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Planning for a New USC Pharmacy in South Los Angeles

Soon after Vassilios Papadopoulos became dean of the USC School of Pharmacy in October 2016, he approached Raffi Svadjian, executive director of community pharmacies, with a bold idea. What about launching a new pharmacy in South Los Angeles, an underserved area for pharmaceutical care?

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Stats

Our school by the numbers.

#1

Private
Pharmacy School

97%

PharmD Licensure Pass
Rate

20

Different Degree
Programs

Stats

Our school by the numbers.

#1

Private
Pharmacy School

97%

PharmD Licensure Pass
Rate

20

Different Degree
Programs

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In the Heart of Los Angeles

Our location on a major academic medical center campus in the heart of a vibrant city offers extraordinary opportunities for internships, community engagement and mentoring. With 140 countries represented and 224 languages spoken, Los Angeles is filled with diverse cuisine, cultural institutions and recreational offerings. L.A. is home to more theaters, music venues and museums than any other U.S. city, and you can ski, hike and surf in nearby beaches and mountains.

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Why was USC a good fit for you?

“As an international student, it was important for me to get a well-rounded experience in terms of the curriculum, faculty, research interests, prospects after graduation, culture and even the location. USC ticked all the boxes. I was lucky to have been accepted into my dream school!”

Anushka Rajesh

MS Pharmaceutical Sciences ’21

Research Associate at Vir Biotechnology, Inc.

Why did you choose USC?

“USC has allowed me into its extensive family and Trojan network, ensuring that I’m never alone during this next chapter of my life. I loved my experience during undergrad so much that I decided to stay for another four years. In fact, I only applied to one PharmD program — USC’s, of course.”

Teny Khachadourian

BS, Pharmacology and Drug Development ’21, PharmD ’25

What does the Trojan Family mean to you?

“Being part of the Trojan Family has opened so many doors for me that I’ve lost track. Whether it’s because it brings prestige to my résumé or inspires a long conversation about football with a stranger, I am proud to be a part of the Trojan Family.”

Vinnie Dam

PharmD ’07, MS Regulatory Science ’07

Co-Founder & Chief Pharmacy Officer at Mixlab
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What career possibilities are available to USC PharmD grads?

“One of the most unique aspects of pharmacy is that one is able to go into so many different fields. There’s retail, inpatient, ambulatory care, managed care, industry, compounding, specialty, the list goes on and on … If you’re able to find the crossroads where competency and passion intersect, then you will have found that dream career where you pinch yourself every morning, not believing someone is actually paying you to do what you love. And that’s why USC is one of the best pharmacy schools out there in the nation. The amount of exposure and alumni connections available to you are second to none.”

Michael Pazirandeh

PharmD ’11

Principal Medical Scientist, Managed Care and Government Accounts at Gilead Sciences

Why did you decide to pursue a dual degree?

“Because of the HCDA program and its wide array of guest lecturers all coming from high-level executive positions in biotech, pharma, managed care, medical devices and diagnostics, I quickly discovered that there’s so much more I can do with a PharmD and, when coupled with the MS in HCDA, I would get to where I wanted to be fast.”

Jonathan Sedaghat

PharmD ’18, MS Healthcare Decision Analysis ’18

Marketing Manager, Patient Access at Amgen
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What inspired your career choices after USC?

“I became interested in finding innovative ways to improve health outcomes for patients because I spent nearly a decade leading advocacy efforts in California to change pharmacy laws to improve patient access to care. I became interested in improving access to patient care, because I was looking for ways for pharmacists to create next-gen business models. The possibilities truly are endless.”

Komal Patel

PharmD ’04

Clinical Pharmacist, Product Development, Catalia Health
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Why did you choose USC?

“USC has always been one of my top choices for the exciting research opportunities that take place not only in the School of Pharmacy but across the university. I’m sincerely happy to have made the choice to pursue my degrees here and I’m proud to be a part of the Trojan Family.”

Joshua Silva

PhD Clinical and Experimental Therapeutics ’21, MS Management of Drug Development ’20

Principal Medical Writer & Lead at Omni Tech Medical

What does the Trojan Family mean to you?

“The Trojan Family is like an instant network of friends all over the world that you have something in common with. It’s intangible but real.”

Lisa Gunther Lum

PharmD ’86

Immediate Past President of the California Society of Health-System Pharmacists

The only pharmacy school in the nation to own and operate 5 pharmacies​

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