The Utah Experience

7 Things I learned at the APhA Institute on Alcoholism and Drug Dependencies

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1) Addiction is a Disease and Not a Choice

While many people might agree with this statement, it can still be difficult to live out this belief.  If addiction is a disease, we should treat patients with addiction in the same fashion that we treat patients with diabetes or hypertension.  Rather than ducking behind the counter we need to address addiction with patients.  If we have a patient in our pharmacy that is struggling with addiction (ex: Their controlled medication got dropped down the toilet for the third time this month) then we need to reach out to those patients and offer them help by referring them to treatment rather than judging them for their actions.

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2) Alcoholics/Narcotics Anonymous Meetings are a Great Resource for ANYONE Affected by Addiction
At the conference, we were able to sit in on Alcoholics/Narcotics Anonymous meetings and were given the opportunity to participate. It was amazing to hear the stories some of the mentors shared about their lives and their road to recovery. These meetings really allowed participants to open up about how addiction had affected their lives, whether they themselves, or a family member were addicts. These meetings because they helped me to realize that addiction is such an ugly disease and that often we are quick to judge without realizing the pain that addicts and their family members go through on a daily basis. Alcoholics/Narcotics Anonymous meetings are great for addicts, but also for family members of addicts looking for support from others who share common struggles.

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3) The “Great” Salt Lake Doesn’t Smell so “Great”
The conference was much more than just sitting in sessions all day long. We did have some free time for dinner and time to explore Salt Lake City. A few of us decided to get a ride to the Great Salt Lake since we had never seen it. After all, can you really go to Salt Lake City without visiting the Salt Lake? It turns out, the lake is actually drying up so we had a nice little walk just to get to the lake. Surprisingly, the sand was so dry and salty that it actually crunched underneath our feet as we walked toward the lake. The closer we got, the worse it smelled (kind of like rotten eggs). Apparently dying algae on the lake sinks to the bottom and degrades, resulting in the release of sulfide gas, which smells pretty foul. It was worth the trip though, because we got lots of great pictures and we can all say that we saw The Great Salt Lake!

4) Addiction Can Happen to Anyone!
While at the conference we had the opportunity to listen to a lot of stories about people with addiction, and addiction as a disease… However, what really hit home was when doctors and pharmacists who are in recovery got up and shared their stories about becoming addicts. It’s probably very stereotypical of many to think that it is far less likely for a nice clean-cut doctor or pharmacist becoming an addict. Yet, we heard first- hand accounts from such individuals. These stories prove that addiction is a disease that crosses all ages, races and economic classes. Addiction can happen to ANYONE. While there are cases where genetics are involved in causing addiction, there are cases where genetics are not involved. Never believe that it cannot happen to you or someone you love. Essentially, it can! Be educated so you can help yourself and those you love.

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5) Elevation of 4,000 ft. is No Joke!
As part of the conference we had the option to go on a hike, or to tour the Red Butte Gardens. I chose to go on the hike and take some pictures. What I didn’t realize is how much more difficult it is to hike at an elevation of 4,000 feet! Living within driving distance from the ocean my whole life didn’t help when it was time for my body to adjust to the elevation. Once we got about halfway up the mountain, the dizziness set in for good! Unfortunately I didn’t make it all the way to the top of the mountain, however I did make it to a spot with a nice view and a chance to take some really awesome pictures! I made some really good friends this way too. Luckily, I wasn’t the only one have trouble adjusting to the elevation. Those of us who decided to turn back were able to walk down together. We enjoyed lighthearted conversation and created lasting memories.

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6) Naloxone Saves Lives

Naloxone is an opioid antagonist that can be administered in emergency situations to those who have overdosed on opioids.  I knew a little about Naloxone through different activities at school, such as helping pack Naloxone kits for distribution throughout the state.  One thing I didn’t know, however was how to actually administer Naloxone to a person who has overdosed. At the conference we received training on how to administer Naloxone, and were even given the opportunity to put our counseling skills to the test by counseling each other on how to administer Naloxone.  Now I feel prepared to help teach others why Naloxone is so important for patients taking prescription opioids, and to help show others how to administer Naloxone.

7) GenerationRx, through APhA, is a Great Way to get Involved with Preventing the Misuse of Prescription Medications Locally.

