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Campbell University College or Pharmacy & Health Sciences is dedicated to educating its students in a Christian environment to be pharmacists or pharmacy-related professionals who will meet existing and future health care needs and who will provide leadership to their profession and to organizations that represent Pharmacy. This blog is designed to give you a glimpse into the lives of a pharmacy students at Campbell University. And allow you to ask these students questions about our program. Enjoy your visit!

POV: You’re from out-of-state

Hello!!! My name is Anetha Abraham (current P2) and I am the small percentage of out-of-state students that go to Campbell! Very scary, I know! I moved down here a little over a year ago from New York at the tender age of 19. Even scarier!! I had no family living in the state and have actually never been to North Carolina before!! Campbell really intrigued me because I loved how the curriculum was built and how welcoming the environment is. It seemed like the perfect school for me to learn and grow as a future healthcare provider. Being from another state was definitely challenging. Going to a new school, a new apartment, a new state, there were a lot of “new” things coming at me all at once. It was difficult making new friends at first, especially because last year (P1 year), due to COVID-19, all my classmates and I had a lot of big events cancelled out of precaution. This made it even more challenging to make new friends. However, it was REALLY important to join clubs, go to meetings, and talk to whoever was in your classes!!!!! You will quickly realize that everyone is in a similar boat being nervous to start pharmacy school. Initially, I was always so stressed about how to manage my time wisely and the transition from undergrad to grad school. But, I learned that it was important to also give yourself a break, and talk to someone else in your class, whether it is studying for a quiz or a block exam, you’re not alone!! From one out-of-state student to another, it gets really lonely if you do not try to come out of your shell. Pharmacy school is much better knowing you have a group of friends that will support you throughout it! It makes it all the more fun! You also never know who your best friends become, I made some of my friends out of the blue! Unfortunately, the downside of living so far away from home, is that you do not get to see your hometown friends as much or your parents. That just means more trips to RDU! All in all, I HIGHLY recommended going to all the events, especially those organized by the class officers! Last year, we had a friendly game of socially distanced kickball, which was really fun and a great way to hang out with classmates! Being an out-of-state student going to a school, where mostly everyone is from North Carolina makes for interesting conversations. Best of luck to any future camels, hope to CU soon 🙂 

-Anetha Abraham 

Res Life + Pharm Life is the Best Life

(Me, Abby Hall)

When considering and/or attending pharmacy school, the expenses of school and living can begin to add up. As an undergraduate alumni of NC State living in Raleigh, I knew I needed to be close to campus when I began pharmacy school to reduce travel time and increase my chance of involvement. As a student in the dual public health/pharmacy program, a classmate of mine told me about the resident director (RD) position at Campbell. Fast forward to today and I am living on campus as an RD and beginning my second year of pharmacy school.

The Resident Director (RD) position at Campbell University through the Residence Life and Housing Office (commonly referred to as Res Life) is considered a full time paid position that anyone pursuing a graduate degree at Campbell can hold. Logistically, the position consists of overseeing an on campus residence hall or apartment complex, which includes supervising a staff of community assistants (CAs), planning programs for your community and serving on duty through answering a duty phone at any time of day. You are also on a team with 10 RDs and multiple professional staff that you meet with on a biweekly basis. There are additional leadership opportunities that become available as an RD, including serving on different committees, such as the Training and Development committee where I serve. Financially, this position assists in the financial burden of pharmacy school greatly, by providing free housing and utilities in an on-campus apartment, an on-campus meal plan, a monthly paycheck and the option to appeal to HR for a percentage of my tuition to be covered. The financial benefit of this position matches the social/service benefit of connections with on-campus students and staff, a support system through my RD team and the chance to have an impact on undergraduate students.

 

(My husband Matthew & I outside our campus apartment on move-in day)

When I tell people I work as a RD while in pharmacy school, I get many weird looks and interesting questions. The main question I get is: “How does working for Res Life relate to being a pharmacist?” For me, the three main areas I have seen my job roll over into the role of a pharmacist include the interprofessional connections, emergency preparedness and response and supervision skills.

 

(My amazing RD team this year)

My team of RDs represents multiple graduate programs, including public health, pharmacy, physical therapy, business and divinity. Through working with my RD team, I can see first hand how these different degrees all play a role in the success of our team, our CAs and students. Each RD brings different strengths to the table and fresh ideas related to their respective degrees they are pursuing. The combination of personalities, interests and backgrounds on our RD team this year I believe makes us a strong team that creates unique solutions to problems and ideas for the department. As a pharmacist, the stage may be different but the concept will be the same as I prepare to work with physicians, physician assistants, social workers and physical therapists who each see the patient differently but with the same goal to provide healing. 

