Marvin and Joanell Dyrstad Scholarship

Kristie oh



Kristie Kukhwa Oh is a third year student pharmacist at Notre Dame of Maryland University. Prior to attending pharmacy school, she graduated from Chung-Ang University in South Korea with a Bachelor of Music, specializing in Piano. Before going to Germany to study for her doctrine degree, she was able to go on a mission trip to Mongolia with a medical team. The experience opened her eyes to see how powerful medicine was and how it can positively impact the rural community. After the mission trip, she changed her plan and came to America to study biochemistry at Mercer University. She wanted to working with a team of healthcare professionals to help the underserved population. With this mission in mind, she has committed every moment of her life to work with others to fight and advocate for the underserved. 

While being the chapter President of the American Pharmacists Association – Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP), she initiated the women's health operation to help the homeless women of Baltimore, MD. With the collection of over 200 feminine packages, they were able to deliver them to Paul's Place, a homeless shelter that is dedicated to help the homeless get back on their feet. She was also able to organize a free health fair at a local church in Montgomery County, MD; where locals were able to get free health screening. She also serves as the Board of Trustees at the Maryland Pharmacy Association (MPhA) and provides a student’s perspective on issues that are pertinent to the pharmacy field. 

After graduation she hopes to continue to have an impact in the community by advocating for the necessary changes that are needed so that pharmacy students are able to use their full potential and not be limited by regulations after graduation. She hopes to inspire the next generation of pharmacist to step out of their comfort zone and dream big.