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Featured Fellow: Ngoc Phuong Mai Le, PharmD, B.S
July 1, 2024

Ngoc Phuong Mai Le, PharmD, B.S

Medical Affairs Postdoctoral Fellow

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill & United Therapeutics


When I started pharmacy school at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) – Boston, I was intrigued by various career pathways that a pharmacist can pursue after graduation. I attended multiple networking events and spoke with fellows, residents and pharmacists working in various fields, hoping to find my niche. Outside of the regular pharmacy curriculum, I also pursued additional coursework, including Business certificates with Harvard Business School, Precision Medicine certificate with Harvard Medical School and Clinical Research certificate with Boston College. The additional coursework certificates, along with research projects and professional organization activities, have shaped my interest in pursuing a post-graduate fellowship.

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Featured Fellow: Belen Gonzalez, PharmD
February 12, 2024

Belen Gonzalez, PharmD
Scientific Communications/Medical Affairs First-Year Fellow
Sumitomo Pharma America, Inc.


What project are you most proud of so far in your fellowship?

I am most proud of my involvement in creating a publications and scientific platform for a medical device we are looking to develop for Social Anxiety Disorder. Being able to be a co-author and a Scientific Communications lead on the development of this product’s scientific story is extremely impactful and important experience relating to the beginning of a product’s life cycle. It is exciting to get involved on a project from the beginning and it sheds a light on all the research and exchange of information it takes to understand the utility of pharmaceutical products.


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Featured Fellow: Rita Youssef, PharmD
December 13, 2023

Rita Youssef, PharmD
Regulatory Affairs First-Year Fellow
Rutgers/Amgen Rotational Fellowship


Why did you choose to pursue a fellowship in Regulatory Affairs?

In my humble opinion, I believe that Regulatory Affairs is one of the few professions that plays such a critical role throughout the entire development and commercialization of medicines. The role of a Regulatory professional is the crucial link not only between the company and its products, but also for health authorities and of course our patients! Without Regulatory, life-saving drugs would not be able to get on the market and reach our patients. The broad high-level perspective on drug development from pre-clinical testing to NDA submissions all the way to commercial and drug marketing is very attractive to me, especially ensuring that the product moves forward and reaches our patients globally. I have a very detail and solution-oriented mindset as well as strong communication skills. My skillset perfectly aligned with this functional area since Regulatory is a very creative yet strategic field and contains a lot of cross-functional collaboration, as well as communication via health authorities very frequently.


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Featured Fellow: Morgan Loh, PharmD
September 4, 2023

Morgan Loh, PharmD
Global Regulatory Affairs First-Year Fellow
Alexion, AstraZeneca Rare Disease


Can you give a brief overview of your fellowship and its structure and value within your company?

The Global Regulatory Affairs fellowship at Alexion through MCPHS University is structured to give its fellows hands-on experience with a variety of regulatory specialties across several different therapeutic areas. There are three 6-month core rotations, which include Development Strategy, Chemistry, Manufacturing, and Controls (CMC), and Global Advertising and Promotional Compliance. In addition, the fellow can choose an elective, 6-month rotation within Regulatory Affairs, in areas such as Regulatory Labeling and Regulatory Intelligence. This allows the fellow to not only tailor their experience but also build a strong foundation as a well-rounded regulatory professional. The PharmD fellows at Alexion are widely seen as valuable assets, as we get to transfer our clinical and technical expertise to the biopharmaceutical industry setting.


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Featured Fellow: Vivi Le, PharmD
March 30, 2023

Vivi Le, PharmD
Pharmaceutical Marketing Fellow - Copywriter
RevHealth


Can you give a brief overview of your fellowship and its structure and value within your company?

Pharmaceutical marketing Fellows at RevHealth have the opportunity to rotate between two main areas: content development and account services. Content development works internally to develop promotional/educational materials, translate scientific data to digestible messages, and help create concepts/campaign ideation for our clients. Account services is the client-facing role in which they work externally with the clients to develop strategic plans, formulate key competitive insights, and oversee development of marketing materials with cross-functional teams through promotional review. The PharmD Fellows at RevHealth are regarded as valuable additions to the team as we have the clinical expertise to ensure all messaging is scientifically sound.

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Featured Fellow: Georgia Quartey, PharmD
February 8, 2023

Georgia Quartey, PharmD
Global Patient Safety & Regulatory Affairs Fellow
Ironwood Pharmaceuticals


What is your current day-to-day role like at your company?

