P1 Year: Ready, Set, Go

  1. Study

I’ll start with the most obvious because I know you’ve probably heard this one a thousand times. You’ve been told to find your best study habits early on and maximize your time. Do what you need to do to get where you want to be… P1 year will be more challenging for some than others, some will study more than others, and that’s okay. Study to your needs. Don’t worry if you study less than your friend; don’t think something is “wrong” if you study more. Tailor your study habits to you, and be okay with that. Studying isn’t measured by the hours put into it but the quality of the time spent studying. My advice: don’t study just to say you studied “x” amount of hours. Set aside a time you are going to study and actually study. And if you know the information, then be confident in that and see #5 below! You are in pharmacy school and you are going to do a lot of studying, so enjoy the time you do have.

  1. Here’s to new beginnings!

Some of you went to large universities and some of you went to small colleges, but what do you all have in common? You are at Campbell for pharmacy school. Trust me, I love my Tar Heels and I proudly wear my Carolina blue, and you should be just as proud of where you came from. But your focus now is on making the most of your time here at Campbell. Get involved, join organizations, pick up leadership roles and make a difference. You will apply for jobs and residencies and they will look at what you did in your four years here, so capitalize on the countless opportunities presented to you. We’ve all heard that the past is not the present (or something similar to it), and it’s true. You are here now; enjoy it and further yourself.

From life on the Hill to Buies Creek, I’m so thankful to be on this journey and to have the support of those around me (including my sister, pictured here)!

  1. Don’t lose your sanity!

You’ll read #5 soon and it will go along with my point here. Pharmacy school is time consuming, pharmacy school is hard, and pharmacy school is not always fun. Don’t think you can do it on your own; you will need support, and it will come in many different forms. Maybe your family is your biggest support system (as is mine) and you’ll also come to rely on the friends you make here (we can’t do it without them). Many of you are married or engaged, maybe dating, and some of you will meet your “person” here in school. Don’t be afraid of your professors; they don’t just want you to succeed, they want to help you succeed. One thing you will hear, or more than likely have already heard, is that Campbell is a family. And it’s true. You aren’t just a number, you are a name. Your professors, administrators, classmates, and friends are on the same journey as you (or at least in some way contributing to your journey), going through the same struggles, experiencing similar triumphs, so it’s no surprise that the people you spend a large majority of your time with will quickly become like your family. My point? You will need the help and support of others, and it’s okay to admit it.

  1. Persevere

Some weeks will fly by, and some will seem like a year has gone by. Don’t give up. Don’t lose faith. Don’t lose sight of your goal. Don’t let a bad grade keep you from moving forward. I could continue with a list of “don’ts” but what you need to remember most is to persevere. It is inevitable that something is going to disappoint you in your time here, whether it’s a poor exam performance, a lost leadership opportunity or a variety of personal matters. It’s going to upset you or make you mad, but accepting that it is going to happen now will make it a lot easier to overcome when you do face it. It may be cliché, but always look for the silver lining. I’m not telling you to ignore the negatives, but don’t forget about the positives too! It’s important to celebrate the victories. So you didn’t get the grade you wanted on the first exam; ace that next one and hang it on the refrigerator! What’s most important is to keep moving forward!

  1. HAVE FUN

Maybe you’ve been told this, and maybe you don’t believe you’ll have time. You might not have a lot of time, but you will have the most time now and you will find early on just how important it is to HAVE FUN. School will be hard (and it’s only going to get harder, a lot harder) and you will need to escape sometimes. Juggling school and fun is about time management. Use your time efficiently so that you can have free time. Pharmacy school will consume a large majority of your time, but don’t let it take all of your time. Find your hobby, find your friends, and rely on them. Join a fraternity, hang out with a study group or the person sitting beside you in class; whatever it is, find your fun. You will need it. Yes, school is a top priority, but remember there is life outside of school. It’s okay to take a break and HAVE FUN!

Not only has Phi Delta Chi Fraternity provided me the opportunity to network, but it has also given me an awesome group of brothers!

 

-Abby Ellington (P1)

Salad

Grilled Chicken Southwest Salad

Eating healthy is hard, and having a plain salad makes attempting to eat healthy even more difficult.  I can’t tell you how many times I have looked at a plain salad and almost gagged at the thoughts of having to force it down (seriously, the thoughts of Italian dressing are making me nauseous right now).  Luckily, this Grilled Chicken Southwest Salad it the farthest thing from plain.  In fact, sometimes I even find myself craving this combination of vegetables with chipotle dressing.  Add a slight crunch with a couple of corn chips, and your mouth will be having a fiesta!  If you’re like me, you will totally forget you are eating a salad once this flavor combination hits your tongue.  This salad is super easy to make, in fact you don’t even have to turn on the stove or oven (which obviously never gets used since we are in college, duh)!

