Over the past few years, Southern Regional AHEC’s Director of Pharmacotherapy Susan Miller, PharmD, BCPS, FCCP, has worked with UNC pharmacy students in the Fayetteville area. In addition to the video above, the following are four samples of interactions Miller and her students have had with the local community:
- “We have collaborated with the Fayetteville and Spring Lake Police Departments and the Fort Bragg Fire Department to offer a medication take back event called Operation Medicine Drop for the past 5 years. On one day each year during Poison Prevention Week, we offer multiple drop off sites in the cities of Fayetteville and Spring Lake where citizens can rid their cupboards of unwanted, expired medications. It has been a very successful event and people now look forward to this event each year.”
- “The students and I have participated in the Senior Day at the Cumberland County Fair for a number of years providing blood pressure and blood sugar assessments. Normally we see about 150 people at this event and the seniors look for our booth each year.”
- “We initiated a health fair at Fayetteville Technical Community College for the past three years. We provide lipid screening and A1c testing, along with health assessment discussions, to over 500 participants in this day-and-one-half event. There are a large number of community organizations involved in this event.”
- “We hold Diabetes Medication Education sessions at Better Health of Cumberland County multiple times each year. During one of the sessions, one of the attendees stated that she was having trouble with tingling in her fingers and feeling like she might pass out whenever she got up. After the group session was over, the pharmacy student sat with the older woman and went through all of her medications. The student recommended that the woman speak with her physician about the use of her blood pressure medicines because the pharmacy student thought that one of them might be contributing to the patient’s symptoms. The patient was thankful for the personal attention that evening. A couple days later, the pharmacy student saw the patient in the waiting room of the hospital. The woman immediately recognized the student and made a point to come up to her and told her that she had seen her doctor since they had talked and that the physician was going to change some of her blood pressure medications because of the discussion between the student and the woman.”
Susan Miller, PharmD, MBA, BCPS, FCCP, is director of pharmacotherapy education at Southern Regional AHEC, clinical associate professor at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, and PGY1 pharmacy residency director at Cape Fear Valley Health System/Southern Regional AHEC.