2019 

Rho Chi Inter-chapter Event 

01/16/19

Our Rho Chi Beta Delta Chapter was able to connect with Rutger's Alpha Eta Chapter and coordinate an inter-chapter event held at St. John's University's D'angelo Center's Coffeehouse. Rho Chi members from both chapters were able to get to know each other through a small circle discussion. Afterwards, students were given the opportunity to play a variety of games involving cards, boardgames, and games via the Nintendo Switch. It was a great opportunity to get to know our fellow pharmacy students before planning future inter-chapter events. 

Rho Chi Induction Ceremony 2019

01/31/19

The Rho Chi Beta Delta Chapter inducted its new members into the organization: 43 fourth and 4 fifth year pharmacy, and Ph.D. students from the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. We also had inducted one graduate student and one faculty member into the Rho Chi Beta Delta Chapter. New inductees, along with their family and friends, were invited to celebrate their achievement at Verdi's of Whitestone. The President of the 2018-2019 Beta Delta chapter, Alex Cheung, warmly welcomed and congratulated the new inductees, inviting them to look at the pins as symbols of renewed commitment to the value of academic excellence. He encouraged inductees to strive to always do their very best, and in doing so, they would continually prove themselves worthy of their membership. The following speaker was Dr. Etzel, who reminded attendees of how the key virtues of handwork and determination produce success in any walk of life. Dr. Mohammad Rattu, a pharmacist specialized in oncology, had provided the keynote address and congratulated the inductees, reflecting on the importance of recognizing students for their admirable achievements. He shared his experience and journey and encouraged inductees to continue to improve themselves and advance the field of pharmacy.

Rho Chi Coffeehouse Chat (Spring)

03/13/19

At the D'Angelo Center's coffeehouse, we provided students with an opportunity to network with faculty members outside of their usual classes. Away from the constraints of classrooms and lectures, these events allowed student pharmacists to intermingle with their peers and professors in a more laid-back environment. During the events, a faculty member is assigned to a certain table, and groups of students rotate about every fifteen minutes to speak to different faculty members. A large volume of discussions were about research experiences, future career opportunities, and other topics relating to pharmacy. 

Rho Chi Coffeehouse Chat (Fall) 

10/08/19

At the D'Angelo Center's coffeehouse, we provided students with an opportunity to network with faculty members outside of their usual classes. Away from the constraints of classrooms and lectures, these events allowed student pharmacists to intermingle with their peers and professors in a more laid-back environment. During the events, a faculty member is assigned to a certain table, and groups of students rotate about every fifteen minutes to speak to different faculty members. A large volume of discussions were about research experiences, future career opportunities, and other topics relating to pharmacy. 

Community Outreaches 

Some Rho Chi members went to a local elementary school, PS 173, which is just minutes away from the St. John's University campus. They created a presentation and taught young elementary school students about sun safety, bug protection, and fun summer activities. The elementary school students were very interactive with the Rho Chi members and they were educated well on this topic. This is a great display of serving the community around St. John's, and also is a showcase of using our profession to contribute towards public health. 

Drugs & Diseases for Future PharmDs

This event is catered towards fourth year pharmacy students to break down their clinical classes and teach them to strategically study and succeed in their academics.  Pre-professional year students and third-year students were also welcomed to ask any questions regarding Drugs & Diseases courses. This was a great way to break the tip of the iceberg for students that were not knowledgeable about the essence of Drugs & Diseases courses.  

Residency & Fellowship Showcase Workshop 

In this workshop, pharmacy students learned about residencies and fellowships from guest panelists. There also was an opportunity provided to network with the guests, who spoke about their experiences in their organizations and their programs. The panelists gave great advice on how to be marketable for jobs at certain places. Furthermore, they answered students' questions about how their typical day is like, who they interact with, and many other questions. 

How to Rank APPEs Strategically 

The past president of Rho Chi, Alexander Cheung, went over the APPE ranking process in a clear way and shared his insight with ranking APPE sites in ways that increases chances of being selected. He also answered any other questions that 5th year pharmacy students had about the whole ranking process. Pharmacy students that came to the event were thankful for what they gathered and will be applying them in the future during the ranking process. 

Interview for Success 

An opportunity to gain first-hand experience of expectations of students at residency and fellowship interviews was presented. Group mock interviews were held after the Q&A session and were conducted by professionals. Consequently, both a residency and a fellowship director were present to share advice on how to interview and gave insight onto the candidates the directors were looking for.