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • One bag of salad mix (I used romaine)
  • One green bell pepper
  • One large cucumber
  • One package of cherry tomatoes
  • One can of black beans
  • One can of Del Monte Fire Roasted Whole Kernel Corn
  • One package of thin-sliced chicken breast
  • A few corn chips/Doritos
  • Hidden Valley Farmhouse Originals Southwest Chipotle Dressing

Directions:

  1. Heat up grill (I used the George Foreman)
  2. Place thin-sliced chicken breast onto the grill
  3. Allow chicken to cook while preparing vegetables for salad
  4. Open bag of salad mix and dump into a large bowl
  5. Wash and cut bell pepper and place into bowl
  6. Wash, peel and cut cucumber and place into bowl
  7. Rinse cherry tomatoes and place into bowl
  8. Open cans of black beans and Del Monte Fire Roasted Corn
  9. Drain cans, and dump corn and beans into bowl
  10. Mix contents of salad bowl and set aside
  11. When chicken is finished cooking, cut it into strips and place into their own small bowl
  12. Serve salad in a single-serve bowl with a few strips of chicken on top
  13. Crunch up a few corn chips to sprinkle as toppings and finish with Hidden Valley Farmhouse Originals Southwest Chipotle Dressing

Tips:

  • Using thin-sliced chicken breast is MUCH easier if you are using the George Foreman because it can cook faster.
  • Some people rinse their salad mix, however I do not because it is pre-rinsed and I have found that it lasts longer (does not wilt as quickly) if I do not rinse it.
  • Using Del Monte fire-roasted corn adds much more flavor to the salad, rather than just using a typical can of sweet corn.
  • Keep the chicken separate from the salad, that way it is much easier to store leftovers and reheat the chicken.
  • Don’t add the crunched up corn chips on top of the large bowl of salad, because if you have leftovers the chips will get soggy (gross)! It is better to crunch up a few chips to add to the top of each single serving.
  • Make sure you buy Hidden Valley Farmhouse Originals Southwest Chipotle Dressing!! Seriously, this dressing is AMAZING (unfortunately I don’t get paid for saying this).  I’m pretty sure it is one of the unhealthiest ingredient in this salad, however it really does help to tie the ingredients together nicely.
  • Have fun with it! There are many variations of this recipe, some use avocados and shredded cheese for toppings.  I’ve also seen where many people choose to add lime juice to their salad.  It’s really whatever combinations of vegetables/toppings you like in conjunction with the chicken, lettuce and dressing!

Fiesta

-Taylor Scott (P1)

 

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Pharming Spartans

Sometimes in the hustle and bustle of the pharmacy school grind you need to take a step back and get a little muddy. This weekend a few pharmacy students truly became weekend warriors when they took on the Charlotte Spartan Race. Over the past few months many of us have been using our free time for training and some much needed stress relief. There is nothing like a 5 mile run to clear your head after a therapeutics exam. This weekend the Pharming Spartans took on just over 5 miles of muddy trails filled with twenty plus obstacles, that included monkey bars, sandbag carries, rope climbs and even throwing a spear. To say it was challenging would be an understatement but we were all able to complete the course by working as a team. We all definitely earned our medals by the end of the race and I know for that I have never slept better than after the race… well maybe after a few all-nighters. At the end of the day it was great to spend the day with classmates, after all nothing brings friends together like crawling in the mud under a quarter mile of barbed wire.

-Dan Botzenhart (P3)

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PDC Cares

Pharmacy school is a balancing act many days.  You learn to balance studying, work, and time for yourself.  Another aspect of pharmacy school is giving back.  CPHS really encourages us to give back through service in our community and offers many opportunities for us to serve in various places that we may enjoy.   Recently, I have had two opportunities to serve alongside my brothers of Phi Delta Chi.   Phi Delta Chi’s philanthropy is St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.   Every semester PDC hosts the semi-annual Lasagna Dinner that supports St. Jude and also the Penny Shelton Scholarship.  This event has always held a special place in my heart and one of my favorite service activities throughout the year.  As an undergraduate student at Campbell, I attended the Lasagna Dinner almost every semester.  For me, it was a great time to get to know pharmacy students, hang out with friends, and eat tasty food.  As cheesy as it sounds, back then I looked up to the pharmacy students and hoped that someday I could be in their shoes.  Now as a pharmacy student and a brother of PDC, serving at the lasagna dinner reminds me about how lucky I am to have the opportunity to be in pharmacy school at Campbell.

