Francesca Bastone, PharmD

January 3, 2018

francesca bastone

Company and Department: Prometic, Field Medical

Current Role: Medical Science Liaison

Alma Mater: Fairleigh Dickinson University, Class of 2017

I have always wanted to impact patient lives and health care on a global scale, and I ultimately discovered that the best way for me to do that was through the pharmaceutical industry, although the road to getting there was not a straightforward one.

Throughout pharmacy school I worked as a pharmacy technician in retail pharmacy and also at a psychiatric hospital. I developed a strong skillset in both hospital and retail pharmacy and until my P4 year, I was sure that I would take one of the more traditional routes of either hospital or retail upon graduation. This changed in my final year of pharmacy school, after taking a medical writing class. My professor, an industry pharmacist, honed my medical writing skills in addition to exposing me to the various functional areas of the pharmaceutical industry. Medical Affairs, and particularly the role of Medical Science Liaison, caught my eye and I knew I had to pursue this. Initially I was hesitant – up to this point in my young pharmacy career, I had no industry experience and limited industry connections. My alma mater, Fairleigh Dickinson University School of Pharmacy, is a newer pharmacy school with only a small industry network. I took advantage of networking opportunities whenever I could, applied for any available industry rotations, and began research projects that I believed would catch the eye of a Medical Affairs team.

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