2020 Incentive Grant Recipients

Residents and their Preceptors

Negin Sazgar

Project Proposal: PGX LEARN – Pharmacogenetic Learning And Educational environments for community pharmacists to be Ready for the Next generation

Negin Sazgar, Pharm.D. currently serves as a PGY1 Community-Based Practice Resident at the University of Southern California (USC) Pharmacies and Affiliated Clinics in Los Angeles, California. Dr. Sazgar graduated from the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy. 

The Food and Drug Administration approved the first pharmacogenomic test in October 2018, and community pharmacists are uniquely qualified to interpret and explain this anticipated increase in pharmacogenomic data. Of pharmacists surveyed, a greater majority of pharmacists agreed that pharmacogenomics should be a focal part of pharmacy school education, but only 10% agreed that this education was an integral part to their curriculum/education. Additionally, since community pharmacists can be busy with many tasks in the community setting, Dr. Sazgar aims to provide pharmacists with an education program that is efficient yet comprehensive. As a result, Dr. Sazgar aims to determine if lecture-based or a role-playing case-based educational program will improve understanding, interpretation and application of pharmacogenetic data in the community setting.  

"I am thrilled to have received the Incentive Grant. I am most excited to build the self-confidence of community pharmacists who may have had limited education in pharmacogenomics and precision medicine. Pharmacists are at the front-line of managing this anticipated increase in pharmacogenomic data as they are one of the most accessible, trusted, and frequently visited members of the healthcare community. With the soon increased accessibility to finding out individual pharmacogenomic data, patients and providers will rely on pharmacists to aid in providing personalized medicine!"