Steven Chen is an Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacoeconomics Policy at the School of Pharmacy, and Director of the Pharmacy Practice Residency in Ambulatory Care. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from USC in 1989, and completed a USC-affiliated residency in Primary Care Pharmacy Practice in 1990 at the Department of Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic in Los Angeles (VAOPCLA). Prior to joining the USC faculty in 1998, Dr. Chen held several positions at VAOPCLA including Quality Assurance Pharmacist, Clinical Coordinator, Residency Student Coordinator, and acting Chief of Pharmacy. For the first 5 years at USC, he provided administrative and clinical services to Cedars-Sinai Medical Group (CSMG) in Beverly Hills and served as a Faculty-in-Residence at Cedars Sinai Medical Center. His clinical practice and research are now focused on safety net populations (i.e., patients who are uninsured, underinsured, or similarly vulnerable). The services that he has helped establish provide disease state management for the most common chronic illnesses, e.g., diabetes mellitus, dyslipidemia, hypertension, asthma, heart failure. Similarly, his lecture topics include the management of these and other chronic illnesses.
Dr. Chen received an honorary fellowship of the California Society of Health-System Pharmacists (CSHP) in 2000 and an honorary fellowship of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) in 2001. He received the Best Practices Award from ASHP in 2002 and, along with a team of USC faculty, received the American Pharmacists Association Pinnacle Award for safety net care services in 2007. Dr. Chen has received 7 teaching awards from USC students and residents.
Dr. Chen is part of a team of USC faculty directing multi-million-dollar, grant-funded research, evaluating the impact of pharmacist-managed patient care services for underserved populations. The long-term goal of his research is to develop innovative clinical pharmacy services that demonstrate the unique and valuable contributions pharmacists make for a variety of problem-prone patient populations, including the uninsured and the elderly.
As a CET fellow, Dr. Chen recognizes that incredible teaching techniques are employed at USC every day, forming a rich database of teaching resources that has the potential to improve the teaching efforts of faculty members at every level. Dr. Chen would like to help develop forums for sharing teaching techniques among faculty of all disciplines at the Health Sciences Campus. He would also like to help develop an email or web-based mechanism for sharing “Teaching Tips” for health sciences faculty on a regular basis. This information would include practical information such as highlights of a particular instructor’s most effective teaching strategies, a calendar of lectures or other learning forums that other faculty may want to attend for teaching ideals, new strategies being tested along with preliminary results, etc. He would like to participate in the development of web-based continuing education and training programs for a variety of professions. Ultimately, his goal is for faculty members on both campuses have easy access to resources that promote excellence in teaching.