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SEP 2023/2024 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

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Satrap:
Dr. Devi Surajbali, SEFBG

What area of pharmacy do you work in or are interested in working?

I am a PGY2 Solid Organ Transplant Pharmacy Resident.


Why did you join Kappa Psi? 

I was inspired by the Brothers of Epsilon Mu that came before me; they were confident, charismatic, and true leaders at their core. They shared an intrinsic desire for greatness, and this was evident through their profound accomplishments, both individually, and as a Chapter. I knew that whatever this was, I had to be a part of it - not just to better myself, but to continue upholding and pushing the standards of excellence we pride ourselves in.

What advice do you have for the first-year pharmacy students?

You never truly know what you're capable of accomplishing until you push the boundaries of what you know. Kappa Psi has shaped me into the person I am today, and my Brothers continue to inspire me to be my best every single day. Kappa Psi can offer you more than you've ever dreamed of.

What area of pharmacy do you work in or are interested in working?

I am currently a PGY1 in Health System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership (HSPAL) at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist in Winston-Salem, North Carolina! My areas of interest are ambulatory care and oncology, and am excited to learn throughout my 2 years.


Why did you join Kappa Psi? 

During my orientation week before pharmacy school, I remember meeting lots of older students at USF during the org showcase. These leaders set the standard of professionalism, excellence, and success in our college, and all were Brothers of Kappa Psi. I wanted to be like them, learn from them, and grow personally and professionally. Little did I know that rushing Zeta Delta would change my life, meeting many great people, forming friendships and memories that will last a lifetime. PTBYB!

What advice do you have for the first-year pharmacy students?

Not to sound like a broken record, but put yourself out there and get involved. You never know what opportunities may be out there if you don't try, regardless of your interests. Pharmacy truly is a small world.

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Vice-Satrap:
Dr. Stefan Cevallos,  Zeta Delta

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Secretary:
Esther Cho, Zeta Gamma

What area of pharmacy do you work in or are interested in working?

Interested in Hospital or Industry, or a pharmacy job that will take me overseas to Europe or Asia to work a few months at a time.


Why did you join Kappa Psi? 

I joined because of the career panel rush event. I couldn't understand what brotherhood looked like until I saw graduated Kappa Psi brothers, staying in touch and being a brotherhood even after graduation. Yes, networking was a part of joining but the main reason was the brotherhood, fellowship, and the support Kappa Psi brothers would have for each other. In addition, you consistently learn in this fraternity that will continue your growth as a professional and that solidified my decision to join. There are mentors everywhere and brothers will continually challenge you to break out of your shell and grow.

What advice do you have for the first-year pharmacy students?

Time management is key to success and organization. I recommend taking time before the semester starts to organize your schedule for the semester (school, work, life). You will always make time for things that are important to you. Do not be scared to take on challenges and do not think you cannot do something because you may fail. Look forward to the challenges and surprise yourself with the growth you will achieve.

What area of pharmacy do you work in or are interested in working?

I am a PGY1&2 Informatics Resident with AdventHealth. My previous experience includes 7 years in retail community pharmacy. I have also worked as an intern for a local level one trauma center and an independent non-sterile compounding pharmacy.


Why did you join Kappa Psi? 

Connection! I had instant connections with the Brothers on my campus and I knew I wanted to be part of the pack. I have met some of my best friends through this Brotherhood and I am so grateful for all of the experiences that have been provided to me so far.

What advice do you have for the first-year pharmacy students?

Pharmacy school can oftentimes be overwhelming. When you find yourself in times of stress take a step back, inhale a deep breath, and march on. Another tidbit of advice is to understand it’s okay to ask for help, you have a whole cohort behind you! Especially your Brothers.

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Treasurer:
Dr. Sabrina Desmond, Orlando Grad

Historian:
Dr. Drew Austin Johnson

What area of pharmacy do you work in or are interested in working?

Currently addiction rehabilitation and behavioral health. I am considering staying in these areas especially if my side career in graphic art continues to expand.


Why did you join Kappa Psi? 

To try to work on my shyness. I am a very shy person and often scared of social situations. The Brothers at recruitment during my first year of pharmacy school were very open and welcoming. I felt a lot more comfortable at the ΚΨ events compared to other organizations. I knew with my learning and mental disabilities being involved in multiple pharmacy organizations would not be a feasible option so I wanted to just focus on pursuing joining a meaningful organization in which I could give top effort and involvement even past pharmacy school and I found that in ΚΨ.

What advice do you have for the first-year pharmacy students?

Please do not shut yourself off from others and reach out and ask for help when you need it. There is no shame in asking for help from others.

What area of pharmacy do you work in or are interested in working?

Independent Ownership/Community Management. Academia. Informatics/IT Pharmacy.

Why did you join Kappa Psi?

Honestly, I did not initially want to be in Kappa Psi. I only showed up to one rush event my first year before abandoning the fraternity scene. The day before BID Day in my second year, my big, Morgan, and her boyfriend Chad, walked me down the hall of our school's graduates. They pointed to Brothers that they knew on almost every graduate class picture and commented on the relationship that they had with those pharmacists. The fellowship was intriguing and a little confusing. Later that day, I called my boss, a Kappa Psi Brother and owner of independent pharmacy. He told me that Kappa Psi is a group of people who are committed to making the world a better place and that they can have a bigger impact together. That description was something worth being a part of and fighting for, so I joined Kappa Psi.