This year, I was on the committee that plans and organizes the lasagna dinner in Phi Delta Chi.  It was fun to get to see and experience all the behind-the-scenes preparation for the event.  I took extra pride in the event this semester because I knew I was taking part of something that had special importance to me, and I was helping an organization that does so much good for children who need it.  It was fun to get to serve alongside my PDC brothers.  Along with the help of all our PDC brothers, we served many plates of lasagna to students, faculty, and members of the community and raised well over $1000 for St. Jude!

Another service project that I took part in recently was Habitat for Humanity in Raleigh.  A group of brothers all drove to Raleigh on a rainy and unexpectedly chilly day to help build a house for the organization.  (Personally, I still am not sure how they let me help build a house because I am most definitely not qualified but somehow they let me sneak by.)  The weather that morning was not ideal for building a house.  It would rain on and off, and the ground was soaked and muddy, but we all jumped in and found a project where we could help.  I thought my talents (or lack thereof) would be best utilized inside painting one of the houses, but Judy, one of the Habitat workers, thought I would be good at making “J channels” and installing them on the house.  I did not know what a J channel was, but I learned that it is important for protecting the house from rain water and helps with the look of the house as well.  By the end of the day, I was on the ladder using a hammer and nail working on the house which was unexpected for me.  Other brothers, helped install siding and at another house next door, several brothers helped build the roof for another family’s home.  It was special to have one of the families moving into one of the houses there throughout the day helping us.  It was important for us to do a good job for them.  By the end of the day, the sun came out, and it was rewarding to see the progress we made on the two houses.

In pharmacy school, it is important to find a group of people you can serve alongside and something that interests you that allows you the opportunity to give back to your community.  Pharmacy school can cause stress at times and learning to balance the different aspects of life and school is a challenge, but it is opportunities like these where I realize how blessed I am to have the opportunity to attend such a wonderful pharmacy school and have all the friends, classmates, and brothers that I am blessed to have.  These opportunities give me the energy and the motivation to continue working hard in my schooling and organizations.

-Sydney Brodeur (P1)

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A Call to Go, a Call to Serve

There are a lot of things about Campbell and CPHS that are very special. For both of us, all of those things boiled down can be summed up in one word: opportunity. Because we attend this great University that includes professors who care so much for our education, as well as doing their best to help us advance our careers and broaden our minds for what it means to be successful professionals, this year a team returned to Honduras for a medical mission trip over Spring Break.

 

This year, our team included 1 pharmacist, 8 pharmacy students, 2 DO’s and 8 DO students, 1 PA and 2 PA students, 1 DPT and 2 DPT students, 1 translator, and 1 high school student starting CU undergrad this fall. Alongside the Green’s (the missionary family stationed in Honduras through the North Carolina Baptist Men), we set up medical clinics in 4 villages and provided care to an estimated ~1200 patients. For the pharmacy, this meant a LOT of work! Filling prescriptions for this many patients with a limited formulary that was acquired through donations from mission organizations was at times challenging while trying to make therapeutic substitutions when medications ran out. Pharmacy students did work in the pharmacy, but we also got to work in triage alongside medical and PA students, taking vitals and gathering patient history. This was a great opportunity to practice hands-on patient care skills.

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One thing that came up commonly was the need for an IM shot of Ceftriaxone, a 3rd generation Cephalosporin that is used commonly to cover infections that need coverage for gram-negative bacteria. Many patients that we saw had lower leg wounds from many causes. This presented great opportunity for newly immunization certified P1’s to practice their skills and learn from those students more experienced with injection technique. For me (Taylor), this was my second trip to Honduras, and so the first prescription for an IM injection became my patient. After giving my sweet patient her first injection, she came back the next two days to get additional injections. On day two, we tried to give Matt the opportunity to give his first injection since getting certified, but she insisted upon it being me. Getting to meet this wonderful Honduran lady and spend three days with her providing care, while it was an unpleasant shot, showed me very quickly how much your relationship with your patient means, and how it can positively affect the care you are giving.

