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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.

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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!

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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.

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

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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 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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Roosevelt University College of Pharmacy Joins IPhO National Network!
January 11, 2020

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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 Roosevelt University College of Pharmacy. IPhO now connects them to a national network of 76 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!

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IPhO Hosts Annual Midyear Fellows Event
December 30, 2019

In December 2019, during the ASHP Midyear meeting, the National Fellows Council hosted its annual "How to Land a Full Time Job Post-Fellowship" event. Eight extraordinary former fellows discussed a variety of topics to help fellow attendees feel prepared to secure the right full-time role when their fellowship program concludes. Both internal and external opportunities were discussed.

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Megan Gower, PharmD
December 14, 2019

Megan Gower

Fellowship Sponsor Company: UNC/PPD

Function/Discipline: Clinical Research & Drug Development

Fellowship Years: 2019—2021

Alma Mater: South College School of Pharmacy, Class of 2019

Starting out in pharmacy school, I really wasn’t aware of all the career opportunities for pharmacists in the pharmaceutical industry. I always imagined that I would pursue a career as a clinical pharmacist. However, with a bit of luck, a research assistant position opened up in my program’s pharmaceutical sciences department, and I had the opportunity to take an elective course detailing the drug development process. It was through those opportunities that I became interested in researching career paths for pharmacists in the pharmaceutical industry. It was also how I first discovered IPhO. IPhO was an incredible resource of information that helped me learn about the different roles in industry and decide on the role that I felt fit my interests the best.

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Two New Student Chapters Join IPhO National Network!
November 19, 2019

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

Congratulations to student pharmacists at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and Ferris State University College of Pharmacy. IPhO now connects them to a national network of 75 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!

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University of the Pacific's Fellowship in Industry Program (FIP) in partnership with Genentech NOW RECRUITING
November 13, 2019
University of the Pacific's Fellowship in Industry Program (FIP) in partnership with Genentech will be recruiting for fellowship positions (2020-2022) in:

• Clinical Science - Non-Oncology Early Clinical Development • Clinical Pharmacology

University of the Pacific is excited to have a new partnership this year with Legacy Heart Care, who will be recruiting for a 1-year Marketing/MSL fellowship program (2020-2021). Legacy Heart Care is the largest provider of Enhanced External Counterpulsation (EECP) in the U.S. University of the Pacific is the only pharmacy school in the U.S. with EECP research capabilities. This will be an exciting partnership.

Genentech programs will be based in the San Francisco Bay Area and the Legacy Heart Care program will be based in Austin, TX. FIP programs aim to provide industry training for Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) graduates in order to prepare fellows for a career in the pharmaceutical industry. Interviews will be conducted at ASHP Midyear Conference in Las Vegas, NV.

The next virtual office hour will be held on Friday, November 15 (5 - 6:30 p.m PST) by our current fellows. I welcome you to visit our website for more information.

For more information, visit the following link: https://www.pacific.edu/academics/schools-and-colleges/thomas-j-long-school-of-pharmacy-and-health-sciences/academics/fellowship-in-industry-programs.html
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USciences Learning About Industry Fellowships Event
November 13, 2019
Join us at our annual LIFE event on November 15th, 2019 from 6 to 10 PM!

Take advantage of this unique networking opportunity to meet with various industry fellows, program directors, preceptors, and become acquainted with the industry fellowship programs affiliated with the University of the Sciences. Dinner will be served! For more information, view the attached flyer.

November 15th, 6-10PM Science & Technology Center (STC) 4308 Woodland Ave. Philadelphia PA, 19104



RSVP here: https://lnkd.in/ebgt2tF
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PPS Is Now Open for ASHP Midyear 2019!
October 23, 2019
Register with personnel placement service (PPS) to submit fellowship application materials and schedule your ASHP Midyear interviews!

Visit https://midyear.ashp.org/PPS/PPS-Candidates to learn more and view available positions.

Best of Luck!
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Dane Osmond, PharmD
October 14, 2019

Dane Osmond

Fellowship Sponsor Company: Allergan, University of Southern California

Function/Discipline: Clinical Development

Fellowship Years: 2019—2020

Alma Mater: Keck Graduate Institute, Class of 2019

I knew early-on that I wanted to pursue a career in the pharmaceutical industry. Before pharmacy school, I earned my certificate in Clinical Trials Design and Management while working as a Clinical Research Associate at a hospital. From that experience, I met pharmacists working in industry and was introduced to this unique career pathway. What attracted me most about Clinical Development was the opportunity to work with investigational drugs in clinical trials. Working with data that is unknown from a clinical perspective resonated with the skills that I developed during my undergraduate studies. It was a natural transition for me to pursue Clinical Development after pharmacy school.

IPhO played an important role for me throughout pharmacy school. I was involved with the Keck Graduate Institute chapter, which started during my P2 year and I served on the executive board. I also participated in the VIP case competition and became a national student intern. IPhO provided me a network of industry professionals and exposed me to the various roles that pharmacists assume in industry. Additionally, IPhO guided me throughout the fellowship application process (which is getting more competitive every year). I joined the National Fellows Council not only to help pharmacy students but also to give back to the organization in any way possible.

Have a fellowship question? Click here to ask a current fellow!

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IPhO Wristbands Support Good Causes
October 14, 2019

You didn't have to look far at the recent IPhO National Student Meeting to find a maroon wristband, promoting the #valueofindustrypharmacists to all 400 student pharmacists in attendance.

Wristbands

The wristbands were worn by students with pride throughout the meeting, but they were more than just a gift for attendees.

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USciences Pharmaceutical and Educational Fellowship Program Webinars
October 11, 2019
The University of the Sciences will be hosting TWO (2) webinars on October 16th and November 7th to inform all interested parties of the Medical Information, Medical Affairs, and Regulatory Affairs fellowships through Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Johnson and Johnson Consumer, and CSL Behring.

We're excited to announce our BRAND NEW Janssen Research and Development fellowship in biologic product development and clinical trial design and execution!

Please see the attached file below to find out more information about the webinar.

For more information, please visit www.usciences.edu/pharmafellows or email us at pharmafellows@usciences.edu.
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IPhO Hosts First Stand-alone National Student Meeting in New Jersey
October 9, 2019

On Friday, September 27th and Saturday, September 28th, IPhO and its National Fellows Council hosted the first-ever stand-alone National Student Meeting in New Jersey. 375 students from 78 universities; 50 speakers; and 20 sponsors attended the meeting, and we are so grateful to everyone who traveled from near and far to attend. View the full album of meeting photos here.

On Friday evening, Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) graciously hosted the meeting reception in The Mansion in the heart of its campus. Jim Alexander, PharmD, Executive Director and Founder of IPhO, shared opening remarks, followed by a special welcome from Michael Avaltroni, PhD, Dean of FDU School of Pharmacy. The keynote speaker for the reception was Rob Kowalski, PharmD, Executive Vice President, Head of Regulatory Affairs, Novartis; US Head of Global Drug Development. Dr. Kowalski spoke about the value that pharmacists bring to industry and the tremendous amount of career opportunities available to pharmacists within the pharmaceutical industry. The evening brought together students from across the country to network, learn from leaders in industry, and relax before the meeting on Saturday.

The Mansion

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