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Building skills for success

March 22, 2023

Until her junior year of undergrad, Lauren Fasth, Pharm.D. candidate ’24, had no intention of being a pharmacist. She had been committed to medical school – a drive that began with her high school biology classes. It was three years into her higher education studies when Lauren’s path shifted. “I was doing an internship with a family medicine doctor,” Lauren recalls. “We were reviewing a patient’s medication and I had a lot of questions. The doctor said, ‘these are all great questions, but I don’t know the answers. We have a clinical pharmacist who works down the hall from me … Continued

Ninth annual Asheville Summit dives deeper into DEI topics in pharmacy and health care

February 28, 2023

With a focus on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), this year’s Asheville Summit challenged attendees to provide equitable care for all.  “We all left the Summit challenged to go out in the world and be active participants in our relationships, workplaces and classrooms. We were reminded, it is not enough to be “anti-discrimination” – we must stand against injustice and inequity when we see it. Our speakers armed us with facts, experiences and connections to help us in our charge,” said Karen Hughes, associate director of student affairs.  The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy hosted the ninth annual Asheville Summit … Continued

Mollie Scott, PharmD finds joy in mentorships, partnerships as she advances health care in NC

July 15, 2022

  Mollie Scott, Pharm.D. remembers the moment she was admitted to the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy in 1989. She was working as a pharmacy intern at then Glenwood Village Pharmacy in Raleigh, N.C., when she received a phone call from her mother in Asheville, N.C., letting her know her acceptance letter had arrived in the mail. When Scott relayed the news to nearby customers having lunch in the pharmacy, they erupted into applause. “I’ll never forget that,” she says with a fond smile. Her path to that moment was winding. Scott grew up thinking she wanted to be a … Continued

New Department Expands UNC, MAHEC Partnership to Improve Health in WNC

July 8, 2022

The Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) has announced the formation of a new department of pharmacotherapy at its UNC Health Sciences at MAHEC campus. The department will be chaired by Mollie Ashe Scott, PharmD, regional associate dean for UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. The expansion, supported by recent state budget appropriations, firmly anchors the school of pharmacy on MAHEC’s campus alongside programs affiliated with UNC’s top-ranked schools of medicine, public health, and dentistry with the goal of improving health across Western North Carolina. “We are thrilled to build upon a decades-long partnership with MAHEC that will allow us to … Continued

UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy to host virtual 8th Annual Asheville Summit on Feb. 26

January 26, 2022

The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy will host the 8th Annual Asheville Summit virtually on Feb. 26. This year’s focus – “The Golden Years: Bridging the Gaps in Elderly Care.” The Asheville Summit is an annual event hosted by UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy Asheville Campus. The event is planned by pharmacy students for pharmacy students, pharmacists, and other members of the healthcare field. In previous years, more than 120 people representing 10 schools from across the southeast have come together for the event to engage in conversations about innovations in healthcare. This year, the Summit will dive into geriatric topics such … Continued

Two Asheville-based students named NC AHEC scholars

August 6, 2021

UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy Asheville-based Pharm.D. students Haley Simkins and Brandyn Wilcox have been named North Carolina Area Health Education Centers (NC AHEC) Scholars. The NC AHEC Scholars Program, part of the National AHEC Organization, recruits, trains, and supports a diverse group of students from across the state, creating a multidisciplinary team of health professionals committed to both community service and the transformation of health care in North Carolina. “The NC AHEC Scholars Program focuses on interprofessional teams, community engagement, leadership, and diversity which are important values for the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. This program will provide Haley … Continued

Regional associate dean honored with APhA Bowl of Hygeia Award for community service

June 18, 2021

The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) has named Mollie Ashe Scott, Pharm.D., as a recipient of this year’s Bowl of Hygeia Award. Established in 1958, the Bowl of Hygeia Award recognizes pharmacists who possess outstanding records of civic leadership and encourage their fellow pharmacists to be active in their local communities. In addition to service through their local, state, and national pharmacy associations, award recipients devote their time, talent, and resources to a wide variety of causes and community service. “I am humbled to receive the prestigious Bowl of Hygeia award. Service to my community and my profession is one of my core … Continued

One school, two campuses, same degree

December 17, 2020

UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy alumni share their thoughts on the School’s Asheville campus At the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, students can study at the No. 1-ranked pharmacy school in the country while living in the beautiful mountains of Asheville, North Carolina. As of 2020, all student pharmacists complete their first year of foundational courses on the School’s Chapel Hill campus. Following their first year, a select cohort of students have the opportunity to complete their Pharm.D. degree on the School’s Asheville campus. What’s it like to go to school and live in Asheville? We reached out to several … Continued

Asheville Campus associate professor champions for older adults in Western North Carolina

November 18, 2020

If not us, then who? Western North Carolina is “older, sicker and poorer” than state and national averages. And it also lacks a center of excellence to comprehensively address the clinical and social challenges that older adults face in the region, said Tasha Woodall, Pharm.D. “If we don’t step in to fill this void and help our older adults age according to their wishes, then who will?” Woodall said. Woodall is an associate professor of clinical education at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy’s Asheville Campus, and Associate Director of Pharmacotherapy for Geriatrics at the Mountain Area Health Education Center. … Continued

Students collaborate in Western NC to help communities through COVID-19 crisis

July 8, 2020

UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy students teamed up with UNC medical and public health students to make a difference in the lives of Western North Carolina residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. Together, the students completed an interprofessional rotation in Western North Carolina called the “Rural Interprofessional Response to COVID-19.” Four Pharm.D. students, five medical students and nine public health students were placed into teams and worked on real-world problems as it pertained to meeting the needs of communities that were vulnerable to negative outcomes during the health crisis. The teams focused on five areas: older adults (addressing social isolation), migrant … Continued