Why I Chose a Dual Degree

So you have recently been accepted to a graduate program! You have finally completed your goals of being accepted into pharmacy school! You are done now!? Wrong. Competition with your peers and future colleagues continue throughout graduate school. A student should continually think about how to better themselves and make themselves more valuable for a career path, because in about four years, 110 other students will be graduating with you with the same qualifications. A great way to set yourself apart and make yourself more valuable is to consider a dual degree. Dual degrees associated with CPHS include the masters in business administration (MBA), the masters in clinical research (MSCR), the masters in public health (MPH), and the masters in pharmaceutical sciences (MSPS).

Why did I choose the MBA? I decided to begin pharmacy school without receiving an undergraduate degree. The opportunity is fantastic, but I realized that I would be in class with professionals who have already receiving some sort of undergraduate degree and some students even have a masters degree. I decided that I needed to set myself apart and the MBA was very attractive and “in tune” with my interests. Health sciences is an amazing path to take but sometimes we tend to forget that the health system is still a business. The MBA prepares students to further their career with better leadership skills and the knowledge needed to face business problems and come up with well-developed solutions. Eventually when I graduate, this will allow me to advance towards management/becoming a business owner in a career of my choosing.

If you think a dual degree is for you, contact a Campbell faculty member in the program that is right for you. At Campbell University, we want you to succeed and the Campbell team will help you achieve whatever it is you desire to achieve.

-Devin Barlowe (P2)

Make the Most of Your Summer

Summer is quickly approaching and although it’s the perfect time to hang by the pool or go into Netflix binge mode, it can also be the perfect time to build up your resume! There are a multitude of different options that can really make you stand out. The following are a few great ways you can amp up your resume this summer!

  • Internships – Many companies are more than willing to take on interns or part time employees during the summer months. By taking on an internship you can get into your field of interest and build up lots of impressive experience that could help you in school or your future career. Building relationships and connections with individuals in your field of choice can also be a great benefit later.
  • Community Service – Volunteering is a great way to show off your leadership skills while doing something that will benefit the community. There are tons of opportunities for community service both in the healthcare field and outside of the field. You can find anything that interests you like helping at a soup kitchen or helping out with a children’s camp for a local church. Volunteer hours always look killer on resumes and are a fun way of helping out while doing something you’re interested in. They can also open up valuable connections that could give you career opportunities or a source for a really good character reference in the future!
  • Broaden Your Horizons – Use your spare time to learn something new that would help you stand out. Taking the initiative to go through certification programs like the pharmacy technician certification program can give you an extra edge that a lot of individuals might not have. One might also choose to try something more atypical like learning a foreign language that would help you communicate in the workplace in the future and really have an advantage that many people don’t have and that employers find very valuable.

Summer is a time to relax and unwind from the previous school year and as tempting as it may be to re-watch all nine seasons of How I Met Your Mother in one day, instead try using that time to do something fun and interesting that will also boost your resume and really give you a competitive edge when it comes to school and the workplace.

-Melissa Kratz (P1)

Benefits of Being Involved

When you arrive to your first day of classes for Pharmacy School, it can be an intimidating experience for some individuals. You may not know anyone in your class or you may only know a handful of people. It is important to get to know the individuals in your class, and especially different classes in Pharmacy School. It is important to keep in mind that there are people who have been in your exact position before! Future P1s, keep in mind that the P2s, P3s, and P4s have all been in your shoes! During these first few days of school, you will hear about various organizations and experience “alphabet soup” (almost every organization has an acronym). This can be very confusing when you are trying to keep the organizations and acronyms straight. Some of the best advice that I received at the beginning of my first year was to find the organization or organizations that fit you best and to do this by learning a little about all of the organizations. During the first month of school, there will be an activity fair which will showcase many of the pharmacy related organizations on campus. After attending this, you will have a better idea which organizations best fit you. From here, it is recommended to pick out the organizations that you will fit best with and go to the first meetings for them. During this meeting, you will have a better idea if this organization will be beneficial to you and you to the organization. By becoming involved in organizations, you will have a large exposure to other Pharmacy Students and get to know them better. These organizations are not class specific, meaning that they have all years of Pharmacy Students in them! You will be able to seek advice from these individuals and have someone to talk to about the changes that are currently occurring in your life. Pharmacy school will be a transition. By having others around you to support you, you will be much more likely to succeed. After some time in the organization, it is recommended to apply for a position, if you are passionate about the organization and are able to advance it. If you receive a position, you will be working closely with many other students in areas that you are all passionate about. Bouncing ideas off of each other and having a support group is very beneficial to the organization and to you as an individual. These organizations will also provide many opportunities to go to regional and national conferences! This will allow you to even further to expand your network outside of Campbell. I highly recommend becoming an involved student. It allows you to express yourself, become a better person, and give back to the Campbell Community.

