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Friday, August 26, 2016
IPhO Announcements
Pathways to Industry: Mehul Patel, PharmD


Company and Department: Allergan, Medical Affairs

Current Role: Medical Director

Alma Mater: Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers University 2002

Entering pharmacy school, a career in the pharmaceutical industry was not on my mind. During my 4th year, I realized that I would be interested in a non-traditional role for a PharmD, and I sought out some recent graduates to learn more about potential pathways. I also diversified my experiential rotations as much as possible and spent my “off cycle” at a pharmaceutical company. At that point I knew I wanted to work in the pharmaceutical industry.

Many students who wanted to work in industry were planning to apply to competitive 1-2 year fellowship programs, however, I was aware of several alumni who entered the industry without a fellowship so I decided to also go this route. After graduation I submitted my CV for entry-level positions on various company websites. This was unsuccessful as I rarely even got to the phone screen stage. My break came when I attended a job fair, where I was able to provide my CV and speak to someone from Organon in person. This allowed me to showcase my enthusiasm and helped me stand out. Shortly thereafter, I had secured my first industry job in clinical supplies, about 3 months after graduating from pharmacy school.

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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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