Student Life

Student Life 101

WHAT EXACTLY IS STUDENT LIFE? The College of Pharmacy defines student life as out-of-class activities, active participation that enhances academics through the relationships they build, the communities they serve, the networks they create and the personal skills and knowledge they acquire.


Benefits to Involvement

WHY GET INVOLVED? Being involved is the best way to connect to UF, to make new friends, have fun and extend your education beyond what you learn in the classroom. Research has shown that students involved in at least one activity on campus are more likely to have overall success and graduate.

Students who get involved:

  • Get better grades
  • Develop time management skills and self-discipline
  • Learn how to effectively work in teams
  • Develop leadership and interpersonal skills
  • Meet new people and make life-long friends
  • Make themselves more marketable to internships and jobs

There are always a ton of activities and events hosted by all of our student organizations – there’s no excuse not to get involved!


Student Organization Calendars

College of Pharmacy Student Organization Officer Directory

The College of Pharmacy is lucky to have some of the most active, enthusiastic, and engaged students who are a part of a network of different professional and social student organizations. Look below for a listing of student organizations and information that can help you get involved.


College of Pharmacy Student Organizations & Campus

Student Council

    Student Council is comprised of the entire student body. That’s right: YOU are a member of student council! There are obviously no dues to pay, and everyone is encouraged to attend the Student Council meetings. During the meetings, you will hear about any fundraisers, events, or socials that Student Council has planned, then you will hear from an officer from every organization give updates on their organization. This is a great way to get involved and stay updated about all of the exciting things happening at your campus!

  • Gainesville
  • Jacksonville
  • Orlando

Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP)

    Managed care pharmacists typically work for PBMs. The pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) provides complete or components of a managed care prescription pharmacy benefit. Specific services include claims processing, a pharmacy provider network, drug formulary management, pharmaceutical manufacturer contracting, and clinical programs, all designed to provide safe and effective pharmacy benefit outcomes. Ultimately this niche in pharmacy allows pharmacists to use their clinical and business knowledge to optimize patients’ outcomes while keeping operation costs reasonable. We work to inform students on what managed care pharmacy is and what opportunities pharmacists have in the field. Want more information? Please visit http://www.ufamcp.com/managed.html

  • Gainesville
  • Orlando

American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP)

    The American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) is a professional and scientific society that provides leadership, education, advocacy, and resources enabling clinical pharmacists to achieve excellence in practice and research. Additionally, ACCP advocates philanthropy through its weekly volunteer efforts in the local community as a non-profit and non-denominational organization. For more information visit www.accp.com

  • Gainesville
  • Jacksonville

American Pharmacists Association, Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP)

    The mission of the APhA 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. APhA is the oldest and largest professional association within pharmacy and the Academy of Student Pharmacists is largest and oldest profession student pharmacy organization. You can’t go to school and expect to get very far without being involved in a professional pharmacy organization. Some professional organizations deal with just hospital, community, or business pharmacy; but as a student, you want to be exposed to as much as possible and not limit yourself. APhA-ASP is the only organization that represents all pharmacists and student pharmacists in the nation. APhA-ASP, therefore, helps you obtain the exposure you need as a student to various career options. APhA-ASP gives you tools you need to succeed: Hands-on experience through community outreach, mentors, leadership opportunities, and professional development. Joining APhA-ASP and classwork go hand in hand because being a member allows you the opportunity to get involved and practice what you learn in the classroom! APhA is the voice of pharmacists in America, and is very instrumental in protecting the value of your license and in getting new pharmacy laws implemented. Being a member is FUN! You make great friends at UF, across the country, and around the world! Our motto is “Work hard, Play hard.” APhA-ASP wants to help you succeed, but you can’t if you are not here. APhA-ASP represents all pharmacists, so if you are a student pharmacist, you belong in APhA-ASP

  • Gainesville
  • Jacksonville
  • Orlando

American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP)

    The American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP) is devoted to enhance the quality of care for all older persons through the use of medication and the promotion of healthy aging. ASCP of Orlando strives to give student pharmacists first-hand experience of patient interaction with the elderly, by addressing their concerns of drug interactions and disease state management. Through patient interactions and getting involved in ASCP, students are encouraged to take up leadership roles by gaining confidence in their ability to interact with others and develop time management skill. With great food and great speakers, ASCP would like to encourage students to attend meetings to learn more about consultant pharmacy!

