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Please Welcome Our Student Pharmacist for September, Rich Carter!

You guys do a great job of making all of our pharmacy students feel welcome while they are here for month long rotations with The Ohio State University’s College of Pharmacy. This month, we have Rich Carter in the pharmacy learning all he can about independent pharmacy practices. Please give him a friendly Plain City greeting the next time you are in.

Here is what Rich has to say about himself:

“Hello, my name is Rich Carter and I am a student pharmacist. As early as I can remember, I have always enjoyed helping people. I had the opportunity to grow up next to a neighbor who was a pharmacist and actually got to spend a pharmacy day with him in the fourth grade. All of the employees were having a great time and every customer was extremely engaged with the pharmacist, who obviously loved the interaction and his job. Even though this was a very positive memory for me, it didn’t ‘click’ until much later (approximately twenty years later, it turns out) that this was the career for me. When I graduated high school, I knew that I would like to help people, but I wasn’t sure of how I wanted to do that.

“A few years, and a number of attempted majors later, during a summer job, I met an electrician who had recently spent a few years in the United States Coast Guard. His Coast Guard experiences fascinated me and upon further investigation, I saw that with the Coast Guard I would get the chance to help people and serve my country at the same time. I spent the next 9 and a half years performing many of these much loved functions. I was based out of Seattle, Panama City Beach, Norfolk, Los Angeles, and Guam. I performed many different duties, including acting as the boarding officer for fisheries, drug and migrant interdiction, rescue swimmer, small boat coxswain (driver), vessel traffic service watch supervisor (air traffic control on the water in Los Angeles), and planning team member.

“I enjoyed my time in the Coast Guard very much, but I wanted more time helping people on a day-to-day basis. At one point in my career, I was in charge of the occupational medical monitoring program for benzene for approximately 100 Coast Guard personnel. This job gave me great satisfaction and I began to think about a job in healthcare.

“I was discharged from the Coast Guard in 2005 and went back to my hometown in central Pennsylvania and attended Bloomsburg University, finishing my Bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in chemistry. I wanted to attend a much larger institution for my Pharm D degree, but I wasn’t interested in attending a school in a huge metropolitan area. Columbus is a great fit for my wife and me and we are happy to say we are intending to stay after graduation (hopefully!) next May. After experiencing life in pharmacy for the last few years, I can happily say that working in a pharmacy is my first best destiny. To quote Melville, who said it best, ‘The path to my chosen purpose is laid with iron rails, whereon my soul is grooved to run.'”

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