During the month of April, UCSOP will be featuring our many student organizations. At UCSOP, we believe that co-curricular experiences (outside the classroom) allow our students to practice their pharmacy skills and serve our communities. 100% of our student body is a member of at least one organization and our students participate in over 25 community health fairs each year serving over 5,000 patients.
Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International is a national organization of pharmacists that seek to honor God in our pursuit of a pharmacy career and as we serve as pharmacists. A phrase we like to share with our members is “We are Christians who are pharmacists, not pharmacists who are Christians”. By this phrase we mean that we seek God first in our daily lives and because of that we will be more efficient in our jobs serving our patients. We have organized several events to serve the community but also to serve our fellow pharmacy students.
One event was Trunk or Treat at Gateway church. We dressed up as the Flintstones and handed out candy to the children along Mr. Yuk stickers and poison control pamphlets to the parents of the children. We were able to meet, and give valuable information to many families. .
Another event including serving the children of impoverished countries by participating in Operation Christmas Child. This is an international organization that allows children who would not otherwise receive a Christmas gift to be able to open a present on Christmas and to hear the name of Christ. Operation Christmas Child collects shoeboxes filled with toys, treats, hygiene items and many other things these kids enjoy and delivers them on Christmas. Our chapter of CPFI collected donations from members of our organization, as well as the rest of the school to provide 24 shoeboxes! Through Operation Christmas Child we will soon be notified of what country our boxes were sent to, and we will better be able to pray for the children we have had the privilege of serving. Below are pictures of our pharmacy and pre-pharmacy students packing boxes to send the children.
One group of people that we have gotten to serve this semester is a group that is often forgot about by Christians; ourselves. One thing we have enjoyed the most over the semester have been the monthly meetings that we hold where we get to take just an hour out of the day to pray together and fellowship. Being a part of this organization has been a blessing to all who have been involved thus far, and we look forward to serving our patients and the community more together in the days to come.
Contributed by: Kelcey Duerson (CPFI member, class of 2019).