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Please Welcome Fahad Alazzawi Our Student Pharmacist at Happy Druggist on Karl Road for August.

74F4802D-86AF-4DDD-A8B1-F3F7616966ECThis month, we are joined at Happy Druggist on Karl Road by Fahad Alazzawi, a fourth-year pharmacy student from The Ohio State University’s College of Pharmacy.

Fahad will graduate in May 2023 with his PharmD degree and will then take the test to become a registered pharmacist. Fahad will be with Kristie and the staff on Karl Road throughout August, so please stop by and meet him while he is in the pharmacy.

Here is what Fahad tells us about himself:

My name is Fahad Alazzawi. I am a fourth-year pharmacy student at The Ohio State University. I have worked with Walmart for nine years, as a Pharmacy intern for four years, and as a pharmacy technician for five years.

I was born in Iraq and moved to the US back in 2010. I started high school by learning the basics of English; however, with the help of my teachers, friends, and family, I was able to learn and thrive.

I graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2019 and started pharmacy school immediately after. My experience has been mainly with chain pharmacies. Therefore, I am excited to be at Happy Druggist independent pharmacy this month. My goal is to learn more about the excellent services our local pharmacies provide and the challenges they face.

A couple of reasons led me to pursue pharmacy; one of them was that my uncle is a pharmacist back in Iraq. I saw him providing care to people who could not see their doctor, encouraging me to think about what we give.

After I graduate, I am planning to practice as a community pharmacist. I chose community pharmacy to maintain patient interactions and provide care when needed.

Outside of pharmacy, I love playing and watching soccer.

Please Welcome Austin Cotsmire Our Student Pharmacist for August from The Ohio State University.

 

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

Austin will graduate in May 2023 with his PharmD degree and will then take the test to become a registered pharmacist. Austin will be with Tayler and the gang here in Plain City throughout August, so please stop by and meet him while he is here.

Here is what Ausin tells us about himself:

My name is Austin Cotsmire and I am currently a fourth-year pharmacy student at The Ohio State University’s College of Pharmacy. I plan to graduate in May 2023 with a PharmD degree. This will be my third advanced pharmacy practice experience (APPE), and my first at an independent pharmacy! I am very excited to gain exposure to community pharmacy in a different setting and look forward to my time spent here at Plain City Druggist this month!

I am originally from North Canton, Ohio where I grew up playing soccer and various other sports to stay active. Prior to college, I worked at the Professional Football Hall of Fame and have met many inductees as a result!

I moved to Columbus in 2015 when I started my undergraduate career at OSU. I discovered I wanted to be a pharmacist in high school because of my love for the inner-workings of the human body and how medications work to alter them. Therefore, I pursued a Bachelor of science degree in pharmaceutical sciences as an undergraduate. I applied to many pharmacy schools throughout Ohio to continue my education post-graduate, but always knew I wanted to stay at Ohio State after having such a positive experience as an undergraduate.

I am currently a student pharmacist at CVS Pharmacy in Hilliard. I started there in 2017 as a pharmacy technician and worked my way up to inventory specialist. Once I started pharmacy school it was an easy decision to remain at this store as a student pharmacist since I loved all my co-workers and built strong relationships with many patients and the community as a whole. I have been a student pharmacist there since 2019 and continue to work weekends while I complete my APPE rotations at other sites. I am excited to build new relationships and explore a new area of pharmacy while I am in this unique setting.

When I am not working, I enjoy playing soccer and volleyball with friends when I can. I also enjoy attending Blue Jackets, Clippers, and Columbus Crew games, although I am a Cleveland sports fan at heart.

Aside from sports, I  love taking my dog, Harvey, who I rescued from the Franklin County Humane Society in December, for walks. I also have a passion for music and attend as many concerts and festivals as I can even if I am unfamiliar with the performers.

I recently moved to downtown Columbus, so I am working on exploring new restaurants and breweries in the area, as well, and would love recommendations!

In my future, I hope to continue my career as a community pharmacist. My time working in this setting has given me a great appreciation for the impact that community pharmacists can have on a patient’s healthcare. I have seen my mentors make huge impacts on patients’ lives which has inspired me to hopefully do the same in my future. I plan to stay in central Ohio after graduation but I would ultimately like to move out of Ohio, either out west or to one of the Carolinas.

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Please Welcome Sarah Jicomelli Our Student Pharmacist for the Month of July.

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

Sarah will graduate in May 2023 with her PharmD degree and will then take the test to become a registered pharmacist. Sarah will be with Tayler and the gang here in Plain City throughout July, so please stop by and meet her while she is here.

Here is what Sarah tells us about herself:

Hello! My name is Sarah Jicomelli and I am currently a fourth year student at The Ohio State University’s College of Pharmacy, planning to graduate in May of 2023. I am very excited to be helping at Plain City Druggist for the month of July and learning more about independent pharmacy and the incredible impact it can make on communities.

I am originally from Canonsburg, a small town right outside of Pittsburgh, PA, but I have been in Columbus since 2015 when I started my undergraduate studies at The Ohio State University.

I started college knowing I wanted to be a pharmacist because of my cousin who introduced me to the profession when I was a sophomore in high school. At that time, she had just graduated from University of Pittsburgh College of Pharmacy and accepted a position as a community pharmacist. She urged me to look into the career due to the blend of two of my favorite things: science and working with people! I took her advice, and fell in love with pharmacy and the many paths you can take with a PharmD degree – I even did my senior project on the topic!

My major in undergrad was Pharmaceutical Sciences, and in my sophomore year I started working as a pharmacy technician at Giant Eagle Pharmacy. I had such an incredible time learning from the pharmacists, my coworkers, and the patients, so when it was time to choose a pharmacy to work as an intern at the beginning of pharmacy school, I knew I had to stay at Giant Eagle Pharmacy and continue learning! I still work there and am very grateful for all of the positive experiences I have had and continue to have.

