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European Pharmaceutical Students' Association | www.epsa-online.org Bringing pharmacy knowledge and students together. Volume 22 | Edition 2 | March 2015

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Table of contents Editor’s words Presidential words

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New position: Internal Affairs VFSO Belgium

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11th EPSA Autumn Assembly The four upcoming events

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AR topic: Health Workforce Training project

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Student Guide Erasmus exchanges

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Where are they now?

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Healthcare Students’ Summit Involvement for Students

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Map of Europe Events Calendar EPSA Executive contacts

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Dear reader, Time has passed since the last edition of the Newsletter was released at the Autumn Assembly. Since then we have been working hard to collect interesting articles and create a new edition for you. Some things have changed last year. A new position and department in the EPSA Team was created and our members from Belgium united their forces and formed a brand new national association. We also have the unique situation of having the next 4 events planned, so we give you the opportunity to see how the organisation is going and hopefully get you enthusiastic enough to attend at least one of them! As the second volume traditionally is distributed during the Annual Reception, an article is dedicated to the topic of this event: Health Workforce. In the context of this topic you can find an article about the first European Healthcare Students’ Associations Summit that took place last December with the aim to discuss the more uniformed representation of healthcare professionals in Europe. In the mobility section you will find more information about EPSA’s newest project, the Student Guide. And last but not least - an article about the opportunities EPSA offers to students thanks to its collaboration with professional organisations. A big thanks goes out to all those who contributed in some way to this second volume of the 22nd edition of the EPSA Newsletter, may it be my department members, the Editorial Board or the authors. Enjoy reading!

Svenja Laarhuis

EPSA Vice President of Public Relations vp.pr@epsa-online.com

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Why EPSA?

We have passed little over half of the 2014-2015 mandate and I can proudly say it has been hell of a ride so far! I am sure you will get the same impression and hopefully, some inspiration too, once you read this second edition of the EPSA Newsletter. Allow me to reflect a bit and share with you three reasons why I think EPSA is strong, inspirational and unique and why it will change your perspective. Firstly, it is what we do that makes EPSA such a strong association. Education has always been the core of our activities and students know how to take the most out of it. After very well graded educational programme of last Autumn Assembly a new generation of EPSA Trainers has been formed and they are planning to train you all. We have organised several webinars and chats with professionals allowing students to get insights into specific aspects of pharmacy from the comfort of their homes. Our mission for better interprofessional collaboration has culminated into a summit where we discussed new ways of advocating for students’ opinion. We have monitored activities of our professional partners and found new mobility placements for your professional development. You have probably seen promotion

and results of these activities on our social media and Monthly Dose publications. If not - subscribe, like, share and get engaged. Make EPSA even stronger. Secondly, it is the people that make EPSA such an inspiring association. Every morning I get good morning messages from my teammates and thanks to that I have a smile on my face for the rest of the day. I enjoy seeing different perspectives and opinions coming from our members and active engagement of Liaison Secretaries in the EPSA work. Every EPSA event brings new faces and new discussions and the 3rd Team Meeting we had in Slovenia was no exception. We have also had a chance to visit some of our members’ events and in that way to get closer to the students, ask for opinions and seek for feedback, provide and receive inspiration. Greatest inspiration for me is the fact that while being with EPSA people feel like being at home. Lastly, it is the Spirit that makes EPSA so unique association. I cannot explain it with words, it is different for everyone. For me, it is dancing Muevelo. It is your time to get involved and feel it yourself.

So, what are you waiting for?

Svetlana Kolundžić EPSA President

president@epsa-online.org

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EPSA turning into Internal Affairs The mandate of 2014/2015 charged EPSA with the implementation of major structural changes within the EPSA Team. For the first time in its history there is a Vice President of Internal Affairs working in the Executive and leading a very fresh Internal Affairs department. The mandate now is in a partway, so we can already see the first outcomes of this change. How it started

From the perspective of Internal

The name of the department speaks for itself - its members are supposed to work with the internal matters of association such as internal communication (within the Team, members and Alumni) and management (spread of information, organisation of events). The need to have a separate department and especially a position of Vice President of Internal Affairs arose a few years ago. As EPSA has been constantly expanding the scope of its activities, the workload of the Team (and especially Executive) members has been increasing tremendously. The tasks which are now assigned to the Vice President of Internal Affairs were done by other team members before but it often resulted in insufficient completion of other duties they had or negligence of internal maintenance of the team and communication.

What has changed Vice President of Internal Affairs is a position quite often found in various similar students’ associations which we looked at while trying to collect our fellows’ experiences. Inspired by that and bearing in mind the previous structure of EPSA, the outcome was that the new position should mostly take over the tasks from Secretary General, Vice President of Public Relations and President.

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Currently the newly formed Internal Affairs department consists of 3 people: Vice President of Internal Affairs, Events Coordinator and Alumni Coordinator. The latter two positions used to be part of the Public Relations department, though

Timothy Robinson, EPSA Alumni Coordinator Since I started my mandate as Alumni Coordinator, it has been a total different experience to that of being a Parliamentary Council Member. I believe the creation of this department in Budapest was a great decision, as the Events Coordinator and the Alumni Coordinator are positions that are out on the periphery when they were in Public Relations. The creation of this department has allowed for improved communication and project development. This now allows me to get on with the necessary tasks as Alumni Coordinator, as in my opinion this role is very independent and has links to all positions and boards within the Team. Mainly in these first months of the mandate I have found that my main contact within the Team has been with the Educational Board, specifically with the Professional Affairs Coordinator. I would like to say that already it has been going well and the Alumni have proved very useful to the development and initiation of both new and existing projects.

due to other focus points and needs of the visibility of EPSA, they had often been neglected as part of EPSA Public Relations. The need of higher attention to EPSA events and growing involvement of Alumni led to the demand of having a department focused entirely on those matters.


We are currently working on thee idea to include chairpersons of EPSA Annual Congresses and Autumn Assemblies to the department. As they are inseparable from EPSA events and most of their communication happens with Internal Affairs department members already, this kind of structure exists already so it only needs official implementation.

