Deadline approaching

Tomorrow is December 1st, our deadline! Finish up your PharmCAS application and submit it before our deadline passes. Just a reminder, as long as you submit your PharmCAS application by December 1st, we will process your application when it is verified and send you the supplemental application link (likely after December 1). We will allow students to complete the supplemental application after December 1; as soon as your PharmCAS application is verified and you are sent the supplemental application link, please submit your supplemental application. Good luck with your application!

Asheville Student Perspective: Interprofessional Team Night at ABCCM

A blog post from Stephen Canaday, Class of 2017.

As student pharmacists, we are completely aware that our profession’s job is to serve as the “Medication Experts” on the healthcare team. However, we are only one part of the US healthcare team that ensures quality and safety of the healthcare convey to our patients.  In the United States, pharmacy curriculums at schools of pharmacy tend to focus our training only within our profession, and not from the interprofessional approach.  In 2009, six national associations of school of health care professionals (medicine, osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, nursing, dentistry, and public health) formed the Interprofessional Education Collaborative Expert Panel to promote the importance of interprofessional education approach.

 

As a student pharmacist on the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy – Asheville Campus, I have the fortunate to be involved in an interprofessional education program called Interprofessional Team Night.  Interprofessional Team Night is collaboration between Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry (ABCCM), AB Technical Community College Nursing Program, UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, and UNC School of Medicine.  Interprofessional Team Night is a once a month service-learning and community engagement experience for nursing, pharmacy, and medical students in Asheville, NC.  During Team Night, each professional student comes together to form an interprofessional team that provides free medical care to our community at a local medical clinic.

 

As a participate of Interprofessional Team Night, I learned the importance of our profession, which is interwoven with other healthcare profession to provide the best quality of care for our patients.  During Team Nights, each professional student has specific jobs and responsibilities as a member of the team.  Nonetheless, the most critical key point that I have learned is the importance of effective communication, and developing relationships with other healthcare professionals to develop a positive medical learning environment, where the patient truly becomes our top priority.

What happens after the interview

After you’ve interviewed, we make admissions decisions within 2 weeks of your interview date. Here are the admissions decisions you might receive:

Admit: Congratulations! You will receive your admissions offer via email. You will then have 2 weeks to submit your enrollment deposit and intent to enroll form and secure your spot in the class.

Not every student is admitted after their interview.

Hold: Sometimes after the interview, we will place an application on hold if we would like to see fall/spring grades, or need more time before making a decision. We only admit a small number of students after each Candidates’ Day, so it is not a bad thing to be on hold. After our last Candidates’ Days (in early February), we will make final admissions decisions for students on hold (no later than March 15).

Alternate list: We have many more students apply and interview for our program than we have seats in the class. We offer some students a spot on the alternate list. Students do turn down our offer throughout the spring and summer months, so we frequently admit students off of our alternate list. Every year the number of students who withdraw their acceptance varies, so it’s hard to say how many students on the alternate list will be admitted.

Deny: Some students might be denied after the interview. If that is the case, the student is welcome to reapply for the next cycle. We are not able to provide a specific reason why a student was denied, but we encourage them to check our website after July 1 for more information about the admitted class.


On a personal note, I hope that everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving! At this time of year, it’s always nice to reflect on what I’m grateful for: I am grateful to work in a great School with wonderful colleagues and students, and with fantastic applicants like you. Enjoy your holiday!

Student Perspective: How to Stay Focused When There Is So Much to Do

A blog post from Eric Moody, Class of 2017

It’s hard to believe that I am almost halfway through my third year of pharmacy school already. Looking back over the past three years I can honestly say that my skills and knowledge, as a pharmacy student, have grown exceedingly. There have been plenty of ups and downs, but the journey has been fantastic thus far. I will admit that it is hard to stay focused and on top of your game at times in pharmacy school. The course load and the accompanying assignment load can seem overwhelming at times. It is in these moments that we come to know what type of student we are, and more importantly, what type of person we are becoming.

I am from a small town called Deep Run, NC. Growing up my parents have always encouraged me to do my best, study hard, and work hard. This way of life has stuck with me over the years and has helped me achieve great things. Once I started pharmacy school, however, doing my best didn’t seem to cut it any longer. The transition was tough on me and I began to lose hope in my abilities to make a difference as a pharmacy student.

Luckily for me, I still had my wonderful family, friends, and colleagues to lift my spirits. I learned to maintain my focus in school with their help. I realized that they would never give up on me and that I shouldn’t either. A wise man once said, “Hold on to the ground that you have already won.” Relish in all of the good things that you have accomplished. Use those happy moments to give you strength you need to push through the hard times, to give you hope when there is none, and to help you stay focused throughout your studies. You can make it through pharmacy school, but how you make it is up to you and your attitude. Stay positive, my friends!

Global initiatives

We’re going global! Over the past year, a number of global initiatives have been developed at the School. In March 2015, the School entered into partnership with University College London, England and Monash University in Melbourne, Australia to form the PharmAlliance. All three Schools are leaders in pharmacy, and will work together to “inspire and train tomorrow’s professional leaders and practitioners to transform education delivery and address major research challenges in pharmacy and the pharmaceutical sciences.”

In addition, PharmD students have the opportunity to pursue an international rotation during their PY4 advanced pharmacy practice experiences (APPEs). We have eight programs established across five continents, and new programs are in the pipeline, and will be introduced in the coming years. For more information about the international rotation experiences, visit this page.

Student Perspective: Position Yourself for Success

A blog post from Hannah Carr, Class of 2016.

