UCSD APhA-ASP/CPhA

UC San Diego chapter of APhA-ASP/CPhA We are the UC San Diego, Skaggs School of Pharmacy chapter of APhA-ASP and CPhA (California Pharmacists Association).

The mission of the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) is to be the collective voice of student pharmacists, to provide opportunities for professional growth, to improve patient care, and to envision and advance the future of pharmacy. Join today and see the many benefits that APhA can have for you!

2017 - 2018 Executive Committee:

President - Briana Zimmer

Operating as usual

11/30/2023

Thank you to all of the student volunteers were able to assist UCSD's PPS with mock interviews on Monday, November 13th. We were excited to see the enthusiasm and provide feedback to help with their interviewing skills! We look forward to more events in collaboration with UCSD's PPS to facilitate a stronger bond between our organizations!

11/28/2023

We are back with MEET YOUR BOARD MONDAY! This week we are featuring our Patient Care Vice President: Dana Le!

Favorite Skaggs Memory?

- At last year's APhA A/C Party, my friends and I dressed up in super silly animal/food onesies! It was such a memorable night filled with games and laughter. I loved getting to meet new people and get closer to fellow Skaggies!

How do you destress from work/school?

- I love exploring new food/drink places, spending time with friends and family, and going to the beach during sunset!

What is one thing you want to do before you graduate?

- I want to find time to crochet more! My goal is to crochet a giant amigurumi plush!

Why did you choose pharmacy?

- In high school, I was always interested in science and was fascinated by how complicated drug mechanisms work in the human body. This inspired me to pursue pharmacy to ultimately use my own knowledge and compassion to help educate others on managing their wellbeing and health!

Photos from UCSD APhA-ASP/CPhA's post 11/19/2023

Today, our APhA chapter, in collaboration with CSHP, hosted its quarterly Kobey’s Swap Meet Health Outreach Event! Together, our student volunteers and Operation Chairs were able to provide free health screenings to the local San Diego community. These screenings included blood pressure, blood glucose, cholesterol, and BMI, as well as a presentation on asthma awareness. This event provided an amazing opportunity for our student pharmacists to play a direct role in providing patient care services and education to the community. Special thanks to our Patient Care VP’s, Dana and Nhi, on organizing this event!

Photos from UCSD APhA-ASP/CPhA's post 11/18/2023

To promote Antibiotic Awareness Week, our outgoing and incoming International VPs, Derrick and Melissa wanted to share some infographics to raise awareness of the importance of appropriate antibiotic and antifungal use to combat the threat of antimicrobial resistance.

Photos from UCSD APhA-ASP/CPhA's post 11/17/2023

This past week we had the pleasure of collaborating with to host an informative lunch time talk with Dr. Seung Oh, Board of Pharmacy President. He presented to students about the role of the Board of Pharmacy and new legislation being added!

11/14/2023

Today is World Diabetes Day!

The blue circle represents diabetes and those who are impacted by it. Skaggs students came together to demonstrate their support and help spread diabetes awareness. According to the CDC website, diabetes is a chronic health condition which affects approximately 37 million US adults and 1 of 5 do not know they have it. For all of us to be fully be aware of diabetes, we must make sure that our loved ones know how important it is to frequently check their blood sugar levels. As a result, it’s critical to adopt healthy lifestyles such as adding more color to our food, exercising and getting regular blood sugar checks. Our goal is to raise awareness and make sure everyone understands how to prevent or manage diabetes.

Access diabetes education at cdc.gov/diabetes

11/14/2023

We are back with… MEET YOUR BOARD MONDAY! This week we are featuring our Operation Substance Use Disorders: Andrew Yi!

Favorite Skaggs Memory?

- My favorite Skaggs memory was for sure 2023 ASP Banquet! I had a lot of fun with my friends at the end of the year because we all got to let loose and having a good time. I was especially glad to be able to have fun with people who I didn't get the chance to during the school year!

How do you destress from work/school?

- I usually try to sleep as much as possible and lay in bed when I'm stressed, but keeping myself busy doing busy work helps a lot too!

What is one thing you want to do before you graduate?

- I want to get a job or residency lined up, but I also want to go Japan with my friends to take pictures and eat super good food!

Why did you choose pharmacy?