Briefly, Vice President of Internal Affairs is now responsible for: • Managing general communication with members of EPSA (through Liaison Secretaries of each member association);

Affairs department members Judit Pajor, former EPSA Events Coordinator Although Events Coordinator and Alumni Coordinator have always belonged to the Public Relations department, even during my mandate as Chairperson I felt like they were doing their work on their own. Now that the role of Vice President of Internal Affairs has been created, it really feels like I have a Vice President who has time for events. As Chairperson I have always been in touch with the Vice President of Public Relations, but I could also see that there have been way too many tasks for him and he could not pay as much attention to the events as he wanted to. Since my work has started in the Team, I am always trying to discuss the most important things with Miglė, and it helps me a lot when it comes to decision making. It was nice to have her during Skype meetings and I appreciate the way we worked together. It really feels comfortable that she is around and taking care of the Team and of the Liaison Secretaries.

The first outcomes

As “EPSA goes local” is the slogan of the mandate, getting closer to our members is the main goal to fulfil this year. With increased internal affairs capacity this has been successfully achieved so far.

Even though everything did not go smoothly, the main aim of establishing a new Executive position seems to be reached - the workload of other Executive members was optimised and therefore everyone can focus on being more productive and improving performance as a Team.

• Serving as Vice President of Association; • Managing internal communication of the Team and Executive as well as information flow; • Coordinating activities like Buddy Project, Next Generation Program, EPSA Support Fund; • Supporting organisation of EPSA Team Meetings (online and face-to-face); • Supervising and supporting Internal Affairs department members. Overall the whole department and its members have found their place in the Team and many fruitful collaborations have been established. It is hard to list specific things as accomplishments of the department so far, though we would love to believe that improved structure within the Team brought us great success in organising the 11th EPSA Autumn Assembly in Hradec Králové, Czech Republic. We are on our way to even more projects this year, so many more achievements are to be expected by the end of the mandate.

Miglė Škadauskaitė EPSA Vice President of Internal Affairs

vp.ia@epsa-online.org

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How a new association is created Belgium is the home of the EPSA house, And so the journey started: with our founders we famous chocolate and as of this year also started to write our association’s statutes. During these meetings a great bond of friendship started the home of a new students’ association, to form between the founders. Our first EPSA VFSO. An organisation which aims experience started with the joining of Farmaceutica to bring the Flemish pharmaceutical Leuven as a member of EPSA. Farmaceutica the founders of VFSO the time to establish students together and represent common gave a well-founded association, an association that interests, by organising activities such appointed its first team this year! as symposia, trainings, workshops and other educational - or professional - In Hradec Králové! based activities. Another aim of VFSO is With a part of this team, we went to the Autumn to represent the Flemish pharmaceutical Assembly to start our very own journey with EPSA. students nationally and internationally. It was an Assembly to remember forever, as it was The start of something new Until a few years ago, we only had separate students’ associations in each city. We did not have anything like VFSO, which currently represents the students on an educational and national level. That needed to change and it was during the spring of 2012 that some representatives of each faculty gathered together and talked about a national association. EPSA was also mentioned during this meeting, because one of the professors at the VUB (The Vrije Universiteit Brussel) was a member of the EPSA Board of Trustees. He said that it would be an amazing opportunity to have a national association that could represent Belgium within EPSA.

such an amazing experience that was great to share with the VFSO team, a team of friends. From the start of the Assembly, we were warmly welcomed into the EPSA family. Each day brought a new experience within the team, an experience we are definitely taking home with us.

TWINNET with Strasbourg During the last weekend of November we organised a TWINNET with Strasbourg (France). We started the weekend with a dinner, where the French and Flemish students could get to know each other better. We ended the evening with a ‘Belgian theme party’, so the French could have a taste of the Belgian parties.

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The next day we showed Leuven to the French students, we visited the central library, the botanic garden, the Belgian beer shop, the town hall, etc. Afterwards we organised our very first symposium with the topic “Pharmacy of the future”. We invited two guest speakers: Dirk Broeckx and Jamie Wilkinson. Dirk Broeckx’s company gives “Prepare for the Future” courses to pharmacists to show them how the pharmacy field will look in 2020. Our second speaker was Jamie Wilkinson, he is the pharmaceuticals and professional affairs advisor at PGEU (Pharmaceutical Group of the European Union). He told us more about the ‘future pharmaceutical services’ based on concrete examples within Europe. During the evening, we had a typical Belgian night called a ‘cantus’ where participants sat on several long tables, whilst they sang continuously and had a great time.

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Flemish students the opportunity to attend EPSA events, to let them know there is a whole world out there. Anyways, we are looking forward to expand our collaboration with EPSA!

Greetings from Belgium,

Finally, we ended the weekend with a training about presentation skills given by Sandra, EPSA’s Vice President of Education. This TWINNET gave us a whole new experience and it was great to meet the students of Strasbourg. The second part of our weekend took place the second weekend of February in Strasbourg.

Providing a stable basis This is the first year that we officially exist, and despite the fact that the local associations do support us, many of these activities are new for most Belgian pharmaceutical students. Even most local associations do not have much experience with the kind of events that we are trying to establish. With EPSA we hope to contact other pharmaceutical students’ associations, so that we can learn from them and share our experiences with them. This year, we will try to provide a stable basis for Nele van Lint the coming years: getting known by the students and creating a network between the students, Charlotte Jakobs professional organisations/institutes, professionals and VFSO. Simultaneously, we would like to give the

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The Czech experience

This past fall, students from all corners Educational programme of Europe travelled to Hradec Králové root of a successful congress is to leave with a in the Czech Republic, all for the same The head full of new knowledge and ideas. The emphasis purpose: to spend a week full of moments of this Autumn Assembly symposium was on a more that will be cherished forever. The main focus and topic of this Autumn Assembly was: “Patient at the Centre of Healthcare - From Lab to the Citizens’’. Full of enthusiasm, my two colleagues and I (half of the Macedonian delegation) started our journey. First we spent one night in the magical Prague, city of spires, where we met with other EPSA people. The morning after we were wandering around Prague, we headed towards Hradec Králové which is a small student city two hours away from Prague by train. It was not difficult to see our Černigov Hotel in front of us when we got there. Our hearts burst into excitement, as we were warmly welcomed by the Reception Committee (RC) and Helping Team (HT). It was an amazing feeling to see all the familiar faces again, which I have met on my previous two EPSA events.

scientific level, especially on demonstrating the procedures a substance must go through to become a drug and additionally what procedures are needed after registration of the drug. Many good points

However, it was my first event as the official delegate representing MPSA Macedonia and it was all new for me at the Official delegates (OD) meeting later that day. I also volunteered for the photographers call so I could not wait to capture all the moments of this congress. After everyone settled down, it was time for the Opening Ceremony which was a semi-formal night at the hotel, where the RC and EPSA team officially opened the congress. The night ended flawlessly after chatting with new and old friends and enjoying the delicious catering.

