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Please Welcome Joe Raney Who Will Be Our Student Pharmacist at Karl Road for the Month of October.

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This month, we are joined at Happy Druggist on Karl Road by Joe Raney, a fourth-year pharmacy student from The Ohio State University’s College of Pharmacy.

Joe will graduate in May 2022 and will then take the test to become a registered pharmacist. Joe will be with Kristie and the staff on Karl Road throughout October, so please stop by and meet him while he is in the store in Columbus.

Here is what Joe tells us about himself:

Hello! My name is Joe Raney. I am a student pharmacist with Kristie Holliday for the month of October. I attend pharmacy school at The Ohio State University, and I am in my final year of pharmacy school.  I also completed my undergraduate studies at The Ohio State University where I graduated with a degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Prior to coming to Columbus, I grew up in Washington, Illinois which is a small town outside of Peoria, Illinois. 

I am a big Ohio State football fan. Outside of watching the Buckeyes, my favorite TV show is Jeopardy. I try to watch it when I’m not busy with school and work.

I plan on running the Columbus Marathon on the 17th of this month. I’m looking forward to getting the marathon over with so I can spend more time watching Jeopardy and college football.

When I was in high school, I felt pharmacy would be a good career for me because I enjoyed chemistry, and I wanted to be an accessible healthcare provider. I chose Ohio State because in their program I would graduate with a bachelor’s degree if I didn’t want to go to pharmacy school. Due to the great professors and pharmacists I was able to work with, I ended up staying the course and chose to go to pharmacy school at Ohio State.

Throughout undergrad and pharmacy school, I have worked at the Medication Management Program. This is a tele-pharmacy at the college of pharmacy. In this program, we work with health plans to provide education to their higher risk patients to help them better understand their medications. I feel providing patient education is a critical aspect of pharmacy as we hope to expand the roles of a pharmacist in the healthcare setting.  Patient education is an aspect of pharmacy I feel many community pharmacists do not have the opportunity to provide due to the high workload some pharmacists are under. This is one reason I am excited to spend this month at Happy Druggist as they have shown a willingness to be on the frontlines of expanding the clinical services a pharmacy can offer.

During this school year, I have had the opportunity to work at Charitable Pharmacy of Central Ohio, Grant Medical Center, Marion General Hospital, and Kroger Pharmacy. This month will be my first experience working in an independent pharmacy. I am looking forward to learning more about pharmacy billing and the trends in independent pharmacies.

At the end of this rotation, I hope to be able to better explain some of the difficulties independent pharmacies face due to the structure of the insurance system. After this month, I have the month of November off rotation. With that, I look forward to being able to travel to see my family for Thanksgiving, visit with friends, and again watch more college football.

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