Why I Chose a Dual Degree

Interdisciplinary education—the collaboration of disciplines in the learning process to improve interprofessional interactions and enhance the practice of each discipline.

This term was a foreign concept to me as I began to look into professional programs. I thought of each profession as having their own little sphere of influence which may occasionally bump into others, but were for the most part separate. A doctor diagnosed, a pharmacist filled scripts, a physical therapist rehabilitated, etc. The ultimate reason for my choosing a dual degree program was the hope that it would broaden my perspective and make me a more knowledgeable healthcare provider.

As I began my time at Campbell, I wasn’t sure how the Master of Science of Public Health program would fit into the Doctor of Pharmacy program. After completing a year of my MSPH and 1.5 years of my PharmD, I’ve realized that it isn’t about one program “fitting into” the other. It’s about blending the two together so that ideas and practices complement each other. In pharmacy school, concepts tend to be ‘black and white’ for the sake of learning; however, public health classes tend to be filled with ‘grey areas’ up for debate. I have found that the combination of information obtained from these two programs allows me to offer unique perspectives that may otherwise go undiscussed.

Why is this important to me and to the healthcare field? When healthcare professionals work together, they are able to better prioritize needs, come up with innovative therapies, and create policies which make our communities healthier. No matter what dual degree program you choose, I believe it will offer unique perspectives that put you on a path to becoming a better clinician.

-Alyssa Massengill (P2)

Public Health in Zorange, Haiti

 

During my last semester as a dual degree Public Health student, I journeyed for the first time outside of the United States to a remote, rural area called Zorange, Haiti. A group of Campbell students and I spent 2 weeks engulfed in a beautiful country filled with lush green trees, wonderful food, and people who are proud of where they come from. Most people to go to a remote area to relax and become one with nature; but the Public Health students went to serve. We worked in the local clinic transferring paper files to a computer system, traveled to various schools to distribute Vitamin A supplements to children, and taught a few English classes to students and faculty members at the school in Zorange. Before I knew it the 2 week trip had passed and after being so involved with the community and experiencing the culture leaving was difficult.

For months I showed pictures, talked about my amazing experience, and kept in touch with some of my new friends in Haiti. As we moved into hurricane season I paid even closer attention to the Caribbean. Hurricane Matthew unfortunately touched down in Haiti and devastated many areas pf the country, including Zorange. All of us who went on the trip were concerned for the village because these weren’t people we heard about on TV. These were people we shared meals with, played basketball and soccer with, went to worship services with them and so much more. These were people who taught us Creole as we taught them English; they are our friends and were deeply impacted by this hurricane. Immediately I went to our professor and the Hope for Haiti Liaison to find out what we could do to help.

We found out that the crops that would be harvested in November were destroyed in the storm and there were many people without food until the next harvest. The Public Health Program at Campbell and its students put together a fundraiser to raise $10,000 and ensure that students in Zorange would be able to eat until the next harvest in the Spring. It warmed my heart to see the entire College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences act quickly to give back, and we met our goal within 2 weeks. Campbell University is known for service, but to see students step further and help on an international level was amazing. The Hope for Haiti Foundation isn’t just any organization.

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Many organizations ask for donations that are supposed to support a great cause, but the money never reaches its destination. The money is used to pay for airplane tickets, transportation, staff and the supplies they need, housing etc. and the funds that do make it to those who need it are minimal. That is not something that I want to invest money or time in. How helpful are you if you take everything that you brought with you when you go? What are you leaving behind that helps better the place in which you served? Can you truly say that you made an impact, or was it just a memorable experience? The Hope for Haiti Foundation has a concept called “One Drop at a Time”. The idea is to change the state of Haiti from the inside out, by doing small things that will better benefit the people first and in turn the country. Our liaison was open about how funding worked with the organization and showed us while we were there.

