Meet the Managed Market Fellows
Christopher J Drozd, PharmD 2016
Christopher Drozd graduated in the spring of 2016 with his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy (PCP). Chris has extensive experience in retail pharmacy having worked at CVS for six years along with an independent pharmacy for two. While in the PharmD program at PCP he began taking courses toward his Masters in Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Business at Mayes College of Graduate Studies. From his first class in the MBA program he knew the pharmaceutical industry was his destination. Chris’s desire to understand the nature of business partnerships within the healthcare landscape lead him to pursue a fellowship in managed markets.
“This partnership between USciences and Genentech creates a fellowship unlike any other. Split into two segments, the Managed Markets Fellow spends one year as USciences faculty. As faculty the fellow gets the opportunity to pursue a teaching certificate and graduate-level education all while rotating between a variety of companies in the managed care landscape. Among these companies are PerformRX, The Boston Healthcare Group, and Decision Resources Group, pACE and IMS Health. Transitioning into the second year means getting 18 months of on-site experience at one of the world’s leading biotech companies, Genentech. I am incredibly grateful to start my career off where my college education began, and have the opportunity to give back to this wonderful community.”
Radha Y. Shah, PharmD 2015
Radha Shah graduated from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy with her Doctor of Pharmacy and Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Studies. Throughout the past several years, Radha has fashioned a unique background by interning with CVS Pharmacy, Clara Maass Medical Center, and GlaxoSmithKline. Radha’s interest in managed care began through her heavy involvement in Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) for which she held the position of Chapter President. Shortly after, Radha participated in a five-week clerkship experience at McCann Torre-Lazur. This expanded her knowledge of healthcare business and set the foundation for her Managed Markets Fellowship. Away from work, Radha enjoys camping, cooking, scrapbooking, and international traveling.
“The Managed Markets Fellowship is a distinctively designed program that offers a unique combination of internal and external experiences to prepare fellows of various backgrounds for commercializing pharmaceuticals. Within the University, fellows are given opportunities to lecture in courses, conduct & present research at national conventions, collaborate with professors to publish scholarly activities, and pursue further education. Away from the University, fellows rotate through a wide range of organizations where they become well versed in the field of managed care and are given a plethora of opportunities to deliver materials to clients, network, and explore new roles. Moreover, throughout the entire fellowship program, a wonderful group of versatile professionals are generously available as mentors to support, encourage, and foster fellows as they transition into Genentech, a revolutionary leader in biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry. I am very honored to be a part of this program and excited for what lies ahead.”
Thomas Keyack, PharmD 2014
Thomas Keyack graduated from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy with his Pharm D and Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Studies. Tom has several years of experience in hospital pharmacy practice but fortified his interest in managed care and managed markets during experiential rotations in both specialty pharmacy and the pharmaceutical industry. Tom’s background in patient care is a strong inspiration for his interest in understanding how understanding Managed Markets can ultimately make a difference from a healthcare and patient perspective.
“As the healthcare landscape dramatically changes, pharmacists are granted unique and rewarding opportunities to relay their expertise in facilitating the growth of products and how they are delivered to patients. This fellowship program is versatile in its offerings. Collaborative work during off-site rotations, experiences in academia, and opportunities to complete independent research creates a chance to learn skills necessary for preparing the fellow to make a transition to the on-site experience at Genentech, a leader in biotech innovation. Furthermore, this enriching and home-grown program is conducive for helping USciences graduates launch a successful career.”
Bijal N. Patel, PharmD 2013
Bijal Patel graduated in the spring of 2013 with her Doctor of Pharmacy from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, along with a minor in Pharmaceutical Business. Through the past several years, Bijal has developed a diverse background in pharmacy practice, which includes pharmaceutical industry, healthcare litigation, and government-based public health enhancement. These unique opportunities have developed Bijal’s interest and application of knowledge in managed markets. When giving back to her community, Bijal enjoys volunteering for Easter Seals to help individuals with disabilities and special needs.
“I am extremely fortunate to be a part of this unique fellowship program that provides exposure to academia and various healthcare settings focusing on managed markets, while also preparing me for the transition to Genentech, a key leader in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry. The individuals that I am privileged to interact with at both Mayes College and Genentech persistently encourage me to learn and experience more, which only enhances my drive to be a life-long learner. The knowledge foundation, collaborative practice and leadership I will gain from this fellowship will create a rewarding journey that will lead to further growth as a professional within the pharmaceutical industry.”