- I chose pharmacy because I love teaching people and theres nothing more fun than teaching people on their health. Working community and getting the privilege to teach patients made me strive to reach wider audience with my expertise when I graduate. I want to be able to pass my experience in helping patients onto my students one day and hope they do an even better job than I did!

Photos from UCSD APhA-ASP/CPhA's post 11/02/2023

Thank you everyone for coming to the Mentor-Mentee Speed Dating Event in collaboration with UCSD’s PPS! We had a fun time meeting and talking to the mentees! We hope to see you all at the Mentor-Mentee Reveal on November 27th!

Photos from UCSD APhA-ASP/CPhA's post 10/24/2023

Our Successful Membership Drive and APhA Outreach Event! A heartfelt thanks to all those who attended. We had a blast while showcasing the significance of APhA and the benefits of joining. It was a pleasure to host Dr. Olunife on our campus and hear how APhA has positively influenced his career. What an amazing way to kick off the year!

Photos from UCSD APhA-ASP/CPhA's post 10/11/2023

Our P1 students are officially able to give vaccines to patients during their rotations!! Last Friday, our P2 and P3 student volunteers joined forces with , UCSD faculty, and our incredible immunization chairs, Nhi and Taylor, to teach the P1 class the protocols of properly administering vaccines.

10/10/2023

Today is… MEET YOUR BOARD MONDAY!! This week we are featuring our president-elect : Alex Truong!

Favorite Skaggs Memory?

- My favorite memory at Skaggs so far is attending pharmacy conferences around and outside of California! At these events, I was able to network and reconnect with student pharmacists from other schools, meet professionals in our field, and explore the location our conference is located at with friends! It was a great way to not only de-stress from school for a bit but also to help build my connections and meet new friends that I will see very often in our career!

How do you destress from work/school?

- I like to destress from work/school by playing video games, sleeping while listening to music, cooking, working out, or go on food/boba runs with friends!

What is one thing you want to do before you graduate?

- I would love to travel before I graduate! I have stayed in California my whole life and haven't really gotten the chance to experience the world as much so I want to visit many places in and out of the US. Whether it's a small road trip to neighboring states or flying to another country, I'm looking forward to doing that before I graduate and start working!

Why did you choose pharmacy?

- Fun fact: I was interested in pharmacy ever since I was in kindergarten! Over time, I knew I wanted to go into pharmacy after learning that not all patients will respond to the same medication in the same way. I found this to be really cool and I wanted to be involved in a healthcare team as the medication expert, optimizing patient's recovery through identifying the most appropriate treatments and minimizing polypharmacy! I also liked that pharmacy offered a bunch of specialties I could look into such as oncology, pharmacogenomics, and emergency medicine!

10/02/2023

It’s MEET YOUR BOARD MONDAY!! This week we are featuring our one and only president- Brooklyn Valdez!

Favorite Skaggs Memory?

- My favorite Skaggs Memory so far has been attending the SoCal Mixer and being involved with the planning. It was really nice meeting and working with other pharmacy students from other schools. After SoCal Mixer, it made going to the other conferences a lot more fun, because I saw so many familiar faces!

How do you destress from work/school?

- I work out, hang out with friends or family, or find new restaurants to try around San Diego. It's always nice to take my mind off of work/school once in a while.

What is one thing you want to do before you graduate?

- One thing I want to do is attend the 2024 APhA Annual. It will be in Florida and I want to take advantage of traveling and networking as much as I can before school ends.

Why did you choose pharmacy?

- I chose pharmacy because there's a wide range of career opportunities. As a pharmacists, we get to make a meaningful difference in people's lives, whether by serving as a community pharmacist nearby or by assisting patients on a global scale within the field of pharmaceutical industry.

Photos from UCSD APhA-ASP/CPhA's post 09/27/2023

Thank you everyone for stopping by our table yesterday! We’re thrilled to have met our new P1s :) Check out our linktree in our bio to RSVP upcoming events! We hope to see you all!

Photos from UCSD APhA-ASP/CPhA's post 09/25/2023

A big thanks to this year’s BLS instructors for their guidance and expertise. It was a blast meeting the incoming P1 class and reuniting with some familiar faces while learning life-saving skills. Thank you to everyone who did their BLS training with us these past 2 weeks!

