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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Taking the PCAT


The dreaded PCAT – it is not as bad as you think. The PCAT website, where you sign-up to take the test, has all the info you could imagine about the PCAT. Honestly, I did okay on the PCAT but not as well as I wanted to. Mainly due to the fact that I did not review for the test like I had planned. I bought the Kaplan PCAT Test Prep Book and had all of my old class notes and planned to do a little each day a month or so before the test. Needless to say, I did not stick to that. I did however take a few practice tests that the PCAT website offered. There are a multitude of resources out there to help get you as prepared as you want to be. Here are a few great ones:
  • Kaplan’s PCAT Test Prep Book
  • BenchPrep PCAT Review (there’s an app for that)
  • Past classwork (if you kept that kind of stuff)
  • Loads of other books (Kaplan is top-of-the-line though)
  • Audio books
  • Practice tests from PCAT website

I would recommend viewing all of the resources available on the PCAT website first. Buy the Kaplan book and actually use it (you can have the one pictured if you would like). Develop a plan to study and stick to it. Use whatever you can to get prepared. As far as taking the test:
  • Make sure to get plenty of sleep
  • Eat a full breakfast
  • Arrive to your testing site early
  • Make sure you have everything you need before leaving home (ID’s, paperwork, etc.)
  • Pace yourself (do not spend too much time on one question)
  • Remember you are not penalized for wrong answers (if you are running out of time…start clicking)

Do not stress over the test. You, most likely, will not do well if you do. I suggest taking it as soon as you can so that you can take it again if needed. Admissions are dependent on various factors such as, GPA, extracurricular activities, leadership roles, letters of recommendations, research, publications, experience, character, etc., not just your PCAT score. PCSP does a great job of considering all the factors of what makes a great future pharmacist. I know you will do well on the PCAT, along with everything else, and look forward to meeting you all as P1s next year. Take care and good luck.

Stephen

P1 - Class of 2018

Monday, October 20, 2014

Fall Break



                 


Ahhh….take a deep breath and relax, because you my friend have made it to fall break. Just when you think you couldn’t study an ounce more, you find that you have two whole days (and the weekend before those days) off, and you think that you might just sleep in forever. However, after that first good night of sleep, you realize….hey, I should go do something fun while I have the time! So, let me give you a few ideas of how you might spend those glorious days off. First, there is always downtown Greenville, and lo and behold there is a fall festival called “Fall for Greenville” that usually coincides with our break. There is food, music and fun to participate in, all about 45 minutes away from Clinton. Another option is going to the mountains (it IS fall after all) and enjoying a nice ride looking at the changing leaves. Charlotte, NC and Gatlinburg, TN are only a short distance away, and make for nice getaways in the fall. A third option in which students partake is going to the beach, which is about 3-4 hours away from Clinton. It might not be sun-bathing weather, but it sure is nice to walk along the water without the crowds from the summer! Whatever you choose to do, ENJOY it, because those exams will crank back up the moment you return (but by this time, you will be relaxed and ready to study yet again- we do love our profession after all).

Jenny
P3 - Class of 2016


Friday, October 17, 2014

Clinical Skills Challenge


Hello, my name is Caleb, and I am a third year pharmacy student at the Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy.  Last month, I had the privilege to compete in the American College of Clinical Pharmacy’s (ACCP) National Clinical Pharmacy Challenge.  To make the team which represented our school in the national competition, I had to compete in the local round, which was a timed written exam composed of trivia questions, clinical case applications, and jeopardy-styled questions.  I was fortunate to be one of the top three scorers on the local exam and was able to advance to compete in the national competition with my team mates, Jason and Steven, who are both fourth year pharmacy students at the PC School of Pharmacy. 

The composition of the quizzes administered during the national rounds of the competition were very similar to the one given at the local round; it was timed, and the three sections of the quiz remained the same.  However, these rounds were online, and it definitely made it a little more interesting, especially when our computer froze in the middle of the clinical case applications section in the third round! 

