December's Guide to the Galaxy

December's Guide to the Galaxy

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ASHP Midyear 2017 

Chuck Hennes, Laura Jane Baker-Straw, Taylor Barnes, Meghan Frieter, Kendall Tucker 

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Taylor & Laura Jane 

This month, Laura Jane and I took our first steps toward achieving one of the goals we set at the beginning of our time in this program: attaining a PGY1 pharmacy residency. We always felt that we worked well as a team due to the fact that we had similar long term goals, and we grew closer as we worked together in this program due to our interests. I have always been passionate about patient care, and through my clinical rotations this year, that passion has been reaffirmed, and I have discovered a love of pediatrics. While Laura Jane has always been interested in inpatient acute care residencies, she realized over the course of this year that she enjoys a more longstanding relationship with the patient. Through the mentorship of Ms. Walker and other individuals she met throughout the course of the program, she was able to reflect on her pharmacy experiences and determine her true passion: ambulatory care.

We began the month of December with a trip to ASHP's Clinical Midyear Meeting, where we both presented the results of our research. My research revealed the results of a project I have worked on throughout pharmacy school about the patient perception of community pharmacy and the job responsibilities of the employees who work to fill their prescriptions. Laura Jane's research focuses on a more clinical aspect of pharmacy and looks at the effects of capped heparin dosing on time to therapeutic aPTTs in the treatment of VTEs. 

While there, we also had the opportunity to attend the residency showcase and ask questions of residents and program directors. Our time in the Walker Leadership Scholars program prepared us well for this environment, and we felt well prepared to start a conversation with everyone at the residency booths. We were able to ask questions and make judgments about which residency programs would be the best fit for us based on these conversations. I had my first off month during the month of December, and I spent the remainder of the month preparing my applications. I applied to nine residency programs, six of which have a pediatric focus and three of which offer a general background in both adult and pediatric medicine. Laura Jane applied to eight programs, all of which were ambulatory care focused. We both also focused on programs that offer a strong teaching certificate program, as our time in the Walker Leadership Scholars Program taught us both the importance of mentorship. We both hope that in the future we will be able to contribute not only to this program as alumni, but also to other schools of pharmacy to help encourage young pharmacy leaders to pursue leadership training. We are now working on developing patience, and we are excited to see where we will embark on our first year of post graduate pharmacy training!

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Chuck Hennes

This was a very eventful month for myself and the rest of the Walker scholars. I had the opportunity to present a research poster entitled “How does inhibition of CDK7 affect the growth of Breast Cancer cells?” at the 2017 ASHP Midyear meeting in Orlando, Florida. This was my second time presenting a poster ASHP’s national meeting and was my best time yet! Even though I am just a second year pharmacy student, I still had the opportunity to go and introduce myself to various residency program directors and network with them for when I eventually apply to their programs during my fourth year. I also had the opportunity to network with various pharmaceutical companies speaking with many of their representatives. While talking to these programs and companies, I expressed that I was very interested in informatics and analytics. After hearing from these various groups that there is in an increasing need for this relatively newer field of pharmacy, it has only increased my interest and makes me want to get more involved in this subject area.

Another great aspect of attending this event was that I was able to see two of our Walker Leadership Scholar alumni Kendall Tucker and Parth Parikh. Both Kendall and Parth are currently doing PGY-1 residencies and had their own booths talking to various students about their respective programs. This was very helpful for me personally because Kendall and I both share the same interest in informatics and he gave me lots of very helpful advice about pursuing a career in this field.

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Hanna Murray 

This month, my classmate and I had an incredible opportunity to bring a project of ours to two residence halls and one U101 class. Our project, called Treat Yo'self Care, is an interactive presentation series about how college students can take care of themselves using OTC products and healthy sleep habits. We provide a pharmacy standpoint for how to keep your mind and body healthy during finals week. Students are divided into teams and given a scenario in which they're supposed to identify their symptoms and choose between different OTC products in order to effectively "treat" themselves. The series is designed to be an entertaining way to empower first-year students to take responsibility for their health and understand the differences between basic medications. It's also a great way for our college of pharmacy to give back to the greater USC student body. So far we've done our presentation 6 times and have reached roughly 100 first-year students, and we're really looking forward to presenting to even more groups this semester!

November was a time to remember

Phi Lambda Sigma Honor Society Induction

We are so proud to honor our two newest Walker Leadership Scholars, Chuck Hennes and Hanna Murray, into the Phi Lambda Sigma Leadership Society. Each year at the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy, second and third year students apply to be in this prestigious society and a select group of students get chosen to be inducted and join in the efforts of promoting leadership development for the pharmacy profession.  We cannot wait to see what amazing things the addition of two more of our Walker Scholars can do to help this amazing organization.

