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.