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CSHP “Escape to Seminar” 2014

On the weekend of October 31st and November 1st, 2014, pharmacy students interested in gaining more professional pharmacy experience attended California Society Health-System Pharmacists’ (CSHP) seminar in San Francisco. Here are what some USC students said about CSHP 2014 “Escape to Seminar” and the residency showcase comprised of over 70 residency programs:

“It was very exciting and motivating to talk to current residents and learn about the kind of work they do. It opened my eyes to the diverse options that are available upon completion of pharmacy school.” – Alison Thai

“Attending as a P3 helped me prepare for the residency showcase next year and gave me insight on how I should better plan for next year to take full advantage of the programs available at seminar.” – Jenny Luu

“By attending the showcase, it helped me narrow down the programs I wanted to apply to, but at the same time made me consider programs I’ve never considered before.” – Emily Lee

Daniel Kudryashov receiving an award at CSHP Conference 2015

Daniel Kudryashov receiving an award at CSHP Conference 2014

Christina Xie receiving an award at CSHP Conference 2015

Christina Xie (middle) receiving an award at CSHP Conference 2014

USC students had the chance to obtain more information about the available post graduate programs and gain networking opportunities with current residents and learn insights into each program on a more meaningful level. Students gained valuable experiences meeting innovative company representatives, informative program directors, and enthusiastic residents. For students who want more opportunities to network with other schools and pharmacists and learn about residencies and the clinical aspect of pharmacy, joining CSHP and attending the next CSHP conference in 2015 is highly encouraged!

APhA Midyear Regional Meeting 2014

Pharmacy students also attended another conference over the first week of November hosted by the American Pharmacists Association (APhA). The Midyear Regional Meeting was held in Scottsdale, Arizona. Unlike the CSHP “Escape to Seminar,” this was a student-driven conference designed to help students with leadership development, professional growth, and pharmacy knowledge. APSA Level One Representatives had the opportunity to attend as P1s representing USC, and here is what they said:

“It was great to see how many students from other schools in region 7 and 8 came out to be involved in advancing their leadership skills and the field of pharmacy.” – Alen Hakimi

“I learned so much about pharmacy on the legislative level and about APhA/ASP as an organization. It was extremely motivating to be around such passionate people and to be able to relate what we are learning in school in the larger picture.” – Lyndsie Okumura

USC also received recognition for several patient care projects and won two regional awards for Operation Heart and Operation Immunization. “[Our patient care projects] once again showed the dedication of our school in serving the community and advocating for our profession through action.” – Brian Phan

From left to right: Lyndsie Okumura P1, Christine Lee P2, Brian Phan P2, Maya Ballis P2, Alen Hakimi P1, Ani Ginosyan P2

From left to right: Lyndsie Okumura P1, Christine Lee P2, Brian Phan P2, Nick Capote APhA/ASP National President, Maya Ballis P2, Alen Hakimi P1, Ani Ginosyan P2

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