Samantha Sabada, PharmD '20
Doctor of Pharmacy
The relationship between medication and the human body initially attracted Samantha
Sabada, PharmD ’20, to a career in pharmacy. In addition, she appreciated the variety of pathways the profession offers – with careers in nuclear, veterinary and pediatric pharmacy,
in addition to research and many other fields possible.
She also tells the story of her grandmother’s death from a second stroke while Sabada
was attending community college near her hometown of Parkland, Florida.
“It turned out that my grandmother was not taking her medications properly,” Sabada
said, “and I can’t help but wonder if she would still be here today if someone had
taken the time to educate her. It was at that moment that I knew becoming a pharmacist
would be my calling.”
Since high school, Sabada had sensed that she wanted to pursue a career in health
care, a pursuit that would allow her to provide “assistance, support and comfort to
others,” she recalls.
“I just didn’t know how to put my plan into action or what I wanted to do,” she said.
She recalls doubting her ability “because I wasn’t the ‘smartest’ in high school,
but I had passion and dedication.”
A first generation college graduate, Sabada said there were many unknowns “as to how
to get to where I wanted to be in life – I knew I wanted to be a part of something
She initially chose to attend the PCOM School of Pharmacy because “PCOM Georgia chose me,” she said. She recalls attending a graduate program
college fair in South Florida and coming upon a PCOM Georgia display. “The students
and administrators at the booth took their time to speak with me, answer all of my
questions, and shepherded me through the admissions process,” she said.
She visited the Suwanee campus in person for an interview. “I never felt so comfortable. I made lifelong connections
with the student ambassadors and knew PCOM Georgia was going to be my home away from
home for the next four years,” she said.
Sabada remembers meeting student ambassador Lauren Avery, PharmD ’18, on interview
day. “Ever since that day, she has been by my side rooting me on and pushing me to
be the best possible version of myself. She has been there through my failures and
my successes, and she is someone I look up to and aspire to be every single day.”
Her father, Jay Sabada, her “biggest fan and supporter,” also inspires Sabada. She
said, “He always told me ‘it doesn’t matter the path you take to reach your dreams
as long as you make it to the finish line.’ Whenever I needed anything financially,
mentally or physically, my dad was my savior.”
Sabada says she knows her future will involve helping her community and patients “live
better and healthier lives through patient-centered care.” However, she aspires to
one-day complete PGY1 and PGY2 pharmacy residencies to expand her knowledge as a pharmacist.
Sabada would like to specialize in either transplant or ambulatory care pharmacy so
she can “work closely with other healthcare professionals while building relationships
with patients, and educating them on the importance of their medications” – something
that has driven her since her grandmother passed away.
Sabada offers the following advice to future pharmacy students.
“Never give up on yourself and don’t ever stop chasing your dreams. You are never
too old or too young to make your dreams come true. You don’t have to be the smartest,
but you have to be determined, driven and passionate.”
She added, “Don’t be afraid to ask for help when needed. Go the extra mile and lean
on your friends. I know I would have never made it through pharmacy school without
“And, lastly, enjoy the ride! You will never get ‘today’ back, so make memories and
embrace the good and bad times.”
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