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Meet Our Student Pharmacist for January (Who is Trying to Keep Warm!), Ken Hecht!

We’d like to introduce you to our student pharmacist for the month of January, Ken Hecht. Please make him feel warmly welcomed during this very cold and snowy month.

Here is what Ken has to say about himself:

“Hello, my name is Ken and I am Plain City Druggist’s fourth year pharmacy student for the month of January from The Ohio State University’s College of Pharmacy.

“I was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. Growing up in the city, I enjoyed spending time at famous landmarks such as Navy Pier, Michigan Avenue, and watching my favorite sports team – The Chicago Cubs – at Wrigley Field. I also got to visit the many wonderful museums in Chicago.

“I grew up in a medical family. My mother is an oncologist and my father is an orthopedic surgeon. For as long as I can remember, I have pictured myself in a healthcare profession.

“For my undergraduate education, I attended Case Western Reserve University where I studied chemistry. While at Case Western, I met my wife, Amy. We recently were married here in Columbus and are both excited to graduate in May from Ohio State with our doctorates in pharmacy and dentistry, respectively.

“Looking back at how I arrived at pharmacy, I graduated from Case Western Reserve University and accepted a research position studying pharmacogenomics at The University of Chicago. The lab I was working with examined how genetics impacted a patient’s response to chemotherapy. During this time, I learned a great deal about medications. While working with a few physicians in the chemotherapy clinic, I was first able to see the pharmacist interaction with the medical team and with the patients. It was at this point, I saw a profession where I could apply my chemistry background and provide a valuable service to patients. Furthermore, I was in need of a transition from the lab bench to a position where I could interact with more people. This need for change, desire to apply my chemistry background, and continue my education were the driving forces that moved me into pharmacy.

“As I move forward in my pharmacy career and transition from an intern to a pharmacist, I will look for a position that allows me to be involved with my community and make an impact on my patients’ care.

“I look forward to meeting many of Plain City Druggist’s valued customers over this month! Happy New Year!”

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