It was a great day to be a Campbell Camel! Dr. Brian Jenkins and wife Dr. Amy Jenkins, both Campbell University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Doctorate of Pharmacy graduates, rode a real life camel while visiting the Noah’s Ark Replica in Williamstown, Kentucky. Dr. Jenkins is a life-long CU & CPHS supporter and reported that “riding a camel was a great day in the life of a Campbell guy!”. Dr. Jenkins was also voted Preceptor of the Year in 2016 by the PharmD class of 2018. We’re so glad these two are part of our Campbell “Pharmily” and shared this photo with us!
Since classes have begun and the endless bake sales will be starting shortly, I have been searching for an easy Pinterest recipe to make for this year’s fundraisers! I was able to find a recipe for Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies and I must say, they are amazing. Although they take a little longer to make because the recipe calls for homemade cookie dough, they are definitely worth making if you love to bake or if you need to reason to procrastinate this semester. They can also be made with store bought cookie dough; however, they aren’t as delicious and they turn out very thin!
Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies
Serves: 24 very large cookies
1 cup (2 sticks) of softened butter
¾ cup packed light brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3 ½ cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 package double stuffed Oreo cookies
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- In a large bowl, cream butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar together with a mixer until well combined. Beat in eggs and vanilla.
- In medium bowl mix the flour, salt, and baking soda. Slowly add to wet ingredients along with chocolate chips until just combined.
- With a cookie scoop, form balls with the dough.
- Place one ball on top of an Oreo cookie, and another ball on the bottom. Seal edges together by pressing and cupping in hand until a large ball is formed and Oreo cookie is fully enclosed with dough.
- Place onto parchment or silpat lined baking sheets (cooking them in muffin tins will help shape them better) and bake cookies for approximately 13 minutes or until golden brown (mine took about 15 minutes to cook all the way through). Let cool for 5 minutes before transferring to cooling rack.
-Shannon Brown, P2
I like to compare motherhood in pharmacy school to some sprinkles added to the sundae that Campbell CPHS has served me. Pharmacy school is no easy task and neither is working off a Sundae, but it’s a journey that we have chosen to take when we chose to pursue pharmacy. Much like all the running you have to do to run off a Sundae, the sprinkles of adding children are beautiful and delicious, but also extra calories that are added to the dish.
While I entered pharmacy school with tons of anxiety (who doesn’t), I found a home and many friends who have made this journey worthwhile. In my first year of school I had to establish a work-life balance and this was done by joining clubs and not forgetting about the friends that I could not bring to school with me. I feel as though it is essential to establish a community and a tight-knit group of friends that you can rely on during this crazy time in our life as there are often times things that you don’t expect that will happen—it’s part of life.
Life happened to me my P2 year when I learned the week of my second pharmacology test that I would be expecting a baby in May. This was not planned and was life-changing without a doubt. While I did not let this keep me from continuing to strive to do my best during this year, sometimes my best was studying for only a brief while each day as naps and emotions took over most my time. BUT, I MADE IT. I made it through the year with sometimes struggling through exams and I now realize that it is not only pregnancy that can do this to you, but there are and will be struggles faced by you and all your classmates. Everyone asked how I did it, but much like them it is about looking in the mirror in the morning and encouraging yourself, leaning on your friends and family when you need them, and above all- getting on your knees and letting God take over.
During orientation this week, Dr. Wallace emphasized relying on God and putting your total trust in him and while Type A personalities dominate the majority of the pharmacy student population, sometimes that truly keeps you from accepting life’s challenges. I accepted the challenge of motherhood and while it couldn’t have come at a more perfect time (4 weeks after spring finals was my due date), there are still days that I know I’m going to have to run extra hard to burn off the sprinkles on my Sundae. My son is my pride and joy and brings lots of color to my life. He is my encouragement and outlet and though he takes a lot of work, he has become my new motivation to be a better woman.
