William Carey Pharmacy students continue education on the Coast

Both William Carey University’s School of Pharmacy and Memorial Hospital have worked to develop healthcare professionals on the Coast and keeping them on the Coast.

When two William Carey Pharmacy School graduates were accepted to Memorial’s pharmacy residency program, two medical institution’s mission merged.

After earning a degree from the William Carey School of Pharmacy, Chelsea Thames and Tiffany Entrekin chose to stay on the Mississippi Gulf Coast for post-graduate training, joining Memorial Hospital’s pharmacy residency program. Memorial Clinical Pharmacy and Residency Program Director Jon Arnold said, “We have no control over the results we were going to get. So, we were pleasantly surprised that we got two applicants from William Carey.”

William Carey’s newly accredited school of pharmacy graduated its first class of pharmacists in April and Memorial is in its second year of its pharmacy residency program. William Carey’s School of Pharmacy Dean Dr. Michael Malloy said, “My whole thing about starting this program five years ago is– I wanted to do it because I thought we could improve the quality and strength of healthcare on the Coast. And putting our students out there in residencies, that’s what we’re doing.”

Pharmacists have played a key role throughout the COVID-19 vaccine roll out, especially in rural areas. However, they’ve been a central part of healthcare long before the pandemic. “Most people grew up in Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana even in the old days back in the Northeast, your pharmacist was your key healthcare provider, especially in a state like Mississippi where you have a large number of small towns that don’t have hospitals and a large number of doctors, pharmacists were the one you go to.”

Residencies for pharmacists are voluntary programs, although there are benefits in participating in them. “Some positions out there in pharmacy are requiring residency-trained pharmacists and typically it’s when it involves direct patient care. So, it opens up positions that they can apply to that they wouldn’t have access to without doing a residency.”

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