At the conference a few schools presented their APhA chapters GenerationRx activities.  APhA is one of the many organizations you can become involved in once you start pharmacy school.  It is one of the largest organizations at Campbell, mainly because it encompasses a variety of topics such as operation heart, operation diabetes, GenerationRx… etc.  Last semester I helped with a medication drop-off at the Harnett County Sheriff’s department through Campbell’s APhA chapter.  At the conference we received a lot of great ideas from other schools to consider for implementation in our chapter next year such as: holding Naloxone training for Campbell students and faculty, sponsoring a boy/girls scouts day about medication safety, educating inmates in detention centers about medication, creating continuing education courses for healthcare providers about Naloxone, and even sharing safe disposal instructions with funeral home directors to share with the family members of those who have passed away.

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These seven bullets are just a snapshot of what I learned while at the APhA Institute in Utah.  I was so grateful to be able to attend this conference, and I know I would not have been able to if it were not for Campbell.  Funding through the Pharmacy Student Executive Board (PSEB) helped cut down the cost so that I could afford the trip.  Funding such as this is available for many conferences for students representing Campbell University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.  As President Dr. J. Bradley Creed said, Campbell University is a “place of opportunities,” and I am so glad I chose to continue my education here because of the opportunities I am provided with.

-Taylor Scott (P2)

P4 Pharmacy Christian Missions Experience Rotation

Starting rotations as a fourth year student can be two very different things all at once.  On the one hand, you’re really excited because you’re finally done with classes and get to go out into the “real world” that you have been waiting so long for to finally start learning how to be a pharmacist. On the other hand, you’re terrified. You’ll try and deny it and act like you’re totally prepared. But in all honesty, you know you have no idea what is about to come your way. For me, starting rotations felt exactly like this. Even talking about rotations and trying to decide what electives I wanted to pick was daunting, because so many of these inner thoughts lingered in my mind. However, I did have one thing on my side that never seems to fail. I’ve participated in several medical missions before and during pharmacy school. In many ways, the mission field is home, and it’s somewhere that I get to take what I’ve learned and apply it to the Lord’s purpose. So in the midst of all that uncertainty, I knew that one choice was so simple it barely needed to be made, and that was going on a Medical Mission Experience for rotation.

Thankfully, Campbell has several opportunities to foster your relationship with Christ alongside your training as a pharmacist. As a part of the P3 year, there is an elective class called Pharmacy Christian Missions, which involves learning about the mission field and how your practice as a pharmacist can help impact the lives of others for Christ. I took this elective and decided to pursue a rotation in Patchakan, Belize at The Presbyterian Medical Clinic as a part of my fourth year. Luckily for me, a fellow student in that class was also interested in doing this as a rotation, and so The Lord led us to Belize! Sara and I started making plans pretty immediately and going through all the channels necessary to get the rotation set up. And before we knew it, it was May and our flight was headed out! When we arrived in Belize and made our way to the village, we had no idea how much the Lord was going to move in our lives and those lives around us during our time there.

During this rotation, we were able to stay on site at the clinic, and work every day (Monday-Friday), and learn more about healthcare and medicine in Central American countries. The clinic staff were amazing, and loved to teach and help us to understand their culture and medical practices. While there, we staffed in the pharmacy, filling orders and counseling patients. Thankfully, our Spanish did improve with time. However, the staff were always there to step in when we needed a help translating. We also got to spend some time in the patient rooms with the staff physician and help her to see patients. On our last day in Belize, we set up a mobile clinic in a neighboring village to see patients who may not have transportation to the clinic, and to help register patients for the National Health Insurance (NHI). Recently, the Ministry of Health in Belize began partnering with the Presbyterian Medical Clinic to enroll patients in this insurance to better serve the more rural villages in the northern part of the country. This healthcare covers free of charge pregnant mothers, children under 4, and adults over 60. All other enrolled patients only pay a $2 copay for each visit, and 10% of medications costs (The current exchange rate is 1 US dollar: 2 Belizean, just for some perspective).  We saw firsthand the tremendous impact that a program like this provided, as it allowed poorer families to still have affordable access to care.

While we were in the country, we had to take advantage of our weekends! We took a river boat up to Lamanai, a Maya ruin site, on our first Saturday in country to see the ruins, but to also learn a LOT about pharmacy! Our guide was extremely knowledgeable, and pointed out plants and herbs that the Mayans used to as natural remedies for ailments like anemia, constipation, diarrhea, and allergies! We climbed to the top of the tallest ruin at the site and couldn’t believe how high we actually were. We were both pretty amazed at how a civilization had managed such a feat, but were then reminded of how  awesome our God is to allow it to have all happened and be preserved for us to marvel at Him. On our other two weekends in Belize we went to the Zoo and saw the nation’s animals in their natural habitats, and went to the island of San Pedro where we got to spend a little time on the beach, go snorkeling in the marine reserve, and meet local artisans and learn about their trades.