One of the main responsibilities of an RD is serving on duty by answering a duty phone. Most calls on the phone come from CAs, Campus Safety or other campus partners. During RD training, we are trained to handle a variety of situations, including conflict resolution, fire safety, Title IX issues and suicide ideation. These situations need to be handled objectively but also our training provides us the ability to trust our gut with any situation I approach. With the pandemic, this also gave me a unique role as a pharmacy student and Resident Director to have conversations with my residents regarding COVID spread, safety and vaccination importance and safety. We as RDs have delivered meals in the pouring, freezing rain and the hot, humid weather to assure residents in quarantine are fed. I give all these examples to show the variety of cases I have to be prepared for, similar to healthcare providers. And no matter how much training I have, there will always be a new situation I will have to handle where I trust my training and myself to handle it. 

(Two of my best friends/RD pals)

Finally, the RD job is teaching me to be a successful supervisor. To take a quote from my friend and fellow coworker Kayla Garris, our role as RDs is “Leading the Leaders” This means giving my staff the tools they need to succeed as well as the space to do so, so they can be developed as leaders as well. I mentioned being a part of the Training and Development committee within the Res Life office, and this has been one of my favorite parts of my job. It allows me to play to my strengths as well as impact our CAs so they have more than just a job. RDs are not just managing but they are developing their CAs to be the best they can be. Our Training and Development committee has taught our CAs various skills surrounding professionalism, mental health awareness, personality differences and diversity/inclusion. I hope as a pharmacist/supervisor, I can lead a similar role with who I work with whether that is in a hospital setting, student services or outside the county.

 My job requires me to be highly organized and manage my time well to ensure I also excel in my pharmacy classes. There are many hard days where I go from 6am to 12am to complete my classes, RD responsibilities and giving myself time. My days are full, but they are filled with not just the negatives, but the positives like the relationships I form with my staff, watching my staff excel with the advice I try to provide, learning new skills myself and watching residents become involved and thrive on campus because of the work Residence Life does. This job and department requires us to be servant-leaders, where we put our staff and residents first and do what we can to help them be successful. In a way, this is how I hope to operate as a future pharmacist, where I always keep my patients in mind in everything I do. This embodies one of my favorite ideas of leaving people and places better than I found them. So while it’s seems like a strange combination, my job in Residence Life and my future career in pharmacy do go hand-in-hand, showing that my pharm (acy) life and residence life really is the best life!

(My FMC staff for this year)

Working at a Compounding Pharmacy

I have had the pleasure of working at an independent compounding pharmacy specializing in hormonal health and wellness over the last four years. It is different from a typical retail pharmacy experience – although there is less patient interaction, the medications are more personalized to the patient’s specific needs. Allergies, specific dosages, taste, and absorption are all taken into consideration when formulating a compound. I learned how to make things like naltrexone capsules, minoxidil sprays, and more. We also do veterinary compounding which is a lot of fun, since it isn’t every day that you get to say you are compounding for a horse. Patients will also send us appreciative pictures of their adorable pets, which is an added bonus. There is much joy in working at a compounding pharmacy, but if I had to name a downside, it would be the changes in regulation that the pharmacy must adhere to. Regulations are constantly changing, and the pharmacy must be quick to adapt to these changes. Standards that ensure the safe handling of hazardous drugs are important, but sometimes independent pharmacies cannot afford to constantly restructure their labs, since equipment such as laboratory hoods can be very expensive. Overall though, I love working at a compounding pharmacy. The basics of compounding are taught P1 year, and there is also a wonderful compounding elective taught by Dr. Al-Achi and Dr. Gupta, although be aware that there is a lab fee. If you are interested in compounding at all, I recommend checking those electives out your P2 year.

