Meet the Ambassador: Jack Ledford

Meet Jack! His father inspired him to pursue pharmacy, and now he’s interested in Ambulatory Care.

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Jack Ledford, Class of 2018, Chapel Hill Campus
Hometown: Belmont, NC
Prior Education: 3 years, UNC Chapel Hill


If they made a movie of your life, which actor would you cast to play you?
Jack Nicholson

If you could have an endless supply of any one type of food, what would you choose?
Chicken Tenders and French Fries

If you won a lottery ticket for $100 million dollars, what would you do with it?
Pay off all family debts, invest the rest, and finish school.

If you had one extra hour each day, how would you use it?
I would make something, I don’t know what, I’ve always been fascinated with the idea of creating or inventing something.


How did you get interested in pharmacy?
My father has rheumatoid arthritis, from a young age I have always been exposed to the pharmacy side of medicine and I feel that this area is where I can make a difference.

What class from undergrad best prepared you for pharmacy school?
Organic Chemistry 1 and 2

What advice would you give a prospective students interested in pharmacy?
Work hard and do not give up, no matter what!


What has been the most challenging part of pharmacy school?
Finding time to understand everything that is thrown your way. Learning all the information so that you can be the best pharmacist you can be when you leave UNC ESOP.

What area of pharmacy is most interesting to you?
Ambulatory-Care Pharmacy; I like the idea of having patients that I can get to know really well and have a hand in their medication management.

 


Have more questions for Jack? Feel free to send him an email: jack_ledford@unc.edu

LEAD program

Are you interested in learning more about pharmacy and how to become a stronger applicant? Then, you might want to apply to the LEAD program. Offered on both campuses for both high school and college students, the LEAD (Leadership, Excellence, And Development) is a one-day professional development program for students interested in pharmacy. You’ll get to meet students, faculty, and clinicians, and through seminars and hands on activities, learn more about pharmacy. There is no fee to attend LEAD, but you do have to apply. The application is available here.

In Chapel Hill, LEAD will be held on February 20, 2016 (for high school students) and February 27, 2016 (for college students). The deadline to apply is February 1, 2016.

In Asheville, LEAD will be held on March 12, 2016 (both high school and college students). The deadline to apply is March 4, 2016.

 

Meet the Ambassador: Megan Cuomo

Meet Megan! She interned at Quintiles during undergrad, loves UNC and being close to family, and wishes she had an extra hour in her day to read for pleasure.

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Megan Cuomo, Class of 2018, Chapel Hill Campus
Hometown: Raleigh, NC
Prior Education: 2 years, UNC Chapel Hill


If they made a movie of your life, which actor/actress would you cast to play you?Jennifer Lawrence

If you could have an endless supply of any one type of food, what would you choose?
Homemade macaroni and cheese

If you won a lottery ticket for $100 million dollars, what would you do with it?
I would pay off all my loans, buy my family a beach house, and plan a trip to Europe for my family. Then, I would save the rest for my parents’ retirement and school and college for my 5 younger siblings.

If you had one extra hour each day, how would you use it?
I would use it to read for pleasure and/or to exercise more.


What would you change about your undergraduate studies?
I wish I would have studied abroad before pharmacy school.

What experience from undergrad best prepared you for pharmacy school?
I was an intern at Quintiles in Durham, NC during 2 summers and my sophomore year.
I also enjoyed a few shadowing opportunities and the microbiology course at UNC.

What advice would you give a prospective students interested in pharmacy?
Find ways to differentiate yourself by pursuing your interests in pharmacy/health in unique ways, such as working in research, a pharmacy technician job, a summer internship, and/or volunteer work in the healthcare field.


Why did you choose the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy?
I loved the campus as an undergrad and all of my friends were already here. I am also from Raleigh and it was close to my family. The #2 ranking, in-state tuition, and information from current students, however, were the deciding factors for me.

What has been the most challenging part of pharmacy school?
Balancing everything I am involved with has been the hardest part of pharmacy school so far. Being involved in multiple pharmacy school organizations, having a part-time job, having involvement in outside organizations, and spending time with family and friends makes things tough, but a lot of the class is in a similar situation in that regard.

What area of pharmacy is most interesting to you?
Ambulatory care and hospital pharmacy are the most interesting areas to me. I think my personality and personal and professional goals fit well with these areas.


Have more questions for Megan? Feel free to send her an email: mcuomo@email.unc.edu

That’s a wrap, 2015-2016!

Our supplemental application closed Friday (1/15), so here’s a snapshot of our applicant pool for fall 2016 entry. We are still reviewing applications, inviting students for our last Candidates’ Day, and making final decisions. We hope to make all final decisions by early March.

Applications received: 505 Race:
NC residents: 20%   Asian/Pacific Islander 29%
Non-residents: 80%   African American 11%
Female: 64%   Native American <1%
Male: 35%   Two or more races 3%
Did not report gender: 1%   Did not report 4%
Age range: 17-51   Hispanic* 5%
Average age: 22    *Reported as ethnicity
Number of states represented: 38   Underrepresented Minority** 17%
Number of NC counties represented: 45  **Includes African American, Native American, and Hispanic

Meet the Ambassador: Laura Fritts

Meet Laura! She loves pizza, interned with pharmacists in high school, and is now interested in Ambulatory Care pharmacy.

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Laura Fritts, Class of 2018, Chapel Hill Campus
Hometown: Lexington, NC
Prior Education: Bachelor’s degree, High Point University


If they made a movie of your life, which actress would you cast to play you?
Zoey Deschanel because I love the show new girl. She’s hilarious and I’m (almost) equally as Jess.

