Introductory Hospital Rotation: Pender Memorial Hospital, Burgaw, NC

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.

Taylor and Shirley May 2017Observing 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.

Taylor Scott PostRepresentation 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 

Moose Professional Pharmacy: Intro to Community Rotation

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.Picture1Along 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!

Vidant Medical Center Rotation

WOW! What a month it has been! I recently finished up my IPPE Hospital Rotation at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, NC and I can say without a doubt, it has been one of the most memorable and worthwhile learning experiences I have had! Before beginning this rotation, I was nervous and honestly a bit terrified about being in such a large facility and in an area of pharmacy in which I had no experience. However, after beginning the first day, my fears slipped away and from that day forward, I felt more confident and comfortable being in the hospital (even though I did get lost from time to time)! I was given the opportunity to shadow in several different areas of pharmacy including chemotherapy, the ED/ trauma, NICU, the cardiac unit, psychiatrics, pediatrics, and obstetrics, just to highlight a few. And, per my own request to feel like Meredith Grey for just one day, I was even able to watch an open-heart surgery!

In summary, for anyone feeling nervous or scared about an upcoming rotation, don’t be! Remember, this is your opportunity to learn and decide if this is an area of pharmacy you would be interested in. If your experience is anything like mine, with a great hospital and preceptor, it will be difficult to pick just one!

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– Carson Peele, P3

CPHS at Relay for Life

Campbell University’s Relay for Life was held on Friday, March 31 to benefit the American Cancer Society. This event set out to “Knock Cancer off the Board!” Several clubs and organizations on campus hosted different booths featuring board game themes. The College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences created a “Hungry Hungry Hippos” themed booth. About 45 pharmacy students served on our official Relay team. Through this event our team was able to raise just over $1,200 for the services that the American Cancer Society provides for patients along with research that the organization funds. This event was another reminder of the importance of giving back during pharmacy school. Serving the community is a major initiative of Campbell University as a whole and I am so grateful to be able to share in it.

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-Sara Boltinhouse (P2)

Elective Spotlight

P3 year is an exciting year for all pharmacy school students. It is the last didactic year but it is also the year that you get to start taking electives. Students are able to choose from a list of electives composed of a wide arrange of topics. For me, this was some of the classes I was most excited about taking because I finally got to pick something that interested me! While all required classes are important, electives are a time that students get to explore other areas of pharmacy that interest them. With a wide variety of course to choose from, it is sometimes hard to choose between them all. No matter what elective you choose to take, all have their individual benefits. You just have to find the few that grab your interest!

When it came time to choose electives, I looked for a class that would interest me but would also be a little challenging. I wanted a course that could help in Therapeutics but also be helpful in treating my patients in the future. One of the elective classes that is always a favorite for students is Lipids. With the rise of obesity in America, I thought that Lipids would provide me with information that could be used for a vast majority of my future patients. The purpose of the course is to prepare students to diagnose, treat, and monitor the therapy of patients with lipid disorders. The class is set up so students go through study questions and patient cases to self-teach. Class time is used to discuss questions about the case or the material for the week. By the end of the course, students should have the skills to identify proper treatment options and give recommendations to improve patient care.

-Haley Webster (P3)

 

Mr. CPHS

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This year Phi Delta Chi decided to resurrect the Mr. CPHS male pageant fundraiser for St. Jude. Eight gentlemen agreed to participate in 4 different categories, outfit of choice, question and answer, talent and best dressed. Dr. Adams, Dean of Campbell University School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Dayna Harper, Assistant Director of Student Affairs and Dr. Cisneros, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice were our 3 judges. The talents hailed from the thriller dance on a hover board to tying The winner was Joey King, a P3 pharmacy student. Overall the night was a success with over $600 raised!

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-Amanda Hiester (P2)

“You’re Gonna Miss This”

I guess I’ve put this off for as long as I can… Every time I sit down to write this either my eyes get hot and a flood of emotions fills my brain, or (I have to be honest) I’ve had a long day and the stress would not let my post do Campbell University the justice it deserves. As my 6 years at CU quickly come to a close, I can’t help but think about the all of the strangers I have met who have become my closest friends, the endless hours of studying that are SO CLOSE to earning a [second] degree, and the tiny campus that has become my home.

Seven years ago if you would have asked me where I was going to undergrad I probably would have told you the big light blue school about an hour away. I’m from Holly Springs (about 30 minutes away from campus), but CU wasn’t even on my radar. My mom literally dragged me to my first visitation day after a few temper tantrums (not even being dramatic on this one), but after spending a few hours on campus I knew it was where I was meant to study and at the time only hope to attend pharmacy school. Fast forward to today, I’ve spent more hours than you would think humanly possible studying for exams, pledged a fraternity that has provided my Brothers and me endless opportunities and lifelong bonds, and I have laughed until I cried and cried until I laughed. Pharmacy school has been nothing short of a roller coaster ride, but the friendships I have made with my classmates, and the memories we share are irreplaceable. The people you spend your late nights studying with in the library or Maddox will become your best friends before you know it. Campbell, and more specifically our pharmacy school, is where your classmates become family. No one knows the ins and outs of pharmacy school better than the people who sit in class with you every day.

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My unsolicited advice: make the most of the time you have at Campbell! I’m not going to tell you ‘how to pharmacy school’ because everyone is successful in their own way, and you have to find that for yourself! I will let you in on some hints to not only surviving, but enjoying your time in The Creek though… Take that study break and drive to Sunni Sky’s for a late night ice cream (and bring some back for the people who are more dedicated to their studies than you). Put together an intramural team. Pledge a fraternity. Support the fighting camels at a sporting event or two. Take a walk to explore the beautiful campus. Splurge on that spring break trip. Join student ambassadors ;). And I promise you, and you may not believe me now… you will miss this place and be sad to leave this small town. The three years you spend on campus for pharmacy school will be over in a blink of an eye, and as Trace Adkins says, “you’re gonna miss this.”

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Class of 2018 at their White Coat Ceremony

-Peyton Bingham