My current day-to-day role consists of attending various cross-functional meetings, both internally and externally, and collaborating on the authoring and maintenance of regulatory documents. The types of meetings I attend include global/regional labeling, maintenance of IND and/or NDA applications, regulatory strategy, regulatory intelligence, and regulatory operations. I also assist in the interpretation of FDA regulations and guidelines to ensure that published materials are compliant with the FDA.

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Featured Fellow: Megan Kirkpatrick, PharmD
November 17, 2022

Megan Kirkpatrick, PharmD
Visiting Scientist Fellow, US Value and Access
Eli Lilly and Company


What is your current day-to-day role like at your company?

I support value development and frameworks on our value excellence team for Lilly USA. My work focuses on preparing strategies for engagement with ICER (Institute for Clinical and Economic Review) for our portfolio and involvement in active ICER assessments.

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Featured Fellow: Aisha Choudhry, PharmD
November 3, 2022

Aisha Choudhry, PharmD
Global Regulatory Affairs and Ad/Promo
Sanofi/Rutgers Second Year Fellow


What is your current day to day role like at your company?

Every week looks different for me! For my strategy role, I was meeting with my regulatory colleagues and project team to discuss project development and ensure submission documents are on track. For my advertising and promotion role, I am in Joint Review Committee calls that include members of various functional areas, and we review promotional materials and comments that were made. Between meetings I work on my projects, which can include writing and editing FDA submissions, reviewing promotional material, and working on my leadership committees.

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Featured Fellow: Elizabeth Wilks, PharmD
October 20, 2022

Elizabeth Wilks, PharmD
Hospital Business Unit, Global Medical Affairs
Pfizer/Rutgers Second Year Fellow


Tell us about your current day-to-day responsibilities.

My role is very project focused. I work across four different portfolios in the Hospital Business Unit (anti-infectives, surgical hemostats, immunoglobulins, and sterile injectables) which allows me to work on products across all life cycles. Recently, I have been working on a launch which has led me to help create several medical education materials for healthcare providers. I have also been supporting several educational lectures regarding a product and disease state for our field medical colleagues.

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Featured Fellow: Brian Arana-Madriz, PharmD
October 9, 2022

Brian Arana-Madriz, PharmD
Global Regulatory Affairs Fellow
Alexion, AstraZeneca Rare Disease


Tell us about your current day-to-day responsibilities.

The beauty about Regulatory Affairs and pharma in general, is that no day is the same. You have to adapt as timelines tend to be fluid and objectives often change along with them. This is why adaptability is highly sought after in candidates pursuing a fellowship.

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Featured Fellow: Kyle Noonan, PharmD
October 2, 2022

Kyle Noonan, PharmD
Health Outcomes and Market Access Fellow
AmerisourceBergen Xcenda


Can you give a brief overview of your functional area and its structure and value within your company?

Briefly, Health Outcomes centers around how a drug impacts patient outcomes, such as hospitalization or mortality. Market Access often uses these outcomes in addition to clinical data to tell the value story of a certain medication. Each of these takes many forms, but both are important aspects of the late development and commercialization phase of a drug, when speaking with a payer audience.

Within Xcenda, this places me under the Value and Access Strategy team.

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Featured Fellow: Alexander Fletcher, PharmD, RPh, MBA
September 23, 2022

Alexander Fletcher, PharmD, RPh, MBA
US Cardiovascular Medical Science Liaison (MSL) Fellow
Bristol Myers Squibb


Can you give a brief overview of your functional area and its structure and value within your company?

The Cardiovascular MSL team helps to execute upon the medical strategy created by the Home Office Medical team. The MSLs engage with thought leaders to provide educational value to the provider, support the commercial sales team, and to generate medical product related insights.

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Featured Fellow: Cassie Goodman, PharmD
September 14, 2022

Cassie Goodman, PharmD
First-year US Public Affairs & Patient Advocacy Fellow
Sanofi/MCPHS


Tell us about your current day-to-day responsibilities in your fellowship role.

My current day-to-day routine is meeting with patient advocacy groups and internal team members to bridge the conversations from the patient perspective to the industry teams.

Throughout my day, I also work on innovative projects to work with patient advocacy groups, deliver scientific exchange, and report the work happening externally to our internal teams.

