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IPhO NFC Kicks Off the Fellowship Year LIVE in Massachusetts!
August 12, 2018

The 1st annual National Fellows Council (NFC) Live Summer Kick-Off Meeting was held in early August at Sanofi Genzyme in Cambridge, MA. Thirty NFC fellows from Boston, New York, New Jersey and North Carolina gathered face-to-face to kick off the new fellowship year. Typically, NFC work is done remotely as members are located across the country, so this opportunity to meet in person, network, and discuss the year's initiatives was invaluable.

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Introducing the 2018 IPhO Student Chapter Handbook!
August 10, 2018

Since its launch in 2012, IPhO has experienced significant growth in its National Student Chapter Network and is currently 58 chapters strong! The IPhO network and all its tools and resources have been met with enthusiasm by student pharmacists across the country and have raised awareness among student pharmacists nationwide about the industry career opportunities available to them.

To maintain messaging consistency, while keeping up with the continuous expansion of the network, IPhO is proud to introduce the new 2018 IPhO Student Chapter Handbook. This handbook offers in-depth guidance on the process of starting and maintaining a student chapter and includes the most up-to-date IPhO policies, branding guidelines, leadership opportunities, resources and services. Chapters are encouraged to become familiar with this handbook and refer to it as a resource when needed.

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Sarica Vieda Klein, PharmD
August 10, 2018

Sarica Klein Company and Department: Sanofi Genzyme, Medical Affairs

Current Role: Medical Science Liaison

Alma Mater: University of Southern California, Class of 2006

After earning an undergraduate degree in biology, I started working at Amgen in the preclinical research department. It was there that I discovered my love for working in the pharmaceutical industry. More than anything, I enjoyed being surrounded by innovation and cutting-edge science, where the ultimate goal was simple: to help patients. I was encouraged by a PhD coworker to continue my education and I decided to pursue a doctorate of pharmacy. I was admitted to USC pharmacy school, where I spent every day gaining knowledge and growing more appreciative of my education. With the help of two other classmates, I started the Student Industry Association where pharmacy students could learn about careers in industry.

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COMING SOON TO FELLOWSHIP CENTRAL:
August 6, 2018
*Interactive Q&A for students and current fellows!

*New Fellowship Brochures!

*Fellowship Recruiting Events!

Make sure to keep visiting Fellowship Central for all your up-to-date resources to prepare for this upcoming Fellowship Season!
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IPhO Exhibits at NPhA/SNPhA Conference
August 3, 2018

2In July 2018, pharmacy students from across the country gathered for the National Pharmacists Association/Student National Pharmaceutical Association Conference in Charlotte, N.C. Educational services, professional training, professional development and best-health practices were discussed at the conference.

IPhO was invited to have an exhibit table at the conference to raise awareness among pharmacist and student pharmacist attendees about the opportunities for pharmacists in industry and the active roles they play. IPhO National Student Officer Mitchell Linton and IPhO Regional Student Officer Kimberly Watson (both Howard University, Class of 2019) represented IPhO at the event to help raise awareness among student pharmacists about how they can leverage their education and clinical expertise in industry to have a broad impact on healthcare.

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Niren Shah, PharmD, MBA
July 5, 2018

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Company and Department: PTC Therapeutics, Business Operations

Current Role: Senior Director, Business Development and Strategic Partnerships

Alma Mater: University of Florida, Class of 2010

During my first rotation, I came up with what I thought was a great idea for an article. I spent a number of hours researching the topic and finally mustered up the courage to share the idea with one of my professors, Dr. Epstein. While he appreciated the enthusiasm, he gave me a particularly skeptical look when I told him I would like to publish the paper in The New England Journal of Medicine. We ultimately collaborated on a different project, which became the start of a great relationship that would end in a journey to industry and beyond.

I then decided to pursue a fellowship at the East Coast Institute for Research (ECIR) with Drs. Epstein and Choksi. My two years would be spent teaching, researching (phase 2-4), and publishing manuscripts. ECIR also had a separate arm that consulted for a wide range of pharmaceutical companies like AZ and Novartis. This was where I got my first exposure to industry and I absolutely fell in love.

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Mudit Verma, PharmD
July 2, 2018

Mudit Verma Headshot_1 Company and Department: Accelovance, Inc., Medical Writing

Current Role: Medical Writer

Alma Mater: University of Maryland, Class of 2018

Throughout pharmacy school, I sought a non-traditional career path and perceived the pharmaceutical industry to be a world of endless excitement and innovation. The core of my pharmacy training was clinically-focused, so I gained skills that would help me prosper in industry.

I spent most of my extracurricular time engaging in international pharmacy enterprises by traveling to six different countries throughout pharmacy school: Honduras, Argentina, Nicaragua, Jamaica, Singapore, and Australia. My key strategy for retaining the clinical skills I acquired in each location was to thoroughly document my experiences and reflections and share them with my professional network. I sought out opportunities to publish my reflections via a variety of pharmacy platforms and learned very quickly that I enjoyed writing – so much so that I would then pivot into industry by showcasing my communication and articulation skills.

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Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Joins IPhO National Network!
June 29, 2018

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

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Congratulations to student pharmacists at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. 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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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Joins IPhO National Network!
June 24, 2018

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

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Congratulations to student pharmacists at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 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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IPhO Partners with INDEED!
June 14, 2018

IPhO is pleased to announce an exciting new partnership with INDEED, a leader in the job search industry, to bring you relevant, high-quality career opportunities for industry pharmacists. Now, you can browse thousands of jobs from Indeed, all with top industry employers!

