Physician Assistant Student, Class of 2013
When Jessica Robbins attended Buies Creek Elementary in fifth grade, she had no idea that she would be a part of Campbell University's history as a member of the first physician assistant class.
Robbins is currently in her second year of the program, completing 12 five-week clinical rotations. “They’ve been fun," she said. "The ones I didn’t think I would like have been my favorite. I wasn’t sure about pediatrics because you’re treating the parents as much as the patient, but I loved it.”
While the full-time program has been demanding, she is seeing her hard work pay off. “I think I counted 20 babies that I helped deliver during my OBGYN rotation, it was kind of crazy but so much fun," Robbins said.
After graduation, Robbins will practice as a PA in the Air Force for three years. She received a competitive scholarship that is paying for her school in return for her future service. Robbins doesn’t know where the Air Force will send her, but she looks forward to working in a family practice setting at a military medical center.
“I like family practice because I like getting to know people,” Robbins said. “When I was in surgery, I had a patient that wrote the sweetest note about how great of a PA I will be. I didn’t know how much you could influence someone’s life in a couple weeks.”
MS in Public Health, Class of 2014
After serving in the Army as a medic for nearly seven years, Gerald Montero wanted to continue working in health care as he transitioned to civilian life last summer.
At first he considered a nursing degree until he heard about the new public health program at Campbell University’s College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences.
“I didn’t know too much about public health,” Montero said. “I started reading about it and really liked how the profession can impact large populations.”
With experience as a military medic in both Iraq and Fort Bragg, Montero brings a strong background in health care to Campbell’s inaugural public health class.
His research interest is focused on rural farmworkers in North Carolina. Montero recently traveled to Honduras for a medical mission trip where he conducted research for his thesis with a similar population of rural, Spanish speaking farmworkers. During the trip, he also helped as a translator and worked in the medical aid station, caring for local patients.
Following graduation, Montero is interested in non-profit work and humanitarian aid, or working for the government because of his previous military experience.
MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Class of 2013
When Abhishek Agrawal was looking for a school in the United States, it did not take him long to realize that he need look no further than Campbell University.
It was the knowledgeable faculty, cutting-edge research equipment, and close proximity to the Research Triangle Park that interested him the most.
Agrawal was inspired to pursue his master’s degree while earning his undergraduate degree in pharmacy at Devi Ahilya University in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India. “I was highly involved with the concepts of pharmaceutics,” Agrawal said. “I always liked to play with the manufacturing of dosage forms and began relating it to my own medicine cabinet at home.”
As an international student Agrawal was apprehensive about his move to the U.S. because he had never left India, but that quickly changed once he arrived. “With the support of the Indian student community, international clubs, and faculty and staff, I have felt right at home since the day I landed here,” he said.
After graduation, Agrawal is interested in working in the design, development and evaluation of new dosage forms. “I think that effectively delivering the drug into the human body is the crucial step that links science to the patients,” he said.
Physician Assistant Student, Class of 2013
Before starting Campbell’s Physician Assistant Program, Andrita Stokes worked in a lab, specifically focusing on breast cancer, for numerous years. During this time she discovered her interest in the aspects of medicine and patient contact.
Her decision to pursue a career in the PA field was based on the significant role that Stoke's PA played in her life when she faced some personal medical issues.
“I have tremendous respect for my PA and I felt that she possessed all of the qualities that an excellent PA should have,” Stokes said. “The propensity that I possess to professionally be present with patients through the best and worst of times is what compelled me to pursue a career as a PA.”
Stokes chose Campbell because of the University’s reputation and success in other graduate programs. “I knew the PA Program wouldn’t fall short and that Campbell University would set the foundation for me to be successful in the future,” Stokes said.
Following graduation, Stokes hopes to complete a residency in obstetrics and gynecology. Her ultimate career aspiration is to work alongside women who are coping with high risk pregnancies, reproductive cancers and infertility issues.
Marquise and Tiffany Lee
Newlyweds Marquise and Tiffany Lee are currently earning their master's degrees in clinical research at the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences.
Tiffany decided to attend Campbell based on her experience with the College’s Pharmacy Readiness and Enrichment Program that she attended in 2007, “The students and staff were very nice and I felt I could benefit from being in such a welcoming environment.” She was drawn to the clinical research program because of the clinical trials process, “There are so many different ways that I can be involved in the process and still help patients.”
Marquise originally planned to attend medical school, but since starting the program, is considering other options within the clinical research field, “I have always been interested in how pharmaceuticals are developed and bridging the gap between pharmaceuticals and medical practice.” His most memorable moment at Campbell so far has been his behavioral medicine class. “I generally enjoyed that class and what I learned from it,” Marquise said. “Because it was a small class, I appreciated the discussions and the personal interactions.”
After graduating from Campbell, Marquise and Tiffany plan to further their education. Tiffany is considering pharmacy school and Marquise is deciding between a medical program or another graduate degree.