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Ask Your Pharmacist First Promoting the role of pharmacists as providers of healthcare in the community Across Europe, Governments and the general public are expecting pharmacists to play a more active role in the provision of healthcare in the community. More than ever before, pharmacists have a primary care role and are the first port of call for consumers with a minor health problem. GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Consumer Healthcare is working with pharmacists across Europe to support their role as primary care experts through its “Ask Your Pharmacist First” initiative. Ask your Pharmacist First is a unique partnership between GSK and pharmacists currently operating in more than 20 countries in Europe. Its objectives are to: • Help promote pharmacists as experts • Encourage people to visit pharmacies more frequently • Provide training for pharmacists and assistants to they can offer the best professional advice to their customers This support programme incorporates consumer advertising and extensive pharmacy training materials. The most recent example of GSKʼs Ask Your Pharmacist First initiative in action can be seen in the area of obesity. In January 2009 GSK received a non-prescription licence for alli (orlistat 60mg). alli is the first non-prescription weight loss aid to receive a licence from the European Commission. The centrally granted marketing authorisation means alli will be available in pharmacies in all EU member countries by the end of this year. Facts on obesity The prevalence of obesity has risen three-fold or more in many European countries since the 1980s. In 2005, the World Health Organisation (WHO) estimated that by 2010, 150 million adults in Europe would be obese1. Obesity is fast becoming a public health issue of epidemic proportions and presents pharmacists with an unrivalled opportunity to support those wanting to lose weight, helping to elevate their role in public health. What is alli? alli is a weight loss aid for adults who are overweight with a BMI of 28kg/m2 or more and should be used with a reduced calorie, lower-fat diet. alli can help people lose 50 percent more weight compared to dieting alone. So for every two kilograms lost by dieting, alli could help lose one kg more. Pharmacists are ideally placed to help provide customers with information and support whilst they are undertaking a weight-loss programme. Pharmacy support and training through Ask Your Pharmacist First GSK is offering comprehensive training to ensure that pharmacists and pharmacy assistants are fully informed about alli and the support programme. To date more than 100,000 pharmacists from 24 countries have taken part in the training. The training includes workshops, distance learning and comprehensive detail aids. This is a great example how GSK is working closely with European pharmacists to help people to live a healthier and longer life. References 1WHO. The challenge of obesity in the WHO European region. Fact sheet Euro/13/05. 2005. Available from:

Table of contents ------------------------------------------------------Immediate Past Presidential words 4 ------------------------------------------------------Presidential words 5 ------------------------------------------------------New EPSA Team 6 2009/2010

------------------------------------------------------32nd Annual Congress 8 20th-26th of April 2009, Reims, France

------------------------------------------------------E-Learning 10 ------------------------------------------------------LetĘźs learn about EU 12 ------------------------------------------------------Our Favorite LS 14 -------------------------------------------------------

------------------------------------------------------How to get a job! 15 Professional Development Working Committee

------------------------------------------------------Meet NAPSer 16 National Association of Pharmacy Students, Serbia

------------------------------------------------------Meet LPSA 17 Latvian Pharmaceutical Students Association

------------------------------------------------------19 ------------------------------------------------------Interview with Ivana Silva 21

TWIN Croatia - Greece

EPSA Board of Trustees member

------------------------------------------------------EPSA Contacts 22 -------------------------------------------------------

Dear Reader, This third edition of the 16th volume of EPSA Newsletter is the last one I had privilege to prepare for you. Some big things happened in the last months, such as 32nd Annual Congress, with election - EPSA has all-new Team now, and you can read about and see this in following pages. I interviewed Ivana Silva, member of BoT and EPSA HLM, try to get some lines there, it is very interesting. Favorite LS comes again from a country beginning with F, but this time it is not France. Read this and much more... I can proudly say that EPSA has upgraded its list of partners, next to GSK and AstraZeneca, we now have Boots as new partner! Check their ads... Enjoy your reading and just looking at the pages, since I spent lots of time designing them :-) Edited and designed by: Bojan Davinić EPSA Vice-President of Communication 2008/2009


Immediate Past Presidential words... Dear ESPA Friends, It is with great pleasure and also with pride that I would like to introduce this EPSA newsletter. It is the final Newsletter for the Executive 2008 – 2009 and the first newsletter in the mandate of the new Executive. I must admit that in April 2008 when I was elected as EPSA President in Novi Sad, Serbia I did not realise how long and how short a year can be at the same time. The EPSA team 2008 – 2009 started off its journey with a lot of plans for the year. Through this newsletter you will be able to see some of the successes we have achieved over the past year. As a new team starts its journey in the wonderful world that is EPSA I hope that you are all looking forward to a multitude of great events, more students attending the IMP Exchange project, the development of our Working Committees, and hundreds of more students being infected by the contagious EPSA Spirit amongst other great things that EPSA has the potential to achieve all of which you can also read a bit more about in this newsletter or contact anyone on the team for more information about. Allow me to be a little bit nostalgic as I bid goodbye through this newsletter to the magnificent EPSA year I was so proud to be an active part of. Through this letter I also wish to express my deepest gratitude to my fantastic Executive: Louise Winnecke Jensen, Jamie Wilkinson, Bojan Davinic, Marija Maric, Nuria Peiro, Fokion Sinis, and Tomaso Piaggio. This publication also commemorates all the amazing work done by these extraordinary people. Of course I will not forget to thank all the Working Committee Directors, Officers, Parliamentary Council, Audit Committee, Financial Sub-Committee and LSʼs. I am sorry I cannot quote everyoneʼs names one by one but all of you have contributed to make EPSA what it is today and I hope that this newsletter will be a showcase of this. The next event on the horizon will be the EPSA Summer University in Chania, Greece followed by the EPSA Autumn Assembly in October and I hope that these will be amazing events full to the brim with EPSA Spirit. I am looking forward to meeting all of you in one of the future EPSA events. Yours in EPSA, Marisabelle Bonnici EPSA President 2008 - 2009

