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!
CPHS PharmD/MBA Candidate 2021
There are very few people that I admire besides my parents and Dr. Dorothea Thompson is one of those people. She is kind and passionate about the material she teaches and is one of the reasons I decided to come to Campbell University to pursue my Pharmacy Degree. She has a PhD in Microbiology and a Doctor of Jurisprudence, in short she is a microbiologist and lawyer. She carries herself with so much humility that I never knew she was more than a microbiologist until I went into her office to as her a question and saw her JD degree on the wall. I was amazed at the fact that her degrees were on the same wall as her “Professor of the Year” awards that were given to her by the pharmacy students at Campbell. It was truly heartwarming. Lectures are usually two to four hours long but I was always able to follow and understand everything she taught. I know this is also a fact supported by the entire Class of 2022. Every time Dr. Thompson walks into class we know the slides are going to be in immaculate order and that we will be taught the material without it being ambiguous or misleading. She is a straight shooter and gets to the point. Microbiology is not an easy subject but she makes it fun and easy to learn. Campbell University is lucky to have Dr. Thompson as a member of their family, I know I am!
Adriana Muradyan, P2
After starting pharmacy school here at Campbell, I realized how important it was to begin eating healthy. Before Christmas break, I was eating pizza, sweets, and junk during the weekends before block exams. The stress of long hours in the library lead to unhealthy cravings and longing for comfort food. However, after consuming these unhealthy dinners and snacks, I realized I instantly became sluggish and tired. During Christmas break of my first year as a pharmacy student, I decided to completely transform my diet. I began to eat cleaner and healthier and I began to see huge changes in how I felt during the day.
I would like to share a healthy breakfast recipe that I have loved ever since I made the decision to change my eating habits. Breakfast is one of the most important meals in my diet. A school day that begins at 8 AM, means that I can barely fit in a visit to the gym before class, and definitely means I do not have time to cook a healthy meal. Therefore, I decided I would start preparing my breakfast on Sunday nights (meal prepping).
The perfect breakfast meal for a pharmacy student who has a full day of class and organization meetings includes: protein and vegetables. Therefore, I found the perfect solution. BREAKFAST CASSEROLE of course.
This breakfast casserole is made with turkey burger or sausage, eggs, spinach, peppers, tomatoes, and fresh herbs. Its packed with flavor, protein, and fiber, which makes it easy to feel energized and focused through those early class days.
All you need is:
- 1 pound of breakfast turkey sausage OR plain old turkey burger
- 3 cups of sliced peppers
- Olive oil, as needed
- 6 green onions
- 3 tomatoes
- 1 tablespoon of basil
- 16 oz of chopped spinach
- 1 ½ of salt
- 10 eggs
How to Prepare:
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
- In a medium skillet brown the meat of choice
- Add veggies and cook about 5 minutes or until soft
- Add herbs, and salt and cook 2 minutes
- Pour the mixture into a 9×13 pan
- Crack eggs into a medium bowl and whisk well, then pour over the meat-veggie mixture
- Bake for 25 minutes
I encourage you to prepare and cook this casserole on Sunday nights. You can then cut it into slices so that all you have to do in the morning is heat a slice up in the microwave, grab your coffe, and head to class! ITS THAT EASY. I hope you enjoy!
Phoenix Riley, P2
APhA-ASP is a national organization of student pharmacists whose mission is to “be the collective voice of student pharmacists, to provide opportunities for professional growth, to improve patient care, and to envision and advance the future of pharmacy.” Our chapter at Campbell University has six national patient care projects including Operation Diabetes, Operation Heart, OTC Med Safety, Women’s Health, Operation Immunization, and Generation Rx. All of the patient care projects host two events per semester where they reach out to the community and/or students on campus to provide education and other valuable services. An example of an event we do in the community is participation in the Denim Day Festival in Erwin, NC each year. This past year, we had several of our patient care projects bring materials to our APhA-ASP booth to provide education on diabetes and hypertension management, medication safety, and the important of immunizations. We also provided blood pressure checks, blood glucose screenings, and flu vaccinations. In addition to community events, we also had several on campus events this past semester organized by our patient care projects. Generation Rx invited a speaker to present on the impact of the opioid crisis. Operation Heart hosted the Annual Cardiac 5k, which included a health fair, and donated all of the proceeds to the American Heart Association. Operation immunization administered over 600 flu vaccinations to students and faculty at Campbell University. In addition to our patient care projects, we also have several committees including PharmFlix, PharmD Fitness, Policy, Fundraising, and the International Committee. These committees also hosted various events this past fall. Some of the events included a blood drive for the American Red Cross hosted by the International Committee, a policy proposal that was presented at the APhA-ASP Midyear Regional Meeting this past October by the Policy Committee, and a speaking event focused on healthy eating habits for busy pharmacy students hosted by PharmD Fitness. Aside from the numerous events held by our committees, we also have regional and national conferences available for students to attend. The Midyear Regional meeting for our region is typically held in October, and the national annual meeting is held in March. APhA-ASP is a great organization to be a part of if you want opportunities to practice your clinical skills, network with other pharmacy students and pharmacists at conferences, and overall be a more involved student within the pharmacy program.