We are so proud to honor our two newest Walker Leadership Scholars, Chuck Hennes and Hanna Murray, into the Phi Lambda Sigma Leadership Society. Each year at the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy, second and third year students apply to be in this prestigious society and a select group of students get chosen to be inducted and join in the efforts of promoting leadership development for the pharmacy profession.  We cannot wait to see what amazing things the addition of two more of our Walker Scholars can do to help this amazing organization.

Midyear Regional Meeting Conference Charleston, SC November 3-5 Charleston Airport & Convention Center

Congratulations to our wonderful scholars who had the opportunity to attend American Pharmacist Association (APhA) Midyear Regional Meeting. Our scholars are part of region 3 of APhA and had to opportunity to help represent the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy at this event. APhA is an organization that focuses on the legislative/advocacy side of pharmacy and is geared towards advancement of pharmacy practice. While at the conference, our scholars, along with the other representatives from the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy had the opportunity to help write new proposals and participate in open discussion about new proposals that Region 3 would like to present to the national organization in hopes of getting new legislation passed in your great nation. Also throughout the weekend our scholars had the chance to hear from a multitude of professionals about various topics including: Curriculum Vitae (CV) development, a road map to Residency, and a presentation on the opioid misuse epidemic that is afflicting our nation. At the conclusion of their weekend our scholars said that they were “super excited about getting back to their school and seeing where they could find ways to be more actively involved in legislation/advocacy”. Looking towards the Spring, our scholars will be attending the national meeting for APhA in Nashville, Tennessee.

Congratulations to our wonderful scholars who had the opportunity to attend American Pharmacist Association (APhA) Midyear Regional Meeting. Our scholars are part of region 3 of APhA and had to opportunity to help represent the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy at this event. APhA is an organization that focuses on the legislative/advocacy side of pharmacy and is geared towards advancement of pharmacy practice. While at the conference, our scholars, along with the other representatives from the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy had the opportunity to help write new proposals and participate in open discussion about new proposals that Region 3 would like to present to the national organization in hopes of getting new legislation passed in your great nation. Also throughout the weekend our scholars had the chance to hear from a multitude of professionals about various topics including: Curriculum Vitae (CV) development, a road map to Residency, and a presentation on the opioid misuse epidemic that is afflicting our nation. At the conclusion of their weekend our scholars said that they were “super excited about getting back to their school and seeing where they could find ways to be more actively involved in legislation/advocacy”. Looking towards the Spring, our scholars will be attending the national meeting for APhA in Nashville, Tennessee.

Lunch at Nephron Pharmaceuticals with CEO Bill Kennedy

On November 29th our scholars had the opportunity to meet with and have lunch with the founder and CEO of Nephron Pharmaceuticals Bill Kennedy. Nephron Pharmaceuticals is 503B outsourcing facility for pharmaceutical products. Bill Kennedy, an alumni of the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy (USCCOP), also started up at program at the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy called the Kennedy Pharmacy Innovation Center. This center, which is utilized heavily by our scholars, helps pharmacy students venture out into different areas of pharmacy and promotes innovation and personal development.   While at lunch, our scholars got to hear about how Mr. Kennedy got started with his company and how he and his team have grown their company into the extremely successful business that it is today. Mr. Kennedy also spoke on how important it is to go outside of the normal realm of pharmacy to get a different perspective on how the world healthcare really works and what it takes to operate a successful business. He spoke on evolving with the times and how important it is to focus on what’s going around you in the world to be able to identify new business endeavors. Also during their lunch meeting, Mr. Kennedy proposed an interesting project that our scholars could get involved with involving improving patient compliance after discharge from the hospital. Chuck Hennes said that “this is something that I think our program could definitely get involved with and help formulate a plan to help improve patient outcomes in our community.” After hearing all of Mr. Kennedy’s wise words of wisdom, Chuck Hennes and Hanna Murray had the opportunity to take a tour of the entire Nephron campus with a group of perspective clients from a Group Purchasing Organization (GPO), that represented a multitude of hospital systems across the nation.

On November 29th our scholars had the opportunity to meet with and have lunch with the founder and CEO of Nephron Pharmaceuticals Bill Kennedy. Nephron Pharmaceuticals is 503B outsourcing facility for pharmaceutical products. Bill Kennedy, an alumni of the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy (USCCOP), also started up at program at the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy called the Kennedy Pharmacy Innovation Center. This center, which is utilized heavily by our scholars, helps pharmacy students venture out into different areas of pharmacy and promotes innovation and personal development.

