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Please Welcome Malcolm White Our Student Pharmacist for the Month of August at Happy Druggist on Karl Road.

 

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

Malcolm will graduate in May 2021 and will then take the test to become a registered pharmacist. Malcolm will be with Kristie and the staff on Karl Road throughout August, so please stop by and meet him while he is in the store in Columbus.

Here is what Malcolm tells us about himself:

Hello, my name is Malcolm White. I am a current fourth-year pharmacy student with The Ohio State University. This month, I will be on rotation with Kristie Holliday at Happy Druggist Pharmacy on Karl Rd.

I grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and moved to Richmond, Kentucky to complete my undergraduate degree at Eastern Kentucky University (EKU). At EKU, I completed my B.A. degree in Chemistry with a minor in Biology. I decided to attend The Ohio State University to complete my PharmD degree.

During high school, I did not put a lot of thought into what I wanted to pursue in college. Once high school was coming to an end and I was thinking about careers I might be interested in, I had the intention of going to college to pursue a degree in business administration. Little did I know, my father had other ideas for me. One night we deliberated on potential careers and weighed the pros and cons of each career. Once the deliberation was over, we concluded that the best career for me to pursue was pharmacy. My father played a major role in influencing my decision in pursuing a career in pharmacy.

When it comes to what I see myself doing in the future as a pharmacist, it is working as a community pharmacist. Community pharmacy is where my current interest is. I have two years experience in community pharmacy working for Kroger. I enjoy the atmosphere and the workflow.

Throughout my time at pharmacy school, I was able to gain experience in hospital pharmacy. This experience helped me understand that I prefer to work in a community setting rather than the hospital. However, after speaking to many colleagues, the majority of them say their main interest changed once they started going on rotations their fourth year, so I am keeping my options open.

Outside of pharmacy school, I enjoy quite a few hobbies. These hobbies include going to the gym, watching YouTube, watching anime, and reading. During the impact of COVID and the closing of gyms, I was in disarray. Now that the gym is back open, I understand how much I enjoy going to the gym. When I am at home I am usually watching all things YouTube. Once the day starts to come to an end, I will start to watch whatever is the current anime. On the weekends I usually enjoy reading. I own two bookcases full of books. The topics range from business, self improvement, investments, mystery drama, and school science books.

 

Please Welcome Our Student Pharmacist for August, Catherine Mechler.

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This month, we are joined in the pharmacy by Catherine “Cat” Mechler, a fourth-year pharmacy student from The Ohio State University’s College of Pharmacy.

Cat will graduate in May 2021 and will then take the test to become a registered pharmacist. Cat will be with us throughout August, so please stop by and meet her while she is in the store.

Here is what Cat tells us about herself:

Hello! My name is Cat Mechler and I’m this month’s APPE student at Plain City Druggist. 

I’m a proud Michigander, born and raised in Rochester Hills, Michigan. To my family’s dismay, I went to “the state down south” for both undergrad and pharmacy school – makes Thanksgiving a fun holiday. I graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with my Bachelor of Arts in chemistry and pre-professional zoology, while also playing soccer. I’m now at The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy enjoying my final year of pharmacy school.

I initially chose to go to pharmacy school because I LOVED chemistry throughout undergrad and one of my professors suggested I look into going to a health professional school. I thought pharmacy would be a good mix of patient care and critical thinking where I could use my clinical knowledge to make an impact on patients.

I currently work as an inpatient pharmacy intern at Nationwide Children’s Hospital where I’ve found I enjoy answering medication related questions and being able to understand and explain the “why” behind the answers. I like being valued by both patients and providers as a critical part of someone’s care.

I continue to be excited about my pharmacy path. I’d love to continue working in pediatrics, possibly serving in a clinical role in a hospital setting. However, I’m remaining open to all the new opportunities my last year in school will bring me. I’m using this year to really emerge myself in each rotation and determine where my skills will be best utilized.

