IPhO Member's Journey
Company and Department: Novo Nordisk, Diabetes Field Medical Affairs
Current Role: Medical Liaison
Alma Maters: University of Minnesota, Class of 1994 (PharmD) and Arizona State University, Class of 2003 (MBA)
My path to the pharmaceutical industry demonstrates that you can arrive at your destination by taking different routes, and by traveling at different speeds.
Like many young adults, I changed my original major after my freshman year (from engineering to pharmacy) at the University of Minnesota. At that point in my pharmacy education, the biggest decision that my classmates and I faced was whether to obtain a Bachelor of Science or Doctor of Pharmacy degree. I decided to pursue a PharmD, which required one additional year. I graduated in 1994 and elected not to pursue a residency or fellowship which were not emphasized at that time.
Alma Mater: West Virginia University, School of Pharmacy, Class of 2014
Current Role: Pharmacy Practice Resident, Cleveland VA Medical Center
As a pharmacy student, I was largely unaware of the many opportunities available within the pharmaceutical industry. Like many, I gravitated toward a strong interest and focus in clinical pharmacy through my internship and professional organizational experiences. Then, in my 3rd year of pharmacy school I discovered the exciting and dynamic industry opportunities in the discipline of Medical Affairs. A MSL from a leading pharma company spoke to our AMCP chapter about her career path within the pharmaceutical industry and ability to utilize her clinical knowledge and relationship building skills to positively impact patient care on such large scale.
Company and Department: Sanofi, Market Access
Current Role: Senior Pharmacy Specialist
Alma Mater: University of Southern California, Class of 2013
It was not until my 4th year of pharmacy school that I knew I wanted to pursue a career in the pharmaceutical industry. By that time it was too late to get any kind of internship with a pharmaceutical company. In my earlier years of pharmacy school, I had a passion for community pharmacy and ambulatory care. I interned at a community pharmacy and volunteered on a regular basis with my school’s student pharmacy clinic in Los Angeles, providing screening services, medication reconciliation, and nutrition counseling. I also had a passion for working with diabetic patients, a disease which largely impacts the Latino community. Several of my projects and volunteer work in pharmacy school focused on Diabetes.