While in pharmacy school, I have been an active member of APhA-ASP as both a member of the International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation (IPSF) committee and as the International Vice President. With both of these positions I was able to bring in international and domestic pharmacists to speak about their practice, help advocate for certain health campaigns like Tobacco Awareness, and host blood drives. In addition, I also worked closely with the Class of 2023 officers as the Social Coordinator and sat as the Social Chair on the Interprofessional Council’s Sustainability Committee.

After graduation, I would love to move to Chicago and work as a community pharmacist. I have been so inspired over the years at the amount of reach a community pharmacist can have in a patient’s life, and I really want to be that positive influence for people.

Outside of pharmacy, my passion is music! I love to play guitar and go see my favorite artists in concert. Every summer, my dad and I make it a point to go see our favorite band at least once – no matter where they are playing around the country. He is my favorite concert buddy and we have seen them over 15 times together!

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Please Welcome Torie VonSeggern Our Student Pharmacist for July at Happy Druggist on Karl Road.

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

Torie will graduate in May 2023 with her PharmD degree and will then take the test to become a registered pharmacist. Torie will be with Kristie and the staff on Karl Road throughout July, so please stop by and meet her while she is in the pharmacy.

Here is what Torie tells us about herself:

My name is Torie VonSeggern and I am currently a fourth-year pharmacy student at The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy and I expect to graduate in May of 2023. I am very excited for the opportunity to work with the team at Happy Druggist and learn more about independent pharmacy practice!

I currently work as a student pharmacist for Walgreens Pharmacy and as the Lead Administrative Intern (student pharmacist) at OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital. From my current jobs, I have had the opportunity to experience both the community setting and inpatient hospital setting of pharmacy.

Prior to pharmacy school, I completed my undergraduate studies at OSU and received a degree in the Bachelor of science in pharmaceutical sciences.

Before moving to Columbus for college, I was originally from a small town in Northwest Ohio called Bryan. Random fact: Bryan is the home of Spangler Candy Company which is known for its Dum Dums and we also used to make the Etch A Sketch!

From a very young age, I have always been fascinated by the medical field. Starting college, I knew that I wanted to pursue a career in healthcare but I was not confident in what I truly wanted to do. It was not until my second year of undergrad at OSU that I found pharmacy.

During my second year of undergrad I went to a career fair where I was interviewed for a position as a pharmacy technician. After working as a pharmacy technician, I realized I loved the time that I was able to spend with patients. In addition I enjoyed listening to the pharmacists that I worked with help patients by answering questions about their medications, health concerns, and suggesting products that patients could use from over-the-counter. Prior to this experience I did not truly recognize how beneficial access to pharmacists can be to a patient’s overall health!

Although I am still considering a variety of positions within pharmacy, I am currently interested in pursuing a residency with the ultimate goal of working in ambulatory care, administration, or specializing in an area such as psych or oncology pharmacy. At this time I am still very open and interested in all of the opportunities that pharmacy has to offer and hope to narrow down my interests as I experience new areas of pharmacy over the next year of rotations. Ultimately, I hope to work in a position that allows me to help patients to the best of my ability and to also help and motivate those that I am working with.

Outside of school and work, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, walking my dog, reading, watching movies, and trying new foods. In addition, I absolutely love coffee and I also love to travel and hope I will have more time to travel after graduating!

I am so grateful for this time I have with the team at Happy Druggist Pharmacy to learn more about the function of the pharmacy and I look forward to meeting and caring for all of the patients!

Please Welcome Dennis Zhang Our Student Pharmacist from The Ohio State University’s College of Pharmacy.

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

Dennis will graduate in May 2023 with his PharmD degree and will then take the test to become a registered pharmacist. Dennis will be with Tayler and the gang here in Plain City throughout June, so please stop by and meet him while he is here.

Here is what Dennis tells us about himself:

Hello, my name is Xiancong (Dennis) Zhang. I am a fourth-year pharmacy student at THE Ohio State University. I am very excited to have my second month of rotation at Plain City Druggist. 
 
I was raised in a northern city in China. I completed my bachelor’s degrees in biology and chemistry at Emory University, Atlanta, GA, where I started to have a growing interest in healthcare. I chose to pursue a degree in pharmacy only after I found out how pharmacists work in the US. I was amazed by the completely different pharmacy system compared to my country. Pharmacists build direct relationships with patients and promote the safe use of medication. I chose OSU because it has a top-ranked pharmacy school and the curriculum is constantly being modified to optimize the learning experience.
 
My pharmacy experience started after I came to Ohio. I started at the Medication Management Program at OSU. During the COVID pandemic, I engaged in mass vaccine clinics and flu shot clinics. I am currently working at Giant Eagle as an intern and I enjoy the environment of retail pharmacies. I will use my knowledge and skills to help patients at Plain City Druggist and continue expanding my experience in community pharmacy.
 
My career goal after graduation is to work in a community setting. I love to make direct interactions with patients. With my background from another culture, I believe I can help make more people aware of the importance of pharmacists as health care providers. My goal is to provide accessible and comfortable care to patients from any culture.
 
My first rotation of the year was at Walgreens. I love the opportunity to gain experience at an independent pharmacy right after a chain pharmacy, so that I can learn how pharmacies operate differently. I also look forward to gaining a deeper insight in pharmacy management, and discovering the opportunities and challenges for independent pharmacies.
 
I love to travel and see different views. COVID slows my pace to visit, but I plan to catch up my plan after graduation. My next stop will be Hawaii.

At home I grow plants, cook, and spend some time with my parakeets.