Fellowship Description: Horizon Therapeutics, in partnership with the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science,College of Pharmacy is offering a one-year postdoctoral fellowship in medical affairs. The fellow will play an active role in the art of communicating with healthcare practitioners and consumers, as well as learn how to respond to unsolicited scientific inquiries. The fellow will also learn how to create and develop standard response documents and other communication materials, as well as play an active role in the management of the medical information contact center. Furthermore, the fellow will participate in external advisory boards, publication planning and data analysis, medical education, and clinical trial data analysis.
Objective: The Medical Affairs Fellowship is a one-year program, which will ensure that the candidate gains the experience and understanding of the various functions of a medical affairs department within the pharmaceutical industry.
The Fellowship Program will focus on the following functional areas at Horizon: Medical Information:
Gain in-depth knowledge of Horizon’s medicines, as well as a thorough understanding of the clinical and medical environments in which Horizon’s products are used
Develop the necessary skills to serve as an information liaison with external clinicians and other Horizon colleagues.
Maintain current and accurate reference materials for medical affairs staff
Gain exposure to, and provide assistance in, managing Call Center vendor activities
Learn how to develop and update standard and individual response letters as needed and ensure the response to inquiries is provided in an accurate, balanced, and timely manner in accordance with all Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and regulatory guidelines
Gain an understanding of how to conduct interpretive literature searches and become adept at locating resources to address specific questions on Horizon’s medicines
Oversee the weekly departmental newsletter
Regional Medical Director and Medical Affairs Operations: Regional Medical Director
Understand the medical strategies and initiatives that support interactions with external
Complete scientific training pertinent for a field-based medical role with a designated mentor
Shadow a field-based regional medical director to meet Local/Regional/National key opinion leaders (KOL) and healthcare professionals
Participate in cross-functional meetings relevant to the therapeutic area Medical Affairs Operations
Gain experience in providing operational support for medical affairs activities across multiple functions, such as development of new processes, technology support, advisory board support, and training/content development
Support the Director and Senior Director of Operations with the planning and operational support of a major medical congress
Publication Planning/ Promotional Review
Gain understanding of the advertising and promotion guidances and review created content critically for clinical and scientific accuracy.
Learn to assess the strengths and weaknesses of supporting references, including appropriate publications to use in different situations.
Be responsible for the identification of data gaps within an assigned therapeutic area and ultimately develop an abstract and poster for presentation at a medical conference to address the gaps
Medical Education and External Research:
Learn how Investigator Initiated Research/Trials (IIRs/IITs) enhance medical and scientific knowledge of Horizon’s medicines and related therapeutic areas.
Gain exposure to externally developed proposals and study protocols, attend review meetings for IIR/IIT submissions and earn to assess the potential impact of active IIR/IITs during study conduct
The fellowship program will also focus on having the fellow acquire teaching skills specifically focusing on teaching Drug Information (DI) in an institutional setting (duration TBD). This will include:
Developing effective teaching skills via application of pedagogical theory. The fellow will participate in the College’s Teaching Certificate Program.
Developing methods utilized to educate and evaluate students as well as most effective teaching/learning strategies
Building a lecture on an assigned DI topic to be presented to student pharmacists
Facilitate a recitation exercise using small/large group teaching methodologies
Assess student’s drug information knowledge and skills using grading rubrics, exams, questions, etc.
Apply skills obtained in the program to educate students on their Introductory and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences
Qualifications and Required Skills:
Completion of a Doctor of Pharmacy degree (Pharm. D) at an ACPE accredited institution prior to fellowship commencement
Completion of a Drug Information rotation highly desirable
Experience in a Drug Information and/or Medical Information setting preferred
• Curriculum vitae (CV) • Letter of intent • Unofficial transcript from graduate school
About Horizon Therapeutics
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, a national leader in interprofessional medical, and healthcare education, is situated on an attractive 85-acre campus in North Chicago, Illinois, approximately 35 miles north of Chicago. Rosalind Franklin University is presently composed of five Schools: the Chicago Medical School, College of Health Professions, Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine, the College of Pharmacy and the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.