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Public Health campaign

During the EPSA Autumn Assembly in Hradec Králové, we organised (yet another) Public Health Campaign. For this congress, we chose hypertension as a topic because in Czech Republic 25% of the population has an elevated blood pressure. After a theoretical workshop, we reached the public on the train station. There we were measuring blood pressure and distributing leaflets all around the building. The campaign was a real success as we managed to measure blood pressure to more than 100 participants and some people even came as they heard about the campaign on local radio!

Adéla Firlová

EPSA Social Services and Public Health Coordinator


were raised and discussed with the professors who described the whole process to us. Other invaluable parts of a job well-done were the parallel sessions of workshops and trainings. The students enjoyed discussing, working as a group and moreover developing soft skills.

the colors of white, blue and red, tried a variety of beverages and snacks and also learned various facts about Czech culture, which later on earned us

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Part of the programme included a trip to the Museum of Pharmacy at the Kuks Hospital where enthusiastic participants went through a quick evolution of our profession. As the topic says that patients are in the centre of the healthcare, EPSA organised a successful Public Health Campaign, where participants measured the blood pressure of people and raised awareness about hypertension in the streets of Hradec KrĂĄlovĂŠ. At the General Assembly, the highest decision making body, crucial things were completed. The ODs and the EPSA members voted on serious things that will bring the association forward. The hard working job of the current EPSA Team was reflected on the different reports and also the ones from LSs. The hosts for the upcoming events were presented and IPSA (Irish Pharmaceutical Students Association) was voted in as an ordinary member. After many hours spent at the GA, the EPSA vision and mission was shared among all of us, with various ideas and inputs.

Sightseeing

points at the treasure hunt. The most famous party at all congresses, the International Night, was filled with the spirit of different nationalities and was excellent as always. My favorite night was the theme party, a spectacular night organised at an abandoned military aircraft hangar where everyone wore uniforms. There were various creative costumes and the auction was also held that night. Last but not the least, the most formal Gala night which everyone loves but which is also a sad reminder that the congress has come to an end. After expressing huge gratitude for the team who did a fantastic job and dancing and partying all night, it was time to say goodbye.

The treasure hunt was a creative idea to discover the beauty and history of the city by wandering around and playing interesting games. The participants had to answer questions and play games in order to collect points as a group to get the big surprise in the end. Our group won the competition!

As it is a very difficult task to express something you have experienced in only two pages, I must advise all of you to come and feel the EPSA spirit for yourself. I think that I caught the virus of addiction as well!

Social programme

Hugs from Macedonia!

The aim of EPSA is to bring us all together academically but also socially. The RC organised nights that connected the participants on a whole different level. After a strict schedule, everyone thoroughly enjoyed the social programme. There was the Czech Night, where everyone dressed in

You have #nothingToulouse.

See you soon,

Matea Lero

Participant of the 11th EPSA Autumn Assembly

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We are already thrilled to welcome you to Toulouse, where the accent was voted the most charming of all the French ones. It will be a pleasure to offer you all a Professional Fair for the first time. This day will enable you to interact with professionals to enlighten you about your diverse career choices.

Still wondering about some pharmaceutical activity? Take this opportunity to chat with professionals about their jobs and your projects. Some academic institutions will also be there to provide information. You may not all have the chance to take part in this event, however you could be interested in the topic “Pharmacist of the 21st century“. To ensure that you do not lose this opportunity to learn, we are working with EPSA on live-streaming the Symposium. Hence, feel free to follow us on Facebook to get the latest updates.

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Months passed, the RC was settled and then started searching for possibilities. There were many questions. However, after contacting some hotels and starting to imagine the programme, we settled for the Lisbon Seashore. “But what is the Lisbon Seashore?” - my watchful reader may ask. It is the coastline between Lisbon and Cascais, about 30 km of beach bordered by the Atlantic Ocean. It boasts proximity to the capital and other interesting historical cities in the area, but also the beach for the sun lovers out there. The preparation since then has been steady. As the accommodation is already provided, we are focusing on the food and on the social and educational programme, finding places for the parties and contacting potential sponsors to arrange speakers under the theme “Europe as a Playground for Professional Mobility”. In the beginning of December we launched our Facebook page, where we will spread all important information and some extra curiosities. So click like and keep yourself informed, as we hope to see you here between 20th and 26th July 2015!


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Preparations for the 12th EPSA Autumn Assembly being held in October 2015, are well and truly under way. We are currently negotiating numerous packages with many local businesses so as to ensure the best possible experience for all those choosing to attend.

The Reception Committee is fortunate in that a few of its members have gained priceless exposure from attending many EPSA events over these past few years. We therefore have a clear picture in mind, on what pharmacy students from around Europe have grown to expect from such events: be it in terms of accommodation, the financial and academic aspects or leisure just to mention a few. Our aim is to provide an informative session of interesting talks for attending students. As you all know, “Immunopharmacology - tailoring complex therapies to meet the needs of patients� has been chosen as the topic around which these talks will be based. We are currently in the process of recruiting the last couple of speakers so as to complete the line-up of professionals who will be delivering these talks. May we point out that these individuals are highly experienced within their area of expertise, so we highly encourage you all to attend and to make the most of this opportunity.

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FiPSA warmly welcomes you all to Finland for the 39th EPSA Annual Congress and especially to our lovely capital city Helsinki! The congress will be held at the University of Helsinki from 18th to 24th of April 2016.

We will offer the participants a great scene for meeting and networking with pharmacy students from all over Europe. We will assemble a training programme with a wide perspective on the theme of lifelong learning: this will include a symposium, workshops and trainings. We have a high number of qualified pharmacy professionals in Finland so we are certain that we can get the best speakers to share their expertise in the symposium and workshops. And of course we should not forget the GA and social programme. The latter will include the traditional International Night, amazing theme parties and the memorable gala dinner! We hope to see you all in Toulouse this year! Come and find our RC and ask any questions you have in mind!