Being submerged in Haitian culture is an experience like no other. If the opportunity presented itself for me to travel to Haiti again, there would be no question in my mind. Although I am not sure the next time that I’ll be able to visit, knowing that the Campbell community and I can help my Haitian friends is a constant reminder that I am here to serve.

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-Chanel Wilson (P1)

Dress for Success: Pharmacy School Edition

Dress code. At first it may seem like an annoyance. You can’t just roll out of bed wearing whatever you happened to fall asleep in (like in undergrad); however, as professional students, these guidelines benefit us in several ways. It gets us into a habit which will continue after graduation and it projects a professional image to those around us.

Here at CPHS, our daily dress code is “business casual,” while certain events may be “business formal.” The titles speak for themselves, right? You know you can’t wear jeans or yoga pants or shorts, but boundaries can become a little fuzzy when deciding what you can and can’t wear.

I’ve provided a few guidelines below based on the atmosphere within CPHS.

Men:

  • As far as pants go, dress slacks are always a safe go to. Some guys choose to stick with neutral colors, such as black and khaki. Others are brave enough to try out more stylish hues. Just keep the colors and patterns within reason.
  • Polos, button up shirts, and sweaters are a commonly worn. A small logo on a polo isn’t a problem, but stay away from graphic tees and hoodies.
  • Shoes are a much easier subject for guys. A nice dress shoe is a must (derby, loafer, oxford, wing tip, boat, etc.) Sneakers, sandals, and flip flops are generally a no-no.
  • Venturing into the “business formal” realm, tends to involve a neutral matching suit (jacket, button-up dress shirt, suit pants, tie/bowtie, and dress shoes). Sorry guys, but your “formal” uniform is pretty set and there isn’t a whole lot of room to play around with styles.

Women: It can be even more difficult for ladies to gauge whether an outfit is acceptable due an extended range of styles and accessories.

  • Dress pants, capris, and skirts that are neutral, brightly hued, or patterned are acceptable.
  • Shirts and sweaters should be modest. If a dress has small straps or is strapless, a sweater or cardigan should be worn over it.
    • It may seem counterintuitive, but more clothes tends to be more advantageous, as many of the classrooms and lecture halls seem to have a colder temperature.
  • Open-toed shoes are acceptable during the warmer months. You will commonly see Jack Rogers-type sandals and other dressy sandals, but the halls are generally void of Rainbows or cheap flip-flops. Dressy/riding boots, heels, ballet flats, and Mary Janes are great options for the cooler months.
  • Again, “business formal” can entail a matching pant- or skirt-suit with a dressy shirt, or a neutral dress. Shoes should be closed-toed flats or heels. The guidelines for more formal dress tend to more lenient for women, resulting in a wider range of clothing options.

General tips for professional dress: Make sure you remove any tags or stickers. If you question whether something needs to be ironed, just iron it anyways. If it is too tight, don’t wear it. Repair any ripped fabric or missing buttons.

Professional clothes can oftentimes be an outward expression of our inward professionalism. Campbell works hard to provide us with guidelines which support our growth and professionalism as we grow as student pharmacists .

-Alyssa Massengill (P2)

Finding a Break in Pharmacy School

Hurricane Matthew wreaked havoc along the North Carolina coast early Saturday morning before Campbell University’s fall break. Record rainfall was seen in Harnett County and the university was closed the following Monday due to the damage. A microbiology exam was scheduled for the first-year pharmacy students on Monday morning.

For Fall Break my boyfriend and I had planned to go to Myrtle Beach to enjoy the weekend. So, after class Wednesday I went home and packed my bags. Many roads were closed due to flooding from Hurricane Matthew. Normally we would travel down I-95 and cut through Lumberton to go to the beach; however, the city of Lumberton was almost completely under water. So, we had to map out a new way to travel. Needless to say, the new route took much longer than normal and it was 1:30 a.m. before we arrived.

Even though traveling was a headache, we had a relaxing weekend and break from school. The weather was absolutely beautiful, sunny in the mid-70’s every day. I found time in the mornings to review for my Microbiology exam. I didn’t spend a lot of time studying but I did review just to keep the material fresh in my mind. I would rather sit aside a little time each day to review than freak out the day before the exam.

