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Fellow Feature

Featured Fellow: Elizabeth Wilks, PharmD, RPh
May 23, 2022

Elizabeth Wilks, PharmD, RPh
First Year Rutgers/Pfizer Fellow
North America Medical Affairs, Hospital Business Unit


What made you choose medical affairs as your functional area?

I chose medical affairs because I like being the barrier between external stakeholders and the company. I enjoy being able to take medical information regarding our portfolio and simplifying it. I had experience working as an intern at Walgreens during pharmacy school and always enjoyed patient education. In my current role, I have been working on education targeted towards healthcare providers (HCPs) for a product in development.

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Industry Pharmacist Success Stories

An Interview with George Jackson, PharmD
May 11, 2022
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George Jackson, PharmD
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)
Medical Science Liaison
Specialty - Renal Anemia
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/george-j-76924816b/


What was your motivation to pursue the pharmaceutical industry as a career path?
My answer is multifactorial. Previously, I worked as an ambulatory care pharmacist, improving patients' lives; however, my impact was limited to only a few patients. As a medical science liaison (MSL), my role allows me to be part of a team that provides scientific support to hundreds of healthcare professionals impacting patient care on a national and global scale. Though improving patient outcomes is paramount in what we do in our roles, self-care is also imperative. My role as an MSL provides an outstanding work-life balance contributing to good physical and mental health and allowing more time to be present for family. Furthermore, base salaries and total compensation are very competitive as well.

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IPhO News

Introducing the 2022-2023 IPhO National Student Officers!
May 6, 2022

As we wrap up the 2021-2022 school year, IPhO is pleased to announce the 2022-2023 National Student Officers! They will continue the beneficial work done by this year's group and IPhO is looking forward to kicking off the new term with them in the coming months. We are starting with 95 IPhO student chapters (and counting)!

Congratulations and welcome to the following student leaders!

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IPhO News

Thank You to Our 2021-2022 National Student Leadership Team!
May 2, 2022


The 2021-22 student leadership term has been incredibly productive and exciting for our IPhO National Student Officers (NSOs) and Regional Student Officers (RSOs). We want to take a moment to thank them for their numerous accomplishments. These leaders worked tirelessly to ensure that all IPhO student pharmacists were well informed about the resources and tools available to them.

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Industry Pharmacist Success Stories

An Interview with Kelly Wright, PharmD, MS
April 22, 2022

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Kelly Wright, PharmD, MS
Medical Science Liaison—Gynecologic Oncology
AstraZeneca
Social Media: linkedin.com/in/kellywright611


What was your motivation to pursue the Pharmaceutical Industry as a career path?
One of my goals in life was to wake up every day feeling good about my job and to have a career that doesn't necessarily feel like work. I wanted a life where I'm not dreading Mondays, which led me to the Pharmaceutical Industry. The work-life balance, having a career that incorporates travel (one of my favorite hobbies) and impacting patient lives on a global scale all motivated me to pursue my career path in Pharma/Biotech.

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IPhO News

IPhO Purdue Chapter Hosts 6th Annual Industry Pharmacist Symposium
April 21, 2022

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Co-Authored By: Rebecca Zhang & Nina Teo

On Saturday, April 2, the IPhO chapter at Purdue University hosted the 6th annual Industry Pharmacist Symposium (IPhO Midwest Regional Meeting). This event began at Purdue in 2016 and has become one of the most influential conferences for industry-bound pharmacy students in the Midwest region. This year’s symposium was a great success, with a record-breaking 113 student registrants and 11 different pharmacy schools represented! The theme of the event was “Better Together.”

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Fellow Feature

Tips To Navigate Your Virtual/Hybrid Postdoctoral Fellowship
April 11, 2022

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Graduating pharmacy school and landing a post-doctoral fellowship is very exciting when it happens! Congratulations to all those reading this article that will be starting a new chapter of post graduate training. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, fellowship programs don’t exactly look like what they did even just five years ago. This article has been written to provide some tips on how to navigate starting your post-doctoral fellowship in a virtual/hybrid setting.

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IPhO News

Announcing the 2021-22 VIP Case Competition First Place Winner!
April 1, 2022
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During drug development, industry pharmacists are often faced with many challenges on the road to approval. Therefore, the IPhO VIP Case Competition encourages student pharmacists to practice these critical thinking skills in the form of a Challenge Point.

