USC Hosts Annual AMCP Western Regional Conference

The USC Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) Chapter hosted the 11th Annual AMCP Western Regional Conference on July 7-8, 2018 at USC’s University Park campus.

The conference is student-hosted and rotates among pharmacy schools across the West Coast, beginning with USC its inaugural year.

“It has been many years since its return, so it was an exciting project and challenge to bring home,” said organizer Brian Lee, president of USC AMCP.

Dozens of USC School of Pharmacy students attended the conference. (Photo by Calvin Songveera)

This year’s theme was the “Evolving Landscape of Healthcare.” More than 100 students from 13 schools and dozens of professionals gathered together to discuss how pharmacists can adapt to the changing healthcare industry through workshops, panels and student activities.

Pharmacy students were able to participate in nine different workshops, one of which was led by Steve Chen, associate dean for clinical affairs at the USC School of Pharmacy. His presentation focused on how pharmacists can have an impact on a population level.

While the weekend was packed with various programming, Lee shared that the highlight of the conference was the quiz bowl: “The questions varied from ICER calculations to vaccines to the Kardashians and showed the students’ prowess.”

13 teams competed in the 2018 Managed Care Quiz Bowl in subjects including general pharmacy, managed care, pop culture and AMCP. (Photo by Calvin Songveera)

The spirit of the conference has remained the same year after year – to unite pharmacy students across the West Coast for a weekend of learning, idea sharing and networking.

“If the attendees walk away with a better understanding of managed care and how it pertains to all fields of pharmacy, I’d consider it a success,” Lee said.

Learn more about the AMCP Western Regional Conference.