 

For me (Matt), I had to step out of my comfort zone a lot during this trip which was good for me. This was my first missions trip out of the country and my first medical missions trip overall, so a lot of things were new to me. When I was told to draw up and administer the first Ceftriaxone injection of the day so that we could possibly prevent an infection from worsening to save someone’s life, I was extremely nervous. Not only did I just receive my immunization certificate a week prior to this trip, but I had never given an injection to an actual patient outside of my lab partner. With the supervision of my peers and the pharmacist, our patient was able to leave the clinic with hope that the infection would clear.
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But apart from the medicine of this trip, there was much more to learn. Being in a different culture and country can present many challenges, but also many lessons. For me (Matt), stepping out of my comfort zone gave me a new appreciation and an opportunity to grow in an area in which I never would have thought would be of much value to me. I learned to speak the most Spanish that I have in my entire life in the 8 days that we were in Honduras. Working in the pharmacy, with the Honduran doctors, as well as triaging patients required a certain level of communication to make sure that our patients were treated properly and went home with an appropriate amount of knowledge about their medications. As we have mentioned, we had wonderful translators on staff each day, so I stepped out of my comfort zone and tried to be very receptive to learning the language. Who would have thought that I would be counseling patients on their medications in Spanish by the end of the week alongside the translator?

A great part of this trip is getting to grow in your faith and relationship with God while working alongside fellow believers and missionaries. Every work day started with a group prayer before we left for our communities to work. Many of us found opportunities to pray with our patients and provide spiritual care with our medical care. Every night we came home, and fellowshipped with each other over authentic Honduran food prepared by a local woman, and then gathered around for a time of Devotion. Each night a member of our team gave a short devotional. These were all different, but always pointed us back to the reason that God placed us in that beautiful country for this trip. We also all had the opportunity to share how we saw God that day. Mrs. Ginger, one of our missionaries, calls these “God Moments,” and that is definitely what they are. Getting to gather around and hear how everyone else saw God working in their patients lives or their own each day was always a sweet reminder for God’s love and care for each of us. For both of us, while working in the pharmacy and providing care was wonderful, our God Moments almost always included the little extras that happened when we left the pharmacy. Things like going outside to blow bubbles with the kids, or play a game of tag, are just as sweet of memories as providing medical care.

 

Romans 10:13-15

“For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the scriptures say, ‘How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!’”

 

As future medical professionals, we have a duty to serve our patients. We are lucky to be future medical professionals attending a school that shares the same core Christians values that we do. So for us, the duty to serve is two-fold. This spring break, our duty to serve our Savior led each of our team members to go to Honduras and serve patients there. Our practice as professionals will forever be shaped by the lessons we learned while there that we will not soon forget.

If you want to hear about this trip through one of the PA students, you can find her blog post here: https://specializinginlumpsandbumps.wordpress.com/2016/03/21/called-to-serve-a-mission-trip-to-honduras/

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Matt Fowler (P1) and Taylor Griffies (P3)

 

Healthy Eating: Garden fresh vegetable medley with grilled chicken and lightly buttered potatoes

This is one of my favorite dishes to make for a slightly more involved dinner. Several years ago, you would have never seen me touch a plate with all these vegetables in it, especially mushrooms. But, my eyes have been opened and when prepared right can still be healthy and have a good flavor profile. I love the combination of fresh veggies, grilled chicken, and the starchiness of the potato. The mushrooms add a meaty flavor while the Brussel sprouts have an earthy tone that is balanced out by the slight sweetness of the carrots. Paired with grilled chicken and a lightly buttered potato makes for a delicious meal that can be made in about 25-30 minutes.

Ingredients:

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  • Season chicken breast on both sides with salt, pepper, and smoked paprika. Grill on hot grill or sear chicken until an internal temperature of 160-165o

Potatoes:

  • Rinse potatoes and poke several holes in them to let “potato juices” vent while cooking them. Cook at 350oF for 1 hour.
  • Since we are all busy and I don’t want to wait an hour for a potato to cook, I use a quick method to make them by microwaving them for 3-5 minutes until soft and then wrapping them in foil and throwing them in the oven at 375oF for about 30 minutes. If you have a grill, you can wrap them in foil and place them on the grill for about 15 minutes.
  • Serve with a little bit of butter and parsley sprinkled on it.

Vegetable medley:

  • Wash all the vegetables.
  • Cut Brussel sprouts and broccoli to about the same size so that they will cook evenly. The baby carrots are usually the appropriate size, so I don’t cut them.
  • In a hot pan, add about a tablespoon of olive oil (really depends on how many servings you are making). If you have a cast iron skillet, I would use that!
  • Add mushrooms first and sprinkle salt, pepper, and asafetida. Cook until browned on both sides. This usually takes ~3 minutes.
  • Add Brussel sprouts and carrots, add more seasoning if desired. Cook with lid on for ~6 minutes. You want the carrots and Brussel sprouts to be firm and slightly browned. Usually halfway through I mix the vegetables up so they can get browned on both sides.