While in Belize, it was mine and Sara’s goal to really learn about the culture in order to better understand the medical problems that we saw. We noticed that barely anyone regularly drank water, but Coca-Cola was extremely popular. Also, a staple in every Belizean meal (as with most Central American countries) are freshly made tortillas. As you may can guess from these two dietary trends, Type 2 Diabetes is fairly common, and something we saw a lot of in the clinic. Another medical problem we ran across frequently was alcoholism. This was probably the most shocking thing that I learned when I saw how common it was in the communities. The clinic partners with a program called Jacob’s Farm, which is a rehabilitation farm a few miles away from the clinic where men with substance abuse problems can go if they so choose to complete a rehabilitation program. Groups like Alcoholics Anonymous are not common in Belize, and are only just getting started in the bigger towns and cities. So having a place like Jacob’s Farm makes a large impact since it is a place that can be used to minister and assist those men living out in more rural communities struggling with addiction.

Completing this rotation has been one of the most educational experiences of my life. I not only learned about pharmacy and healthcare in another country, but how learning more about a patient’s culture can help you connect to them in a way that allows you to provide better and more holistic care. Going on a rotation like this and spending an entire month out of the country completely immersed in another culture can teach you so many things about others, yourself, and life in general. I’m so thankful for all the help and support that I received that allowed me to go, because it was a truly invaluable experience that I will always be grateful for.

-Taylor Griffies (P4)

 

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On top of the tallest ruin, we got here via the river in the background!

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Taylor with the “original” mortar and pestle.  The locals used to use this to grind corn to make tortillas.

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Sara inhaling the plant used to cure allergies, the original Afrin.

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The medical clinic where we worked for the month.

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Taylor and Sara with the staff of the medical clinic.

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Taylor and Sara with their preceptor Esther Ruiz in the pharmacy.

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While in Belize we were taught how to make corn tortillas one night after rotation.

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After a great month in Belize we were so excited to finally be home and back on the ground at Raleigh-Durham International Airport!

HPREP: Healthcare Professionals Readiness and Enrichment Program

Each year, Campbell offers an amazing program for 5 days during the month of May, known as HPREP. This program is for undergraduate students, or recently graduated students, who are potentially interested in one of Campbell’s professional programs. It focuses on an interdisciplinary setting, while being a preparatory and professional development program. Students spend the week learning about all of the different programs Campbell has to offer, while meeting faculty and getting some hands-on experience of what to expect if they were in that program.

HPREP is for students interested in pharmacy, osteopathic medicine, physician assistant, physical therapy, pharmaceutical sciences, public health, or clinical research. We had 55 students in attendance this May. Along with those 55 students, there were 10 mentors, myself included. I have been lucky enough to be a mentor for HPREP for the past 2 years. The participants have to fill out an application and be selected to attend, and the mentors do the same. All stay on campus in a dorm for the week, including several faculty and staff. This allows the participants to ask current students, or staff, questions in a more relaxed setting and really get to know the campus, the environment and the people.

The week was made as interactive and hands-on as possible. On the first night, students participated in a program shuffle, where they got to hear from representatives of each program and ask questions, so they could learn all that Campbell has to offer. The students also learned who was on their team and who their mentor was. There were 8 teams in total, and each team had to come up with their own team name for the week. The team names were creative, and included Clinicians on a Mission, Shark Attach, IV League, Team Kankles, The Loco Ocho, TNT, MCVIN, and Work Hard Play Hard.

HPREP allowed students to bond and make life long connections. I don’t think a single person left without making multiple friends and learning something new about Campbell or their prospective program. Students participated in a compounding lab to learn about pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences. They practiced doing OMM on each other to learn about osteopathic medicine, and did a splinting and bandaging lab. They did a taste testing lab to see how different things would taste in terms of clinical research if someone was a super taster. Students also did an ultrasound lab, a simulation lab with one of the mannequins at the school of osteopathic medicine, and a birthing lab.

Along with all of the fun and hands-on learning, students were offered many opportunities to learn about becoming professionals and entering a professional school. We did a personal statement workshop with the students, using real examples from current students at Campbell. They also did an interview workshop and learned how to dress for an interview, along with do’s and don’ts for the interview. Students met with an advisor individually to go over their transcript and application to help them become more competitive. Additionally, Kaplan came and taught the students a mini class for a couple hours one day during the week. They had Kaplan representatives come for the PCAT, MCAT and GRE. Students were split up based on their prospective program and got free Kaplan books and attended their session. We wanted the week to be fun and memorable, but also educational and helpful for their future.

