David Lash, COP/CEHS '14

2013 TUC Alumni Association Scholarship Recipient

Having first attended Touro University California (TUC) for his Master of Public Health (MPH) degree, David Lash has had many opportunities to lead, serve his community, and excel scholastically. He was the 2010 winner of TUC’s Public Health Hero, Community Health Commencement Award for demonstrating leadership towards reducing health disparities in the local community. He also conducted two field studies – community and global – where he was a co-investigator on a project in Ethiopia. His largest leadership role on campus has been serving as the College of Pharmacy Executive Board President. Did we mention, he is also in the top quarter of his class?

With all of these accomplishments, it’s no wonder he needed some time in the hammock! Read on to learn more about 2013 Alumni Association Scholarship recipient David Lash:

Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself.
A: I grew up mostly in North County San Diego and have steadily moved north as my education progressed. I received my B.S. in biochemistry from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and worked at a biotech firm in Paso Robles before moving up to Vallejo for my MPH degree. The MPH degree really exposed me to a lot of aspects of health care and I was considering a PhD in epidemiology, but ultimately chose to pursue a PharmD here at Touro.

Q: What did receiving the Alumni Scholarship mean to you?
A: Being active on campus, I know how dedicated and hard working my fellow peers in COP, COM, and COEHS are, and I was extremely honored to hear that I had received the Alumni Scholarship.

Q: What do you like most about Touro?
A: The attitude of our faculty. I have been lucky enough to develop some great relationships with faculty and administrators from all of our colleges on campus and everyone is so supportive of student efforts. It really helps us students achieve our goals when we are surrounded by a dedicated and empowering faculty.

Q: What have been some of your accomplishments during your time at Touro thus far?
A:Individual accomplishments are great, but I take the most pride in team efforts. Our Touro Chapter of Phi Lambda Sigma (a pharmacy leadership society) was recently recognized nationally as the Chapter of the Year out of 104-chartered chapters, and I was ecstatic! The award represents an amazing accomplishment and testament to our entire College of Pharmacy.

Q: What do you like to do in your spare time?
A: I am currently doing a year of rotations down in San Diego and am enjoying the craft beer scene quite a bit, but my real passion is traveling and experiencing new cultures.

Q: What do you plan to do after you graduate?
A: I am working on residency applications as we speak.

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