Pharmacy Students Selected for National Internship Program

Melissa Denno and Destin Sampson, both third-year Doctor of Pharmacy students in Mercer University’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, have been selected for prestigious summer internships sponsored by the Foundation for Managed Care Pharmacy (FMCP) in collaboration with the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP). Denno and Sampson were among 12 students interviewed from a national applicant pool for the highly competitive internships and ended up taking both slots — the first time the internships have gone to students from the same institution.

The goal of the AMCP/FMCP/Allergan Inc. Specialized Summer Internship Program is to enhance a student pharmacist’s knowledge of managed care pharmacy practice principles and health outcomes research by direct hands-on involvement at managed health care system and health outcomes research experiential sites. The programs also expose them to career options in health plans, pharmacy benefit management companies, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the pharmaceutical industry.

The selection process is highly competitive. To be eligible for the AMCP/FMCP Summer Internship Programs, a student must be enrolled full-time in their second or third professional year at an ACPE-accredited school or college of pharmacy during the 2009-2010 academic year, with anticipated graduation in 2011 or 2012 with a Pharm.D. degree.

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