Adventures in Pharmacy (Rising grades 9-12)
Travel with us as we discover what it takes to become a pharmacist. You’ll see that pharmacists work in communities, in educational institutions, for drug manufacturers, for hospitals, and with nuclear medicine to build patient records and medical files. Real-life pharmacists will show you how to read prescriptions and help with the preparation of medications, counsel patients, understand poison warnings, and learn patient drug regimens. You will learn about hypertension and diabetic monitoring, compounding, and intravenous techniques. This adventure includes working in the Pharmacy Lab at USC’s School of Pharmacy.
This course is a favorite among students and has been offered since 2007!
View a course schedule from last summer on the left side toolbar at this website!
Meet the Instructor(s)
Bryan Ziegler, PharmD, MBA is a 2001 graduate from the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy and a 2006 graduate from the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina. In addition, he has completed an Executive Residency with the National Community Pharmacists Association in Alexandria, VA. He has practical experience in hospital, chain, and independent community pharmacy settings. He currently is the Assistant Dean for Student Services and Clinical Assistant Professor at the South Carolina College of Pharmacy – University of South Carolina Campus.
Wayne E. Buff graduated from the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy in May, 1973 with a B.S. degree in pharmacy. After receiving his South Carolina Pharmacists License in 1973, he began practice as a community pharmacist at Westdale Pharmacy in West Columbia, South Carolina. He continued in this practice setting for 16 years. In January, 1990 he accepted a position with the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy as an Instructor and Director of Continuing Education. In December, 1997 he was awarded the Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy. He currently serves as Associate Dean, University of South Carolina campus, for the South Carolina College of Pharmacy. His primary teaching responsibilities are in the areas of self-care/nonprescription drug products and community pharmacy practice. A lifelong resident of Lexington, South Carolina, he is married to Gail Wingard Buff, a registered nurse. They have a son and daughter-in-law that live in Durham, North Carolina and a son and daughter-in law living in White River, Arizona.
Nancy A. Culberson Taylor, RPh, CDE is a graduate of MUSC College of Pharmacy in Charleston. She received certifications in areas of Diabetes Management, Respiratory Disease, Smoking Cessation and Hypertension from MUSC. In addition, she is a Certified Diabetes Expert. Community pharmacy has been the main focus of her career as she owned and operated Patient Care Pharmacy in Lexington, SC for over 20 years. She also has experience in many other areas such as Nursing Home Consulting, Durable Medical Equipment, Mail Order Pharmacy, Assisted Living Facility drug management, Compounding and Respiratory Pharmacy. Ms. Culberson is the Pharmacy Labs Coordinator on the USC campus of S.C. College of Pharmacy.
Kathy Q. Moore, RPh, CDM is a graduate of USC College of Pharmacy. She received certification in both diabetes management and hypertension at MUSC College of Pharmacy, Charleston, SC. Kathy has worked in the community pharmacy setting since high school with her Dad at Taylor Street Pharmacy in Columbia. Kathy worked at Riley’s Drugs in Lexington for 20 years where she gained much experience in diabetes management and compounding, especially in the area of hormone replacement. Kathy will be teaching in the USC community pharmacy laboratory.
Cynthia Phillips, Pharm.D, CDE is a clinical assistant professor with the South Carolina College of Pharmacy. She serves as a consultant for the William Jennings Bryan Dorn Veteran’s Medical Center in Columbia, South Carolina where she is the Coordinator for Diabetes Education for Primary Care. Dr. Phillips graduated from the University of Tennessee with a bachelor’s of science in biology and her Doctor of Pharmacy Degree. She spent a year in residency training at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama. She serves as course coordinator and instructor in the Clinical Assessment Course. She also teaches in the pharmacotherapy lecture series, pharmacokinetics course, and several elective courses. She advises the Rho Chi Honor Society at the USC Campus and is actively participates in Christian Pharmacist’s Fellowship International. Current research interests involve diabetes treatment and patient education, medication therapy management and the impact of pharmacy care on patient outcomes.
Dr. Sondra H. Berger, Ph.D- received a B.S. (cum laude) in Chemistry at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, LA. During her undergraduate training, she received the Epsilon Alpha Epsilon Sophomore Scholastic Award and was elected to Who’s Who in American Universities and Colleges in 1970-1971. She was a Research Assistant in the Department of Biochemistry at Purdue University, receiving a M.S. degree in Biochemistry in 1975. She worked as a Research Technician in the Department of Food Science at Cornell University in 1976. She entered the Ph.D. program at the State University of Buffalo (Roswell Park Cancer Institute Division), receiving a Ph.D. degree in Pharmacology in 1982. She conducted post-doctoral research at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in the Department of Molecular Biology (1983-1985). She was appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Basic Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy, University of South Carolina in 1985. She received tenure and promotion to Associate Professor in 1991. She conducted sabbatical training in Gastrointestinal Oncology at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in 1993 and was appointed Adjunct Professor at the Greenville Hospital System/Clemson University Biomedical Cooperative in 1997. She was the recipient of the Researcher of the Year Award in the USC College of Pharmacy in 1995 and 2004. She has served as Interim Vice-Chair, Department of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences, since 2008.