Midwestern University Welcomes New Students, Focuses on Community Service

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September 22, 2023 | Midwestern University

The incoming Pharmacy students made blankets that will help children stay warm.

The Midwestern University community embarks on the 2023-2024 academic year by welcoming 1,985 new students on both campuses who are starting their journey of becoming healthcare professionals. The Downers Grove Campus has 803 new students, and the Glendale Campus has 1,182 new students. The new students hail from all 50 states and include 61 international students. Students from all programs attended orientations and participated in a variety of activities, including white coat fittings, financial aid workshops, and interacting with peers further along in the healthcare programs. They were also welcomed by the deans of the individual colleges. Some of the healthcare programs added community service as part of their orientation.

Incoming Downers Grove medical students helped feed hungry children worldwide by packing meals that will be shipped to them.

On the Downers Grove Campus, the incoming College of Pharmacy students made no-sew blankets for disadvantaged children through the My Joyful Heart organization. The incoming physician assistant, occupational therapy, and osteopathic medicine students volunteered at Feed My Starving Children and packed meals for children all over the world. On the Glendale Campus, the incoming osteopathic medicine students prepared food boxes at St. Mary’s Food Bank for people in need in the Phoenix area. Community service is an integral value held at Midwestern University in helping students become patient-centered healthcare professionals.

Incoming Glendale medical students gather at St. Mary’s Food Bank to put together food boxes for those in need.

Midwestern University President and Chief Executive Officer Kathleen Goeppinger, Ph.D. said, “We often hear the phrase ‘it takes a village’ used in many circles and in many ways, but here at Midwestern University it takes all of us to help educate the next generation of healthcare professionals.”

As new students begin their individual journeys at Midwestern University, they also begin preparation to learn skills and gain the experience they require to step into the role of a healthcare professional. The need for more healthcare professionals is growing, and Midwestern University students will assist in meeting this need.