IPhO News

Filter By
IPhO News
Professional Development
Fellowship Central
Paths to Industry
Fellow Feature
Member's Journey
Coach's Corner
Student Spotlight
Subhan Mian, PharmD
April 3, 2020

Subhan Mian

Company: Celgene

Current Role: Global Regulatory Affairs Specialist

Alma Mater: UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy

The road to a career in research and development is as long and tough as it is rewarding. To be honest, I’d never pictured myself being able to get my foot in the door for a major company, but life had other plans—and my journey to a position at Celgene was very nontraditional. After my second year of pharmacy school I was selected to participate in a short-term contract position with the Small Business and Technology Development Center in Durham. The application was provided through the university and my resumé stood out, probably due to my involvement in extracurricular activities, more so than academics alone. Through this, I was matched to two start-up pharmaceutical companies, and served as an Associate Clinical Consultant. I realized that this was an opportunity to truly understand the research and development side of pharmaceuticals, and I immediately became immersed in FDA guidance, regulatory affairs, grant proposal writing, and giving presentations to key opinion leaders. I learned more about the regulatory and medical affairs side of drug development, and over time, better recognized the importance of pharmacists in the industry.

Read More
Frank Son, PharmD
April 1, 2020

Frank Son

Company: VeganMed, Inc

Current Role: Medical Scientist

Alma Mater: University of the Pacific: Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Entering pharmacy school, I envisioned myself as a retail pharmacist impacting patients’ lives on the frontlines post-graduation. However, my curiosity for nontraditional pharmacist roles grew as I progressed through school and accumulated exposure to various aspects of healthcare where pharmacists played an integral role. Persistence in seeking out varying career paths ultimately led me to discover my passion for industry.

During my final years of pharmacy school, I sought out every opportunity to build my industry-relevant skills. I engaged in a startup environment as a Clinical Research Associate with a physician looking to develop his own nutraceutical, managed cardiovascular research trials as a Primary Investigator at the David Grant USAF Medical Center, and completed a medical affairs internship focused in multiple myeloma at Amgen with the Intercontinental Scientific Affairs team.

Read More
Agency Life During COVID-19
March 31, 2020

Working from home as a marketing fellow at the agency RevHealth can be very challenging given the amount of collaboration necessary to design, develop, and gain approval for client medical and/or marketing materials. Whether it’s initial art concepts, copywriting, editorial, or account management; clear and direct communication among colleagues and clients is more essential than ever before during this stressful period in order to meet quality, timing, and financial expectations.

While live medical congresses and other prescriber live symposia have been postponed/cancelled, there has been an aggressive pivot toward the creation of virtual/digital media to engage with KOLs during the COVID-19 era. If there is one thing that life at an agency requires it’s being flexible to change and quickly adapt on the fly to support our clients’ needs. It’s during periods of significant change that an agency has the opportunity to separate itself from the competition! These days, there are plenty of opportunities to “rise to the occasion”!

Adam E Headshot

Adam Elessawi, PharmD
RevHealth, Second-year Marketing Fellow
IPhO Fellowship Program
National Fellows Council
Professional Programming Committee



Read More
Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy Joins IPhO National Network!
March 30, 2020

Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy

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

Congratulations to student pharmacists at Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy. IPhO now connects them to a national network of 81 chapters and more than 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!

Read More
Nicholas Gast, PharmD
March 30, 2020

Nick Gast Headshot

Company: ApotheCom

Current Role: Senior Medical Writer

Alma Mater: Northeastern University

Do I want to wear a suit or a white coat, maybe both? Going into pharmacy school I had a strong inclination of pursuing a career in the pharmaceutical industry. I was working as a pharmacy technician at a retail chain when I applied to pharmacy school and knew I wanted to explore different roles. However, at the time I really did not know how pharmacists could get involved in the industry. I am originally from the Boston area so after being accepted to Northeastern University I decided it would be a good idea to stick around this booming biotech area.

During my time at Northeastern University I took advantage of being involved in the IPhO organization as much as possible. The organization through partnerships with MCPHS was able to host presentations from several pharmacists in various roles throughout the industry. The value of networking and interacting with industry pharmacists while you are in pharmacy school cannot be understated! Hearing from those involved in the industry first-hand gave me major insight into the types of roles I wanted to pursue.

Read More
Romy Bury, PharmD, MBA
March 25, 2020

Romy Bury Headshot

Company: Bristol Myers Squibb, US Commercial

Current Role: Project Manager

Alma Mater: Rutgers University, Class of 2010

In all honesty, I didn’t picture myself working in industry and my journey to BMS was a little non-traditional. I started working at Walgreens during my first year in pharmacy school and absolutely loved retail. Retail can be tough, but patient interaction was incredibly important to me.

I continued to work for Walgreens after graduation and soon became a Pharmacy Manager. I got the chance to work on various special projects such as leading Immunization CEs and working on the recruiting team, but after 12 years in retail, I knew I was ready for a new challenge. I started looking into getting an MBA with the intention of moving up the ranks at Walgreens or finding a job on their corporate team. Life had a different plan.

