The two will report for officer training with the U.S. Air Force in Alabama and then be stationed in Biloxi, Miss.
“We will be active duty pharmacists on bases in the U.S. and overseas throughout our careers, either in a hospital or clinic setting, traveling somewhere new every few years,” she said. “And yes, fortunately, the Air Force sends us together.”
Chris Dykes, whose father is an alumnus of USC’s pharmacy school, attended the College of Charleston for undergraduate education and chose to stay in Charleston for his pharmacy education.
“MUSC would have been my choice campus-wise. And with the merger they would take the best of both worlds,” he said, adding that the chance to work with faculty, including infectious disease specialists at the USC campus, was one of the highlights. “I would never have gotten that chance if it was just MUSC. And if I went to just USC, I wouldn’t have gotten our fantastic hospital at MUSC. Dr. DiPiro is bringing everybody together. He has lot of pull in the pharmacy world. It’s a coveted spot to be a part of the college now.”
An opportunity Kendra Manigault took advantage of while on the USC campus of the SCCP was USC’s Honors College. The Moncks Corner native graduated in May from the South Carolina College of Pharmacy and the USC Honors College.
“I came to USC because I came on a tour here and I fell in love with the campus,” Manigault said. “I got here in 2004 and I’ve loved it ever since. When I knew I wanted to go to pharmacy school I also knew I wanted to stay here. I’ve had six years and I’ve gotten everything I could have out of a university.”
She said it’s been an advantage – and sometimes a challenge – to have the MUSC and USC pharmacy schools integrated.
“I knew my experience with the SCCP might be a challenge due to the merger, but I was ready for the challenge and comforted by the impressive history of both pharmacy schools,” she said. “We’re the first class. Some things at first may not have worked perfectly, but they’ve listened to us. They’ve listened to our concerns and suggestions.”