A love of chemistry and passion for community service set Andrew Ejiofor, a fourth year PharmD candidate at Hampton University, on path to pursue a career as a pharmacist. This summer, a stop on his student pharmacist rotation brought him to APhA Foundation where he joined the team as an intern and gained insight on our work and mission as the charitable arm of APhA, and “the importance of advocating for pharmacy and the impact it has on the profession.”
The concept of giving back to the community was instilled in Andrew from an early age, and he is especially motivated to provide health care for patients in medically underserved areas. He notes, “the medically underserved don’t always receive the care they should,” due to barriers that make it difficult to receive basic health care coverage and services.
Ejiofor is serving the community through his internship with Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News, VA. There, he is making an impact where he oversees the 450-bed facility by going through patient charts and making clinical interventions, while also providing technical support for the pharmacy services.
Prior to Hampton, Andrew completed two years as a chemistry major on a pre-pharmacy track from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte While at Hampton, Andrew has significantly contributed to the APhA-ASP chapter by serving as the 2020-2021 President and as the 2019-2020 Historian. He was a part of the Operation Immunization Committee, where he led his chapter in their annual Drive Thru Flu Clinic at Bon Secours Health System.
In addition to APhA, Andrew is also involved in the Industry Pharmacists Organization where he serves as the Director of Professional Programming and the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy where he is a charter member. His time at APhA showed him, “the importance of staying involved with national pharmacy organizations.”
Andrew plans to become a U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps officer where he can effect positive change within his community through health care on a broader scale. He is excited to expand his knowledge through every opportunity.