International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation

Student Exchange Programme (SEP)

Student Exchange Programme (SEP) is one of the main activities in IPSF. It is a mobility programme that gives students from all over the world the opportunity to get to know pharmacy in a different country. The member associations of IPSF organise the exchanges by finding host sites where the students are trained. The programme runs throughout the year, but the majority of the exchanges take place between May and September. The length is usually 1 to 3 months, and possible host sites include community pharmacies hospital pharmacies wholesale companies pharmaceutical industry schools of pharmacy government or private health agencies The host may also provide room, board and/or pocket money in addition to the training site in order to help the student.

Clinical Skills Event

Clinical Skills Event (CSE) focuses on helping you to use your clinical knowledge to solve and to improve your patient’s drug therapy.  Our objective for this year is to hold a workshop and a live clinical skill event, on par to patient counselling event, to give you hands-on-practice.  As the world of pharmacy is constantly updating, keep your clinical skills up-do-date is paramount.  Getting involved in CSE is rewarding in terms of expanding your clinical knowledge, reviewing clinical guidelines, but also to see how other countries are doing in terms of updating their clinical skills and practice.

The Clinical Skills Event (CSE) is an interactive, team-based analysis of clinical scenarios for hospital/health-system pharmacists. It provides pharmacy students the opportunity to enhance their skills.

Clinical Skills Event (CSE) focuses on helping you to use your clinical knowledge to solve and to improve your patient’s drug therapy.  Our objective for this year is to hold a workshop and a live clinical skill event, on par with the patient counselling event, to give you hands-on-practice.  As the world of pharmacy is constantly updating, keeping your clinical skills up-do-date is paramount.  Getting involved in CSE is rewarding in terms of expanding your clinical knowledge and reviewing clinical guidelines, but also to see how other countries are doing in terms of updating their clinical skills and practice.

The Patient Counselling Event

PCE aims to demonstrate the importance of pharmacy counselling skills, increase awareness of pharmacists as public educators, and to encourage and promote the development of the pharmacy profession.

Each year IPSF holds the PCE at its World Congress, giving delegates from each country the chance to demonstrate their counselling skills and compete against each other.

The Patient Counselling Event (PCE) is a great way to promote training in communication skills, and provide an opportunity for pharmacy students and pharmacists to learn how to effectively interact with patients in a fun and competitive environment. The PCE scenarios involve a pharmacist (played by the competitor/student) and a patient (played by an actor/academic) interacting in a pharmacy where the pharmacist must communicate with the patient to solve a problem and effectively counsel on therapy.

IPSF and Public Health Campaigns

Public Health is of global relevance; hence, IPSF strives to engage member associations in initiatives that positively influence health and health knowledge within their communities. The Federation plays an active role in promoting and implementing Public Health activities and our work is greatly aided by our collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO).There are six primary topics that IPSF have focused our attention on.
The major campaigns are as follows:

  • HIV/AIDS Awareness Campaign
  • Tobacco Alert Campaign
  • Tuberculosis Awareness Campaign
  • Healthy Living and Diabetes Campaign
  • Anti-Counterfeit Drug Campaign
  • Humanitarian Campaign

The International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation was founded in 1949 by eight pharmacy student associations in London. The Federation now represents around 350,000 pharmacy students and recent graduates in 70 countries worldwide. IPSF is a non-governmental, non-political, and non-religious organisation and is the leading international advocacy organisation of pharmacy students promoting improved public health through provision of information, education, networking, and a range of publication and professional activities.

 Aims and Objectives

IPSF is the leading international advocacy organisation for pharmacy students, promoting improved public health through provision of information, education, networking and a range of publications and professional initiatives. The specific objectives of the Federation are:

  • Establishing a permanent form of contact with representative organisations of pharmaceutical students;
  • Promoting the exchange of ideas by international correspondence and by encouraging full dissemination of scientific and professional knowledge;
  • Encouraging the formation and development of national pharmaceutical student organisations without trespassing upon their domains;
  • Collecting opinions and information on the subject of pharmaceutical education and by suggesting improvements where necessary with the aim of attaining unification of pharmaceutical education;
  • Encouraging member associations to organise annual international pharmaceutical students’ congresses;
  • Encouraging and promoting international visits and exchanges of students;
  • Publishing the IPSF News Bulletin as an official organ;
  • Co-operation with other international organisations on a scientific, educational and cultural plane only, the Federation being non-political;
  • Representing the opinions of pharmaceutical students in discussions with professional, governmental and non-governmental organisations.

Upcoming events

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