Library Services for the Pharmacy Student

Hidden away on main campus lies a treasure trove of information accessible for any pharmacy student. Within one building students can print papers, check out DVDs, prepare research presentations, or just curl up with a good book. Wiggins Memorial Library provides all kinds of resources to ensure the success of all students, and their services can be particularly useful to students with in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (CPHS).

One avenue by which students can get help is through the research assistance desk, where reference librarians staff the desk to answer various questions that students might have. With the influx of primary literature across health disciplines, there remains a need for access to relevant information. Reference librarians can help students get access to the articles they need to succeed while educating them on the best search methods to use to find information.

An additional tool that is useful when writing papers, literature reviews, etc. is RefWorks citation manager. The library holds several workshops on the use of this tool, but essentially it stores all your citations in one place and allows for the creation of bibliographies and works cited pages for all kinds of documents. This tool also allows students to cite various types of works and access them from anywhere through the internet.

No matter how the library is used, whether for studying, leisure, or research, the kind staff and knowledgeable librarians of Wiggins Memorial Library are always willing to help students achieve their goals. The broad spectrum of library resources creates a distinct advantage for Campbell students and serves as a vital component of student life in CPHS. Be sure to check out the library the next time you visit campus; you may be surprised at all it has to offer!

-Evan Lucas (P1)

Benefits of Being a Campbell Dual PharmD/MBA Student

There are many obvious benefits to having an Master’s Degree under your belt upon graduation from pharmacy school, but for those who may not know there are plenty of compelling reasons to consider adding the Campbell MBA to your course of study:

  • No matter your field of interest or study, all deals and transactions are conducted in the business world! It is essential for all aspiring professionals to have some level of business savvy in order to successfully compete for jobs, negotiate hiring contracts, understand the basics of supply and demand, and countless others. It is sometimes easy to forget when you’re buried deep in the science of pharmacology and therapeutics but a very real part of providing optimal patient care includes understanding how prices and the economy impact our ability to provide the level of care necessary to improve patient outcomes.
  • For those interested in attaining a management position of any sort, the knowledge gained from an MBA can be invaluable and give you the needed edge over other candidates. Many courses in the MBA curriculum focus on teaching the core skills of human resource management and utilizing effective communication to accomplish preset goals. These are critical skills necessary for anyone desiring to occupy a managerial position and fulfill a leadership role in an organization.
  • Any prospective pharmacist interested in pharmacy ownership needs only spend the day with the owner of a local pharmacy or pharmacy manager to understand the benefits of gaining additional business knowledge, such as that from an MBA program. The face of healthcare is changing very rapidly and the impact of these changes does not stop short of pharmacy. Effective pharmacy management is becoming increasingly complex, and successful ownership requires adept pharmacists who have the requisite skills and knowledge to adapt to the changing business climate.

As you can see, the knowledge gained and skills acquired from advancing through the Campbell MBA program alongside the PharmD can have lasting benefits and greatly improve one’s resume and credentials. Being able to navigate complex business environments and come up with innovative solutions will open new doors and provide novel opportunities in today’s dynamic market.

-Matthew Reavis (P2)

Farmhouse Chicken Recipe


                         This recipe is a quick and easy dinner, and sure to be a real crowd pleaser!

You will need:

¼ cup of flour

1 medium onion cut into wedges

4 boneless chicken breast cut in half

2 cups of instant rice or brown rice

¼ cup of Italian dressing

4 oz. Philadelphia Neufchatel cheese

2 cups of baby carrots

2 tablespoons of fresh or dried parsley

14.5 oz. of fat free, reduced sodium chicken broth (divided)

Directions: Wash chicken thoroughly and pat dry. Season chicken breast with choice of seasoning (salt, pepper, Mrs. Dash, etc.). Place flour in a shallow dish. Add chicken, turning to coat each side then shake off excess flour. Heat Italian dressing in a large nonstick skillet on medium heat. Add chicken, and cook 5 to 6 minutes or until brown. Turn chicken over; add carrots, onion, and 1 cup of chicken broth. Cover. Reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer 20 minutes or until carrots are tender and chicken is cooked thoroughly. Meanwhile, cook rice as directed on package. Spoon onto serving platter. Use slotted spoon to remove chicken and vegetables from skillet. Place over rice, and cover to keep warm. Add Neufchatel cheese and remaining broth to skillet. Increase heat to high and cook until cheese is melted and sauce is blended, stirring frequently. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 3 to 5 minutes or until sauce is slightly thickened, stirring occasionally. Spoon over chicken and vegetables, and sprinkle with parsley and enjoy!

Breanna Mitchell (P1)

Tacos and Lasagna

Every fall semester, two of the three pharmaceutical fraternities of CPHS host a taco and lasagna dinner fundraiser. We had the pleasure of working one of these fundraisers, but attended both. The dinners are both fplanned months in advance and serve to raise money for both organizations and to bring students and faculty members together for a delicious meal prepared and served by Brothers from each fraternity. There typically is a large turnout of students and faculty, and these events are a good way for each fraternity to help and support one another. In fact, there was such a large turn out that we ran out of rice and beans at Taco Dinner!

