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In September 2018, the St. John’s University IPhO chapter and fellows from the Allergan-SJU fellowship program collaborated to educate student pharmacists about career opportunities in the pharmaceutical industry.

SJU Students

Many St. John’s University students, representing all class years, attended the event, which was part of an Allergan research project to be presented at the 2018 ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting. The Allergan fellows presented on the roles of pharmacists in various functional areas within industry, including Clinical Development, Regulatory Affairs, and Medical Affairs, while providing an overview of the drug development process—from research and development to marketing. Attendees, who all signed an informed consent form, were provided with a survey before and after the presentation to gauge their knowledge level upon receiving the information.

The results of the research will be used to develop the content of future events and to help continue to meet the needs of students looking for information on pharmacist roles in industry.

Distinguished event speakers included:

  • Alexandra DiDonato, 1st year fellow, Regulatory Affairs–Advertising and Labeling
  • Mostafa Seliem, 1st year fellow, Clinical Development
  • Valerie Tengco, 2nd year fellow, Global Regulatory Strategy

Thank you to the Allergan fellows for a thorough, comprehensive presentation, to all attendees, and to the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) and Drug Information Association (DIA) student chapters for collaborating to make this event a success.

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