Sarah Wood, P2 and APhA-ASP President Elect
Time management was a term known to me but that I never fully understood, until I started Pharmacy School. Working during Pharmacy School is completely do-able but like all things that are worth while it is not easy. I am an intern at a hospital and I work in their emergency department every other weekend and sometimes that means I work before every exam for an entire block. Ironically, I have gotten my highest grades the weekends I have worked before an exam. I would be shocked at how well I would do on exams but then I realized that I managed my time better when I knew I had to work the weekend before an exam. I prioritize my time and faced the challenge head on. I learned that anything is possible with a planner and lots of grit. I get to apply the knowledge I learn in the classroom in the E.D constantly and it is the most remarkable thing when it all clicks in my brain. As my classmates forget why certain drugs are used for a certain disease states, I am constantly being exposed to patients with unique drug combinations. Even though I work long hours, every time I clock out I leave my job with a huge smile and a sense of accomplishment. I strongly recommend working in the field of pharmacy as a student and understanding your role and impact as a future pharmacist in the community.
Adriana Muradyan, P2
Each day in pharmacy school is different, but I’m about to delve into what a typical day looks like for me. Depending on what I have going on, I may wake up early so that I can study a little. Then, I begin to get ready for my day and make my way to class. While in class, I try to stay engaged and take good notes. However, if I miss things, the lectures are recorded, and I will usually go back and fill in what I missed. Class can get long and gruesome, but it helps that we have 10-minute breaks at the end of every hour. These breaks help us to relax our minds and re-energize a bit. From 1-2pm, all pharmacy students have a lunch break, and it also serves as a time for clubs and organizations to have meetings. When I’m done for the day, I will usually go home, take a break, and then I will begin studying. Sometimes I study in the library, in Maddox, or at home…it just depends on how I’m feeling at the time!
Time management is very important while in pharmacy school, and it is necessary to always stay on top of things! In order to be successful, you must try to study every day because there is A LOT of information that is covered. You will get behind if you are not careful! Finding a study strategy is essential, and organization is key. It is also helpful if you have friends to study with because it creates a sense of accountability. Also, your friends may be able to help clarify concepts that you did not fully understand or vice versa. Friends are very important and will help pharmacy school go a lot smoother!
For the majority of the day, I spend my time in the books. However, I know that it is important to have personal downtime. Usually, I will watch a little Netflix or watch TV just to relax my mind. It gives me a chance to take a study break and do something that I enjoy. Pharmacy school is all about time management and balancing your responsibilities. It may be tough in the beginning, at least I know it was for me! However, you will learn and get the hang of it as time progresses!
Amber Hill, P2
It is hard to believe three years have come and gone and my time at Campbell is coming to an end. Though the days (and many nights studying) have seemed long, the last three years have flown by. Coming from a larger university, I was nervous as to what experience I would have. Would it feel just like high school? Let’s be honest—who wants to repeat high school? Would I be happy? When I interviewed, those thoughts instantly dissipated…I had found my home away from home. I vividly remember calling my mother on the way home and saying, “This is it. I just know it.”