Read More
Congratulations to the 2019-2020 IPhO VIP Case Competition Award Winners!
March 17, 2020

Congratulations to the winners of the 4th Annual Value of Industry Pharmacists (VIP) Case Competition. This year, 59 IPhO student chapters registered to participate in the competition—the most impressive turnout to-date!

The annual IPhO VIP Case Competition enables students to delve into multiple disciplines within the pharmaceutical industry as they develop their hypothetical drug, including, but not limited to: Clinical Development, Medical Affairs, Regulatory Affairs, and Commercial Functions. Each phase of the drug's development lifecycle presents a unique challenge that encourages students to think strategically and apply both their clinical and pharmaceutical industry knowledge.

Read More
Upcoming Regional Student Meetings Cancelled
March 16, 2020

Considering the rapidly changing guidelines surrounding the COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) pandemic, the difficult decision was made to cancel the following two regional meetings. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and we hope to see you at future IPhO events.

[CANCELLED] Southwest Regional Conference
April 4, 2020
The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy
Austin, Texas
Please note that due to COVID-19 precautions, the Southwest Regional Conference has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience.

[CANCELLED] 5th Annual Midwest Region Industry Pharmacist Symposium
April 18, 2020
Purdue University
West Lafayette, Indiana
Please note that due to COVID-19 precautions, the Midwest Region Symposium has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience.

IPhO Regional Meetings Supported By:

RevHealth Transparent

Read More
Why I Attended the National Student Meeting
March 12, 2020

Adam

Adam Hussain
Howard University College of Pharmacy
PharmD Candidate, Class of 2020

I obtained a fellowship in Global Regulatory Affairs at Vertex Pharmaceuticals with Northeastern University. My path to obtaining a fellowship started during my first year at Howard University. Howard University provided a unique opportunity for students to complete a Drug Development Certificate Course with Eli Lilly, which was my first introduction to the regulatory field.

Our IPhO advisor helped me obtain an internship at the United States Pharmacopeia, where I was able to work on a variety of projects related to drug regulations. Howard University also provided me the opportunity to complete an international research rotation in South Korea, as well as a Clinical Pharmacology rotation in San Francisco. These experiences pushed me to develop a plan to obtain a fellowship.

Attending the IPhO National Student Meeting (NSM) in 2019 was instrumental in my success. The sponsor exhibits and networking opportunities allowed me to really understand the roles of a fellow at their respective companies and confirmed my interest in Regulatory Affairs. My local chapter had previously provided me with resources to help prepare me for the fellowship application process, and attending the National Student Meeting prior to Midyear served to strengthen my application even further.

In addition to meeting with current fellows and employers at the NSM, I learned about the fellowship preparation IPhO offered members. I signed up for IPhO's Coaching Program, where I received one-on-one mentoring from an experienced professional, including CV review and interview practice. These programs helped me prepare effectively prior to PPS positions opening, and allowed me to be successful during ASHP Midyear.

Interested in attending the 2020 National Student Meeting? Register today!



Read More
ACPHS Chapter Hosts Northeast Regional Meeting
March 8, 2020

Final Albany

The second-annual IPhO Northeast Regional meeting was held at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (ACPHS) in late February. Nearly 70 students from across the northeast attended, with significant representation from Long Island University, University of Buffalo, and ACPHS.

Meeting attendees had the opportunity to network with a number of industry professionals, key opinion leaders, and current fellows, among others. Jerry Silverman, SVP, Professional Development and Coaching for IPhO, kicked off the day by exciting the audience about the convergence of driving forces resulting in significant opportunities for students to enter industry.

Read More
Nada Yassein, PharmD
March 3, 2020

Nada

Company: ETHOS Health Communications

Current Role: Medical Writer

Alma Mater: University of South Florida College of Pharmacy

Make no mistake, getting into industry is as rewarding, as it is difficult. My goal during pharmacy school was to explore all paths a pharmacist could take in order to get a better understanding about what I wanted to do. I started my career in a traditional role as a retail pharmacy intern. I found myself uninspired and undervalued. It was from here I was determined to pursue alternative options that would fulfill my never ending desire and passion to grow.

After my first year of pharmacy school I became an intern at Elsevier/Gold Standard where I started to learn about the nontraditional roles available to a pharmacist. I learned the impact a pharmacist had on drug information, which sparked my interest in further understanding what pharmacists could do within a drug company. I applied for a rotation at Bristol-Myers Squibb, which helped me understand the importance of a pharmacist in the pharmaceutical industry.

Read More
Student Leadership Application Deadline Approaching!
March 2, 2020

IMPORTANT REMINDER: The application deadline for IPhO National and Regional Student Officer positions is March 15, 2020.

CLICK HERE FOR APPLICATION INFORMATION

Note that applications are being reviewed on an ongoing basis, so we encourage you NOT TO WAIT to submit.

