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Meet Jack Duffner, Our First Year Pharmacy Intern, at Plain City Druggist.

Jack is a pharmacy intern who started working at Plain City Druggist in the summer of 2018. He is in his first year of pharmacy school at The Ohio State University’s College of Pharmacy, and will graduate with his PharmD in May 2022.

Jack is from Grafton, Ohio, a small town in Lorain County to the west of Cleveland, and graduated from Midview High School in 2014. While there, he was a starter on the football team, playing tight end and defensive end, and also a captain on the basketball team where he played the center position (if you’ve seen him around the pharmacy, he’s quite tall). Jack was also involved with the school newspaper, becoming the editor his senior year, and student council. He graduated as the salutatorian of his senior class.

Jack  left home to obtain his Bachelor’s Degree in chemistry at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio through their Honors Tutorial College. Jack also obtained early admission to OSU’s pharmacy program before his high school graduation- he was determined to join the pharmacy profession even then!

While at Ohio University, Jack worked as a teaching assistant for several different chemistry classes and labs. He also worked as a student researcher in organic chemistry under Dr. Stephen Bergmeier. Jack’s work focused on developing new types of drug molecules that could potentially help to treat cancer. One thing that Jack learned from working in a lab for almost four years was that, although he loved the chemistry and concepts behind his work, he didn’t enjoy being cooped up next to his lab equipment every day and with little interaction with other people. This experience further strengthened his goal of working in a community-based health care setting where he could apply his passion for science. Even after this realization, his work eventually led to him completing an undergraduate thesis paper before graduating Magna Cum Laude in May 2018.

Barely two weeks after leaving Athens and moving to Columbus, Jack interviewed with Joe and Tayler at Plain City Druggist and started working in the pharmacy a few days later. Since then, he’s had a blast serving the Plain City community while learning more about the area and its awesome people and working with the rest of the wonderful staff! Jack hopes to be a friendly face for patients in the pharmacy for the foreseeable future.

Outside of pharmacy, Jack likes to spend his time playing pickup basketball with his classmates and rooting for all things Cleveland and OSU sports (especially the Cavs, Browns, and Buckeye football). He also enjoys video gaming with his two younger brothers (who both followed him to OU), biking, and caring for his three aquariums and over thirty pet fish.


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