Reflections: UCSOP Summer Internship Experience

As an undergraduate looking to one day attend pharmacy school I was looking for any chance I could get to gain experience in the field of pharmacy. When the opportunity to become an intern at the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy came up I had to take it. I quickly began the application process and soon was asked to interview for the position. After two rounds of interviews I received a phone call offering me the internship, which I quickly accepted.

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Beautiful view of the WV State Capitol building from UC’s campus.

I moved into East Apartments in the beginning of June to begin the internship. On the first day I received a very warm welcome from the faculty and staff of the School of Pharmacy. We toured Charleston, visited the Capitol building and Cultural Center, and became oriented with our new home for the next 8 weeks.

While we received many tasks to work on for the duration of the internship, our biggest project for the month of June was to serve as Head Counselors of the ExRx: Experience Pharmacy Summer Bootcamp. The camp was a week-long experience for high schoolers and undergraduates who were interested in pharmacy school. We spent the weeks leading up to the camp planning events, setting up activities, and preparing for the arrival of the students to the dorms. While we were leading the activities, we also got to immerse ourselves into the curriculum and learn about pharmacy school as well. After the camp ended we were invited to attend two School of Pharmacy alumni events; Blues Brews and BBQ, and Wine and all that Jazz. While the week of camp was long, we learned so much about UCSOP as well as meeting current students and alumni of UCSOP.

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Killian Rodgers, summer intern, and I volunteered at the animal shelter giving medication to dogs.

Throughout the month of July we got to work very closely with a P4 student who was on rotation with UCSOP administration. We also got the opportunity to work in the research lab under Dr. Linger. We spent the week assisting her running diagnostic tests, purifying proteins, and preparing a poster presentation. Also in the month of July we were able to shadow Dr. Juengel from UCSOP at WV Health Right. Both experiences allowed us to see different sides of pharmacy, and different paths we could take with a PharmD. Throughout the month we also volunteered at the local animal shelter and the health department. Both volunteer experiences served to broaden our horizons on what can be done with a PharmD, as well as giving us a sense of community and communication skills that are often used in pharmacy school.
Overall the experience allowed me to become even more excited about one day obtaining my PharmD. I got to experience several different paths of pharmacy that I didn’t know existed and I made connections with pharmacists and administrators that are invaluable. The eight weeks flew by as I grew to love Charleston more every day. To anyone who is currently and undergraduate and looking to attend pharmacy school this internship is a great way to further develop skills and experience that will be so useful when it comes time to apply!

UCSOP ExRx Bootcamp a Success!

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High school students make ointment in the compounding lab

From June 21st through the 24th the halls of UCSOP looked very different with almost 30 high school and undergraduate students here for the 3rd annual ExRx- Experience Pharmacy Summer Bootcamp. These students were formally here to learn about UC and the profession of pharmacy as a whole but also to do what anyone at a camp wants to do- have fun! Favorite activities included compounding camphor-menthol ointment in the compounding lab with Mr. Ramirez, preparing sterile IVs with Dr. Embrey and Ms. Condee, and a photo scavenger hunt around campus which turned into a fierce competition to find as many UC Golden Eagles as possible. (The winning team, The Green Circle Group ultimately found 28!)

Campers came from all over the country. While a majority came from West Virginia we had people come all the way from New York, Florida, and numerous other states to participate. In addition to the hands on experiences, campers also got a feel for the more didactic classroom based portions of the Pharm D. program through sessions on the history of pharmacy, ethics, and the APhA Career Pathways program.

One particularly exciting session was Dr. Radhakrishnan’s lecture “The Travelogue of a Tablet” which covered the journey of tablet from mouth to active site to excretion. Campers enjoyed being in the “facilities and us[ing] resources that current pharmacy students get to use” while getting a lecture from a professor they very well may have if they come to UCSOP.

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Students work with a mannequin in the simulation lab

Ultimately, the success of a program like this is the impact it has on the students. One student even went so far as to say they had “been to few camps and things about pharmacy and [in] the few short days here…learned more then any other place as well had more fun. So [they] would highly recommend this to anyone for the fact of all th [sic] info …[and] how fun it was.” A focus of UCSOP and in turn a focus of the camp was on promoting rural health. Students were exposed to the unique challenges of rural health pharmacists by interacting with some and hearing about their experiences. As a result, 75% indicated after the camp that they are interested in serving rural populations.

While this extended four day ExRx program is only offered once per summer, UCSOP has shorter ExRx open house events on campus throughout the school year. Check out this link for more information.

Each group of campers led by a P2 Fellow created a short video to capture their camp experience. Check them out below to see what each group was up to!

The Silver Star Group led by Kathryn Howerton

The Pink Circle Group led by Rachel Peaytt

Squad Red Stars led by Kyle Theiss

The Gold Star Group led by Blanche Ndifon

The Blue Star Group led by Leila Fleming

The Green Circle Group led by Amber Gross

(Cirlce groups are high school students and star groups are current undergraduate students)

Be sure to look out for information about ExRx 2017 next Spring on the UCSOP website this fall!

