Pharmaceutical Healthcare Business Students Learn About Career Options at Annual Retreat

By Jenna Pizzi

Published on September 24, 2019

Students gather at a retreat for Pharmaceutical Healthcare Business studentsIncoming USciences students in the Pharmaceutical Healthcare Business (PHB) undergraduate program kicked off the fall semester with an annual retreat where they bonded with one another, got to know faculty better, and heard from program alumni about the transition into their careers. 

“The annual incoming PHB Student Retreat is a unique, peer-bonding and community-building opportunity to integrate students quickly and seamlessly into the program, by getting to know their peers, upper class mentors, Dean, faculty and alumni,” said Rich Minoff, MBA, the PHB program director and associate professor of pharmaceutical healthcare business at Philadelphia College of Pharmacy.

Twenty two students participated in the weekend of activities which included an alumni panel,   Q&A session with professors, team-building activities and a chance to win the Mayes Cup which featured a series of fun games and business-related competitions. 

“The highlight of the weekend was our inspirational alumni who returned to share their insights on how to get the most out of the PHB program, talk about their interesting professional journeys, and provide guidance on the wide-range of career options available to program graduates, “ Minoff said.

Alumni who spoke to students during the event included: Drew Campbell PHB’19, account coordinator at Med Ergy-MedEd; Austin Staiano PHB’19, consultant at IQVIA; Mikayla Measey PHB’18, consultant at Decision Resource Group; Taylor Lichtenhahn PHB’18, market research analyst at IQVIA; Paul Vento PHB’17, sales representative at Flexion Therapeutics; and Kazim Ali PHB’16, managed markets financial analyst at Novartis.

Tom Gregorits PHB’20 and Sam Spurrier PHB ‘20, were this years’ student co-coordinators of the event who worked with the PHB department to ensure a great retreat. Gregorits shared a look inside the weekend on the USciences Instagram page with a student takeover during the event. Gregorits shared that he chose to study PHB because he will have a competitive advantage as he hunts for a job this year as he prepares for graduation. 

“I can showcase my ability and my knowledge to a variety of different companies including medical communications companies ad agencies or even big pharma,” said Gregorits. “The class sizes are very small. This enables students to have a real personal relationship with their professors.”

Gregorits said having professors who have decades of industry knowledge and experience, he has access to a great resource when thinking about their careers. He said this experience was a great opportunity to prepare incoming students for the PHB curriculum and eventually their careers.

“We are fortunate to have such dedicated students, faculty, and alumni to make this event possible,” said Patricia Audet, chair of the department of Pharmaceutical Healthcare Business.
“The event has been supported by the generosity of our benefactors, Kate and Jim Mayes, and we are grateful for their support.”

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