ZYGO Series—PHARMACEUTICAL ACCESS: Global Drug Management and Underserved Populations

ZYGO Series—PHARMACEUTICAL ACCESS: Global Drug Management and Underserved Populations
Friday, October 24, 2014, DML 241 | 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM | Lunch Provided

RSVP: http://bit.ly/1wesVic

Co-sponsored by the Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics and the Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study
Sucharita Yellapragada, ZYGO Student Program Manager

Jeff McCombs, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Economics & Policy, USC Schaeffer
Erin Quinn, Associate Dean for Science and Health, USC Dornsife
Heather Wipfli, Associate Director, USC Institute for Global Health and Assistant Professor, Department of Preventative Medicine and School of International Relations, USC Keck School of Medicine​

The pharmaceutical industry is frequently criticized as being focused entirely on making a profit and not truly caring for the well-being of the people. This seminar will seek to explore if pharmaceutical companies have any ethical obligations towards underserved populations, or if, like any other company, they ultimately serve as a means of improving the economy of their local community. After the Agreement of Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights was passed by the World Trade Organization in 1996, countries were able to apply for compulsory licenses through which they could produce generic copies of these drugs without the permission of the patent owner. Since 2003, compulsory license holders can also export generic drugs to other countries that lack production capabilities. Panelists will consider if compulsory licenses are an ethical obligation for pharmaceutical companies and if this system adequately gives credit to the initial patent holder.

The ZYGO Series is organized by USC students in health and medicine who seek dialogue with USC faculty across disciplines in order to increase the integration of ethical themes into their curriculum.​

zygo / ˈzʌɪgəʊ, ˈzɪgəʊ / pref. relating to union or joining

Pre-Health Advisement: Student Worker Position Available

Join the Pre-Health Advisement Team!

The USC Office of Pre-Health Advisement is seeking a student worker to join our team beginning Spring 2015. Student workers benefit from flexible hours, competitive wages, and a supportive work environment.

Responsibilities include:
– General office duties
– Reception and customer service
– Assist advising staff with special projects

Job Qualifications:
– Currently enrolled USC Undergraduate
– Computer skills
– Strong Interpersonal skills
– Be able to work independently and efficiently in a team setting
– Must have work-study

Application deadline: Friday, November 21st

Application available in HNB 120.
Please include a resume with your completed application.

Office of Pre-Health Advisement, 3641 Watt Way, HNB 120
Los Angeles, CA 90089-2520 Tel: (213) 740-4844


APAMSA General Meeting

Calling all pre-medical students! Wondering what it takes and to be pre-med? Join APAMSA, the premier pre-medical organization on campus, to hear about volunteer opportunities, MCAT prep, and a day in the life of a doctor from actual MD guest speakers. Come to our first general meeting on Tuesday, September 2 from 6:30-7:30pm in VKC 210. We will have FREE food! Visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/181408377153/ or email us at uscpremedapamsa@gmail.com for more info.

HSEP Day of Fitness for House of Hope

Do you like exercise, entertainment, and JAMBA JUICE? Join us for INCREDIBLY CHEAP AND FUN FITNESS CLASSES for charity on Sunday April 27 from 11am-2pm in the Lyon Center. We will be teaching BOXING, YOGA, and LATIN DANCE!!! There is no experience necessary and all the proceeds raise money for the House of Hope hospice facility. This is like no class you’ve ever taken before as we will be integrating exciting facts on the health benefits of each activity into the lessons!!!

Here is the schedule of classes:
11am-12pm: Latin Dance
12pm-1pm: Yoga
1pm-2pm: Boxing

The prices are as follows:
1 class: $3
2 classes: $5
3 classes: $7

All classes will meet in the Lyon center lobby, and in the first 5 minutes of each class we will be taking orders for Jamba Juice, so don’t be late!

GET PUMPED! Bring comfortable clothing, your STUDENT ID, and some Trojan spirit!

Narcolepsy Speaker Event


Office of Pre-Health Advisement has moved


Internship program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles


The Trauma Program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is looking for summer interns!  Each year the program has students from USC that fulfill  practicum hours or want more hands-on experience in public health. This is a great opportunity to explore the field!

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles – Trauma Program

We are seeking placement of up to five students within our Trauma Program.  The Trauma Program provides a unique experience in that almost all aspects of public health are involved in our program.  Service lines within Trauma include:  Acute Care, Injury Prevention, Disaster Preparedness and Research and Evaluation.  Students will have the opportunity to work specifically with the preceptors below, but will also have work experiences with all preceptors and with the other students involved with the program.  All three proposed preceptors are MPH graduates.

All interested applicants should submit their cover letter, resume and application to harbogast@chla.usc.edu

We will be selecting students to focus in the following areas:

Injury Prevention-Summer interns will engage in a variety of community projects, health fairs, and educate children and families on injury prevention topics such as child passenger safety, pedestrian safety, drowning prevention, distracted driving, school safety, etc.

Research and Evaluation – The summer research intern will conduct literature searches, assist with study design, develop data collection tools, analyze data using statistical software,  prepare manuscripts and assist in IRB study submissions.  The areas of focus are acute trauma care, injury prevention and disaster preparedness.

Trauma and Disaster Management – Summer internship opportunities include projects related to trauma program management focusing on performance improvement, special projects, and data analysis.   Interns will also have the opportunity to support planning efforts for hospital and county disasters.