As a reminder, National and Regional Student Officer positions are available to any students who:

  • Have served as a National or Regional Student Officer with IPhO
  • Have served on their IPhO chapter's executive board in any capacity
  • Have worked as a virtual intern with IPhO

Be sure to spread the word, and good luck!

Read More
Samantha Stanislaus, PharmD
March 1, 2020

Sam

Fellowship Sponsor Company: Novo Nordisk

Function/Discipline: Medical Affairs

Fellowship Years: 2019—2020

Alma Mater: University of Rhode Island, Class of 2019

How did you learn about career opportunities for pharmacists in industry?
Most of what I learned about career opportunities for pharmacists in industry I learned on my own. After having experiences in community and hospital pharmacy, I realized neither really fit with what I was looking for in a career. So, I started searching for other career opportunities that a PharmD degree could provide, and found industry. From there, I read about all of the different functional areas and felt that medical affairs would be a great fit for me. Once I decided this was the path I wanted to take, I tried to gain real life experiences in industry. I was fortunate to be able to complete an internship as well as an APPE rotation with pharmaceutical companies. While I completed these experiences, I made sure to speak with current fellows and other pharmacists in different functional areas to really understand their role to confirm that this was the path I wanted to take. This is something I would really encourage student pharmacists that are interested in pursuing a career in industry to do. Even if you are not able to have internships or APPEs in industry, reach out to current fellows to discover more about what they do to help you decide which functional area you would enjoy most.

Read More
IPhO Student Chapter Network grows to 80 schools!
February 29, 2020

Chapter Map

IPhO is pleased to announce the addition of two new student chapters to our growing national network!

Congratulations to student pharmacists at:

  • University of California San Francisco (UCSF)
  • University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC)

IPhO now connects them to a national network of 80 chapters and more than 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!

Read More
Chicago State University College of Pharmacy Joins IPhO National Network!
February 23, 2020

logo_CSU

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

Congratulations to student pharmacists at Chicago State University College of Pharmacy. IPhO now connects them to a national network of 78 chapters and more than 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!

Read More
Alexandria Henry, PharmD
February 9, 2020

Alex Henry

Fellowship Sponsor Company: ECIR Medical Communications

Function/Discipline: Medical Affairs and Scientific Communications

Fellowship Years: 2019—2021

Alma Mater: Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Class of 2019

I was inspired to become an industry pharmacist from a young age. My mother worked as a pharmaceutical sales representative for nearly 15 years and informed me that several coworkers she frequently interacted with during training and company events were pharmacists. Upon meeting these coworkers, they informed me that working in industry as a pharmacist is an excellent way to be at the forefront of cutting-edge scientific knowledge while working in a flexible corporate environment. I shadowed these professionals, who ranged from medical education specialists to medical science liaisons, during summers as an undergraduate student. I found myself enthralled about the work I saw being conducted, and felt confident that pursuing a career in industry was the best decision for me.

Read More
Shogheeg Apkarian, PharmD, RAC (US)
February 2, 2020

Shogheeg

Company: AstraZeneca

Current Role: Associate Pharmacovigilance Scientist - Oncology

Alma Mater: Notre Dame of Maryland University, Class of 2017

As a student, I completed a rotation at AstraZeneca for Pharmacovigilance. When my rotation ended, my preceptor's manager felt my work was strong and asked to keep a copy of my CV on file. My rotation took place after Midyear ended, and unfortunately I had not matched with a fellowship program, so it was critical that I maintained a strong professional network after my rotation and after graduation.

Read More
University of Arizona College of Pharmacy Joins IPhO National Network!
January 28, 2020

University of Arizona College of Pharmacy

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

Congratulations to student pharmacists at University of Arizona College of Pharmacy. IPhO now connects them to a national network of 77 chapters and more than 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!

Read More
Opeoluwa Fagbemi, PharmD
January 26, 2020

Opeoluwa

Company: Arbor Pharmaceuticals

Current Role: Territory Business Manager

Alma Mater: University of Maryland–Baltimore, Class of 2016

While fellowships are a great way to break into the pharmaceutical industry, many pharmacists have landed various positions within the pharmaceutical industry without a fellowship. Fortunately, I was able to secure a commercial role through an unconventional route by connecting the dots of my past experience to procure my current role. I worked in retail for two years after pharmacy school, becoming a pharmacy manager in the process. Not long after, I worked as a clinical pharmacist in the private practice setting. These positions helped me develop a strong business acumen and build relationships with healthcare providers.

Read More
The 2019-20 IPhO Industry Fellowship Analysis is Live!
January 14, 2020


The 2019-20 IPhO Industry Fellowship Analysis has been published!

The report highlights key characteristics of all current fellowship programs—such as functional area, academic affiliation and alma mater of the fellow—and identifies emerging trends in PharmD Industry Fellowships based on 6-year longitudinal data.

There are 552 PharmDs currently participating in US-based, industry-focused postgraduate fellowships, representing +10% growth versus last year.

Below is a sneak peak into just some of the findings in the publication.

Read More