The number of student pharmacists choosing to spend their third year of studies at the College of Pharmacy’s Greenville campus continues to grow. This year’s cohort of 15 students is nearly double the previous year’s number of students.
Jennifer Clements, clinical professor and director of pharmacy education for the Greenville Campus credits several things that attract students to Greenville.
“We are in a premier location in the state, at the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains and great proximity to several lakes as well as great beaches,” she says. “Greenville also offers that small-town feel within a large city. There are many opportunities to have a great student life.”
More importantly, the Greenville campus offers those students who prefer a smaller class setting to grow in a collaborative and team-based environment.
“Our program provides strong partnerships and learning opportunities with internal and external constituencies, including Prisma Health Upstate, the USC School of Medicine Greenville, and other interdisciplinary interactions, as well as preferred opportunities for rotations located in the Upstate.”
Marcella Babatunde, Class of 2025, who grew up in Greenville, believes the campus will have many benefits to offer for her third year of pharmacy studies.
“A smaller class size will help me focus and build camaraderie with those at this campus. I also think I will have a good opportunity to network with other pharmacists that I wouldn't be as likely to interact with if I were still at the Columbia campus,” she says.
Andrew Washington, Class of 2025, also grew up in the area and is looking forward to living just a few minutes from campus.
“It is very individualized since there are only 15 students, and I will have first choice when picking residencies in Greenville,” he says. “I am looking forward to getting to know my fellow classmates on a more personal level and getting more involved with Greenville Memorial Hospital.”