 

While at lunch, our scholars got to hear about how Mr. Kennedy got started with his company and how he and his team have grown their company into the extremely successful business that it is today. Mr. Kennedy also spoke on how important it is to go outside of the normal realm of pharmacy to get a different perspective on how the world healthcare really works and what it takes to operate a successful business. He spoke on evolving with the times and how important it is to focus on what’s going around you in the world to be able to identify new business endeavors. Also during their lunch meeting, Mr. Kennedy proposed an interesting project that our scholars could get involved with involving improving patient compliance after discharge from the hospital. Chuck Hennes said that “this is something that I think our program could definitely get involved with and help formulate a plan to help improve patient outcomes in our community.” After hearing all of Mr. Kennedy’s wise words of wisdom, Chuck Hennes and Hanna Murray had the opportunity to take a tour of the entire Nephron campus with a group of perspective clients from a Group Purchasing Organization (GPO), that represented a multitude of hospital systems across the nation.

Rotation with Global Medical Solutions in Australia

This month, Taylor Barnes was afforded the opportunity to complete an international rotation and learn about nuclear pharmacy in Melbourne, Australia. As Australia is a population that is sustained by immigration, she had the opportunity to interact with people from many backgrounds, as well as the opportunity to learn about the differences in pharmacy education in the United States and in Australia. At Tullamarine Radiopharmacy, she learned a great deal about how to run a nuclear pharmacy, including how to staff the pharmacy, how to manage the deliveries of the medications, and how to solve problems that arise after the medications are delivered to the hospitals. The best part of the rotation she said was “when we were able to draw on our knowledge of pharmacy from the states to suggest a solution to a problem that has arisen, and I took away from the rotation many ideas for innovative projects that I could bring to my future workplace”. Taylor also had this to say “overall, participating in an international rotation was a rewarding and educational experience, and I would recommend all of my peers pursue experiences in this field”. We are so proud of Taylor and encourage all of our scholars to seek opportunities that take them out of their comfort zone.

This month, Taylor Barnes was afforded the opportunity to complete an international rotation and learn about nuclear pharmacy in Melbourne, Australia. As Australia is a population that is sustained by immigration, she had the opportunity to interact with people from many backgrounds, as well as the opportunity to learn about the differences in pharmacy education in the United States and in Australia. At Tullamarine Radiopharmacy, she learned a great deal about how to run a nuclear pharmacy, including how to staff the pharmacy, how to manage the deliveries of the medications, and how to solve problems that arise after the medications are delivered to the hospitals. The best part of the rotation she said was “when we were able to draw on our knowledge of pharmacy from the states to suggest a solution to a problem that has arisen, and I took away from the rotation many ideas for innovative projects that I could bring to my future workplace”. Taylor also had this to say “overall, participating in an international rotation was a rewarding and educational experience, and I would recommend all of my peers pursue experiences in this field”. We are so proud of Taylor and encourage all of our scholars to seek opportunities that take them out of their comfort zone.

October Update

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Dr. Kirk Randazzo

On October 13th, 2017 the Walker Leadership Program was able to team up with the Phi Lambda Sigma Leader Leadership Society to host Dr. Kirk Randazzo for an inspirational speech about the three D's of Leadership. Dr. Randazzo is currently the Director of Graduate Studies and Leadership Studies, and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of South Carolina. He was able to speak and motivate a room of over 100 student pharmacists about being Different, Dependable, and Dynamic as a leader. 

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SCSSHP Fall Meeting

On Thursday, October 26th our very own Chuck Hennes had the opportunity help coordinate and attend the South Carolina Society of Health System Pharmacies fall meeting. Chuck was part of the education subcommittee that planned out the student programming sessions. He was tasked with reaching out to a variety of different pharmacy professionals and ask if they were able to come in and speak at a career round table session with students. For the career round table session, each of the professionals were seated at different tables and students were able to rotate around to each individual and listen to their stories and description of their jobs. Chuck was also able to be one of the committee members chosen to do the introduction for one of the key note speakers for the first student programming session.  He had the honor of introducing Dr. Brandon Bookstaver who is an Associate Professor in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy & Outcomes Sciences, Director of Residency & Fellowship Training at the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy, and the Infectious Disease Residency and Clinical Fellowship Program Director for Palmetto Health Richland/USC. Also during the residency show case Chuck had the opportunity to speak with a variety of different residency programs about his career interests and his future pharmaceutical goals. Chuck said that he was very excited about being able to have the opportunity to speak to all these programs and attendees of the conference and can’t wait to start planning the spring meeting and see these programs at the national meeting in Orlando Florida, December 3-7th.

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ACCP Midyear Meeting

The Walker Leadership program is proud to share that our very own Taylor Barnes was afforded the opportunity to present the results a research project she has been working on since she began pharmacy school at the annual American College of Clinical Pharmacy meeting. The results she presented looked at not only the qualities that patients look for in their pharmacy, but also their perception of those working behind the pharmacy counter. While at ACCP, she was also able to attend her first residency showcase and attend a pediatric PRN meeting to learn more about the area of pharmacy she may one day wish to practice in. She said "this opportunity was very awarding, and I hope that my pharmacy career affords me many more opportunities to network, meet people, and learn from others in this environment!"