Alumni project This project offers us the opportunity to remain in contact with old EPSA members and also to keep on benefiting from the association we have all given a lot of time and energy to. I plan to work hard on this network this year to offer you a great platform to keep informed; to participate in and to benefit from. However for this to succeed we need also you our dear Alumni to join the network and be active. If you are interested in joining please fill in the nomination form and join our Facebook group: If you have any friends who are interested in joining do not hesitate to forward my email to them - I will guide them as to the appropriate procedure.


Presidential words Dear EPSA Friends, After the 32th EPSA Annual Congress held in Reims last April, I have initiated my mandate as EPSA President for the year 2009/2010. The year 2009/2010 is most likely to be one of the more exciting years in the history of EPSA. My mandate as President aims to be characterized by 5 keys. 1) EUROPE - There are many topics on the EU agenda that will influence pharmacy in one way or a nother and EPSA has to participate in that discussions. An Intensive lobbying at the Parliament and European Commission will guarantee that EPSA Interest will be taken into account in the EU agenda. 2) COLLABORATIONS - Straightening the already existing collaboration with other professional and students organizations, and seeking for new one will be crucial to achieve new projects, sponsors, find new ideas, discover our limits and overcome them. 3) MEMBERS - EPSA need to be close to its members. Without them EPSA has not sense to exist. 4) SPONSOR and GRANT - EPSA should gain financial stability to be more effective. EPSA priority should be to invest on people and time to obtain new sponsors and grants. 5) EPSA HOUSE - This is probably the most important challenge of the EPSA history. The House in Brussels is a dream that some of my predecessors already had but EPSA never had the time and the financial stability to undertake such big step. Being based in Brussels would allow us in achieve a more stable and long-term collaboration in a daily base with the Institutions and professional associations. This would allow EPSA to find easily speakers among the institutions and make our association more notable and attractive for sponsors. Be based in Brussels will allow also the Executives to have the possibilities to have more fruitful face-to-face meetings in a daily base. In short, to be based in Brussels servers as the ears and the eyes of the Association by monitoring and forwarding information to the members as well as the voice and the feet of the association on the Brussels playing field by fine-tuning the efforts to lobby the EU process. Hopefully, with commitment dedication, enthusiasm we will succeed in building each day a stronger EPSA, truly capable of influencing the future of the Pharmacy profession through the students that, in the end, make up its essence and strength.

Tomaso Piaggio EPSA President 2009 / 2010


New EPSA Team

EPSA Team 2009/2010 Executive

Tomaso Piaggio President

Ana Maria Puia VP of Education

Charalampos Nakos (Harry) Secretary General

Working Committees Directors

Riccardo Hesse

Marisabelle Bonnici

VP of Partnership Development

Immediate Past President

Parliamentary Council

Guilherme Monteiro Ferreira Humanitarian Affairs

Dan Daneasa VP of Mobility Nicolaos D. Gentis Parlamentarian

Anette Aaland Krokaas VP of Communication

*TEMPORARY Marina Naumoska Mobility

Miguel Ribeiro Member

VACANT Ph. Awareness

Lionel Vidoudez Treasurer


Iulia Crintea Fokion Sinis (Akis) VP of EU Affairs


New EPSA Team

Kristina Jovanović Professional Development


Central IMP

Avgoustinos Kotsonis

Jurij Obreza Co-ordinator

Events Officer 08/09

Audit Committee

Financial Sub-Committee

Vasiliki Hounda (Celia) Member

Training Officer Katarina Gatialová Ph. Education

Nikola Simonovski IT Officer Katja-Emilia Lillsunde Member Louise Winnecke Jensen

João Duarte Public Health

Mariana Custódio Fróis Information Officer Anouk Rademaker Member

Uroš Čakar Ph. Sciences Marta Kusak 32nd EPSA Annual Congress RC Chairperson 7

250 pharmacy students + best professionals + France =

32nd EPSA Annual Congress The 32nd EPSA Annual Congress (AC) was held from 20-26th of April 2009 in the capital of the champagne area of France - Reims. Around 250 European pharmacy students from 30 countries all over Europe decided to attend this event. This yearʼs annual topic was “Information to Patients”, which was quite attractive during those several days of fantastic educational program. The participants were accommodated in two hotels, and all the activities were held at the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy of Reims. This resulted in everyone spending a lot of fun time in busses on the way back and forth to the faculty every day. It was actually a very good place to get closer to old and new friends, just by randomly taking a place in the bus. The program for the week was packed, and there was something on the agenda at all times. One of the highlights of the congress were the lectures where the absolute elite of professionals gave us an overview on the Information to Patientsʼ topic, and later on had a hard job of answering a lot of questions addressed by various students from all across Europe. Workshops on hot topics were also organized at the faculty, and the received feedbacks on these were very positive. All moderators, mainly from EPSA, outdid themselves to present interesting topics, projects and even games to the participants. All the activities raised good interest, and made a great atmosphere after on. One of the workshops was held by EPSA President Marisabelle Bonnici together with IPSF President John Nguyen, who was our guest during most of the congress, with focus on leadership skills. The workshop ended