-Deanna Malone (P1)


5 Reasons I Chose to Join a Pharmaceutical Fraternity

The first week of school if you had asked me if I was going to join one of the pharmaceutical fraternities I would have looked at you like you were crazy and said that I’m not social enough or that I’m too introverted to be in a frat. I didn’t even consider it to be in the realm of possibilities for me but somewhere in the mix I became a brother of Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity. I’ve found so many benefits of being a part of a brotherhood.

1. Pharmacy classes have around 100 something people. For an introverted person like myself, it can be overwhelming to try to make friends in such an atmosphere. When you’re in a fraternity you have a small group in the class that you can really relate to and hang out with. There’s always someone there for you.

2. You always have a study group. Even if you don’t physically study together, someone almost always shares study guides they’ve made or links they’ve found that are helpful to studying for the tests.

3. Fraternities are a great way to meet people you might not have talked to otherwise. I probably would have never talked to any upperclassmen if I hadn’t joined Kappa Psi. Upperclassmen are also always willing to give you study tips for classes or advice from when they were in our shoes. It’s also great for networking. I’ve already met a lot of alumni/professors that were brothers of Kappa Psi and they could be valuable resources for the future.

4. There are TONS of service opportunities available as part of the fraternity. Kappa Psi does roadside cleanups for adopt a highway, visits nursing homes to help with their monthly birthday parties, helps with Special Olympics activities, and also gives other opportunities like volunteering with other activities like Relay for Life or Science Olympiad. These are just a few of the many service activities we participate in. It’s a great way to help the community while hanging out with your brothers!

5. On top of the academic and service benefits we also have a lot of fun things we do to help manage the stress of pharmacy school. We have socials, potlucks, host sporting events (some of them double as service events to raise money for a cause!) and so much more. We also have smaller groups specific to interests like knitting circles and intramural sports groups. It gives a lot of great ways to unwind and have some fun with your brothers.

I would have never dreamed I would be a part of a brotherhood but now I couldn’t imagine it any other way. I’ve made tons of memories already and have also made some lifelong friends. Being a member of Kappa Psi is one of the most valuable things I’ve ever done and I love being a part of something so special. So even if you think you’re too shy or not social enough just give it a chance…you won’t regret it!

-Melissa Kratz (P1)

Lessons From P1 Year

P1 year is an exciting time of growth, a time of adjustment, and a time to begin a great foundation for your pharmacy school career. The adjustment to graduate school presents different challenges for everyone and this list is my advice to an incoming P1 student based on lessons that I have learned from myself and my friends through our first year in pharmacy school.

The Faculty are Your Biggest Cheerleaders

On my first day of P1 year I was so incredibly nervous. I moved to Buies Creek not knowing a single person at CPHS and worried about how the next four years of my life would go. Within the first week of classes I remember calling my parents back home in Alabama telling them how much I loved it here! I was blown away by how nice, supportive, and caring everyone was. I came from a large undergraduate university where I was simply a number out of 25,000 students to my professors; learning my name was never once on their to-do list. Within the first week at Campbell multiple professors knew my name as well as the names of every student in my P1 auditorium. It was incredible. That was the first sign showing me how much these professors cared about my success and the success of the students sitting next to me in class. As P1 year progressed from the first week onward the faculty still showed their support for my classmates and me through taking their weekends to hold review sessions, staying after hours to answer questions in their offices, and even dressing up cheerleaders specifically for pharmacy schools students on Halloween.

