Industry Content for Fellows
Featured Fellow: Dilpreet Kaur, PharmD
Fellowship Sponsor Company: USC/Allergan
Function/Discipline: Medical Affairs- Global Phase IV
Fellowship Years: 2018—2019
Alma Mater: University of Cincinnati, College of Pharmacy, Class of 2018
I knew I wanted to be a pharmacist at a young age. However, figuring out my niche in the field took some exploration. During my first year of pharmacy school, a pharmacist came to campus to speak and he introduced me to industry pharmacy. His talk sparked my interest and from there, I began to research more about what industry pharmacy was, types of fellowships available, and where I would fit best. Like many other schools, my college of pharmacy was better versed in information relating to residency or community pharmacy. It became my responsibility to discover what industry opportunities existed and to take advantage of them.
Featured Fellow: Liam McGuey, PharmD
Fellowship Sponsor Company: MCPHS/Sanofi Genzyme
Function/Discipline: US Medical Affairs/Medical Science Liaison (MSL)
Fellowship Years: 2018—2020
Alma Mater: Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (ACPHS), Class of 2018
Like many pharmacy students, I did not enter pharmacy school with the goal of pursuing a career in industry. Although pharmacy school prepares students for several different careers, often the pharmaceutical industry and fellowship programs are left behind. I learned about industry through friends and past fellows and was able to secure two APPE rotations at Bayer and Sanofi Genzyme during my P4 year. In fact, I met my eventual Sanofi Genzyme APPE preceptor at an ACPHS IPhO networking event my P3 year, where she agreed to work with me as a student. Two years later, I am living in Boston as a Sanofi Genzyme fellow. Talk about a small world!
Featured Fellow: Andy Szeto, PharmD
Fellowship Sponsor Company: United Therapeutics (UNC)
Function/Discipline: Clinical Research & Drug Development
Fellowship Years: 2018—2020
Alma Mater: University of the Pacific, Class of 2018
My pharmacy school had an accelerated program, which meant I completed the typical 4 year pharmacy curriculum in 3 years. Consequently, we had no summer breaks, so my industry knowledge was limited by not having the time to intern at a biopharmaceutical company.
I always believed that I would pursue a traditional career path through residency. However, all of that changed when I began working on a clinical trial, spearheaded by a professor at my school, and my interest in clinical research and industry grew immensely.
This opportunity, along with my involvement with IPhO, solidified my decision to pursue a career in industry. Obtaining a fellowship in clinical research was the next logical step for me.
I’m happy to have found a career path that combines my passion for novel research with the ability to apply my clinical knowledge. I look forward to all the new skills I’ll learn during my fellowship.