Heidi J. Wehring, PharmD, BCPP
Chair, CPNP Student Committee 2016-2017
Maryland Psychiatric Research Center
University of Maryland School of Medicine
During 2015-2016, the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists Student Chapter roster expanded to 25 active chapters, encompassing a total of 553 members. Each of these chapters is supported by dedicated faculty advisors who are also active CPNP National members.
Despite inclement weather making travel challenging, chapters were well represented at the 2016 Annual Meeting in Colorado Springs, CO, with sixty-one chapter members attending. Twelve posters resulted from student chapter member collaborations. During the Annual Meeting, student chapter members were invited to meet each other and Student Committee leadership to exchange ideas about chapter activities, fundraising, and to foster collaboration between different student groups.
Throughout the past year, student chapters have offered their members fantastic opportunities to learn more about mental illness, treatment options, and career opportunities by hosting guest speakers, organizing pharmacist roundtables, participating in shadowing with neuropsychiatric pharmacists, and planning trivia nights and review sessions. The most impressive aspect of student chapter activities continues to be the overwhelming dedication to service to both their campuses and their communities. In the upcoming year, CPNP will be showcasing various student chapter activities as a recurring article in the Perspectives Newsletter.
A summary of some of the outstanding work accomplished by CPNP student pharmacists is included below.
The student members of CPNP Chapters have worked diligently to introduce their fellow students to neuropsychiatric pharmacy, provide valuable educational programming to their own membership, their fellow students, and the greater communities in which they live and learn. These motivated student pharmacists contribute to numerous organizations and foundations and benefit those who strive towards neuropsychiatric health. The CPNP Community would like to recognize these exceptional accomplishments and look forward to hearing about Chapter activities throughout this year.