Two Saturdays ago, I attended the Position Yourself for Success Program.  Several potential students came to learn how to prepare themselves to be the best candidates for pharmacy school.  They listened to speakers and participated in a case discussion.  I ate lunch with three of these students and was quite impressed with their diverse backgrounds.  As someone who is admittedly committed to the path of community pharmacy, I was pleasantly surprised to learn of their interests in industry and hospital pharmacy.  I answered questions about the application process, class difficulty, and possible career opportunities for pharmacists.  After our lunch and “Q and A” session, I led a brief tour around the two pharmacy buildings (Kerr Hall and Beard Hall).  These are the “home” of every student who attends the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy.  We peeked into the corridors of Kerr Hall to the Department of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy and the Department of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics.  Several of our acclaimed faculty have offices in these areas.  Then we looked in on the student lounge area and pharmaceutical laboratories in Beard Hall.  This building is where we have our weekly lab meetings and where our administrative faculty is located. Hopefully, now, these potential students have a general feel for the life of a student pharmacist and they feel better prepared applying to pharmacy school.  My goal at these types of events is to be a resource for potential students the way others were for me.  And, overall, I felt the day was a success for both the potential students and myself.

November updates

Happy November! A few updates for you:

  • We are getting closer to our deadline – December 1, 2015. Have you submitted your PharmCAS and supplemental applications? We recommend you submit your applications as soon as possible to be competitive. You will need to submit your PharmCAS application no later than December 1st. Since it can take several weeks for PharmCAS to verify your application, our supplemental application will remain open for you to complete after December 1st, as long as the PharmCAS application is submitted by December 1st. You must submit both applications to be considered for interviews.
  • We are preparing for our first interview day, and will be sending out invitations for our second interview day beginning this week. If you haven’t received an invitation, don’t fret. We are still reviewing lots and lots of applications!
  • For those of you who took the PCAT in November, please remember to check that Pearson releases your scores to PharmCAS, and that PharmCAS releases your scores to our School.
  • Our Spring 2016 Pharmacy Fridays and Open Houses are up! We hope that you will consider visiting our School (on either the Asheville or Chapel Hill campus) to learn more about the Program and the admissions process, and to meet with current students and admissions staff. Sign up for an event here.

 

Student Perspective: NCAP

A blog post from Rebecca Call, Class of 2016.

On October 21st, I attended the North Carolina Association of Pharmacists’ (NCAP) Annual Convention in Raleigh, NC. As a third year pharmacy student, I was interested to attend the conference in order to hear more about the recent changes in legislation concerning pharmacists giving vaccinations and also visit the residency showcase.

North Carolina is one of several states in which certified pharmacists can give immunizations, specifically the influenza, herpes zoster (shingles) and pneumococcal vaccines to patients over 18 years old. However, I kept hearing that the law would soon be expanded. This year, the law did change and, as was announced at the convention, pharmacists can now give hepatitis B, meningococcal and tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis (TD, Tdap) vaccines to patients over 18. In addition to this, the age restriction for flu shots was lowered to 14 years old. I believe that vaccines are critical to public health and am glad that pharmacists can play a larger role in preventing these life-altering diseases.

While much of the morning of NCAP was spent on presentations, the afternoon featured the residency showcase. Residencies are one- or two-year programs that are completed after obtaining a PharmD degree. Students typically apply for them during their fourth year in pharmacy school in order to develop and specialize their clinical skills.

As a third year student, I wanted to visit the different booths in order to find out about areas that might interest me and local programs to keep in mind for next year. Pharmacy is a very tight knit community, so I was able to say hello to several professors at the various UNC Pharmacy residency tables and also see friends who had graduated and were now completing their first or second residency year. It was inspiring to see people whom I remembered stressing about their residency choices a few years ago now at booths promoting their programs and discussing projects they had completed.

I think conventions are a great way to learn more about the wider world of pharmacy as a student. The NCAP annual convention gave me a chance to keep up to date on current legislation changes in North Carolina as well as learn more about potential options for me after I graduate. The NCAP conference is especially convenient because it is often close to Chapel Hill and covers issues important to pharmacists locally. In short, I would highly recommend it to new students wanting to know more about pharmacy in North Carolina.

How to prepare for Candidates’ Day – Part 2

Back for part 2. Here are some tips to consider the night before your interview.

1. Know where you’re going and how to get there
There is nothing worse than getting lost or stuck in traffic the morning of an interview. Interviews are stressful enough without adding additional stress if you’re running late or lost! If you’re driving, make sure you know the route to get there, and calculate how long your route will take in morning rush hour traffic. Candidates’ Day check-in begins at 8am, which is peak morning rush hour in Asheville and Chapel Hill. If you plan to take public transportation or a cab, review the schedule or set up the ride ahead of time (not the morning of). If you can do a test run of the trip the day before, it might be a good idea.

2. Get a good night’s sleep
Aim for 6-8 hours of good sleep the night before to be at your best the next morning.

3. Eat a good breakfast
Lunch will be provided at Candidates’ Day (after your interview), but it’s a long time between check-in and lunch. You’ll feel better during your interview if your stomach isn’t rumbling.

4. Dress for success 
We recommend that students dress in professional attire. Wear appropriate footwear (or bring a change of shoes) if you plan to participate in the campus tour in the afternoon.

5. Make a good impression
Every time you interact with someone at the School, you are making an impression as an applicant. Even if the person isn’t interviewing you, they might notice you and pass their feedback to someone on the Admissions Committee.

Have any questions? Feel free to leave a comment.