Elective Spotlight: Spanish for Pharmacists

I had the opportunity to take the Spanish for Pharmacists elective, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was a fun class, and Dr. Jim Morgan made it interesting. As future pharmacists, we are bound to provide care to patients who may not speak English very well, or who may not speak English at all. This elective is designed to provide you with basic skills that are necessary to be able to communicate with Spanish-speaking patients in an effective manner. We learned some common Spanish pharmacy jargon, and we had the opportunity to practice saying the words and phrases while in class. The inability to communicate due to language barriers is very common in our health care system, and it is the source of many health disparities among certain patient populations. A lot of patients in the United States speak Spanish, and I think it is important to at least be aware of some basic Spanish as a health professional. We also learned about some of the unique cultural aspects of the Spanish-speaking population. This class placed an emphasis on cultural competence, which is very important in health care. Culture plays a huge role in patients’ lives! It can greatly impact how a patient approaches their health, as well as treatment options. It is necessary for health professionals to be aware of these cultural differences. Overall, I would highly recommend this elective to anyone. I believe that this elective is advantageous, and you will enjoy it!

Amber Hill, P2

A Day In the life of a Quarantined Pharmacy Student

Never in a million years did I think I would live to witness a pandemic. As I sit here in my living room heading into my 5th week of quarantine all I want to do is go to Target without feeling afraid. COVID-19 has changed the way we live our lives and it does not care if you are a first, second, third, or fourth year pharmacy student trying to remain healthy and maintain a solid GPA. The day classes got moved into the online platform I panicked. I need the structure of classroom to hold me liable or else I get behind but the crisis at hand was much larger than me not wanting to fall behind and I needed to find a way to make things work.

The first week of online classes was horrible and I was scattered while trying to find my routine. By the second week, I had finally found regimen that worked for me. I wake up as if I am going to go to school, but instead I log onto Blackboard Collaborate Live for my scheduled classes, the nice thing is that I can stay in my pajamas and sip on my cup of coffee while sitting on my couch. If the class is pre-recorded, I get on my stationary bike at home and watch the lecture while I exercise. After all my classes are done, I have lunch and watch some Netflix and let my mind relax for a bit. After I am done with lunch, I take an Allegra, some Flonase, and Zaditor eye drops and go sit on my patio to work on my school notes and other assignments. You may be wondering why I do all three anti-allergy regimens and that is because spring in NC is brutal. The green pollen is my kryptonite and I usually stay inside when the green monster makes its appearance, but this year is different. My patio time is my favorite part about my routine, I enjoy the few hours I get to be “outside “and I marvel at how beautiful the world is regardless of the chaos. I refuse to stay indoors during my quarantine time, if the patio is my only connection to the outside world, I am going to arm myself for battle and sit out there for as long as I can tolerate it. Once I am done with my patio time I hop in the shower and wash away whatever pollen got on my hair and skin. I make dinner and if I am really bored, I get on my stationary bike and do a second round with some weight intervals. As I get ready to go to bed, I ask Alexa to set an alarm and play sleep guided meditations. I repeat the entire regimen the next day.

Whatever it is that you are doing to stay sane and keep things going if you are reading this it must be because you are healthy. We should never take our health for granted because we never know when it can be taken away. When I am not doing my routine, I am working as an intern in the emergency department and have witnessed firsthand the devastating effects this virus has done to our country and how we function as a health care system. But I will save that for another time. I simply want to end by thanking the truck drivers, grocery staff, janitorial services, and health care workers for all that you do!!

Adriana Muradyan, P2

Recipe: Peanut Butter Protein Balls

Soon after starting pharmacy school last fall, I soon realized the importance of taking the time to pack multiple healthy snacks in addition to my lunch, that could be eaten quickly when needed. This is true, because many days you will have multiple lectures that are back to back for 3-4 hours straight with only a 10-minute break at the end of each hour. During this time, you will likely not have time to run to Chick-fil-A or Starbucks to fuel your hunger. Also, you wouldn’t want to get a sugary drink or an order of fries to curb your craving, because these options are not filling and will leave you feeling hungry again within no time! Thus, always having a healthy and filling snack on hand can help you to retain your focus and ability think clearly throughout the day!

