Fahad Al-Dhahri, Class of 2016
Name: Fahad Al-Dhahri
Class Year: Professional year four (P4)
Home Country: Saudi Arabia
The Path to STLCOP:
I already had a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy degree from King Saud University and a master’s degree in medical education from King Said bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences. But it’s good to get the Pharm.D. in the U.S., so I left my position as supervisor of an inpatient pharmacy at a government-run hospital to attend STLCOP in January 2013. I had applied for a matching program at King Abdulaziz Medical City in Saudi Arabia. In the program, select students apply to one of three pharmacy schools in the U.S., and it’s coordinated by the American College of Clinical Pharmacy. I made it through the screening process and was paired up with STLCOP.
What I do when I’m not studying at STLCOP:
I spend most of my time studying. It’s the reason I’m here. I have found some time to play soccer every week with some neighbors at a nearby stadium. I also like to take my wife and four children to Creve Coeur Lake Memorial Park, and I have taken my family on weekend trips to the Lake of the Ozarks.
What I love about STLCOP:
I’ve been surprised by how welcoming everyone has been in St. Louis. The good hospitality, I didn’t expect, especially from the faculty, students, and staff at STLCOP.
Where pharmacy will take me:
I hope to get placed in a nearby residency after graduating in 2016. Then I will return to Saudi Arabia to work as a clinical pharmacist.