UCSOP Offers Summer Camp for High School & Undergraduate Students

Contributed by: Taylor Pickens, ExRx Boot camp Alum and Class of 2020

Are you interested in learning about the pharmacy profession? Registration for the 2016 Experience Pharmacy Bootcamp is now open. Tuesday, June 21 will mark the first day of the second ExRx BExRx-postcardootcamp event held at the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy, in Charleston, WV. This unique four-day event is designed to give high school juniors, seniors, and undergraduate college students the opportunity to experience pharmacy in an interactive, hands-on fashion. Students will take part in organized activities beginning Tuesday morning, June 21 and ending Friday afternoon, June 24. Some of the week’s events will include hands-on simulation, compounding, and IV lab experiences, as well as sessions on the history of pharmacy, medicinal plants, pharmaceutical career options, mock interviewing, and many other activities.

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Students learn to compound IV products at ExRx Bootcamp

This unique experience is a prime opportunity to gain insight and preparation for that next step toward a future in pharmacy. Whether you are interested in learning more about a pharmacy career as a whole, or need help preparing for the application process, ExRx Bootcamp will prove to be a worthwhile experience. Emily Chattin, a freshman pre-pharmacy scholar at the University of Charleston says, “I would highly recommend attending this event. You are educated on what it takes to succeed before, during, and after pharmacy school, make lifelong friendships and connections with your preceptors. You also get to do fascinating experiments in the lab.”

Participating students will be housed in UC residence halls, with meals provided by the UC dining hall. Cost for the four-day camp is ONLY $99.00 per student, and includes meals, lodging, linens, towels, as well all activities. A limited number of need-based scholarships are available. If you would like to register, or are interested in receiving more information, please contact Ms. Jamie Bero at jamiebero@ucwv.edu, or call (304)720–6685.

Registration forms and information can also be accessed online at: http://www.ucwv.edu/pharmacy/ 

SNPhA Region I & II Conference Coming to Charleston

max your potential_logo.jpgOn behalf of the University of Charleston school of Pharmacy SNPhAmily, Our SNPhA chapter would like to welcome every pharmacy student and pharmacist to the city of Charleston and the 2016 region I & II conference. It is with great honor to have the opportunity to host the next SNPhA regional conference and introduce you to the beautiful city of Charleston, WV. As every pharmacy student and pharmacist take part in making the pharmacy profession, the healthcare system and community better, we hope this will be an opportunity for each pharmacy student to learn, connect, and most importantly, “Maximize your Potential.”

The conference will be taking place at the Marriot Town Center in downtown Charleston. Shuttles will be provided by the hotel in terms of requests to pick up students or pharmacists from the airport. Motivational speakers, Dr. Mordecai Brownlee and Dwayne Bryant are looking forward to bringing out the best in every student pharmacist and pharmacist. In addition, our “Casino” themed party is sure to bridge the gap between professionals and students in a very welcoming atmosphere. Lastly, we are putting together workshops with a goal in mind to enrich every student’s mind about subjects that would contribute to their growth. There will be endless opportunity for everyone to perhaps meet their future boss or company and we encourage everyone to travel to the conference with their business cards, ready to connect. And although this conference may be mostly geared towards pharmacy students, another portion of the conference is also designed with CEs to encourage every pharmacist in the field to continue being the best at patient care and continue to be informed in this forever-changing healthcare world.

We have worked effortlessly for the past few months to put together the most beneficial workshops, socials events, and CE’s to allow all pharmacy students and pharmacists to learn and share something new. We hope everyone will take the time to fully participate in all events and will be able to take away something significant and memorable to make the world, as future and current pharmacists, a better place to live in.

We are truly excited to see you all on April 1st -3rd in Charleston at the Marriot Town Center Hotel and we look forward to meeting, mingling, and learning with all of you.

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To register for the conference, click here. Attendees registered for the conference can book a room at the Marriott Town Center (where the conference is taking place) by calling and mentioning the SNPhA Conference: 304-345-6500 or 1-800-228-9290.

About SNPhA

SNPhA, the Student National Pharmaceutical Association, is a group of educated pharmacy students, concerned about pharmacy, healthcare issues and the poor minority representation in healthcare. As a result, we are known to “serve the underserved.” Our mission is to plan, organize, and execute programs directed towards the improvement of health, education and social environment of the community.

Every year, SNPhA National gives through competition, an opportunity to two of their school chapters in regions across the country the privilege to be the host of one of the most meaningful experiences as pharmacy students. The SNPhA regional conference is an event for every pharmacy students and pharmacists to learn, grow and connect in the outside, all to ultimately forge great and knowledgeable pharmacists. This year, the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy was chosen to host the Region I & II conference in April 2016.