I hope to encourage all of you who have obstacles that come before you during your journey of pharmacy school. My family has encouraged me greatly along the way, and my dad sent me a heartfelt message of “you took the road that wasn’t easy and it would have been much easier to give up, and I’m very proud of you for not,” when I completed this last year of pharmacy school. Without him and the encouragement that I received through many others, the year would have been extremely tough- with or without pregnancy. I made it through P2 year with lots of tears, but happiness too. And little did I know all that it would pay off when I held Westin for the first time. The satisfaction of working through something that you didn’t think you could and truly excelling is
Stay tuned for more updates on how motherhood will be during pharmacy school. I envision that some days, a blown-out diaper will be much more challenging to handle than a therapeutics case and that my greatest joy will come from watching Sesame Street with my son after a long day in Maddox.
Here’s to another great year with what God has in store for us.
- Shannon Hart, P3
“Everything happens for a reason” is what I told myself when I pulled lottery number 78 for hospital rotations. Being from Apex, NC I was hoping to get a number low enough so I could do my rotation at a hospital close to home like Duke or WakeMed. Luckily, pharmacy school has given me, along with frown lines and wrinkles, friends unlike any others. A friend and classmate, Madison Gaskins (coincidentally the coordinator of this blog you’re reading), volunteered for me to come stay with her at her house in Lake Waccamaw, NC outside of Whiteville for the duration of our hospital rotation. Needless to say, I jumped at the chance to live in paradise on a lake for a month and I packed up my white coat, my dog, and my kayak and off we went to Columbus County, NC.
Madison and I were both extremely anxious our first day of rotation at Columbus Regional Healthcare Systems in Whiteville, NC because neither of us had ever been in a hospital pharmacy before and we had no idea what to expect. We were there for a grand total of 15 minutes our first day when they called a Code Blue and off we ran with our preceptor, Dr. Brian Jenkins, up to the 6th floor. After that adrenaline rush, it’s safe to say we were a little anxious about the remainder of the month. Little did we know we were walking into one of the most welcoming and nurturing learning environments I’ve ever been in. Throughout the course of our rotation we truly got to experience IPE (“interprofessional education” for those of you that aren’t Camels yet) at its finest. We spent days in the operating room, with the local veterinarian, in the Donayre Cancer Center, with physical therapy, with the local pediatrician, in the microbiology lab, on the ambulance with EMS (well, Madison did—I was afraid I would be sick riding in the back LOL), and in radiology. We even got to sit in and learn about the emergency medivac team and helicopter! I’m sure I’m forgetting something we did because it was a whirlwind of a month but we really got to get our feet wet in the hospital observing a ton of different health professions.
Our time in the pharmacy was filled with an immense amount of learning opportunities as well. We were quizzed on dosing and adverse events, explored how hospital differs from community pharmacy in a lot of ways, learned the ins and outs of hospital administration, and even did a couple of overnight shifts where we learned more about sterile technique and compounding IVs. We got to attend rounds with physicians and nurses/case workers. This was something both Madison and myself enjoyed because it allowed us to hear about the patients and the coordination of their care. We also helped with a diabetes project which gave us experience running patient reports and allowed us to see how the hospital administration can direct patient care by looking at the epidemiology of the patients coming through the hospital. This part was particularly interesting for me having completed my Masters of Public Health coursework at Campbell before pharmacy school. I gained so much insight into rural healthcare at Columbus Regional that I would have missed if I had got my wish and done my rotation in the Triangle region.
Overall, the month of June flew by so quickly I can’t believe we spent a whole month in the pharmacy but we had an amazing time and learned so much. My personal highlight (other than working in the pharmacy with amazing pharmacists) was getting to witness a c-section and I’m sure Madison would say her highlight was not vomiting in the ambulance ride. We have countless memories from our month at Columbus Regional and they wouldn’t have been possible without the direction of such a wonderful preceptor. With the unforgettable experience at the hospital, the warm hospitality I received from Madison’s family, and the food (no, really) Whiteville had to offer, it’s safe to say I had the best month I could have asked for. So, remember, everything happens for a reason!
