Investment & Outcomes

Palm Beach Atlantic University graduate Tosin David

Dr. Tosin David '16

PharmD

Hometown: Bowie, Maryland

Describe your current job role:

I serve as assistant professor of pharmacy practice at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore School of Pharmacy. I also work part-time for Health Quality Innovators, a nopnprofit consulting organization advising hospitals how to improve and innovate. 

What professional experience(s) did you have prior to your current job role?

I interned during pharmacy school. After graduation, I was a community pharmacy resident at an independent pharmacy on the eastern shore of Maryland. That experience solidified what I had learned in school.  Additionally, I connected with the local community by providing various preventive health services. 

What do you know now that you wish you had known about being a working professional?

First, hard work is undefeated. And while hard work and dedication do not always bear fruit immediately, they are very helfpul habits. Second, God’s plan for my life is far better than mine. Trusting God with every aspect of your life is extremely important; it relieves unneeded stress and anxiety and allows you to achieve the impossible.

 

" Trusting God with every aspect of your life is extremely important; it relieves unneeded stress and anxiety and allows you to achieve the impossible."

How did PBA prepare you for the world of work?

Experience is your best teacher. Pharmacy requires specific knowledge. The Gregory L. Lloyd School of Pharmacy provided me opportunities to develop the necessary skills. Also, completing workship hours kept me grounded and connected with the community. Even while I was in pharmacy school at PBA, I stayed connected with the undergraduate campus.

 

What advice would you give to current PBA students and/or young alumni who are about to start their first professional full-time job?

Think about what you want to accomplish and the end game. Develop character. Build healthy, constructive habits.  Don’t take for granted a Christian environment. Work with purpose so you can make a positive impact in your field. If your first job is not what you expect, consider it a stepping stone towards your goals. Entrust your career to God’s will and He will strengthen you to reach heights that you couldn’t imagine.

 

Have you been mentored by anyone in your professional field since entering the workforce? If so, what impact has that had on you?

My PBA pharmacy professors had so much impact on me.  A medical career can be extremely taxing and it’s hard to see God’s overarching picture in it all. Having Christian mentors who work hard, make sacrifices, balance all of life’s demands, and put their trust in God is invaluable. I also think it’s important to have different mentors for career, spiritual and personal issues.

Spotlight posted in July 2018. For current updates from  Tosin, find her on LinkedIn.

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