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New Practitioners - We are here for you!

New Practitioners are the future of pharmacy, and PPA supports and encourages their growth and involvement in their profession. Review the information below to learn more about how PPA membership can help you make a difference!



To help ease the transition from pharmacy student to full-fledged pharmacist, PPA offers discounted dues to new practitioners during their first three years of practice. Compare these rates to the full dues of $259 for active pharmacist members and you can see these savings make a difference!  If you live in an affiliated county, (Allegheny, Bucks, Montgomery, Lehigh or Northampton) there is an extra nominal fee that is part of your dues.



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Online Application

Printable Paper Application

New Practitioners

Online Application

Printable Paper Application


Leadership Opportunities:

New Practitioner Advisory Board

The New Practitioner Board works on suggesting or developing programs, ideas, services, and communications focuses on getting and keeping residents and new practitioners engaged and involved in PPA and the profession.


Additionally there are opportunities for residents and new practitioners to get involved through committee or work group service, volunteering at conferences, presenting CEs at conferences or in webinars, publishing in our peer review journal, and more.  For more information click here or contact PPA!



The Leadership Excellence and Advocacy Development (LEAD)

LEAD is a year-round experience starting in August of each year and running through Junebuilding your leadership skills, fostering connections, and building your professional network.  A small and select group of participants will participate in thought-provoking discussions, idea sharing, and learning sessions all designed to help you become a strong LEADer whether in pharmacy, your workplace or community!


New Practitioner Toolkit

Have you found yourself thinking: I have graduated Pharmacy School - Now what? In an attempt to help with making the transition from Student to New Practitioner as smooth as possible, PPA has developed a New Practitioner Toolkit. This toolkit was created to assist graduating students and New Practitioners prepare for what's next. The tools provided can help you make the professional and personal transition from student to pharmacist. Click here to access the New Practitioner Toolkit now.


New Practitioner Forum 

The forum is a meeting designed exclusively for residents and new practitioners. Held at both the PPA Mid Year and the Annual Conference, it is an opportunity for discussion, networking, and idea sharing.  New Practitioners or Residents who are not able to attend the conferences may attend just the forum at no cost as long as they are PPA members.


New Practitioner Reception

During the PPA Annual Conference, PPA hosts a special cocktail reception for all residents and new practitioners.  Typically it is Friday evening immediately prior to the conference kickoff in the exhibit hall.  All residents and new practitioners who are PPA members are welcome to attend the reception even if not registered or attending the conference.


Pre-Residency Excellence Program

Our Pre-Residency Excellence Program (PREP) was designed specifically to assist individuals entering a pharmacy residency program. This program will give you tips, direction, ideas, and review your skills so that you can be better prepared to jump-start your residency year.  Set yourself on course to be as successful as possible!

Ten Under Ten Awards

The Ten Under Ten Awards recognizes the top ten pharmacists practicing for less than ten years that demonstrate commitment to advancing the profession, involvement in PPA or other pharmacy associations, and/or service to their community. Winners are announced through a spread in the Pennsylvania Pharmacist, and recognized at the Leadership & Awards Dinner at the Annual Conference. Visit the awards page for more information.

Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award

Pharmacists Mutual Insurance Companies “Distinguished Young Pharmacist” Award recognizes new pharmacists for their dedication to and participation in PPA, commitment to the practice of pharmacy, and involvement in community activities. Recipients must be licensed to practice for nine years or less, practice retail, institutional or consulting pharmacy in the year selected, and participate in national pharmacy association(s), professional programs, PPA activities and/or community service. Visit the Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award page for more information.

Grant Opportunities

The Pennsylvania Pharmacists Educational Foundation provides annually up to four mini grants of up to $1,000 each for the exploration of innovative and best pharmacy practices, especially focusing on patient centered outcomes. Grants may be used for projects which are targeted towards patient care by pharmacists and innovative activity around pharmacy practice. Applicants must be current PPA members but can be practicing pharmacists, faculty, residents, new practitioners, and/or students. Visit the Foundation Grant Opportunities page for more information.


Annual and Mid-Year Conferences

As a New Practitioner, you will be able to attend our Annual and Mid-Year Conferences at a discounted rate. Our conferences provide continuing education credits, special events, exciting competitions, and more! Be sure to come to our Annual Conference and attend the New Practitioner Reception - an event designed specifically for you! Click here for more information about our conferences.


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