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)
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!
-Amanda Hiester (P2)
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.
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.”
Amidst the busy schedule of pharmacy school I am always looking for easy and quick recipes that offer a sweet study break. These mini Oreo cheesecakes are so simple to make, yet delicious. They also are convenient since the mini cheesecakes are in individual liners. I have personally taken some to the library or a classmate’s house to fuel a night of studying! Finally, just a tip that the Oreos can be replaced with your favorite cookie such as Thin Mints, which I tried and they were equally delicious!
Mini Oreo Cheesecakes
2 – 8 ounce packages cream cheese, at room temperature
½ cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs, at room temperature
12 cupcake liners
- Preheat oven to 325°. Place the cupcake liners in a muffin tin.
- Place one whole Oreo cookie in each of the liners
- Crush the remaining 6 Oreos and set aside.
- With a hand mixer combine the eggs, sugar, vanilla, and cream cheese.
- Pour the cream cheese mixture into each of the cups.
- Top each with some of the crushed Oreo pieces
- Bake for around 25 minutes or until set. Cool.
- Refrigerate for a couple hours or for a faster method place in the freezer for about 15 minutes.
-Sara Boltinhouse (P2)
One of the exciting aspects of the latter years of pharmacy school is deciding which electives you want to take to augment the required curriculum. Students are required to have a certain number of electives to graduate, but because there are so many different ones to choose from it is not difficult to complete the amount that you need. When I was browsing through my options for this spring the Pharmacy Christian Missions elective really jumped out at me. I grew up going to church and participated in a weeklong mission trip every summer for 7 years with my family, so this really peaked my interest. Each week our course director (Dr. Furman, a Campbell alum who owns his own pharmacy in Boone, NC) lined up people to come talk to us about their time in the mission field. They have been on trips to Egypt (where they had the opportunity to ride camels!), Afghanistan, Sudan, Belize, and everywhere in between. They told us of the good, the bad, the sad, the happy, and the love of Jesus they shared through their trips.
My personal favorite speakers were two classmates, Sara Bratton and Taylor Griffies (P4), who came to talk to us about the opportunity we have through CPHS to go on an elective 4th year pharmacy Christian mission rotation. Last May (2016) they spent their first month as P4s out of the country serving the country of Belize. Campbell has an existing relationship with a clinic in Belize, and love to have students volunteer there. The pharmacist in that clinic is a pharmacist because of Campbell University students who inspired her to pursue an education! Taylor and Sara participated in everything from seeing patients in clinic, educating the providers, and of course spent a good amount of time dispensing medications in the pharmacy. I have never been out of the country for a mission trip, but hearing all of the stories from our speakers has definitely planted the seed. I am now very interested in participating in one in the future, and have the resources I need through this class. Being able to combine my career with my faith seems so natural, and I love that Campbell University supports their students and gives us these opportunities.
-Peyton Bingham (P3)
As I look back on my pharmacy school journey I feel the most accurate description to describe it would be to envision yourself in the sports car of your choice going top speed down the highway, because it has literally flown by. I remember thinking as a P1 how long and strenuous this journey was going to be and how it couldn’t be over fast enough. But now that I am here, with 1 month left in my time as a P3, the feeling of being only about a year away from attaining my Doctorate degree is a very surreal sensation. As I reflect on my time here, the first thing that comes to mind is my growth. I think I have grown and matured tremendously with each passing year. A few things that come to mind are how I have grown to be more responsible, better at time management, more organized, and better at managing stress.
The second thing that comes to mind are all the valuable friendships that I have acquired over the past three years, and how they have all played a significant role in my growth and success as a pharmacy student. It is vital that you surround yourself with a few others who can help you become successful during your time here. I decided my P1 year that I wanted to join one of the three pharmaceutical fraternities. I chose to rush Phi Delta Chi, and as I have advanced through the years I have come to realize how crucial my fraternity Brothers have been to my success and sanity. We help each other when we are having bad days, we bake snacks and provide food for each other when people get stressed out during test weeks, we provide moral support for the Brothers who play intramural sports, and we share study guides to help each other prepare for upcoming tests. Your journey through pharmacy school will be challenging and stressful at times, and the support of your fellow classmates might prove to be a vital piece to your success.
The last thing I have to offer one my journey as a pharmacy student, is the importance of getting involved, developing your leadership skills, and crafting other developmental aspects that will help diversify you and ultimately make you best potential employee after graduation.
Wherever you are in your pharmacy school journey remember to enjoy the ride! Although the days and weeks might seem long, the years quickly fly by!
-Matt Harding (P3)
Till this day, I can still remember receiving my first email stating I had been chosen for an interview at Campbell for pharmacy school. Initially I was ecstatic that I was one step closer to my PharmD and I was relieved that I had finally filled out my PharmCAS correctly, but as my interview got closer, my nerves acted up and I didn’t know how to prepare. In order to find a remedy to calm my nerves, I immediately called my sister who had recently interviewed for a master’s program back at home. Being the amazing sister that she is, she gave me a handful of websites she had used to prepare for her interview. One of the most helpful websites I came across was: http://sciencepreps.iupui.edu/pharmacy-school-interview-questions which breaks down different types of questions relating to self-goals, pharmacy school, and ethical scenarios. I found it extremely helpful to talk through each of these scenarios in a mock interview with my sister so that I was able to evaluate my answers before my real interview. Along with being prepared to answer questions, you should also have questions prepared to ask your interviewer! Having questions to ask your interviewer is crucial, so it is important that you do your homework to figure out what types of programs that pharmacy school has to offer, the different research opportunities that are available, and the schools affiliations with different organizations for future rotation sites.
So once you’ve prepared for the interview, it’s imperative to make sure you dress appropriately for the occasion! It’s always important to dress professionally for an interview, but it’s also important to dress in something that fits you comfortably. The last thing you want to worry about during an interview is whether your skirt is ridding up too much, how bad your feet are killing you from your new shoes, or how your dress pants are so tight that you can’t sit down comfortably. Make sure you have an appropriate outfit to wear that does not show too much skin, is not tight or revealing, and isn’t too large or baggy. Ladies make sure that your shoulders are covered and that your skirts and dresses are at or below knee length!
Lastly, it’s important to make sure you have all the materials you need for the interview, know where you’re going, and arrive early/on time! Planning to arrive 15-20 minutes early will decrease your stress level and give you some time to mingle with other applicants, faculty, or pharmacy students before your interview. Always make sure you account for traffic during your drive/travels and looking up a school map before your arrival may be helpful to locate which building you are going to and where the closest parking lot is. When prepping the materials you need for your interview, make sure you have a list of the questions you plan on asking, at least two copies of your CV/Resume, and a pen and paper if you like to take notes.
Overall, make sure you be yourself and always take a second to breathe and think about your response to any question you may not know the answer to! Good Luck!
-Shannon Brown (P1)