An Inside Look at P1 Year

A new integrated curriculum, new faculty, and new experiences. This is what I walked into pharmacy school ready to handle and experience. With everyone focusing on what you are going to expect in class, here is one thing that pharmacy school teaches you that you can’t learn in the classroom, not matter what else changes, family means something just a little different here at CU.

When I came to Campbell I knew plenty of people. I have never been afraid to meet new people and was excited to make new acquaintances. I met some new faces and got to learn about their lives, their families back home, and what they enjoyed doing most. And night after night of studying with these people you begin to go through life together. You begin to bear each other’s burdens, during the most stressful times in your life those people see you at your worst and help you to bounce back to your best. Those people send you study guides when you are lost, call you when they know you need someone to talk to, and bring you food when you are studying all night for the next block exam. They are the ones that you spent hours with in and outside of class and go out with on Friday nights. The ones you pray with, and laugh with, and the ones you text that you made it home, so they know you are safe.

You spend all this time with those people and one day you look up and realize that these random people you met on day one of pharmacy school know the deepest secrets and ambitions you have in life. You all have inside jokes that stem from experiences that only the people there can appreciate. You support each other and learn together.  One day you look up and you realize you’ve found the people that you can only describe with one word: family. Here at Campbell, I know that walking into the classroom for the first time and being expected to learn so much so quickly is scary, but I promise you will not do it alone. I firmly believe that God prepares people for your life, and in pharmacy school you will learn to rely on each other and grow as individuals and as student pharmacists. I know I could never do it without my family. And that is the one thing that the classroom can’t teach you, you get to experience that at Campbell, regardless of what curriculum you are in.

From a current P1 (almost P2), – Justin McCurry


The New Integrated Curriculum and What to Expect

Here is the low-down on the new integrated curriculum from a current P1.  Yes, there have been some growing pains, but the faculty and administration of the PharmD program have been very supportive, attentive, and encouraging as everyone, including them, gets used to a new way of doing things.

Yes, the integrated curriculum is fast paced and there is a ton of information!  But never fear—it will be ok!  The foundational classes you get in the first two blocks can be a little overwhelming, however, you re-visit the information over and over again.  Each time you re-visit concepts learned previously you build on it, getting a more detailed picture and how to apply the foundational concepts to pharmacy practice.  For example, we learned about nucleotide synthesis during Block 1—and many of us were asking “why are we learning this?!”  Well, Block 3 rolls around—Infection and Immunity—low and behold, we learned about drugs used for rheumatoid arthritis and chemotherapy that target these pathways!  That’s one of the advantages of the integrated curriculum—you get to apply foundational concepts so much quicker, which also means you don’t have to go back and re-learn them a year or so later!  Another advantage is being exposed to pharmacy practice concepts earlier and being able to used them when you do your Intro to Community rotation the summer after P1 year.  I’ve heard so many of the P2 and P3 students say they wish they had the exposure that we do before going on their first rotation.

Here are some things to keep in mind/tidbits of advice–be prepared for long days in class, to possibly have to change your study habits (what worked in undergrad may not work in pharmacy school), expect to be challenged (remember this is not undergrad, this is a doctorate program and eventually patient’s lives will be in your hands!), expect to be stressed out, and lastly, TAKE TIME FOR YOURSELF! We hope to “C U Soon”!

— Susan Blanton, P1

Provider Status and What It Means for Pharmacy Students


On January 3rd, the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) shared some pretty exciting news for pharmacists and student pharmacists alike. They have encouraged 51 Senators to sign on to a bill which, if passed, holds great potential in recognizing pharmacists as healthcare providers. The legislation, the Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act, will officially recognize pharmacists as providers as an amendment to the Social Security Act, and allow pharmacists to bill for services under Medicare Part B in underserved areas or where there is an unmet medical need. While this is one small step in advancing patient outcomes, it holds big promise for the field of pharmacy. As pharmacy students well know, the things a pharmacist is trained to do is vast, from taking basic vital signs and interpreting them, to giving immunizations, and so much more. Unfortunately, we have yet to be acknowledged for being able to perform these tasks, despite being arguably the most accessible healthcare provider to the public. Hopefully legislation like this will help shine a light on the other things pharmacists can do, and increase our incentives, roles, and our field as a whole. Moreover, this legislation gives students hope that one day we will be fully acknowledged as the vital part of the healthcare team that we are. For more information on all the wonderful things we learn in pharmacy school, feel free to visit our curriculum page.