with an interactive leadership game, which filled all students in the room with adrenaline and made all of them compete very hard to win. Other interesting workshops were for example on information to patients, how gene testing can be used to optimize drug treatment, the pharmacistʼs role in increasing life quality, pharmacy students as health care professionals, humanitarian projects, and how to improve pharmacy education through e-learning. At the workshops the participants were split into groups so that people from different countries were able to discuss the present topic with each other, which always turns out to be very educational and interesting. The result of the group discussions was presented to the other groups at the end of the workshops. The General Assembly (GA) was divided into parts and spread out throughout the entire congress week. It was very well set up and active, and the atmosphere so positive that the auditorium was almost always filled. It was filled not only by official delegates, but also by a lot of spectators, where most actually participated in the debates and discussions. Some of the hottest themes among students in Europe were discussed, very interesting events were presented, and the last yearʼs work was re ported. Looking at the reactions, we can say that the General Assembly was a success! Of course the headline of all the GAs were all-day elections. The candidates for the positions presented themselves, their goals and visions for their desired mandate in EPSA to the whole assembly. There was a hot atmosphere in the auditorium during the elections. After a lot of tricky questions from the audience, the official delegates voted upon the candidates, and the new EPSA team was

strong drinks from Balkans, interesting food and drinks from Scandinavia, and of course great sweet vines from Portugal and Spain.



for all the hard work

assembled. Even by looking at the first task of the new team, which was the first General Assembly, everyone could see that EPSA will be in very good hands for the next 12 months. In addition there were arranged training's, Science Day with poster presentations and the headmaster of the faculty spoke about the pharmacy education in France. We even had some time to go sightseeing in Reims, and especially the trip to the Pommery Champagne Cellar was amazing. During the congress, EPSAʼs partner GlaxoSmithKline held lecture for the participants. In addition to this, AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline and Boots had stands in the faculty during the week, and were interested in talking to the students about themselves and what their companies have to offer. Having 250 participants from so many completely different countries can certainly guarantee a fantastic social program, or if you were to speak as a student fantastic parties! As always the highlight was the evening of “European night”, with a lot of orange color from Holland all around. But we also saw really interesting presentations from most of the countries, for example tons of cheese from France, gallons of


As a worthy ending to this incredible week, a gala dinner was arranged on Saturday evening at a glamorous restaurant in Reims. During this evening both the new and old EPSA team was celebrated. So, what can you get out of attending the EPSA Annual Congress? It is almost impossible to know where to start answering this question. The congress is educational and exciting in so many ways. You will first of all meet a huge amount of different people from very different countries and cultures in Europe. Sometimes this can be a challenge, but most of the time just inspiring and exciting on both a professional and social level. But despite the differences between the people, we are all pharmacy students, and this is something that connects us all together. In addition you get trained in speaking English about both professional and social topics, and also in how to talk to an audience. After all, as a pharmacist, having good communication skills is very important. You will also get a good insight in how a big organization like EPSA is driven and organized, and this can be very useful to bring back to your own local and national associations. You will also obtain a lot of contacts in other countries, so if you ever go somewhere in Europe, you will probably have someone to visit. Our advice is as simple as this: Join


Bojan Davinic VP of Communication 2008/2009 Anette Aaland Krokaas VP of Communication 2009/2010

E-learning in Pharmacy Education Innovative approach that challenge students and promote interactive learning E-learning or e-education is becoming increasingly popular and the Internet is laden with the ever growing number of applications of the subject matter. The European Community is fully aware of the importance of these developments and supports them in many ways. Today one can pinpoint the direction of the progress which has so much influence on the European investigations. At first it is necessary to acknowledge an important growth of blended and collaborative learning applications. Many institutions try to make universal learning modules which promote cooperative methods of work. Other initiatives focus on the idea of building a common e-learning system. E-learning is an approach to facilitate and enhance learning through, and based on, both computer and communications technology. It may be used to suit distance learning through the use of Wide Area Networks, and may also be considered to be a form of flexible learning where just in time learning is possible. This wide definition comes from, the site prepared by people who work and learn together. It cannot be forgotten that e-learning means interaction student-student, student-teacher or teacher-teacher. Participants of an e-learning course should be always aware about results of their education process, their knowledge should be verified during the course. Therefore uploading some materials on a website, like lectures or exercises is still NOT real e-learning because it lacks the component of interactivity. Today e-education is often connected with traditional learning. In this way, the first direction of e-learning development in Europe comes into existence – blended learning. The method combines advantages of e-learning with advantages of traditional learning.