  • Gainesville
  • Orlando

Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International (CPFI)

    Christian Pharmacist Fellowship International (CPFI) allows students to serve Christ and the world through pharmacy. We provide fellowship among our members, promote spiritual growth, and encourage the integration of faith into the pharmacy practice. CPFI does all of these things by providing our members with interactive meetings, bible studies, volunteer events, and fun, social experiences.

  • Gainesville
  • Jacksonville
  • Orlando

College of Pharmacy Student Ambassadors

    Our Ambassadors are the official student representatives of each of our campuses and the College of Pharmacy. Our ambassadors play a critical role in how our campuses engages with both our external partners and our campus community. Student involvement is essential to our efforts in telling the complete story of our students.

  • Gainesville
  • Jacksonville
  • Orlando

Florida Society of Health System Pharmacists (FSHP)

    The purpose of the Florida Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (FSHP) student chapter is to make students aware of pharmacy practice in health systems (hospitals, clinic settings, specialties); provide information to students about career directions and credentials needed for pharmacy practice in health systems; and to make students competitive candidates when applying for residency programs or hospital pharmacist positions upon graduation. We accomplish this via a guest speaker series at general body meetings, volunteer opportunities, professional development projects, hospital tours, an annual residency showcase and a clinical skills competition. We also offer reimbursement to members attending any state or national conferences such as FSHP annual and ASHP mid-year meeting.

  • Gainesville
  • Jacksonville
  • Orlando

Gator Pharmacy Wellness (GPW)

    Gator Pharmacy Wellness aims to educate, support, and encourage the fundamentals of fitness, health, and nutrition through the platform of pharmacy. We serve as an outlet for students to maintain physical fitness as well as relieve stress. As an organization GPW holds many events to give students an opportunity to utilize the role of a pharmacist by getting out into the community to advocate the importance of health and nutrition awareness.

  • Gainesville
  • Jacksonville

Industry Pharmacists Organization (IPhO)

    IPhO is dedicated to enhancing student pharmacists’ understanding of the pharmaceutical industry by: 1. Raising awareness of the roles that industry pharmacists play in drug development, appropriate medication use, and other aspects of industry. 2. Creating opportunities for student pharmacists to connect with industry pharmacists. 3. Working with IPhO National and UF faculty/administration to promote access to industry-focused internship and other experiential opportunities. 4. Showcasing the various career paths available within the pharmaceutical industry including: medical affairs, regulatory affairs, pharmacovigilance, clinical research, marketing, and more! IPhO aims to reach these goals by bringing in guest speakers from industries, webinars, and providing opportunities to network nationally.

  • Gainesville
  • Orlando

Inter-Professional Healthcare Coalition (IPHC)

    The Inter-Professional Healthcare Coalition is pushing healthcare into the future by bringing together students and professionals across the diverse fields of medicine. Our organization conducts professionalism-building projects and hosts inter-professional team-building activities with the goal of creating lasting relationships. With organizational chapters at the University of Central’s Florida College of Medicine and the University of Florida’s College of Pharmacy, the Inter-Professional Healthcare Coalition is leading a growing trend of interdisciplinary teamwork for the good of patients.

  • Orlando

Kappa Epsilon (KE)

    Kappa Epsilon is a co-ed professional pharmaceutical fraternity uniting students in pharmacy since 1921. Our two Primary National Projects are Breast and Ovarian Cancer Awareness, for which we host several events throughout the year. Nationally, Kappa Epsilon has teamed up with “Bright Pink”, allowing for collaborative fundraising efforts among chapters. We also work closely with other organizations on campus to help raise awareness and funds for other local charities. Being a member of Kappa Epsilon means being part of a family. We celebrate the achievements of our members and offer encouragement and support in times of need.