Further details regarding the above as well as leisure and registration dates will be announced later, so stay tuned!

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Is this an important topic for students?

Health Workforce, also known as human in a programme called “The Joint Action on resources for health is defined as “all Health Workforce Planning and Forecasting”. This three-year programme is a platform for collaboration people engaged in actions whose primary between partners aiming at improving the capacity intent is to enhance health”. The topic has for Health Workforce planning and forecasting and been identified as a very important one by also preparing Europe’s future Health Workforce. World Health Organisation and European What influences Health Workforce? Commission, since there will be an estimated shortage of approximately one Health Workforce is affected by different policies, million healthcare workers in the European which aim to ensure good working conditions for Union by 2020. But the question is why is workers and also good service for citizens. To achieve this, a sufficient number of health workers is needed. this topic so important for students that Figure below represents inflows and outflows, which it has been chosen as the main topic of are the sources and sinks that change the number of EPSA’s event of excellence, the EPSA healthcare professionals. Annual Reception. The term “Health Workforce” includes different What is the situation of Health Workforce on European level? The Healthcare sector is a sector with a significant importance in EU economy, especially with an ageing population and increasing demand for healthcare. Human resources are considered Education as one of the core block of a health system and the critical shortages of health professions could lead into unstable health Immigration systems. Therefore, an Action plan for EU Health Workforce was written by European Return to the Commission in 2012 tackling 4 Health Workforce areas: Health Workforce planning and forecasting, future skills needs, recruitment and retention of health professionals and negative effects of migration on health systems. EPSA has brought the first mentioned area to special attention and became involved

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professions, such as doctors, nurses, midwifery, physiotherapists etc., who work together with pharmacists as part of multi-disciplinary team. The policies accepted therefore might also impact other professions. There is a wide range of different areas within Health Workforce, on which policies have impact on.

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Policies on: Education Working conditions Task allocation Migration Retirement

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The examples: 1. Regulation of number of students would be a policy in “Education” 2. New missions & services for the pharmacists would be in the “Task allocation” of the healthcare professionals 3. The automatic recognition of diploma for Pharmacy in Europe is linked to “Migration”

EPSA believes this topic to be of a significant importance for european students and will continue to be active on this domain. EPSA will make sure the voice of the students it represents will be heard and included in the decisions of policy makers to be even more active into shaping our future. Health Workforce

The term for all health professionals working in a healthcare system.

Demand (of HWF)

Number of health professionals required to fill in open vacancies.

Stock (of HWF)

The students would be the first impacted by any change into their education, in terms of content or regulation. The curricula should prepare students to enter the workforce with the required skills for pharmacists. It should reflect the new tasks and skills which will be needed.

Number of available practicing and non-practicing health professionals in a country.

Health Workforce forecasting

Estimating the required health workforce to meet future health service requirements and the development of strategies to meet those requirements.

Students should not undergo silent changes in the regulation of their education; they should be enlightened about the discussion ongoing and their opinions taken into consideration.

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Strategies that address the adequacy of the supply and distribution of the Health Workforce.

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The process by which a person acquires the necessary skills and competencies for delivering healthcare, possibly through post-graduate training programmes in addition to graduate training programmes.

Why does it matter for students? The policies on Health Workforce directly impact the European pharmacy students. The topic is significantly important for students especially due to the policies regulating education, future work of health professions and mobility.

The Pharmacy profession is always evolving with time to better reflect the population and public health needs. It will not be the only profession to do so and the changes in all healthcare professions will impact on the work of others. The students are used to the concept of mobility inside the European Union, in particular thanks to the famous Erasmus programme. The migration of healthcare professionals has an impact on the amount of the Health Workforce. Having accurate data on the mobility of healthcare professionals in Europe would help to improve planning. Mobility should not be forced neither diminish patient safety, and any change in its regulation would interest the students.

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Wonderful adventure

When people ask me “What makes trainings so special?”, I have what we can call a “little moment”. Not one of not having anything to say or not knowing what to say, but one of those that come from the huge amount of memories which are brought to my head and lie deep down in my heart. This story started long ago, as it usually does: a couple of trainings you attended that somehow made a lot of sense and a couple of Trainers that got your attention. After the first few times you go to trainings as a participant, you get that it is different from a workshop or a simple lecture.

It starts revealing itself the first time someone talks to you about it or when you read a call for a Training New Trainers (TNT) event. You read it once and think “How interesting! Let me read it closely”, and then you go “It really seems like it was made for me!”. The third time you read it you are already having a “I need you in my life!” moment and you decide to send an application.

“ The Trainers try to explain you some things using cool huge paper sheets (flipcharts, they say) with handmade charts and drawings, and afterwards they even get you to actually work, without you even realizing it sometimes! And if they feel you are tired, BOOM!: an energizer (lets face it: who does not like a little waka to lift your spirit?!). You leave happy, excited, feeling like it was worth it, as you have developed a new or an existing skill in a way that you can really apply it outside the training room. When you start wishing you can also make it happen, you just do not know it yet but there is already a Trainer on the making somewhere inside of you!

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A couple of months ago I decided to take a step forward and apply for the 7th Training New Trainers event undertaken by EPSA and ESTIEM. It took me an afternoon to build my associative CV and write a motivation letter in which I expressed all my faith and love for EPSA. An afternoon which changed my life in a way that nothing will be the same for me anymore. I have been accepted to join the TNT and I am now an EPSA Trainer Candidate. From this week on I have started to open my mind even broader and turn myself to others even more, thus I have new tools between my hands to transfer to students new skills that will make them grow. And the awesome point is: this will make me grow as well. If you feel like that too, I can write again something in twelve months... you will probably see some changes!

Mylène Tisseyre, France (TNT 2014)


Sometimes it does not work the first time around but that is not a motive to give up! It can only make your goal clearer and your will stronger! When you finally get accepted, little you know that you are heading to another turning point: the TNT itself. A TNT is a weeklong event where future Trainers get all the tools for being able to design and deliver their own trainings. Being realistic, when you walk in you just have no idea of what is going to happen. Even if a lot of people tried to explain you every single thing that happens on a TNT, it would still have been only a short description. Someone once said that the greatest part of it is not what you see or what you hear, it is the experience and the feelings that keep boiling inside of you. Then you try to find your place locally and start delivering trainings on your own.

preparation and flipchart making start to feel like wonderful self-learning and creative moments where you defy yourself to go a little further. From then, the goal is to keep growing and moving forward on the path you outlined for yourself!