What advice do you have for the first-year pharmacy students?

Write your why down and put that why in a place that you will see every day. There will be moments when you start to despair or get depressed. In those moments, the strength of your why will drive you forward. Develop your soft skills. Pharmacy school becomes easier the more proficient you are in time management, study skills, stress management, communication, public speaking, and typing speed. The hours you invest in developing these skills will pay off exponentially. Get involved in the organizations! Pharmacy school is designed to give you a foundational working knowledge of therapeutics. However, there is more to pharmacy than therapeutics. The leadership, networking, project management, and team dynamics that you learn from the organizations are crucial to your growth in school. 

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Chaplain:
Josuah Tilus, Delta Upsilon

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Parliamentarian:
Sheridan Hogan, Zeta Delta

What area of pharmacy do you work in or are interested in working?

My plans post graduation are to pursue a residency with the ultimate goal of one day becoming a double board certified pediatric oncology pharmacist.


Why did you join Kappa Psi? 

I initially joined Kappa Psi because I saw that the best and brightest on my campus were Brothers - the highest achieving, the most involved, the best connected. In getting to know the Brothers more, I was able to see the family each of them had found in Kappa Psi and the genuine love and respect they had for one another. As a P1, there was no other option than to do everything in my power to become a part of it!

What advice do you have for the first-year pharmacy students?

Get involved!!! While academics are important, they aren’t everything. Take advantage of all that student and professional organizations have to offer. You will learn so much about the profession of pharmacy and yourself through taking on active roles within these organizations as well as making lifelong connections with peers and pharmacists.

What area of pharmacy do you work in or are interested in working?

I am interested in psychiatric pharmacy!

Why did you join Kappa Psi?

When I started pharmacy school the Iota chapter at MUSC stood out to me as a group I aspired to be apart of. I wanted to learn about what Kappa Psi embodied and grow as a future pharmacist.

What advice do you have for the first-year pharmacy students?

Take time for yourself to actually take care of yourself! You can't study or perform well if you are neglecting self care.

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Newsletter Editor:
Sydney Magrath, Iota

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Assistant Newsletter Editor:
Dr. Fayola Robillard, SEFLB Grad

What area of pharmacy do you work in or are interested in working?

I currently work in the retail setting; however, I have a strong interest in psychiatric pharmacy.


Why did you join Kappa Psi? 

I joined Kappa Psi to challenge myself and make new connections with amazing people.

What advice do you have for the first-year pharmacy students?

It's okay to breakdown. Take 5 minutes and once those 5 minutes are up get back to it because you'll get to the finish line.

What area of pharmacy do you work in or are interested in working?

I currently work in a compounding pharmacy but eventually want to work in Policy Making, Patient Advocacy & Regulatory Affairs.

Why did you join Kappa Psi?

I came to UFCOP with none of my immediate family members close by. But upon attending the Pharmacy Panel RUSH, I experienced the family unit displayed by Kappa Psi Brothers, which drew me to the fraternity. Eventually, I joined because the fraternity respects my beliefs, making me feel at home.

What advice do you have for the first-year pharmacy students?

Hold on to your faith and maintain good friendships. Pharmacy School comes with many challenges, from academics to managing new relationships and deciding which opportunity/organization to join. As a Christian, I've handled these challenges/life demands well because of God's grace and the right friends. Trust me; you will thrive in these tough times if you do these things.

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Webmaster:
Ruth Adeyemi, Zeta Gamma

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Assistant Webmaster:
Ryan Ealy, Gamma Sigma

What area of pharmacy do you work in or are interested in working?

I am currently in my 2nd year of pharmacy school and still undecided about what career I want to pursue. As of right now I work at the UF Veterinary Hospital and have some interest in veterinary pharmacy, but I am leaning more towards a hospital or transplant specialty. 


Why did you join Kappa Psi? 

I joined Kappa Psi because I wanted to get involved in an organization that allowed me to connect with as many intelligent and professional pharmacists and future pharmacists as I could. I feel a personal bond with every brother I meet, and my father was a previous brother and former SEP Satrap as well! Rushing Kappa Psi was an amazing decision, and I am proud to call you all my brothers. 

What advice do you have for the first-year pharmacy students?

Make sure you are setting time aside for yourself on top of social, school, and professional events. It is very easy to get burnt out your first semester and go into your classes with a negative mindset, but that can be killer to your performance. Treat every day, lecture, and class you have with patience and diligence and 1st year will go by smoothly.

What area of pharmacy do you work in or are interested in working?

I currently work in both community and investigational drug services.

Why did you join Kappa Psi?

I joined because I saw a group of like-minded individuals who were supportive and caring for each other.

What advice do you have for first-year pharmacy students?

Pharmacy school may be overwhelming during the first year of the curriculum. It will be beneficial to find a support group amongst your colleagues and to be resilient as you go through the graduate program. One of the essential skills as a student and pharmacist is to have excellent time management skills - throughout your time as a student I would recommend the use of calendars, both physical and electronic, to keep yourself proactive and aware of what's to come.

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Immediate Past Satrap:
Dr. Liem Dang, Orlando Grad

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