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Professor Spotlight: Dr. Al-Achi

When looking into pharmacy schools, I always wanted to have that feeling that professors cared and truly wanted me to succeed. All of Campbell’s professors exhibit this behavior, but the one that has really stood out for me is Dr. Al-Achi. He teaches the Pharmaceutics class in the Fall and Spring of P2 year. Going into the class, I was most nervous about this class due to all of the math that was involved and the newness of the material. Dr. Al-Achi put me at ease immediately! He comes in every day with a smile on his face and is always excited about teaching. In class, he always stops to answer any questions and to clear up any misunderstood information. He goes above and beyond to be available outside of class. If he is not in his office, you can send him an email and he will set up a time to meet with you. There was one exam that our class struggled on and Dr. Al-Achi gave us study tips, then proceeded to tell us that we would still be good pharmacists so don’t worry! It’s that kind of optimism and belief that makes Dr. Al-Achi’s class one of my favorites.

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Link to school webpage: http://www.campbell.edu/cphs/faculty/faculty-members/dr.-antoine-al-achi

-Haley Webster (P2)

PharmDay Dates Spring 2016

Have you ever wandered what a typical day is like for a pharmacy student?  We are offering a unique experience for prospective students to find out – PharmDays!

During PharmDays, you will experience the Campbell family while exploring a typical day in the life of a pharmacy student! Participants attend classes with one of our current pharmacy students, visit with students and faculty, meet with an pre-professional advisor and enjoy lunch on us.

Participants must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.5 or higher and have completed Organic Chemistry I or higher level classes! This event is not open to high school students. Seats are limited, so RSVP early for one of the dates below:

PharmDay: January 20, 2016
PharmDay: January 25, 2016
PharmDay: January 27, 2015
PharmDay: February 1, 2016
PharmDay:  February 9, 2016
PharmDay:  February 16, 2016
PharmDay:  February 23, 2016
PharmDay:  February 24, 2016
PharmDay:  February 29, 2016
PharmDay:  March 14, 2016

For additional PharmDay dates please visit our website!

PharmDays begin at 8:45 a.m. and end around 2 p.m. EST at the Maddox Hall Pharmacy Building on the main campus of Campbell University, in Buies Creek, NC.  You can find the building by using this link:  https://cuweb.wufoo.com/forms/q7r0p1/

The Dos and Don’ts for a PharmDay

PharmDays are a great way to learn more about the pharmacy program at Campbell. You will have the opportunity to sit in classes with pharmacy Student Ambassadors. The individualized attention that you get from students and admissions counselors can really help answer any questions you may have. Here is a list of Dos and Don’ts to get the most out of this day.

Do:

  1. Arrive on time and dress appropriately. You want to make a good first impression!
  2. Notice where students park and the proximity to the lecture halls. This will become very important on those rainy days!
  3. Let your Student Ambassadors introduce you to their professors.
  4. Talk to people! Your Student Ambassadors are a great resource so tell them what you’re interested in! Are you thinking about joining one of our fraternities or another club? Are you married or have kids? Are you going to be commuting? Are you military or a military spouse? Are you interested in housing options close to campus? Are you going to be working at a job while in school? Whatever your interests are, let your Student Ambassadors know. We can find students for you to speak with who are knowledgeable in all of these areas.
  5. Pay attention in the classes. You may be completely lost when Dr. Raccor starts talking SARs. That’s okay! But, you can probably find out how the classes you’re taking now will benefit you in pharmacy school. (Hint: You can’t just forget everything you learned in Organic Chemistry.)
  6. If you have time, let us take you to lunch and show you around campus. You need to know where Starbucks and Chick-fil-a are. Oh, and knowing about those group study rooms in the library may also come in very handy one day!

Don’t:

  1. Please don’t text during class. That’s just wasting a good opportunity. Plus, it’s distracting for others around you.
  2. Please don’t talk during class. Feel free to write down any questions, though! There will be plenty of time to answer them during breaks.
  3. Don’t go around asking students their PCAT scores. There are so many things that factor into being accepted as a Campbell pharmacy student, and the PCAT is just one part of that. Besides, most of us probably don’t remember our scores anyway.

These are just a few tips on how to make your PharmDay a great experience. Enjoy it! After that, the next time you step into our lecture hall may be as a new pharmacy student!

Be on the lookout for Spring PharmDay dates which will be announced in early January!