If you could have an endless supply of any one type of food, what would you choose?
Pizza

If you won a lottery ticket for $100 million dollars, what would you do with it?
Buy a beach house somewhere on the outer banks!

If you had one extra hour each day, how would you use it?
Probably reading for fun because I love to read on summer and Christmas break but don’t seem to find the time throughout the year. But realistically, I would probably just use it to sleep in!


How did you get interested in pharmacy?
I did an internship in high school at a small community pharmacy. The pharmacists there had a passion for the field and explained to me how many areas that pharmacy had to offer. I always loved science/biology and had a passion for helping people so I knew the healthcare field was for me. Pharmacy just seemed to fit!

What experience from undergrad best prepared you for pharmacy school?
Undergraduate research

What advice would you give a prospective students interested in pharmacy?
Don’t get discouraged– your PCAT score, GPA, etc does not make or break you.


What’s been one of your favorite experiences at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy so far?
One of my favorite experiences has been serving as a philanthropy chair for one of the fraternities because our main role is to raise money for St. Jude which has been very rewarding!

What has been the most challenging part of pharmacy school?
I would say the most challenging part of pharmacy school is learning how to prioritize your time and balance school vs. personal life.

What area of pharmacy is most interesting to you?
Ambulatory Care


Have more questions for Laura? Feel free to send her an email: laura_fritts@unc.edu

Final application deadline approaching

Well, here we are – the last week to complete your application for Fall 2016 entry. The final day to submit your supplemental application is this Friday, January 15th. If you haven’t received the email instructions to submit your supplemental application, please send us an email as soon as possible: pharmacy_admissions@unc.edu We are wrapping up our application reviews in the next few weeks, and sending out invitations for our final Candidates’ Day.

Meet the Ambassador: Vivian Cheng

Meet Vivian! She loves shopping, had to re-learn how to study to be successful in pharmacy school, and is still trying to figure out what type of pharmacist she wants to be.

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Vivian Cheng, Class of 2018, Chapel Hill Campus
Hometown: Boston, MA
Prior Education: 3 years, Bachelor’s degree, UNC Chapel Hill


If you could have an endless supply of any one type of food, what would you choose?
Without a doubt I would eat sushi for the rest of my life. You can basically satisfy all the major food groups with sushi, there are so many different kinds that will keep you from getting bored, its pretty to look at, and its just plain tasty.

If you had one extra hour each day, how would you use it?
If I had one extra hour each day I’d use it to go shopping. I love shopping. A lot. After sleeping and studying and its probably the next thing I spend most of my time on. If I could do anything in the world I think I’d be a personal shopper, especially because I’m already doing it for my friends!


What would you change about your undergraduate studies and/or preparing for pharmacy school?
I wish I was more flexible going into pharmacy school with my studying habits. I did well in my undergraduate classes, and I got used to the techniques I used to study then. However, those techniques were not the best for pharmacy school. I did not have many classes where the professor used the flipped-classroom technique, so I was used to just having the professor tell me what I had to know, and then doing the homework problems on my own. In pharmacy school, many of my professors utilize the flipped-classroom technique. This required a lot more initiative and responsibility on my part to really read/watch the material before class, so that I could be prepared to participate in the in-class case discussions. At first, I thought I could get away with minimal effort in the pre-class work, but I learned quickly that I had to adjust my studying style in order to succeed in pharmacy school. There is a lot of material to learn, and it becomes harder and harder to catch up once you get behind.

What advice would you give a prospective students interested in pharmacy?
Go shadow as many pharmacists as you can! It is so critical to go out and spend a few hours in a pharmacist’s shoes to really help you figure out if pharmacy is right for you. Pharmacy school is long and demanding, so you want to make sure you’re really invested in spending at least 4 more years in school for something you are truly passionate about. Shadowing will give you a chance to see what being a pharmacist is like, and to see all the various types of pharmacists there are.


What has been the most challenging part of pharmacy school?
For me, the most challenging part of pharmacy school is not knowing what kind of pharmacist I want to be yet while some of my friends already know what they want to do. With all the student organizations, shadowing opportunities, and rotations, I’ve been exposed to so many fields within pharmacy and they all sound interesting to me. Thus, remaining patient and knowing that I will eventually find what I really want to do has been quite challenging.

What area of pharmacy is most interesting to you?
Currently I am very interested in ambulatory care pharmacy. I like that it incorporates the clinical knowledge required in a hospital setting as well as the longitudinal patient aspect that retail pharmacies provide. I look forward to the idea of being able to regularly see my patients in a clinic and really get to know them, while managing their medications to make sure their disease states are controlled and that they are comfortable.

What makes for a successful pharmacy student at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy?
A successful pharmacy student at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy has to be driven, adaptable, and passionate. The academics are rigorous and require a lot of proactive work, so a successful student needs to be able to know how to best utilize his/her resources to succeed in class. Additionally, there will be many obstacles to overcome while in school. Many students pick up part-time jobs and leadership opportunities, but will still want to do well in school and hang out with friends. Also, there will always be an exam or assignment you don’t do as well on as you would have liked, or other challenges along the way. So, UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy students need to be adaptable and be able to adjust to the dynamic, volatile environment that is graduate school. Finally, successful students need to be passionate. There are so many opportunities to learn and grow as a future pharmacist both while you’re in school and when you graduate, so one really needs to be able to take the initiative and seek out those chances in order to succeed.


Have more questions for Vivian? Feel free to send her an email: vivian_cheng@unc.edu