I had an amazing time being an HPREP mentor. It is so wonderful seeing a group of students who do not know each other or anything about any program but their own, come together and bond in just a few short days, while learning about all of the other professional programs at Campbell. Students don’t realize that everything is interprofessional when they finish school, so it never hurts to learn about these other professions ahead of time so you can really respect what they do and how they contribute to the team in the future.

On the last night, we had an event for the students called the Camelpalooza. The students were in their teams and were given clues as to where they had to run around campus to different stations to complete different tasks and take pictures to move on and get the next clue. It was meant for the students to have fun and learn to work together as a team to find the next station, and teach them their way around campus a little bit more. Some tasks included hula-hooping, making human pyramids, posing for silly photos, sorting colored skittles, blowing bubbles with gum and finding creative ways to keep their feet off the ground for a photo. Students really had a lot of fun with this event; some were more competitive and tried to get everything done quickly, while others just danced their way from station to station not caring if they ran out of time. Overall, it was a great bonding experience for everyone’s last night on campus.

The last thing the students did before they left Campbell and went home was a service project. This year our service project was for Danilo’s Cares. This non-profit organization provides health services to underprivileged Honduran children. The students packaged dental kits for Danilo’s Cares to bring on their next trip to Honduras. They packaged over 700 kits that in may have included toothbrushes, toothpaste, and floss for example. This was a great way to end the week. The students learned all week about how to work as a team and what they can do with their professions, and this allowed them to reflect and give back some of their time, while making a huge impact, before leaving Campbell.

I really hope all of the students enjoyed HPREP as much as we mentors did, as I know all of us were really proud of our groups and hope they all become Campbell camels like the rest of us one day!

–  Jenna Grago (P2)

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All of the students who attended HPREP stop for a group photo in front of the camel statue!

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HPREP participants working in the compounding lab.

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Participants practice their OMM technique and skills in the lab.

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Gaylord the Camel stopped by HPREP and took a picture with the mentors!

Congratulations Class of 2016!

The Class of 2016 has graduated and what a great day it was! On May 13th, the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences conferred 196 degrees graduating 191 students.  The Campbell community gathered together with family and friends to celebrate all these students as they complete one chapter and begin a new one.  This was the first CPHS graduation that our new President, Dr. Creed, has attended.  Dr. Joseph Moose, PharmD ‘90 gave a unique commencement speech that inspired everyone in attendance.  Dr. Moose graduated from Campbell University and now works as a clinical pharmacist and co-owner of Moose Pharmacy.  Unlike many typical commencement speeches where the speaker gives tips for success, Dr. Moose’s speech centered around failure. He shared some of his personal experiences that led him to his current successes.  When he was a pre-pharmacy student, he was told that he was not fit to be a pharmacist. Several years later after graduating pharmacy school, he caught an error in the medical chart of this same professor’s father.  He instructed the graduates to “fail forward,” taking every failure and using it to grow and improve because the greatest innovations come from failures.  His inspirational speech was just what all the graduates needed to hear as they took the step into the next chapter of their professional careers.

I was one of the graduates in the commencement ceremony.  I graduated with my Bachelors in General Sciences through the 3+1 program Campbell offers, and it was exciting to officially complete my undergraduate career.  With P2 year ahead of me, it was so encouraging to watch the doctor of pharmacy students graduate.  As each graduate crossed the stage, it was the first time they were officially called doctors of pharmacy.  It was surreal the first few times I heard their new title, but watching these now pharmacists see their dreams come to fruition gave me the boost I needed to push forward to complete my dream of also becoming a pharmacist!  Dr. Manali Patel was one of the graduates who experienced a dream becoming reality.  She was gracious enough to share her experience and plans.

“6 years ago, I moved across the country to Buies Creek with dreams of going to pharmacy school at Campbell University, College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences. Now that dream is not only a reality, but achieved! Last week, I proudly walked across the stage as Manali Patel, PharmD, MBA. Campbell University has become my home away from home and I am very excited to continue post-graduate training with a PGY1 residency at Harnett Health and CPHS. It’s an excellent opportunity for me to foster and develop my skills as a clinical pharmacist while providing patient care to the local community that has become home over the last 6 years.”   –Manali Patel, PharmD. Class of 2016

Overall, the ceremony was perfect! Afterwards, everyone celebrated the success of all the graduates, and even Mother Nature celebrated holding off the rain so family and friends could enjoy pictures and celebrations across campus!  The day was surely special. Campbell pride ran high that afternoon!  Congratulations to all the graduates in the Class of 2016! On behalf of all the CPHS student ambassadors: We are so proud of you and wish everyone the best of luck as you continue to pursue your dreams!

