Policy & Elections
The mission of APhA-ASP is to be the collective voice of student pharmacists, to provide opportunities for professional growth, to improve patient care, and to envision and advance the future of pharmacy. The APhA-ASP Midyear Regional Meetings play a vital role in developing that collective voice and advancing the future of our profession through the APhA-ASP Policy Process and the APhA-ASP Regional Officer elections.
What is the APhA-ASP Policy Process?
The APhA-ASP Policy Process is one of the most important activities a student pharmacist member can participate in, because it provides you with the opportunity to influence the direction of the Academy, the Association and the profession. Policy development is how we create common goals that advance our profession and ultimately better serve our patients!
All of the APhA-ASP Adopted Resolutions, everything from provider status to inter-professional education, began as an idea brought forth by an individual members. Visit the APhA-ASP Policy Process for a full overview from start to finish.
MRM Policy Process Timeline
The One Chapter...One Resolution process provides each APhA-ASP Chapter the opportunity to bring one of their member’s ideas forward to the APhA-ASP MRM.
Here is an overview of the MRM Policy Process Timeline:
Back to School: August - September
Idea Generating & Policy Development: Although just one proposed resolution will be finalized for discussion at MRM, chapters will submit two proposed resolutions to the Regional Delegate four weeks prior to the start of the MRM. The secondary proposed resolution will serve as an alternate proposal to be used if the primary proposal is similar to one proposed by another chapter in the region or is already included in adopted policy.
Action Items: Start brainstorming! What problems do you encounter at school, work, or rotation? Does your curriculum prepare you for the work force? What patient care services would you provide if nothing stood in your way?
Four Weeks Prior to MRM
Submit Your Proposed Resolutions: Each Chapter submits your two (ranked) proposed resolutions to your Regional Delegate by the following deadline:
- Region 1 - Friday, September 15, 2017
- Region 2 - Friday, October 6, 2017
- Region 3 - Friday, October 6, 2017
- Region 4 - Friday, September 15, 2017
- Region 5 - Friday, September 29, 2017
- Region 6 - Friday, September 29, 2017
- Region 7 - Friday, September 29, 2017
- Region 8 - Friday, October 6, 2017
Three Weeks Prior to MRM
Regional Webinar: A webinar will be conducted 3 weeks prior to MRM to discuss the proposed resolutions and identify opportunities for collaboration within the region. Each chapter will have the opportunity to present their proposed resolutions to the region for a period of two minutes. Attendees will then be provided an opportunity to comment, ask questions, and discuss any potential collaborative opportunities between chapters. After the webinar, your Regional Delegate will help organize these collaborations.
Action Items: Designate at least one person from the chapter to attend this webinar (Chapter Policy Vice President, MRM Chapter Delegate, or Chapter President). However, the webinar is open all chapter members that would like to participate so give your chapter members the opportunity to participate.
Two Weeks Prior to MRM
Final Language Due: After attending the webinar and potentially combining proposed resolutions with other chapters within your region, your one final proposed resolution is to due to your Regional Delegate.
- Region 1 - Friday, September 29, 2017
- Region 2 - Friday, October 20, 2017
- Region 3 - Friday, October 20, 2017
- Region 4 - Friday, September 29, 2017
- Region 5 - Friday, October 13, 2017
- Region 6 - Friday, October 13, 2017
- Region 7 - Friday, October 13, 2017
- Region 8 - Friday, October 20, 2017
- The Week Before MRM
Proposed resolutions sent to chapters: A document with the proposed resolutions will be sent to the chapters no later than the Friday one week prior to the start of MRM.
Action Items: Hold a general meeting to discuss the proposed resolutions with chapter members so that those unable to attend MRM still have an opportunity to ask questions and voice opinions.
At the MRM
APhA-ASP Policy Proposal Forum (Policy Town Hall) - Saturday Morning:
- This is an open forum where anyone in attendance may discuss the proposed resolutions.
- This is your time to ask questions and make your voice heard! Don’t miss this opportunity!
