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

Why do I want to be a Pharmacist?

Everyone applying or accepted to Pharmacy school has one goal: to become a pharmacist. Each person has a different path, reason, or experience that led them to this career pathway. You will meet people that have no experience in the pharmacy and some that do. You will meet classmates who have a family history of medical professionals, and then some are the first of their families to go to a graduate school. Some of us were touched by a pharmacist in our lifetime, or watched a pharmacist help someone special to us get through a hard time. Today I want to share my personal story of why I chose to go to pharmacy school and become a pharmacist.

Growing up in a small, rural town you don’t meet many folk going to college, getting big time degrees to become doctors, and the closest pharmacy or hospital may be 20 minutes away if not longer. I wasn’t a kid who got sick often, so I never saw a pharmacy too often. I have been blessed that most of my family has been pretty healthy, so I don’t have experience with a pharmacist helping out with a sick family member’s medicine. For me, my interest of health care and the medical field started in my late years of high school. I got involved with a club called HOSA, I took community college courses involved with forensics, crime scene investigations, and criminology, and I got hooked on helping people with special needs (Down syndrome, autism, etc.).

By the time I started college I had a pathway set in forensics. I wanted to sit in the state lab and run tests on unknown samples of different drugs and poisons that killed people, and specialize in toxicology. Then I realized that I didn’t like lab or research. I wasn’t one of those people who could stay coped up in their little lab running tests all day. I did know that drugs fascinated me! During this change in pathways, I was searching for a job close in the area. Since I knew I liked drugs I thought about applying to the local pharmacies. I had no experience, no training, but I was determined to get some kind of experience. The Rite Aid of Mount Olive was looking for a part-time pharmacy cashier/ technician, and I was the person they were wanting. Blessing number 1!

During my year of working with the Mount Olive Rite Pharmacy, the main pharmacists became my inspirations. They were knowledgeable, charismatic, understanding, stern, professional, and great communicators! They were what I wanted to be! These two ladies opened the doors to answers I needed for a pathway. I became infatuated with what every drug did, how to pronounce the drug names, how to communicate, how to get out of my comfort zone, how to be confident in myself and the answers I knew, and to be an even better listener. These pharmacists encouraged me to become a pharmacist, and fed my fire to apply to pharmacy school. Blessing number 2!

The experiences and stories I have heard and gone through with the patients is the biggest reason why I chose pharmacy. I get the greatest satisfaction knowing that I’m helping a patient get the best care! If I don’t know the answer to one of their questions, they push me to become even more knowledgeable, find the answer for them, and keep me honest. The communication and trust between the patient and yourself is a true bond. You also learn how the health care or insurance plans may be helping or hurting the patients. Being a pharmacist, you get to see how it is affecting the patient, and you can help that patient make a change so they get better care! I also love meeting new people, where they’re from, and what they think about certain things in the pharmacy. Being around people, and being able to talk them was what I loved. Blessing number 3!

The pharmacy is more than just counting pills. It is concerned with so much detail, and you are always having to be on your game and being observant. Retail pharmacy brings new adventures and problems every day. You will not deal with the same things every day. This is perfect for me, because complacency or routine gets boring and tiresome after a while. I didn’t find pharmacy interesting for just the money. Becoming a pharmacist for me is something you have to love and have a passion for, Becoming a pharmacist is an act of unselfishness, and you are always serving others! This job is not about yourself. This background and these reasons are why I wanted to be a pharmacist. It’s the values and satisfaction you can get from this career, and knowing at the end of the day it wasn’t about you.

No matter where you are from, your experience, or lack of experience if you want to be a pharmacist you have to be willing to let go of selfishness and pride. Allow your job to make you a better person and humble. Let the job be a satisfaction and encouraging. Most of all, be ready to serve others and treating them the way that you would want to be treated!

Anna Capps

PharmD Candidate

Class of 2017

A day in the life of a 2nd year pharmacy student

If you read this blog weekly, you know that the last post was also, “a day in the life….” I am going to write my blog a little differently. Here is a typical Tuesday for this second year pharmacy student, written as a schedule of events.

5:30AM—I wake up, shower, get dressed (professionally, of course), and feed my two precious puppies before heading out the door about 6:30.