On the one hand, we have advantages of e-learning, such as: • differentiation of learning, • cost reduction, • time flexibility, • integrated assessment tools, • mwultimedia forms, • high interactivity. On the other hand, there are advantages of traditional learning, like: • direct interpersonal relations, • live contact with the tutor, • exact definite time and place of training, • verification of knowledge, • training of interpersonal ability.

E-education in Poland and abroad Unfortunately there is still the lack of proper legal regulations in the current system of education that is the basic obstacle for the development of this kind of studies in Poland. Constructing didactic process with the use of Internet potential requires competent application of both educational regulations and minimum programmes which are imposed on schools. The level of technical culture and ability to use computer is another barrier. The majority of users confess that their computer activity is limited to simple applications, frequently created especially for beginners.

Some random facts: • 40% of every dollar spent on training is spent on travel costs • Without use and practice, people forget 25% of what they know in 6 hours and 33% within 24 hours • Average Fortune 500 Company loses $64 million per year because of ineffective knowledge sharing • 38% of a professionalʼs time is spent looking for information

In the Faculty of Pharmacy, Medical College, Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland there is a course “Practical Pharmacy in a Community Pharmacy” where students learn by using blended learning method. Participants listen to the interview with a patient which is stored in the computer and provide a patient an adequate pharmaceutical care. During the course they are provided with some interactive presentations and they are allowed to check all medical information in online databases. At the end of the course attendees need to write a final test. They do it online and receive their results immediately.

This innovative approach challenged students and promoted interactive learning. Student evaluations indicated achievement the objective of creating a course that more closely simulated the actual provision of pharmaceutical care.

At the Loma Linda University School of Pharmacy, Loma Linda, USA an innovative, interactive voice response/text-to-speech system for obtaining patient data was designed and used in a pharmaceutical care laboratory. Pharmacy students called the system to collect data, listen to progress notes, make recommendations and update the pharmaceutical care plan for virtual patients. Laboratory time was utilized to evaluate patient progress and respond to recommendations as well as to identify and solve drug-related problems Students' recorded communications with the system and completed care plans were evaluated and a competency-based final examination was administered.

Pharmaceutical care laboratory courses offer students the opportunity to learn and practice pharmaceutical care skills in a controlled environment. These courses usually include instruction in dispensing as well as clinical activities. Typically, a new patient case is presented in each laboratory section and no “follow up” care of patients from previous laboratory sections is discussed. The authors of the above course have created several virtual patients whose responses to care vary based on students' input and recommendations. For example, if a wrong drug or dose is recommended, an adverse event may occur; if patient counseling is not provided, an error in administration may be encountered; if patient compliance is not evaluated; drug levels may be unexpectedly altered. The application of virtual patients who change in ways appropriate to the recommendations students make creates scenarios that more closely parallel the reality of pharmaceutical care. Since students must search online databases and study other resources to gather the information needed to make informed decisions about their patients, the course also builds the data collection skills.

Krzysztof Nesterowicz EPSA Financial Subcommittee Member 2008/09


Letʼs explore EU How are institutions organised, what do they do, and where is EPSA there? EPSA office is in Brussels where the most important European Institutions and Associations are based. What do the European Institutions and Professional Associations do in Brussels? And why is for EPSA so important to be based near them? The European Union is more than just a confederation of countries, but it is not a federal state. It is, in fact, a new type of structure that does not fall into any traditional legal category. Its political system is historically unique and has been constantly evolving over more than 50 years. The EU policies in general, are the result of decisions taken by the institutional triangle made up of the Council, the European Parliament and the European Commission, all based in Brussels (the EU Parliament hold also in Luxembourg a plenary every month). The Council of the European Union, representing national governments, is the EUʼs main decisionmaking body. The EU member states take it in turns to hold the Council Presidency for a six-month period. Every Council meeting is attended by one minister from each EU country. The Council has legislative power, which it shares with the European Parliament, under the “co-decision procedure”. The European Parliament is the elected body that represent the EUʼs citizens. It exercises political supervision over the EUʼs activities and takes part in the legislatives process. The members of the European Parliament (MEPs) are directly elected, by universal suffrage, every five years. The European Parliament has 20 committees which do the preparatory work for plenary sessions, and a number of political groups that usually meet in Brussels. The European Union (EU) is an economic and political union of 27 member states, located primarily in Europe. It was established by the Treaty of Maastricht on 1 November 1993, upon the foundations of the pre-existing European Economic Community. With a population of almost 500 million, the EU generates an estimated 30% share (US$ 18.4 trillion in 2008) of the nominal gross world product.


The Commission, a body independent of EU governments that upholds the collective European interest, is the third part of the institutional triangle that manage and runs the European Union. Its members are appointed for five-years term by agreement between the member states, subject to approval by the European Parliament. The Commission is answerable to the Parliament, and the entire Commission has to resign if the Parliament passes a motion of censure against it. The Commission enjoys a substantial degree of independence in exercising its power. It has the right to propose legislation and, as “Guardian of the Treaties”, it has to ensure that the regulations and directives adopted by the Council and Parliament are being implemented in the member states. The Commission is assisted by a civil service made up of 36 directorates-general (DGs) and services. More than 70% of national law is based on decisions taken in Brussels. EU citizens are finding more and more that their lives are shaped by regulations established in Brussels. Todayʼs business or lobby strategy must therefore be based on the legal instruments that the EU is likely to introduce.

and promoted EPSA opinion on Pharmacovigilace and Pharmaceutical Care. This is the usual way to lobby and to defend interests in Brussels. Anyway be in Brussels mean also to have the possibility to meet other Associations that are based as us in the capital of Europe for the same motivation.

