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PAI Student Pharmacist Resources

These tools will help you to better understand what PAI is and how to get involved.


What exactly is PAI? The Practice Advancement Initiative (PAI) is sponsored by ASHP and the ASHP Research and Education Foundation. The goal of this initiative is to significantly advance the health and well being of patients by supporting futuristic practice models that support the most effective use of pharmacists as direct patient care providers. 

The 5 Pillars of PAI

  • Care Team Integration
  • Leveraging Pharmacy Technicians
  • Pharmacist Credentialing and Training
  • Technology
  • Leadership in Medication Use

Learn more through these resources!

Want to get more involved with PAI as a student society?

PAI Video Competition

The Pharmacy Student Forum is pleased to provide a Practice Advancement Initiative (PAI) Video Competition for our Student Societies of Health-System Pharmacy (SSHP). The competition calls for quick informational and inspiring videos that will be an imaginative and popular way to educate and advocate for the future practice of pharmacy. This is a way for student pharmacists to showcase their professionalism while also expressing their creativity. These short "public service announcement-type" videos can take on the persona of various genres.

  • 2018 National Winner: University of Puerto Rico School of Pharmacy 

PAI Week - February 18-22, 2019

The ASHP Pharmacy Student Forum Advancement of Pharmacy Practice Advisory Group (APPAG) is hosting the Practice Advancement Initiative (PAI) Week! Our goal is for every SSHP in the nation to participate in PAI Week by holding at least one PAI-related program during the week of February 18 – 22, 2019. SSHPs are invited to submit their PAI week activity for consideration for the Outstanding PAI Program Award, see below.

  • Promotional flyer coming soon!
  • Check out this presentation for ideas on how to start planning for PAI week
  • Interested in holding an event in support of PAI? Check out these events done by other SSHPs!

Outstanding PAI Program Award

The ASHP Pharmacy Student Forum Advancement of Pharmacy Practice Advisory Group invites SSHPs to submit for the Outstanding PAI Program Award. ASHP will be selecting schools that have demonstrated efforts to promote PAI. Up to three schools will be identified as “Honorable Mention” and one school will receive the “PAI Shining Star Award.” Please complete the application survey by March 12, 2019 to be considered for this recognition. Questions? Contact

Outstanding PAI Program Award Winners

2019 Award Winners

PAI Shining Star Award:
Medical University of South Carolina

Honorable Mention:
University of Georgia College of Pharmacy
University of Houston College of Pharmacy
Ohio Northern University Raabe College of Pharmacy
The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy

Past Award Winners

2018 Award Winners

PAI Shining Star Award:
The Ohio State University

Honorable Mention:
Medical University of South Carolina
Marshall University
St. Louis College of Pharmacy

ASHP Connect

Want to connect with other pharmacists and student pharmacists involved in PAI? Check out the following communities on ASHP Connect:

PAI Questions

Getting ready for APPE rotations or interviews? Here’s a list of great questions to ask the site about PAI!

  • How are pharmacists assigned to patient care units?
  • In what ways do pharmacists work with an inter-professional care team to provide medication therapy management?
  • How are pharmacists involved with clinical decision support (e.g., order set development, smart infusion pump analytics)?
  • Where do you see pharmacy practice in the next five years?
  • How is the pharmacy staff involved in transitions of care?
  • How often is medication reconciliation performed by pharmacy staff?
  • Describe your pharmacy technician roles and responsibilities.
  • How are meetings and assignments delegated amongst the pharmacy staff?