Our team successfully maneuvered through multiple rounds of the competition, which began with 104 teams.  We made it into the top 64, the top 32, the top 16, and we competed for one of the top 8 slots.  We didn’t qualify for one of the top 8 slots that will compete live at the ACCP annual meeting this month in Austin, Texas, but our team did exceptionally well, and we have received a lot of recognition from our adviser during the competition, Dr. Jaime Foushee, as well as many of the pharmacy practice faculty and administration here at the PC School of Pharmacy.

Caleb
P3 - Class of 2016

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

What a Private College Means to Me


In my experience, private colleges are schools that have slightly higher tuition payments because of the quality of education that I’ll be receiving! They are usually colleges that have a smaller class size, so I get a chance to have one on one interaction with my professors, get a chance to meet more of my classmates at a closer level, and be sure that the quality of my education is great! In my opinion, having that one on one interaction with my professors really helps me understand the material better, and overall helps me succeed in the course. I love being able to walk into class every day and feel like it’s a little family of students, with the same goal, helping each other be better. 

Jackie
P1 - Class of 2018

Monday, October 13, 2014

Interview Preparation


I’m Allie, a P3, we have started our first round of admissions interviews here at PC School of Pharmacy. I wanted to give you some quick tips on how to prepare for your upcoming interview day. First, before your interview date, check us out at pharmacy.presby.edu and get to know us and what we are about here at PC. Dress professionally; collared shirts, dress slacks, suits, etc.  Your individual interview will be conducted with a faculty member and a healthcare provider and will last about 45 minutes. This is a pretty small window of opportunity for your interviewers to get to know you so, practice an introduction, a quick bit about who you are and what you want them to know about you. Have a friend or family member conduct a mock interview with you, so that you can practice thinking on your feet. Don’t over think your answers, answer honestly and thoughtfully. Also it is very important to make every effort to arrive early to your interview day, plan ahead for traffic or weather. This way, you have plenty of time to orientate yourself and check in with our admissions staff. Lastly, take a deep breath, relax and let yourself shine through because you were hand-picked to come and interview with us. Good luck to you and I hope we will see you next fall!

Allie
P3 - Class of 2016

Friday, October 10, 2014

A Night Under the Lights


Displaying your school pride can be done in multiple fashions here at Presbyterian College. Going to support the PC football team is the way I display mine, while serving as a well needed study break. Being a former member of the Presbyterian College football team gives me some insight into all the hard work and dedication it takes to be a student-athlete here at PC. On September 13th PC was able to defeat longtime rival Furman University in the first night game in 15 years. Being in attendance with Dean Fuhrman, Dr. Asbill and fellow classmates made for a great time as we celebrated a monumental victory for the College.  If you are a die-hard football fan and nothing gets your juices flowing better than hard tackling football, you won’t have to drive to Clemson or Columbia to witness Division 1 Football. 

Jimmy
P2 - Class of 2017

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

CPNP: Mental Health Awareness



Here at PC School of Pharmacy, we strive to make everyone aware of what we can encounter before we step out on our own. The College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists (CPNP) educates students on mental health disorders and the ways that pharmacists are now participating in the treatment of these patients. CPNP is participating in Mental Health Awareness week that occurs October 5-11th. We will wear green to promote mental health awareness to the school and community. Mental health tends to be an under-served population, so we are here to bring light to this problem. During this week, we will be playing trivia to make students more aware of the definition of mental illness and to teach students about the various types of mental illness. In the month of November, we will have a psychiatric pharmacist, Dr. Jaclyn Marie Mawsky, attend our monthly chapter meeting. She will speak about her job at the Dorn VA Medical Center and the psychiatric research that she participates in. November is also National Epilepsy Awareness Month. During this month, our organization will post awareness quizzes on our social media for students to participate in. This will raise awareness about epilepsy and the ways that pharmacists can contribute to the healthcare of these patients. CPNP is a very active organization and we are proud that PC has one of the biggest student chapters in the nation. Mental health is an increasingly growing problem and we are here to contribute our knowledge to help these patients. We encourage you to wear green during October 5-11th to show your support for mental health!

Paige
P3 - Class of 2016