 

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  • Add broccoli and 1/8-1/4 cup of water to steam the veggies. Keep lid closed until broccoli changes color. This usually takes ~3 minutes. I like my broccoli slightly crispy, definitely not soggy so just don’t add too much water otherwise you will get soggy vegetables.
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Broccoli before: pale green 

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Steaming broccoli with 1/8 cup of water

 

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Broccoli after: vibrant green

  • At this point it is done or you can leave the lid off and brown the veggies further depending on how browned you like them.
  • I usually add a little bit of butter at the end on my plate, depending on how much oil I used.

Tips for preparing the veggies:

  • Key: fresh, never canned or frozen.
  • Brussel sprouts are like little green cabbages. When I prepare them, I chop off the end and then dice them in half or in quarters if it is really large.
  • Sometimes I am lazy and buy the already cut mushrooms, but otherwise I try to slice them very thinly so they will crisp up in the oil bringing good texture and flavor.
  • Add the broccoli last to avoid overcooking it resulting in a rubbery or soggy texture.
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The finished product: Ta-Dah!!

Even with the stresses and business of pharmacy school, it is important to eat healthy and to take time for yourself. I really enjoy cooking, so this is a dish that I like to make to take a break from studying that is delicious but healthy. I hope you enjoy one of my favorite meals!

 

-Holly Jordan (P1)

Professor Spotlight: Dr. Bowman

Our professors tend to wear many hats here at Campbell. I have yet to meet a faculty member who isn’t involved in other facets of pharmacy; whether it be clinical, research, or involvement in a pharmaceutical company. Dr. Bowman (Dr. B) is a prime example of being a “well-rounded” professor.

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These are a few of his job titles:

  • Professor
  • Walgreens Pharmacist
  • Formerly served on the NCAP Board of Directors
  • CU’s first alumnus to serve on the North Carolina Board of Pharmacy
  • Serves on the NC Physician’s Health Program Board of Directors
  • APhA Certified Immunization Trainer
  • Radio Broadcaster
  • Football Fanatic
  • Husband and Father

With all of these job titles, comes experience. My favorite part of Dr. B’s lectures are the real-life examples he incorporates in his lessons. During our first year, Dr. B teaches Pharmacy Calculations fall semester and Patient Counseling and Professional Communications in the spring.

I asked Dr. B when he became interested in academia, and he explained that his professors while in pharmacy school had a large impact on him. His professors included Dr. Maddox and Dr. Holmes, to whom he credits influencing his desire to become a Campbell faculty member.

When I asked Dr. B what he thought was the most important characteristic of a successful pharmacist, he answered “compassion.” He emphasized the fact that pharmacists often become overwhelmed and fatigued, but we should never forget that patients are our number one priority. We should never be too busy to consult or be an advocate for our patients.

It’s no secret that Dr. Bowman is a huge sports fan! Most of our lectures start with a recap of the week’s sports, mainly football. We all look forward to this interactive start to our lectures and all the jokes that come with it.

Along with sports, Dr. B’s hobbies include cars and yardwork. He is definitely a car guy, and his favorite machine is the Audi R8. His relaxing activities include grounds keeping at his home that he shares with his wife and two daughters, as well as occasionally dabbling on the golf course. After chatting a while, I sensed he was into classic movies which include his favorite movie, “Rudy.” When I asked Dr. B who he would like to enjoy a cup of coffee with, past or present, he answered with, “Jack Nicholson.”

For my final question, I asked Dr. Bowman what he would do if Dr. Creed made him Campbell University’s President for one day. After contemplating it for a minute, he answered in true Dr. B fashion by saying he would move all of our major sports to the Colonial Athletic Conference (CAA). Shocking, right?

Lastly, a quirky fact about Dr. Bowman: I have never heard anyone sneeze in his presence without him responding, “May God bless you.” This is especially hilarious during cold and flu season with about 108 students in close quarters. This just shows how much Dr. B cares about us. He teaches us much more than pharmacy calculations, patient care, and communication skills. He has taught us tons of sports facts, Campbell facts, and we should always be prepared to be a part of the show, “What Would You Do?”

-Mariam Dari (P1)