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COVID 19 testing at pharmacies
Many pharmacies already offered testing for streptococcal and influenza infections, but it wasn’t until April 8 that U.S. pharmacies were authorized to order and administer COVID-19 tests. (Photo/iStock)

U.S. pharmacists can now test for coronavirus; they could do more if government allowed it

Steven Chen of the USC School of Pharmacy notes that the nation’s 175,000 pharmacists are frequently referred to as the most overtrained and underutilized health care professionals in America.

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family support group parenting school
Michael Hsiao spends quality time with his wife, Kimberly, and daughter, Peyton; he encourages other graduate students with children at the USC School of Pharmacy to find similar work-life balance through a new support group. (Photo/Danny Nguyen, Blue Soul Photography)

Support group helps USC students balance grad school and parenthood

Members of the student-led program share advice on making time for work and family life. USC leaders are planning to expand the initiative across the Health Sciences Campus this year.

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Amy Nham dual PharmD/MPH degree
After graduating, Amy Nham will complete a residency with Indian Health Service, a federal program that assists American Indians and Alaska Natives. (Photo/Linda Wang)

Driven to help the underserved, first-gen student graduates with dual degrees in health

Born in Vietnam to parents with fifth-grade educations, Amy Nham was taught that learning is the way out of poverty. As one of the first students to graduate from USC with the dual PharmD/MPH degree, she plans to use her skills to help those in real need.