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Gloria Yueh
Professor and Chair of Biochemistry, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine
Y. Gloria Yueh, Ph.D., is professor and chair of biochemistry in the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine (AZCOM) at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) Campus.
Linda Walters
Professor of Anatomy, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine
Linda Walters, Ph.D, is an anatomy professor in the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine (AZCOM) at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) Campus.
Kathleen O'Hagan
Department Chair and Professor of Physiology, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
Kathleen P. O'Hagan, Ph.D., is professor and chair of the Department of Physiology at Midwestern University's Downers Grove (IL) Campus.
Adjunct Faculty, Physical Therapy, College of Health Sciences
Kevin Quinn, PT, MPT, MS, ATC, is adjunct faculty in Physical Therapy at Midwestern University's Downers Grove (IL) campus.
Mitchell Emerson
Interim Chair, College of Pharmacy-Glendale
Mitchell Emerson, Ph.D., is Interim Chair in the College of Pharmacy–Glendale at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) Campus.
Shridhar Andurkar
Associate Professor and Chair, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chicago College of Pharmacy
Shridhar Andurkar, Ph.D., is associate professor and chair of Pharmaceutical Sciences in the Chicago College of Pharmacy (CCP) at Midwestern University's Downers Grove (IL) Campus.
Jennifer D'Souza
Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice, Chicago College of Pharmacy
Jennifer D'Souza, Pharm.D., CDE, is assistant professor of Pharmacy Practice in the Chicago College of Pharmacy (CCP) at Midwestern University's Downers Grove (IL) Campus.
Brad Smith
Associate Dean, College of Dental Medicine-AZ
Brad Smith, D.D.S., B.Sc., is Associate Dean in the College of Dental Medicine-Arizona at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) Campus.
David Luce
Assistant Professor, Physician Assistant Studies, College of Health Sciences
David Luce, M.M.S., PA-C, is assistant professor of Physician Assistant Studies in the College of Health Sciences at Midwestern University's Downers Grove (IL) Campus.
Donald Jarnigan
Dean, Arizona College of Optometry
Donald Jarnigan, O.D., is the Dean of Arizona College of Optometry (AZCOPT) at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) Campus.
Phil Huang
Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
Phil Huang, D.O., is a 2012 graduate of the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM) at Midwestern University's Downers Grove (IL) Campus.
Tolu Akinwale
Chicago College of Pharmacy, Downers Grove Campus
Tolu Akinwale is a student in the Chicago College of Pharmacy at Midwestern University's Downers Grove (IL) Campus.
Allison Rushing
College of Health Sciences, Downers Grove Campus
Allison Rushing, D.P.T., is a 2012 graduate of the Physical Therapy Program in the College of Health Sciences (CHS) at Midwestern University's Downers Grove (IL) campus.
Sam Funk
Arizona College of Optometry
Sam Funk is a student in the Arizona College of Optometry (AZCOPT) at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) campus.
Laura Sibrava
College of Dental Medicine-Arizona
Laura Sibrava, D.M.D., is a 2012 graduate of the College of Dental Medicine-Arizona at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) Campus.
Heather Thoreson
College of Pharmacy-Glendale
Heather Thoreson, Pharm.D., is a 2012 graduate of the College of Pharmacy-Glendale (CPG) at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) Campus.
Hillary Carnell
Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hillary Carnell, D.O., is a 2012 graduate of the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine (AZCOM) at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) Campus.
Danny Wu
College of Health Sciences, Glendale Campus
Danny Wu is a graduate from the College of Health Sciences (CHS) at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) Campus.
Jared Techau
College of Health Sciences, Glendale Campus
Jared Techau is a graduate from the College of Health Sciences (CHS) at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) Campus.
Safi Mohammed
Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
Safi Mohammed is a student in the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM) at Midwestern University's Downers Grove (IL) Campus.
Diane Baldemor
College of Health Sciences – Downers Grove
Diane Baldemor is a student in the College of Health Sciences (CHS) at Midwestern University's Downers Grove (IL) Campus.
Chessa Calabrese
College of Dental Medicine-Illinois
Chessa Calabrese is a student in the College of Dental Medicine at Midwestern University's Downers Grove (IL) Campus.
Eder Garavito
College of Health Sciences, Glendale Campus
Eder Garavito is a 2013 graduate in the inaugural class of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program in the College of Health Sciences.