P.S. If you’re ever in that neck of the woods—you gotta go to Ward’s Grill downtown. Just do it.
— Tess Wells, P3
If you’re anything like me and need your morning cup of coffee before you can fully be a human, this post is for you. Since starting pharmacy school, coffee has become one of my best friends because its like a warm little hug in a mug, and it keeps me sane through all the chaos. As my coffee consumption has increased, so has my desire to visit smaller local coffee shops versus franchised stores like Starbucks. Here’s a look at several of my favorite coffee shops near the Creek.
Creek Coffee is my go to coffee shop on campus. For post early morning exam pick-me-ups, or the afternoon blues, this place keeps me caffeinated. They have excellent drip coffee, but my favorite drink from here is the Vanilla Latte. Although it isn’t my favorite, a lot of people like the Creek Mocha. Creek Coffee also offers a variety of snacks and a nice study spot, especially if the library or Maddox Hall get too crowded.
Beans and Cream
This little shop is located across from the CVS in Lillington, about 7 minutes from Campbell. They serve both coffee and ice cream, and have hours that vary seasonally. My favorite drink here is the Sticky Bun Latte.. its sweet and a little spicy at the same time! Sometimes the service can be slow, but every drink is made with love. They also have outdoor seating, making this a nice place to take a break, get some fresh air, and catch up with friends.
Just a short drive away, The Mill provides a perfect getaway from the chaos that sometime surrounds campus. It’s located at 146 S. Main Street in Fuquay Varina, and although it doesn’t open super early (9 am) it stays open until about 10 pm on most week nights. Along with their many coffee options, the Mill also carries baked goods from the Stick Boy Bread Company located just up the street. From experience, the blueberry scones are to die for and go perfect with one of the specialty lattes (my favorite here is the Crème Brulee Latte)!
Located in Raleigh, Jubala has two locations, one near NC State on Hillsborough Street, and another in North Hills. Jubala is one of my favorite spots to visit on the weekends, with its long wooden tables perfect for studying, and unique latte art, these shops provide a great study spot and some modern southern comfort with every cup that’s served. Jubala also has food options ranging from muffins and waffles to sandwiches if you visit around lunch time or the early afternoon. If you even remotely enjoy coffee, this place is worth the adventure into Raleigh for a special treat.
Carrie Baker, P3
My introductory hospital rotation took place in the small town of Burgaw, NC. Pender Memorial Hospital is an affiliate of New Hanover Regional Medical Center located in Wilmington, NC. This hospital serves as a critical care hospital for the county. Services provided at the hospital include an emergency department, minor surgery and endoscopy, a transitional care unit, rehabilitation and a skilled nursing facility. Being in a smaller setting was great for an introductory rotation as it allowed for me to dive deep into the treatment for specific patients. I could follow my small set of patients closely and help make therapeutic recommendations for their care under the supervision of pharmacists. I was able to gain a basic understanding of the structure of hospital pharmacy, but was also afforded the opportunity to complete many clinical tasks including medication reviews, vancomycin dosing and renal consults. A fourth-year pharmacy student from Wingate University was also on rotation at the same times as me, and I learned a lot from her as well. We did a lot of layered learning and worked together on clinical services and recommendations for patients. Participation in patient care meetings made me feel like one of the health care team. The best feeling was when doctors would accept recommendations I made and implement them.
Observing Shirley Jacobs (left) a PMH technician in the compounding room during my first week of Introductory Hospital Rotation.