6:50-7:00AM—Arrive at school, walk to my classroom and get my computer set up for my Pharmacology exam. I like to give myself at least thirty minutes so that I am not rushing to get into the classroom right at the time the test is supposed to start. Not only would I not be focused if that was to happen to me, but I find that it distracts my peers when someone walks in late.

7:30-9:00AM—Exam begins with our class Chaplain saying a short prayer, and papers being passed out with the “password” to start the exam on my laptop.

9:00-9:50AM—Pharmaceutics. This class is basically about compounding, and there is a lot of math involved.

10:00-11:50—Pharmacology. We have two 50 minute sessions with a 10 minute break in the middle. This class is about how drugs work in the body, along with the medicinal chemistry (chemical structures) of the drugs.

12:00-12:50—Finance. This class is about how to use finance as a pharmacist. To me, this is “real world” knowledge of the behind the scenes aspects of pharmacy. At some point in most of our professional careers, we will be tasked with handling money in some form or another, so it is good to know the basics of budgeting in a pharmacy. This is probably my favorite class!

1:00PM—Whew, I am glad I brought some snacks. I have a meeting for one of the on campus organizations I am actively involved in today. Most organizations meet right after class so that students don’t have to go home and come back, and so that it doesn’t interfere with electives or labs. They usually last about an hour, or less.

2:00PM—Pharmaceutics Lab. We actually get to make things!! In this lab, we normally make about four compounds per week, and we only meet once a week. It is scheduled to last until 5:00PM, but I usually get out about 4:00PM.

4:30—Arrive home, feed my puppies, feed myself, and get set up to start any studying or homework that needs to be done. Trust me, there is always something that needs to be done. I may squeeze in a little primetime television.

10:00PM—It has been a long day to say the least. I’m going to bed, because I have to do it all over again tomorrow!

As you can see, a typical day in the life of a P2 student is not necessarily an easy one. Tuesdays are by far my longest day, and that is why I chose to share this one with you. On a day I don’t have a test or lab, I just go to class 9:00AM to 1:00PM, have my afternoon meeting, and am home by 2:30PM. Every day presents a new challenge, and it is important to just take each day as it comes. Try not to get behind in class, and you will be fine. If I can do it, then you can do it! Just remind yourself that it is definitely all going to be worth it when you actually get to get out in the “real world!”

-Karri Dixon (P2)

A day in the life of a first year pharmacy student

A typical day in the life of a pharmacy student is anything but typical. Every day brings new challenges, responsibilities, and of course schedule changes. A normal day of classes starts at 9am and lectures continue until 1pm. There are four 50 minute blocks with 10 minute breaks between classes. All classes take place in the same lecture hall and the professors rotate in at their given lecture time. For example, all P1 classes take place in Hartness lecture hall and the professors come in to lecture at their given time. However, flexibility is the key because schedules are ever changing and at times conflicts arise in which schedules must be adjusted to work around or accommodate the change. Just this past week we experienced a massive change in schedule when Buies Creek received 5 inches of snow, a very rare occasion here. Classes were canceled for one day and the next day we experienced a two hour delay. Because of the snow, the normal schedule was adjusted to fit the weather. Some of our classes were recorded and put online, a test was moved, and some lecture periods were lost altogether forcing us all to be flexible not only for that day but for the rest of the semester as we attempt to make up for those lost lecture times. Once classes end, the hour afterwards is used as a meeting time for the various student organizations on campus. The afternoon is usually free for studying, napping, sports, band, review sessions, group projects, or individual meeting times with professors. However, there are some afternoon labs or classes depending on the year in the curriculum and the degree tract that you are on.

Another atypical situation occurs on test days. Most of the tests given at CPHS are administered at 7:30am before normal classes begin. I know that this is early, and trust me it is much earlier when you are actually doing it, but it is a small price to pay to be a part of this incredible community here at CPHS. My advice for navigating the atypical day of a pharmacy student is to find a routine that works for you however be flexible and ready to change it up when necessary. Even though the day in the life of a pharmacy student can be monotonous or unexpected, the most amazing part of everyday is having the opportunity to learn from some of the most wonderful professors in the pharmacy world and building relationships with awesome classmates who will one day become awesome colleagues.

 -Ashlee Baucom

P1 Student 

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Interview Tips!

 “You can never be too prepared for an interview”, that was the best advice I received when preparing for my interview here at Campbell University.  When I received the e-mail in regards to coming in for my pharmacy school interview, I was in complete shock due to the fact that I never had any type of interview prior to this huge interview that could ultimately change my life.  Luckily, I had started preparations for this interview day with family, friends, and faculty here at Campbell as an undergraduate.

