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Chetna Hirpara, PharmD
December 18, 2018

Chetna

Fellowship Sponsor Company: PRI Healthcare Solutions

Function/Discipline: Medical Communications

Fellowship Years: 2018—2019

Alma Mater: St. John’s University, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Class of 2018

Throughout pharmacy school, I always set my sights on the “bigger picture.” I felt that the knowledge I was acquiring could be used to benefit a larger group of people than just the patients I would see if I worked in a retail or hospital setting. I wanted to make a bigger impact by sharing the healthcare information I learned regionally, nationally, or even internationally. This desire sparked my interest in the pharmaceutical/medical communications industry.

After talking with former pharmacy students who shared their experiences with fellowships and industry, it became even clearer to me that pursuing this path would help satisfy my personal and professional aspirations. To better understand industry, I decided to select elective rotations in medical communications during my final year of pharmacy school. I learned all about the value of a pharmacist in the collaborative medical communications/ medical affairs field. Because of the experience gained during my rotation, I knew that pursuing a fellowship was the best next step for me.

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Life After Midyear: How You Can Still Secure a Fellowship
December 13, 2018

Irina KatzAs a pharmacy student in pursuit of a post-doctoral fellowship in the pharmaceutical industry, you are probably feeling like attending ASHP Midyear and interviewing well was the be-all and end-all of furthering your career. However, not all P4 students hoping to land an industry position have the opportunity to fly out to the conference and only a small amount who do attend actually land positions during midyear. The bad news? Competition is fierce and it only gets more brutal every year. The good news? I am here to tell you that ASHP Midyear is not the only way to get your foot in industry’s door so that you can begin your fellowship the summer after graduation. There are other opportunities waiting for you just around the corner, but you must be prepared to take advantage of every single one that comes your way in order to establish yourself professionally.

Last year, I returned home from the happiest place on earth (Orlando, ASHP Midyear 2017) having secured a few on-sites, but was devastated to learn that I did not actually secure a fellowship position. I had been hoping for a fellowship since my P1 year and it felt like all my chances to do what I really wanted in my career were eliminated. My hopes were shattered and I had no idea what to do next. It felt surreal and it took a lot of motivation and courage not to give up right then and there.

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BioNJ Entrepreneurship Fellowship Program - now recruiting!
December 12, 2018
BioNJ is now recruiting candidates for its Entrepreneurship Fellowship Program 2019-2021 centered around the New Jersey area!

The program, a collaboration with IPhO, is a 2-year rotational fellowship, that provides Fellows with the exposure to many different functional and therapeutic areas to help shape the Fellow's perspective of pharmaceutical industry overall. The fellow rotates through 4 different companies (6 months each) completing different roles depending on business need and personal preference.

The application deadline is January 15, 2019. The Fellowship may only be applied for through the IPhO FellowMatch service. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and applicants are encouraged to submit their materials on FellowMatch accordingly.

For questions regarding the Fellowship program, contact the current fellow, Irina Katz, at irina.m.katz@gmail.com.
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Fellows from Across the Country Attend the IPhO 6th Annual Midyear Event
December 4, 2018

To kick off the 2018 Midyear Meeting in Anaheim, IPhO and its National Fellows Council hosted an exciting event for all fellows from across the country to network and learn the ins and outs of how to land a full-time position post fellowship. Moderated by IPhO Executive Director Jim Alexander, the program featured a series of roundtable discussions with successful fellowship alumni/industry executives who shared their insights and guidance on how to pursue a full-time position within industry.

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Chirag Shah, PharmD, RPh
November 10, 2018

chirag_hs Company and Department: Arena Pharmaceuticals, Program Management

Current Role: AD, Global Program Management (R&D)

Alma Mater: Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, Class of 2014

My career path has been filled with curiosity and opportunity. But before I dive into the details, I think it’s important to appreciate the tremendous amount of opportunities available for pharmacists—in hospital, retail, managed care, or the pharmaceutical industry. No matter what role you pursue, at the end of the day, your doctorate in pharmacy will serve you well and provide you with a strong scientific acumen. The beauty of the pharmaceutical industry is that there are countless opportunities that require you to apply your scientific knowledge and ultimately learn to develop a solid understanding of the business.

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Tips for Navigating Rutgers Fellowship Information and Networking Day (FIND)
November 9, 2018

IPhO would like to thank Nina Johnson, New England Regional Student Officer and PharmD Candidate 2019, for leading the development of this valuable student resource.

The Rutgers Professional Industry Fellowship (RPIF) program will be hosting its annual Fellowship Information and Networking Day (FIND) on November 16, 2018. Hundreds of fourth-year pharmacy students from across the country attend this event to learn more about the nationally recognized fellowship program.

The event is broken down into three sessions: a didactic session, an information session and Q&A panel, and a networking session.

Members of the IPhO National Fellows Council (NFC) and leadership team have provided their FIND insight—including how to prepare for the fellowship application and interviewing processes—to help students make the most of their time at the event.

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South College School of Pharmacy Joins IPhO National Network!
November 9, 2018

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

Congratulations to student pharmacists at South College School of Pharmacy. IPhO now connects them to a national network of over 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!

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Credit to be Awarded for VIP Case Competition at University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy
October 24, 2018

The University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy has added the IPhO Value of Industry Pharmacists (VIP) Case Competition as a 1 credit Independent Study Research Course option, beginning spring 2019.