Outside the pharmacy world, I enjoy playing soccer, going snowboarding, and running. I was training to run my first marathon in Columbus before it was cancelled. I’ve decided to continue training for it and will be running it by myself in October – just for fun. I also have a dog who loves going for walks and being active outside. She keeps me busy. I’ve also been keeping busy throughout the lockdown with LOTS of different crafts, puzzles, oh and, of course, rewatching “The Office” for the hundredth time.

I’m excited to be at Plain City Druggist this month and to help care for patients, as well as to learn all about the uniqueness of independent pharmacies!

Please Welcome Our July Student Pharmacist, Prutha Patel, at Plain City Druggist.

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This month, we are joined in the pharmacy by Prutha Patel, a fourth-year pharmacy student from The Ohio State University’s College of Pharmacy.

Prutha will graduate in May 2021 and will then take the test to become a registered pharmacist. Prutha will be with us throughout July, so please stop by and meet her while she is in the store.

Here is what Prutha tells us about herself:

Hello! My name is Prutha Patel and I am a fourth-year pharmacy student at The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy. I will be on rotation at Plain City Druggist for the month of July.

I am originally from a town called Canton in southeast Michigan; however, growing up my family moved around a lot due to my dad’s job. We lived in Hiroshima, Japan for a couple of years and Dusseldorf, Germany for one year. As a result, I have developed a great appreciation for different cultures and a strong passion for travelling.

I have always been interested in science and I knew I wanted to do something in the healthcare field. It was my dad who first suggested I look into pharmacy as a future career as I was applying for colleges. I applied to The Ohio State University and received my bachelor’s degree in pharmaceutical sciences.

While I was an undergraduate student I started working at Kroger pharmacy as a pharmacy technician and became a pharmacy intern when I started pharmacy school. While working in the pharmacy, I quickly realized that I really enjoyed working directly with patients and was able to make a positive impact on their health as I counseled them on medications, made recommendations for over-the counter products, and helped administer vaccines.

As I finish up my final year of pharmacy school, I hope to gain more experience in different areas of pharmacy practice and ultimately hope to practice in a setting that allows me to make connections with my patients while helping them lead healthier lives.

Outside of pharmacy school, I enjoy reading, baking, binge watching shows on Netflix and Hulu, and traveling with my family and friends. I also enjoy listening to podcasts when I am driving. My favorite podcasts are “Binge Mode: Harry Potter” and various murder mysteries. Recently, I have been playing various card games such as Monopoly Deal, Uno Flip, and Spot It. These games have kept me entertained throughout the pandemic!

I am excited to be at Plain City Druggist this month and I look forward to making connections with patients while learning more about independent pharmacy practice!

Welcome Our Student Pharmacist, Madeline VanLoon, for June at Plain City Druggist.

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This month, we are joined in the pharmacy by Madeline VanLoon, a fourth-year pharmacy student from The Ohio State University’s College of Pharmacy.

Madeline will graduate in May 2021 and will then take the test to become a registered pharmacist. Madeline will be with us throughout June, so please stop by and meet her while she is in the store.

Here is what Madeline tells us about herself:

My name is Madeline VanLoon and I am a fourth year pharmacy student at The Ohio State University”s College of Pharmacy, planning on graduating in May of 2021. I grew up in southeast Michigan in a city called Rochester Hills. 

I have always loved learning – I often say I could be a student forever. As a pharmacist, I will certainly be committed to a life of learning, as medicine is constantly evolving. Science has always been my focus. Pathophysiology, anatomy, and microbiology were some of my strongest subjects. Initially, I thought I might end up doing some sort of research. I later changed my mind after enrolling in some supplemental courses that broadened my perspective, meshing science with the humanities. These courses were Health Psychology, Sociology, Public Health, and the History of Medicine. They helped me understand how an individual’s surroundings impacts their health and wellbeing.

During my undergraduate years, I also gained some leadership/mentoring experience through serving as a teaching assistant in the microbiology lab and a chairperson in my sorority. These experiences drove me toward a career working with people.