Contributed by: Loic Noubossie, Class of 2018, SNPhA President

Join us at the AACP Virtual Fair . . .

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The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) is hosting a Virtual Pharmacy School Fair on October 21st & 22nd

This is a free event intended for students who are interested in the professional field of Pharmacy, but are still deciding which schools to apply to. The Virtual Pharmacy School Fair is your private time to chat online with representatives from nearly 100 AACP member Pharmacy Schools around the nation, and have all of your important questions answered before even setting foot into a personal interview.

Join over 500 students who are getting a head start on their Pharmacy career! To register for this event, and to view a list of the live chat room schedule for all schools, click here. The University of Charleston School of Pharmacy will be there! Be sure to chat with us!

Students are encouraged to upload their resume before the event, but a resume is not required. All registered attendees will be entered into a drawing to win a $100 iTunes gift card.

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American Pharmacists Month Events

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October is American Pharmacists Month. During this time, pharmacists throughout the United States work to share and promote the role pharmacists play in patient care, public health, and promoting positive health outcomes.

The University of Charleston School of Pharmacy is actively engaged in celebrating American Pharmacists Month. Our students and faculty are participating in a number of activities–public service announcements on two radio stations, honoring pharmacists of the past through a blog series, staffing health fairs, providing immunizations, and much more! We invite YOU to join us Check out our list of events and happenings during the entire month!

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Experience Pharmacy at the UCSOP!

ExRx-postcardThe University of Charleston School of Pharmacy is continuing to host our ExRx: Experience Pharmacy days throughout the 2015-2016 school year. The ExRx days are an opportunity for high school juniors and seniors, along with college undergraduates, to learn more about the pharmacy profession. Whether you know pharmacy is right for you or have just started considering a career in pharmacy, this event is for you!

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Participants in the IV lab, “gowned up”. A sterile environment is important!

ExRx is your opportunity to learn more about the pharmacy profession and see what makes the UCSOP a great place to continue your pharmacy education. ExRx participants will spend time in our Simulation and IV Labs, learning how CPR works with a simulation mannequin with an actual pulse, blood pressure, temperature, and other physiological features. Participants can practice procedures and medications on the our mannequins, examining how methods would work on real patients. In the IV Lab, participants learn to make sterile intravenous products, utilizing aseptic techniques to maintain sterility.

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A participant in the compounding lab.

Participants will also work in the compounding lab, learning the basics of compounding medication. In the past, ExRx participants have compounded menthol/camphor topical ointment, lip balm, and medicated gummies. After experiencing the various labs the school has to offer, ExRx participants will meet faculty, staff, and current students of the pharmacy school. This is a great time to introduce yourself to faculty, and ask any questions that you may have. The day will end with a tour of the School of Pharmacy, and participants have the option to have lunch with current pharmacy students.

Join us to experience what it is like to be a pharmacy student at the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy!

ExRx dates for the 2015-2016 school year are:

  • September 26, 2015
  • October 24, 2015
  • February 20, 2016
  • April 16, 2016
  • June 4, 2016

ExRx days are free, but space is limited. To register for an ExRx day, please click here.

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Allyssa Bradford, Class of 2019

 

ExRx days are a great way to learn more about the profession of pharmacy, and to see how pharmacy school will be at UCSOP. I highly recommend it to any student who has an interest in the profession of pharmacy. I already knew I wanted to become a pharmacist before attending ExRx, however it reassured me I was making the right decision with my future.

Contributed by: Isabella White, blogger and UCSOP Graduate Intern.

 

Experience Pharmacy This Summer!

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The University of Charleston School of Pharmacy is inviting high school juniors, seniors and college undergraduates to Experience Pharmacy in June 2015. Faculty and staff will conduct an intensive three-day summer camp for students interested in pursuing a career in pharmacy. The ExRx (Experience Pharmacy) Bootcamp will be held Monday, June 22 through Thursday, June 25, 2015 at the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy in Charleston, WV.

Gannett mannequinParticipants will have the opportunity to learn about various pharmacy career paths, participate in activities in the compounding, simulation and IV labs, and tour the School of Pharmacy. They will also receive advice on preparing and applying for college and pharmacy school. There will be interesting sessions on the history of pharmacy, medicinal plants, medication adherence and patient consultation.

Evening activities will include: a scavenger hunt, a service project, a board game night, ice cream social and pizza, movies and s’mores night.

Students will stay in the UC residence halls and meals will be provided in the UC dining halls. The $99.00 fee includes meals, lodging, linens, towels, curricular materials, and activities. A limited number of need-based scholarships are available.IV Wednesday

For more information or to register please contact Ms. Jamie Bero at jamiebero@ucwv.edu or by telephone at 304-720-6685. Registration forms are also available at: www.ucwv.edu/pharmacy