Linda Nguyen

Working during Pharmacy School

Coming into your first year of pharmacy school, you may be worried or may be debating on whether you should work while trying to perform your best and get the most out of being in school. I was in this same boat, seeing my peers at higher levels than me (P2, P3, P4) being able to balance their social lives, school, extra-curricular activities, and work, which seemed so far from what I was able to do at the time. Don’t be afraid to take the chance of applying and receiving the chance to gain so much experience in a pharmacy job! I took this chance and found a hospital pharmacy position at a hospital only fifteen minutes from the school, and it has been one of the greatest ways to gain experience and network within the pharmacy world, after all…the pharmacy world is very small. These jobs that hire students realize that you will not be able to work as much as other employees and are flexible to your schedule, but only you will be able to figure out how much you can handle while maintaining your schoolwork. You will figure it out as you go, don’t worry!

If you plan to work while being in pharmacy school, always know your limits. You may not figure this out until you reach the point where you are a little “in over your head,” but that is a learning experience! You should know what your goals are, whether they are short-term or long-term, before matriculating and how you plan to achieve these so that you can plan your work life and extra-curricular life around these goals. Do not let your hesitations or fears keep you from trying to find a job! Some of the most amazing people I have met have been in the workplace, and you learn so much from a variety of situations while being in practice, that you only hear about in pharmacy school. If you ever have any questions about working while in school, many of your peers would be happy to help! It may be a challenge, in the beginning, to figure out your balance, but it is well worth it in the end!

— Megan Parrish

MSPH/PharmD … Should I do it?

As arguably the most accessible health care providers in the United States, pharmacists play a crucial role in promoting and protecting the health of the public. Pharmacy, as a scope of practice, is expanding farther and farther beyond simply distributing medications from your local pharmacy and is evolving into a more patient and public health-oriented practice. For this reason, I knew I wanted to enroll in a dual PharmD/Master’s of Public Health Degree program. Upon graduating, pharmacists have invaluable clinical knowledge which makes them a great resource to the community they practice in. A degree in public health allows pharmacists to leverage their clinical knowledge beyond the health of individual patients to populations as a whole. As a second-year student pharmacist, I have experienced this first-hand. Last summer I had to opportunity to work with the North Carolina Association of Pharmacists to create an online tool-kit that independent pharmacies all over the state can use. The purpose of this resource was to help independent pharmacies set up COVID-19 testing sites at their stores. In doing so, pharmacists were using their clinical knowledge to provide an essential service to populations in need during a global pandemic, and as an added bonus, created a new revenue stream for their struggling businesses. Pharmacists are often overlooked and under-utilized as front-line health care workers who have the training to provide clinical services in the community so it was a really great experience getting to see how pharmacy and public health worked together to provide essential, clinical services to patients at a local level.

Emily Steinbock

PharmD/MSPH Candidate

Class of 2023

Campbell University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

Recipe: Berry Overnight Oats

In pharmacy school, you will quickly learn that maintaining your physical health and well-being is just as important as focusing on your grades. One of the best ways to ensure that you are able to maintain your mental focus and stamina throughout your day of classes, is with a nutritious breakfast. Below, I have included an “Overnight Oats” recipe, which is a very simple breakfast option that can be prepared the night before and enjoyed in the morning on the go!

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup Old Fashioned Quaker Oats
  • ½ cup non-fat milk (or you could substitute with almond milk)
  • ½ cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp. chia seeds (optional)
  • 1 cup of fresh cut strawberries

Directions:

  1. First, add the Quaker Oats into your container of choice. I would recommend using either a mason jar or a Rubbermaid container with a lid.
  2. Next, pour the milk of your choice into the container with the oats.
  3. Following, add the Greek yogurt and the chia seeds to the container/jar using a spoon to form a layer.
  4. Lastly, add a layer of freshly cut strawberries on top of the yogurt (roughly 3-4 strawberries depending on their size).
  5. Place the lid on top of jar and allow the oats to steep for at least 8 hours overnight in the refrigerator.
  6. After 8 hours, remove the jar from the refrigerator and stir the ingredients together before eating!

RX TO DE-STRESS

Pharmacy school can be very demanding at times. Especially at the end of the blocks, it seems like there are never ending assignments. I personally believe I have been able to handle my stress pretty well throughout pharmacy school. Here is what I do to cope with the stress. Take these de-stressing tips PRN 🙂

INVEST TIME IN YOURSELF! I believe this is the MOST important. Take time to step back and BREATHE. Your mental health is far more important than grades! Do things that you enjoy like cooking, playing sports, painting, or just anything you find relaxing and enjoyable. I personally enjoy baking and jogging around our beautiful campus. Before exams, I ALWAYS take study breaks to do something for myself. 

TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF! SLEEP, EAT, & EXERCISE! It is not worth it to pull those overnighters. Your body needs sleep to focus. You know your body and you know how much you can handle. I personally need 8 hours to focus and I will make myself get those 8 hours.  In addition, I personally enjoy taking 20-minute naps after classes to rest my mind! I also believe eating healthy is so important! Your body needs nutrients to keep a healthy mind and body. If you eat terribly, you will feel terrible. Next, take a few days out of the week to exercise. I try exercising 5 days a week. I find it helpful to just release all of that tension by exercising about an hour each time. I try to alternate between cardio and weight lifting. 

PLAN AND PRIORITIZE.  All of the professors have everything for the entire block in the syllabus. Get a planner and write down every assignment, quiz, exam, etc. This will allow you to see what is due and set goals to get those things done. I know we all love to procrastinate but you will feel so much better if you get it done ahead of time. 

GET A ROUTINE. Having a routine is essential to keeping you motivated and feel like you have more control over everything. This can aid in our mental health to form healthy habits and decrease stress. Our crazy schedules can be hectic at times but having a set routine will help you get your priorities done! This is what my routine looks like currently:

Monday-Friday: 

Wake up at 7:45 am, eat breakfast, attend morning classes, eat lunch, attend afternoon classes, take a 20-minute nap after class, study ~3 hours every day (I always study the lectures from that day), eat dinner,  go to the gym (most days), shower, and get about 8 hours of sleep. 

Weekends:

Wake up at 9 am, go to the gym ~1 hour, eat breakfast, study ~5 hours, eat lunch, enjoy the rest of the day doing things I love like going shopping, hanging out with friends/family, and trying out new restaurants in downtown Raleigh. 

I hope you will find my tips helpful! GOOD LUCK!

Hannah Bunn

Interview Day Advice

So, you are Interviewing for Pharmacy School

Don’t sweat it! Well, sweat it but not as much as you think you should. I know that is so much easier said than done but I am serious it is much more of a breeze than you think. Before we get to the thick of it, here are some things I would suggest in preparation of your interview day. If you are traveling a decent distance to your school, I suggest getting a hotel room near the school. You can never determine the kind of traffic you might hit on the day of your interview or what minor things may make you late, so it is best to minimize those factors by giving yourself a minimum of a 30 minute drive. When I had my interview day at Campbell, I got a hotel room about 10 minutes from campus and still left almost an hour in advance. I spent a lot of that time in my car shaking off the nerves before walking in, but I had complete control over the time I arrived. When I interviewed, I also brought multiple outfit options with me. We all know how it is when you bring one outfit choice and you are just not feeling it the day of, but you have no other choice than to wear this or the sweatpants you know you’ll change back into as soon as possible. To minimize that uncomfortable feeling for me, outfit options were a staple. As minimal as it sounds, I am a full believer in performing your best when you feel your best. You want to be comfortable, since you are spending majority of your day with your soon to be professors, and professional for this interview. While it is not your selling point, I think it is a nice confidence boost for yourself and knowing that you can rock this moment.  Pharmacy school interviews are about impressing your soon to be professors, but it is also about showing these professors who you are. The interviewers prepare about two to three specific questions to ask but you get around 5-7 minutes with each interviewer so there is a lot of downtime pending on the questions asked. My best advice is to be honest, do not tell them what you think they want to here. Most importantly it is to be yourself. They are looking for you, for your personality, and that will likely be what stands out to your interviewer. Often during the interview portion, you will have normal conversations with your professors since there is still time left over, this is the time to make that conversation! It can be small talk or asking about their role at school, anything that flows! This is the time to let you show off your personality and what makes you a good candidate for Campbell. My final advice to you is to engage with your fellow interviewees. This will help with many tasks during your interview day if you set up a relationship or at least communication with them as soon as you arrive. I can assure you they are all feeling the same bundle of nerves that you are, and it is a great opportunity to bond over that. You never know, who you interview with that day could end up being your new classmate. I remember really hitting it off with one interviewee during my Campbell interview day and we are still close in the class now. My final words of encouragement for you is to keep your head up and breathe.

You. Have. Got. This.

