Sarah Russell – PGY-2 Ambulatory Care at Campbell University, Benson Area Medical Center, Duke Family Medicine

dsc_0039.jpg

Enter a caption

Where did you complete your PGY-1?

I completed my PGY-1 in Community-Based Pharmacy at Campbell University and Walgreens in Dunn, NC.

Where did you complete your undergraduate studies and what was your major/degree?”

I obtained a Bachelor of  General Science with a concentration in Clinical Research at Campbell University.

What is your favorite part of Campbell University CPHS? 

I grew up in a small town, so I was drawn to the tight-knit community at Campbell. On the drive home from campus, I told my mom, “I think I found a place I can call home,” and I have for the past eight years. Campbell faculty and staff take the time to get to know you and genuinely want you to succeed– they constantly challenge you to achieve more.

What experiences helped get you where you are today?

I believe it is important to be a well-rounded student and professional and this can be achieved by involvement in your local community.  Service and volunteerism  are very important to me, I served at both the free community health clinic offered by Campbell University and in the Redemption Hill Church Kids Residency. The best way to help patients is to know where they come from, know their story, and help improve their story.

What would you recommend to those interested in becoming a successful clinical pharmacist?

Open-mindedness: Take chances and pursue all opportunities whether it be shadowing for a day or research. Keep your mind open to different career paths, the pharmacy profession is exciting and there is so much you can do. Additionally, always, always, always keep your faith in the Lord. He is so faithful to us through it all!

Read more about the well above average Residency match rate here.

Advertisements

Christopher Demitraszek – PGY-2 Critical Care

demitraszekchris_hr

Where did you complete your PGY-1?

I completed my PGY-1 at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, NC.

What is your favorite part of Campbell University CPHS? 

Campbell University offers a once in a lifetime experience that encourages lifelong friendships and academic rigor that will help you both in your personal and professional careers. While at Campbell I developed connections with classmates, as well as faculty and staff members that I will forever remember. I also have to give credit to my wife who I met at Campbell as without her support this path to residency would have been much more difficult!

What experiences helped get you where you are today?

The most important things I did while at Campbell that I believe contributed to my success thus far was actively seeking experiences that would challenge me. There are a multitude of elective courses you can take that will broaden your knowledge base and a variety of APPE rotations you can select from that will allow you to see how the roles of pharmacists varies from each institution.

What would you recommend to those interested in becoming a successful clinical pharmacist?

Look for any opportunities that exist at Campbell and take them if they interest you. I cannot guarantee your academic career will be easy, but it will be fulfilling and provide you with experiences that will catapult you into your professional career.

Read more about the well above average Residency match rate here.

Ashlee Baucom – PGY-2 Pediatric Pharmacy Residency at Boston Children’s Hospital

Ashley Baucom

Where did you complete your PGY-1?

I completed my PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, NC.

Where did you complete your undergraduate studies and what was your major/degree?”

I obtained a Bachelor of  General Science with a concentration in Clinical Research at Campbell University.

What is your favorite part of Campbell University CPHS? 

My time at Campbell not only provided me with a solid foundational knowledge base, but prepared me to become a compassionate, confident, and well rounded practitioner. The opportunity to learn from some of the most knowledgeable and dedicated faculty was what made Campbell such a wonderful place to learn and grow. In addition, the faculty and staff at Campbell have continued to serve as mentors throughout my PGY-1 year. The support and friendship offered by these mentors within the Campbell family means the world to me.

What experiences helped get you where you are today?

My involvement within the Student Society of Health System Pharmacy (SSHP) and Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, Inc. was vital in helping me to prepare for residency. The networking and resources provided through these organizations allowed me to grow professionally and network with practitioners in my area of clinical practice. The Campbell faculty and staff were also vital in my residency success. Their example and mentorship have helped me to formulate my own practice model and precepting style.

What would you recommend to those interested in becoming a successful clinical pharmacist?

Treat each patient as a whole person, not a disease state. Remember that what you are doing as a pharmacist has great impact on patient lives and we should always strive to do what is best for the patient. Be willing to work as a member of a team and know your limits. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

Read more about the well above average Residency match rate here.

Lindsey Stever – PGY-2 Ambulatory Care Novant Health Population Health

headshot_steverlindsey_hr

Where did you complete your PGY-1?

I completed my PGY-1 at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, NC.

Where did you complete your undergraduate studies and what was your major/degree?”

I obtained a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Research at Campbell University.

What is your favorite part of Campbell University CPHS? 

