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Thursday, May 26, 2016
IPhO Announcements
The IPhO - NFC Announces Winners of 2nd Annual VIP Advocacy Challenge

Following a thorough evaluation process, the IPhO National Fellows Council is pleased to present the results of the 2nd Annual VIP Advocacy Challenge!

The IPhO VIP Advocacy Challenge is an annual program that IPhO Student Chapters participate in to create positive messages about the Value of Industry Pharmacists and the pharmaceutical industry. All IPhO Student Chapters were invited to develop an outreach platform that advocated for the contributions pharmacists make in supporting the role of industry to improve patients’ quality of life.

This program was designed, supervised, and evaluated by the IPhO National Fellows Council (NFC), which is comprised of current Fellows, and IPhO members that represent a significant majority of the industry fellowship programs nationwide. The NFC collaborates to establish various developmental and networking activities consistent with the mission and goals of IPhO.

Fourteen (14) Student Chapters participated in this year's Challenge. These submissions were thoroughly reviewed by the IPhO National Fellows Council Student Development Committee.

The following methodology was used to ensure that evaluations of each Chapter submission were fair and balanced:

  • Participating Chapters received the program description, goals and objectives
  • Participating Chapters received the grading rubric used to evaluate all applications
  • Participating Chapters were assigned to an IPhO National Fellows Council Member

We are pleased to announce and congratulate the top three submissions for the 2016 IPhO VIP Advocacy Challenge. Click or tap "read more" below:

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Purdue IPhO Chapter Hosts Midwestern Regional Event

On April 2, 2016, Purdue University IPhO hosted its inaugural Industry Pharmacist Symposium, which took place on Purdue’s campus. This event connected about 50 students from eight schools of pharmacy with a diverse set of speakers having backgrounds in clinical research, medical affairs, commercialization, and regulatory affairs. Participants were able to engage in interactive workshops exploring industry based cases, as well as network with fellow pharmacy students and industry professionals via facilitated programs. The Symposium culminated in ‘State of the Chapter’ presentations from the University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Cincinnati, and Purdue University that highlighted the chapters’ paths to formation, currently implemented programs, and future ambitions.


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Kay Uttech, PharmD: A Member's Journey


Company and Department: Baxalta, Business Operations
Current Role: Senior Director
Alma Mater: University of Wisconsin and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

When asked how I got to where I am today, I reflect that many of the roles in my career were not even an idea in someone’s mind when I left pharmacy school. My background in Pharmacy has provided me with strong scientific acumen and a solid understanding of business, and I have found that the pharmaceutical industry is the perfect place to bring these attributes together.

After graduating, I completed a fellowship at East Carolina University in Geriatrics and later became Senior Fellow in Pharmacogeriatrics at Duke University, while also working as adjunct faculty for the University of North Carolina. This was an amazing opportunity to work with the best and the brightest clinicians and researchers. Upon completing this work I transitioned to a faculty role at the University of Illinois – Chicago, where I continued refining my clinical and teaching skills. I enjoyed working with students and patients, but I was always looking to make a greater impact on patients’ lives. I saw that entering the pharmaceutical and biotech industry was an opportunity to impact patients more broadly. I cannot emphasize enough the value pharmacists with clinical practice experience bring to the industry. The foundation of clinical experience, teaching, and research are a tremendous asset in my career.

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