Spotlight: Mahmoud Sabawi

sabMahmoud Sabawi of Portland, Texas

Developing active leaders is one of the goals of the Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy.“My time at the Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy has not only allowed me to grow as a pharmacist and a professional, it has allowed me to grow as a person as well,” said Mahmoud Sabawi of Portland, Texas. “In my time here, I have been able to serve the South Texas community along with interacting with a variety of health professionals. My learning experience over the past four years has prepared me to be a pharmacist and a resident, and has taught me the value of leadership and patient care.”

Sabawi, who graduated cum laude on May 23 from the Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy, placed second in the nation, along with his interprofessional team, in April at the CLARION National Case Competition at the University of Minnesota.

He was asked to join the case competition team during his fourth-year rotations at Scott & White in Temple, Texas. He joined two Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center doctor of nursing students and a Scott & White internal medicine resident to represent pharmacy on a team of four.

Since 2005, CLARION has hosted a national student case competition for health professional students, enabling them to achieve a 360-degree perspective on patient safety in today’s health care system. Student teams were given a case and charged with creating a root cause analysis. This is a national competition between teams of professional health care students who analyze cases in order to improve patient safety.

The Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy faculty took notice of his academic achievements, awarding him the CVS Health Growth and Development Award. This award recognizes overall growth since enrollment in the college in terms of attitude, knowledge, maturity, teamwork and superior professional development. Dee Ballard, intern program coordinator for CVS Health, presented the award to Sabawi at the College Awards on May 20.

Sabawi was born to Palestinian parents in Saudi Arabia. Along with his family, he moved to Simi Valley, Calif., a suburb 40 miles northwest of Los Angeles. He graduated from Simi Valley High School and then moved with his family to Portland, Texas. Before attending the Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy, he received his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry at the University of Texas at Austin.

During pharmacy school, Sabawi was involved in many student organizations developing his leadership skills and discovering where he wanted to practice. He became a member of the Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA), Phi Delta Chi and the Student Society of Health-System Pharmacists. He was inducted into the honor society of Rho Chi and the leadership society of Phi Lambda Sigma. He served as the president of the SNPhA and the vice president of Phi Lambda Sigma.

Sabawi best demonstrated leadership in pharmacy, promoted diversity in the pharmacy profession, and raised health awareness and understanding in the community and received the SNPhA Commitment Award presented to him by his peers.

“The leadership positions really helped me learn how to effectively manage my time,” Sabawi said. “They also taught me the meaning of responsibility. If I fail, it affects beyond just me so it made me realize how important commitment is. Beyond professional growth, these leadership positions taught me lessons on life. I became a better communicator, and my perspective has widened as a result.”

Faculty noticed Sabawi’s committment to hospital pharmacy, awarding him the inaugural Cardinal Health Hospital Pharmacy Practice Award, recognizing a student who is interested in a career in hospital pharmacy which he attributes to the shining examples of his preceptors.

“Each preceptor brought a unique perspective to the table, but what they shared in common was their passion for teaching and transforming students into capable pharmacists,” Sabawi said.

Sabawi has a postgraduate year one residency with CHI St. Luke’s Baylor, St. Luke’s Medical Center, in Houston, Texas. He hopes to specialize in ambulatory care and plans to serve the South Texas community after residency.