Photos from UCSD APhA-ASP/CPhA's post 08/22/2023

Chapter President, Brooklyn, and President-Elect, Alex, representing our organization, made a remarkable impact at APHA SLI in Washington this summer. They seized incredible opportunities to advocate for pharmacy, engaging in a meaningful meeting with our California Senator. Additionally, they networked with esteemed leaders from across the nation, forging connections and even getting the chance to chat with the CEO of APHA, fostering invaluable insights and inspiration for our chapter's journey ahead.

08/22/2023

Joining forces with , we are proud to stand together on National Fentanyl Awareness and Prevention Day. 💡 Today, we unite to shed light on this significance of this day, raising awareness and emphasizing the importance of education, prevention, and support in combating the fentanyl crisis. Together, we can make a difference. 💪🏼💙

Photos from UCSD APhA-ASP/CPhA's post 05/31/2023

This past weekend, our APhA chapter provided free health screenings to the San Diego Community at our quarterly event, Kobey’s Swap Meet Health Outreach. With over 100 patients screened, our student pharmacist volunteers, Patient Care VP’s, and Operation Chairs were able to provide blood glucose, blood pressure, BMI, and total cholesterol screenings to attending patients. In collaboration with CSHP, we were also able to educate our patients on to***co cessation and asthma prevention. This event allowed the chapter to have a direct role in patient care while diligently serving our San Diego Community to provide quality healthcare!

Photos from UCSD APhA-ASP/CPhA's post 05/25/2023

This week we had our last GBM of the year as well as our installation ceremony. The GBM also served as a special luncheon to thank our wonderful preceptors and members for their participation for the year. Best of luck to the incoming board!!

Photos from UCSD APhA-ASP/CPhA's post 05/19/2023

This past weekend, APhA's Operations Heart, Diabetes, and OTC Safety collaborated to provide free blood pressure and blood glucose screenings in addition to OTC medication education to the San Diego community at Hillcrest. Through this event, student pharmacists were able to make a difference on the surrounding community by providing valuable patient care and education.

Thank you to all the preceptors and volunteers for making this event a success!

Photos from UCSD APhA-ASP/CPhA's post 05/06/2023

On April 18th, APhA hosted our largest fundraiser of the year, Skaggs Got Talent where members competed for to find out which students have the most talent! With this being the first year since pre-covid that this event was held in person, we are very pleased to announce we raised $308 for our organization that will go towards medical supplies and services for our health fairs and educational outreaches. Congrats to Kaleb, Robert and Charity (The Lyrical Miracles) for being 3 time champions!

05/04/2023

The Red Cross Blood Bash over on the undergraduate campus coming up in 2 weeks! This 3-day event from May 16th - May 18th was planned together in collaboration with Kappa Psi and the San Diego Red Cross, and is open to anyone interested in donating blood. With the US facing its first blood crisis and the worst shortage of blood in over a decade, every donation counts, and everyone can make a difference!
Some fun facts:
Every 2 seconds, someone in the US needs blood!
Only 38 percent of the population is eligible to donate, but less than 5 percent of those who are eligible actually donate!
If you would like to donate, please refer to the eligibility requirements here: https://www.redcrossblood.org/donate-blood/how-to-donate/eligibility-requirements.html. If you have specific questions pertaining to your case, feel free to call the Red Cross to check your eligibility at the number: (800) 843-2949 ext. 7066.

If you are eligible and would like to donate blood, please make an appointment here: https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/drive-results?zipSponsor=BloodBash! While APhA and KY are sponsoring Thursday's drive specifically, feel free to schedule an appointment for any one of those days if you can't make it!

Photos from UCSD APhA-ASP/CPhA's post 05/04/2023

This past weekend, UCSD APhA was awarded the CPhA-ASP Chapter of Excellence Award at the annual Western Pharmacy Exchange. We were very excited to meet students from other pharmacy schools and participate in the conference's events! Thank you to everyone who came to represent APhA and SSPPS!

Photos from UCSD APhA-ASP/CPhA's post 04/28/2023

Thank you to everyone for tuning into World Immunization Week! We hope it provided you with insight into the importance of staying up to date with vaccines, and catching-up the millions of children who missed out on doses during the pandemic. Let’s continue to play our part as student pharmacists to keep our community and loved ones safe!