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Being a Trainer has given me a lot more than I could wish for and more than I think I can ever repay. It has given me knowledge, creativity, responsibility, stress resistance; such skills as team working, public speaking, intercultural awareness. It has already made me smile, laugh, cry, desperate and rejoice; sleep less in a week than usually in 3 days. It has given me friends, people that will always have a place in my heart.

This step sometimes is not easy as you do not know who to turn to, but eventually you sort it out and start discovering for yourself the joys of being a Trainer: the look on the participants faces, their smiles after an energizer, the glow in their eyes when they discover something new; even the never-ending hours of I became an EPSA Trainer in March 2012, completing my TNT in Slovenia. In addition to the wonderful opportunity to meet some great people and see an amazing city I really was able to test myself, my thoughts and assumptions and learn from others. This experience helped me to realise my strengths and expand upon them, identify my weaknesses as hard as it is to cope with them and gave me real goals for the future. It has also given me a confidence to give my first training soon after and I have not looked back since - I have given EPSA trainings at local events, national congresses and EPSA events ever since. See you at the next one!

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David Preece, UK (TNT 2012)

Being a Trainer has been a wonderful adventure in my life. If you feel it is also an adventure for you, do not be shy, work on it and jump in! We will be more than happy to have you!

Sara Torgal

Internal Capacity Building member of EPSA Trainers Board

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Student Guide

Making student exchange more accessible EPSA Students’ Guide project is a prime example of how good ideas proposed by our members can be done with a team effort. The discussions on how to improve communication and how to facilitate the connection of different pharmaceutical faculties in Europe started in Helsinki, where the 1st Team Meeting took place. Against our best efforts, the solution could not be found by that time. This is where the proactivity and ingenuity of our members came through. CPSA (Croatian Pharmaceutical Students’ Association) came up with a proposal for initiating the EPSA Students’ Guide project. The majority of other members immediately supported the initial idea. The potential did not go unnoticed. With the support from our members, EPSA committed towards establishing the project. Initial steps were strongly supported by the efforts and advice from our Alumni. In this specific case we owe our gratitude towards Inkatuuli Heikkinen and Mariana Fróis, for if it was not for them, I would have not been made aware of the SUPERDUPER database project that was carried out in the past. I was provided with all of the data they have collected in their efforts connected with this SUPERDUPER database. The database proved to be an invaluable source of information for the current team’s projects and for EPSA Students’ Guide.

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Coordinators from individual faculties. The collected information will form the core of the project as it will enable EPSA to facilitate and help different European faculties to connect by providing contact information to individual Erasmus Coordinator. At first glimpse we noticed a small but a very important point: many of the currently established contracts are based on friendships amongst Erasmus Coordinators. Our aim is to help with broadening the diversity of partnering faculties in the countries where such connection does not exist. We are confident our database will help to increase the number of exchanges per year and more importantly to help with the efforts of signing agreements between different European faculties. The aforementioned part is important but it does not form the whole project. With the second and the third stage we are planning to collect the information about curricula and student lifestyle in individual countries. We will include all of the information that inspiring exchange students need. The whole project is heavily dependable on the cooperation from our members and will, without a doubt, increase the workload for individual people. However, the outcome and the potential it holds, is reason enough to persist and reach the end goal, which is establishing the EPSA Students’ Guide as the focal point for every pharmacy student who needs information about studying abroad!

Based on the inputs and proposals from our members, we outlined the vision and goals for the project. The project was divided into three main stages that will be gathered and put on the EPSA online web page, easily accessible to everyone. With the vision of connecting all of European Academia in the field of pharmacy, we commenced with the first stage. This is without any doubt the most important stage for the whole project. We are collecting the information from Erasmus

Domen Kutoša

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Are you ready for an adventure? You must have heard about it, you may even know a few people who took part in the project. Going on an Erasmus exchange has become a cultural phenomenon. Those who have already experienced studying abroad will agree with us when we say that such experiences never fade away. Yet there are factors one must take into consideration before deciding whether to embrace this challenge. Let this article enlighten you! The first thing you need to do when embarking on this journey is to contact your local Erasmus Coordinator. Each university has one with the main responsibility of handling Erasmus exchanges.

One final very important aspect of your exchange is the Learning Agreement. This is a document between the universities and you prior to your exchange. It will grant you the right to have your courses fully recognized as well as to apply for the Erasmus grant, so make sure to sign it! So with these thoughts in mind, are you ready to join the 2 million students who have benefited from this experience and become part of the Erasmus generation?

See you around Europe!

The next step is deciding where you want to go. Each university has signed agreements with partnering institutions, in order to allow these exchanges to happen. When choosing a country there are a number of factors to take into consideration, such as: whether you will have to retake the exams you missed during your time abroad; the language in which the courses will be taught; how welcoming they are to foreign students; and last, but certainly not least, the expenses you will need to cover. Fortunately, Erasmus students are exempt from any tuition fees and will preferably be granted free access to university facilities. Moreover, all students are eligible to receive a mobility grant, intended for assisting with the extra costs of living abroad. Typically 200-300 euros a month depending on the exchange, paid out in two installments of 80% at the start of your exchange and 20% at the end. In addition to this, students are still allowed to receive any other grants or funding they might have been receiving prior to the exchange.

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Living in an Eastern country with exceptionally culturally homogenous population, I have been always fascinated with getting in touch with people from different parts of the world. Not only because it enriches you and helps you see things you had never imagined, but also to see how beautiful and unique your own culture is. This is why I took a chance and went to Montpellier, France, with the Erasmus+ exchange programme. I probably could not have had a better experience. A vibrant student city with lots of international students gave me both an opportunity to try out a French lifestyle and meet people from every corner of the world.

When you go abroad on an exchange, you get a chance to live a whole life in a few months. Plenty of new friends, new challenges and experiences. It gets you addicted to trying out something new, sharing cultures, and leaves you wanting more and more.