-Heather Morrison (P2)

What To Do Around “The Creek”

When I announced to my friends and family that I was packing up my life in Raleigh and moving to Buies Creek to start pharmacy school at Campbell the first thing they said was, “where in the world is that?!” Not many people are familiar with the part of Harnett County I’ve grown to call home but to me it is perfect in so many ways and the fact that it is situated in a rural area is one of the reasons I chose to attend Campbell. I am a current P1 student and I spent last year getting my Masters of Public Health as part of one of the many dual degree options that Campbell offers its pharmacy students. That being said, I’ve had a whole year and a half to explore Harnett County and discover its hidden gems.

As a pharmacy student the “work-life balance” can be really hard. As one of our professors told us earlier this semester, “Remember to slice a piece of your life for yourself!” It is so easy to get caught up studying night after night and it is crucial for your mental health to spend time doing things that you enjoy to relieve stress. For me, this can be boiled down to two things: being outside and eating. In this post I hope to give you some insight into a few places that Harnett County has to offer its budding, stressed, sleep-deprived, pharmacy students.

Eating Experience #1: Sunni Skies. For anyone at all familiar with Harnett County or Campbell you have probably been here at least once this week and you probably knew this was going to be one of the places mentioned. But, I had to say it for all the people reading not familiar with the area. Sunni Skies is an ice cream place in Angier (about a 10 minute drive from campus) that has over 90 flavors of ice cream. They were even featured on Food Network for the making of their “Cold Sweat” ice cream which has ghost peppers and habaneros in it. I steer clear of that one since I can’t even handle medium salsa. My personal favorite is oatmeal cookie but I’ve never had a flavor I didn’t like and there are so many to choose from I will probably graduate from pharmacy school before I can try them all! Ask any Campbell student or resident of Harnett County and they can point you in the direction of Sunni Skies! It’s the perfect place for an impromptu study break!

Here is a link to a youtube video of the Food Network episode featuring Sunni Skies! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8oy_zYRTZ0

Eating Experience #2: Tacos Oaxaca. Located in Lillington (about 10 minutes from campus) this restaurant, affectionately called the “taco trailer” in casual conversation, has authentic Mexican food and a great outside eating area. They only take cash unless your order is over $10 so make sure to come hungry or bring cash with you! They have a variety of different dishes that are easily grabbed to go on your way home from class for dinner or, as I mentioned, they have a nice patio area where you can sit and eat with friends. Taking the time to eat with friends is a great way to relax because, hey, you have to eat anyway you might as well relieve stress at the same time!

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http://www.yelp.com/biz/tacos-oaxaca-lillington

Outside Activity #1: Raven Rock State Park. Located in Lillington about 20 minutes from campus is a beautiful state park with many different hiking trails and picnic areas. There are many different routes of varying lengths to choose from so whether you’re in for a 5 mile hike or want to stick to around 1 there is a trail for you! I have a dog so our favorite one is the Little Creek trail where she can get in the water and cool off (round trip around 3 miles). Raven Rock is an awesome place that I use to just get away from life for a while and reconnect with myself. It is also a great place for group outings or to take walks with friends. It’s also useful for walking off the ice cream and tacos you may have eaten earlier in the day.

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http://www.ncparks.gov/raven-rock-state-park

Outside Activity #2: Dunn-Erwin Rail Trail. Located, as you might’ve guessed, between Dunn and Erwin (~15 minutes from campus) the Rail Trail is exactly what it sounds like. The path that takes you from Dunn to Erwin or Erwin to Dunn (depending on where you start) was the site of an old railroad. It’s flat all the way making it great for all types of activities including biking, walking, or running. The entire trail is about 5 miles long one way so I usually walk a certain number of miles and then walk back. It is nicely labeled with mile markers as you go along telling you where you are along the trail. This is one of my favorite places to walk my dog because it takes you by a lot of farmland out in the country and is another way to escape from the studying life!

http://www.traillink.com/trail/dunn-erwin-rail-trail.aspx

Well, there you have it. These are a few places I have found that help me relax when school gets to be too much. Even though we don’t have a greenway park system that you can find in suburban areas or big chain restaurants of the city you can still find plenty of things to do as a student in Buies Creek and the surrounding area to relieve stress! I hope on your next visit to campus you take the time to visit one of these places and “slice a piece of your life for yourself!”

-Tess Wells (P1)

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Global Health Missions Conference

The increasingly unique thing about Campbell University is the amount of opportunities students have to explore their career path. The amount of space that I have as a student to expand my mind and think about what I want to do once I leave this beautiful campus and become a licensed pharmacist is probably my favorite thing about this university. If there is something that you decide you want to do as a student in order to prepare for your career, chances are we have a like-minded faculty that wants to help you do so.

