Sunovion, in collaboration with MCPHS University, offers a unique fellowship program to promote the role of the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) within the biopharmaceutical industry. A fellow gains extensive experiences through various practical activities in both industry and academic settings, which will enhance the potential for accelerated career development.
This fellowship program is designed to offer Doctor of Pharmacy graduates in-depth experience within a biopharmaceutical industry setting. In addition, PharmD graduates will have the opportunity to enhance their clinical and academic background in conjunction with the MCPHS University. Overall, this fellowship program will provide the training and experiences necessary to prepare the fellow for a career in the competitive pharmaceutical industry.
Medical Information/Medical Affairs (MI/MA)
The goal of this program is to provide advanced training to pharmacists who wish to become future leaders in the pharmaceutical industry.
The fellow will be a core contributing member of the CNS and/or Respiratory teams within the Medical Information and Medical Affairs departments. During the course of the fellowship, he or she will develop functional expertise by supporting multiple cross-functional teams and assume increasing responsibility for independent projects as the fellowship proceeds. During the first year, the fellow will become proficient in activities related to the Medical Information department. These include creating and updating global standard response letters (SRL), slide presentations, and AMCP dossiers; responding to medical inquiries from healthcare professionals by conducting literature analyses and developing customized medical responses; and providing medical information support at scientific meetings. During the second year, the fellow will develop expertise and contribute to various medical affairs projects, including analyses of clinical data, poster/publication development, and medical affairs strategic planning for mature and launch products. There will also be an opportunity to rotate through different functions to learn first-hand about their scope and responsibilities. These include Field Medical Science, Scientific Communications, and others, depending on the interest of the Fellow and the needs of the organization.
Inherent within the pharmaceutical industry, all these activities involve close collaboration with internal business partners from different departments as described below. This will provide the fellow not only with expertise related to Medical Information and Medical Affairs, but also working knowledge of many different roles within the industry.
Objectives for the Fellow
Acquire knowledge and experience in the provision of Medical Information services and development and execution of Medical Affairs strategies.
Enhance written communication skills through activities such as preparation of written clinical responses to medical information requests, literature summaries, and training materials. Strengthen oral communication skills through scientific exchange with internal and external colleagues via sales training presentations, presentations to senior management, and delivering a fellowship project presentation at regional and/or national professional meetings.
Become proficient in working within complex, matrixed team environments by engaging with different departments including Sales and Marketing, Regulatory Affairs, Pharmacovigilance, Health Economics and Outcomes Research, and Field Medical Science.
Develop research skills through analysis of published literature to create medical documents (standard response letters and dossier), contributing to interpretation of clinical study data, and through the development, completion, and presentation of a fellowship research project.
Develop professional responsibility and leadership skills through department initiatives and participation in professional organizations.
To be considered for an interview at Midyear, please register for both ASHP Midyear and PPS and then complete a fellowship application on the MCPHS Fluid Review application portal. Visit https://mcphs.fluidreview.com/
Please DO NOT request an interview within PPS. Our recruitment teams will contact qualified candidates via PPS to schedule interviews.
Before ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting
Applicants must upload the following application materials to the online portal due by December 2, 2019:
Letter of intent
Unofficial college transcript
Contact information of three references
Incomplete applications WILL NOT be reviewed. ASHP Clinical Midyear Meeting interviews CANNOT be scheduled until these materials have been submitted. Please keep in mind that this is a competitive process and applicants are encouraged to complete their applications as soon as possible.
After ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting
Recommendations must be submitted by the three provided contacts no later than December 16,2019
Top candidates will be invited for onsite interviews at the sponsoring company’s location. Final candidates will be required to go through additional screening / on-boarding as required by MCPHS University.
The MCPHS Biopharmaceutical Industry fellows will be selected on a nationally competitive basis, with interviews at the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists (ASHP) Midyear meeting.
Applicants must have a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an ACPE accredited college of pharmacy at the commencement of the program.
Candidates must have strong written and verbal communication skills and a strong interest in pursuing a career within the biopharmaceutical industry.
All candidates must have authorization to work in the United States throughout the duration of the one or two-year fellowship. No visa sponsorship will be provided.
About MCPHS University/Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Sunovion is a global biopharmaceutical company focused on the innovative application of science and medicine to help people with serious medical conditions. Sunovion's vision is to lead the way to a healthier world. The Company's spirit of innovation is driven by the conviction that scientific excellence paired with meaningful advocacy and relevant education can improve lives. Sunovion's drug development program, together with its corporate development and licensing efforts, has yielded pharmaceutical products to support people with psychiatric, neurological, and respiratory conditions.