The Challenge Point presents a drug development obstacle in a unique scenario that requires innovative thinking and solutions. It was announced at the midway point of the competition.

Congratulations to Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) for excelling in all aspects of this competition, including the Challenge Point, and placing first in the 2021-22 IPhO VIP Case Competition!


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IPhO News

Announcing the 2021-22 VIP Case Competition Second Place Winner!
April 1, 2022
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The IPhO VIP Case Competition focuses on four functional areas of drug development: clinical development, regulatory affairs, medical affairs, and marketing/market access.

Although cross-functional teamwork is encouraged and ultimately necessary for the overall development plan to be credible and congruent, each functional area (“department”) is responsible for a significant portion of the entire competition plan.

Congratulations, California Northstate University College of Pharmacy on your second place showing!


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Announcing the 2021-22 VIP Case Competition Third Place Winner!
March 31, 2022
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The Value of Industry Pharmacists (VIP) Case Competition has attracted more chapter interest than ever before. This competition is a significant undertaking that requires careful coordination and active participation from chapter members.

Strong leadership of the VIP Case Competition team is needed in order to organize processes, adhere to deadlines, and represent the team on the national level. Clearly, this is demonstrated by our third place winner, University of California San Francisco (UCSF) School of Pharmacy.


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CONGRATULATIONS UCSF TEAM!

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IPhO News

Announcing the 2021-22 VIP Case Competition Honorable Mention Awardees!
March 31, 2022
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The Value of Industry Pharmacists (VIP) Case Competition provides student pharmacists with the opportunity to improve analytical, project management, and written and oral presentation skills. Success in this competition is the product of teamwork and commitment.

Managing a project of this scale requires coordination and dedication among team members. The competition was stiff this year and the following three chapters did an outstanding job!

THIS YEAR'S HONORABLE MENTIONS ARE...

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IPhO News

Announcing the 2021-22 VIP Case Competition Nominees!
March 30, 2022

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In September 2021, 65 IPhO student chapters from across the country embarked on a six-month professional journey to create a drug development plan that would bring a theoretical new Alzheimer’s disease (AD) medicine to market.

Now in its 6th year, the VIP Case Competition is one of the most challenging and widely recognized professional development opportunities among student pharmacists who are preparing to pursue a pharmaceutical industry career. At the same time, "the importance of a successful drug launch has never been greater."1

The median capitalized research and development investment to bring a new drug to market was last estimated at $985.3 million2?—the launch period requires a tremendous amount of financial and human resources. Industry pharmacists play a critical role in many functional areas to contribute to a successful product launch. And for that reason, the VIP Case Competition is an invaluable experience for student participants.

THIS YEAR'S FINAL NOMINEES ARE...

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IPhO News

IPhO-USC Chapter Onsite Visit
March 19, 2022

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With COVID mandates being lessened around the country, Jerry Silverman, IPhO Senior Vice President of Professional Development and Coaching, had the opportunity on March 7th to visit with several of the IPhO-USC Chapter Officers in Los Angeles (aka Tinseltown).

“It was great to meet with IPhO student leaders in a live setting again, to hear about each of their personal and professional backgrounds and industry interests. I was also able to share with them previews of new programs and resources that IPhO will be introducing this quarter.”

From left to right:
Samin Malek Marzban, 2024, Director of VIP Case Competition; Arghavan Zolfaghari, 2024, Director of Professional Programming; Jerry Silverman, SVP, IPhO; Wenqi Lu, 2023, Director of Communications; Aleeza Sheikh, 2023, Vice President; and Renita Moradian, 2023, President.

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IPhO News

Fellowship Tips From Fellowship Experts
March 13, 2022

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Join us on April 5 at 7:30 PM ET as Fellowship Experts Kimberly Le, PharmD and James Alexander, PharmD share key insights and their best tips for pursuing a Fellowship. This event is designed for ALL pharmacy students. Given the required preparation, the earlier you are in your academic career the better!

REGISTER HERE

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Student Leader Spotlight

Student Leader Spotlight: Megan Kirkpatrick
March 7, 2022

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Megan Kirkpatrick
2021-22 IPhO National Student Officer, Internship Director
The Ohio State University
Class of 2022
Incoming Visiting Scientist Fellow with Eli Lilly and Company

My name is Megan Kirkpatrick, and I am the current National Student Officer – Internship Director with IPhO. I will graduate in May 2022 with my PharmD from The Ohio State University and will be an incoming Visiting Scientist Fellow with Eli Lilly and Company!

