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I have graduated Pharmacy School - Now What? This toolkit was created to assist graduating students and New Practitioners prepare for what's next. The tools listed below can help you make the professional and personal transition from student to pharmacist. They are categorized into these main areas: Professional Development, Networking/Building Connections, Engagement, Advocacy, and Liability and Other Insurance Needs. Start by looking at what is important to you! Want to jump to a specific section? - Click the desired category in the toolbar above.



Professional Development 


The 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. We all know how well you perform may affect your future pharmacy career so set yourself on course to be as successful as possible! Click here for more information regarding PREP. 



Become a Pharmacy Leader with our Leadership Excellence and Advocacy Development course. LEAD is a ten month program made up of modules focused on a variety of different areas and aspects of leadership.  In addition to the recorded webinars and readings there is considerable focus on discussions, reflections, and interactions with the presenters, program leaders, and fellow participants.  The emphasis is on building connections, networking, and building lifelong leadership skills that can be applied in a multitude of ways. Click here for more information on LEAD.


Continuing Education

Continuing Education 101
Why do I need CE? What are the CE requirements? What kind of CE opportunities are out there? Where can I find CE opportunities? Sara Posers, PPA's Program Manager and CPE Administrator answers all of these questions and more. Click here to watch Sara's short video and get your questions answered. 


CE Requirements
In order to remain licensed as a Pharmacist in Pennsylvania, one must demonstrate that they have taken 30 credit hours of pharmacy continuing education during a two-year period. Click here to learn more about this and other Continuing Education requirements.

CE Opportunities 
The Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. We provide a variety of educational activities through multiple venues, most notably at our Annual and Mid-Year Conferences, online webinars, as home studies, and through partnership with other organizations. Click here to learn more about the CE opportunities PPA offers. 


Networking and Building Connections

PPA Mid-Year Conference 

PPA holds its Mid-Year Conference in January or February of each year. This conference weekend includes continuing education programs, social events, the Kick-Off Reception & Celebration, and the Student OTC Competition. All New Practitioners are invited to a New Practitioner Forum held each year at Mid-Year to discuss current relevant topics. We also ask New Practitioners to evaluate student poster submissions. To learn more about PPA's Mid-Year Conference, click here.


PPA Annual Conference

PPA holds its Annual Conference every fall; during September or October. This conference is typically Thursday through Sunday and includes continuing education programs, social events, an exhibit hall, PPA's Awards & Leadership Reception & Dinner, PPA's Annual Business Meeting, the Rite of Roses, Officer Installation, Past President & New Practitioner receptions, and PPA's Annual Golf Outing. Each year at the Annual conference, we hold a New Practitioner Reception, and invite all New Practitioners to attend. To learn more about PPA's Annual Conference, click here.



An Intro to Engagement

Want to get involved, but not sure where to start? PPA’s CEO, Pat Epple, outlines the importance of professional organizations to pharmacy practice, lists a variety of opportunities available, as well as discusses the benefits of getting involved. Click here now to learn more about making the most of your pharmacy career.  

Volunteer Opportunities 

PPA offers opportunities for you to become connected, involved, and engaged in our mission and vision. Click here to explore volunteer opportunities.


If you are still unsure, but know that you want to get involved in some way, contact Pat Epple at pepple@papharmacists.com to find out other ways to get involved. 


Affiliated Counties

In order to strengthen the pharmacy “voice” and unite pharmacists, the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association has established a program of joint relationships with selected county or regional pharmacy groups within the Commonwealth. Click here to see if your county is currently an Affiliate County and to get active in your county association



Visit our Grassroots Support page to find out how you can get involved and help advocate for your profession



PULSE is a webinar-based program designed for pharmacists with an interest in advocacy and becoming more involved with the legislative processes. Those who participate will gain a better understanding of federal and state government and its impact on pharmacy! Click here to learn more about PULSE. 


Member Services

Do you need Professional Liability Insurance above your employer provided coverage? With the expanding role of the Pharmacist, comes increased exposure for a professional liability claim. Your employer is providing what is necessary to cover themselves, but is it enough to cover you in the event of a claim against you? You have worked hard to become a pharmacist, be sure that you are protected. Click here to learn more about the importance of Professional Liability Insurance. 


We know that Professional Liability Insurance is not the only insurance you need. Click here for information regarding your other insurance needs

*Remember this toolkit is only a starting point - take some time to look around PPA's website for other useful information! 
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