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Please Welcome James Wilson Our Second Student Pharmacist for August at Plain City Druggist.


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

In a previous post, we introduced you to Patrick Wang, who is doing a rotation with Joe in Plain City this month, and now we’d like you to meet James.

James will graduate in May 2022 with his PharmD degree and will then take the test to become a registered pharmacist. James will be with Meghan and the staff here in Plain City throughout August, so please stop by and meet him while he is here.

Here is what James tells us about himself:

Hello! My name is James Wilson and I am from Norwalk, OH. I am a fourth-year pharmacy student with the Ohio State University’s College of Pharmacy, and I will be the student pharmacist with Meghan the month of August.

I have been with Ohio State for eight years (Go Bucks!) and earned a Bachelor’s in chemistry during the first four years. Originally, I had no idea what I wanted to do when I came to Ohio State; all I knew was that I had a passion for chemistry and that was the degree I was going to get. About two years into getting my degree, I still had no idea what I wanted to do with chemistry. It was not until a friend suggested pharmacy to me that I made a decision to find out more.  The more I looked into pharmacy as a career the more excited I got. I finally knew what I could do with my chemistry knowledge.

Once I knew pharmacy was the thing for me, I quickly applied for every pharmacy technician spot in Columbus. Soon, I was hired by the CVS on campus and loved the fast-paced environment that the store had. I would end up working there for three years, leaving near the end of my first year in pharmacy school for a research role in a computational drug design lab at the college.

My plans after pharmacy school are still very much up in the air. I very much enjoy emergency medicine. I learned this after shadowing and completing a rotation in the emergency department. It is a fast-paced field with patients presenting with a wide variety of conditions that, as students, we are not exposed to as much. As for my other options after school, I have been heavily debating if I want to complete a PhD and this was sparked on by my research lab. Whatever I decide, I know I will be helping people because of my passion for pharmacy.

That was a little bit about myself. I look forward to meeting everyone at Plain City Druggist this month and learning all that I can about independent pharmacy!



Please Welcome Patrick Wang Our Student Pharmacist for the Month of August.


This month, Joe will be working on management issues with Patrick Wang, a fourth-year pharmacy student from The Ohio State University’s College of Pharmacy.

Patrick will graduate in May 2022 and will then take the test to become a registered pharmacist. Patrick will be with Joe and the staff at Plain City Druggist throughout August, so please say hello if you see him out and about with Joe. Joe plans to take Patrick to his many, many meetings and show him what it looks like to own a pharmacy.

Here is what Patrick tells us about himself:

My name is Patrick Wang and I am currently a fourth year PharmD student at The Ohio State University’s College of Pharmacy. I will be doing a student rotation with Joe during the month of August.

I was born and raised in the Toledo area, but moved to Columbus for my freshman year of college and have been here ever since. I graduated from The Ohio State University in 2018 with a BSPS degree.

I always knew that I had a passion for helping people – especially those in my community. One of my biggest passions, especially in high school, was volunteering. I volunteered for multiple years at a local hospital, as well as at a local clinic that served the local elderly Mandarin Chinese population that otherwise were too afraid to go and see a doctor for a health checkup due to the language barrier. Through these experiences I got to get firsthand experience at the difference that I can make by serving my community and was hooked.

I originally was on the path to enter medical school, but this changed when I shadowed a doctor and saw that, no matter how hard the doctor tried, there simply were not enough working hours to be able to really establish a strong relationship with the patients. Every visit was limited to about 15 minutes before the doctor had to move on and see the next patient.

This experience caused me to change my career path to pharmacy, where being open and readily available to patients are hallmarks of the profession.

I’ve worked for Kroger pharmacy for about five years and throughout my time I’ve been able to see the connections that my pharmacists had with their patients, and was even able to form a few myself.

I chose this rotation because independent pharmacies such as Plain City Druggist really exemplify what it means to be a pillar of the community and often have to be extremely careful about how they manage their resources. My hope is that by participating in this rotation, I will be able to learn these management techniques from Joe and the other managers.