Chapter Discusses Proposed Resolutions - Saturday:
- After the Policy Proposal Forum, meet as a chapter to discuss what was said and decide how the chapter wants to vote on each resolution.
- New for pilot 2017…Chapters will not be voting on the proposed resolutions during the MRM Regional Business Forum on Sunday morning. Instead, following the APhA-ASP Policy Proposal Forum, Chapters will have until midnight on Saturday to vote on the proposed resolutions online. More information will be available about this process at the MRM.
Regional Business Form - Sunday Morning:
- During this session, only elections for Regional Office will be conducted at MRM2017. Results of the online vote on the proposed resolutions will be announced. All proposed resolutions that pass will be forwarded to the APhA-ASP Resolutions Committee.
- After the MRM
Regional Delegates Meeting in Washington, DC: If you feel strongly about a particular proposed resolution that passed at the MRM, tell your Regional Delegate about it! They are responsible for representing the region and bringing the resolutions from the regional level to the national level to be voted upon by the APhA-ASP House of Delegates during the APhA Annual Meeting each spring. Once passed by the House, those resolutions become the adopted policy of the Academy, representing the collective voice of student pharmacists. Those resolutions are then implemented by the APhA-ASP Policy Standing Committee and APhA-ASP National Executive Committee.
Pre-MRM Policy Webinars
Register today for your regional webinar. Each chapter will have the opportunity to present their proposed resolutions to the region for a period of two minutes. Attendees will then be provided an opportunity to comment, ask questions, and discuss any potential collaborative opportunities between chapters. After the webinar, your Regional Delegate will help organize these collaborations.
Please designate at least one person from your chapter to attend (Chapter Policy Vice President, MRM Chapter Delegate or Chapter President). However, the webinar is open all chapter members that would like to participate!
- Region 1 Webinar - Wednesday, September 20, 2017 -- 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM ET
- Region 2 Webinar - Monday, October 9, 2017 -- 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM ET
- Region 3 Webinar - Tuesday, October 10, 2017 -- 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM ET
- Region 4 Webinar - Thursday, September 21, 2017 -- 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM ET
- Region 5 Webinar - Thursday, October 5, 2017 -- 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM CT
- Region 6 Webinar - Wednesday, October 4, 2017 -- 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM CT
- Region 7 Webinar - Monday, October 2, 2017 -- 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM PT
- Region 8 Webinar - Thursday, October 12, 2017 -- 9:00 PM - 10:30PM PT
Contact Your APhA-ASP Regional Delegate & APhA-ASP National Policy Standing Committee
If you have any questions or concerns about the APhA-ASP Policy Process or submitting your proposed resolution at the Midyear Regional Meeting, please contact your APhA-ASP Regional Delegate or a member of the APhA-ASP Policy Standing Committee.
APhA-ASP Regional Delegates
Region 1 - Megan O'Conner, University at Buffalo
Region 2 - Michelle Cottino, Temple University
Region 3 - Derrick Lewis, Samford University McWhorter School of Pharmacy
Region 4 - Nicole Guist, University of Toledo
Region 5 - Grace Baek, University of Minnesota
Region 6 - Caitlin Wise, The University of Texas at Austin
Region 7 - David Bunch, Washington State University
Region 8 - Supannee (Sandra) Lertpaichaiyon, Touro University
APhA-ASP Policy Standing Committee
Regions 3 & 7 - Mary Bradley, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (Committee Chair)
Regions 1 & 2 - Daniel Galipeau, University of Colorado
Regions 4 & 6 - Adrienne Simmons, Virginia Commonwealth University
Regions 5 & 8 - Andrew Stone, Wayne State University
Jason Gaines, Mercer University (APhA-ASP Speaker of the House & Committee Liaison)
APhA-ASP MRM Policy Forms, Handouts and Resources
- APhA-ASP Policy Process: MRM Guide for Chapter Delegates and Attendees
- APhA-ASP MRM Tips for Successfully Developing Proposed Resolutions
- APhA-ASP MRM Rules of Procedure
- APhA-ASP MRM Proposed Resolution Form
- APhA-ASP MRM New Business Item Form
- APhA-ASP Adopted Resolutions (Policy Book)
- APhA-ASP Capsule: The Policy Process in in Detail
**Please note that the APhA Student Development Staff and APhA-ASP National Executive Committee are piloting a change to the APhA-ASP Policy Process at MRM2017. Instead of having Chapter Delegates officially vote on the proposed resolutions during the APhA-ASP Regional Business Forum on Sunday morning, Chapters will be submitting their official vote on each proposed resolution via an online voting form by midnight on Saturday. The results will be reported to the Chapter Delegates on Sunday morning.