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My favorite part of the trip was getting up early in the mornings and going for a run on the beach. The sunrise was absolutely breath taking and the temperature was perfect for running outside. It gave me time to reflect on this past year and how truly blessed I am. Pharmacy school is challenging. It is a demanding profession and takes much dedication. But I would not have it any other way. It pushes me to be the best I can be. It is important to take time to relax and reflect on what you have learned and that is exactly what I had the opportunity to do over fall break. To be successful in pharmacy school I think it is essential that students take time and rest their minds. So always take advantage of breaks throughout the semester and plan accordingly so you do not have to spend your breaks cramming for an exam.

-Katherine Adams (P1)

Pink Out Day

Pink Out Day was hosted by Kappa Epsilon Pharmaceutical Fraternity on October 26th as an event to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer research.  For the event pharmacy students were able to purchase a T-shirt to wear to class with blue jeans for the day. We always love when we can dress down and support a great cause like the Young Survivors Coalition. After classes we had the privilege of hearing from a breast cancer survivor who shared her experiences.  It was wonderful to hear someone speak about how breast cancer effected their life and know that you are giving to an organization that helps support research and individuals with breast cancer.  As a pharmacist we are called to give back to the community and help people to regain their health and I love that Campbell provides us with these opportunities to give back while we are still in school!

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-Zackery Salado (P1)

MSPH Haiti Trip

In May of 2016, I was one of the lucky six students chosen from the MSPH program to partner with the Hopes for Haiti foundation to make a trip to Zorange, Haiti. Before embarking on this journey, I wasn’t sure what to expect. When discussing the trip with the last year’s team of public health students, I was confused as to why they were at a loss of words for describing their trip and were unable to give us much insight on what our trip would consist of. After flying into Port-au-Prince and spending our first day in Zorange, I understood why.

Flying into Port-au-Prince, I was confused and nervous. The city was disheveled and unsanitary with trash piled everywhere in the streets and houses crumbling down to their foundations due to the earthquake that had impacted Haiti almost a decade ago, but as we moved away from the city and into the mountains, these feelings disappeared and I was blown away by Haiti’s beauty. After taking an exciting motorcycle ride into Zorange, we were hit with the understated reality of how privileged we truly are in Buies Creek. We had left our air-conditioned houses with running water and queen-sized beds to sleep under mosquito nets in fear of tarantulas and unable to escape the heat, yet were still considered the privileged individuals in the community because we had electricity, a bathroom, and a generous meal on the table every night.

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During our time in Zorange, we focused on three projects: adding to the medical data base that was established by last year’s team of public health students, teaching English classes to both the students of Unifee and the Hopes for Haiti staff, and administering Vitamin A and Albendazole at three local schools. Adding to the medical database previously established in Excel was easier said than done. With the help of the Hopes for Haiti staff at the medical clinic, we were able to decipher the patient information, which was handwritten in Creole, from hundreds of visits to the medical clinic and code these records into the database. In the afternoons, we taught English classes to the Hopes for Haiti staff. Since the foundation has been teaching English to the staff over the past year, we picked up where the last group had left off, which involved teaching medical terms, parts of the body, types of foods and drinks, and irregular verbs. We often played review games like Jeopardy, Pictionary, or Guess That Word, which allowed us to interact with the staff and allowed the staff to actively participate and apply the information they were learning each day.

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Along with teaching the staff English, we were able to teach English to the preschool and high school students at Unifee, the local school. Since the students in Zorange don’t start learning English until the 5th grade, we taught the preschool students nursery rhymes with hand gestures so they could begin working on their pronunciation skills. On the other hand, some of the high school students were able to write full sentences in English and were beginning to speak in full sentences when engaged in conversation, so we focused on strengthening their pronunciation and sentence formation. Although the students at Unifee are all hardworking and disciplined with their studies, only about 5% of the students who graduate attend the University in Port-au-Prince due to financial barriers and the needs of their family. The subject-focused coursework at Unifee also serves as an education barrier for many students who are interested in pursuing the arts. Many students we talked to in Zorange wanted to become artists or musicians, but because Unifee’s course load focuses on math and science, these students were not receiving the proper education needed to pursue their passions.

