January, more like Frienduary

January, more like Frienduary 

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Dream Team 2018 

                PS: 2 more to come #April2018

January is the beginning of an extremely busy couple months for our Walker Leadership Scholars and the WLS Committee members. This time of year, the renowned Donna Walker makes her annual visit to the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy to speak to the first year pharmacy students. This is the first of many steps WLS program takes in beginning its selection process for awarding 2 deserving students the honor of being part of this marvelous program. A program where their growth knows no bounds.... 

Please take the time to hear about some of our scholar's thoughts on this sensational time of year below:


Laura-Jane Baker-Straw 4th year Pharmacy Student: 

January is always an exciting month for the Walker Scholars, as it is the time of year when we recruit applicants for the next year! During that process, our beloved donor, Donna Walker, joins us in person to help aid in the process. One of my favorite parts of the program is having the opportunity to have dinner with Donna and her mother, Mrs. Jeanette Walker, along with Mrs. Kathy and the rest of the scholars. We all bring different ideas, interests, and passions to the table and have great discussions about the future of the program, the future of the profession and how we can be exemplary leaders not only in our profession but also in health care. A table full of creative minds is certainly a roundtable discussion I love being a part of! During our evening, Taylor and I nominated each other and were selected by a unanimous vote that we would be the inaugural co-presidents of the Walker Leadership Scholars Alumni Foundation and were tasked with planning an event of all current and future scholars in the year 2020. We are excited to see how the program grows and implements change in our nation. I always leave any conversation with Donna feeling not only incredibly blessed for the opportunity of a lifetime that she has gifted me, but also inspired and empowered to go and do. We look forward to the application process and adding more scholars to our program!


Anna Todd 3rd year Pharmacy Student:

The spring 2018 semester has been off to a busy and fast start! The Walker Leadership Scholars were so happy to welcome Donna Walker back to the College of Pharmacy a couple weeks ago to speak to the P1 class and discuss our individual and team goals for the semester. The entire P1 class was in attendance to hear Mrs. Walker’s background in pharmacy and leadership. At the end of the presentation, each of the scholars shared one specific event or opportunity that the program provided us within the last year that we felt has given us the most leadership growth and insight. This was a great way for us to relate to the P1s and share with them how many opportunities for growth lies ahead in their pharmacy careers.

After the presentation, the entire committee met for lunch to discuss the upcoming semester and future plans for the program. These meetings are always special and one of my favorite parts of the semester since we only have the entire committee together a couple times each year. This semester, each scholar chose a specific task to take ownership of to facilitate organization and individual growth within the program. It was so great to speak with Mrs. Walker in person and have her as a source of guidance and mentorship throughout the program.

Looking forward to the rest of the semester, I am excited about attending the PLS Conference in Charleston and APhA annual meeting in Nashville. Additionally, we have begun the process of choosing our next two Walker Leadership Scholars following Mrs. Walker’s visit earlier this month. I am looking forward to seeing what additional opportunities lie ahead for us as we close out the school year!



December's Guide to the Galaxy

December's Guide to the Galaxy

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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!

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.


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!"

September Scholarly Activities


Kennedy Pharmacy Innovation Center Pharmacy Ownership Bootcamp 

Also, this month, one of our P3 scholars, Meg Freiter, attended the Kennedy Pharmacy Innovation Center (KPIC) and National Community Pharmacy Association’s (NCPA) Ownership Bootcamp. Although this was her second time attending the day long bootcamp, she came away feeling she had a better understanding of the financials involved in operating a business. She believes that “every student should consider attending this event and prior attendance shouldn’t deter students from going back year after year.” Meg’s favorite part of the day was ultimately the opportunity to reconnect with a previous Walker Leadership Committee Member, Dr. Bryan Ziegler, and current Committee Member and Director of KPIC, Dr. Patti Fabel. “Hearing their ideas and experiences with community pharmacy and ownership was invaluable. They gave me great feedback on ideas I have been developing. Their advice inspired me to continue to pursue ownership and involvement in organizations like NCPA and APhA. I want to affect change in pharmacy on a national level with the goal of implementing those practices in my own pharmacy one day.”

           The bootcamp walks students through how to read and create balance sheets and income statements in addition to topics like financing a pharmacy, innovative practice niches and marketing. Meg has since applied many of the marketing tips she received to the remote marketing she does for an independent compounding pharmacy in her home state of Massachusetts. She has benefited immensely from this owner’s mentorship and the opportunity he gave her to explore a vital component of an independent pharmacy. In October, the scholars look forward to hosting their first ever Leadership Seminar featuring committee member and professional leadership speaker, Dr. Kirk Randazzo, at the College of Pharmacy. In the first week of November, the scholars will attend the APhA-ASP Midyear meeting in Charleston. They are all looking forward to an inspiring semester! 

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American Red Cross Association 

Also on September 15th, Meg Freiter, out of the goodness of her heart, donated blood to help out the recent hurricane victims across United States.