Find Your Second Family and Support System

P1 year begins with a bombardment of what we at CPHS call “alphabet soup.” Our “alphabet soup” is all of our on campus student organizations, and boy are there an overwhelming number of options. Make sure that you get involved with several organizations during your P1 year! However I do caution you not to get involved with every single organization. The first reason is that you simply won’t have the time to be involved in everything and make good grades but secondly, it is important to find the areas of pharmacy that you are passionate about and join organizations that align with your interests. Personally, the organizations that I chose to join during my P1 year have had the greatest effect on my personal life since they are where I have met my best friends. Through these organizations I have found my family away from home and my support system. These are the people who bring me iced coffee when they know I have a busy week, who come to my apartment to fix my exercise bike when the handlebars get lose, and who are beside me to celebrate every minor and major accomplishment.

Set a Good Academic Foundation (but make sure to have some fun)

P1 year is the time to set a great academic foundation for the remainder of your time in pharmacy school. For most students there is an adjustment to the academic demands of graduate school. P1 year you take around eight classes at one time so it is important to learn how to manage your study time so that you perform your best in all of those classes. While the academic demands of pharmacy school are more strenuous than undergraduate classes it is important to keep in mind that you are not expected to have everything figured out. As I mentioned, the faculty are there to answer your questions and CPHS provides plenty of academic support and tutoring assistance for students who want it. While doing well in school should be at the top of your priority lost, it is important to manage your time so that you can have some fun and relax. P1 year can and should include a lot of fun outside of the classroom!

Finally, P1 year goes by quickly! It does not seem that it is possible for me to be a few short weeks away from completing my first year of pharmacy school, but it’s true. This past school year has been a wonderful experience thanks to my classmates and the faculty at CPHS. I have learned more than I ever could have hoped to have learned about pharmacy this year. I could not image going through this journey anywhere other than at Campbell University!

-Kathryn Ray (P1)

The day you get your acceptance letter to Campbell College of Pharmacy http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m32t3c3nmO1qedgr2o1_250.gif

When you walk into the first day of orientation excited to meet new friends http://i43.tinypic.com/oz2wp.gif

First day of lecture you write down everything the professor says http://reactiongifs.com/?p=3062

When you put on your white coat the first time http://s3-ec.buzzfed.com/static/2014-06/30/16/enhanced/webdr08/anigif_enhanced-18345-1404161197-18.gif

Studying for your first big exam http://s3-ec.buzzfed.com/static/2014-10/22/13/enhanced/webdr10/anigif_enhanced-5111-1413998194-11.gif

And you ace it https://s-media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/originals/92/c6/0a/92c60a9d38dd7132f2d739d190b85b46.jpg

But sometimes you come up short http://i.imgur.com/5YovKN3.jpg

But you pick yourself back up and keep on going http://media.tumblr.com/78682ed28e95443364f3211205454af8/tumblr_n1nivbzBBw1qkvzhao2_250.gif

And work harder than you did the last time http://media.tumblr.com/80207d35bc80c91225599af7e69e6138/tumblr_muq8o1kHFf1qeeqito1_250.gif

After the first semester you go home over Christmas to tell your friends and family everything you learned this semester http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_me1d7c7xWU1qi9v0p.gif

You come back to campus ready for your second semester after missing all of your friends over break https://i.chzbgr.com/completestore/12/8/9/KMmeSJM_vkW2SLBATxlhtg2.gif

Of course there are some more late nights of studying http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lrs97jJHzh1r3v6f2o1_400.gif

But it pays off and you find out you earned awesome grades http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m2h7slOLp71rtgh31o1_500.gif

All of a sudden P1 year is over, where did the time go? http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m5ydn8NmSV1r79k32.gif


