“Make the best of rotations by asking questions, taking the lead in patient workups, and asking preceptors for different opportunities (such as projects or presenting a new drug to the staff).”
Name: Eshita Karnik
Program: Doctor of Pharmacy
Match: PGY-1 Acute Care
Residency program: Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center, Winston Salem, NC
Degrees: BS Chemistry, East Carolina University, MS in Chemistry, East Carolina University
What experiences or people helped you to get where you are today: My time at Campbell University has been rewarding. I had the opportunity to learn and improve from some of the distinguished professors. I also had the opportunity to be a CPHS student ambassador during my P1 year. This has been the most rewarding experience as it allowed me to represent CPHS to prospective candidates during open houses, interview days, visitation days, etc. I also enjoyed being in various clubs such as APhA, NCAP, and ASHP. All of these opportunities have helped me shape into the person I am today in order to succeed.
Accomplishments: During my P4 year, I took part in research evaluating intravenous (IV) digoxin dosing following cardiac surgery. I was able to present my research poster at the ASHP Midyear event. I am proud of the work my co-author and I put in to participate in Midyear. It also allowed me an opportunity to understand and perform clinical based research.
When thinking about how you got to where you are now, list the most important things you did/were involved with or that Campbell helped you to do? In addition to being a part of various clubs at Campbell and participating in research, I also worked at an independent pharmacy close to campus. I am so thankful for the invaluable experience Hogan’s Pharmacy provided as it allowed me to better understand and implement all the clinical information we learned in class. I was afforded the opportunity to understand how pharmacy works including processing and filling prescriptions, compounding, medication therapy management (MTM), counseling, and administering various vaccines. Working at Hogan’s really helped me recognize what a pharmacist does daily and how I can be an effective pharmacist advocating for patients.
What would you recommend to those interested in becoming a successful clinician pharmacist? One piece of advice I can provide is to be open-minded and proactive. Make the best of rotations by asking questions, taking the lead in patient workups, and asking preceptors for different opportunities (such as projects or presenting a new drug to the staff). Also, always keep your patients’ best interests in mind as we are patient advocates.