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Summer Spotlight Series: International Student Exchange Program

This past summer, Campbell had two pharmacy students participate in an International Student Exchange Program in Romania. Check out what they had to say about their experience:
 
“The student exchange program in Romania that I participated in made this summer one of the bests I’ve had  to date. It allowed me to combine two of my passions, traveling and pharmacy. I also now have great friends all over the world. It was an amazing experience that I will forever cherish.”
– Jessica Humenik,
 
“There are no words to describe my student exchange experience in Romania this past summer.  I learned so much about how different the practice of pharmacy is in other parts of the world and gained a better appreciation of the advancement of our profession here in America.  I made lifelong friendships with people from all over the world and learned about many other cultures.  It’s an experience I will never forget.”
-Pavun Patel
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Summer Spotlight Series: UAEM Medical Mission Trip to Honduras

This summer, eleven Campbell University pharmacy students were able to travel to Santa Lucia, Honduras for a ten day medical brigade. Supported by Campbell’s UAEM chapter, a group focused on medical care abroad, our student-led mission partnered with a Honduran based organization called Shoulder to Shoulder to bring over-the-counter items and basic medical supplies to the region. During our stay, we were able to participate in a variety of activities including family visits in neighboring communities, pregnancy clinics, and a health fair. While our main village was Santa Lucia, we were able to reach about three other communities. In each setting, we presented to a large group of locals regarding four basic, yet relevant topics: hypertension, diabetes, tuberculosis, and pregnancy/family planning. Throughout our stay, we seemed to compare their healthcare to the United States, of which there are staggering differences. One of the most shocking facts dealt with the funds allotted per Honduran citizen for healthcare; the government has the American equivalent of about $1.50 to spend on care and medicines per patient, per month. While a ten day visit is not nearly enough time to greatly affect the health conditions of a community, we hope to have made a small positive impact on the locals. UAEM looks forward to planning other medical brigades in the near future.


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Virtual Visit – Connect with CPHS from anywhere!

Are you researching institutions or programs, and realizing traveling to visit your top locations can be costly or difficult to schedule with your academic calendar?  Campbell University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences (CPHS) has the perfect solution for you!  Virtual Fairs and Virtual Open Houses are the newest avenue to chat LIVE with faculty, admissions staff, and current students all from your home, your dorm room, or any venue you choose and it’s FREE!

During the virtual fairs you have the ability to have private conversation or video chat with our CPHS representatives to discuss private information such as GPA, test scores, or how to become a more competitive applicant.  There is a public chat space where you can casually read others questions and view the CPHS responses.  Virtual fairs give you the perfect opportunity to ask faculty, “What’s different about your program at Campbell?” Maybe you want to know about the area, where you will live, or maybe what to expect once you get here.  There’s no one better to answer those questions than current CPHS students.

CPHS has both prospective and accepted student virtual fairs setup for 2014-2015 academic calendar.  Do not miss this opportunity to learn more about Campbell University or the growing health programs in the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences!  Save the date for July 18th, simply visit us on our webpage to register and mark your calendars for the additional virtual fair dates. 

 

How is pharmacy school different from undergrad?

Being a P1 this year, the transition between undergrad and pharmacy school has been very eye opening. Having completed only two years of undergraduate coursework, I never had a full understanding of just how different this program is compared to undergrad. Now, understanding these differences has definitely developed me as a person, student, and future pharmacist. Some of the differences between the two levels of education include the following:

Class Schedule:

While in undergrad there are advisors, many times they want to get you in an out of the particular program as soon as possible. At Campbell University CPHS, the faculty wants students to succeed and have developed a program beneficial to everyone. In the three classroom years of pharmacy school, you have class from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm in the same classroom. This is beneficial because during this time, you have the focus as well as the support system of a hundred or so classmates in the same room. In undergrad, you have classes scattered. There are times where you either roll out of bed to go to a class, or are running in late from lunch. You will be with different students in each class and cannot develop that support network as you do in pharmacy school. This schedule and arrangement in classes is the number one difference in my eyes between the two programs.

Professionalism

The levels of professionalism and maturity between undergraduate and pharmacy school is undoubtedly different. As a pharmacy student, you prepare for your future career in health care where patients want to be treated in a professional manner. That is why there is a dress code in pharmacy school and not undergrad. It is why speakers come into classes and hold lecture series on professionalism targeting the pharmacy students.  While some of these lectures are optional, you tend to find many students attending to develop these professional skills. In undergrad, it saddens me to admit that the only reason people would attend an event like this is to receive extra credit for a class. Therefore, the level of professionalism is drastically different in pharmacy school than undergrad.

Workload

The workload between undergraduate and graduate classes is immensely different. In undergrad, one can pass with little or no study time. The mentality is to get through the program. There tends to be a lot of “busy work” that people find unimportant. In pharmacy school, the amount of work is not the source of difference, but the amount of time studying is. For most, this is the last step before entering the healthcare field and they know they have to be knowledgeable in order to succeed. Therefore, more time is put into studying to make sure the information is retained for the career rather than just memorized for a test. In that sense, this shows that there is more of a workload in pharmacy school than in undergrad.

 These are three of many different aspects that differentiates pharmacy school from undergrad. The list can go on and on, but the class schedule, level of professionalism, and amount of work are the major highlights that have really stood out to me in my first year of pharmacy school.

 

 Kelsey Carter

PharmD Candidate Class of 2017

American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida

Last week I had the opportunity to attend the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida with several other CPHS students. While it was hard to explain to some people that we drove 10 hours to Orlando and didn’t even get to see Mickey or visit Harry Potter World, it really was an amazing worthwhile experience.