Companies and Associations in the European Union increasingly recognize the importance of lobbying at European level. Consequentially also EPSA, as an NGO that represent the interests of his members (pharmaceutical students), managed to have a permanent office in Brussels and daily lobby to promote his interests at the EU Institutions in order that they will take EPSA opinion into account when they legislate. EPSA this year had several meeting with officials of European Commission (especially from DG ENTR and DG SANCO) and deputies of the European Parliament (especially from ENVI Committee)

So EPSA is developing more and more collaboration with other Pharmaceutical Professionals Association in order to achieve new collaborations, sponsors, and make our voice be herd strongly in Europe. As example EPSA collaborate or has partnerships with: GIRP, the umbrella organization of pharmaceutical full-line wholesaler in Europe, representing the national association of over 600 pharmaceutical full-line wholesaler including major European pharmaceutical wholesaling companies; EFPIA, the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations, that through its direct membership of 31 national pharmaceutical industry associations and 44 leading pharmaceutical companies (originator companies) is the voice on the European scene of about 2,200 pharmaceutical companies; EGA, the official representative body of the European generic and biosimilar pharmaceutical industry; COLIPA, the representative association of the European cosmetic, toiletry and perfumery manufacturing industry among others; PGEU, where EPSA permanent office is based, representing communities pharmacy in Europe; among others. In short, to be based in Brussels (and hopefully soon with all the executives) servers as the ears and the eyes of the Association by monitoring and forwarding information to the members as well as the voice and the feet of the association on the Brussels playing field by fine-tuning the efforts to lobby the EU process.

Tomaso Piaggio

EPSA President 2009/2010

Some more history: After the end of the Second World War, moves towards European integration were seen by many as an escape from the extreme forms of nationalism which had devastated the continent. One such attempt to unite Europeans was the European Coal and Steel Community which, while having the modest aim of centralised control of the previously national coal and steel industries of its member states, was declared to be "a first step in the federation of Europe". The founding members of the Community were Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and West Germany. In 1957, the "Six" mentioned before signed the Treaties of Rome. These treaties created the European Economic Community (EEC) establishing a customs union, the European Coal and Steel Community and the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom) for cooperation in developing nuclear energy. In 1967 the Merger Treaty created a single set of institutions for the three communities, which were collectively referred to as the European Communities, although more commonly just as the European Community (EC). 13

Our Favorite LS Title goes to Finland this time...

As you might noticed, EPSA executive choose most active and productive LS few times a year. Last time title went to France, but this time it is Finland. This girl worked really hard to put her country on the map by giving feedback on EPSA project, sending endless e-mail on the e-group and just giving it all. Of course, it is Katja Emilia Lillsunde, from Helsinki, and I asked her some questions. Hereʼs what she has to say: Why did you choose to be an LS for FiPSA? - I first got involved in EPSA when I became a member of the Humanitarian Working Committee in my first year of studies. After attending two amazing EPSA events last year, the Annual Congress in Novi Sad and the Autumn Assembly in Dubrovnik, I was really inspired by the work of EPSA, so when joining the FiPSA executive for 2009 I definitely wanted to do so in the position of liaison secretary. Besides I’ve always loved being involved in international affairs and meeting people from different countries and cultures. What does it mean to you to be an LS? - Being LS for FiPSA has been really great! I think it’s nice to be the connecting link between EPSA and the students in Finland, as EPSA has much to give FiPSA-members as well as pharmacy students all over Europe. I also believe that the year as LS will teach me important skills of teamwork and cooperation. In addition to that, being LS is of course a lot of fun!


How do you promote EPSA among Finish students? - Well, the most important task of the LS is to try to pass on some of the famous EPSAspirit to the local students, and that’s what I’ve been trying my best to do. I’ve been promoting EPSA-events, such as the Annual Congress by e-mail and by holding an info session at the faculty. I’ve also been sharing all important news and information from EPSA with our students and promoted the Working Committees. Of course I’m also telling everyone all the time what a great lot of fun EPSA is! In the future I’d like to develop the Individual Mobility Project in Finland and possibly realise a team exchange project. Are you planning to continue working in EPSA after LS mandate? It would definitely be awesome to continue working in EPSA. Right now I don’t have any specific plans concerning that, but what would be greater than bringing students, pharmacy and knowledge together in the future as well! On scale 1 to 10, tell me how does LS position look like:

a) Experience - 10 b) Time consuming - 6 c) Fun - 10 :) d) Responsibility - 9 e) Headache - 1

Asked by: Bojan Davinic

How to get the job! Professional Development Pharmacy is a competitive world. There are so many more people applying for the same jobs and getting a job isnʼt as easy as it has been in the past. So what can you do to ensure that you can get your dream job in pharmacy? Follow the hints and tips below!

