Sep 09, 2014--Katie Herren, a third-year PharmD student from Lexington, Kentucky, was one of four students in the nation selected to take part in the 2014 Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) Foundation/Pfizer Managed Care Pharmacy Summer Internship Program.
According to AMCP, “the goal of the internship program is to develop future leaders in managed health care through exposure to population health and the application of managed care pharmacy principles in formulary management, benefit design, medication therapy management and adherence management. Working directly with pharmacists and other members of the health care team, interns will gain an appreciation of how managed care pharmacy principles seek to maximize health care resources and patient care outcomes.”
Herren is a Centre College graduate with a degree in economics. She is currently enrolled in one of the College’s dual degree programs, pursuing her PharmD and a Master’s degree in pharmaceutical outcomes and policy from the College. Her economics and business background drew her to the cost-benefit analysis side of the pharmacy profession.
As part of the program, Herren spent nine weeks at Perform Rx in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a pharmacy benefit manager where she conducted research analyzing the effectiveness of a diabetes education program. The program targeted non-adherent diabetes patients to help them learn to manage their disease, and understand the importance of going to their physicians and taking medications as prescribed. She spent the final week of the internship in Alexandria, Virginia at AMCP’s home office. She has presented her diabetes education research to Perform Rx, AMCP and Pfizer, and will present the research again at AMCP’s Nexus Conference in Boston in October.