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Featured Fellow: Nardeen Perko, PharmD
September 4, 2022

Nardeen Perko, PharmD
Alma Mater: Albany College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences (ACPHS)
Scientific Communications Fellow, Medical Affairs
Edwards Lifesciences / Keck Graduate Institute (KGI)

What interested you in industry and how did you prepare for your interviews?

I wanted a position that offered diverse responsibilities. I did not have the predilection for a static, one-track career and instead, I wanted the fluidity of having different tasks and intertwined problems for me to solve. I knew that a fellowship would propel my professional development at the pace I wanted to grow.

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Featured Fellow: Kevin Darko, PharmD
July 28, 2022

Kevin Darko, PharmD
Alma Mater: The University of Tennessee
Fellowship Sponsor Company/Affiliation: UCB/IPhO
Fellowship Duration: 2 Years (2022—2024)
UCB Function/Discipline: Global Regulatory Affairs
IPhO Function/Discipline: Fellow Co-Lead, Diversity & Representation National Initiative

Why did you choose Regulatory Affairs as your functional area?

When I started pharmacy school, I knew that my goal was to pursue a career within the pharmaceutical industry, due to my experience working in a drug synthesis lab for two years during my undergraduate education at Bowie State University. However, my decision to pursue a career in Regulatory Affairs was made during my third year of pharmacy school when I enrolled in the Duke Office of Regulatory Affairs training program. I gained an in-depth look into the drug development process, FDA meetings, and how FDA drug regulation impacts drug development strategy applied in clinical studies. Seeing firsthand how collaborative Regulatory Affairs was as a functional area, and how Regulatory Affairs professionals were involved during every step of the drug development process, truly solidified my decision as I’m an individual who must see how all the pieces come together to lead to great results. Regulatory is also an enriching career path because it’s our job to ensure we can stay compliant with regulations and provide safe and effective products for patient use worldwide. One of my top priorities in life is to do impactful work, and Regulatory is a career field filled with impact!

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Featured Fellow: Osamagbe (Osa) V. Woghiren, PharmD
July 21, 2022

Osamagbe (Osa) V. Woghiren, PharmD
Alma Mater: Notre Dame of Maryland University (NDMU)
Fellowship Sponsor Company/Affiliation: UCB/IPhO
Fellowship Duration: 2 Years (2022—2024)
UCB Function/Discipline: Patient Safety
IPhO Function/Discipline: Fellow Co-Lead, Diversity & Representation National Initiative

Why are you passionate about the pharmaceutical industry?

My passion stems from my experience having lived on different continents and being exposed to varying levels of healthcare and the disparities that exist among them. Working in the Pharmaceutical Industry gives me a worldwide approach to healthcare, which I love. By applying my clinical knowledge and innovative strategies, I can impact patient care globally.

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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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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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Featured Fellow: Simran Randhawa, PharmD
January 23, 2022

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Simran Randhawa, PharmD
Global Medical Affairs Fellow, Inflammation & Immunology
Pfizer
University of the Pacific, Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy

Why did you choose Medical Affairs as your functional area?
I chose Medical Affairs because of the plethora of opportunities within the functional area to not only expand my clinical knowledge but also to expand the asset and patient care. I have always been interested in working on medical strategy, congress strategy and content, creating relationships with key opinion leaders, as well as participating in the publication of scientific abstracts and manuscripts. Medical Affairs is also very broad in the sense that there are multiple subsections, and for me that was always interesting—seeing how each part of Medical Affairs interacts with each other and cross-functionally intrigued me as well.

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Featured Fellow: Dimple Gandhi, PharmD, RPh
January 7, 2022

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Dr. Dimple Gandhi, PharmD, RPh
Position: Medical Communications, Global Medical Affairs Oncology fellow at Takeda
Alma mater: MCPHS University, Boston

My journey to industry has been unconventional. At a young age I discovered my passion and talent for makeup, started my own business as a freelance makeup artist and genuinely believed that was the career path I wanted to follow. My interest in medicine ended up drawing me to pharmacy school, yet I questioned myself every day because I could never see myself working in the traditional career paths of retail or hospital. I used to volunteer at Dana Farber Cancer Institute, where I quickly realized that I loved the challenges, innovation and impact that can be found within the Oncology disease space. After many conversations with people and trying different jobs, I stumbled upon the pharmaceutical industry through an internship, which changed the trajectory of my career. I fell in love with the industry environment and the role that pharmacists can play, and for 4 years I worked hard to prepare myself as a candidate to enter industry upon graduating pharmacy school.

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