After spending time with Osagie Omoruyi ’19 one is left with the impression that he is someone who is going places. During his senior year of high school, he found out he was accepted to both Kaiser Permanente’s Summer Youth Employment Program and University of the Pacific. “With those two things put together I just told myself this is a sign from above and I’m going to walk within this path as long as it lasts,” said Omoruyi. He has been pursuing a career in pharmacy ever since.
Through the Summer Youth Employment Program, he was able to get a close look at the different facets of pharmacy. “The program rotated us throughout the inpatient pharmacy, outpatient pharmacy, pharmacy administration and pharmacy operation, as well as ambulatory care,” Omoruyi said. “They even gave us a tour of their mail order pharmacy. That made it a really rich experience.”
Coming to Pacific, Omoruyi was enrolled in the 4+3 pre-pharmacy advantage program pathway. After completing four years of undergraduate courses, he transitioned into the doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) program. “I would definitely recommend it,” Omoruyi said. The advantages he emphasized were access to faculty and students, as well as the smooth progression from the undergraduate pre-pharmacy program to the PharmD program.
He is a member of Kappa Psi and Phi Lambda Sigma. He also served as the 2017-18 president of the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP). His advice for those interested in pursuing a leadership role is to overcome self-doubt by focusing on serving others.
“No matter what leadership experience you have, this one will be different. Because this experience will be different, take that as an opportunity to grow; to learn more about yourself and about working with people. Accept the challenge even if you don’t feel completely ready. You can’t grow if you don’t challenge yourself.”
In October, he attended Rx Bootcamp, hosted by the California Pharmacists Association (CPhA). For one of the leadership training activities, students were placed in groups and asked to develop a business plan. “The unique thing about this business plan was it had to incorporate the Advanced Pharmacy Practice license,” Omoruyi said. His group was selected to present a poster at CPhA Western Exchange in April.
APhA Midyear Regional Meeting Coordinators
Omoruyi has also been selected as the American Pharmacist Association (APhA) midyear regional meeting coordinator for Region 8, which is composed of California, Colorado, Hawaii, Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico. “I knew I wanted to take that next step and challenge myself, as far as growth and personal development,” Omoruyi said. He will be responsible for helping plan the upcoming APhA Midyear Regional Meeting, which will be held in Northern California next fall.
Looking to the future he shared that he would like to pursue a non-traditional career within pharmacy. While he is still deciding what form that will take, he does know that he would like to stay involved with professional organizations. One of the highlights of his Pacific experience has been the opportunity to connect with the current and future leaders of pharmacy. “I feel like I know a lot of the future leaders in pharmacy, so when it’s time to take the reins I feel like I will know a lot of those people.” He added, “Throughout my time here I really enjoyed being able to network with the alumni and all of the mentors.”
By Anne Marie H. Bergthold