as well as to encourage professional development. We publish a chapter newsletter, NUSHP Chronicle, twice per year. Be sure to send your email to [email protected] to join our mailing list and we’ll send you the upcoming Spring newsletter.

NU SNPhA (Student National Pharmaceutical Association)

The Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) is an educational and community service-focused association of pharmacy students who are concerned about pharmacy and healthcare related issues, and the poor minority representation in pharmacy and other health-related professions. We have seven unique initiatives, such as Diabetes and Operation Immunization, that go out and directly assist the community in the given initiative. This year, NU SNPhA has been involved with not only hosting pharmacy speakers and, but also many initiative events that involved collaborations including tabling (i.e posters, Senior Day at Walgreens), participating in the Kidney Walk, phone-banking for State Elections, volunteering at Boomerangs (thrift store raising money for HIV and AIDS) and designing a dress for Northeastern University’s Condom Couture! We are looking forward to traveling to SNPhA’s National Conference in Orlando, Florida this upcoming July to network and attend workshops with other SNPhA chapters and NPhA members! If you are interested in signing up for our weekly newsletter to receive updates about our events, please e-mail [email protected] with your name and preferred e-mail! We can also be followed at and

Phi Lambda Sigma (PLS):

The Gamma Kappa Chapter of the Phi Lambda Sigma (PLS) Pharmacy Leadership Society is dedicated to recognizing, promoting, and most importantly, fostering leadership in pharmacy.  Over the past year, PLS members have been engaged in our signature leadership events:  the Pharmacy Leadership Panel, the Annual Leadership Retreat, our Resume Review and year-long Mentoring Program for second year pre-professional students, and the PLS Leadership Series.  PLS members have also strived to increase our presence in both the Northeastern and Boston communities by volunteering at numerous events, including the School of Pharmacy White Coat Ceremony, Susan Bailis Assisted Living Center, and the Interprofessional Oral Health Service Learning Day with the Student Academy of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. To conclude a year of collaboration, growth and success, PLS worked with Phi Delta Chi and NUSHP to host the School of Pharmacy 5K:  Run from Resistance, an educational fundraiser that raised over $1,000 for the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers.  PLS publishes a monthly newsletter and posts regular updates on our Facebook page:  Be sure to like our page for news on upcoming events and send your email to [email protected] to join our mailing list.

 Rho Chi:

The Beta Tau chapter of Rho Chi has had very active academic year. September kicked off with the publication of the annual Research Compendium which showcases faculty research and calls for student engagement in scholarship. The fall semester ended with our competitive RXWars event, which pits faculty against students in several rounds of popular gameshows, pharmacy-themed of course. The spring semester started with mock interviewing practice for second-year students and a leadership speaker, both events co-programmed with the Phi Lambda Sigma leadership society. Our philanthropic efforts were once again successful with the second annual Pharmacy Auction, which raised over $1600 for the School of Pharmacy Relay for Life team and the American Cancer Society. Two members attended the society’s Annual Meeting in sunny San Diego where they elected our chapter advisor, Dr. Michael Gonyeau, to the position of Regional Counselor. Finally, the year concluded with the Annual Lecture given by Dr. Ganesh Thakur of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Nonetheless, we are excited to induct a new class of Rho Chi members in June of this year!


Date: 04 22, 2015 | Category: Alumni Newsletter April 2015, Pharmacy Practice News, School News |