-Sydney Brodeur, P2

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Some members of the PharmD Class of 2016 pose for a group photo before the graduation ceremony begins. 

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Bachelors of Science Graduate Sydney Brodeur with her parents.  Sydney is currently a P2 in the PharmD program. 

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Graduates Heather Powell and Manali Patel pose for a picture with faculty member Dr. Foushee. 

P1 Year: Ready, Set, Go

  1. Study

I’ll start with the most obvious because I know you’ve probably heard this one a thousand times. You’ve been told to find your best study habits early on and maximize your time. Do what you need to do to get where you want to be… P1 year will be more challenging for some than others, some will study more than others, and that’s okay. Study to your needs. Don’t worry if you study less than your friend; don’t think something is “wrong” if you study more. Tailor your study habits to you, and be okay with that. Studying isn’t measured by the hours put into it but the quality of the time spent studying. My advice: don’t study just to say you studied “x” amount of hours. Set aside a time you are going to study and actually study. And if you know the information, then be confident in that and see #5 below! You are in pharmacy school and you are going to do a lot of studying, so enjoy the time you do have.

  1. Here’s to new beginnings!

Some of you went to large universities and some of you went to small colleges, but what do you all have in common? You are at Campbell for pharmacy school. Trust me, I love my Tar Heels and I proudly wear my Carolina blue, and you should be just as proud of where you came from. But your focus now is on making the most of your time here at Campbell. Get involved, join organizations, pick up leadership roles and make a difference. You will apply for jobs and residencies and they will look at what you did in your four years here, so capitalize on the countless opportunities presented to you. We’ve all heard that the past is not the present (or something similar to it), and it’s true. You are here now; enjoy it and further yourself.

From life on the Hill to Buies Creek, I’m so thankful to be on this journey and to have the support of those around me (including my sister, pictured here)!

  1. Don’t lose your sanity!

You’ll read #5 soon and it will go along with my point here. Pharmacy school is time consuming, pharmacy school is hard, and pharmacy school is not always fun. Don’t think you can do it on your own; you will need support, and it will come in many different forms. Maybe your family is your biggest support system (as is mine) and you’ll also come to rely on the friends you make here (we can’t do it without them). Many of you are married or engaged, maybe dating, and some of you will meet your “person” here in school. Don’t be afraid of your professors; they don’t just want you to succeed, they want to help you succeed. One thing you will hear, or more than likely have already heard, is that Campbell is a family. And it’s true. You aren’t just a number, you are a name. Your professors, administrators, classmates, and friends are on the same journey as you (or at least in some way contributing to your journey), going through the same struggles, experiencing similar triumphs, so it’s no surprise that the people you spend a large majority of your time with will quickly become like your family. My point? You will need the help and support of others, and it’s okay to admit it.

  1. Persevere

Some weeks will fly by, and some will seem like a year has gone by. Don’t give up. Don’t lose faith. Don’t lose sight of your goal. Don’t let a bad grade keep you from moving forward. I could continue with a list of “don’ts” but what you need to remember most is to persevere. It is inevitable that something is going to disappoint you in your time here, whether it’s a poor exam performance, a lost leadership opportunity or a variety of personal matters. It’s going to upset you or make you mad, but accepting that it is going to happen now will make it a lot easier to overcome when you do face it. It may be cliché, but always look for the silver lining. I’m not telling you to ignore the negatives, but don’t forget about the positives too! It’s important to celebrate the victories. So you didn’t get the grade you wanted on the first exam; ace that next one and hang it on the refrigerator! What’s most important is to keep moving forward!

  1. HAVE FUN

Maybe you’ve been told this, and maybe you don’t believe you’ll have time. You might not have a lot of time, but you will have the most time now and you will find early on just how important it is to HAVE FUN. School will be hard (and it’s only going to get harder, a lot harder) and you will need to escape sometimes. Juggling school and fun is about time management. Use your time efficiently so that you can have free time. Pharmacy school will consume a large majority of your time, but don’t let it take all of your time. Find your hobby, find your friends, and rely on them. Join a fraternity, hang out with a study group or the person sitting beside you in class; whatever it is, find your fun. You will need it. Yes, school is a top priority, but remember there is life outside of school. It’s okay to take a break and HAVE FUN!