Residency Spotlight: Des Lindquist – Class of 2014

Hey everyone! A little bit about me: my name is Des Lindquist, and I am a recent graduate (2014!) of the Campbell University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. I attended just two years of undergraduate work at Campbell University before completing my doctorate of pharmacy. I was involved in many organizations, and held several leadership roles throughout the college. I even had the opportunity to teach general chemistry lab to undergraduates! Currently, I am a PGY1 pharmacy resident at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, Tennessee. Whenever I tell someone I am a pharmacist, many people tend to think of the traditional role of the community pharmacist. And while I am so thankful for the dedicated professionals who commit their lives to serving people in this capacity, I decided on a different path for my career: residency. Throughout this blog, I will explain what a residency is, the process that we go through to obtain one of these highly coveted positions, as well as how I feel that Campbell not only prepared me to be a pharmacist, but also a dedicated, knowledgeable practitioner.

Residency, as described by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, is a year of post-graduate training that helps to prepare recent graduates to be “generalists” in health systems, managed care, or community settings. During this intense year, we as residents are exposed to varied patient populations, more specialized rotations, as well as the opportunity to work with providers in all sorts of manners – all with the emphasis of patient care. To put it simply – you know those yearlong rotations during fourth year of pharmacy school? Well, residents get to do extra year, but with the added benefit of being a pharmacist! Which means we get hands-on, applicable experience that we would not get anywhere else. We also learn the workings of being a pharmacist in a health-system by sitting on committees, helping with hospital projects and expansions, as well as completing an independent research project. After this first year of training, we as graduates of a PGY1 program have the opportunity to further specialize in an area of interest – but that is another blog for another day!

The search for a residency begins as a P1. You may not know exactly what programs you want to apply to, or even what type of PGY1 residency, but my advice to you all would be to BE INVOLVED. I truly believe that you will get out 1000x more from pharmacy school if you find something you are passionate about. Campbell has so many unique student groups that I know there is something out there for everyone. And don’t just join an organization – take a leadership role. Serve on a committee. Organize a big event. All of these activities show that you are dedicated to our profession, work well with others, and will give you lots of experience you can draw from during your interviews. I would not be a good alumnus if I didn’t tell you to study hard as well…but make sure you don’t forget that life is still happening during pharmacy school.

During my 4th year rotations, specifically during my two months of internal medicine at Duke Regional Hospital, I truly realized my passion for working in general medicine at an acute care setting of a hospital. So when it came to picking programs to apply to for residency, I wanted academic medical centers, where I would get rounding and non-rounding experiences, which also had an emphasis on teaching pharmacy students. This helped me to narrow my field (slightly) when it came to application time. Most programs require 3 letters of recommendation from clinical preceptors. I am thankful for the Campbell faculty who were so supportive and willing to do whatever it took to make sure I was a competitive (props to Dr. April Cooper, Dr. Brock Woodis, Dr. Jason Moss, and Dr. Jamie Brown)!

Now, the real adventure comes in October through March of your 4th year of pharmacy school. In October, the PhorCAS system opens. This is an application service (remember PharmCAS from your pharmacy school applications?) that allows you to apply to multiple programs all at once. You begin filling all of this out prior to heading to what is known in the pharmacy world as “Midyear” – it is the largest gathering of health-system pharmacists in the world. It meets once per year all around the country. One of the biggest benefits is known as the “residency showcase,” where all the ASHP residency programs across the nation are in one place. This allows 4th year students, and anyone else interested in pursuing a residency, to meet programs without having to blindly apply and travel to them. The residency showcase is a whole other topic for another blog post, so maybe I will be a guest writer again soon…

After Midyear, you apply to programs, and then you wait. And it’s the longest 3 weeks of your life. If you are considered a quality, competitive candidate, you will be invited for an on-site interview that usually lasts all day. You get to go and learn about the hospital, speak with current residents and preceptors, as well as meet the director of the program. Now, I will tell you, from personal experience – this can be a make-it-or-break-it situation. You have to like the program just as much as they like you – this is why we call it “the Match.” After all of your interviews, you submit what is called a “rank list” where you list your programs in order of where you want to go for your training. At the same time, programs are ranking their candidates. This rank list is due at the beginning of March. And then, finally, around approximately the 3rd week of March, is MATCH DAY! As I write this blog, match day is exactly 4 days, 3 hours, and 2 minutes away (but who is counting right)? Hopefully, you receive an email stating what program you matched with and the rest is history!