Ingredients:

  • 1 ¼ c. old fashioned oatsMacy 1
  • ½ c. unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ¼ c. mini chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp. flaxseeds
  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. kosher salt
  • ¾ c. natural peanut butter
  • ¼ c. honey
  • ½ tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp. milk

Directions:

  1. Line a large baking sheet pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the following ingredients together: old fashioned oats, mini chocolate chips, shredded coconut, chia seeds, flaxseeds, ground cinnamon, and kosher salt. Stir the ingredients together, until uniformly combined.
  3. Next, add the natural peanut butter, honey, and vanilla extract into the large bowl of ingredients. Stir the ingredients together in the large bowl.
  4. The mixture of ingredients should have a slight crumble-like consistency at this point. Accordingly, your preference of milk should be added and stirred in gradually to decrease the dryness of the mixture.
  5. Once all of the ingredients are mixed together, roll the ingredients into small balls and then place them onto the baking sheet.
  6. Refrigerate the balls for about 35 minutes or until chilled.
  7. Remove the balls from the refrigerator and store them in a plastic container, in order to maintain their freshness throughout the week.

Macy Worley, P1

How to Focus on Fitness & Nutrition During Pharmacy School

Pharmacy school is a unique experience for everyone, but one thing we share is the rigor and subsequent stress of pharmacy school. I personally deal with anxiety and this exacerbates stress and its side effects for me. Before pharmacy school and as a result of this rigor, I am keen on maintaining my well-being through my fitness and nutrition. I implement a workout routine that helps channel my anxiety and I like to cook meals that make me feel clean, healthy and energized for my daily routine. In my routine, I include a 30 minute to an hour workout in the afternoon after returning home from class. Waiting until after I am finished with class is beneficial for me because it allows me to unwind and decompress from the day. It is critical for me to prioritize my fitness to ensure that I have a balanced life. At the beginning of every week I like to prepare meals that are cost-efficient, but also that are healthy for my body. I’ve learned that your nutrition greatly impacts my ability to operate throughout life, especially concentrating on my studies. I highly suggest finding the time for yourself and prioritize your health. You will only see positive results in your daily endeavors.

Briana Williams, P1

Campbell University Community Care Clinic

Campbell University Community Care Clinic, or as some call “The Free Clinic”, is a great place to gain experience working hands on with patients, providers, and other students in different healthcare fields. I have been given the opportunity to currently work as a Pharmacy Floor Director at the free clinic and I see the impact we make in the community by volunteering every week. The clinic welcomes uninsured patients who still need medical attention and accessible healthcare. Students at Campbell who are in various medical programs come together to learn and give the best care possible to the patients with the guidance of a physician. It is always humbling to work with other health care professionals and personally, it helps me grow by being able to learn and respect the different roles of the other various professionals. Working together and communicating allows us to come together with all our various knowledge and be able to come up with the optimal approach for our patients care. I would highly recommend any student to volunteer at the community care clinic if given the opportunity.

“Campbell’s free clinic is an amazing opportunity for pharmacy students. Although lectures and classroom discussions are essential to the learning process, hands-on experience is what truly solidifies treatment algorithms of various disease states, and important clinical pearls. Volunteering at the free clinic allows students to practice patient care as well as enhance their soft skills by working on a student-led inter-professional team, consult with physicians on the best patient-centered treatment plan, and practice their patient counseling skills. The free clinic at Campbell not only aids in the professional development of students as future healthcare providers, but also is a unique avenue in which students can give back to the community by providing their best patient-centered care.” Sarah McGrath – PharmD Candidate 2022