Few weeks have passed since I left my country to start up a new journey and participate in the Erasmus+ Project at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. Finding myself in another country, learning the language and pushing my own boundaries every single day has proved to be a remarkable experience, so far. Erasmus+ is the perfect opportunity to get to know myself better and develop as an individual, both socially and educationally.

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The feeling of being an European, so obvious for our generation, but not for our ancestors, is nowhere else as strong as in the international community. Even though the differences in studying schemes and expectations from the professors between my home university and the new one may be challenging at times, it is unquestionably worth it.

Monika Staniulytė

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Directly from the EPSA Alumni themselves Inkatuuli Heikkinen I work as an Event Manager at DIA, working with congresses and trainings, in the planning and development team. Another cool aspect is that my EPSA friends work with those organisations I collaborate with. I feel my job is a bit like it was in EPSA which I simply love. I was Training Coordinator, Education and Professional Affairs Coordinator and AA Chairperson and I arranged the educational content of AC. This obviously has hugely supported what I do now. EPSA in general has fundamentally changed the course of

my life which I am very grateful for. Also the “cultural clashes” one sometimes faces in congresses have since turned into cultural awareness of understanding others, benefiting your broader view to life. I started my career in regulatory and was working mostly in consulting. I got a great overview on the governance and approval processes in Europe. Get out of the box and explore what you can do with your degree and with your different skills: you can make your wildest dreams happen. Also, I can see that I am harvesting now - after three years what I planted while in EPSA Team. Do not expect immediate results but keep investing in yourself and your professional network from EPSA.

Pedro Barroca After finishing my studies, I set out to find a job: it found me instead. As networking is such an integral part of EPSA, it becomes embedded in your own personality. In poking around for different job options, one poked back medical writing in a healthcare advertising agency. But it does not stop there. I say this because being in EPSA did something for me which was far more important than helping me hone my hard and soft skills. Through different positions, (Design Officer, now called Design Coordinator,

Secretary General and President), it showed me traits I did not know about, my actual strengths and weaknesses, clearly highlighting what I am good at and where I can and should improve. With all this in mind, and comparing my path in EPSA with my professional endeavours to date, the best advice I can give you is this: aim to start with something you know you are good at. That will give you the confidence you need to take the next step: going out of your comfort zone, exploring yourself and pursuing what drives you; that thing that makes you get up in the morning, or even in the middle of the night. Self-awareness is everything - make good use of it!

Rebwar Saleh Since my graduation in the summer of 2013, I have been working in a community pharmacy as a regular pharmacist. After a short period of time I got the opportunity to work as an Assistant Professor and Internship Coordinator at the Oslo and Akershus University College (of Applied Sciences), at the Bachelor’s program of Pharmacy, and now I am in

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the current position as a recruitment consultant for Boots Pharmacy in Oslo, Norway. My main involvement with EPSA was when I was the LS of NoPSA, Norway, and later on - one year as Science Coordinator. The influence it had on me is quite big. I feel that I am making a use of lots of what


I learned from the time I was active in EPSA. I have definitely developed some skills in event organisation. All the way from planning them to executing, to evaluating the event in the end. This goes also for all the projects that I have been able to start. I also gained a huge network amongst pharmacy students

both in Norway and the rest of Europe, and I have already seen an effect of that in my current job.

After becoming Design Coordinator of EPSA rather by accident in the mandate 11/12, I held that position for another year and eventually ran for VicePresident of Public Relations for the mandate 13/14. In 2012, I also became EPSA Trainer.

maceutical publisher, developing a new product for students. The hard skills that I developed for my work as design coordinator - Photoshop, InDesign, sketching - have proved to be helpful for my current occupation: It is easier to transmit a message if you know how to communicate it visually.

My advice to those who are reading this would be: Make future plans while you are still a student. Once you have set your goals and aims for your carrier, it will be easier to see which way you should go. Also, remember to have fun and take care of all the opportunities you get to enjoy your student life as much as you can!

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Stefan Rack

I never planned an “EPSA career” nor felt extraordinarily skilled to be meant for it, but it proved to be the most fruitful coincidence of my life, in both personal and professional terms. Shortly after I finished my last EPSA mandate, I started to work as a project manager for a phar-

I currently work with people from different backgrounds and need to shape a product with them from different angles, mostly without knowing exactly what they are doing and outside my actual profession. Adapting to different perspectives and speaking different languages - professionally and linguistically - was essential for my work as VicePresident in EPSA as it is now.

Vikki Ginday I am currently a community pharmacy manager in England, UK. I qualified in 2010, completed my pre-registration year in the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (UK), and continued there as a Trainee Specialist Hospital Pharmacist where I completed my Postgraduate Clinical Diploma in Pharmacy Practice. I have since transitioned to the community pharmacy sector to develop managerial and personnel development skills. That’s the boring part! EPSA has always been close to my heart, an inspiring true passion within my profession, connecting me to many like minded individuals (crazy pharmacists with many ideas!) who will with no doubt be at the

forefront of this profession for the next few decades. My best advice would be, get involved and never look back! The more you give, the more you get back! I previously have attended EPSA SU (Bulgaria), EPSA AA (Helsinki), EPSA AC (Catania). I organised my local Association’s (the British Pharmaceutical Students’ Association) Annual Conference with a very close friend and then moved on to organising EPSA’s Autumn Assembly (Birmingham) through my role of Registrations Coordinator, with a group of extremely close friends. EPSA helps you to forge loyal, lifelong connections with INCREDIBLE pharmacists. Events help you to demonstrate commitment, passion, resilience and innovation within your profession, as well as skills such as networking, communication, debate, listening, coaching, ... The list truly goes on. How can you lose?

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Associations unite for better collaboration For a long time the idea of gathering heads of healthcare students’ associations had been growing in EPSA and in 2014 it finally became reality!

