Bittersweet Convocation

Being a 4th year CPHS pharmacy student puts things into a completely different perspective than years 1-3. At the end of finals in the spring semester, you are sent out into the real world with real patients, whose disease states sometimes rival those described in therapeutics cases, to begin your transition from student pharmacist to full-fledged PharmD! Though incredibly exciting, this transition definitely took me out of my comfort zone. As someone who went to Campbell for undergrad as well, suddenly being in the Triangle Region was so new and different to me. The familiar faces that I always passed on campus, the late-night Cookout milkshake runs, even the long nights studying in Maddox seemed so distant. The biggest difference, however, was the fact that all of my friends were no longer by my side each and every day. I am so thankful some of my friends moved to the Triangle Region, but my entire support system all throughout pharmacy school was spread out from Wilmington to Campbell to Winston-Salem. That was the biggest adjustment for me; no longer could I just run to their apartments, I had to call or FaceTime them. I think that’s the real reason we get iPads before we venture out into P4 year.

Needless to say, when Convocation Day rolled around, I was so excited to head back to CPHS for the day…even if I did have to wake up at 5am to get there on time! The week leading up to Convocation seemed to go by just a little slower, because that day meant I would get to see my friends and my school again. The day seemed to fly by, as I spent time with the people and campus with whom I had become so close. My fellow pharmacy students, though it may not always seem like it, our time as students really does fly by. As a P4 student, the countdown to graduation has begun and the next time my class will all convene will be at our graduation ceremony, our last hurrah. P1-P3 classes, use every minute you have on campus to its fullest. Before you know it, you’ll be in my shoes!

-Matt Harrell, Class of 2015 PharmD/MBA student

Summer Spotlight: Utah School on Alchoholism and Other Drug Dependencies

The Utah School on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependencies is a week-long school held annually in June on the University of Utah campus in Salt Lake City, Utah. This school is sponsored by the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) with the opportunity for students form every pharmacy school to attend. The other sections available at the school include Dental, Physician, Native American, Nursing, Counselors, and Recovery Support. The pharmacy section is the largest group.

            Before attending the Utah School on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependencies, I had spoken with other students who had attended in the past. They shared that it was an experience that was hard to describe, but they tried. Now I understand. It is a very memorable, hard to explain, learning experience. I had high expectations before coming to Utah and they were definitely met! I met many courageous people from all over the country, was touched by numerous stories, and learned so much about the physiology of addiction that will benefit the rest of my life and career. Growing up in rural western North Carolina where prescription drug abuse is prevalent and attending North Carolina State University in Raleigh where substance abuse is growing daily within the college community, I see abuse and addiction and its affects firsthand. My future plans include working in the rural areas of the state so everything I learned this week will be very useful in my future career.

            I would like to thank the North Carolina Pharmacists Recovery Network (NCPRN) and Dean Ronald Maddox for financially supporting my trip to Utah! It would not have been possible without your gracious support!

Sarah Griffin

P2 Student



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.


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.


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