Last semester over Spring Break, while all my friends were off on beach vacations enjoying some relaxing sunshine, I journeyed down to Honduras with several other professional students and faculty on a Medical Mission trip to set up a medical clinic in a village that had not seen medical attention in over five years. My faith, serving, and going into the world to meet people and share Christ’s love for them has always been a huge desire on my heart. Getting to go down to Honduras last semester drastically changed my career path. I have always loved missions, but I never realized how realistic it was for me to be a pharmacist and still me a missionary for Christ until this trip. After coming home from this trip, several students and one of our faculty decided to look into other opportunities to better equip us for our return trip this spring (yes, the trip was so amazing that for me going back was never a question). It didn’t take long for us to decide that we were going to make our way up to Kentucky and attend the Global Health Missions Conference.

This year was the first time that CU has sent pharmacy students and staff to this conference, and as amazing as it was I can’t wait to encourage students to attend from now on. Colonel Pickard (our faculty member) and two fellow students started our road trip to Kentucky on Thursday morning and arrived just before things got going for the evening. The conference is hosted at Southeast Christian church which is by all definition, a mega church. It is easiest to say that arriving at this church was an overwhelming experience just because of the size. And then the immediate realization that you’re about to be surrounded by thousands of other Christian medical professionals all present to learn more about how to use their medical training to serve Christ in other countries.

Between the four of us that attended the conference from CPHS we attended several different seminars including how to prepare yourself for medical missions overseas to how to get funding and supplies for your trip. Whether you want to attend this conference to be spiritually fed and learn more about how to prepare for missions, or you need to know how to make your trip more fruitful, this conference is for you. There are also three exhibit halls full of representatives from missionary insurance companies, medical and pharmacy residencies, medical supply companies, and missionary organizations themselves. Basically, if there is something you’re interested in getting involved in, or learning about, this is the place for you!

The members of Southeast Christian host and volunteer running the conference, and even host guests in their homes. This means two things: you don’t have to get a hotel room (which is excellent news for students), and you get a loving family to come home to and show you around Kentucky (which is also excellent news). Lucky for us, Colonel Pickard’s Aunt and Uncle live in Kentucky and are members of this church. They were our host family, and took us out to eat at their favorite restaurant in town. To our delight, it was an authentic German restaurant owned by a close friend of theirs. If you’ve never had German food and you’re ever in Louisville, you should definitely go to this restaurant. Judging the pictures of the desert alone, you can’t argue that it looks like a delightful experience (and it definitely was).

The main question that was posed to each of us was “Where is God calling you?” Each day, many times of the day, I walked past this banner and thought about this question. Lucky for me before I left, I think I found this answer. If you’re not sure what God wants you to do with your career and how you can serve Him as a pharmacist in your career, I highly recommend you attend this conference. If you’re not sure that you can be a health care provider and practice to the fullest extent of your license, I highly recommend you attend this conference. I think the answer may surprise you.

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If you’re interested in learning more about this conference, explore the site! There is a wide variety of topics offered, and as I’m sure you can tell, it is a life changing experience.

https://www.medicalmissions.com/conferences/gmhc-2015

-Taylor Griffies (P3)

CPHS Scholarship Ceremony

Whatever college you go to, there is always the possible financial burden of paying for college. Thankfully, Campbell College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences really tries to help alleviate this burden for its students. The Scholarship Ceremony is a great time for students to give their thanks to scholarship donors and for the donors to see what their gift is funding. Students are always grateful for the help in paying for college. Taking some time out of their Saturday to meet a person who is contributing to their future, is always exciting and is never enough thank you. The donors also enjoy seeing the bright future that the recipients have and see what their goals are for their career. The Scholarship Ceremony is a time to give thanks to those who given contributions, but also celebrate the achievements of the students who received the scholarship. Students work hard yearly to continually learn how to become a better pharmacist and this is a time to acknowledge how hard they have worked. For students, this is just a small way to show their appreciation for their donors and all the opportunities the school gives to them to achieve their goals.

Photo by Bennett Scarborough

Alumni Spotlight: Heather Massengill

Name: Heather Massengill

Year graduated: 2000

Current position: Director, External Engagement, GlaxoSmithKline

Favorite CPHS memory:

It’s not one specific event it’s the overall experience…meeting my husband, friendships and the small things like study groups and fraternity events.

Advice for those wishing to follow your footsteps:

  • Grades are important but LEADERSHIP and involvement is more important. Get involved and keep good notes on all those experiences to use later during interviews.
  • Pharmacy is a small world so a) don’t burn bridges and b) more importantly use that to your advantage and network.

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