Five years ago, the USC College of Pharmacy hosted its first Career Expo. Cassidy Kemp, ‘21, then a second-year student pharmacist, took advantage of one of her first opportunities to speak with pharmacists practicing in a variety of backgrounds from community, clinical specialists, health-system administration, industry, mail-order, and more.
The College hosted its fifth annual expo in late January, giving first- through third-year students the chance to talk with experts from all walks of life within the profession of pharmacy, and this time, Kemp was among the professionals sharing her path to her current career as a PGY-2 Health System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership resident with Prisma Health Richland.
The expo featured more exhibitors than ever before with 70 presenters, nearly half of whom are COP alumni. The virtual expo allowed participants to join in from nineteen states, even as far away as Arizona, Colorado, Massachusetts and Maine and from across the southeast. Career areas represented included community pharmacy, hospital pharmacy, ambulatory care, pharmaceutical industry, IT, specialty pharmacy, academia, branding, state and federal government, entrepreneurship, insurance, IHS, consulting, managed care, infusion, and continuing education.
Kemp jumped at the opportunity to take part in this year’s expo.
“As someone who practices in a more non-traditional area of pharmacy, I wanted to share my experiences and insight on pharmacy administration as well as other areas of health-system pharmacy,” she says. “I am grateful for the wide lens USC provided me during my time as a student through career expos, career mentors, and rotations that led me to the career I have today. I hope that through participating in these opportunities as an alumnus, I am able to give back in the same way I was impacted at my first career expo.”
If you would like to be part of next year’s Career Expo as a presenter, contact Sarah Sipes, Associate Director of Development and Alumni Engagement.