In my free time I enjoy being outside taking walks, playing games, and listening to music.

In the future I want to continue to work in community pharmacy in either Ohio or Georgia and foster my relationships with my patients in a way that goes beyond simply patient and provider.

I will be found at various Happy Druggist stores throughout the month and look forward to serving you.


Triathlons Say What? By Our Student Pharmacist, Taylor Law.

A triathlon is a multisport race consisting of swimming, cycling, and running over differing distances. I am training to do a triathlon in August, so I thought I would give you an insider’s view on what is involved.


There are multiple distances when it comes to a triathlon:

  • Sprint: 0.47 mile swim, 12.4 mile bike, 3.1 mile run
  • Olympic: 0.9 mile swim, 26.2 mile bike, 6.2 mile run
  • Half Iron Man: 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile run
  • Iron Man: 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run

Training for a Triathlon 

Most training plans suggest planning out time for 12 weeks of training. Depending on what your strengths and weaknesses are guides how you train. Each day of the week you have a different focus sport. One day is usually a “brick” workout. A brick workout is typically a bike training session followed by a short running training session to practice what you would do in a race.

A sample training plan is shown below.
picture 2Each training plan needs to be tailored to the athlete. For example, I am a strong swimmer, but not a great runner. Instead of swimming on Monday and Wednesday like the plan above, I run those days and then swim on Thursday.

On competition day, triathletes wear tri-suits. They are a special one piece suits the athletes wears for the swim, bike, and run. The suits are a special material that dries fast on the bike. The suits also have a little butt padding for the bike to make it more comfortable. They are meant to be worn for all three lengths of the race to cut down on time in-between switching up the sport- essentially allowing the athlete to have a quicker time.

At the start of the race, athletes will swim. Once they are done with the swim, they will hop on their bikes and complete the biking portion. Once done with the bike, they will get off their bikes and immediately start the run portion of the race.

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Determining world record holders for triathlons becomes a little hard because in each race there is a small margin of error with depending on how long each distance is. Each race may have differing distances in the transition area (the area between the end of the swim and the start of the bike). Typically to honor athletes they do “world best”.

Right now the world best for the Olympic distance triathlons are:


  • Alistair Browlee at the London 2012 Olympics with a 1:46.25. His swim was 17:04, bike 59:08, and run was 29.08
  • Vincent Luis at the 2019 WTS Yokohama race with a 1:43.21. His swim was 17:41, bike 54:07, and run was 30:21.


  • Emma Snowsill at the 2008 Beijing Olympics with a 1:58.27. Her swim was 19:51, bike 1:04.20, and run was 33:17.
  • Katie Zaferes at the 2019 WTS Yokohama race with a 1:52.12. Her swim was 18:46, bike 58.06, and run was 34.07.

For the Olympic distance of a triathlon, professional high caliber athletes complete triathlons in about two hours or less.

Top age group athletes complete triathlons in the range of 2-2.5 hours.

A typical beginner time for a triathlon typically is in the range for 3-3.5 hours.






Please Welcome Taylor Law Our Student Pharmacist from The Ohio State University for the Month of July.


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

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

Here is what Taylor tells us about herself:

Hi there! My name is Taylor Law. I am a fourth-year pharmacy student at The Ohio State University (Go Bucks!). I am a student pharmacist on rotation at Plain City Druggist for the month of July.

I am originally from Wapakoneta, OH, but have lived in Columbus for the last seven years. I became interested in pharmacy when I was in high school, because I loved chemistry. My chemistry teacher’s husband was a pharmacist and taught at The University of Findlay. The summer after my sophomore year of high school, my chemistry teacher convinced me to go to pharmacy camp at Findlay and from that moment on I was hooked on all things pharmacy.

Through the years, I have grown from loving the science aspect of pharmacy to loving how the science aspect can positively change patients’ lives. Pharmacists are the most accessible health care professionals and can make a huge difference in someone’s life.

