Pharmacy Student Receives Scholarship for Conference

by Mark D. Weinstein, Executive Director of Public Relations

Kacey Adams, a third-year professional pharmacy student, is one of five students nationwide chosen to receive a scholarship from the International Academy of Compounding (IACP) to attend its annual Educational conference February 25-28 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The conference brings together the American College of Apothecaries (ACA), the American College of Veterinary Pharmacists (ACVP) and the IACP.

Scholarships were made possible by donations to Fund-the-Future at the annual Rx Mixer in 2014. The scholarship is valued at $2,500, which includes conference registration, accommodations and all travel expenses.

Adams initially learned of this scholarship when she attended IACP’s Compounders on Capitol Hill conference in June 2013.

All scholarship recipients must be members of IACP, be nominated by a pharmacist that is a member of IACP, provide a letter of recommendation and complete an application detailing work experience, leadership experience and extracurricular involvement.  Applicants also had to write an essay explaining the importance of networking in determining career paths for pharmacy students.

The three pharmacy organizations involved with the conference will provide sessions on specialty pharmacy, third-party reimbursement, pharmacy regulation, compounding oversight, a new drug update and other current topics in pharmacy. A typical day will entail educational sessions, workshops and panels of industry experts as well as opportunities for networking.

This conference will allow Adams to interact with pharmacy professionals from around the nation.

“I have set up an out-of-state compounding rotation for my clinical experiences that make up the last year of the pharmacy program, and the preceptor is actually one of the presenters at this conference.” Adams said. “I am really looking forward to meeting her prior to the start of my rotation next year.”

Adams said she is also interested in learning through the conference how pharmacists seek to advance the profession.

“I want to be able to take the information and ideas gained at the conference and use them to address needs and provide services that will benefit my local community,” Adams said.

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