MOUNT OLIVE – Twenty-nine year old Duplin County native Dr. Marshal Carter graduated from Mount Olive College in 2006 with a B.A. in music. He was incredibly active on campus as a student, and contributed his time and service to the College as the founding president of the Music Club and executive cabinet president, treasurer and vice president of the Student Government Association. He also served as a student admissions ambassador, resident life advisor, and was a member of the Science Club, the Mount Olive College Singers and the Concert Choir.
When Carter was accepted to Campbell University’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, it was no surprise that he continued to be an active student. “While at Campbell University, I served as a student ambassador for the undergraduate and graduate programs, and I was inducted into the Phi Lambda Sigma (PLS) honor society that recognizes leaders in pharmacy,” said Carter. “I also volunteered as an emergency medical technician (EMT) at Buies Creek Fire and Rescue while serving as their Infectious Control Officer and EMT.”
The switch from music to medicine was an easy one for Carter. “Music and medicine are both my passions in life,” he explained. “Music gave me the ability to touch people on an emotional level and medicine gave me the ability to touch people on an academic level. The arts have always been and will always be near and dear to my heart.”
He was recognized as an outstanding graduate student at Campbell. “I was awarded the NC EMS Scholarship, Kerr Drug Scholarship and Steadman Drug Scholarship for my leadership abilities and academic excellence.” He graduated Cum Laude with a master’s degree in clinical research. In May, he earned his doctorate in pharmacy, and was awarded with yet another honor. “I received the United States of America Public Health Service Award for my diligent work in the public health area with my nonprofit.”
Carter started his own 501c3 nonprofit, RxRescue, in 2011 as a student at Campbell. “The nonprofit has the primary mission of granting financial assistance to patients unable to afford their prescription medications,” Carter stated.
Carter goes above and beyond to provide his patients with additional, convenient services. “Recently, I started a consulting business to help patients who may want pharmacy consulting services without having to wait in long lines at retail establishments,” said Carter. “I offer many services such as medication identification, OTC recommendations for acute illnesses, medication interaction reports, medication organization services, travel recommendations for trips to other countries which include: vaccination recommendations and tips for traveling safely with prescription medications and more.”
Carter has a servant’s heart when it comes to his patients. “I would like for the patients that I serve to be the voice of my company. It is their story that matters, not mine,” said Carter. “I would like to know that I have made someone’s life a little easier, or I have prevented someone’s untimely death from a self-inflicted medication error.”
Now that he has accomplished so much, Carter looks back on his time at Mount Olive College with gratitude. “I would like to mention that if it wasn't for my math professor, Dr. Brenda Cates, who wrote lots of letters of recommendation and provided quality prerequisite pharmacy school education at MOC, I may not have ever been able to gain acceptance into the PharmD program. I owe so much of my success to the time and energy she put into my dreams. MOC also gave me the experience of leading groups and growing my leadership abilities. Now, I have proven to be a leader among leaders while managing my nonprofit.”
Mount Olive College is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The College, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has locations in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Goldsboro, Research Triangle Park, Washington and Jacksonville. For more information, visit www.moc.edu.