To conclude the week, here are some of our wonderful Humans of Skaggs sharing why they stay up to date with vaccines! We thank you again for your participation! - Nhi & Taylor, Operation Immunization Co-Chairs

04/27/2023

Welcome to the last day of Immunization Week trivia! Don’t miss out on your chance of winning a gift card by answering in the comments below!

04/26/2023

Welcome to Immunization Week trivia day 2! Answer in the comments below for a chance to win a gift card!

04/25/2023

Welcome to Immunization Week trivia day 1! Answer below in the comments for a chance to win a gift card!

Photos from UCSD APhA-ASP/CPhA's post 04/24/2023

Happy World Immunization Week! Make sure to follow the APhA Instagram page to participate in trivia throughout the week with multiple chances to win gift cards!

The theme this year is “The Big Catch Up”. We need to act now to catch-up the millions of children who missed out on vaccines during the pandemic, restore essential immunization coverage to at least 2019 levels, and strengthen primary health care to deliver immunization. The ultimate goal of World Immunization Week is for more children, adults – and their communities – to be protected from vaccine-preventable diseases, allowing them to live happier, healthier lives. We can play our part as student pharmacists by ensuring that we are recommending appropriate vaccines to our patients when possible!

04/10/2023

Skaggs' Got Talent is APhA’s biggest fundraiser of the year, where our very own students will compete to find out who has the most talent! All proceeds raised from this event will go towards medical supplies and services for our health fairs and educational outreaches.

When: Tuesday, April 18 at 6-8:30PM

🚨New Location: Skaggs EC 2/3🚨

🚨WE ARE KEEPING EARLY BIRD PRICES: $25🚨

Venmo: @ UCSD_APhA-ASP
Checks to Jenna Bastear
Cash to Ngozi Okoroma

RSVP (link in the bio) by Tuesday, April 11th at 11:59PM for a night of fun and laughs, great food, and performances from your fellow students!

Photos from UCSD APhA-ASP/CPhA's post 04/01/2023

This weekend, APhA, in collaboration with other student organizations, hosted educational hands-on activities for high school students. The topics for our activities included diabetes, hypertension, and immunization. Through this event, we provided a learning opportunity for students to educate participants about preventative lifestyle choices while promoting the role of pharmacists in diabetes and hypertension care and immunizations.

Thank you to all the volunteers and preceptors for making Pharmacy Day a great success! 💊🥼💉🫀🩸

Photos from UCSD APhA-ASP/CPhA's post 03/27/2023

This past weekend was APhA-ASP Annual 2023. This fun packed conference consisted of workshops, a pharmacy exposition, meetings and networking with fellow APhA members across the nation. I am very happy to announce we won Second Runner-Up, Division AA Chapter Achievement Award for 2021-2022!! We also wanted to highlight Kim Ngo who participated in this year’s NPCC and did an amazing job representing UCSD this year. We also had last year’s national winner, Cheng-Yu Wang, participate as a judge for this year’s competition! We also had Brooklyn Valdez who served as this year’s delegate representative. And Dr. Luli come out to represent UCSD as well! Overall, it was a great weekend and looking forward to next year’s annual in Orlando!

03/08/2023

This past weekend UCSD-APhA worked together with other leaders from various pharmacy school in California to pull together the 2nd Annual SoCal Mixer. This event held around 150 students and had fun events such as Networking Bingo, a Panel of Guest Speakers (Dr. Rajan Vaidya, Dr. Lila Xu, Dr. Sarah McBane, Dr. Jacinda Abdul-Mutakabbir and Ms. Amantha Bagdon), Leadership and Careers in Pharmacy Workshops, Heads Up, and Quiz Bowl. We all had so much fun, and cannot wait until next year’s Socal Mixer!

Photos from UCSD APhA-ASP/CPhA's post 02/19/2023

On February 18th, in honor of outreach week, UCSD APhA-ASP/CPhA in collaboration with Live Well San Diego hosted our annual Love Your Heart event! During this event, free blood pressure readings and poster education were provided to the public. Student pharmacists made a difference in our community by providing valuable patient care while educating others on the importance of heart health!

Check out what the pharmacists and student pharmacists at have been doing to make a positive impact in their community and school!



02/07/2023

It’s Meet Your Board Monday! This week we are featuring one of our Patient Care VPs, Kim Dinh!

