AMCP and SASP partner to host guest alumni speakers

Students with guest speaker Kevin Lavery.

Kevin Lavery with pharmacy students

By Kara Sweet

Published December 3, 2019

Two University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences professional student organizations partnered to host two guest alumni speakers for the fall semester.

The Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) and the Student Association of Specialty Pharmacy (SASP) welcomed Kevin Lavery (PharmD/MBA ’19) and Alex Principino (PharmD/MPH ’18) back to campus as part of their Annual Speaker Series.

Lavery is currently a clinical pharmacist at Pharmacy Benefit Dimensions in Buffalo, N.Y. His presentation provided students with a foundation for understanding the interactions between key players in the healthcare industry and how pharmacy benefit managers function at the center of these interactions. 

Students with guest speaker.

Alex Principino with pharmacy students

Principino spoke with students about working as a clinical pharmacist at BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York, as well as his experiences as a PGY-1 managed care resident there.

The AMCP student chapter at UB facilitates the education, development and promotion of the principles and practices of managed care pharmacy.

The SASP student chapter at UB strives to educate students about career paths within the field of specialty pharmacy and increase student awareness of current issues and topics of interest in the specialty pharmacy field through guest speakers and student engagement projects.

For over 130 years, the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences has continually been a leader in the education of pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists, renowned for innovation in clinical practice and research. The school is accredited by the American Council of Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE) and is the No. 1 ranked school of pharmacy in New York State and No. 22 in the United States by U.S. News & World Report.