I knew I was interested in industry from my first year of pharmacy school but did not know how many unique areas existed within industry. That is where IPhO stepped in and started to fill the gaps through my local chapter. I did not want my involvement to stop at a local level, as I knew there were more opportunities to explore on a national level with IPhO. I applied and was fortunate enough to land the NSO role I currently hold.

This NSO role has not only provided me numerous industry transferable and leadership skills but has also provided me a vast network of industry professionals and like-minded students to foster life-long relationships with throughout my career. My IPhO National Student Leadership position was crucial during my fellowship interviews, as I found myself answering many questions based on my experiences within IPhO. I highly recommend an NSO/RSO role to any student interested in pursuing a future in industry!

THE 2022-23 NSO/RSO APPLICATION IS OPEN - APPLY NOW!

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Student Leader Spotlight

Student Leader Spotlight: Ashley Stock
March 2, 2022

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Ashley Stock
IPhO National Student Officer, Chapter Network Management
University of Kansas
Class of 2022

Hi Everyone! My name is Ashley Stock, and I am the current National Student Officer for Chapter Network Management with IPhO. I graduate in May 2022 with my PharmD and MBA from the University of Kansas, and it was about half-way through my first year of pharmacy school that I became interested in industry. That year, I was checking out different career options for pharmacists and nothing really felt like a match for me. Then, after attending an IPhO meeting at KU, I finally found my fit in pharmacy.

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IPhO News

IPhO Launches Entry-Level Industry Job Feed for PharmDs!
February 22, 2022

If you’re looking to break into industry without a fellowship, you are in the right place! IPhO is pleased to provide a list of direct-to-industry job openings for PharmDs, updated frequently! You can search by company and/or position name and view recent postings to optimize your chances of applying early and securing a role. Be sure to sign up for alert emails to be notified each day that new positions are added!

All that's required is an IPhO website account!

ACCESS THE FEED

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IPhO News

Advice from an Incoming Azurity Pharmaceuticals Fellow: Melanie Hendricks
February 10, 2022

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Melanie Hendricks
South College
Class of 2022

What did you learn as you went through the interview process?
Going through the fellowship interviewing process can be daunting. While it is important to research each company and position you apply to, you should put an equal amount of time into ensuring you know yourself. It is important to practice common questions that will likely be asked, but you do not want to be scripted. The interviews with the most positive results were the ones in which I was able to be myself. In one interview I was asked “How many Taco Bells are there in the United States?”. There was no way I could have prepared for this question!

This is a two-way process. There are interviews that you will attend where you immediately know that this company is probably not the best fit. That is okay! Evaluating the fellowship program is equally as important as evaluating the current fellows and preceptors to determine what your daily work environment may be like.

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IPhO News

2022 Professional Development Week Registration is Open!
February 8, 2022

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IPhO is proud to present a regional chapter effort in the promotion of pharmacy, industry, and professionalism.

Details and RSVP links to the FREE SEMINARS, taking place from February 22-24, can be found below!

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 22
“Service” Industry (Agency, CRO, Consulting)
5:30 PM ET
REGISTER HERE

Direct-To-Industry Panel: How to Land an Entry-Level Job
7:00 PM ET
REGISTER HERE

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 23
LinkedIn Workshop
6:00 PM ET
REGISTER HERE

How to Get an Internship
8:00 PM ET
REGISTER HERE

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24
How to Find Your Best Fit in Industry
7:00 PM ET
REGISTER HERE

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IPhO News

2022-23 IPhO National and Regional Student Officer Application Now Open!
February 4, 2022

Being a Regional Student Officer (RSO) or National Student Officer (NSO) is an opportunity to get involved at the IPhO national level and make a significant contribution to help prepare industry-minded student pharmacists from across the country.

As an RSO or NSO, you will gain valuable knowledge and skills critical to pursuing an industry career including:

  • Acquiring industry knowledge through development and participation in IPhO Leadership Development programming
  • Enhancing your written and oral communication skills that industry values
  • Gaining extensive people and project management experience that will resonate with industry employers
  • Networking with fellows, students, and senior leaders within IPhO which allows you to be highly visible and recognized

Interviews and offers will be made on a rolling basis, so don't wait to apply!

APPLY HERE TODAY!

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