Dr. Barbara Owusu, a Ghanaian, based in the United States of America has graduated with a Doctorate in Pharmacy (PharmD) from Chicago State College of Pharmacy, class of 2020.
Dr. Owusu attended Kumasi Academy High school (Ghana) and graduated as part of the class of 2008. After High school, she was part of an ambitious sales and marketing team who introduced Zain telecommunications (Airtel Ghana) to the people of the Ashanti Akim part of Ghana from 2008 to 2012.
She served then as a sales representative strolling under the scorching sun of Ghana to distribute and sell airtime cards to a variety of vendors. In the fall of 2012, she migrated to the United States of America.
Dr. Owusu was the only female among the five Ghanaians students who graduated alongside 62 others from different countries across the globe.
In an interview with Change Agent Media to share her success story, she noted that she chose this noble profession because pharmacists could have a greater impact on the health of their patients and help prevent diseases. While sharing her experience in the profession, Dr. Owusu indicated that pharmacists are part of healthcare workers who are at the front lines making sure that medications given to COVID-19 patients are dosed correctly.
“Pharmacists serve to prevent drug and food interactions. We also monitor therapy of treatment and adjust medication doses accordingly,” she added.
On the topic; encouraging women especially girls enrolling in Senior High school (SHS) to embrace science courses just as they will embrace other courses, she pointed out that the mindset should be changed because it will ignite a special interest in the young girl child for the course.
Dr. Owusu who is an alumni of Prairie State College remarked that once an interest has been developed in the field of science, the motivated person becomes determined to achieve the goal of earning a degree in the science field. “Science courses are not difficult, they just challenge the students to be creative and think critically,” she said.
She also advised young ladies to focus on their studies so they could prevent teenage pregnancies, avoid illicit drugs, and alcohol abuse.
“When you are challenged in life, you should pray about it, seek advice from experts, and find a solution to the challenge,” she said.
Dr. Owusu has always strived to be a leader wherever she found herself and this was what got her involved in the student chapter of America Pharmacists Association ( APhA-ASP). She later served as the international Vice President for APhA-ASP, 2018 to 2019 and a historian for African Students Pharmacists Association -AfSPA, 2017 to 2019.
As a hard working leader, she played an integral role in organizing the GhanaFest health fair at Chicago in July 2018 and 2019 respectively. She currently serves as the General Secretary for the Ghana Pharmacists Association (GPhA) – Midwest, and is a member of the GPhA annual conference planning committee. Dr. Owusu is also a founding member of the GPhA-midwest.
In 2018, Dr Owusu won first place in the local patient counseling competition at Chicago State College of Pharmacy organized by the student chapter of APhA.
She also had the opportunity to represent her college at the National Patient Counseling Competition at the APhA annual conference in 2018 (Nashville).
When asked about her future aspirations, Dr. Owusu indicated that she wants to work as a clinical pharmacist, broaden her knowledge in information technology, public health education, marketing, and serve on medical missions.
Editor: Roland Annor Botchway