One of my main areas of interest is safe medication disposal, and preventing prescription medication abuse. I was afforded the opportunity to attend a Coalition for Model Opioid Practices in Health Systems Stakeholders Meeting at the North Carolina Hospital Association (NCHA) with my preceptor, Dr. Angela Livingood. This meeting was a partnership between the North Carolina Hospital Association and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services to combat the opioid crisis in our state. During the meeting, individuals from all fields of healthcare broke up into three different groups: Safe Pain Management (Prevention), Methods of Overdose Response, and Health System Diversion Prevention Efforts. Representatives from all areas of healthcare were present, including physicians, pharmacists, dentists, insurance company representatives, etc. My preceptor and I was there to help represent rural population, as resources for patients in these areas can sometimes be scarce. Each interprofessional group met to discuss issues in healthcare related to opioids and to develop action items to help combat those issues and address the opioid crisis. The NCHA has a plan for 2020 to help better the healthcare of North Carolinians, specifically related to drug misuse and abuse. Lots of issues were discussed, and most action items revolved around providing better education to healthcare providers about safe pain prescribing as well as where to refer patients who are struggling with addiction. I learned a lot from this meeting, including websites with resources for providers. It is my goal for our APhA GenerationRx team to print out and distribute some of these resources this year to help combat this epidemic. Overall I had an excellent experience at my rotation and I would highly recommend this rotation site to future students.
Representation from New Hanover Regional Medical Center and Pender Memorial Hospital at the Coalition for Model Opioid Practices in Health Systems Stakeholders Meeting which was held at the North Carolina Hospital Association (NCHA) in Cary, NC. Left to Right: My-Lynn Tran (P4, Wingate University), Ally Middleton (P4, Wingate University), myself, Olivia Herndon (director of public and mental health at SEAHEC), Laurie Whalin (VP, Clinical Support Services at NHRMC), Dr. Mackie King (Internal Medicine Specialist, NHRMC), Angela Livingood (Pharmacy Manager, Pender Memorial Hospital).
Taylor Scott, P3
This past May, I was able to complete my first rotation as a student pharmacist at Moose Professional Pharmacy in Concord working side by side with two resident students and nine student pharmacists from Campbell, UNC, and USC. My rotation was an amazing learning experience and I couldn’t imagine a site I would’ve enjoyed more. Since I am currently working at a retail pharmacy, it was interesting to compare the similarities and differences in managing styles and roles of the pharmacists at each location. Even though we are assigned preceptors, the resident students took me under their wing and guided me through my daily projects, and the P4 students on rotation were able to answer any questions I had along the way.
Throughout my rotation, I was able to take part in a variety of projects along with fulfilling the daily roles of the pharmacist including compounding, filling prescriptions, counseling patients, and more. From compounding lidocaine lollipops to counseling patients on inhalers, each day was a new adventure that allowed me to apply the baseline knowledge we had learned during the fall and spring semesters. One of the ongoing projects I was able to be a part of was learning how to develop and establish a Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) at the pharmacy and in other pharmacies in North Carolina. I was able to work with a resident student and two other student pharmacists to create a guide for other pharmacies that are interested in offering DPPs at their pharmacy or at a local facility. We were able to hold four conference calls with pharmacies that have already implemented this program and the Department of Public Health to see what resources they offer to pharmacies that implement DPP. Using this information, we were able to create a pamphlet to present to other pharmacies in North Carolina and determine the next step Moose Pharmacy needs to take to get funding for the program and to be recognized by the CDC.Along with completing projects, the most rewarding and greatest learning experience I had during my rotation was providing CMR and MTM services to patients. I was able to formally counsel patients in the store and over the phone daily, and I had to opportunity to go on home visits and provide CMR services for patients that had transportation restrictions. When providing these services, I was able to use a variety of counseling platforms including Mirixa, PharmacEhome, and Outcomes, which allowed me to work with other healthcare providers to improve the patient’s quality of care, education on their medications, and medication adherence.
Overall, my rotation at Moose Pharmacy was an eye-opening experience that allowed me to gain a different perspective on community pharmacy due to the services and technology these pharmacies provide and utilize every day. I have never worked in a community pharmacy that was so willing to continue to expand its services and programs to improve the health and wellness of the surrounding community. I enjoyed having the opportunity to work at some of the other locations (Mt. Pleasant) to see the differences in workflow, patient base, OTC inventory, and technology. After completing this rotation, I have a greater interest in pursuing a community pharmacy residency in the future, yet I am keeping my options open for more opportunities to come!