The American Pharmacy Student Alliance (APSA) is a professional student alliance between five independent professional organizations: APhA, ASHP, CPhA, CSHP, and IPSF. As the largest organization at the USC School of Pharmacy, APSA offers a variety of benefits to its members, such as leadership opportunities, patient care projects, conference scholarships, professional/legislative involvements, etc. A gateway to local, state, and national organizations, APSA acts as liaison between USC student pharmacists and the profession at large. If you are looking to advance yourself professionally and to move our profession forward, APSA will provide you the resources, network, and a team of dedicated board members to guide you every step of the way.

Vision statement: To develop student pharmacists into future leaders so that they will advocate, unite, and advance the profession of pharmacy

Mission statement: To provide opportunities and empower students to develop the person, the passion, and the profession


American Pharmacists Association (APhA)

APhA is the first and largest professional association of pharmacists in the United States.Within APhA, the USC APhA-ASP (Academy of Student Pharmacists) chapter is under APSA. APhA-ASP’s mission is to be the collective voice of student pharmacists, to provide opportunities for professional growth, and to envision and actively promote the future of pharmacy. APhA at large is the voice of the profession. It is the only professional organization that has members in all fields of pharmacy practice, including pharmacists, technicians, and interns. APhA represents pharmacists from diverse fields including pharmacists working in hospitals, community, industry, academia, management, and pharmacists in various specialized fields.

For more information, visit http://www.pharmacist.com

California Pharmacists Association (CPhA)

CPhA is our state association, representing all pharmacists in California. CPhA, founded in 1869, is the largest state association representing pharmacists. CPhA represents pharmacy professionals from all practice settings. Their mission is to promote, expand and defend the profession of pharmacy and the role of pharmacists in California. Additionally, the goal of the organization is to be an unified pharmacy profession that is recognized as preeminent in patient care.

For more information, visit http://www.cpha.com 

American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)

ASHP is a 30,000 member national professional association that represents pharmacist who practice in hospitals, health maintenance organizations, long-term care facilities, home care, and other components of health care systems. ASHP believes that the mission of pharmacists is to help people make the best use of medicines. Assisting pharmacists in fulfilling this mission is ASHP’s primary objective. The society has extensive publishing and educational programs designed to help members improve their professional practice.  ASHP is also the national accrediting organization for pharmacy residency programs.

At the USC chapter, ASHP students enjoy discounts to attend the Midyear Clinical Meeting, the largest showcase of residency and fellowship programs in the country, information on residencies throughout the U.S. and opportunities to network with pharmacists across the country. Students who are interested in pursuing a residency or fellowship should definitely consider joining ASHP!

For more information, visit http://www.ashp.org

California Society of Health-System Pharmacists (CSHP)

CSHP is a professional society of pharmacists and associates who serve patients and the public by promoting wellness and best use of medications. The mission of CSHP is to serve as an organization through which the membership pursues its common professional goals, provide leadership for the profession, and support for its members; they also represent its members before private and public agencies and health care professional organizations.

At the USC chapter, CSHP students enjoy the benefits of networking with health-system pharmacists, residency round-tables, leadership opportunities, and much more. If you are thinking about pursuing a career in hospital pharmacy, ambulatory care, long-term care, or other health system settings, joining CSHP is a must! Don’t miss out on career opportunities or residency opportunities… become a member of CSHP!

For more information, visit http://www.cshp.org 

International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation (IPSF)

IPSF is an international federation for student pharmacists, affiliated with APhA-ASP.  By joining APhA-ASP, you become a member of IPSF. Some of the advantages of membership include: (1) Student Exchange Program: Ever wanted to study pharmacy abroad?  This summer program gives you the opportunity to see the profession from another nation’s perspective; (2) Smoking Cessation Project: Raise public awareness of the world’s leading preventable cause of death; (3) Book Appeal: Help underserved student pharmacists across the globe obtain much-needed textbooks

For more information, visit http://www.ipsf.org


Patient Care Projects
Cholesterol Awareness, Operation Immunization, Body Fat Analysis, Women’s Health, Geriatric Care, Cancer Awareness, Project Hypertension, Operation Diabetes, Heartburn Awareness, Sexual Health Awareness, Healthy Living/Alternative Medicine, Poison Prevention/AWARE, Mental Health, Arthritis, Pain Management, SHARE Program, Asthma Awareness, Smoking Cessation



Board Member Contacts 


APhA/CPhA President Devin Panlasigui panlasig@usc.edu
ASHP/CSHP President Sandy On sandyon@usc.edu
APhA/CPhA President Elect Allison Hy allihy@usc.edu
ASHP/CSHP President Elect Kara Onouye onouye@usc.edu
CPhA Board of Directors Representative Shuhua Lu shuhualu@usc.edu
Director of International Affairs Yangting Li liyantin@usc.edu
Director of Financial Affairs Binjie Huang binjiehu@usc.edu
Director of Membership Thao Huynh thaohuyn@usc.edu
Director of Professional Affairs Chung-De (Derek) Joe chungdej@usc.edu
Director of Public Relations Jiangshan Huang jiangshh@usc.edu
Director of Legislative Affairs Tracy Ho tracyho@usc.edu


Director of Patient Care Projects Evelyn Jou ejou@usc.edu
Director of Local Associations – CPhA Leslie Wu lesliewu@usc.edu
Director of Local Associations – CSHP Jung Kim kim401@usc.edu
Directors of Operation Immunization Jamie Thuy jthuy@usc.edu
Marvine-Carsten Soleta msoleta@usc.edu
Directors of Operation Diabetes Beatrice Nguy bnguy@usc.edu
Shirley Cheung shirlemc@usc.edu
Director of Operation Heart Ryan Murakami rmmuraka@usc.edu
Director of Healthy Living/Alternative Medicine Kevin Chau chaukevi@usc.edu
Directors of Cholesterol Awareness Melissa Li melisali@usc.edu
Esther Eo eeo@usc.edu
Directors of Smoking Cessation Jessie Zhou jessiezh@usc.edu
Arthur Chen arthursc@usc.edu
Directors of Project Hypertension Akeem Faustino afaustin@usc.edu
Diane Luu dianeluu@usc.edu
Directors of Body Fat Analysis Shannon Cao shannokc@usc.edu
Victor Kao victork@usc.edu
Director of Infectious Disease Awareness Calvin Songveera songveer@usc.edu
Director of Pain Management Stefan Gorham sgorham@usc.edu
Directors of SHARE Program Emily Taing emilytai@usc.edu
 Director of OTC/Medication Safety Malkhasian Yervant malkhasi@usc.edu
Directors of Poison Prevention/AWARE Sarah Gong sarahgon@usc.edu
Emily Nguyen emilyngu@usc.edu
Director of Generation Rx Nathan Nguyen nathankn@usc.edu
Director of Asthma Awareness Timothy Lew timothy.lew@usc.edu
Level 1 Representatives

Level 1 Representatives

Christopher Limbo

Christina Lee



Upcoming Events:  http://uscapsa.org/mastercalendar/

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