The program began on Thursday and continued through Monday, and let me tell you, our schedules were packed full! There was even an app for the meeting that let you pick and choose sessions to attend and create your own personalized meeting itinerary. Our days consisted of a variety of student oriented sessions including leadership workshops, new practitioner sessions, honor society meetings and APhA-ASP national officer elections. We were also able to mix in a few pharmacist sessions including the general session where we heard a former Surgeon General speak.  At each session we were able to talk to someone new and learn something about our profession or APhA as an organization.

While going to a National pharmacy conference is a great opportunity for professional development, and networking, it is also (surprisingly) a lot of fun.  The meeting had a lot of student programming, where the National officers put on quite the show. At the opening general session hundreds of student pharmacist from across the country gathered together as the National Officers took the stage singing Disney show tunes, and surprising *most* of them were quite talented. They were able to present awards for outstanding student chapters, while entertaining the crowd with their musical and comical talents. During the awards presentations we got to hear about the amazing work other student chapters had done throughout the year which was very inspiring, and made us all excited to bring ideas back to make our chapter of APhA-ASP even better! We also got to go to a big exposition where pharmaceutical companies, pharmacy’s, pharmacy contractors etc had booths set up with free samples and information galor. Each of us went home with several bags, pens, and enough Allergra to get us through the Spring!

Even though we were exhausted by the end of the day, we still made time to enjoy our evenings. On the first night APhA-ASP hosted a “Neon” party for students, chalk full of glow sticks and neon sunglass and even a photo booth. On Sunday night we were treated to a lovely dinner at Maggiano’s sponsored by Dean Maddox for CPHS students, residents, and faculty who attended the conference

One question you might have is, how can students afford to travel to these meetings?! At CPHS we are lucky enough to have the opportunity to have numerous funding resources available to help students get to National Pharmacy Conferences and have the opportunity to represent our school at these meetings. As a group we were all able to apply for conference funding through the Pharmacy Student Executive Board (PSEB), the Dean, as well as APhA-ASP (Academy of Student Pharmacists). Without their generous support we all may not have been able to have this amazing professional experience!

Another question you may have is, how can you miss 2 days of class as a pharmacy student!? Again, we are lucky enough to be at a school that really encourages students to get involved in our profession. Our professors granted us permission to miss class to attend the conference. All of our lectures are recorded so all of us could watch the classes we missed online. The P2s who attended the conference were even going to miss a quiz, but our professor , who was at the conference too, was able to administer the quiz to us on Monday morning in Orlando.

We came home to a lot of makeup work, and studying to catch up on, but the experience was well worth it. We all have a new outlook on pharmacy, and personally I was inspired to try to get more involved in our profession on a national level. I’m looking forward to many more professional conferences in years to come!

Emily Mantovani

Class of 2016

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Why Campbell

Originally from China, I came to USA in 2009 to start my Master program in Pharmaceutical Sciences at Campbell University. While I was learning all the sciencific background of drugs, I desired to learn more about clinical practice of medication. Doctor of Pharmacy program is the perfect program designed for people to gain knowledge of medication, counsel patients on medication use, promote public health, manage medication distribution, manage pharmacy practice, and provide patients with the best drug therapy for their needs.

As an international student, I had no clue about PharmD program in USA and how to apply for it. However, several professors at the department of Pharmaceutical Sciences encouraged me and introduced me to Ms. Blackman and Dr. Moore who work at admission office. They scheduled several times to talk to me, gave me suggestions and helped me prepare for pharmacy school (learning about the PharmD program, taking pre-requisites, gaining pharmacy experiences, and improving my interpersonal skills). I really appreciate how much they had helped me during my application process. I would not have been able to get into Pharmacy school without their effort. After being accepted at 3 different pharmacy schools, I decided to pursue my PharmD degree at Campbell because of the student centered environment. The faculty and staff here are very supportive and show great passion to help students with both school and personal life. They have open door policy, and I never have an issue scheduling an appointment with my professors. The school also provides free tutor programs. Besides, my classmates including upper classmates are always willing to share knowledge.

This May, I will become a third year pharmacy student at Campbell. I am so glad that I chose Campbell for my PharmD degree, and I hope that I will continue to enjoy the rest of my academic career at Campbell.

 

Ting Ye

PharmD Candidate 

Class of 2016

Spring Break 2014

Spring Break for a pharmacy student is like an oasis in the middle of what feels like a never ending desert.  Although we may have to study here and there, or work a 9-5 shift at the pharmacy,but we have seven sweet days of freedom for a little R&R.  If we are lucky enough, we get to travel and really get away from the daily grind. 

            Thankfully, I was one of those lucky enough to have the best of both worlds.  I was able to spend a few days at home and spend the rest of the week in Myrtle Beach, SC at the Big South Basketball Tournament with the university pep band.  We cheered on both the men’s and women’s basketball teams to what we all hoped would be victory and a chance to advance to the NCAA tournament.  Sadly, the men lost in the quarter-finals and the women in the semi-finals (not without a good fight).  The weather was less than desirable for the better part or the trip, but there was a lot of relaxation, retail therapy, and yummy food involved in my adventures outside of the tournament.

            Now spring break is long gone and it’s back to the real world of class, tests, and responsibilities.  Rotations and final exams are fast approaching, so until then, here’s to the next spring break!!

 

Amanda Goodman

Class of 2016