“What I love about working the clinic is getting to know the patients on a deeper level and being able to personalize their care further because of that. It’s so touching to know that some patients, all they have is us and the care we provide. They are grateful for us even when we can’t do every single thing for them.” Gabriella Salerno – PharmD Candidate 2022

“At the end of my P1 school year, I had the opportunity to campaign a new position within the Campbell University Community Care Clinic. I was offered the position of pharmacy floor director, and with the help of a P2 student, we had the opportunity to develop the position into what it is today. Currently, it’s a biweekly volunteer position where I have the chance to build professional relationships with not only my own colleagues in pharmacy school, but those across other programs at the university as well. I have gotten the opportunity to discuss therapies with medical students, physician assistant students, pharmacy students, and attendings which allows me to put into practice this whole idea of Interprofessionalism within the healthcare community. I have enjoyed sharing my knowledge as well as being taught in this role. I know I have also gained valuable contacts that I know I can call on in practice one day.” Emily Woodfield – PharmD Candidate 2021

Amanda Smith, P2

ACCP Conference in NYC

As a student pharmacist, there are many opportunities to travel to different states for various conferences through school organizations. These conferences vary in cost, due to registration, hotel stay, and travel. However, Campbell University, has a Pharmacy Executive Board (PSEB) who can provide funds toward these trips. There is PSEB meeting once a month where students get a chance to apply for up to 60% of travel cost (hotel, airline or gas). It is an amazing opportunity and gives you the chance to improve your pharmacy network opportunities with less of a financial burden.

Recently, I attended the annual American College of Clinical Pharmacy conference in New York City with the Student College of Clinical Pharmacy organization here on campus. We were able to apply for travel and hotel funding for the trip as an organization. Once we arrived in NYC, we went straight to our hotels and got dressed in our professional clothing to head to our first workshop. As students, we were able to attend most of the workshops offered which included lectures on various disease topics, professionalism topics, and networking opportunities.

When you join SCCP on the national level, you are given the option to join Practice and Research Network (PRN) groups which are established to connect focused groups of clinical pharmacists to enhance professional support and collaboration. These consist of current practicing pharmacists; however you get to be linked in on their virtual conversations which helps you keep up to date with specific therapeutic areas. At the conference each PRN group had a social hour for students to attend and network with current clinical pharmacists.

My favorite workshop was focused on students who were interested in applying to residency. It was focused on building your brand as a student. The speaker also discussed what to expect at midyear, interview opportunities, and a cover letter workshop. This shows that the conference included workshops that were beneficial for both pharmacist and student pharmacist ACCP members.

You are probably wondering, if we got to explore NYC… and yes of course we did! Each day consisted of conferences in the mornings, and some in the afternoon. During our down time we were able to explore the city with a group of friends, shop, sight see, enjoy an iced coffee at a trendy coffee shop, and enjoy group dinners at popular restaurants. The most important part of these conferences is not only to network but also to get to know your peers.

Phoenix Riley, P2

 

Connecting with Others P1 Year

Growing up I was painfully shy throughout most of my life. It was always difficult to get my voice heard, and I had a strong social phobia that made it difficult to meet new people and carry on conversations. I always thought that it was just set into my personality to be quiet, shy, and reserved, but my time in undergrad challenged that notion. I gained a lot of confidence during my last few years of undergrad, and it was through seemingly small changes such as joining more organizations, and pushing myself out of my comfort zone that I was able to meet new people. When I entered P1 year of pharmacy school I promised myself that I would be open-minded to my fellow peers, and try to be understanding of backgrounds different from my own. In diversifying the types of people I encountered, I got a better understanding of different perspectives, and I was able to better relate to those outside of my usual circle. We live in very polarizing times, so I always try to keep my biases in check and not judge a person based upon on a first impression. I think as individuals we are complex and our beliefs are complex, and sometimes we are placed into boxes that don’t accurately describe our value systems. In keeping an open mind, I think that has definitely helped me make friends my P1 year. Although we are all flawed, the majority of my peers are kind individuals who are just trying to make it through a tough transitional phase in their lives, which in this case is the first year of pharmacy school. In connecting with each other and relating to one another, we can build a strong support system that will help make the transition easier.