CV tips •There are lots of different types of CVs. For a job in pharmacy, a competency based CV is better and will help you restrict your CV to two pages. •When composing the CV, make it specific to the job you are applying for and include some of the phrases used by the company/hospital you are applying to. •Use good quality paper and a font that is NOT Times New Roman, but still looks professional. •Use different headings to break your CV down into small easy to read chunks. Make sure you check the spelling and grammar. •Never worked in pharmacy? Then how did your student life help you to develop skills that a pharmacist would use? For example, you could write about improving communication skills at EPSA events. Your CV has got you to the interview stage... now what?


Interview tips •Prepare for the interview. Found out where it is, how you are going to get there and why you want the job. •Dress in a suit or smart clothing. Donʼt wear too much make up and men should definitely wear a tie. •Being professional, in your behaviour and appearance, will impress interviewers. •When answering questions, pause and think about you answer and stick to the subject. If you donʼt know the answer to a question then say you donʼt know but say what you would do, eg, I would look in a pharmacy book and find the answer. •If you have any questions at the end then donʼt be afraid to ask, it shows that you have thought about the job and want to know more about it. •If you donʼt get the job then ask for feedback on where you could improve in the interview. Disclaimer: Please note that these hints and tips do not guarantee that you will get a job. They are for guidance only. At the end of the day, the best person for the job will be hired.

Heena Bhakta EPSA Professional Development Working Committee Director 2008/2009

Meet the LPSA Latvian Pharmaceutical Studentsʼ Association The Latvian Pharmacy Studentsʼ Association (LPSA) was founded in 1995 as a section of LPA (Latvian Pharmacistsʼ Association) by a group of active pharmacy students from Riga Stadins University (RSU), Latvian University (LU) and 1st Medical College. At the very beginning the main goals were set to keep pharmacy students united in one association, to keep a close watch on pharmacy professional and academic education, to represent and protect interests of pharmacy students at local and international level. LPSA represents students and alumni (3 years after graduation) from all three educational institutions which are situated in Riga, so it facilitates communication between students. The members meet up every month to discuss important issues. LPSA is in close tights with LPA as our members take part in monthly meetings, all seminars, congresses organised by this organisation. We are also all the time in touch with the Deans of the faculties of pharmacy, so we may initiate changes in our curriculum and receive support while organising our own events. Every month we organise one educational or entertaining event. Very popular among students and academic stuff are our seminars. At the end of each we carry out a questionnaire about the topic for the next one. The recent themes were weight disorders, diabetes and homeopathy. It is now a tradition for LPSA members to visit a theatre performance or a concert in January and to have a hike in June when the academic year is over. The most significant educational event is Career days for pharmacy students. It is held every two years in spring. The aim is to invite representatives from every field where a pharmacist may work; from community, hospital pharmacies, research centres, industry, state agencies, international com-


panies which have representative offices in Latvia. The programme is divided in two parts: the first one is devoted to lectures, during the second part students may talk directly to their future employers. In September LPSA invites 1st year students and other people who are interested in to take part in LPSA meeting where they may get information about our structure, activities and international organisations. LPSA has warm relationship with its neighbours: Lithuanian and Estonian studentsʼ associations. We meet up every year at BaltPharm Forum during which pharmacy students and graduated pharmacists from 3 Baltic countries share views and knowledge with their counterparts. Couple of times we were invited to Kaunas to celebrate the anniversary of Lithuanian Pharmacy Studentsʼ Association. Last November we visited Estonian colleagues in their renovated university building in Tartu.   LPSA would like to wish all pharmacy students great successes in all their activities!

Svetlana Suhorukova LPSA LS

Meet NAPSer National Association of Pharmacy Students - Serbia grade 4.8 out of 5 after final evaluation, this congress was more than successful and it will be held annually every November in the future.

National Association of Pharmacy Students-SerbiaNAPSer was officially established on 20th October 2008, although collaboration between Pharmaceutical faculties within Serbia was initiated 2 years ago. NAPSerʼs main goal is creation of unique national center which represents the interests of pharmacy students in Serbia and abroad, supports their professional development and increases awareness through different projects and campaigns, leaded by newest world trends in pharmacy and in health care system in general. Through ordinary membership in EPSA and IPSF, NAPSer is liaising local students with their colleagues within Europe and the world, which is highly important for one small and developing country like Serbia is now. Very soon after forming NAPSer, from 20th23rd of November 2008, the first National congress of pharmacy students took place on the mountain called Zlatibor. The topic of this congress was “Pharmacist of the 21st century”, with idea to inform students and present them different possibilities and aspects of work in pharmaceutical field after graduation. With 210 participants, great lecturers, interactive students and of course unforgettable parties and average

One of NAPSer's mission is to raise the consciousness among Serbian students about importance of pharmaceutical contribution in the area of public health. For this reason, NAPSer continuously organizes different public health campaigns such as World anti AIDS day, World no tobacco day, Anti diabetes day, voluntary blood donation actions etc. We are trying to carry out events like these simultaneously in all 4 cities with Pharmaceutical faculties in Serbia, very often together with other health care students and institutions. Since another NAPSerʼs goal is improvement of collaboration of pharmacy students with the other health care professionals, increasing awareness about pharmaceutical care and development of communication skills among Serbian students, NAPSer organizes Clinical Skills Event (CSE) and Patient Counseling Event (PCE) on the faculties within Serbia. Both CSE and PCE are IPSF projects and they are becoming very popular and more and more supported by our academic stuff. NAPSer is also very enthusiastic about EPSA Individual Mobility Project and it was one of the first associations in Europe which entered this project by offering 5 IMP placements in Serbia. We are constantly seeking for new Twin partners, so if you want to experience famous Serbian hospitality and positive spirit, go ahead….NAPSer is waiting for you!!!

