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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.

"I enjoy traveling and occasionally during my travels, I will try to engage in discussions with the local pharmacists," Tolu said. "Once I went into a Boots pharmacy in England and I asked the pharmacist questions about how they run their pharmacy. I wanted to educate myself and get an idea of how their practices compare to the U.S. system."

EARLY EXPERIENCE

As a native of Nigeria, Tolu has a unique perspective on pharmacy practice in the United States and continually seizes new opportunities to learn more. Since relocating to the Chicago area in 2004, he has worked as a pharmacy technician, as a quality assurance analyst in the Walgreens' corporate office, and recently completed a corporate internship in healthcare innovation and pharmacy technology services.

It was while working as a pharmacy technician that Tolu first learned about the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program at Midwestern University. "I worked with graduates of CCP and one of the things that immediately caught my attention was their strong interpersonal skills in dealing with patients. It's one thing to have the knowledge of pharmacy as a practice; but it's another thing to be able to relate to patients and help them make the necessary changes to achieve a better health outcome," Tolu said. "I could see the skill that was imbedded in them and I knew I wanted to be part of something like that."

A GOOD DECISION

Tolu has been pleased with his decision to enroll in Midwestern University. He cites the peaceful campus environment and the many spaces designated for student relaxation - the fitness center, music room, and the beautiful campus - as a way the University has created an ideal environment to promote both academic excellence and a balanced life. He also has become involved in a number of professional organizations on campus to further his experience and has volunteered at diabetes and immunization clinics. "Most of the students in the pharmacy program here are involved in some sort of professional organization," he said. "Midwestern has done a great job in putting together a program that really helps students."

An important part of that program is the group of caring pharmacy faculty members who support students throughout their rigorous coursework. "The professors are passionate about student success and that really means a lot. Recently, one of my professors spent a considerable amount of time outside of class talking to me about some concepts that weren't clear. The positive result was that I wound up getting an A on that particular exam. There is a sense of encouragement you feel as a student, when you know that your professors are available and always willing to help," he said. "Going to Midwestern is the best decision I have made in my professional life."

I'm really excited about the endless opportunities that lay ahead."
— Tolu Akinwale, PS-IV

LOOKING FORWARD

While he is enjoying his studies at Midwestern University, Tolu is also anticipating both future educational opportunities, such as an upcoming hospital rotation, and his career after graduation. "I'm really excited about the endless opportunities that lay ahead. When you get into the program, you realize that you have so many options and various areas of practice, even including academia," he said. "Just the thought of having so many avenues where you can function in the pharmacy system is something that has me really excited about the future."


Akinwale, PS-IVTolu Akinwale is a fourth-year pharmacy student on the Downers Grove Campus of Midwestern University.


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