Buies Creek, N.C.-Health advisors from 20 different colleges and universities in North Carolina attended the 17th Annual Health Professions Advisors of North Carolina (HPANC) Meeting on March 12 at Campbell University’s College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences (CPHS).
HPANC is an independent organization that brings advisors together from professional health programs. The annual meeting allows members of the group to exchange ideas and address advisement issues in order to better counsel and prepare college students in North Carolina.
Topics of focus at this year’s meeting included public health, allopathic medicine and physician assistant (PA) programs. Participants learned more about Campbell’s new PA program and received a tour of the recently renovated PA facility. Classes for the 28-month program will start this August.
In addition to the traditional panels of speakers, attendees prepared sunscreen in a compounding lab. This is the first year the meeting was held at a pharmacy school, so CPHS highlighted its pharmacy program through the hands-on activity.
“HPANC has made tremendous strides in enhancing communication, improving advisement and providing leadership in addressing problems related to professional school advisement,” says Mark Moore, PharmD, MBA, MCSR, associate dean of Admissions at CPHS. “We were honored to host this valuable organization and its incredible membership. I am thankful for the wonderful job they do for all of our students in North Carolina.”
About Campbell’s College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences: Campbell University began addressing health care issues in 1985 with the establishment of the nationally acclaimed School of Pharmacy, which was the first new pharmacy program founded in the United States in more than 35 years. In addition to offering the Doctor of Pharmacy program, the school offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in Clinical Research and Pharmaceutical Sciences. In 2009, the name was formally changed from the School of Pharmacy to the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences to provide additional health science programs, including the new Physician Assistant program starting classes in August 2011.
Photo Copy: PA Program panelists at the HPANC Meeting on March 12 at CPHS: Rebecca Boeschel, MSHS, PA-C, clinical coordinator, Wingate University PA Program, Tom Colletti, MPAS, PA-C, director, Campbell University PA Program, Jennifer Mish, director of admissions, Methodist University PA Program, and Janie McDaniel, BSMT, MLS, director of admissions, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Dept. of Physician Assistant Studies. Not pictured: Justine Strand, chief, Physician Assistant Division, Duke University PA Program.