The VIP Case Competition provides student pharmacists with the unique opportunity to demonstrate their pharmaceutical industry knowledge and design a comprehensive drug development plan.

Students are involved from the hypothetical drug’s initial concept, all the way through to approval and product marketing.

Click here to learn more about this year’s competition.

University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy students interested in learning more and obtaining permission to participate for credit can email Dr. Andrew Wiemer.

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IPhO Student Network Reaches 60 Chapters with University of Georgia College of Pharmacy!
October 20, 2018

UGA Logo

IPhO is pleased to announce the addition of the 60th student chapter to its growing national network!

Congratulations to student pharmacists at the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy. IPhO now connects them to a national network of over 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!

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Novartis HE&OR Fellowship
October 20, 2018
Dear Prospective Candidate,



Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation is pleased to offer three 2-year Health Economics & Outcomes Research (HE&OR) Fellowship positions. These two-year fellowships will allow the fellow to gain proficiency in the field of health economics, outcomes research, and comparative effectiveness research (CER) as conducted in academic, managed care, hospital, health policy, and/or pharmaceutical industry settings.



The fellow will spend the first year of the fellowship at one of the following academic institutions:

Baylor Scott and White Health/ The University of Texas at Austin University of Maryland Thomas Jefferson University During the second year, fellows will support the HE&OR team at Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation in East Hanover, New Jersey.



Application Process and Deadlines

1. Meet current fellows and fellowship directors at the AMCP Nexus Residency/Fellowship Showcase on October 24, 5-8PM

2. Email heor.fellowship@novartis.com to request an invite to the Novartis HE&OR Fellowship Informational Webinar on October 30, 2018 from 8:30PM EST – 9:30PM EST

3. Request a PPS interview via ASHP PPS Portal (by November 23, 2018, PPS opens October 23, 2018)

a. Include CV + Site Preferences (Rank 1-3)

4. Interviews at ASHP Midyear Meeting in Anaheim from December 2-4, 2018

5. Submit final application materials to heor.fellowship@novartis.com (by December 5, 2018)

a. CV, 3 Letters of Recommendation, Letter of Intent, Official Transcript

Please see detailed descriptions of available programs in the attached brochure, including qualifications and responsibilities for each program as they differ by first-year site. If you have additional questions, including those related to specific sites, please reach out to our current fellows; contact information is provided in the brochure. For all other questions, please email heor.fellowship@novartis.com.



We look forward to the upcoming recruitment season. Best of luck to all candidates!



Best regards,

Novartis HE&OR Fellowship
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St. John’s University IPhO Chapter and Allergan Host Research Event
October 18, 2018

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.

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Dilpreet Kaur, PharmD
October 17, 2018

Dilpreet

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.

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Alnylam / Northeastern Webinar - Replay
October 16, 2018
Here is a recording of our webinar. Our presentation starts at 13:18, after DJ LeJIT's legendary mix - http://bit.ly/ALNYRecording
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IPhO Turns 6 and Reaches 60 Student Chapters!
October 11, 2018

IPhO is celebrating its 6th birthday by welcoming its 60th student chapter! Thanks to the dedicated industry pharmacists, fellows, and student pharmacists who have trusted IPhO as their proven path to industry for the past 6 years.

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Liam McGuey, PharmD
October 8, 2018

Liam

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!

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Alnylam / Northeastern Fellowship: Apply Now! [Dec 1 Deadline]
October 7, 2018
The Alnylam / Northeastern Fellowship is accepting applications. The applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Early applications are highly recommended.

OPEN POSITIONS - Clinical Development - US Commercial - Global Medical Affairs - Global Medical Information - Regulatory Affairs - Value and Evidence Strategy(VESt/HEOR)

Brochure: http://bit.ly/ALNY_b18 Stay Connected: http://bit.ly/ALNY_CIF

Apply now: NUfellowship.com
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Mixing and Mingling in Morristown
October 4, 2018

RevHealth Event

The inaugural IPhO Fellows Networking Event was held in late September, hosted at RevHealth in Morristown, NJ. Over 40 PharmDs attended from the tri-state area, including fellows from over 18 different programs, industry pharmacists, IPhO staff, and two IPhO student officers. The attendees enjoyed an opportunity to network and learn, which was capped off with a night out in Morristown with the PharmDs of RevHealth!

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Andy Szeto, PharmD
October 1, 2018

Andy Szeto

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.

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UCB Regulatory Affairs Fellowship Program - now recruiting!
September 24, 2018
UCB is now recruiting candidates for its Global Regulatory Affairs Fellowship Program located in Atlanta, GA!

The program, a collaboration with IPhO, is a 2-year rotational program that provides Fellows with the exposure to and experience with all aspects of Regulatory Affairs, as well as global and U.S. FDA exposure. The Fellows also have an opportunity for an elective rotation in an area outside of Regulatory Affairs.

The application deadline is December 1, 2018. The Fellowship may only be applied for through the IPhO FellowMatch service. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and applicants are encouraged to submit their materials on FellowMatch accordingly.

For questions regarding the Fellowship program, contact the program's Fellowship Director, Iram Hasan, at iram.hasan@ucb.com
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SAVE THE DATE-ASHP Midyear 2018
September 4, 2018
ASHP Midyear 2018 December 2-6, 2018

**Note RPIF fellowship recruitment begins December 1st!

Location: Anaheim, CA
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