Linda Nguyen, P1

Organization Spotlight: Professional Alumni Student Association

The Professional Alumni Student Association, also known as PASA, is an interprofessional student organization with members from all of the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences programs including Pharmacy, Physician Assistant, Physical Therapy, Nursing, and Public Health. The main goal of our organization is to provide students with the opportunity to network with students from other programs as well as alumni from every program in order to promote interprofessional education and an understanding of how all components of the healthcare team work together for the patient. We host events throughout the semester and our alumni are always happy to come to these events to speak with us about what they do. We’ve hosted several events focused on alumni and their role in public health, their nontraditional career paths, and how they have approached the financial burden of student debt. PASA provides us with access to these alumni who have insight and experience that we as students can use to benefit ourselves in our journey as healthcare professionals. I have been involved in PASA since the beginning of my first year of pharmacy school and I am so grateful for the opportunities it has given me to grow as a leader, develop interprofessional skills, and network with other students and alumni.

Hannah Sandridge, P2

Organization Spotlight: SNPhA

There are several organizations here at Campbell University that you can become involved in as a pharmacy student. Each organization is unique, and they all offer great experiences and opportunities. One of the organizations I am involved in is the Student Amber HillNational Pharmaceutical Association, also known as SNPhA. This organization is dedicated to serving the underserved and spreading awareness throughout the community about different health-related issues. There are several initiatives that are established within the organization, and they all shed light on different topics and diseases. I serve on the Operation Immunization initiative, which is geared toward increasing knowledge about immunizations among the community. The goal of this initiative is to increase the amount of people who are being immunized, which will have a huge impact on the overall health and well-being of our society. We attend health fairs, hold events at high schools, and we assist in flu shot clinics that are held on campus. When we go out into the community, we make sure to inform people about the importance of getting their immunizations because they help to prevent unnecessary illnesses. There is an informational poster that we usually display, and we also have informative handouts to distribute. Aside from the initiatives, there are also opportunities for SNPhA members to attend conferences, apply for scholarships, and even become involved in different professional development programs. Overall, my experience in SNPhA has been very rewarding, and I highly recommend that all students try it out!

Amber Hill, P2

Why I Chose a Dual Degree

My decisions to pursue a dual-degree program was made very early in my college career. I always knew growing up that I had two passions: healthcare and business. These two areas of studies combined my passion for service, science, and economics together and all I needed to do was figure out a way to melt all of my interest together. CPHS gave me the perfect opportunity to do so with their dual-degree PharmD/MBA program

Here is a little insight into my journey through the dual-degree program. I started my MBA classes my P1 year. Don’t worry, you can start these classes anytime during your education at CPHS! The classes for the MBA program run parallel to the classes for your pharmacy education meaning that they are set up in 8 week blocks just like your PharmD classes. You receive breaks during the same time periods as well. The classes can be taken live in class (usually at 6pm after you get out of you PharmD classes or online. I love the flexibility of the MBA schedule as well as you do not have to take a class every block if you feel that you need a break.

The MBA classes are challenging, but I really enjoy the difference in content between my PharmD classes and the MBA content. Whereas my PharmD classes involve memorization and medications, my MBA classes focus on teamwork, problem solving, and abstract concepts. The classes in the MBA program give me the opportunity to work in groups on large projects, explore business topics through articles, and learn from real-world industry workers.

My experience in both the pharmacy world as well as the world of business administration will give me an upper hand when I am applying for both jobs and fellowships. It shows commitment as well as diversity. I hope that it will help me work in the world of pharmaceutical economics and be a voice for patients in a revenue driven world. I hope you will consider this dual-degree program, and if you have any questions please feel free to reach out to the CPHS Office of Admission!

Austin Price
CPHS PharmD/MBA Candidate 2021