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IPhO Hosts First-Ever Northeast Regional Meeting

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The first-ever IPhO Northeast Regional meeting was held at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (ACPHS) in late February. Nearly 75 students from across the northeast attended, representing ACPHS-Vermont, University of Buffalo, University of Rhode Island, and Binghamton University.

Meeting attendees had the opportunity to network with a number of industry professionals, including current fellows, IPhO Executive Director and Founder Dr. Jim Alexander, and ACPHS President Dr. Greg Dewey. Dr Dewey and Dr. Alexander spoke about the significant increase in need for pharmacists in industry over the past few years, so that students could gain insight into the opportunities available to them outside of a clinical setting.

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IPhO Student Leaders Attend SNPhA Conference

SNPHAFINALIPhO chapter leaders joined hundreds of student pharmacists from across the country in Washington D.C. for the 2019 Student National Pharmacists Association (SNPhA) Conference. The annual meeting keeps students up to date on topics like best practices in health care, available professional resources, career development, and more.

Mitchell Linton (National Student Officer of Professional Affairs), Kimberly Watson (Regional Student Officer of Southeast Region), and Jayla Briggs (IPhO Howard Chapter President) took advantage of the forum to help raise awareness among attendees about the growing prominence of pharmacist roles in industry. They shared their experiences working with IPhO and advised students on how to leverage available resources to secure an industry career and make a global impact on health care. The SNPhA conference provides an outlet for aspiring pharmacists to come together, learn from eachother, and discuss important industry topics—such as how to improve the representation of minority groups in the field.

IPhO thanks the SNPhA Howard University Chapter for the opportunity to exhibit. We look forward to ongoing collaboration with NPhA/SNPhA—a partnership that will continuously advocate the value that pharmacists bring to industry.

Authored by Mitchell Linton, IPhO National Student Officer of Professional Affairs and Chapter On-boarding, Howard University, Class of 2019

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Regis University School of Pharmacy Joins IPhO National Network!

RU-logo-official_revIPhO is pleased to announce the addition of another new student chapter to our growing national network!

Congratulations to student pharmacists at Regis University School of Pharmacy. IPhO now connects them to a national network of 64 chapters and 4,000 student pharmacists with similar interests, as well as a national network of hundreds of industry fellows and thousands of industry pharmacists.

Several more schools are in the late stages of filing their chapter applications and will soon join the growing national network.

To start a chapter at your school, click here.

For the student benefits of joining IPhO, view the National Student Brochure here!

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The Struggle (of Obtaining an Internship) is Real

InternshipWhen I started applying to pharmaceutical industry internships, it was like shooting darts in the dark. Knowing how difficult it was to obtain an internship, I attempted to present my best self in my applications by having my school's career center look over my resume and letters of intent. I also applied to internships as soon as I found them.

I faced many rejections before I received even one email to request an interview, and then even more rejections after the interviews I did get. I accepted any interview I could because I knew that any experience was valuable, especially when I was just starting out. In my personal experience, either a recruiter reached out for a preliminary phone call to discuss my resume and get to know me a bit before setting up an interview with the hiring manager, or the hiring manager contacted me directly. The number of interviews for each company varied from one to three.

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2019-2020 IPhO National Student Leadership Application NOW OPEN!

Student App PhotoThe 2019-2020 IPhO National Student Leadership application is now open to students! Apply now for the unique opportunity to lead national initiatives, expand your network, and make a difference in a professional organization on a national level.

Don't wait! The deadline for application submission is March 1, 2019.

View application information and apply here.

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2019-2020 IPhO National Student Leadership Application Opens Soon!

We are pleased to announce that the 2019-2020 IPhO National Student Leadership application will open on February 18, 2019! Because of the rapid growth of the organization, we have added new National Student Officer (NSO) positions as well as new regions for our Regional Student Officers (RSOs) for the coming year. This is a great opportunity for students to lead national initiatives, expand their networks, and make a difference in a professional organization on a national level.

Check back again on February 18. Position details, eligibility requirements, and application instructions will be available. Good luck!

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IPhO and CCC Launch Certificate Program Focused on Industry Regulatory Compliance

ccc-graphics1 press releaseIndustry Pharmacists Organization (IPhO) and Center for Communication Compliance (CCC) have partnered to launch a Regulatory Compliance Certificate Program customized for students pursuing an industry career, as well as graduated pharmacists looking to break into industry. The program equips PharmDs with critical knowledge about foundational government and industry requirements that impact the roles and responsibilities of industry pharmacists.

“Compliance is a top priority for the pharmaceutical industry and the regulatory environment is very complex. This program covers key regulatory principles related to advertising and promotion and explains how these principles apply to the various types of product communications typically seen when working in industry,” comments IPhO consultant Leah Palmer, PharmD who was formerly Executive Director of Regulatory Promotion at Amgen.

The custom eLearning program features ten distinct modules on compliant promotional activities and scientific exchange, followed by a post-test that participants must pass to earn their certificate of achievement. Participants can also engage in interactive online games that help reinforce the regulations, guidances, and codes discussed in the coursework. Program content is reviewed for accuracy by former government officials and regulatory lawyers and updated based on material changes in regulatory policy.

“We are delighted to prepare future industry pharmacists to communicate scientifically balanced, medically accurate information that contributes to the development, commercialization, promotion, and optimal use of medicines,” states Ilyssa Levins, CCC President.

James Alexander, PharmD, IPhO Executive Director and Founder, adds that "this comprehensive certificate program is another example of how our organization is providing timely, relevant information to our members to help them advance their professional careers."

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New Year’s Resolutions to Improve Your Communication Skills

This article was originally published on barbarapachtersblog.com.

It’s that time of year again – the time to make New Year’s resolutions. But instead of just going the traditional route – pledging to join a gym to work off holiday excesses – why not opt to give your career a boost as well? Resolve to improve your communication skills.

Yes, you read that last sentence correctly! How you communicate with others—whether in person, in writing, or online—has a tremendous impact on your career. It affects every aspect of your working life, no matter how good your specialized skills are in your particular field.

For the coming year, make these communication resolutions to enhance your career:

1. Resolve to keep your phone off the table when meeting with someone. Having your phone visible tells the other person, “I am so ready to drop you and connect with someone else.” It’s important to give people your full attention.

2. Take a presentation skills class. Work on becoming a better presenter. You need to get your point across. And if you do so effectively, not only does your audience gain information, but you look good.

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Washington State University College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Joins IPhO National Network!

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IPhO is pleased to announce the addition of another new student chapter to our growing national network!

Congratulations to student pharmacists at Washington State University College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. IPhO now connects them to a national network of 63 chapters and 4,000 student pharmacists with similar interests, as well as a national network of hundreds of industry fellows and thousands of industry pharmacists.

Several more schools are in the late stages of filing their chapter applications and will soon join the growing national network.

To start a chapter at your school, click here.

For the student benefits of joining IPhO, view the National Student Brochure here!

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Life After Midyear: The To-Do List You Don't Want to Miss

Even though Midyear is behind you, there is still work to do! Some of you may already be embarking on your onsite interviews. Others may be searching for new fellowship opportunities. Wherever you are, check out the list of post-Midyear tips below to make sure you continue on as strongly and confidently as possible. Best of luck!

Continuing to Establish Connections

  • Be sure to send thank you cards and/or emails to all team members who interviewed you onsite. Being so far into the process, these thank yous will help keep you fresh in the minds of those you met.
  • Never stop networking! Continue to reach out to fellows/industry professionals to learn more about how to get your foot in the door, whether it be through applying for contract positions or other fellowship opportunities that arise post-midyear.

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