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Thien Nguyen, B.A.

Who at WesternU has made you feel supported and how? The faculty and students at WesternU are always more than willing to help you with problems in your academic or personal life. There is a genuine concern for the well-being of others from both the faculty and students alike. It honestly feels like we are one big family here.


Sean Wyman, B.A.

Describe an engaging aspect of your program and why you like it. There is a lot of camaraderie between all of the students in the MSMS program. We are a tight knit family of students coming from different areas with a common goal, to become health care professionals. We support each other through the good and the bad to ensure we all succeed!


Khomthorn Cunvong, BS, ADN

Who is your favorite faculty member and why? In what little time I've had so far to meet the faculty at WesternU, I've had the chance to meet Ms. Dagmar Cofer. Her positive attitude is inspiring and contagious. As part of the LEAD office, Dagmar is always available for counseling and her friendly attitude is welcoming. She has a genuine interest in the students and cares about every individual's success.


Anddre Valdivia, B.S.

How have you seen the university’s humanistic philosophy lived out by members of the WesternU family? The faculty at WesternU lives the university’s philosophy in every lecture and office hour that I attend, because they work their hardest to ensure my preparation for the career that I am going into.

Gerald Thrush, PhD

Why WesternU? When given the opportunity to accept a full-time position at WesternU, I jumped at the chance! I have not regretted that decision and enjoy coming to work everyday. Besides being involved in education to medical students as well as students in the colleges of Dentistry, Podiatric Medicine, and Optometry, I have recently been involved in the development of the MSMS program in the Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences.

WesternU Distinctive? The development of the MSMS program is the result of intense discussions amongst faculty and staff from a variety of colleges here at WesternU. The ultimate goal of the MSMS program is to prepare graduates to be able to meet the academic demands of the professional school of their choice. What has been developed in the MSMS program is a series of courses that will strengthen the scientific foundation of the student as well as develop professionalism that is so important to the members of the health care team. In addition, students who are successful in the MSMS program will be able to use the strength of the program to show that they are strong candidates for professional school admission.

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Vishwanath Venketaraman, PhD

Tell us about an experience where you observed a student or fellow faculty member exemplify the humanistic philosophy of our University. Students and faculty members at large are very caring and supportive and are always willing to assist each other.

Have you taken advantage of the research opportunities offered at WesternU? Please describe your research and it’s importance. My laboratory does active research on tuberculosis and HIV. I give opportunities to the students enrolled in the MSBS, MSMS, DO and DMD programs to participate in the ongoing and new research projects in my laboratory. Please see the link below for my research publications:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=venketaraman

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Stuart Sumida, PhD

Tell us about an experience where you observed a student or fellow faculty member exemplify the humanistic philosophy of our University. I have been hugely impressed watching students progress from programs like the MSMS program, into professional schools, and on to being practicing professionals. What has impressed me deeply is the sense of responsibility each class of student feels to give back to WesternU, and those students following them. The “selfish professional student” stereotype doesn’t exist at WesternU, as they are constantly facilitating one another.

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Eftikhar Akam, MSMS Class of 2015

Why did you choose WesternU? When I was applying to graduate programs, I called the admissions offices of all of the schools I was interested in. Many of them were nice and gave me the information that I needed. However, when I called WesternU, I spoke to the MSMS program director for over half an hour. I told her my story and she listened, and she encouraged me to apply and thought that I would be a good fit for the program. For the first time I felt like someone genuinely cared about me and my goals, and looked out for my best interests. WesternU felt like home away from home, and that’s why I chose to attend.



Maureen Nwaokoro, MSMS Class of 2015

How have you seen the University’s humanistic philosophy lived out by members of the WesternU family? Classmates share resources. you do not get the competitive spirit from others. Everyone is working to make themselves better at excelling but will lend a helping hand to those that need it. Also the upperclassmen are always open to provide advise as to how professors are, resources to use and not use and it is an overall good support.

How did your involvement in co-curricular activities (e.g. clubs or student government) influence your personal life? I have had the opportunity to be mentored by so many great people and I am still continuously seeking great role models. I am truly indebted to them. I am involved in SNMA (Student National Medical Association) and been a part of this club has given me the inner satisfaction to give back to my community and to lift as I climb. So as I have been mentored I am also mentoring others to continue the cycle of giving back.



Amelia Servin, DO Class of 2016, MSMS Class of 2011

How have you seen the university’s humanistic philosophy lived out by members of the WesternU family? Beyond the copious amount of volunteer opportunities, I see the most humanism in every day interactions with patients, colleagues, other healthcare workers, and even others on campus.

What would you tell a prospective student about WesternU? It is a wonderful institution with amazingly smart, helpful, and caring people.



Rachelle Torres, DO Class of 2015, MSMS Class of 2011

What would you tell a prospective student? It is worth it! I think the faculty and staff truly live up to what the university is trying to accomplish in terms of status, research, medical technologies, and humanism. I’ve never been on a campus that has been as welcoming as WesternU, or that has been so willing to help with anything from academic tutoring to lunchtime yoga.





Alex Tadros, OD Class of 2015, MSMS Class of 2011

What would you tell a prospective student about WesternU? I would share with prospective students that WesternU is more than just a graduate college. It is a place where like minded humanistic individuals can come to attain knowledge that will benefit their future patients. WesternU is a family in every sense of the word. WesternU's atmosphere fosters inter-professional education and scientific excellence.