Hello IPSF friends, my name is Carlos Juarez Lopez. I am from Mexico, and I am an Honorary Life Member (HLM) of the Federation. I have attended fifteen World Congresses and four Pan American Regional Symposia (PARS). I had a wonderful experience while attending the 9th IPSF PARS in San Luis, Argentina in 2015. Organizing the World Congress is not an easy task. This is something I learned during the organization of the IPSF World Congress in 1977 in Mexico. I am convinced that the Reception Committee has the ambition and capabilities to organize what will be a magnificent congress. I fully support AEFRA. Viva la pharmacie and viva IPSF.
Natalia Brenes Solano
I participated in the 9th IPSF Pan American Regional Symposium (PARS) in San Luis, Argentina in 2015. I was the only representative of my country, Costa Rica, which initially made me a little nervous since I was traveling by myself. Thanks to the kindness of the organizers and all of the attendees, however, I felt very welcomed. I had an amazing experience at PARS: I made amazing friends and learned a lot about different cultures. All of the activities and conferences were very enriching, practical and strengthened our knowledge. I applaud the organizing team at AEFRA, who worked hard to make this event possible. It was a unique experience that I will forever cherish. My recommendation for all, is to participate in IPSF events like World Congress because you learn valuable things and make friends for life.
The 9th IPSF Pan American Regional Symposium (PARS) in 2015 was the first international conference I attended alone. I was nervous about traveling alone because I didn’t know many students at the Symposium and because of the potential language barrier. I was more than delighted to meet all of the students from AEFRA who were either volunteering their time or attending the Symposium. They were so friendly, immediately attempted to find someone to help me with translations during the entire Symposium, and made me feel extremely comfortable. They are a group of very passionate students who worked tirelessly to make the experience as positive as possible. I was able to learn a lot about pharmacy in Argentina and made many long lasting friends. I cannot wait to see them all again in the future and to see what other accomplishments AEFRA will reach in the future.