Can’t wait to CU soon,

Emily Joyce

How to Manage Your Time in Pharmacy School

As a dual PharmD/MSPH student, I had experience in a graduate school program before starting pharmacy school. I was already aware of some of the major differences between undergraduate and graduate time management requirements. However, pharmacy school was a completely different experience and I realized that I needed to rethink my time management skills pretty quickly after starting my P1 year. Since starting this year, I have figured out some of the best ways to manage my time most efficiently. Here are my top 3 tips to time management during pharmacy school:

1. Plan everything: You’re going to be bombarded with assignments, quizzes, and exams from each class. It is important to keep track of the due dates and hold yourself accountable. Planners are a great way to keep all your due dates organized. Most of the due dates for classes will be scheduled on the syllabus at the beginning of the semester. Go through each syllabus and write down every assignment due date at the beginning of each block. As you go through the block, you can add, and change things as needed. By being proactive, you already have everything that you need written down in one place. And if planners aren’t your thing, then that’s fine, too! Make a Google Doc or plan everything on a calendar (physical or virtual). How you do it is up to you but be flexible. Allow yourself to explore options and choose what works best for you!

2. Stick to a routine: It’s going to take a while to get the hang of pharmacy school but try to figure out a routine that you can stick to every day. Having a routine helps to keep you motivated and make the most of your time. Everyone’s schedule will look a bit different but knowing what works for you is key. Personally, I work about 15-20 hours a week at a retail pharmacy. I also have an hour commute to school and back every day. A daily routine is essential to keep me focused and on top of my assignments. One way that I maximize my time is by listening to recorded lectures on my commute to and from school. Find what works for you and stick with it. Routines help to reduce your stress and that’s extremely important in such a stressful program!

3. Take time for yourself: A demanding program like pharmacy school takes a lot out of you. It can be easy to get caught up in all of the stress and due dates. Sometimes you have to decompress and find time for yourself. Once again, this is very personal and different for everyone, but find a moment in every day to do something for yourself. This can be taking a walk, reading a book, or maybe watching your favorite Netflix show. Obviously, you can’t get too carried away since you have so many other things on your to-do list, but it’s nice to just focus on YOU for a little while. Give yourself a break. You deserve it for all of your hard work!

Overall, be proud of yourself for everything you have accomplished! If you need help figuring out a schedule or how you can best manage your time, reach out to someone. There are plenty of resources available at CPHS to help you succeed!

Tayler Clark, P1

Health Taco Recipe

As a busy pharmacy student, I know sometimes you find yourself eating anything within a 5-mile radius. I have also been guilty of doing the same myself. Over time I have learned planning my meals ahead of time helped reduce this habit. Since starting my meal prep journey, I have found most of my recipes from Pinterest. One of my favorite recipes I stumbled upon was the veggie tacos with chipotle crema. Not only is this recipe healthy and delicious it also takes less than 45 minutes to prepare.

This is what you will need is:

  • 1 small head of cauliflowerBrittany Pic 2
  • 1 sweet potato
  • 1 Tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 tsp of chili powder
  • 1 tsp of ground cumin
  • 1 tsp of smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp of dried oregano
  • ½ tsp of Kosher salt
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 14-ounce can of black beans
  • Corn tortillas

Chipotle lime crema:

  • 2 tsps of adobo sauce
  • 1 clove garlic
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ¼ tsp Kosher salt
  • ½ cup of water
  • 1 lime, juiced

Mashed avocado:

  • 1 avocado
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • ½ tsp of Kosher salt

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F. For easy clean the parchment paper can be used to line the baking sheet. Set the baking sheet aside for later use.
  2. Prep the veggies: Cut the cauliflower into bite sized florets and dice the sweet potato into 1/2 – inch cubes. Now placed the florets of cauliflower and diced sweet potato in a large bowl. Drizzle the olive oil over top, then season with the chili powder, cumin, paprika, garlic powder, oregano lime juice and salt. Toss to combine. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet (make sure it is uniform on the baking sheet)
  3. Place the veggies in the oven for 25 minutes. Halfway through cooking gently shake the baking sheet. Add the black beans to the baking sheet, seasoning with another pinch of salt, then place the baking sheet back in the oven for 5 more minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside.
  4. Prep taco assembly: The rest of the taco fixings can be prepared while the veggies are cooking:
  5. Prep the chipotle lime crema: Add all listed ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend. Transfer to a bowl/container and set aside.
  6. Mash the avocado: Add the avocado, kosher salt and lime juice to a bowl. Mash the contents with a fork until your desired consistency is reached and set aside.
  7. Assemble the tacos: Smear some mashed avocado on each tortilla and add some veggies. Don’t forget to add your chipotle lime crema to complete your delicious creation!

Brittany Gibbs, P2