Not only has Phi Delta Chi Fraternity provided me the opportunity to network, but it has also given me an awesome group of brothers!

 

-Abby Ellington (P1)

Salad

Grilled Chicken Southwest Salad

Eating healthy is hard, and having a plain salad makes attempting to eat healthy even more difficult.  I can’t tell you how many times I have looked at a plain salad and almost gagged at the thoughts of having to force it down (seriously, the thoughts of Italian dressing are making me nauseous right now).  Luckily, this Grilled Chicken Southwest Salad it the farthest thing from plain.  In fact, sometimes I even find myself craving this combination of vegetables with chipotle dressing.  Add a slight crunch with a couple of corn chips, and your mouth will be having a fiesta!  If you’re like me, you will totally forget you are eating a salad once this flavor combination hits your tongue.  This salad is super easy to make, in fact you don’t even have to turn on the stove or oven (which obviously never gets used since we are in college, duh)!

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • One bag of salad mix (I used romaine)
  • One green bell pepper
  • One large cucumber
  • One package of cherry tomatoes
  • One can of black beans
  • One can of Del Monte Fire Roasted Whole Kernel Corn
  • One package of thin-sliced chicken breast
  • A few corn chips/Doritos
  • Hidden Valley Farmhouse Originals Southwest Chipotle Dressing

Directions:

  1. Heat up grill (I used the George Foreman)
  2. Place thin-sliced chicken breast onto the grill
  3. Allow chicken to cook while preparing vegetables for salad
  4. Open bag of salad mix and dump into a large bowl
  5. Wash and cut bell pepper and place into bowl
  6. Wash, peel and cut cucumber and place into bowl
  7. Rinse cherry tomatoes and place into bowl
  8. Open cans of black beans and Del Monte Fire Roasted Corn
  9. Drain cans, and dump corn and beans into bowl
  10. Mix contents of salad bowl and set aside
  11. When chicken is finished cooking, cut it into strips and place into their own small bowl
  12. Serve salad in a single-serve bowl with a few strips of chicken on top
  13. Crunch up a few corn chips to sprinkle as toppings and finish with Hidden Valley Farmhouse Originals Southwest Chipotle Dressing

Tips:

  • Using thin-sliced chicken breast is MUCH easier if you are using the George Foreman because it can cook faster.
  • Some people rinse their salad mix, however I do not because it is pre-rinsed and I have found that it lasts longer (does not wilt as quickly) if I do not rinse it.
  • Using Del Monte fire-roasted corn adds much more flavor to the salad, rather than just using a typical can of sweet corn.
  • Keep the chicken separate from the salad, that way it is much easier to store leftovers and reheat the chicken.
  • Don’t add the crunched up corn chips on top of the large bowl of salad, because if you have leftovers the chips will get soggy (gross)! It is better to crunch up a few chips to add to the top of each single serving.
  • Make sure you buy Hidden Valley Farmhouse Originals Southwest Chipotle Dressing!! Seriously, this dressing is AMAZING (unfortunately I don’t get paid for saying this).  I’m pretty sure it is one of the unhealthiest ingredient in this salad, however it really does help to tie the ingredients together nicely.
  • Have fun with it! There are many variations of this recipe, some use avocados and shredded cheese for toppings.  I’ve also seen where many people choose to add lime juice to their salad.  It’s really whatever combinations of vegetables/toppings you like in conjunction with the chicken, lettuce and dressing!

Fiesta

-Taylor Scott (P1)

 

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Pharming Spartans

Sometimes in the hustle and bustle of the pharmacy school grind you need to take a step back and get a little muddy. This weekend a few pharmacy students truly became weekend warriors when they took on the Charlotte Spartan Race. Over the past few months many of us have been using our free time for training and some much needed stress relief. There is nothing like a 5 mile run to clear your head after a therapeutics exam. This weekend the Pharming Spartans took on just over 5 miles of muddy trails filled with twenty plus obstacles, that included monkey bars, sandbag carries, rope climbs and even throwing a spear. To say it was challenging would be an understatement but we were all able to complete the course by working as a team. We all definitely earned our medals by the end of the race and I know for that I have never slept better than after the race… well maybe after a few all-nighters. At the end of the day it was great to spend the day with classmates, after all nothing brings friends together like crawling in the mud under a quarter mile of barbed wire.

-Dan Botzenhart (P3)