What is your fave Skaggs/APhA memory?

My favorite APhA memory would have to be Kobey’s Swap Meet during the fall of 2022. It was my first time organizing the event with Yuka, my patient care VP co-chair, and I am so happy that we were able to provide free health screenings to our San Diego community. Because we had so many different stations at the event, I was able to form closer connections with APhA’s Operation Chairs and their corresponding volunteers. Not only did this event allow me to have direct involvement in my community’s health, but it also allowed me to experience the impact student pharmacists have on their patients that reinforced my personal motives for pursuing pharmacy.

How do you destress from work/school?

To destress from work/school, I really enjoy hanging out with friends and finding new restaurants in San Diego to try out! I have a huge list of new trendy restaurants in San Diego I want to try out! (I’d also be happy to share this list with anyone who wants it haha)

What is one thing you want to do before you graduate?

Before I graduate, I think I’d really like to vacation to Greece! It looks so pretty and aesthetic

Why did you choose pharmacy?

As a San Diego native, I’ve always been really connected to my community and the people that have supported my personal growth as a student, and as a future pharmacist. Through pharmacy, I can ensure that I am a local resource for my future patients with whatever healthcare needs they may have! Being able to give back to the community that fostered my growth as a person and in my education as a pharmacist is something I hold to the highest priority.

Photos from UCSD APhA-ASP/CPhA's post 02/04/2023

Today is National Wear Day!!

Did you know that cardiovascular diseases are one of the leading causes of death in the United States? Every 34 seconds, cardiovascular diseases are the cause of death for one person, which is about 1 in every 5 deaths.

By wearing red, we are raising awareness on the prevalence and seriousness of heart diseases. While it is common to experience no symptoms with these illnesses, taking preventative measures such as knowing your blood pressure levels and potential risk factors can help you detect and fight against cardiovascular diseases early on. We hope everyone will join us today in raising awareness and encouraging others to take early actions such as referring to your local pharmacist. Thank you for your support and happy wear red day!

Photos from UCSD APhA-ASP/CPhA's post 02/02/2023

Operation Immunization was developed to increase public knowledge of immunizations and increase immunization rates among adults. Throughout the Fall and Winter Quarters thus far, we have been able to immunize 70 patients with the influenza vaccine! We wanted to thank all our volunteers who have helped us in making an impact on keeping our community informed, safe, and healthy. We appreciate you and look forward to what's to come next! - Nhi & Taylor, Operation Immunization Co-Chairs

Photos from UCSD APhA-ASP/CPhA's post 01/27/2023

Yesterday APhA hosted an Inpatient Pharmacy Lunch time talk with Skaggs Alum, Dr. Danielle Ishihara! Skaggs students were able to learn about what a pharmacist does in an acute care setting.

A special thanks to Dr. Danielle Ishihara for returning to Skaggs to deliver this informative talk!

01/24/2023

Congrats to Kimberly Ngo for being this year’s local 2023 Patient Counseling Competition. We are wishing her the best of luck for when she represents UCSD at the APhA National Conference! Great job and good luck Kim!

01/23/2023

Welcome to Meet Your Board Monday where we will be introducing your board members!

Favorite memory from Skaggs:

Although finals week was stressful, it was also my most memorable time here at Skaggs so far. From outlining concepts we've learned onto the whiteboard with my classmates, to spending our breaks searching for nice restaurants, and somehow ending our night by getting McDonald's instead, these sporadic study sessions are what made me appreciate the friends I have made here at Skaggs and I'm looking forward to the next one!

Why did you choose pharmacy?

Fun fact: I have been interested in pharmacy ever since my kindergarten teacher asked me what I wanted to be in the future! Over time, I knew I wanted to go into pharmacy after learning that not all patients will respond to the same medication in the same way. I found this to be really cool and I wanted to be involved in a healthcare team as the medication expert, optimizing patient's health through individualized medication plans and treatments! I also liked that pharmacy offered a bunch of specialties I could pursue such as oncology, pharmacogenomics, emergency medicine, and cardiology!

Photos from UCSD APhA-ASP/CPhA's post 01/19/2023

Thank you to everyone who came out to our Winter GBM today! A special thank you to our Operation Heart Chair, Alex Truong, for starting the year off strong, and giving a presentation on hypertension!

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