I (Allie) am a P1 Brother of Kappa Psi and took part in the taco dinner by preparing the tacos and serving drinks. To raise proceeds for each organization, tickets for the dinners were sold for $5 each for a meal of two tacos, toppings, a side of rice and beans, a drink, and as many desserts as you could pile onto your plate. All Brothers pitched in to prepare the food and event, as well as some preparing over 20 handmade, delicious desserts. It was a really nice sight to see the campus come together to support the pharmaceutical fraternities, and I enjoyed meeting new peers and faculty members and seeing familiar faces.

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I (Mattie) am also a P1 Brother of Kappa Psi but was happy to support Phi Delta Chi in their Lasagna Dinner fundraiser for St. Jude. Brothers of Phi Delta Chi worked hard to prepare a wonderful dinner of lasagna, salad, garlic bread, and a homemade dessert for those who bought a ticket for just $5. I was glad to see Brothers of different fraternities, as well as others from Campbell University, coming together to offer support for each fraternity.


If you have not yet been able to attend, I highly recommend you check out both dinners this upcoming semester! It is a great way to meet new faces and enjoy delicious (and cheap) meals in the middle of the semester!

Allie Symonds (P1) and Mattie Tart (P1)

Working in Pharmacy School: Teaching Anatomy and Physiology Lab

My usual Tuesday includes going to class, immediately heading to my pharmaceutical fraternity meeting, studying for an hour and catching up on homework, and then dissecting a rabbit for 2 hours. These days are long but are extremely rewarding as I get to paid to teach Anatomy and Physiology concepts to undergraduates, which also helps me to reinforce them as well. Campbell University offers many opportunities to be employed on campus whether it is working as a tutor, lobby attendant, or in the library and/or bookstore. Teaching a lab is a great experience, especially for students like me who are interested in a career in Academia.

Many of my classmates teach different science labs including organic chemistry, general chemistry, biochemistry, basic biology, and lastly Anatomy and Physiology. These jobs require about 3 hours per lab you teach and the building is located right next to Maddox hall.


A little bit about my lab, we meet once a week for a few hours. The first half of the semester, the students learn about the general regions of the body and the different types of tissues. This includes working with tissue microscope slides, anatomy models of the skeleton and nervous system. Then we move into the muscles and internal organs and this is where the students will each pair up and dissect a rabbit for three weeks. With dissections they learn the muscle groups and names, the circulatory system, and the layout of the internal organs and how they work. For many students, this portion of the lab is the most useful to help with lecture. A lot of students didn’t realize that the portions of the intestines that they learned about individually in lab, really do run together and have a difference structure. Finally for the last bit of the semester the students learn about the respiratory system and the nervous system and many of the student find this helpful for their final lecture.



The lab I teach has three practical’s, or tests, during the semester which is the only paperwork that I have to grade. To prepare each week I go over the material for that week and prepare the lab. Most of the time, the preparation can include making copies of worksheets or setting out objects for the weeks lab.

Campbell University provides pharmacy students who are interested in Academia many opportunities to gain teaching experience and teaching an undergraduate lab is one of those. Since I’ve been teaching, I’ve already grown more confident when I talk in front of other students and people in general. This skill also assisted me in gaining the leadership positions I have because I was able to knock my election speech right out of the park!

If you are interested in teaching a lab during your time here at Campbell University Pharmacy School, keep an eye out for an email asking for lab instructor applications. I’ve enjoyed every minute my lab time and my students and I plan to teach a lab every semester until my P4 year!

Jennifer Ruiz Veve (P2)




Reflections on My First Semester of Pharmacy School

The first semester of pharmacy school was a roller coaster of emotions (it probably does not help that I am writing this right after finals week however). I walked into orientation the first day overwhelmed by all the advice. “Don’t forget to make time for yourself.” “Make sure you are reviewing the course material every day.” “Get involved but not too involved.” I had no idea how to process all of the information I was given, but I learned to take it one day at a time. Sure, I got knocked down a few times. There were moments when I was so confident that I knew the material for an exam, but then I didn’t get a grade that reflected it. There were positions I ran for, but didn’t receive. There were events I wanted to go to, but had to miss so that I could study. Each and every time I got knocked down, I was more determined to get back up and keep going.


As the semester ends and I have time to I sit back and reflect on everything I have accomplished this semester despite a few setbacks I realize how incredible my first semester was. I survived pledging and was initiated into a professional pharmaceutical fraternity. I was able to attend my first pharmacy conference and become elected as treasurer of the NCPA organization on campus. I was able to participate in over 20 hours of community service. I took a few MBA courses on top of the 18.5 credit hours of pharmacy school. But most of all, I was able to gain the best support system I could ask for, my pharmily!


Overall, this first semester has been the most rewarding experience of my life. It can be easy to focus on all the stress of pharmacy school and exams, but forget about the all the achievements along the way. I know that everyday we are training to be better pharmacists and with the help from my pharmily, I am able to keep going each day. I know in January I will show up more motivated than ever to jump back into pharmacy school and tackle another semester! (Well….maybe after a few weeks of sleeping in, watching Netflix, and celebrating the holidays).

-Brianna Belsky (P1)

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)