  • Gainesville
  • Jacksonville
  • Orlando

Kappa Psi (KΨ)

    “Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, Inc. is the oldest and largest fraternity within the pharmacy profession. We strive to promote the advancements of pharmacy through leadership opportunities, professional growth, and community involvement. We are governed by our four pillars of Fellowship, Industry, Sobriety, and High Ideals. The process of joining is different than other organizations, as prospective members only have one chance to join each year. We have recruitment in the beginning of the fall semester each year, where we get to know potential candidates and select like-minded individuals who embody the characteristics our fraternity.”

  • Gainesville
  • Jacksonville
  • Orlando

National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA)

    We are the national pharmacy association representing the professional and proprietary interests of independent community pharmacists and will vigorously promote and defend those interests. We are dedicated to the continuing growth and prosperity of independent community pharmacy in the United States. We believe in the inherent virtues of the American free enterprise system and will do all we can to ensure the ability of independent community pharmacists to compete in a free and fair marketplace. We are committed to high-quality pharmacist care and to restoring, maintaining, and promoting the health and well-being of the public we serve and we will utilize our resources to achieve these ends in an ethical and socially responsible manner. We value the right to petition the appropriate legislative and regulatory bodies to serve the needs of those we represent.

  • Gainesville
  • Orlando

student National Pharmaceutical Association

  • Gainesville

PediaGators

    PediaGators is the University of Florida collegiate chapter of the Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group (PPAG). Our mission is to increase student’s exposure to the complexities and intricacies of clinical pediatric pharmacy to not only improve the quality of pediatric pharmaceutical care, but to provide the students with opportunities that adequately prepare them for postgraduate opportunities in pediatric pharmacy.

  • Gainesville
  • Jacksonville

student Personalized Medicine Coalition (sPMC)

    The purpose of the Student Chapter of Personalized Medicine Coalition is to foster the development and awareness of personalized medicine both professionally and educationally. We accomplish this through monthly meetings where we discuss topics related to personalized medicine. We also offer numerous opportunities through projects provided by our Education and Outreach Committee and Research and Development Committee.

  • Orlando

Phi Delta Chi

  • Gainesville

Phi Lambda Sigma (PLS)

    Phi Lambda Sigma is the National Pharmacy Leadership Society. Its mission is to support pharmacy leadership commitment by recognizing leaders and fostering leadership development. Some of the goals of this organization are to acknowledge leadership achievement, award membership to leaders recommended by the society, as well as support and encourage sustained leadership commitment. Phi Lambda Sigma is involved in various professional development opportunities including peer and faculty CV/cover letter review and leadership development seminars, such as those offered at the Phi Lambda Sigma Conference in Charleston, SC every spring. Members of Phi Lambda Sigma are available to mentor you in all your professional leadership endeavors.

  • Gainesville
  • Jacksonville
  • Orlando

Rho Chi

    Rho Chi is a national honor society for pharmacy. Membership is based on academic achievement and high standards for character and conduct. Individuals are invited to join in the spring semester of their 2PD year. Rho Chi members provide free tutoring and mentoring to their peers in addition to hosting scholastic events.

  • Gainesville
  • Jacksonville
  • Orlando


Other Opportunities to Get Involved

  • Equal Access Clinic Network: The Equal Access Clinic is a network of student-run free healthcare clinics in Gainesville, Florida. Our mission is to provide high-quality healthcare for the uninsured or underinsured. We also seek to inspire and equip health professional students to make service to the poor an enduring component of their life’s work. As pharmacy students, we contribute to this mission by providing the following services at clinic: medication reconciliations, HA1c tests, medication counseling, and patient assistance program applications. We work as an interprofessional team to determine the best treatment options for our patients and strive to make a difference in the Gainesville community.
    For more information, visit https://equalaccess.med.ufl.edu/
  • Knights Clinic: The Orlando based clinic is staffed by student and physician volunteers from all areas of study, including pharmacy, medical, nursing, undergraduate, and graduate students, working in interdisciplinary teams alongside community collaborators and under the guided supervision of licensed practitioners. We serve Orlando and neighboring communities through direct health care services, health promotion, disease prevention, social support, case management, and appropriate referrals to medical and social resources in the community. The KNIGHTS Clinic is funded by a grant from the Diebel Legacy Fund at Central Florida Foundation.
    For more information, please contact the Inter-Professional Health Care Organization (at Orlando)