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Meet Dr. Joel Buremoh
When you think of Pharmacists, what comes to mind? Medication specialist? Healthcare professional? Those are all in fact correct, however, being a Pharmacist is more than just knowing different types of medications. According to the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, “Pharmacists play a key role in helping patients feel better and get well as quickly as possible. Patients do best when pharmacists are part of their healthcare teams...They are culturally competent healthcare providers who communicate effectively to evaluate many factors that affect a patient’s ability to take a medication. These include diet, lifestyle, transportation, language barriers and much more.” They build relationships with their patients and ensure their recovery through every stage. Joel Buremoh is a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) who does just that and more.
Dr. Joel Buremoh was born and raised in Nigeria. When he was 19 years old, he moved to the U.S. in hopes of having better educational opportunities. Joel Buremoh obtained his Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the age of 25 years old at the Appalachian College of Pharmacy in Virginia. The path to achieving this accomplishment was an unexpected one. Coming from Nigeria, Buremoh did not take the traditional path. He wanted to get his degree as quickly as possible. He decided to apply to pharmacy schools although his prerequisites were not complete. This application process was only supposed to be a practice run to prepare him for the following year, as well as the interviews he would have to go through. However, that initial plan took a turn because Buremoh soon got accepted into an accelerated 3 year program pending the completion of the rest of his prerequisites. This meant that he would have to fit in 2 semesters of classes into a single summer...this means 8 months of work fit into a time frame of 2-3 months. He also needed to obtain special permissions and attend 2 different colleges at the same time to be able to complete those prerequisites in the time frame that was given. This path was challenging but Buremoh pushed himself and made it work.
“It was a tough road and I had to work day and night to make it happen but it was worth it.”
As the process of obtaining his degree continued, Buremoh knew becoming a Pharmacist was what he was meant to do. His decision to become a pharmacist was to be able to help contribute to the advancement of healthcare. His passion to help people grew immensely. He expresses that he is able to help people in his own way and hopes to one day be able to take what he has learned and promote the same advancement in his home country, Nigeria. The drive to succeed and his passion to help people is what keeps Buremoh motivated. Also, wanting to be able to set a good example for his siblings pushes him daily. Buremoh shares that he wants to show his siblings that they can achieve anything if they put their minds to it.
His advice to anyone who is working and striving toward their passion is to just keep going, always strive to be better and keep a positive mindset always.
“Thinking there’s no one better than you at what you do pushes you to be the best.”
We asked Dr. Joel Buremoh what Valiance means to him,
“To me, Valiance means continuing to follow your dreams regardless of what obstacles might get in your way.”
If Dr. Joel Buremoh can do it, So can you!