I can honestly say that I would not trade these last three years for anything. This place and the people here have become my home and family. I love the Christian values and the family atmosphere. My class was the first class to participate in the new curriculum block schedule. Due to this, I feel we have grown up in a way with the faculty here. We have learned through trial and error what works, what does not, and ways to further improve in order to become excellent healthcare providers and create an even stronger PharmD program. I love being able to walk across campus and wave to my professors and them know my name and about me as a person. I am not just a student identification number, which is something that has been the greatest asset. I have spent many days and nights in professors’ offices whether it be crying over the stress, getting feedback on grades, or just simply talking about how I am emotionally handling everything.
My experience would not have been what it was had I not gotten involved. I made it my mission to become very involved, so I would not lose myself in the process of obtaining my PharmD. Looking back, this is the best advice I can give to any new incoming pharmacy student. Get involved. Find something you are interested in. Find your niche and family. I promise you it will greatly benefit you in the long run and teach you time management. It will expose you to new things and will be a great addition to your resume. Through my time at Campbell, I have grown in so many ways and the people I have met, and my experiences are responsible for that. I am so ready to have PharmD behind my name. However, I know I will miss this place and my time here so much.
Madison Saint-Amand, P3
As pharmacy students we sometimes get bogged down with our rigorous course work and forget to take care of ourselves. With all our responsibilities, it can get hectic, but it is important to designate time for yourself. One way you can achieve this is by participating in fitness activities. This can be done off campus, but there are several fitness options available on campus as well. One of the places you can find these on-campus fitness options is Campus Recreation, which is located in Carter Gym. Campus Recreation offers various exercise classes from Sunrise Yoga to Power Pilates (I have listed their schedule below). All the classes offered are for no extra cost for Campbell students with a valid student ID. If you prefer a more personal fitness activity Campus Recreation also offers personal training that is around $15/hour. All their personal trainers are CPR/AED/First Aid certified and working toward national certification or already have acquired national certification.
Brittany Gibbs, P2
Interprofessional education is considered a priority here at the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at Campbell. Every semester we have Interprofessional Education (IPE) events that include students from all CPHS programs including pharmacy, physician assistant, nursing, physical therapy, and public health. These events provide us with opportunities to interact with students from all programs and gain experience working together as a health care team, which will benefit us in the future when we all become members of a health care team. These events usually consist of seminars, guest speakers, or case studies. In the past we have had speakers discuss medication errors and how they can be prevented by all health care professionals, mental health issues that affect patients and health care professionals, and health disparities and how we can bridge the gap to provide the best care for our patients. These are all very important topics for us to learn and discuss, and it is very beneficial to do so with students in other programs who can provide a different prospective and insight into the topic. These interprofessional events give us an opportunity to learn more about and appreciate each member of the health care team, and I am so thankful to attend a school that recognizes the value of interprofessional education.
Hannah Sandridge, P2
This year, the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) hosted their Midyear Regional Meeting (MRM) in Atlanta, Georgia at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel. Campbell is a part of Region Three, which consists of the schools of the southeast, stretching from down in Florida up to Tennessee. Campbell’s chapter had a great showing this year sending twelve students.
The conference began on the evening of Friday, October 18th. After arriving at the hotel and attending the opening ceremony, we had the opportunity to eat hors d’oeuvres and fraternize with the students attending from other schools. I’ve always found this to be interesting because often times these are the same students that participate in other organizations and attend other meetings as well. Through attending these meetings, I’ve built a nationwide network of students and friends who I will likely see once or twice every year.
Saturday was a day full of enthralling speakers and sessions in which over five hundred student pharmacists got to gain insight and wisdom from seasoned clinicians as well as other student pharmacists within the APhA-ASP organization. Saturday afternoon there was also the opportunity to run for elected regional positions within the APhA-ASP organization. Campbell’s own Caitlyn Conway ran for, and won, Midyear Regional Meeting Coordinator! She will be responsible for helping to plan and setup next year’s MRM, which will be just down the street in Raleigh, NC.
Another large component of MRM is the policy forum in which each school drafts a policy proposal to be endorsed by the APhA-ASP organization. Each school is then responsible for answering questions about their policy, which is eventually voted on by one delegate from each chapter. I had the honor of doing that this year and had a wonderful time doing so!
In summary, MRM was a great experience in learning about the current state of the professions, as well as where it is headed going forward. It was also an awesome opportunity to socialize with students from Campbell, as well as other schools in our region. I’m looking forward to MRM2020 in Raleigh!
Anthony Siggia, P2