The following is an interview from when Hillary was a medical student at Midwestern University's Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.

For Hillary Carnell, life is about being of service. From volunteering for mission trips to providing medical care for the homeless, she is always looking for ways to help.

Family on a Mission

It's in her genes. Her sister is a missionary, her mother a care minister. Both her parents visited Russia for mission work, and she started going on her own mission trips in college. "Growing up in that environment made me want to go into the path of service," says Hillary Carnell, AZCOM student, accomplished athlete, and dedicated community outreach leader.

In Jackson, Mississippi, during sophomore year, she helped the Spencer Perkins Foundation with racial reconciliation projects aimed at trying to understand and acknowledge current racial struggles. During junior year, she visited Johannesburg, South Africa to work with nurses providing home-base care for patients with HIV. She and other volunteers visited people's homes, providing medications, clothing, housecleaning and even some construction help. "It was so much fun," enthuses Hillary. "You can become addicted to community service, because it's such a great experience you want to keep doing it!"

Taking the Mission to Medical School

It was her love of community service that especially drew Hilary to AZCOM. "It's beautiful here," she says, "I was very impressed with the whole interview process, and everything everyone said. But I especially liked knowing there was a large underserved community in the Valley area that I would be able to work with."

You can become addicted to community service-it's such a great experience you want to keep doing it!"
— Hillary Carnell, D.O., AZCOM Class of 2012

An Athlete's Focus

During her college mission trip to Johannesburg, Hillary's passion for volunteer work intersected momentarily with her other life-long passion: athletics. She recalls her awe at seeing the soccer stadium being constructed there. "Most people at MWU don't know I was an athlete my whole life," she says. "I played soccer since I was five, including four years at Ohio Wesleyan and 10 years of club soccer, and I also coached for two years." She has played in a few local leagues around the Phoenix area as well, in addition to campus intramurals.

When Hillary talks, deep determination emerges from her usual quiet focus, and it is not difficult to imagine her as a life-long athlete. A comforting sense of discipline and purpose seems to underlie everything she does, so it was a surprise only to her to be nominated last year for Student D.O. of the Year. While she did not win the award, the nomination itself is an example of her many quiet successes on campus, from service to athletics to leadership as Coordinator of the HOME (Health Outreach through Medicine and Education) project during her second year on campus.

Coming HOME

For HOME, Hillary oversaw student volunteers, organized supplies and schedules, worked with site coordinators for three downtown homeless shelter sites, managed budgets and grant writing, and served as liaison with Alan Schalscha, D.O., Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, the club's faculty advisor. All of this in an effort to provide quality medical care and education to a mostly homeless population, while creating experiences for AZCOM students to work with a unique local population.

"I absolutely loved it!" says Hillary. "It was a whole lot of work, but we were able to expand from the previous year and add a pediatrics night at the Vista Colina site three times a month, plus two health fairs through the United Methodist Outreach Ministries (UMOM) site." Hillary and her team also added a dental component to the project, which now includes students from all of MWU's colleges: AZCOM, the College of Dental Medicine-Arizona, the College of Pharmacy-Glendale, the College of Health Sciences, and the Arizona College of Optometry. With the recent expansions to the HOME project, more than 500 MWU students provide close to 700 patient visits throughout the year at the three Phoenix sites.

"I didn't mind putting in all the time," she says. "It was really enjoyable; anything we did directly affected the population we served. It was very rewarding."

Dreams of the Future

Hillary's dream is to be able to go into a community as a physician and have enough resources to provide care to all who need it, and to change it through quality health care and education. She is well on her way to realizing that dream. This past year, she received a National Health Services Corp scholarship, which provides free medical school tuition for four years in return for post-graduation service as a primary care physician in a federally-designated underserved area. "Being able to go into service right after residency is really neat," she shares, her face lighting up with anticipation.

She especially likes the idea of free clinics "to fill that gap our society isn't able to fill," she says. "Or even just to provide that peace of mind. . . ."


Carnell, D.O.Hillary Carnell, D.O., is a 2012 graduate of the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, located on the Glendale Campus of Midwestern University.


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