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Shereen Salama, Pharm.D.,
College of Pharmacy-Downers Grove,
Class of 2020

What made you realize that you wanted to go into the pharmacy profession?

I knew that I wanted to pursue a career that would allow me to connect with patients and form long-term relationships. During my time at Midwestern, I was exposed to various settings that allowed me the opportunity to observe pharmacists involved in direct patient care and working at the top of their licenses. They were autonomous in their roles and helped patients achieve their health goals. I decided to pursue residency training in ambulatory care and have developed meaningful relationships with patients ever since. My favorite part of my job is the excitement I get to witness when my patients achieve their goals and live a happier, healthier life.

What made you decide to pursue a healthcare career?

My father is a physical therapist and always encouraged me to pursue a career in healthcare. The love for connecting with patients runs in my family!

In what ways have you given back to Midwestern University? How have you made a difference in your community?

I continue to precept students at a free clinic in an underserved community. Additionally, I work with Midwestern students to organize annual health fairs in my community center.

How has your education at Midwestern University shaped your life?

I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Midwestern and often wish I could go back to spend my days there. I have made connections with friends and colleagues that will last a lifetime. Midwestern did, and will always, feel like home to me.

What is your favorite memory from your time at Midwestern University?

My favorite memories are from when my friends and I would make little study circles to review information in the hallway of Science Hall right before an exam. I also really enjoyed traveling across the country to compete in competitions on behalf of Midwestern and presenting research.

What's keeping you busy now? Do you have any passion projects?

I recently became a mom of a sweet little boy! He has become my new full-time job though I continue to look for avenues to give back to Midwestern and the profession.

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