NoGAPS 2018 inspire pharmacy students towards a brighter future
The Malaysian Pharmacy Students’ Association (MyPSA) has successfully organized the 13th National Gathering of Pharmacy Students (NoGAPS) in September.
MyPSA, which is the student chapter of Malaysian Pharmaceutical Society (MPS), organizes the event annually to encourage pharmacy students to network and work towards a brighter future for the profession. This was reflected in this year’s NoGAPS theme of ‘Nurturing Young Talents; Shaping the Future of the Pharmacy Profession.’
“NoGAPS brings fellow pharmacy students under one roof to share meaningful and wonderful times together. So, [in] these 5 days 4 nights we hope to not only be able to lend opportunity to widen one’s horizon but also to forge connections among fellow young pharmacists as we embark on our journey to upgrade this beautiful profession,” said Yee Teck Fah, organizing chairman, at the opening ceremony.
Pharmacy students from Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Taiwan and Indonesia participated in this year’s NoGAPS to socialize and forge friendships.
In addition to bonding with fellow pharmacy students, participants also had the chance to work with medical and dental students during the community outreach programme.
“Be confident of your profession. Work with other healthcare professionals for your future and also support MPS. We want to have all pharmacists registered under the umbrella body of MPS, so we are a strong society,” said Datin Mariani Ahmad Nizaruddin, MyPSA’s national advisor and MPS council member.
Over the years, the pharmacy students have actively worked on interesting albeit challenging projects such as the 4thMyPSA National Clinical Pharmacy Challenge (NCPC) in April. The organizing committee and participants have learnt a lot from the experience, said Professor Dr Azrin Asmadi Ariffin, deputy vice chancellor (student affairs), SEGi University.
“The key to success is to get started, to get involved and to keep trying. The experience can never be obtained from merely attending classes,” said Azrin.
“We have a lot of national events but NoGAPS is always special for me. This event is the real place where bonds begin and it is open to all pharmacy students. It is due to these connections that I proudly say that this year we won the best association award in the International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation Asia Pacific region for 2 years in a row,” said Seah Chung-Yi, president, MyPSA.