All of that being said, I will tell you about my residency, why I love it, and how Campbell really helped to make me a successful PGY1 resident. My residency is at an academic medical center in East Tennessee. It is tied to not only a pharmacy school on the hospital campus, but a large number of professional schools, including but not limited to medicine and nursing. Because of our practice model, we are decentralized and don’t have a differentiation between “staff” pharmacists and “clinical pharmacists” – everyone is both! We get to learn from preceptors who are experts in their fields. We learn all of the clinical parts of being a pharmacist, but we also learn how to be a good hospital pharmacist. We participate in every aspect of patient care, from order entry, verification, consults, and clinical recommendations. I would say by-and-large, you will get a great experience at any ASHP residency. However, I truly believe that people, and the relationships you make with them, will determine how much you are able to learn and grow not only as a pharmacist, but as a person as well. That being said, find a program that you really click with and that will push you to your fullest potential. Mine sure did (and still is)!

The Campbell Difference

Campbell does so many things to make its graduates competitive – we have a nearly 100% passage rate on the NAPLEX, students involved in many local and state leadership positions, as well as a huge alumni network to help you in your search. Every faculty and staff member wants you to succeed, and I can say without a doubt that I would not be where I am had I not chosen to go to a small town named Buies Creek and learn from some of the brightest minds in our profession. Campbell will be one decision that you will never regret.

And, as always, I am #CampbellProud,

-Des, PharmD – Class of 2014

Housing Around the Creek

When it comes to housing in Buies Creek, you are in luck! Housing has been popping up left and right all around Campus during the last year. There are a lot of options: single apartments, 2-3 bedroom apartments, townhomes and houses (2-5 bedroom). Prices vary in range. If you live in a house with multiple people you may be paying about $250-350 per person a month with or without utilities. Keep in mind if you do this, you may need to share a bathroom and it does mean you will need to find roommates quickly. If you live with one or two other people rent should be around $450-600 per person with or without utilities (my general guess is if it is 600 per person then that includes utilities). Most housing will make you pay utilities and rent separate. Most housing in the area use Harnett County water with Charter cable for cable/internet and Duke Energy for electricity. Housing is available in walking distance from campus and in nearby towns of Lillington, Coats, Erwin, Dunn and Benson which are 5-15 min drives depending on where you are. Some people commute from the Fayetteville area or Cary/Raleigh area. This is about a 30-45 min drive to campus every day. When you are accepted to pharmacy school a list of updated housing options will be sent to you from admissions. You will also be added to your class’s Facebook page. Utilize this page to talk to locals posting room availability and to find a roommate! I highly suggest rooming with pharmacy students, or living with students in other professional/graduate programs (PA, PT, DO, PH). The following is a list of places where several pharmacy students live near campus:

  • University Manor (1-3 bedroom apartments)
  • Kivett Townhouses (2-3 bedroom apartments)
  • Creekside Apartments (1 bedroom)
  • Meredith Square Townhouses (2-3 bedroom)
  • Wolf Creek Townhouses (2 bedroom)
  • The Pines (2-3 bedroom- LIMITED availability)
  • Campbell Village Townhouses (3 bedroom-new)
  • Campbell Point (building in progress)
  • The Meadows (2-5 bedroom houses)
  • Campus Habitat (2-3 bedroom, mostly undergrad so let them know you are in pharmacy school and they will try to place you in a quieter building)
  • There is NO on campus housing available for grad students unless you are a Resident Director or Resident Adviser
  • Womble Realty Management has an office located on campus and they rent out a variety of housing options from apartments to small homes locally

-Katie Andrews (P1)