You may have heard that we launched a new curriculum this past fall semester. Check out this link to learn more about what makes it unique. Current PY1 student, Melanie Ayarza-Rodriguez, wanted to share some of her first impressions from the fall semester and the new curriculum.
“The new pharmacy curriculum started with the bridging course. The bridging course was mostly review, and an introduction to the important concepts we would need to know for the courses to come in the fall semester. It covered the “basics”: organic chemistry, biostatistics, math, biochemistry, and biology. It was pretty much every hard prerequisite class we took to get into pharmacy school, all in a month’s time. It was so helpful, especially for students who had been out of their groove for a while and had taken a break from school. The review course helped us ease into our fall courses and gave us a preview of what a typical day would be like at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. Every day, class was held in Kerr 1001 (in Chapel Hill) and Karpen 106 (in Asheville), and free coffee is available 24 hours a day. 🙂
Then came the fall semester, where we had seven completely new classes all about diseases, medications, immunizations, and so much more! Not only did we have all these new classes, we also had 15 student organizations trying to recruit us to be a part of their circle. Immunization class was fun! If you were wondering, yes, we did give our classmates shots (just two), as it is required in order to pass the class. The two classes we had to put in a lot of hard work for were Molecular Foundations of Drug Action and Pathophysiology of Human Disease. You get exposed to so many different topics and it all comes at you so fast, but the professors are there to help; everyone here wants to see you to succeed.
As long as you keep up with all your work and manage your time, you could participate in organizations like the Recruitment Ambassadors 🙂 or Carolina Association of Pharmacy Students (CAPS). CAPS is the largest student organization at the school. There are also professional fraternities, which focus on professional development, and other organizations that focus on community service and different areas of the pharmacy profession.
We are only a few weeks into the spring semester, but in every new class we are continuing to build on top of what we learned in the fall. We’re learning a lot about patient safety and care! School is challenging, but in a good way. The curriculum is training students to be innovative and go above and beyond to improve the health care system, and that encourages us to think outside the box and challenge ourselves.”