— Evan Lucas, P2


All Things Buies Creek: Part Three – Just For Fun

Campbell University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences is situated in a very quaint little town called Buies Creek. However, This small-town vibe definitely helps me to put my academic work first, but that doesn’t mean I don’t also have a lot of fun here. To be honest, Buies Creek is located within driving distance to anything you could ever want. The following is a short guide to some of my favorite things to do around Campbell University.

For the Outdoorsman:

I was born and raised in the Appalachian Mountains. For this reason, I love to spend as much of my time outside as possible. Though Buies Creek does not have the mountains I am accustomed to from home, it does have its own outdoor adventures. Some of my favorite locations to visit are Raven Rock State park and Shearon Harris Reservoir Park. Both are state parks within driving distance to Campbell University that offer hiking, parks, and water features. If you’re more of a beach bum (no judgement here), Wrightsville Beach is just a short drive away!

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Raven Rock State Park



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Wrightsville Beach, NC


For the Bookworm:

I debated whether or not to include this section, but we are in pharmacy school… We all can admit to enjoying a good read! I love to visit the Museum of Natural History, Museum of Art, and Museum of History located in downtown Raleigh.   For those of you looking for a place to study or maybe write your memoir, there are coffee shops galore around Campbell University that are perfect for studying, brainstorming, and…well drinking coffee. Some of my favorites are Creek Coffee, The Mill, and Cornerstone.

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North Carolina Museum of Natural History (How cool is this dinosaur?)




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The Mill – Fuquay-Varina, NC



For simply FUN:

Buies Creek can seem like a sleepy little town, but there is always fun to be had if you know how to find it. If you love to shop, there are great malls and shopping outlets surrounding Buies Creek in Smithfield, Raleigh, and Holly Springs. There’s also a cool boutique right here in the Creek (see Taylor’s previous blog post)! If you love nightlife, Raleigh has an endless supply of restaurants and clubs where you can meet friends and enjoy some time away from school. In the fall, the State Fair in Raleigh is a favorite for locals and students. If you love to watch the newest movies, Ovation Dine-in Theatre in Holly Springs is a brand new and always a blast.


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Crabtree Valley Mall- Raleigh, NC



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Carolina Premium Outlets- Smithfield, NC



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Raleigh Beer Garden- Raleigh, NC



This is not a comprehensive list of everything to do in or around Buies Creek and all of these locations are within a few miles or a few miles away.  I always say that the most fun you can have is when you discover something yourself! I hope this short list helped and I look forward to hearing some of the fun things you may discover during your time at CPHS. If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact me by email ( or by phone (336 529-2010).

CU soon,

— Austin Price, P1

All Things Buies Creek: Part Two – Shopping

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Last semester I had the opportunity to work at a small shop near campus called Creek & Company.  This shop has trendy clothing and accessories for both men and women.  My favorite section of the store is the “camel corner” which features lots of cute camel apparel and accessories.

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One of the unique things about Creek & Co. is that it offers merchandise for men as well.  Lots of other small boutique-type stores in the area only cater to women.  From dress shirts to t-shirts it is easy to find gifts for any guy in your life.  Creek & Co. carries local brands such as Live Oak Brand out of Raleigh, NC.  There are even some nice orange and black items if you are looking for Campbell fan gifts!

Creek & Co. is located within walking distance to campus, and is a convenient place to pick up birthday gifts for friends, or even gifts for fraternity/sorority big & littles.  I have stopped by on multiple occasions to pick up a Piko shirt or some Lily & Laura bracelets as a birthday gift.  Buies Creek may be in the middle of nowhere… but that doesn’t mean there is a shortage of things to do and places to visit!  I encourage you to stop by Creek & Co. on your next visit to the Creek and check out the Camel Corner!  I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Learn more about Creek & Co. at:

— Taylor Scott, P3

All Things Buies Creek: Part One – Dining

For all the Foodies:

Buies Creek is located in the heart of… pretty much no where. It is a great location for people like me, who love to venture out because it requires planning to do anything and you can’t just walk down a busy street like Hillsborough or Franklin St. (for all those former Wolfpackers and Tarheels). While it keeps me free from a lot of distractions, there are a lot of great places to go when you’re in the mood to TREAT YO-SELF.

I’m going to give some insight of places the best places (in my opinion) to eat as a near-expert Foodie that are local or within a close distance to Campbell!

First, there are nights that are filled with studying, and leave little time to prepare dinner. While I try to food-prep and cook most nights, sometimes a good pizza is the best option for dinner!

  1. Noah’s Pizza—located in both Coats and Dunn, NC are in close distance and they deliver!

I love their pizza so much- my go-to is always sausage, mushroom and green peppers and it always is so much to eat. They also have amazing philly cheesesteaks and are reasonably priced.

