Open call for pharmacy students to shine
An exciting year of closer collaboration between the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia (SHPA) and the National Australian Pharmacy Students’ Association (NAPSA) begun in earnest today, with the organisations putting out a joint call for contributions from students to have their voices heard.
A special focus on student perspectives, featuring in the Winter issue of SHPA’s member magazine Pharmacy Growth, Research, Innovation and Training (Pharmacy GRIT), was one of three new events and projects to support the next generation of leading pharmacists, technicians and pharmacy assistants announced at the NAPSA Congress in January.
NAPSA Executive Director of Research and Transformation Vasilios Sotiropoulos says the student focus in Pharmacy GRIT will provide a platform for diverse perspectives.
‘The next generation of Australian pharmacists is buzzing with innovation and keen to make an impact, regardless of their disciplines of interest or future career plans.
‘This call out is a unique opportunity for students to make an early mark on the profession, whether through research studies, opinion pieces, interviews or other articles.
‘It is also exciting for NAPSA, as we plan for the special Pharmacy GRIT issue to be a step in a new direction, toward a future student-led, peer-reviewed journal.’
SHPA Chief Executive Kristin Michaels says 2018’s three key SHPA-NAPSA initiatives – including a joint symposium in July and a new study benchmarking the prevalence and quality of pharmacy student hospital placements in Australia – will help Australian students enter and navigate a career in hospital pharmacy.
‘From day one in the university lecture theatre, it is essential pharmacy students view their future development with research in mind.
‘Honing your research craft is invaluable for furthering clinical publication and leading practice-changing studies, as well as being ready and able to gather a strong practice portfolio of your career achievement and impact for credentialing via Advancing Practice.’