At European level, the professionals have recently showed a great example of such collaboration when representatives of pharmacists, doctors, nurses, dentists and midwives released the biggest study ever done concerning the review and mapping of continuous professional development and lifelong learning for health professionals in Representatives from five European What is a summit? the EU. We also had the chance student associations (European during the Summit to welcome Confederation for Physical Therapy A summit is a meeting of representatives of professional Students, European Dental heads of associations, states associations from each sector Students’ Association, European or governments. It aims and have their input not only on Medical Students’ Association, to bring together different this topic but also on other issues European Nursing Students’ perspectives within a system happening in the professional world Association and European Pharfor strategic conversations that students can relate to and can maceutical Students’ Association) about big picture and/or big react upon. met on the 15th December for the questions. A good summit first European Healthcare Students’ generates new thinking and In order to collect opinions of the Associations Summit (EHSAS), a successful one brings European healthcare students on co-hosted by European Students’ many outcomes. the Interprofessional collaboration Union (ESU) to discuss common and education, EPSA together with advocacy areas and united repreother associations had created a survey which was sentation of students at European level. distributed to students and representatives of each association on national and local level. Preliminary results of over 1500 received responses were shared and discussed during the Summit and showed high interest to the topic as 95.5% of the respondents agreed to the statement that they “will be working as a part of an interprofessional healthcare team in the future”. As an outcome of the survey, a common

The topic of the EPSA Annual Congress 2014, which was Interprofessional collaboration and education was used as a starting point for the current EPSA Team in further developing our relations with other healthcare students’ associations. As this subject is of high interest not only among students but also among professionals, it was decided to join forces and make a position on it together.

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position paper on this topic is to be written by all five associations attending the Summit in the following months. It will serve as a policy document for our associations to better advocate for this cause. Each association present at the Summit presented their structure and activities which helped in better understanding of each other’s work as well as in finding new areas for future collaboration. Current and future advocacy topics of each association were shared and it was seen that we could support each other on many of Behind the scenes those. The Summit acted as a starting point for a more strategic and productive collaboration among future healthcare professionals. The platform created will not only work in sharing knowledge, expertise and good practices but also in developing common opinion on European issues affecting healthcare. We are in the process of signing an agreement of collaboration to officially recognise this initiative and thus accomplish a better and more uniformed representation of healthcare students across Europe. United together, speaking with the same voice, we can be heard better!

The Summit was very active on social media with the hashtag #EHSAS. If you search for English tweets with this # you will find many tweets about the Summit and experience it from the inside.

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The Summit was a great chance to get more connected in an informal way with representatives of other students’ associations. EPSA welcomed EMSA and EDSA to the EPSA House over the weekend prior to the Summit and busy Brussels agenda was smoothened with not only good discussions and laughs over Belgian fries and chocolate but also with visits to the Christmas market and Brussels Grand Place.

On the 15th December, @EPSA_Online had more than 15,000 impressions and 160 retweets itself and the tweets about the Summit in total have reached an estimation 220,000 impressions.

How was the Summit? The Summit was also a great human experience. EPSA welcomed other representatives in Brussels for the weekend and we had the opportunity to bond. Christmas market, the Grand Place & the famous Belgian beers & fries were obviously involved. The EPSA House was full of great discussions, laughs and people as the last preparations of the Summit took place there.

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Opportunities in professional organisations A pharmacy student is a future health care professional, a soon-to-be pharmacist and tomorrow’s representative of the profession. It might seem a lot on a student’s shoulders but students and EPSA share the same passion for the Pharmacy profession and are conscious of the upcoming challenges. Keeping this in mind, EPSA strives for both personal and professional development of the European pharmacy students, supporting them in different ways to reach this goal. Collaboration with the professional world is one way. We collaborate at European level with representatives of the pharmacy profession in every sector, with industry companies, European institutions, agencies and programmes all in the benefit of students.

are arranged at EPSA’s events and throughout the year online but EPSA helps arranging sessions at national level when requested, which is the case at the General Assembly of ANEPF (EPSA French member), happened in February. Did you know professional organisations are invited for EPSA educational activities? EPSA, thanks to its network, invites professionals to deliver quality educational sessions during EPSA events. Between those key events, we arrange online webinars with the same purpose of providing quality educational content to students. We welcomed speakers from the European Industrial Pharmacists group (EIPG) and from the European Society of Oncology Pharmacy (ESOP) in the past editions for example. Did you know that some professional events are open to students?

Did you know EPSA organises Chats with Professional both live and online?

In order to be better prepared for the professional world and the upcoming possibilities in their careers, the students need access to information. EPSA arranges regularly the “Chat with Professionals”, where active professionals provide an overview of their educational and professional experience and the current professional situation. The direct contact allows students to ask freely their questions and have an inside insight. Chats with professionals

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One direct opportunity for students to experience the professional world is to attend professional events. Those events are great opportunities for students to start creating their own network but also to gain extensive and high-quality knowledge on specific topics that they would not have found in the academic environment. EPSA works with its collaborators to support the implementation of offers inside aforesaid events such as student sessions or financial relief. It is the case with the EAHP Congress (see the Event calendar) in March that offers a student package with a special fee and activities; a programme dedicated to student and the EPSA-EAHP student scientific award competition to recompense undergraduate student research articles. But EPSA collaborates with organisations in other fields in their events such as: Academics with


the European Association of Faculties of Pharmacy (EAFP) Annual Conference, Regulatory Affairs with The Organisation for Professionals in Regulatory Affairs (TOPRA) Annual Symposium or Industry with the EIPG Symposium but also in multidisciplinary event with the Drug Information Association EuroMeeting for example. Did you know the EPSA Students Science Publication is peer-reviewed with the help of Professionals? EPSA works in the recognition of students’ work by the professional world on different matter. In our Science projects which are the ESSP and the Science Day, students are given the opportunity to publish or present their abstracts at the Annual Congress. EPSA collaborates with the European Federation for Pharmaceutical Sciences (EUFEPS) to insure legitimacy of such projects.

members. In this regards, EPSA has two representatives living in Brussels in the EPSA House to facilitate ongoing representation, as they can directly interact with numerous professional and institutional organisations. I am for instance doing an internship in the Pharmaceutical group of European Union (PGEU) which represents community pharmacists in Europe. So far, EPSA responded to several European Commission consultations, it is involved in Commission programme such as the Joint Action on Healthcare Workforce Planning and Forecasting and was involved in the European Center for Disease prevention & Control campaign on the antibiotic awareness day. We also interact with Members of the European Parliament, for example for our Annual Reception which students will be able to attend.

