AMCP Foundation interns address oncology, evidence gaps and medication adherence in partnership with AbbVie Inc. and Pfizer Inc.

ALEXANDRIA, Va., November 17, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The AMCP Foundation congratulates student pharmacists who have recently completed immersive internships focused on oncology managed care, health outcomes, nonprofit leadership and evidence, thanks to the generous support of Pfizer Inc. and AbbVie Inc.

The goal of AMCP Foundation internships is to develop future healthcare leaders by exposing students to a wide variety of principles of population health and managed care pharmacy. These competitive internships offer students the opportunity to contribute to challenging and meaningful projects and to interact directly with industry experts, pharmacists and managed care professionals.

As part of the ten-week structured internship programs, student pharmacists embedded at the host sites were paired with virtual preceptors and presented capstone research projects at the recent AMCP Nexus conference. Research topics included the safety and efficacy of biosimilars in the oncology landscape, postoperative atrial fibrillation and renal failure, and methods of measuring medication adherence.

“Practice-based research drives innovation and better understanding of issues, which translates to better health outcomes,” said Paula J. Eichenbrenner, MBA, CAE, CEO of the AMCP Foundation. “We are deeply grateful for the generous support of AbbVie and Pfizer, which enables the AMCP Foundation to train the practitioners of tomorrow in research methodologies, collaboration and business acumen.”

The AMCP Foundation has opened the application cycle for Internship Opportunities 2023. Applications are due January 6, 2023.

AMCP Foundation/AbbVie Inc. Health Outcomes Specialized Summer Internship

Laurent Perez
The University of New MexicoPharmacological faculty
Website: AbbVie
Poster: Use of Patient Reported Outcomes (PRO) in Early Phase Dose Selection Clinical Trials in Solid Tumors

Albert Truong
Virginia Commonwealth UniversitySchool of Pharmacy
Website: AbbVie
Poster: Postoperative Atrial Fibrillation and Renal Failure: A Systematic Review

AMCP Foundation / Pfizer Inc. Managed Care Oncology Summer Internship

Avi Patel
The University of FloridaPharmacological faculty
Website: Humana, Inc.
Poster: Defining and Assigning a Complexity Scale to Oncology Criteria for Creating a Prior Authorization Policy Based on Clinical, Operational, and Risk/Compliance Complexities as well as Member and Provider Impacts Humana

Cassidy Slater
The University of FloridaPharmacological faculty
Website: CVS Health
Poster: A Scoping Review of Evidence Related to the Safety and Efficacy of Biosimilars in the Oncology Landscape

AMCP Foundation/Pfizer Inc. Managed Care Summer Internship

Nadia Aldahiri
Belmont UniversityPharmacological faculty
Site: Independent Health
Poster: Assessing Barriers and Solutions to Identifying and Reporting Social Determinants of Z Codes of Health to a Health Maintenance Organization

justin chang
Purdue College from the pharmacy
Website: Cigna HealthSpring
Poster: Impact of the Expanded Heart Failure Indication for Certain SGLT-2 Inhibitors on the Performance of the Diabetes Medication Adherence Measure by Medicare Star Ratings

Leena Jamaleddin
The University of MinnesotaPharmacological faculty
Website: Prime Therapeutics
Poster: Relationship Between Chronic Conditions and Continued Enrollment Among Commercially Insured Members

Alin Kalayjian
The University of WashingtonSchool of Pharmacy
Website: Priority Health
Poster: The Effect of the Coverage Gap on Medication Adherence for Oral Anticoagulants in Medicare Part D Enrollees Diagnosed with Atrial Fibrillation

Zachery Nunemaker
The University of IowaPharmacological faculty
Website: HealthPartners
Poster: A Description of Medication Use by Glucagon-Like Peptide-1 Receptor Agonists in a Managed Health Care Plan: A Retrospective Cohort Analysis

Courtney Smith
Northern Ohio University, Raabe College from the pharmacy
Site: Horizon BCBS of NJ
Poster: Assessing Drug Inventory and Oversupply by Current “Too Soon” Standards: A Retrospective Analysis of Prescription Claims Among New Jersey Health Plan Members

AMCP Foundation / Pfizer Inc. Summer Internship in Managed Care Research and Nonprofit Leadership

Nikhil Bhatia
The University of GeorgiaSchool of Pharmacy
Website: AMCP Foundation
Title: Scoping review of effective methods for measuring medication adherence during use

AMCP Foundation Managed Care Health Disparities Summer Internship

Zacharie Brunko
University of MinnesotaPharmacological faculty
Website: Magellan Rx Management
Poster: Health Care Disparities in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC)

About the AMCP Foundation

Established in 1990, the nonprofit 501(c)3 AMCP Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP). It exists to advance collective knowledge and ideas about key issues associated with the practice of pharmacy in managed health care settings. By facilitating innovative research initiatives and providing educational opportunities to learn more about managed care pharmacy, the AMCP Foundation is investing in the future of managed care. Visit

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