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Archive for February, 2013

Meet Our Pharmacy Student for February, Paul Fina.

Hello everyone! My name is Paul Fina and I am a fourth year pharmacy student from The Ohio State University. I will be working here at Plain City Druggist for the month of February and just wanted to introduce myself!

I grew up in the village of Cary, a suburb an hour northwest of downtown Chicago. I attended Saints Peter and Paul for grade school and then went to Cary-Grove high school where I wrestled and played tennis until I graduated in 2005.  Jimmy John, the owner of the popular sub sandwich franchise, also graduated from Cary-Grove. I then attended the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where I pursued a degree in both chemistry and molecular cellular biology. During my time there, I was a teaching assistant for chemistry lab and discussion sections. I was also an active member of Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity. In May 2009, I graduated from the University of Illinois, and, not too long afterwards, I began my career in pharmacy by starting my Pharm.D. at Ohio State in September 2009. I was drawn to pharmacy because I want a career where I can help other people daily and which also applies concepts from both chemistry and biology.

Currently, I am pursuing a community pharmacy residency, a year-long post-graduate program that helps prepare pharmacists to be leaders in the community.  I was not originally scheduled to intern at Plain City Druggist, but requested to be here for a month to see how independent pharmacies operate differently from large chains. I am interested in owning my own pharmacy business some day and hope to learn from the very experienced staff at Plain City Druggist. My other rotation experiences include working for Walgreens, OSU Wexner Medical Center, Grant Hospital, National Taiwan University Hospital, and an OSU neurology clinic.

In my free time, I like to stay active. I enjoy disc golf, tennis, lifting weights, and basketball. I also take classes in Krav Maga, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and Muay Thai. Additionally, I like doing crossword puzzles and am an avid gamer–I have an Xbox 360, Super Nintendo, Wii, and PS2 at home. When I have the time and money, I like to travel and love talking about past destinations. I have been to Canada, Mexico, U.K., Belgium, Netherlands, France, Spain, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Taiwan, Japan, China, and Indonesia.

If you ever have any questions regarding how to get the most out of your medications during my stay here, please do not hesitate to ask. I look forward to meeting you at Plain City Druggist!

Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging is Looking for a Few Good Seniors!

I recently had an email from Bonnie Ackerman at the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging (COAAA), which each year chooses senior stars to honor. Bonnie wrote asking for nominations for the 38th Central Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame. The deadline for nominations is extended this year to Friday, March 1, 2013. Each year the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging (COAAA) recognizes 10 exceptional older adults for their special contributions after reaching the age of 60. Their inspiring stories demonstrate lifelong commitments to causes, organizations, and their communities and set an example for leading lives not defined by age.

Any individual or organization may nominate a resident of Delaware, Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin, Licking, Madison, Pickaway or Union County. Nominees must be 60 years of age or older and a legal resident of Ohio for the past five years or longer. A married couple may be nominated for one award if both have been equally involved in the same activities and both meet the eligibility criteria.

For nomination forms, visit www.coaaa.org and click on Our Agency and Hall of Fame. Or call the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging at (614) 645-7250 or 1-800-589-7277. You can also go directly to the nomination form by clicking HERE.

The 38th Central Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame ceremony will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, in Columbus. Inductees will receive personal recognition on stage from county commissioners and local dignitaries, followed by a reception with family and friends. 

The Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging’s mission is to plan, coordinate, and advocate for the development and delivery of services for older adults, families and the community. Through leadership, funding and education, the COAAA supports individual choice, independence and dignity. More information is available at 1-800-589-7277 or HERE.

For additional information, contact Bonnie Ackerman, Hall of Fame Coordinator, Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging, 174 E. Long Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215, 614-645-6149.

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