Soon-to-Be PharmD Mohammad Hadaihed Aspires to Lead in Community Pharmacy
Two generations removed from war-torn Palestine, Mohammad Hadaihed is preparing to receive his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Temple University School of Pharmacy on May 6, 2022. Inspired by his part-time work at CVS and his Introduction to Pharmacy Practice rotations at Pharmacy of America in Philadelphia, Mohammad has a vision to advance the future of community pharmacy.
“In Syria, pharmacists are more,” said Mohammad, who has some relatives who are pharmacists there. He explained that pharmacists have more rights and privileges to deliver primary medical care in their communities. He hopes that he can be a part of the next evolution of community pharmacy in the United States that will enable pharmacists to “be more” here. His path past graduation will continue as a pharmacist at CVS.
Arriving to the United States from Syria in 2006, as Palestinian refugees, the Hadaihed family was in pursuit of high-quality education for their children, Mohammad and his three older sisters. Mohammad, who was a student at Northeast Magnet High School in Philadelphia, worked at his parents’ food truck located just outside of the School of Pharmacy building. He built relationships with some faculty, staff, students, and alumni from the school who helped him devise a plan to complete his prerequisites at the Community College of Philadelphia and then apply to the Doctor of Pharmacy program.
“I was part of the family before I even applied to the school,” said Mohammad. One alum in particular, Dr. Frank Berenato, facilitated Mohammad’s pursuits by waiting for him to get off work one day and touring him through the building, introducing him to key stakeholders along the way. Mohammad’s future began to materialize.
When he was 14, Mohammad’s mother was getting breast cancer treatments at Temple University Hospital when his father came across the food truck opportunity.
“My dad was delivering pizzas when my mom was diagnosed. They had to borrow money to pay medical bills,” Mohammad explained as he spoke about his father’s motivation for pursuing the food truck opportunity. The “Mediterranean Food Truck” was located adjacent to the hospital. The elder Hadaihed observed the apparent success of the business while coming and going for his wife’s treatments.
“I absolutely want to own a pharmacy someday,” said Mohammad, who shares his father’s entrepreneurial spirit. The elder Hadaihed owns two popular grocery stores in Northeast Philadelphia, both called “Bilad Al Sham Food Market.” The food truck was a key steppingstone toward opening the grocery stores.
Mohammad’s mother remains cancer free and will be alongside the rest of the family in support of Mohammad at the Temple Performing Arts Center on graduation day.