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We were also able to gain experience in the pharmacy and in the field while administering Albedazole and Vitamin A to children between the ages of 6 months and 61 months at nearby schools. Making sure we respected the cultural perspectives of the community during this process was key, since many of the parents were hesitant to have their children treated and many of the students were often afraid of us because they believed we were administering immunizations. With the help of the Hopes for Haiti staff, we were able to break down the language barriers between our group and the community while administering medications that could reduce serious health consequences for young children in the area. While we were administering these medications, it was disheartening to see the lack of access to healthcare many community members face. At the school in Tony, a concerned mother showed us an abnormal growth the size of a baseball that had developed on her son’s stomach within the course of a week. Since we did not have a medical professional traveling with our group, we advised her to seek care immediately at the clinic in Zorange or Bainet, but she informed us that she lives too far away from both clinics to seek the care her son desperately needs.

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Our trip was an uplifting and discouraging journey of understanding a culture and population of hardworking people that continue to strive towards economic, social, and community growth, yet continue to be shut out due to a broken system. I am eager to see what this year’s public health team is able to accomplish during their journey in Haiti and I hope to establish a rotation site at the medical clinic in Zorange so that other pharmacy students are also able to experience all that Zorange has to offer!

-Shannon Brown (P1)

Homecoming Celebrations

Fall has arrived and that means it’s also time for homecoming at Campbell!  This year did not disappoint, and The Creek was busy with events all day long! The day started out with the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Scholarship Ceremony.  This ceremony honors all the scholarship recipients and allows the students and administration the opportunity to show gratitude to all the donors who have graciously given money to help relieve the financial burden of higher level education.  Ethan Meadows, a Pharmacy student; Leilani Doi, a Physical Therapy student; and Maegan Coates, a Public Health and Physician Assistant student, all spoke as representatives for their respective programs to offer thanks for the support that has allowed us to continue our career.  The ceremony was a special celebration for everyone in attendance and even included a fun “Spirit Video” to celebrate the Homecoming weekend and the influence the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences has on our community.  It was a great reminder as to why I love this school so much!img_0960

After the ceremony, the scholarship recipients, family, and Campbell fans all made their way to the football stadium where there were tailgates to celebrate this year’s homecoming.  The CPHS tailgate was packed with both students and alumni of the CPHS family!  A special thanks to Dr. Foushee for organizing the event and all the hard work she put in to make it a success.  Everyone enjoyed yummy barbeque and each other’s company away from the stress of school and studying.  Many of the school’s clubs, fraternities, and professors set up booths and fun activities to add to the fun.  The Phi Delta Chi pledges raised money for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital that included a raffle and a “Pie-A-Professor and PDC Pledge” fundraiser.  Dr. Breivogel and Dr. Raccour were gracious enough to participate in the event and they
were such great sports taking some pies in the face. The pledges also took part with some the pie-facing fun! Overall, the tailgate was full of excitement and laughs celebrating another year at Campbell

Homecoming would not be complete without a Campbell Football game! The Fighting Camels took on the Stetson Hatters.  The stands were packed with fans as the team ran out on the field. The day also was a big day for Barker Lane Stadium with a record breaking 6673 people in attendance.  Although the game was close, the Fighting Camels came up short in with a score of 30-24 losing to
Stenson University in overtime.  Despite the loss, it was a thrilling and exciting game!

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It was certainly another homecoming for the books! Now it’s back to studying, but it was fun to take a day away from the library to celebrate the school that we love so much with friends!

-Sydney Brodeur (P2)