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Pharmaceutical Industry Practice and Education Fellowship Program with Emphasis in Medical Information, Medical Affairs, Regulatory Affairs, and Professional Marketing

Philadelphia College of Pharmacy at the University of the Sciences
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
In conjunction with
McNeil Consumer Healthcare
Fort Washington, Pennsylvania

Fellowship Overview

The mission of the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmacy Administration one and two-year post-graduate industry fellowship training programs is to prepare the industry fellow to succeed in a competitive environment within the pharmaceutical industry, and to assume roles and responsibilities in areas such as Medical Information, Medical Affairs, Marketing or Regulatory Affairs, depending on program. The resident will gain a deeper understanding of the patient care process and the ability to apply that knowledge when making decisions or implementing programs that affect patients.

The University of the Sciences in Philadelphia (USciences) is an independent institution of higher education with a commitment to excellence in teaching, research and service.  The Philadelphia College of Pharmacy (PCP) at USciences in conjunction with McNeil Consumer Healthcare (MCH) offers two positions in a one-year post-graduate training program, with the option to extend the program an additional year to specialize in one of the rotational departments.  This fellowship program is organized to provide in-depth experiences leading to advanced professional skills and knowledge in communication of medical and scientific information.

The Fellowship is organized into 3 components:

Pharmaceutical Industry Practice with McNeil Consumer Healthcare

This unique fellowship program is based at McNeil Consumer Healthcare – the world’s largest over-the-counter medicines company.  While at McNeil, the fellow will be an integral team member of the Medical Information, Medical Affairs, Regulatory, and Marketing departments. All rotations will include support of McNeil’s major products, including TYLENOL®, MOTRIN®, BENADRYL®, SUDAFED®, IMODIUM®, PEPCID® and ZYRTEC®.

  • In Medical Information, the fellow will develop expertise in literature analysis, writing of standard response materials, and communication with healthcare professionals.
  • In Medical Affairs, fellows will develop skills in new product development, claims substantiation, the design and conduct of clinical trials and the overall assessment and application of science as a competitive advantage as it relates to McNeil’s products.
  • In Marketing, the fellow will develop competency in general business management, marketing strategy development, and professional communications.  The fellow will be exposed to agency management as well as the creative development process.
  • In Regulatory Affairs the fellow will work on high-level cross-functional projects with a focus on our regulatory strategy and communications, labeling, and chemistry, manufacturing and controls (CMC) strategy.
Clinical Practice Rotation

The fellows will complete 80 hours of Hospital Drug Information and Administration at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. The fellows will utilize their clinical knowledge and drug information skills to work with a collaborative team of healthcare professionals to develop:

  • Skills in providing drug information services
  • Verbal and written communication skills by delivering presentations and writing drug class reviews
  • Expand knowledge about the functions of the hospital Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee/Subcommittees
  • Awareness of industry – healthcare provider relationships as they pertain to hospital practice 
University

Fellows will also receive an appointment at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia as a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmacy Administration. Fellows will have the opportunity to participate in both didactic teaching on campus and experiential course work at the practice site. Upon fulfilling the program requirements and teaching responsibilities, fellows will also be awarded a Teaching Certificate.

Term & Schedule

The fellowship term is from July 1 to June 30 of the subsequent year. An individualized schedule will be tailored to the needs and interests of the fellow. Goals and objectives will be developed for each rotation. The Fellow will spend approximately 4 days per week at the JSA facility and one day per week on campus at the University of the Sciences. 

Current Fellows

Ji Chung, PharmD
Thomas Jefferson University
School of Pharmacy
2013-2014 Fellow



Michael Yan, PharmD
Rutgers University
Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy
2013-2014 Fellow



Richard Lee, PharmD
Temple University
School of Pharmacy
2012-2014 Regulatory Affairs Fellow

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