This two-year Fellowship Program in collaboration at Northeastern University and bluebird bio is designed to offer Doctor of Pharmacy graduates an in-depth experience in a biopharmaceutical industry setting.
At bluebird bio, we’re pioneering the uniquely promising world of gene therapy with a deep sense of purpose – with the goal that people will live their lives fully. To do it, we’re developing investigational gene therapies for severe genetic disease and cancer, while working to radically improve healthcare systems. Our ambition is to recode science, systems and the status quo – for life.
We are 1000+ employees with 4 locations across the US & Europe working towards 4 potential product approvals by 2022 and advancing a pipeline to tackle a range of severe diseases.
We pride ourselves on having a unique and caring culture that drives our success. A diverse flock of individual birds, we share common DNA that helps us build meaningful relationships with industry, patient & advocacy groups and the healthcare community.
Global Medical Affairs
Focus – Medical Information and Training
The 2-year fellowship in Medical Affairs, with a focus in Medical Information and Training, offers a great opportunity for PharmDs to gain experience in a biopharmaceutical company and continue to develop their clinical and scientific knowledge by being a part of the Medical Affairs Team. During the program, fellows will work collaboratively and cross-functionally within the Global Medical Affairs team – the first year will be spent in Global Medical Information and training and the second year will include rotations of up to 6 months in at least 2 different functional areas within Medical Affairs (Real World Evidence, Patient Advocacy, Scientific Communications, and/or Medical Director’s Office) to allow the fellow to gain a well-rounded experience in Medical Affairs.
Roles and Responsibilities
Develop timely, accurate, and scientifically balanced standard and non-standard responses to unsolicited Medical Information (MI) inquiries from healthcare providers and patients/caregivers
Liaise with internal stakeholders to develop custom responses to medical inquiries
Support management of MI projects and MI Contact Center vendor
Participate in developing protocols, procedures, and infrastructure that are needed to form the right MI department for bluebird bio
Using clinical expertise, compile data, feedback, and metrics on MI activities to support medical insight generation
Support Medical Affairs by staffing informational booth at relevant scientific congresses
Work closely with internal stakeholders to develop internal Medical Training curricula and materials
Participate and contribute in other functional areas within Medical Affairs as part of rotational experience
Northeastern University Pharmaceutical Industry Fellowships
The Northeastern University Pharmaceutical Industry Fellowship Program provides a dynamic academic environment offering fellows the opportunity for a wide breadth of experiences:
Develop teaching skills through participation in our Teaching and Learning Seminar series
Facilitate small and large group didactic education in partnership with a faculty mentor
Utilize a layered learning model in experiential education by co-precepting students on pharmacy practice experiences including Northeastern’s unique co-op program
Create, present, and publish scholarly research through collaborative industry and university relationships
Engage with faculty who participate in various interdisciplinary graduate programs including biotechnology, nanomedicine, immunology, health informatics, and drug discovery
Network with area residents and other Northeastern fellows via professional development programs, teaching seminars, and participation on fellowship committees
Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an ACPE accredited institution, eligible for licensure as a pharmacist in the State of Massachusetts. Excellent oral and written communication, time management, and leadership skills, ability to work independently and take initiative on a variety of projects at the industry site and Northeastern.
Please note that applications will only be accepted via Northeastern University's website.
Applicants should submit the following APPLICATION MATERIALS by the priority deadline of December 1, 2019:
Curriculum vitae (CV), uploaded
Unofficial college transcripts, uploaded
Cover letter, uploaded
Three formal letters of recommendation (LORs) sent directly from the letter writer to PharmDFellowships@northeastern.edu by December 13, 2019. LOR writers should include the candidate’s name and fellowship program(s) in the subject line (e.g. Smith, John – Alnylam).
Address cover letter and three LORs to:
Andrew Orr-Skirvin, PharmD, BCOP
Associate Clinical Professor, School of Pharmacy
Chair, Department of Pharmacy & Health System Sciences
Director of Pharmaceutical Industry Fellowship Program
360 Huntington Ave
140 The Fenway, R218
Boston, MA 02115
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
About Northeastern University Pharmaceutical Industry Fellowships
The NORTHEASTERN FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM provides fellows with dynamic biopharmaceutical industry experiences with the benefits of an academic environment. Over two-years, fellows work at one of the partner companies located in the greater Boston and Cambridge, MA areas and at Northeastern University’s School of Pharmacy.
WHAT YOU WILL EXPERIENCE: Comprehensive understanding of drug development and commercialization. Robust program personalization to advance the fellow’s career goals. Large and small group teaching; scholarly research with opportunities to publish. Opportunity to pursue graduate degrees in business, public health, regulatory affairs, and others. Network with leaders, entrepreneurs, and drug developers in the biotech capital of the world.
PARTNER COMPANIES & POSITIONS: Alkermes, Alnylam, Bluebird Bio, Blueprint Medicines, Flexion, Ipsen, GSK, Tetraphase, Vertex, Verastem Oncology.
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