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Please Welcome Fatima Shah Our Student Pharmacist for October from The Ohio State University.


This month, we are joined at Plain City Druggist by Fatima Shah, a fourth-year pharmacy student from The Ohio State University’s College of Pharmacy.

Fatima will graduate in May 2022 with her PharmD degree and will then take the test to become a registered pharmacist. Fatima will be with Meghan, Tayler, and the staff here in Plain City throughout October, so please stop by and meet her while she is here.

Here is what Fatima tells us about herself:

My name is Fatima Z. Shah and I am currently a fourth year pharmacy student. I started my journey into pharmacy as a pharmacy technician at Kroger Pharmacy in Michigan. I was able to see how my pharmacist impacted patients daily by managing their medications.

Currently, I work part time as a pharmacy intern at Giant Eagle Pharmacy and enjoy making a difference within my community every day.

During pharmacy school, I took part in extracurricular activities. I was an active member in the Student Society of Health-System Pharmacists (SSHP) and a treasurer for my organization Cultural Awareness, Respect, and Equity for Pharmacists. In these organizations, I was able to increase my clinical knowledge and also improve my leadership, organizational, and financial skills.

Apart from pharmacy, my hobbies include traveling, spending time with my family, friends, and my pets. I always enjoyed traveling. Some countries I have been able to visit include India, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates. Since I am graduating soon, I will be traveling to Florida in December and Mexico in 2022.

For the longest time, I knew I wanted to make a difference in people’s lives. My initial goal that drove me into healthcare was to help my patients reach their health goals.

As a pharmacist, we are always the first and last to encounter our patients. Patients usually approach the pharmacy if they have any health issues or need help them with over-the-counter (OTC) options or a referral for an item.  Also, patients approach the pharmacy to pick up their prescription medications.

Pharmacists play a huge role in healthcare and this made me want to pursue a career in pharmacy. I received my bachelor’s degree in pharmacy at Dubai Pharmacy College. During my time there, I was introduced to the field of pharmacy and I learned different roles pharmacist had in different countries. I learned about different cultures and what role that has in pharmacy and medications.

I moved back to my hometown in Michigan after I graduated, and I was able to further pursue my degree as a PharmD at OSU. While pursuing my degree at OSU, I was able to gain clinical knowledge in various disease states which I believe will make me a better pharmacist.

As an APPE student, I am continuously learning what I want to do as a future pharmacist. The past months, I have been learning from my rotations what I would enjoy doing in the future. For example, I personally always enjoyed community pharmacy and my initial goal was to become a community pharmacist in Iowa or specialize as an oncology pharmacist. However, I really enjoyed my ambulatory/community experience at the Charitable Pharmacy and, in the future, I want to open a Charitable Pharmacy in Iowa. I want to apply to residency in December to specialize in ambulatory care or community pharmacy.

In this rotation, I look forward to increasing my knowledge in the administration part of pharmacy. Also, my first oncology rotation is going to be in November, and I also feel like that experience is going to help me finalize my goals if I would want to specialize in oncology or ambulatory/community pharmacy.


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