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IPA Welcomes Sarah Derr as Inaugural Fellow

Sarah Derr, Pharm.D., named the association's inaugural executive fellow.

Sarah DerrThe Iowa Pharmacy Association (IPA) is excited to announce that Sarah Derr, Pharm.D., will be the association's inaugural fellow for the IPA Executive Fellowship in Association Management. Derr graduated from the University of Minnesota with her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2015. She is currently completing a Pharmaceutical Care Residency with Fairview Pharmacy Services in Minnesota and will join IPA on July 6.
Derr brings extensive experience in association work and leadership on a state and national level. As a student she was active in the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), completing an APPE rotation there, in addition to several student organizations. Following graduation, she became active in the Minnesota Pharmacists Association, serving on several committees.
“Throughout my time in the profession of pharmacy my drive and passion has been two-fold: advancing the profession of pharmacy and providing excellent patient care,” Derr said. “The fellowship will allow me to combine these two passions and create ways to continue to move the profession of pharmacy forward.”
As the IPA fellow, she will be immersed in the day-to-day activities of the association and work closely with IPA staff to continue advancing IPA's mission. She will work to expand IPA's clinical initiatives, attend state and national pharmacy meetings, gain exposure to all aspects of association work, and provide insight and assistance to the association.
The IPA Executive Fellowship in Association Management is a postgraduate training program conducted at the IPA headquarters under the direction of the professional affairs staff. It was created to support the development of individuals interested in association management through training and experience in leadership, advocacy, professional affairs and problem-solving at IPA. Individuals who complete the fellowship will be well prepared for leadership positions in a variety of settings in the profession of pharmacy and health care. The fellowship is supported by the IPA Foundation


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