Yelena Yankovskaya, PharmD 2012
Yelena Yankovskaya is a proud member of the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy class of 2012 and a Master of Business Administration candidate at the Mayes College of Healthcare Business and Policy. Yelena’s diverse experiences in pharmacy practice coupled with an intense interest in pharmaceutical and healthcare business set the stage for the managed markets fellowship. When time permits, Yelena enjoys working on her used AP/SAT/ACT prep book drive to help high school students in underserved communities prepare for college entrance exams.
“This fellowship is a tremendous opportunity to figure out your strengths and interests and then cultivate them through experiential rotations, one-one-one sessions, and occasional teaching. There is a great deal of resources available right here at USciences and everyone is more than happy to contribute to your learning experience. As a pharmacist by training, I crave continuous interaction with people, and this has been by far my favorite part of the fellowship. On a daily basis I get to build new relationships at USciences, Genentech, and across the industry. What could be more rewarding than being excited to come to work because your colleagues and students feel like an extended family?”
Jordan Taormina, MBA 2011
Jordan Taormina received a Bachelor of Sciences in Biology and an MBA in Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Business from USciences. Mr. Taormina has prior experience as a chemist in addition to-business-to-business sales, inside pharmaceutical sales, and a variety of other related employment. These experiences coupled with numerous presentations to pharmaceutical executives and other industry representatives have contributed to Jordan’s well-rounded education.
“The Managed Markets Fellowship is such an amazing opportunity to get a head start in the pharmaceutical world. I’m so thrilled to be part of such a progressive program that really prepares you for success. USciences has gone above and beyond in its efforts to educate and refine our skills. To have this experience coupled with the affiliation with Genentech, the gold standard of the biologics industry, is like a dream come true. Our colleagues both at USciences and Genentech are so welcoming and helpful that the transition from educational to professional life has been seamless.”
Aditi Shukla, PharmD 2011
Aditi Shukla graduated with her PharmD from USciences in the Spring of 2011. She brings with her experience gained from multiple professional organizations having held leadership positions in the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP), Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association (PPA) and Phi Lambda Sigma (PLS). A clerkship experience in the pharmaceutical industry developed her already strong interest in the industry and managed markets. Prior to joining the team at the Mayes College, Dr. Shukla was an in-patient intern at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.
“Being a part of the University and Genentech’s Commercial Rotation Development Program is really a tremendous opportunity. It has only been a few months, but I have learned a great deal about the industry and managed markets. The teaching component has been a very valuable experience and I look forward to external rotations that will enhance my understanding of the managed marketplace. The cherry on top is the group of experienced and enthusiastic professionals I get to work with at both USciences and Genentech. This program truly fosters leadership and professionalism.”
Nima S. Vyas, MBA 2010
Nima Vyas is the first Managed Markets Fellow for the Mayes College of Healthcare Business & Policy. During the first year of the fellowship she gained valuable experience during her rotations with Independence Blue Cross, HealthCore, Boston Healthcare Consulting, and Drug Information Association (DIA). She is currently in year two of the program at Genentech in South San Francisco where she is working within the Access Solutions division in Operations Management. Ms. Vyas comes from a dynamic healthcare background where she has been employed at companies such as Walgreens, Keystone Mercy Health Plan, and IMS Health where she worked within the Managed Care Data Management group for 3 years. She holds both a Bachelor of Science in Health Science and an MBA in Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Business from USciences.
“The Managed Markets Fellowship is a truly unique learning experience. The offsite rotations allowed me the flexibility to explore various perspectives within the pharmaceutical industry in a short amount of time. The independent research projects and teaching experiences also helped broaden my knowledge base in specific areas and improve upon important skill sets. The partnership between USciences and Genentech has created an opportunity of a lifetime for students to learn the business of science from the pioneer of the Biotech industry. Now that I have transitioned to Genentech into the second year of the rotational program, I can say with confidence that the Year 1 at USciences has prepared me well for this incredible journey.”
Robert Mueller, EdD
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