“A Platform to Love People”
TouroCOM Middletown Student Oddie Moghalu Puts TouroCOM’s Mission into Action
Medical school was always the destination for the Nigerian-born Moghalu. She graduated high school at 16 and set sail for England’s University of Leeds to study biomedical engineering. Realizing she wanted more flexibility in her education, Moghalu enrolled in Baylor University in Texas. After graduating, she applied to TouroCOM Harlem as a student in the Master of Science Program in Interdisciplinary Studies in Biological and Physical Sciences and then followed Dean of Student Affairs, Dr. Jerry Cammarata to the newly opened Middletown campus when she started the DO program.
Moghalu said that TouroCOM’s mission spoke to her.
“Touro wants us to be people who are very aware of advocacy,” said Moghalu. “Not just doctors in our communities, but advocating for people who can’t advocate for themselves.”
Since joining the TouroCOM family, Moghalu has already put the mission into action. In 2015, she spent three weeks offering free medical screenings to underserved residents in North Philadelphia. Moghalu said that the experience had an impact on her.
“I’ve never experienced such poverty,” said Moghalu. “In a ten-minute car ride, we were able to travel from a first-world country to a third-world country. You don’t need to travel abroad to serve the underserved. They’re right here, down the block.”