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Monday, March 30, 2015

Summer Break

ENJOY IT!!!  Make sure you do tons of fun things this summer break, because this will be one your last real summer breaks.  Do not be bummed though, summer break during pharmacy school is still a time of much needed rest.  However, you might find yourself doing pharmacy related activities such as working 40 hours a week to accrue your 500 pharmacy related hours needed for the NAPLEX , or an internship with a specific company, or maybe you do a research internship, and possibly even a health related mission trip. 
Summers during pharmacy school are great and we all look forward to them, but they do not compare to the summer between undergrad and the start of pharmacy school.  SO LIVE IT UP!!!   If you have any questions about working during the summer to intern hours or any questions in general please feel free to email me at castaggs@presby.edu. 

P2 - Class of 2017

Friday, March 27, 2015

Summer Intern Opportunities at PCSP

One of the exciting opportunities that Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy offers is a competitive eight-week Pharmacy Research Summer Internship (PRSI). It is a privilege to have professors here at PCSP that are not only educators, but are also involved in various fields of research. Dr. Alfonso Romero-Sandoval, Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical & Administrative Sciences and also Director of Research, and the Office of Research have partnered with the University of Alcala (UAH) in Spain to offer the PRSI program both at the PCSP campus here in South Carolina and at the UAH campus in Spain. Pre-pharmacy undergraduate students, pharmacy students here at PCSP and students at UAH are invited to apply for the opportunity to be paired up 1:1 with a faculty member to receive mentoring, education, and paid research experience for eight weeks in June and July.

The program currently accommodates eight student research positions at the PCSP campus, two of which are reserved for students visiting from UAH in Spain to do their internship at PCSP. The program also presents the opportunity for two students to travel to Spain to carry out their internship at the University of Alcala. The benefits of participating in the PRSI are numerous, and extend to improving the odds of landing a residency after pharmacy school, as well as, obtaining pharmacy jobs. Faculty mentoring, confidence in the lab, and the networking experience that comes from presenting your work to other professionals are just a few of the other benefits of completing a Pharmacy Research Summer Internship. Applications are due March 13, 2015 and spots are competitive. So what are you waiting for?! Head over to the PCSP website and search under Departments to find the Office of Research. There, you will find the link on the left for the Pharmacy Research Summer Internship and the applications, as well as information about what type of research our faculty is involved in and how you can participate in that research. Good luck!

P1 - Class of 2018

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Joining Organizations

Most incoming students are overwhelmed with the amount of organizations there are to join during the first month of school …I know I was! I’m going to share my experience with you about joining the professional fraternity KE (Kappa Epsilon). A lot of girls and guys in my class decided to join during the first week of school, so I thought I would give it a go! I was in a sorority in undergrad at PC so I thought it would be similar to that. One of the main differences that I immediately noticed is that, instead of there being over a hundred members, there is a fraction of that which allows you to make closer friendships! My “big” is one of my best friends now and I am so glad I gave it a shot! There are service activities, fun parties, a big/little reveal, etc. to take part in. I would recommend anyone join whether you are an incoming student or not!


P1, Class of 2018

Monday, March 23, 2015

Thinking about a Residency

In many ways residency can be scary. Many different people will tell you that it’s the best thing they’ve ever done, while others may say that they’re glad that they didn’t do one. Although residencies can be challenging, they can also bring a great reward. Preparing yourself and earning a residency can open up many new doors of pharmacy that you never thought existed.

When it comes to the topic of pharmacy, many people have the perception of a person who fills prescriptions and makes sure the correct customer gets the correct medication. While this is certainly part of each pharmacist’s role, pharmacists with residencies can be trained for specialty roles in pharmacy as well. Upon completion of a residency program, a pharmacist gains 5 years of work experience for every 1 year of residency. Furthermore, a pharmacist can be trained in other specialty pharmacy areas such as psychiatric, pediatric, ambulatory care, geriatric, infectious disease and many others.

If you’re unsure of what area of pharmacy you’d like to pursue always keep residency in mind just in case you decide that you’d like to specialize or gain more experience so that you’re more competitive in the job market. To prepare for a residency make sure that you’re involved in community service, take on a leadership role of an organization, participate in extracurricular activities, do independent studies/research,  poster presentations on research, keep your grades up as much as possible, and attend national/local pharmacy meetings to network with other students and established pharmacists. All of these are not only important to your career, but also for getting a residency as well. While residency isn’t for everyone, it’s good to be open to it since you never know how much your mind may change or what types/areas of pharmacy that you may find that you enjoy. As always, if you have any questions or want to learn more, many students and faculty would be glad to talk about residency programs.


P3 - Class of 2016

Friday, March 20, 2015

Representing PCSP as a Place We Love

When first arriving at PCSP there were some defining moments that really stood out, namely how every professor had an ability to make you feel like family. This really set the precedent. We were shown how professional this program is and how PCSP is an environment well suited for the best pharmacy education you can get.  They showed so much pride in the program and the people that comprise it, that it came natural for us to show enthusiasm about what they had going on here. That state of mind is contagious. PCSP delivers an outstanding education and cultivates such a great atmosphere to do so in, that being said, it is easy to show our respect for this program and represent PCSP as a place we truly love.  The students here at PC are easily recognized around the community and all around the state. What we stand for and how we conduct ourselves is truly representative of how much pride we have in our program. Whether it is our humanitarianism efforts or when we are out on rotation, we characterize what we love about PCSP. We as a student body try to exemplify what we are about and will carry that into our careers as pharmacist.  The level of education and professional development that a student receives while with the PCSP family is something that we all are proud to represent, not only as pharmacists but in our daily lives.


 P1- Class of 2018

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Words of Wisdom

So you’re a pharmacy student now. Welcome to the profession! How do you survive you may ask? Here are some words of wisdom from one student to another.

1)      Find a stress reliever. No matter how on top of everything you are, there will be times in your school career when you become stressed. Find what you love and go for it!
2)      Never doubt yourself.  You made it to pharmacy school because of your drive and your knowledge. Never forget that you are here for a purpose!
3)      Find your people. Vague I know, but it’s the truth. Find the people who make you laugh, who make each day better, those who you can study with.
4)      Take some personal time.  Pharmacy school will quickly become your life. No matter how much time you feel like you don’t have, be sure to set aside some for YOU.

I hope these pearls will help as you go through your pharmacy school journey. You have picked a career that is challenging, exciting, and most importantly, rewarding. Welcome!  



Monday, March 16, 2015

Getting Involved

As a P2 I have found it very vital to be involved.  Whether you’re an active member in an organization, hold a leadership position, or sit on the Honor Council.  For me I feel that you can really make the most of your experience in school if you are a student that is involved.

During my P1 year I joined a couple of organizations that I found interesting.  At the end of the year I chose which organization I felt most passionate about and chose to run for office.  I was elected Publicist for NCPA for the 2014-2015 school year and have truly enjoyed my time on the Executive Board planning fundraisers, community service opportunities, and just helping make decisions for the future of our organization.  I also chose to get involved as an Ambassador and the Honor Council during my P1 year and have really enjoyed it thus far.  Being an ambassador allows you to be a face for the school and represent what we are all about.

Getting involved is all about what you make it.  As pharmacy school is already busy as it is, it is important to set boundaries for how involved you want to be and to not over commit yourself.  I highly encourage you to get involved during your time at PCSP because I can assure you that you won’t regret it!

P2 - Class of 2017