AmerisourceBergen Launches Pharmaceutical Distribution Leadership Rotation Course at Xavier University of Louisiana

NEW ORLEANS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AmerisourceBergena global healthcare company, today announced the launch of a unique elective supply chain course at Xavier University of Louisiana‘s (XULA) College of Pharmacy, a leading historically black university. The Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) Pharmacy Distribution Leadership Rotation course exposes students to the interconnectedness between pharmaceutical supply chain players such as distributors, manufacturers and suppliers and gives students an understanding of the system and its essential role in the delivery of patient care.

“As one of the nation’s top producers of African-American pharmacists, Xavier’s College of Pharmacy is constantly evolving its curriculum to provide our students with a comprehensive education that prepares them for a long and successful career,” said the Dr. Kathleen Kennedy, Dean of the College of Pharmacy at Xavier University of Louisiana. “We thank AmerisourceBergen for developing this program, which not only demystifies the pharmaceutical supply chain and its impact on a pharmacist’s daily operations, but also exposes our students to new industries where their expertise can add value. .”

The APPE Pharmacy Distribution Leadership Rotation course, which launched February 14, is the product of an ongoing collaboration between AmerisourceBergen’s Health Systems and Specialty Services Group and XULA to enhance the school’s academic programming with immersive career-focused learning experiences. The APPE course introduces pharmacy students to supply chain business operations, finance, customer engagement, consultative selling, and value-added services and solutions that support healthcare systems, pharmacies, and practices. medical. Students are exposed to various real-world scenarios and work in groups to solve problems and come up with solutions.

“AmerisourceBergen is proud to partner with Xavier University of Louisiana on another program that enriches the education and career prospects of its students. The sales trainee program and the new APPE Pharmacy Distribution Leadership Rotation course are strategic investments in nurturing bright young talent and encouraging diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging in the spaces in which our organization operates” , said Matthew Glucksmann, Senior Vice President, Health Systems. and specialized services at AmerisourceBergen. “The APPE course will help prepare young pharmacists for all professions in their industry and empower them to create a positive impact in the supply chain through the knowledge they gain.”

The two organizations originally joined forces in January 2021, when the AmerisourceBergen team launched a version of their sales training program for students at XULA’s business school, the Division of Business. XULA’s Sales Trainee program, now recruiting its second batch of students, gives business school seniors first-hand insight into a career in the pharmaceutical distribution industry. Students experience “rotations” in sales, customer experience, and other teams across the AmerisourceBergen network, receiving exposure to positions in acute care and other settings that are available after obtaining their diploma.

“This partnership with Xavier University of Louisiana is just one example of AmerisourceBergen’s commitment to achieving the goals set out in our global DEI strategy,” said Ann Anaya, Director of Diversity, Equity and inclusion at AmerisourceBergen. “Through the creation of these meaningful academic programs, we are investing in the diverse healthcare leaders of tomorrow and taking another significant step towards fostering an inclusive and goal-oriented corporate culture.”

AmerisourceBergen is committed to building the next generation of diverse leaders through strategic investments in their learning, development, and future, and these types of partnerships align with AmerisourceBergen’s broader commitment to equity and inclusion in diversity. In fact, AmerisourceBergen’s Global Diversity and Inclusion Council (GDIC) was created to provide strategic direction, best practice sharing and accountability to advance business results through a global diversity and inclusion strategy. The GDIC ensures that the company has a globally diverse workforce, fosters a strong culture of inclusion, drives competitive value, and builds collaborative partnerships with key influencers and diverse vendors from the community.

About AmerisourceBergen

AmerisourceBergen fosters a positive impact on the health of people and communities around the world by advancing the development and delivery of pharmaceutical and healthcare products. As a global healthcare leader, with a foundation in pharmaceutical distribution and solutions for manufacturers, pharmacies and suppliers, we create unparalleled access, efficiency and reliability for human and animal health. Our 42,000 global team members fuel our purpose: we are united in our responsibility to create a healthier future. AmerisourceBergen is ranked #8 on the Fortune 500 with over $200 billion in annual revenue. Learn more about

About Xavier University of Louisiana

Xavier University of Louisiana, the only historically black and Catholic university in America, is ranked among the top three HBCUs (historically black colleges and universities) in the nation. Recognized as a national leader in STEM and health sciences, Xavier produces more African American medical school graduates each year than any other university in the United States. Additionally, Xavier’s College of Pharmacy is also among the top producers of African American pharmacists in the nation.

Established in 1925, by Saint Katharine Drexel and the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament as a place where African Americans and Native Americans receive a quality education, Xavier has since expanded its programs in art, business, education, biological sciences, chemistry, pharmacy and politics. Science. More recent additions in the areas of robotics, bioinformatics, engineering, data science, neuroscience, and genetics, in addition to new STEM-based master’s programs, have provided students with Xavier (2,815 undergraduates and 787 graduates) an unbeatable combination of traditional classroom study and hands-on research. , service learning opportunities and life experiences. Xavier students collaborate with world-renowned faculty who are experts in their fields to produce award-winning research and outstanding work. Xavier’s winning formula is to provide students with a well-rounded curriculum and an environment that nurtures their intellect and feeds their soul, thereby facilitating a fairer and more humane society for all. For more information about Xavier University of Louisiana, visit us online at or contact Chelsea Cunningham at (504) 520-5425 or [email protected]

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