The USC School of Pharmacy is dedicated to increasing diversity among its student body and to providing mentorship and information to high school and college students considering a career in pharmacy, other health professions and research. Dr. Walter G. Cathey, an alumnus of the School, serves as Special Assistant to the Dean for Diversity and leads the Pharmacy Explorers Program (PEP) at area high schools and colleges.
High School Program
Launched in fall 2009 at King Drew Medical Magnet High School in the Los Angeles Unified School District, the USC School of Pharmacy’s Pharmacy Explorers Program (PEP) informs inner-city high school students about the wide range of careers available in pharmacy and encourages under-represented groups to pursue a career in the field.
In addition to King Drew, the program also currently is offered at Bravo Medical Magnet, Stern Math and Science, 32nd Street/USC MAST Magnet and California Academy of Mathematics & Science. Planning is underway to add more schools to the program.
Collegiate Pipeline Program
As graduates of the Pharmacy Explorers Program enter college, the Collegiate Pipeline Program ensures that the USC School of Pharmacy maintains its relationship with the students and provides them with additional support to encourage academic success. The program also guides them through the application and admission process at the USC School of Pharmacy.
Expanding PEP’s Reach
Recognizing that different schools have very different scheduling patterns, the PEP program structure is adaptable to meet the needs of the various campuses where it is held. To expand the reach of PEP to all interested schools, a series of video presentations have been recorded and are available here. These may be watched at home by interested students and used during PEP meetings as a way to encourage discussion.
Meet Dr. Henry Delu, 2013 graduate of USC School of Pharmacy
Meet Dr. Jane Nguyen Hwang
Meet USC School of Pharmacy Professor Steven Chen
Visit the full archive of PEP videos at http://vimeo.com/album/2892760.