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Asheville Summit brings inspiration for innovations in pharmacy practice 

February 28, 2024

Nearly 80 people came out to explore innovations in pharmacy practice at the tenth annual Asheville Summit. Hosted at the Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) on February 24, faculty, staff and students from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy along with practicing pharmacists, gathered to learn from those leading in innovation across the field.  “Everyone that attended was very engaged and excited to learn from our incredible line up of speakers,” said Cassidy Cox, Pharm.D. candidate and chair of the Asheville Summit. “They were challenged to think of new ways to envision pharmacy practice by reflecting on the profession’s … Read more

Mollie Scott joins ABCCM Board of Directors 

February 15, 2024

Mollie Scott, Pharm.D., Regional Associate Dean for the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy’s Asheville campus, has been named as a new member of the board of directors for Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry’s (ABCCM) Doctors’ Medical Clinic.   “I am thrilled to be named as a member of the ABCCM Medical Ministry Board of Directors,” said Scott. “ABCCM is a critical organization for our community and provides essential services for those in need. Our pharmacy students and faculty have volunteered at the medical clinic for decades, and I look forward to ongoing collaborations to address social determinants of health in vulnerable … Read more

Students put knowledge to practice while serving the community

June 14, 2023

The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy’s Beyond Clinic Walls (BCW) offers Asheville-based students hands-on experience in supporting community members and their overall well-being.  BCW connects students from medicine, nursing, pharmacy and social work to individuals in underserved populations. Clients may have limitations or barriers to care such as disabilities, social isolation, low health literacy and socioeconomic disadvantages. BCW helps students learn how social determinants of health impact a patient’s overall health, treatment management, care and quality of life.  This Asheville-based interdisciplinary program is led by students from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Western Carolina University in partnership … Read more

A family legacy of service

April 12, 2023

Generational and community impact is what inspired Cassidy Cox, Pharm.D. candidate class of 2025, to pursue her pharmacy education at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy.   Her grandparents, Hugh Cox, RPh, and Mary Drusilla Cox, RPh, were both community pharmacists in Abington, Massachusetts. They owned and operated Bemis Drug for 40 years before passing it on to Cassidy’s father and uncle. Bemis Drug eventually closed its doors in 2021.   “My grandparents were able to serve the community as a team, and they were able to serve their patients at the level they needed,” said Cassidy Cox. Her grandmother’s journey was … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more