A keen clinician’s eye came in handy for pharmacy student Kyle Mains last summer.
Mains, who graduates today with a doctor of pharmacy degree from Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Gregory School of Pharmacy, was on a mission trip to Haiti with his church, Christ Fellowship, when he was called upon to help organize and properly stock an in-house pharmacy at New Life Children’s Home in Port-au-Prince.
|Kyle Mains receives his ceremonial hood from faculty of the Gregory School of Pharmacy on Friday.|
“The environment the medication was being stored in was humid, hot and poorly ventilated,” said Mains, who worked closely with the missionary on site, Miriam Frederick, to find a better location for the medicine during the July 2011 trip.
Over the next three and a half days, Mains and two other members of his mission team sorted through the supplies and organized them. They threw out expired and spoiled products, Mains said.
Also, they created an inventory of medications. “This helped us develop a tangible idea of what the orphanage had and what they needed,” Mains said.
While his classroom experience proved extremely helpful during that project, Mains said a previous mission trip he’d taken to Costa Rica with other students in the pharmacy school had even more of an impact.
Earlier, in Costa Rica, Mains and other PBA students had to unpack and sort a variety of medications they had brought in order to create a mobile pharmacy. Each day they traveled to different locations and visited with patients free of charge, he said.
|A portion of the pharmacy in Haiti where PBA students volunteered.|
“In essence, I was given experience in creating a pharmacy and handling all the details surrounding transporting, packaging and organizing medications,” Mains said.
“Everything I learned on the GSOP mission trip aided in me completing this project (in Haiti) for Miriam and the kids.”
A native of Stow, Ohio, Mains plans to complete a pharmacy residency at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville, Tenn., after graduation. His goal is to gain a master’s degree in public health and to enhance his ability to use pharmacy abroad, he said.
Presently Mains is a board member and participant in the nonprofit organization Fruit of the Son, which was started by his close friend, PBA alumnus Fritz Van der Grift. Members of the organization have been making trips to the Dominican Republic since 2008.
Mains said they hope to help a mission in the town of Los Alcarrizos build a pharmacy and clinic that would serve around 90,000 people.
He said his experience Haiti revealed a great deal to him.
“What God has been preparing me for was able to be put to good use,” Mains said. “Being able to use my pharmacy training to help this orphanage also helped secure my confidence in God putting me on this earth to be a pharmacist and bless people with this training.”