Students Get Hands-on Supply Chain Experience

Pharmacy Practice News, Kara Poole and Minh-tri Duong

This spring, four students from the College of Pharmacy of Xavier University of Louisiana, a historically Black university, started an unusual new supply chain elective course. The class is the result of a collaboration with AmerisourceBergen, which provides the students with a closer look at the life of medications before they hit pharmacy shelves. The new six-week class is an Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) Pharmacy Distribution Leadership Rotation for fourth-year pharmacy students. In its first iteration, the class was entirely virtual, although the course creators hope to include in-person site visits in the future. The students are exposed to multiple business areas within AmerisourceBergen, including business operations, financials, customer service, consultative selling, and value-added services and solutions to support AmerisourceBergen customers.

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