 

Mock Interviews:  Participating in a mock interview with someone is an awesome way to practice for your interview here at Campbell.  Sit down with a friend, family member, or even a faculty member and have them practice interview questions with you in a quiet setting, and in a professional manner.   At the end of the mock interview, ask for sincere criticism on your answers, attitude, and appearance and know that you are one step closer to being prepared for your official interview.

 

Appearance:  Dress to impress!  If you are able, I highly recommend you to dress as professional as you possibly can.  My recommendations would be: Women – dress slacks or dress skirt (knee length, preferably with panty hose), dress shirt, and a nice blazer;  Men – suit and tie, or black slacks, long-sleeve button down shirt, tie, and blazer.  Again, these are just recommendations, but dress as best as you can.

 

Be Prepared:  Before coming to your interview here at Campbell University, do your research on the school.  You should come to your interview with knowledge on the institution, the available programs they offer, and questions you may want to ask in your interview.  A suggestion would be to bring a padfolio with your questions already written down, with extra room for any notes you wish to take during your interview day.

 

Be Confident:  You got an interview, so show you are confident in yourself! When you go in for your interview, be sure to shake the hands of your interviewer(s), and smiling, before sitting down.  While at your interview, sit up straight, be invested in the conversation, and relax.  Answer the interview questions to the best of your ability, be confident in your answers, and if you do not know the answer to a question for some reason, do not make an answer up.  The best thing to do in that situation would be to tell the interviewer you are unsure and are willing to get back to them with an answer later on if that is acceptable.

 

I hope some of these interview tips were helpful, and I wish you the best of luck on any interviews you may have in the future!

 Emily Beck

This is actually my last semester in class…

In preparation for writing this blog, I reflected on what the past three years of pharmacy school have meant to me and what the next year will hold as I prepare for P4 rotations, graduation, and my dream job as a pharmacist. I’ve anticipated this day for as long as I can remember, yet I never really thought it would actually become a reality. When I started pharmacy school, I thought that this would be the longest four years of my life and I wanted time to fly. And it did. I mostly credit that to the sheer volume of exams. I’ve found myself during many occasions praying to have a few extra hours per day to study a little bit more or sleep for that matter. I knew I would get there eventually, but eventually always seemed so far away and didn’t have an end in sight. “One day” I’ll be a pharmacist, but that day wasn’t today or tomorrow or even next year. But now it is next year – May 2015, in a year and a half. That number has slowly worked its way down from eight to four to one and a half years. I’ve been in school for over 20 years, so school is basically my world, and it’s hard to imagine life on the outside in the real world. Somehow the prospect of graduation and a job finally qualifies me as a “big girl” (it’s true).

In less than three and a half months, the Class of 2015, in which I have grown to love and respect, will all being saying our goodbyes to the pharmacy school and lecture halls, where we have spent the majority of our time for the past 3 years. Our class has become a family as we have experienced all the up’s and down’s of pharmacy school, so it will be sad not to see the same familiar faces every day. The next time we will all be in the same place again will be convocation, board review week, and then again for graduation.

While the thrill of not having exams every week excites me to my utter core, I still feel that slight terror of what if I’m not ready, what if I don’t know all the answers, what if I don’t remember every single lecture from therapeutics? But in reality, the purpose of P4 rotations is to apply what we have learned and practice in multiple areas of pharmacy. The biggest thing is that if you do not know the answer, know how to look it up. I have received a lot of advice that it is okay not to know everything. The most important thing I took away from my introduction to community and hospital rotations was that I could sit in a classroom and learn all day, but until I applied that information in pharmacy practice and utilized that knowledge base, I never quite understood it. P4 rotations will help me reinforce these three years.

In the meantime, this is my LAST semester of academic coursework, my LAST semester taking for weekly exams, and my LAST semester of sitting in a classroom day in and day out. I’m not sure if it has really begun to sink in quite yet, as it is still too good to be true. It will probably will seem more real in April after the last final exam and realize I will not be returning in August for yet another school year. It is bittersweet, but I am going to enjoy every minute until then and make the most it. I am going to study even harder and finish strong, but mostly I am going to cherish these last few months with my pharmacy pharmily.

~Christy Westbrook, P3

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