Mercer University, University of Maryland Student Pharmacists
Twenty student pharmacists from the University of
Maryland, Baltimore, and Mercer University visited AMCP’s Alexandria, Va.
headquarters on May 20 for a crash course on issues and opportunities in
managed care pharmacy. The group was met by April Shaughnessy, AMCP’s Director
of Mission Advancing Initiatives & Governance and Sarah Vizcaino, AMCP’s Manager
of Student Development.
Shaughnessy began with an overview of AMCP and profiles
of staff and members, and discussed the many distinct paths that one can take
in managed care pharmacy. Other AMCP
staff joined the group to delve deeper into top issues facing managed care
Mark Brueckl, AMCP’s Assistant Director of Pharmacy
Affairs, gave an overview of managed care pharmacy. Among other things, Brueckl discussed health
information technology, quality issues and practice issues that arose with the
Affordable Care Act. The conversation then moved to opportunities in Managed
Care Pharmacy Residencies and AMCP’s APPE in Association Management.
Ebony Clay, Program Manager for the AMCP Foundation, presented
an overview of opportunities through The AMCP Foundation, including the Foundation’s
summer internships with Allergan, Genentech, Pfizer and The Burchfield Group
and AMCP’s Executive Residency.
Lauren Fuller, AMCP’s Vice President of Government
Affairs, and Mary Jo Carden, AMCP’s Director of Regulatory Affairs, discussed
the Academy’s work in legislative and regulatory issues, as well as AMCP’s
collaboration with other pharmacy organizations and government agencies.
Fuller and Carden also gave updates on health care reform
as it pertains to managed care pharmacy and AMCP’s efforts in this area. The discussion
centered on the top issues for AMCP’s Legislative and Legislative &
Regulatory Action Committees, including health care reform, specialty pharmacy
and biosimilars, medication therapy management, copay parity and federal
government drug negotiations.
The visit concluded with a question and answer
session. AMCP welcomes visits from all
of our student pharmacist members! For more information, or to schedule a visit
for your school/college of pharmacy, please contact Sarah Vizcaino at firstname.lastname@example.org.