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Did you know that recent graduates and students can apply to the EPSA Individual Mobility Project and experience a paid internship abroad thanks to our partners? EPSA is working closely with its partners to create internship placement that would fit the Individual Mobility Project. We are proud to have companies such as GSK, Fresenius Kabi or Lek-Sandoz and organisations as the Association of the European Self-Medication Industry (AESGP) among our IMP partners. Did you know EPSA’s core value is to represent European pharmacy students’ opinion and interest at the European level? One very important aspect for EPSA to collaborate with professionals is to make the students’ voice heard. EPSA believes in student representation and its ascendant model which is based on the fact that a student is represented by its local association which is represented by its national association which are represented by EPSA at European level. We do our best to defend our students’ interest and represent their point of view thanks to our

I know from personal experience that I first did not realise all the doors that EPSA can open when I started my extra-curricular activities. But once I started, I never stopped.

Would you take the challenge to attend one of our events, to participate in one of our projects, to organise one of our activities, to attend a professional event or get involve in your local/national/European association? You are the only one to know, but I predict you will not regret it.

Lucas Besson

EPSA VP of External Affairs

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It’s fair to say that IPSA Ireland has organised a number of excellent academic and social events over the past few months. At the start of the new academic year, a ball was held for students from all three Schools of Pharmacy in Ireland in order to encourage greater interactions between colleges. Recently, IPSA also arranged a Careers Fair for Irish pharmacy students. Representatives of different pharmacy-related professions provided the attendees with invaluable advice on the options open to them at the end of their degrees. Both events were resounding successes and there’s still a lot more to come!

The 27th edition of the Spanish National Congress took place in December at Zaragoza. Around 100 students from all over the country developed the topic “The young pharmaceutical practice” through symposiums and workshops, which had an important practical part. The participants also had the opportunity to present their research in a poster competition and in an oral presentation. After the educational part, the visiting students did an amazing guided tour around the city.

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Our members from BPhD Germany had their national General Assembly in November, where new team members were elected. Also an EPSA Executive member attended the weekend and was entertained with a karaoke night on Friday. During the days, workshops about Twinnet, FIP and the future of the pharmacy curriculum in Germany were delivered.


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On the World Diabetes Day HuPSA Hungary and HuMSIRC (Hungarian Medical Students’ International Relations Committee) jointly organised a healthy breakfast in Budapest. During the morning both pharmaceutical and medical students had the option to have an extra healthy breakfast with their friends. There were also some short presentations about how to live healthily, and after that everyone had the option to ask questions. The event was so popular that both Hupsa and HuMSIRC agreed that next year they will organise it again.

From 20th to 23rd December, 7th National Congress of NAPSer Serbia was traditionally held in Zlatibor This year’s congress topic tried to present students the future challenges in the field of pharmacy and how to successfully prepare for what’s to come. This included how advancement in technology affects the healthcare services, nanotechnologies, pharmacoeconomics and so much more… Of course parties were the unmissable part of the programme, where everybody got down to the beats of today’s biggest hits as well as to some live music every night.

The FASFR Romania members from Oradea organised the “FASFR National Gala”, an event that is always full of surprises: from educational programme and GAs to a pool party and dancing with the EPSA song. At this event the attendees were pharmacy students from all over Romania so we took the chance to implement - for the first time - the campaign “Fight the fakes” in order to create a better connection between FASFR members and to inform them about counterfeit medicine. To achieve our aims, we shared with participants brooches in shape of a pill and leaflets. Moreover, we had several studies presented by our students and even the organisation “Fight the Fakes” offered us their support. Being a real success, this campaign was implemented in other cities of Romania. We organised a fundraising campaign as well.

During World AIDS Day, members of GPSA Greece were educated about the risks of AIDS and its background. After this they transferred their knowledge and leaflets to other students in the faculty to raise awareness. It was a great success!


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See what is coming up in the next months 20th EAHP Congress

National Congress of Pharmacy Students from Romania

When? 25th - 27th March 2015 Where? Hamburg, Germany What? The congress of the European Association of Hospital Pharmacists, one of the biggest congresses in Europe. This year, together with EPSA, there will be a student session. How much? Students € 110, young professionals € 400 More info? www.eahp.eu/congresses

When? 1st - 5th April 2015 Where? Cluj-Napoca, Romania What? The Annual National Congress is FASFR’s flagship event. The main topic of this congress will be “The pharmacists involvement in oncological treatment”. How much? Almost € 100 More info? Petrescu Diana: petrescudiana92@ gmail.com

27th DIA Annual Euromeeting

38th EPSA Annual Congress

When? 13rd -15th April 2015 Where? Paris, France What? Annual meeting of more than 3000 healthcare professionals, with exhibitions, sessions for students and young professionals and an award for the best student poster. How much? Students € 300; fellowships for free More info? www.diahome.org/EM2015

When? 13rd - 19th April 2015 Where? Toulouse, France What? Join EPSA’s biggest event so that you can learn during the Educational Symposium and Science Day, interact during Workshops, enrich your knowledge during Soft Skill Trainings, debate in the General Assembly, enjoy the sights and get to know new people in a multicultural event. How much? 2nd registration period: € 375 More info? www.epsa-ac2015.eu

21st EAFP Annual Conference 17th EPSA Summer University

When? 14th - 16th May 2015 Where? Athens, Greece What? The Annual Conference of the European Association of Faculties of Pharmacy is going to be organised in the historical city of Greece in collaboration with the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Athens. The scientific programme will consist of lectures, workshops, trainings and poster exhibitions. How much? Student fee: € 50 More info? eafponline.eu/conferences/

When? 20th - 26th July 2015 Where? Lisbon, Portugal What? European summer holidays in the sunny Portugal with soft skill trainings, a Public Health Campaign, enjoyable social programme and lots of fun of course! How much? € 230 More info? www.epsa-online.org

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EPSA President Svetlana Kolundžić president@epsa-online.org EPSA VP of Internal Affairs Miglė Škadauskaitė vp.ia@epsa-online.org EPSA Secretary General Katarzyna Świderek secgen@epsa-online.org

EPSA VP of Public Relations Svenja Laarhuis vp.pr@epsa-online.org EPSA VP of External Affairs Lucas Besson vp.ea@epsa-online.org EPSA VP of Mobility Domen Kutoša vp.mobility@epsa-online.org

EPSA Treasurer Catarina Nobre treasurer@epsa-online.org EPSA VP of Education Sandra Hočevar vp.education@epsa-online.org

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