Jovana Češljević NAPSer LS 17

Going to Zagreb again TWIN Greece - Croatia

Conversation went like this: Dina: Hey Harry! How do you like the idea of making Twin with us? Nakos: Great. Let`s do it. Dina: Deal! The first problem that set in front of us was arranging the date of their arrival in Zagreb. Since we are all acquainted with the fact that Greeks spend more time in planes, i.e on travelling then in their home towns, finding the date that suits for all of us showed incredibly complicated. On the way were standing: DIA Symposium in Berlin, GPSF local elections, AC in Reims, GPSF project in Santorini, exams dates, etc. The only available date that was left was between 5th and 11th of March. We were in a kind of unfavourable situation because we were not sure whether we are capable, in so short time, to organize everything in the way we wanted, especially since beginning of March is time when many of students are busy with their exams. It was now or never. Our response was of course: Let`s do it! All obligations which were not related for Twin were left on the side. The result of our work was the following: 5th March, 2009 (Thursday) For the time of their arrival we were familiarized one hour before they came. We realized then that with Greeks everything will not run smoothly as we thought and that we have to be prepared on everything. We realized that we need to cool down and switch on the new tempo and Greek lifestyle.


Idea of having Twin with Greece, in one of the many conversations on Skype between Samy Jebrini (CPSA President), Maja Lisjak Besedic, Tina Putnik and me, came on our minds. Why with Greeks? The main reasons for us were next: Greece Mediterranean country such as Croatia, a similar mentality, relative closeness, and a visit to Greece seemed to us very interesting. We quickly agreed that Twin with Greeks must be carried out. The day after, I contacted Harry Nakos (LS for Greece) and proposed him a Twin.

After placing them in the dorm, short break and a dinner, we all went together in the club Gjuro 2 to celebrate the beginning of Twin between Greece and Croatia. 6th march, 2009 (Friday) After a long sleep, Croatian hosting team together with nine Greeks began a tour around the centre of the city of Zagreb and the old historic part of townUpper Town. But, before that in the most frequently visited and most popular destination in ZagrebBogovićeva Street, so called Špica we had to drink first coffee to wake the Greeks up. We started our tour with the cathedral, from the 17th century, and continued with visiting the largest and most popular bazaar –Dolac, going to the old Upper Town (historic part of town where is located the largest number of Zagreb museums and galleries. There is also chaired Croatian Parliament and the Council) We had taken our guests to the Historical Museum of the City of Zagreb, which provided them insight into the historical and cultural development of Zagreb from prehistoric times until today. We also showed them the Greek embassy which is located near the museum what rejoiced them so much. We took them to the oldest pharmacy in the city of Zagreb, which is at the service of citizens from Zagreb from the 16th century. The cultural and historical education we end up going in the Hemingway bar and club Sokol, in the evening. Great surprise for all of us was the arrival of a couple of colleagues from Serbia, led by the only and unique Marija Marić or as we like to call her Big Mamma.

Slogan of the evening was: Balkans rules. That night in club Croats were the loudest, Big Mamma was the highest as always and the Greeks were profligated. Vodka was flowing, and the voices were slowly but safely disappearing and for some of us (exactly for me) the voice was lost completely. 7th March, 2009 (Saturday) With a lot of motivation to lead our fellow Greeks in recreational and sports centre Jarun, which is popular place with its 2 large artificial lakes where sporting events happening, this time it was absent from my list of plans. Specifically, I spent half of my day in hospital because of inflammation of my voices as I couldn`t say aloud a word. How this happened to me? Probably because of singing loudly, in a club the night before, when the Croats were emphasized. In the beginning I tried to communicate with the Greeks writing them everything on the piece of paper. This kind of communication wasn`t the kind of best so I decided to go the emergency. After getting the injection and prescribed antibiotics, I had to go further. Greeks were waiting. My duties for the day took my dear colleagues, while I was "sparing“ my voice and drinking every little warm tea . The devil didn`t give me the peace, and I went out again with everyone else in one of the best and most famous clubs in the city of Zagreb - Club Shamballa. End of party was at 6am and awaking at 7am, couldn`t be avoided.

