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New Practitioner Experience (NPX)

What is NPX?

NPX is an automatic and free, Ohio Pharmacists Association (OPA) member benefit that provides leadership, advocacy, networking and practice development opportunities to pharmacists in their first 7 years of practice. Not a member? Not a problem, Join OPA Today!


To be the launch pad for all new practitioners to achieve personal and professional growth and success.


The mission of the OPA New Practitioner Experience (NPX) is to serve as a catalyst for the transition from student to pharmacist by providing new practitioners the opportunity to achieve personal and professional growth and success. This will be accomplished through leadership, advocacy, networking and practice development opportunities.

NPX Advisory Team 2018-19           

Jen Sabatino

Chair: Jen Sabatino, PharmD, BCACP

Clinical Pharmacist for OSU General Internal Medicine

Dana Bachmann Vice-Chair: Dana Bachmann, PharmD, MS

PGY2 Community Pharmacy Administration Resident with The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy and The Kroger Co., Columbus Division

Emily Eddy

Member-at-Large: Emily Eddy, R.Ph., PharmD

Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Ohio Northern University

 Lindsay Tsai

Member-at-Large: Lindsay Tsai, R.Ph., PharmD

Assistant Pharmacy Leader with Kroger Pharmacy

Marilee Clemons  

Member-at-Large: Marilee Clemons, R.Ph., PharmD

PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Practice Resident at The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy and OSU General Internal Medicine

Lauren Castle

Launchpad Coordinator: Lauren Castle, R.Ph., PharmD

Market Health and Wellness Director for Walmart

Get Involved with NPX! - April 1, 2019 Deadline

NPX offers a number of positions for New Practitioners to get involved including Advisory Team positions and NPX liaisons to each of the OPA committees. If you are interested in learning more about how to get involved with NPX, contact Lisa Berman at

We are currently looking for an interested individual to take an active leadership role on the NPX Advisory Committee as Vice-Chair. Vice-Chair is a two-year commitment that transitions to the role of Chair in year two. This individual will work closely with the Chair to guide the overall direction of the group. Interested individuals can apply for the position online here.

The deadline to submit applications is April 1, 2019.

Emerging Leaders Conference

NPX Event Recap: Welcome to NP Life

Marilee Clemons, R.Ph., PharmD

The New Practitioner Experience (NPX) held Welcome to NP Life at OPA on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at the OPA office. The event consisted of two hours of personal finance programming and two hours of ACPE-accredited CPE on conflict management and expanding your network.

Tim Ulbrich, PharmD provided two sessions on personal finance. His first session walked new practitioners through various loan payoff strategies to help them determine whether or not they have the best payoff strategy in place. His second session focused on investments where he explained and simplified long-term investment strategies, so that new practitioners could easily apply them to their personal life.

Lauren Castle, PharmD, Launchpad Coordinator for NPX, described five different styles used in conflict management, and provided an active learning exercise to demonstrate how they could be utilized in different scenarios. This session was especially helpful as many pharmacists are placed in management or leadership positions, but little time is devoted in college curricula or job training to learn conflict management techniques.

The final session was provided by Jaclyn Boyle, PharmD, M.S., MBA on expanding pharmacist networks, specifically through optimization of LinkedIn. During this session, Dr. Boyle provided information about different aspects of LinkedIn to enhance current profiles to make a valuable online first impression and grow professional networks.

This was an excellent event to promote the personal and professional growth of new practitioners. It was followed by a social at Pins Mechanical Co. in Dublin. We thank Kroger for their support of NP Life at OPA.

Click here to view the PDF brochure.

Welcome to NP Life

Mentor Program

If you are interested in becoming a mentor for new pharmacy practitioners and students, we want your involvement! Join the Ohio Pharmacists Association and New Practitioner Experience as we work towards offering mentoring opportunities in 2019. Mentees can learn from mentors’ experiences, both personal and professional, related to career paths, leadership roles, skill development, and much more. It takes just a few minutes to fill out the online application. Check out the link below!

We are currently seeking individuals interested in becoming a mentor. If you are interested or know someone who is, please apply below.

Mentor Sign-Up Form

NPX Launchpad Newsletter

Winter 2019 Newsletter 

Fall 2018 Newsletter 

Summer 2018 Newsletter 

Spring 2018 Newsletter 

Winter 2018 Newsletter 

Fall 2017 Newsletter  

Summer 2017 Newsletter 

 Winter 2017 Newsletter

 Fall 2016 Newsletter

 NPX Newsletter Archives

Help us write the next newsletter! Articles may be submitted for Practitioner Profile, Ohio Days or A Taste of Our Kitchen. Have an idea for another article relevant to new practitioners?  You can submit that as well! Articles should be submitted in a Word document to Lauren Castle at Photographs for articles should be submitted separately for higher quality images. Thank you!

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