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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.

Keeping up with Safi Mohammed, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM), Class of 2014, is no easy task. In addition to the rigors of being a medical student, Safi works part-time for the Gatorade Sports Science Institute, teaches MCAT study courses on the weekend, represents his class as its president, and volunteers for several community service projects throughout the year.

"I like doing different things and volunteering," Safi said. "For me, I always do a bunch of things so it's about balancing everything - balancing school, friends, work, and extracurricular activities and just making time for everything and trying to do it to the best of my ability."

Even though we have a class of 200, it doesn’t feel like that. Everybody knows everybody.”
— Safi Mohammed, MS-III

Opportunities for making a difference

Midwestern University has given Safi plenty of opportunities to keep busy and help make a difference in the community. "Midwestern is cool because they do a lot to reach out to the community. There are service opportunities that you can do where you feel that what you are doing is making a difference."

Safi has also volunteered at the Community Health Clinic in Chicago which allows students the opportunity to gain clinical experience early on in their medical education. "Once a week, six or seven students from the class volunteer at the clinic to take medical histories, do physical exams, and work with a doctor to develop a treatment plan. It's a great way to get practice before going on rotations."

As he finishes up his last didactic year at CCOM, Safi is eagerly anticipating the next step in his education. "I'm looking forward to just getting into the hospital, starting rotations, and applying what I've learned. I'm really looking forward to being able to help someone and making that connection with someone rather than just knowing it from a textbook," he added.

Working together

Although his classmates will see less of each other as they begin their clinical rotations, Safi believes the bonds they have formed during their first two years will last a long time."Even though we have a class of 200, it doesn't feel like that. Everybody knows everybody," he said.

He describes a true spirit of collaboration in his class and says that his fellow students freely share their notes and study guides on Facebook. "It's not at all competitive in the sense that everyone just wants to make each other do better. It doesn't make any difference if the person next to you gets just as good a grade as you do. You're going to do your best and you are going to help them do their best," he added.

It was this sense of cooperation that first drew Safi to CCOM and osteopathic medicine. "I applied both the M.D. and D.O. route. When I interviewed, the D.O. schools seemed a better fit for me. The people seemed happier, the students were more cordial. It just seemed like a better environment. If I was going to spend four years somewhere, I wanted to make sure it seemed liked I'd be happy there," he shares. Safi has no regrets about his decision, "It's been awesome," he declares.


On the right path

Prior to enrolling at Midwestern University, Safi graduated from the University of Illinois in Champaign and started working as a sports scientist for Gatorade. While working full-time, he also earned a master's degree in biotechnology and chemical science.

Safi said he wanted to learn about the corporate environment and continues to work part-time for Gatorade as a consultant. "We test new ingredients or products in the lab on athletes. We measure their blood, sweat, and urine to see how their performance is changing. Sometimes if it's a high-profile athlete we'll come up with a specific formula for them that they can use in the field," he added.

And although he's had the opportunity to meet some famous athletes, he quickly realized that "the corporate environment just wasn't for me." Instead, he wants to devote his life to helping others. "I think medicine is the most rewarding thing I could do."

Safi wants to thank his parents and family for all the support they have given him as he strives to achieve his goals. He also wants to humbly thank his classmates for their confidence and continued faith in him as class president.

Mohammed, MS-IIISafi Mohammed is a third-year osteopathic medicine student on the Downers Grove Campus of Midwestern University.


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