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Ethel Ngene aims to serve rural community through pharmacy

“I’m very invested in rural health, in underserved populations, because I, for one, came from that background,” said Ethel Ngene, who grew up in the small village of Akwuke, Nigeria. There, she said, “most people utilize pharmacy as their main point of care.”

Ngene found what she was looking for – both a strong focus on rural medicine and a tight-knit community – at ETSU Gatton College of Pharmacy, where her experiences have equipped her well to work in underserved areas. After graduating this spring, she will spend two years working for the Federal Bureau of Prisons under the U.S. Public Health Service through its Senior Commissioned Officer Training and Externship Program. Wherever she finds herself practicing pharmacy, Ngene aims to be an integral part of her community.

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