The personal network that I was able to build at Campbell was what I believe set me apart as a residency candidate. I was able to connect with mentors to build my professional skills, as well as grow my abilities in research, scientific writing, and navigating the profession of pharmacy. I also made connections with lifelong and supportive friends, some of whom I was lucky enough to share a PGY1 experience with. Lastly, Campbell made several investments in developing my leadership skills, granting me numerous opportunities- be it as a Graduate Assistant, Laboratory Instructor, Resident Director, tutor, and many more- giving me invaluable experience to build upon as I continue my journey as a practitioner post-graduation.

What experiences helped get you where you are today?

Campbell is unique in that it seeks to build connections with its students. Where else can you stop the Dean of the pharmacy school as he is hurrying to one of his numerous responsibilities with a random medicinal chemistry question, and he drops everything to help? Or professors help students reach their dream of publishing prior to graduation from across the state? All it takes is for a student to reach out.

What would you recommend to those interested in becoming a successful clinical pharmacist?

Keep an open mind, and take advantage of every opportunity. During pharmacy school is the only time when you are able to solely focus on your development as a pharmacist- you never know when an experience may open doors in the future!

Read more about the well above average Residency match rate here.

Edward Hicks – Postdoctoral Fellow at Roivant Sciences

img_20180228_082014846.jpg

Where did you complete your undergraduate studies and what was your major/degree?”

I earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry at Bob Jones University.

What is your favorite part of Campbell University CPHS? 

I believe the  dual PharmD/MSCR program helped prepare me for an industry fellowship primarily through the opportunities to conduct and present research. Additionally, during interviews the fact that I had classes in project management, regulatory affairs, and biostatistics was beneficial.

Rachel Barts – PGY-1 Riverside Medical Center

rbarts

Where did you complete your undergraduate studies and what was your major/degree?”

I obtained a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Research at Campbell University.

What is your favorite part of Campbell University CPHS? 

The feeling of belonging drew me to Campbell and never let me go over the past eight years. Campbell is more than just a campus, it is the people. Generous donors paved the way for me to be here through scholarships. Caring faculty and staff noticed me and encouraged me to pursue my dreams, opening doors for me I didn’t even know existed.

What experiences helped get you where you are today?

While at Campbell, I had the opportunity to do the following:

  • Undergraduate: two publications in medical journals, Clinical Research Club President
  • Graduate: Wallace Servant Leadership Fellow, Phi Lambda Sigma Pharmacy Leadership Society President, Phi Delta Chi Pharmaceutical Fraternity Worthy Correspondent, mentor to pre-pharmacy students, three interprofessional medical mission trips to Honduras.

What would you recommend to those interested in becoming a successful clinical pharmacist?

Your journey is just that – yours! It’s okay to have a plan and know what you want. Set goals and run hard after them. Remember though that God is the potter. When something’s not aligning with your plan, have faith that it’s part of God’s plan and He has great things in store for you.

Read more about the well above average Residency match rate here.

Meredith McSwain – PGY-1 Palmetto Health Richland

mcswain_white_coat

Where did you complete your undergraduate studies and what was your major/degree?”

I earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Clemson University.

What is your favorite part of Campbell University CPHS? 

I believe my experience with faculty mentors was the most meaningful part of my time at Campbell that helped me get to where I am today. Dr. Melissa Holland had a profound impact on my education, both in the classroom and as a research advisor. She also guided me to take a PharmD/MSCR dual degree clinical rotation elective that afforded me great development both professionally and personally. Another impactful mentor for me was Dr. Steven Johnson, who pushed me on rotation and in the infectious diseases elective course, and someone who always provides sound advice. Finally, Dr. Bill Taylor has been a mentor and cheerleader since the day I was accepted at Campbell University, and has helped me in countless ways to shape my future and keep the big picture in mind.

What experiences helped get you where you are today?

The achievement I am most proud of is giving a platform presentation on my master’s research project at the 2017 American College of Clinical Pharmacy Annual Meeting. This opportunity came about after award as a best poster finalist in the original research category. Competing with faculty and fellows from across the country was daunting, but an extremely awarding experience.

What would you recommend to those interested in becoming a successful clinical pharmacist?

Find multiple mentors, at least one that knows you as a student pharmacist, one that knows you as a researcher, and one that sees the big picture for your future. Ask for advice often and be honest about your goals. The guidance of our Campbell faculty is invaluable!

Read more about the well above average Residency match rate here.