Most of my pharmacy experience has been more in a hospital setting. In undergrad, I worked at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus as a pharmacy technician. Once I got into pharmacy school and became a first-year student, I stayed on staff and became an intern. I love the challenge of caring for patients acutely. I also very much enjoy the interprofessional teamwork that is accomplished in the hospital to take care of patients.

I have never worked in an independent pharmacy, so this month I am extremely excited to be challenged, grow, and learn in an environment I am not used to.

Outside of all things pharmacy, I am a very active girl. I coach swimming and work as a pool receptionist at Scioto Country Club in Upper Arlington. I also am training for a triathlon! I am doing a triathlon in August in Charlottesville, VA. Out of the swimming, biking, and running, my favorite part of the triathlon is the biking part.

So that is a little about me. I cannot wait to begin to get to know everyone at Plain City Druggist this month!

Please Welcome Robert, RJ, Rosia As Our Student Pharmacist from Ohio State for June.


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

RJ will graduate in May 2022 with his PharmD degree and will then take the test to become a registered pharmacist. RJ will be with Meghan and the staff here in Plain City throughout June, so please stop by and meet him while he is here.

Here is what RJ tells us about himself:

Hello everyone! My name is RJ Rosia, and I am a fourth-year pharmacy student at The Ohio State University. I will the be student pharmacist for the month of June and look forward to my time spent here at Plain City Druggist!

I am from a small town called Alliance, Ohio, which is in northwest Ohio. I went to a small farm school and I even had “bring your tractor to school” days at my high school.

I went to OSU for undergrad in 2010 with a major in Molecular Genetics, where I wanted to be a Genetic Counselor. Unfortunately, that plan did not work out and in 2014 when I graduated with my Bachelor’s degree, I started working at a pharmacy.

My first job in pharmacy was at Giant Eagle Pharmacy in Columbus. I came to love learning about the medications and being able to help people save money through finding discounts and helping them manage their overall quality of life.

I worked at Giant Eagle for four years and decided it was finally time to start thinking more about my future and to apply to pharmacy school. I was accepted to OSU before I even applied to any other school and decided it was the right fit for me.

While in pharmacy school, I added a lot more knowledge on how medications work in the body and when to choose one over another for certain reasons. I continue to work at Giant Eagle, and I have gotten to know my staff well. I also help other stores in the Columbus region and work closely with our Clinical Pharmacist who helps organize vaccination clinics in the area. Being there for eight years, I have learned a lot about how a pharmacy operates day to day and have seen many people come and go, both patients and staff!

Near the end of my second year, I also started working at Equitas Health Pharmacy. This pharmacy is a specialty pharmacy that focuses on HIV care, people who are experiencing body dysmorphia, and those who are underserved in the community. This pharmacy also serves anyone in the public as a regular community pharmacy and they offer many programs that others do not, such as counseling on all new medications, free delivery to anywhere in the state of Ohio, and options on ways to get medications covered when they cost too much.

During my time at school, I was involved with a lot of student organizations and different events that took place. I helped run the Columbus Free Clinic every other week during my second year. This clinic provided free medical services to those who needed healthcare and we had a pharmacy that dispensed medication.

During my third year, I was President of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP). This organization is dedicated to helping students find alternative roles that pharmacists can do, such as working for an insurance company, in law, or the pharmaceutical industry, or even doing specialty compounding!

I also helped by being a teaching assistant to the first year students’ lab, where I assisted students with how a community pharmacy runs, such as dispensing medications and how to compound prescriptions.

I plan to go into the pharmaceutical industry field when I graduate. I will apply for a fellowship that involves working with a pharmacy manufacturer. An example of a job that might be available from this career path would be a Medical Science Liaison (MSL). This job would entail a pharmacist going to different doctors, pharmacies, or events in the community and providing the clinical knowledge on patients’ medications and answering questions when needed. It is a very niche role for a pharmacist, but that is what makes it so exciting!

I also really like helping those in the community like the pharmacists here at Plain City do every day! I look forward to this month and hope to meet some great people and learn new things while I am here. If you have any questions for me, please feel free to ask! I won’t bite!