Save hours of time sifting through job search results and trying to find opportunities that are relevant to you. IPhO has already done the work for you. We've created pre-defined searches based on functional areas that are in high demand by industry pharmacists.

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Thank You to Our 2017-18 Student Officers!
June 3, 2018

The 2017-18 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. Notably, during their tenure, the number of IPhO Student Chapters grew to 55! These leaders worked tirelessly to ensure that all IPhO student pharmacists were well informed about the resources and tools available to them.

During the 2017-18 term, IPhO NSOs and RSOs:

  • Managed all ongoing operational, marketing, and social media communications between IPhO and its Student Chapters and handled onboarding training for multiple new Chapters
  • Precepted 50 IPhO interns working on a variety of priority projects
  • Collaborated on the development and implementation of the 5th Annual IPhO National Student Meeting, the most successful National Meeting to-date
  • Coordinated with the National Fellows Council (NFC) on the VIP Case Competition, which had the largest number of participating chapters ever
  • Updated and maintained internship, fellowship, and certificate catalogs that connect students and fellows with meaningful career advancement opportunities

Thank you to the following 2017-18 NSOs and RSOs!

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IPhO Recognizes Outgoing 2017-18 NFC Leaders
May 29, 2018

As the 2017-18 fellowship year comes to a close, IPhO would like to recognize and thank its National Fellows Council (NFC) committee members, who have dedicated time and attention to making the year's initiatives incredibly successful.

Congratulations to the following committee members, who are completing their fellowships and accepting full-time industry roles.

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Heidi McClelland, PharmD, BCACP
May 11, 2018

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Company and Department: Pfizer, Medical Affairs

Current Role: Medical Outcomes Specialist

Alma Mater: University of Wisconsin–Madison, Class of 2004

When I entered pharmacy school in 2000, an industry career was not on my radar. I was working as a pharmacy technician at a large retail chain and planned to continue my career there as a pharmacist. During my fourth year of pharmacy school, I was in a 6-week rotation with a pharmacist working in Medical Affairs at Pfizer. This was when I first became fascinated by the idea of an industry career path.

Despite my fascination, I did continue to work as a retail pharmacist after graduation. I worked in various locations and positions, including a staff pharmacist and pharmacy manager. Although I enjoyed working closely and directly with patients, I realized after 7 years that I was ready to make a career change.

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5 IPhO Fellowship Partnerships for 2018-19!
May 10, 2018

IPhO is pleased to announce five fellowship partnerships for 2018-19! For the programs listed below, IPhO is a full partner in both recruiting and program administration. All candidates were identified through the 3,000+ National Student Network, and all recruiting was successfully accomplished through the IPhO FellowMatch service (without the need for the ASHP Midyear Meeting).

These IPhO fellows will be leaders within the IPhO National Fellows Council, and they are involved with IPhO leadership at multiple levels.

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University of Hawaii at Hilo Joins IPhO National Network!
May 3, 2018

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

DKICoP_logoCongratulations to student pharmacists at Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. 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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UIC Students Earn Academic Credit for VIP Case Competition
April 29, 2018

This year's VIP Case Competition saw no shortage of thoughtful, creative, and well-crafted submissions, with University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Pharmacy taking home the second place cash prize.

The creative process of UIC Student Chapter Members began long before the start of their product development, when they approached their faculty advisor with an innovative concept: encourage students to participate in the VIP Case Competition to earn credit toward their elective requirement.

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IPhO and Purdue University Host 3rd Annual Midwest Regional Symposium
April 17, 2018

On April 7, 2018, Purdue University and IPhO hosted the 3rd annual Midwest Regional Symposium.

Students from 6 different midwestern schools of pharmacy attended the event, which made this year's attendance count the highest to-date! The event featured speakers that represented a variety of industry roles and allowed students to learn more about opportunities for PharmDs in industry. Students were also made aware of the numerous different pathways available to attaining an industry career and had a valuable opportunity to network with the attending industry professionals.

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Congratulations to the IPhO Student Officers Who Accepted Fellowship Positions!
April 7, 2018

We wanted to take a moment to congratulate the IPhO National Student Officers (NSOs) and Regional Student Officers (RSOs) who have accepted industry fellowship positions! This is a tremendous accomplishment and one that each NSO/RSO worked hard for and so greatly deserves.

We are pleased to congratulate the following NSOs and RSOs on their new upcoming fellowship positions!

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IPhO and MCPHS University Boston Host 2018 Northeast Regional Event
April 5, 2018

On Wednesday, March 28, 2018, MCPHS University Boston IPhO Student Chapter hosted its annual Northeast Regional Event. Students from across the region gathered to learn about the different oncology roles a pharmacist can have within the pharmaceutical industry. Students from 6 nearby IPhO chapters joined, including: MCPHS University Boston, Worcester, and Manchester, University of New England, Western New England University, and Northeastern University. This is the 5th year that MCPHS University Boston has hosted the event, which facilitates opportunities for networking with other students, faculty, fellows, and industry pharmacists.

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Leah Palmer, PharmD
March 29, 2018

Leah PalmerCompany: Recently Retired Executive Director, Regulatory Promotion and Material Compliance, Amgen
Current Role: Consultant
Alma Mater: Purdue University

As pharmacists, we have skills that qualify us for many different roles – reading the other IPhO member journeys on this website shows the many diverse areas where PharmDs are leading successful careers. You have many options – the key is figuring out what you like to do best. Don’t be afraid to make big changes or sacrifices in the short term to get you where you want to go long term.

In my career journey, I made some big changes to figure out my career options and passion. After working a number of years as a hospital pharmacist gaining clinical experience, I came to a point in my life where I wanted to explore other career options.

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