So, for all those that go out to dinner because we’re looking most forward to dessert…

  1. Mason Jar Tavern – a favorite of mine and some of my closest pharm school friends

There are two locations—one in downtown Fuquay, which is also very cute and has lots of other fun shops, and one in Holly Springs—which I love to go to so I can hit up Target while I’m out there or go to a movie after.

They have lots of good brisket items on the menu, with the brisket cheese fries being one of my favorites, but when it comes to the dessert (starting to drool just thinking about it), the smore in a jar is the best.  From the graham cracker crust, to the melt-in-your-mouth chocolate and the torched, gooey marshmallow topping, you could really just go to Mason Jar and have this as your main course (no judgement).

The prices on the menu are pretty reasonable and the restaurant is always busy, so going earlier is always a good move.

  1. Taco Oaxaca – found in the heart of Lillington. Previously was a taco trailer (that still exists in Lillington) but also now a restaurant as well.

Taco Oaxaca (pronounced Wa-ha-ca) is a tex-mex restaurant in Lillington that is nothing less than delicious! They have updated their menu a few times since I’ve been in school since they are a newer restaurant, but nothing I’ve had has been a disappointment.

I really love their fajita quesadilla and Arroz Con Pollo, which is always a go-to for me when eating Mexican food.

They also have other great entrees and they are surprisingly never too busy!

I’ll give you one last suggestion for a date night or night out when you’re parents come to visit:

  1. GArIbaldi—a quaint Italian restaurant found in Fuquay Varina

I’ve only been to Garibaldi once but I haven’t stopped thinking about it since. Girabaldi has a really fun atmosphere with decorations and walls that make you feel like you’re in Italy. Our server was also Italian and I believe the restaurant is run by Italians, making it feel and taste more authentic. I split the spaghetti and meatballs with my mom, which was way more than enough food. They also had really delicious homemade balsamic dressing and we went on a Friday night when they had a pianist playing music that really just made the experience so much more fun. With appetizers, drinks, and the entrees our bill was a little pricey, but like I said it was a great place for a special night out!

I hope this helps you narrow down where you want to get dinner next time its up for debate. All these places are within 20-30 minutes from Campbell and there of course tons more when you get to Raleigh, but hopefully you’ll find that close to the heart of Buies Creek you can find many great places!

— Shannon Hart, P3 student


Back to Reality

The onset of the spring semester brings a whirlwind of emotions caused by a month of relaxation, family time, and eating. There’s exhaustion, because your body is used to sleeping 9 hours a night plus the 2:00 in the afternoon post-leftovers nap. There’s anxiety, because you’re not sure if your business casual pants are going to fit anymore. There’s despair, because it’s 11 degrees outside. There’s hope, because it’s only 4 months until summer. These same feelings could be said for most adults headed back to the normal work flow but for pharmacy students I think it can be even harder. Many of us are in our twenties. We went home and met up with friends from college or high school who are seemingly living more adult lives than we are: they have careers, 401ks, a normal work week, permanent homes, and evenings/weekends free from the worry of exams. Not to mention they ask if you’re “STILL in school?!” Like, why? Why ask that? Have you seen a picture of me in my cap and gown on Instagram? No? Then YES, I am still in school (sheesh). I don’t know about everyone else but these meetups with friends sometimes leave me feeling even more anxious about where I’m at in life. It can be hard to remember why the late nights and anxiety attacks are worth it.

So, if you’re feeling this way just know you’re not alone. I think at times like this when you’re fighting your own anxieties about getting back in the normal school routine, it’s important to remember why you’re here. Christmas break involves lots of time spent with family and friends. Elderly people, especially elderly people in the south, love to talk about their health problems or the health problems of their friends. “Well, did you hear that so and so had a stroke and is now finally back at home.” “I’m not sure if he’ll be home for Christmas because he came down with pneumonia and is still in the hospital, bless his heart.” At one point my grandma turned to me with a plate full of potato salad and told me her doctor was changing her to a higher intensity statin. Sometimes all you can do is smile and pretend to be surprised. BUT, these are the people who will benefit from your long nights and anxieties. You being here in school has a greater purpose, probably even one you haven’t yet realized. All that being said, be cognizant of how you’re doing psychologically. Campbell CPHS has excellent counseling services (link below) free to students. Don’t be afraid to ask for help or to seek help from a friend, you can’t help patients if you can’t help yourself.

Because physical health is also important: Campbell has fitness facilities and classes available to students. Maybe I’ll start going to the gym after class…starting next week.


— Tess Wells, P3