After taking an interest in medications, I pursued a pharmacy technician position at a West Michigan based grocery store called Family Fare. There, I developed an interest in community pharmacy. I had the excellent opportunity of working at several locations in the area, meeting many pharmacists and patients, who all shared their stories with me.

I graduated from Grand Valley State University with my Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science, a minor in Chemistry, and a Certificate in Health Humanities in 2017. In the fall, I left for Columbus, started my internship with Costco Pharmacy, and I have enjoyed every minute. 

All of my experiences, professional and academic, have cultivated my passion for outpatient pharmacy practice. It brings me joy to meet the members of my community, develop trusting, long-lasting relationships with them, and help them navigate their medications and conditions. I also enjoy teaching and mentoring, so I hope to interact with students in my future career as well. Wherever I end up in the world of pharmacy, I hope it incorporates these aspects. 

Outside of pharmacy, I enjoy spending time with my husband, family, and friends. We are huge Euchre fans, but love pretty much any board or card game. I played softball for 13 years, both on travel teams and for my high school, primarily playing shortstop and third base. In my free time, I enjoy baking and decorating cakes and cookies, skiing, jogging, and volunteering in the community. 

I am excited to be spending the month at Plain City Druggist, gaining experience in the field of independent pharmacy practice!

Please Welcome Our Student Pharmacist, Stephanie Brokaw, Who Will Be With Us at Happy Druggist on Karl Road for the Month of June.

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This month at Happy Druggist on Karl Road, Kristie and the gang are joined by Stephanie Brokaw, a fourth-year pharmacy student from The Ohio State University’s College of Pharmacy.

Stephanie will graduate in May 2021 and will then take the test to become a registered pharmacist. Stephanie will be at Karl Road throughout June, so please stop by and meet her while she is in the store.

Here is what Stephanie tells us about herself:

Hello customers of Happy Druggist Karl Road! My name is Stephanie and I am a fourth-year pharmacy student from The Ohio State University on rotation here for the month of June.

I am originally from Bellville, a small village about an hour north of Columbus. I am very excited to be here this month and to learn more about independent pharmacy. I look forward to meeting you all and serving your healthcare needs in any way that I can!

I always had a passion for science and math and from a very young age knew that I wanted to pursue a career in some area of health care. But it was my high school chemistry teacher who suggested that I investigate pharmacy as a possible career. I loved everything I read about becoming a pharmacist and it was the perfect blend for me of science and patient care.

After high school, I pursued a Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences at Ohio State and transitioned into their Doctor of Pharmacy program after graduation in 2017. Currently, I work for Walmart Pharmacy at their Lewis Center location, and I have been there for a little over four years.

I found my passion for caring for diverse patient populations through a variety of student organizations I have been involved in throughout pharmacy school. I have had the wonderful opportunity to plan and attend three medical brigades to Honduras during pharmacy school through an organization called Buckeyes Without Borders. I also volunteer at a Spanish Free Clinic, La Clinica Latina, which operates out of Rardin Family Practice on OSU’s campus every Tuesday night.

I am also a member of the Student National Pharmaceutical Association, an organization founded on the mission to “plan, organize, coordinate, and execute programs geared toward the improvement of the health, educational, and social environment of minority communities”.

I hope to continue to be involved in organizations like these after pharmacy school and help improve health equity for all patients. I am exploring all career opportunities related to direct patient care at the moment and look forward to using rotations like my month here at Happy Druggist to narrow down the specific area of pharmacy practice I want to pursue after graduation.

Outside of pharmacy school, I enjoy being very active outdoors. You can find me hiking and swimming in the summer months and snowboarding in the winter months. In addition, I enjoy exploring all the incredible social activities Columbus has to offer through diverse restaurants, festivals, and attending Columbus Crew soccer games. I am also a huge fan of podcasts. I listen to a variety of topics including current events, science, pharmacy, comedy, and the enneagram.