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APhA Academy of Student Pharmacists

Chapter Achievement Awards Program

APPENDIX B – ESSAY GUIDELINES

The APhA-ASP CAA Report Essay is your Chapter’s opportunity to showcase its innovation, involvement, and impact to the members of the APhA-ASP Awards Standing Committee, APhA-ASP National Executive Committee, APhA Student Development Staff, and the Academy. The Chapter Achievement Award Report Essay is comprised of the following four areas:




  • Chapter Leadership & Operations (1500 words)

Patient Care (1500 words)

Policy and Advocacy (1500 words)

Professionalism (1500 words)
Each section of the essay may not exceed the allotted word count of 1500 words. If your essay exceeds a total of 1500 words per section only the first 1500 words of each section will be reviewed by the APhA-ASP Awards Standing Committee. A word count must be included at the end of each section of the report.
When writing your essay, please try to be as thorough and accurate as possible. Please do not list dates of events, activities, and programming, as this is covered under the chronological list. Report only the activities that occurred during the current reporting period.
Report APhA-ASP Chapter activities that are directly initiated or conducted by your Chapter. Collaborations with other organizations and the school or college of pharmacy are highly encouraged, however clearly delineate APhA-ASP’s role within each activity. Activities completed as part of the student IPPE or APPE curriculum independently and without the support of the APhA-ASP chapter should not be reported. 
Be sure to check for spelling and grammatical errors, as this reflects poorly on your chapter and school or college of pharmacy, and please remember to answer all questions with honesty and integrity. The APhA-ASP Awards Standing Committee will review your entire Chapter Achievement Award Report, and may ask for supporting documentation or further clarification to aid in its decision.

ESSAY SUBMISSION / FORMATTING & STYLE

For a complete listing of the submission requirements, formatting, style, fonts, headers/footers, and how to access your Chapter’s Dropbox folder, please see the Chapter Achievement Award Reporting Guidelines Section on Chapter Achievement Award Submission Instructions.



ESSAY SECTIONS


Chapter Leadership & Operations (1500 words)

Within the leadership and operations section, please make sure to clearly and concisely articulate the following:




  • Describe the overall growth of your chapter;

  • Describe the development and implementation of chapter activities; and

  • Highlight the significance of your accomplishments and how they affected your chapter members, your school or college of pharmacy, your community, or the profession of pharmacy.

Specific areas to discuss when describing APhA-ASP Chapter leadership and operations activities also include:




  • Logistics: brief overview of leadership/operating structure, including planning and coordination of chapter activities

  • Membership: promotion of APhA membership including recruitment and retention strategies or orientation to APhA membership offerings (fall/spring membership campaigns),

  • Fundraising: planning, implementation, and overall success/creativity of chapter fundraising activities

  • Leadership: development of chapter members and chapter executive committee (i.e. transition meetings, retreats, workshops, etc.); promotion of leadership opportunities on the local, regional and national level

  • Member Involvement: efforts to encourage and maintain member participation in service events and professional meetings, and recognition of member contributions

  • Chapter Meetings: overall experience and member involvement at chapter meetings, including range of programming, speakers, and educational information provided

  • Public Relations & Communications: discussion of internal and external communication and promotional strategies (focus on general communication strategies)

  • Professional Relationships: collaborations with other organizations or groups, such as, student organizations, campus faculty, administration, and alumni, professional pharmacy organizations, charitable or non-profit organizations, and professional organizations of other health professions



Patient Care (1500 words)

Activities may include, but are not limited to, health fairs, patient screenings, patient education programs, medication therapy management programs, etc. Although chapters submit separate reports for Generation Rx, Operation Immunization, Operation Diabetes, Operation Heart, and OTC Medicine Safety these activities should still be reported.


Specific areas to discuss when describing APhA-ASP Chapter patient care activities include:


  • Innovation: how your activities were creative or unique for chapter members and the community, including any unique patient care projects separate from nationally recognized APhA-ASP programs

  • Involvement: how your members were involved in the implementation of your activities with a specific focus on screening activities, health/wellness education, member training, and external promotion to the public

  • Impact: how your activities affected your chapter, community, and the profession of pharmacy


***Please note to qualify for the opportunity to receive a regional or national award for Operation Immunization, Operation Diabetes, Operation Heart, Generation Rx, and OTC Medicine Safety an individual patient care project report for the respective project must be submitted separately of the CAA reports. The deadline for submission and reporting guidelines can be found on www.pharmacist.com/students.


Policy and Advocacy (1500 words)

Activities may include, but are not limited to, voter registration drives, letter-writing campaigns, addresses by legislative speakers and elected officials, American Pharmacists Month activities, student participation in the policy-making process (MRM and APhA Annual Meeting), legislative days, state association meeting participation, etc.


Specific areas to discuss when describing APhA-ASP Chapter policy and advocacy activities include:


  • Innovation: how your activities were creative or unique for chapter members and the community, including any unique policy and advocacy projects separate from nationally recognized APhA-ASP programs

  • Involvement: how your members were involved in the implementation of your activities with a specific focus on the level of student/campus involvement, state association involvement, public advocacy, and internal/external promotion of activities

  • Impact: how your activities affected your chapter, community, and the profession of pharmacy



Professionalism (1500 words)

Activities may include, but are not limited to, leadership workshops, guest speakers addressing professionalism, community service activities, educational workshops, mentoring programs, philanthropic initiatives, career development activities, CV, resume, and interviewing skills activities, annual recognition banquets, SLI and APhA Institute on Alcoholism and Drug Dependencies participation/promotion, inter-professional activities, etc.


Specific areas to discuss when describing APhA-ASP Chapter professionalism activities include:


  • Innovation: how your activities were creative or unique for chapter members and the community, including any unique professional development of community outreach projects separate from nationally recognized APhA-ASP programs

  • Involvement: how your members were involved in the implementation of your activities with a specific focus on international activities, final year/post-graduate development, pre-professional/early year development, inter-professional relations, and promotion strategies

  • Impact: how your activities affected your chapter, community, and the profession of pharmacy




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