8th March, 2009 (Sunday) After only 50 minutes of sleep, the time for getting up came very soon. The plan for Sunday was visiting the baroque town of Varaždin and the castle Trakošćan that are both an hour away from Zagreb and are located in the northern part of the country near the border. Trakošćan Castle dates back to the 13th century as a small fortress, and it was completed fully in the 19th century. Within the castle is a museum with a permanent exhibition, where we had a chance to see the rooms and interiors that date from the 15th to 19th century. After a short and pleasant walk through the park which is located besides the castle, we headed further to the north, in the city of Varaždin. Varaždin is a medieval city that is characterized by its rich baroque architecture. Since the year 1767 until 1776 Varaždin was the capital city of Croatia. During the short sightseeing we had visited the Church of Saint Nikola, Varaždin Cathedral, Herzer Palace, and other sights. Tired from trip and sightseeing we were all eagerly waiting lunch at the restaurant Zlatne Gorice. Enjoying 4 types of traditional dishes of the region in the winter garden, and surrounded by the beauty of the vineyard, we showed to our guests rich

Croatian gastronomy. With Croatian folk music, performed by local band whole day was rounded. In the evening we went to a bar to play a billiard. 9th March, 2009 (Monday) Tired of yesterday`s trips, Monday was passed as a day for relaxing. The day was spent by going in pastry shops, cafes and pubs. At the end of the day the guests got the strength for going to the largest park in Zagreb-Maksimir, which was the first established park in the south-eastern Europe. Within it is located also the ZOO. We all had there great fun as many had found the common lines and characters with the animals. The evening, we spent in a room, having pizzas and drinks and celebrating a birthday from Nicholas.

10th March, 2009 (Tuesday) Tuesday was a working day for workshops and lectures on the topic of "Obesity". Lectures, in the premises of the Faculty, were held by pharmaceutical experts from Atlantic Group and associates of the Faculty of pharmacy and medical biochemistry in Zagreb. The emphasis was on the lifestyle of today's society. We discussed about the causes (physical and psychological) and the consequences of obesity, preventions, treatments, and what is offered on the market in terms of "complete" curing. Our last night of Twin and previous five unforgettable days we decided to celebrate in the club Gjuro2 where we began our parties. In the background of funk music we said goodbye to each others with the desire to meet very soon again. In the early morning (5 am) with our last forces we accompanied our Greek colleagues and friends to the main city railway station and wished all Malakas bon voyage. We also wished to ourselves soon arrival in Greece, but this time in different roles. Greeks were gone, and in 6 am general cleaning and getting everything in order in the dorm`s rooms were waiting Croatian hosting team, still.

Because of the privacy of participants a part of the report is reviewed. I thank you all for that understanding.

Dina Cvijetic LS for CPSA (Croatian Pharmacy and Medical biochemistry Students` Association) 08/09


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Interview with EPSA Legend Can one Association affect your whole life? In February 2009, during EPSA Annual Reception in PGEU office in Brussels, I set down with Ivana Silva, previous LS, EPSA Vice President, HLM and now BoT member and PGEU Pharmaceuticals & Professional Affairs responsible. Letʼs see what she had to say... What was your first contact with EPSA? - It was at my first congress in 1996 in Kraków, so couple of years back:) I participated as member of Portuguese delegation, and from that moment on I was getting more involved at national level, later become LS for Portugal, and in 1998 I applied for (and was elected) Vise President. Later on I was Chairperson for the Annual Congress, and become HLM later on. Now I am part of Board of Trustees, so you can see my EPSA career, and EPSA as big part of my life. What aspects of EPSA had most impact on your life? - I think it is working in multicultural environment, sometimes it is very stressful, we have to cope with languages, lack of resources, different people with different ways of working, national realities etc. It is really group of factors. What do you think where would you life gone if there werenʼt for EPSA? - I would got more involved in national level probably, and go for high position there. But I can honestly tell you that I am at PGEU today because of EPSA! How would you compare EPSA 10-15 years ago with EPSA today? - At the time EPSA was going trough change of reducing number of people in structure, which was on the way to be simplified because it was getting to complicated to work. Now I see more people involved, and new structure. But times are different, we see evolution, so changes are

certain to happen. Another thing is that Europe is now mobile, and EPSA is becoming more important to students. There is one thing called “EPSA Spirit”. Did you had that back then? - It is very much the way I see working. It was more-less the same 15 years ago. We grow old together, we work and party very hard, make a lot of stories, a lot of jokes, but feel very strongly like brothers and sisters, like family. I think that had not changed. That makes whole EPSA Spirit very good, not just work, but socialising process, and makes EPSA interesting experience. If you had chance to join EPSA again as part of a team would you change anything? - I would have to go back to details of structure, but at the moment I see some of the things, and there is always room for improvement, and EPSA has kept that with different people, not just changing for changing, but on order to improve something. Portugal is one of the Countries with most applications for EPSA events. Whatʼs the catch? - We have very active students association, we are active people by nature, there has been for many years, I remember as student we had national associations which were very active. The fact that we organised Annual Congress in 2001 is part of the reason. Once you are there, you never go out. Why did you choose EPSA and not IPSF? - At the time in association there was IPSF represent, and they were looking for EPSA representative, so they picked me up. I really like European activities, and I remember my time in EPSA, we really worked hard to improve collaboration with IPSF, which I see now, that two associations are getting close, and really understand they have to collaborate. Favorite drink back then? Was it beer as today? - Well... different types of beer, and different types of vodka, but as professional I shouldnʼt really talk about that (laugh) by: Bojan Davinić 21

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