We realized that this does eliminate the opportunity for amendments and additional debate on Sunday, however the online voting form will have an area for suggested wording and changes for the APhA-ASP Resolutions Committee to consider during their deliberations. Chapter leaders and attendees are encouraged to participate in the debate and ask their questions during the APhA-ASP Policy Proposal Forum on Saturday morning. Official changes will not be made to the MRM Guides or MRM Rules of Procedure this fall until a full analysis is conducted following MRM2017.
Please contact a member of the APhA Student Development Staff if you have any questions or concerns at APhA-ASP@APhAnet.org.
Interested in Running for Regional Office?
Serving as an APhA-ASP regional officer is rewarding and satisfying, both professionally and personally. Regional officers who choose to serve their profession have the personal satisfaction of knowing that they have been elected by their colleagues to represent them in their national professional association. At times, serving as a regional officer may be a very demanding job, but the position is meant to complement, not compete with educational responsibilities. A regional officer's education always takes the higher priority.
APhA-ASP regional officers are to remain in their first professional degree program during the term of office. Regional officers occasionally are required to attend meetings and conferences during the school year. No monetary or material awards are provided to APhA-ASP regional officers.
Any member of APhA-ASP is eligible to seek nomination for an elected position at the local, regional and national level. The available regional positions at the MRM are as follows:
MRM Regional Officer Election Process
- Discuss the opportunity of running for a Regional Office with your Chapter Advisor, Chapter President and Chapter Executive Committee prior to completing an application for regional office. All candidates must be of sound moral and ethical judgment, and must have the full support of the Chapter Advisor(s) at their school or college of pharmacy.
- Complete an official Application for Elected Regional Office. The application must be signed by the chapter advisor of the applicant’s school or college of pharmacy, and an unofficial transcript must accompany the application for it to be considered complete.
- Submit a Regional Officer Candidate PowerPoint Slide to be shown during the MRM. The slide should contain text with the position they are seeking, and their name and school or college of pharmacy, a headshot, and 4-5 bullet points.
- Participate in the following events at the MRM:
- Complete the Regional Officer Candidate Examination
- Participate in the "Meet the Candidates" during the MRM Expo
- Meet with the Regional Nominating Committee
- Provide a speech during the Regional Business Forum
- (If elected) Participate in the Incoming/Outgoing Regional Officer Meeting
Campaign Materials: Candidates are allowed to prepare and present a two-dimensional poster (no larger than 24” x 36” or 36” x 24”) with their qualifications and platform. Easels will be provided at the MRM for candidates to display their poster. It is highly recommended that posters have a foam or cardboard back to support the poster. Candidates are responsible for their poster throughout the meeting. No promotional materials that include descriptions of candidate qualifications or platform may be distributed at any time during the MRM. “Giveaway” promotional materials must be approved by APhA Staff prior to distribution at the MRM. Examples of acceptable items include buttons, stickers, and ribbons.
APhA-ASP Regional Officer Election Applications and Resources
- Regional Officer Procedure and Application
- Regional Officer Responsibilities
- APhA-ASP Capsule - Introduction and Orientation to the APhA‐ASP Policy Process (to study for regional exam)
- PowerPoint Template for Regional Officer Candidates (to be displayed during Regional Officer Introductions and Lunch - Due Saturday Morning)