Starting a new student organization, the Compounding Club, and getting ready to serve as its president in the 2019-20 school year is just one way that Raneem Alayoubi has found to connect with the Northeast Ohio Medical University community. The rising second-year College of Pharmacy student was nominated earlier this year for the Outstanding Leader Award, due to her wide-ranging involvement.
Alayoubi has been selected as a peer mentor to the incoming first-year pharmacy students, helping with the transition from undergraduate to professional school. She also serves as an early assurance mentor, connecting with another student from her native Michigan and helping her stay on track in preparation for matriculation at the NEOMED College of Pharmacy in 2021.
This summer, Alayoubi is tutoring in pharmaceutics, along with doing research at Ascension Providence Rochester Hospital in Rochester Hills, Michigan. “I’m in the emergency department doing medication reconciliation and collecting data on discrepancies in hopes to prove the benefit of having a pharmacy representative in the ER to better both patient care and readmissions,” says Alayoubi.
In the fall, she’ll be a tutor for HAPP (human anatomy, physiology, and pathology) and evidence-based medicine.
Building a bigger community
For Alayoubi, who moved to Rootstown from Troy, Michigan, a donation drive that she completed for Akron Children’s Hospital turned out to be a way to connect with the larger community, too. On her last birthday, she asked people to donate items that Children’s had posted on a needed/requested list. Hundreds of items poured into the collection boxes Alayoubi had set up around campus.
“The joy of seeing the bins constantly fill up and my car stuffed to the max; dropping everything off; and finally, the look on the director’s face with the number of items being donated has motivated me beyond measure. I’m so proud to be a member of this community of selflessness,” she says.