Alexion, in collaboration with MCPHS, 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 could enhance the potential for accelerated career development.
US Medical Affairs (USMA) is a rotational program with 6-month rotations in US Medical Excellence, US Medical Director, and US Medical Science Liaison positions. The schedule for core rotations will be individualized, to align the fellow with major developments within Alexion. The program also allows for a final 6-month elective rotation in any area the fellow desires.
US Medical Excellence:
Develop and update scientific field materials under guidance of the medical communications leads
Participate in the planning and execution of USMA activities at national medical congresses
Identify, develop, and execute trainings needed across USMA to increase scientific knowledge and skill development
Work on special projects as needed which further USMA and medical excellence strategic imperatives
US Medical Director:
Participate in cross-functional projects to create internal and external deliverables
Support Medical Directors within a therapeutic area on tactical implementation of key program initiatives
Contribute to the medical and regulatory review process of field medical and external resources
Develop leadership skills and fundamental knowledge in the area of strategic planning within the Medical Affairs organization
US Medical Science Liaison:
Participate in Medical Science Liaison (MSL) onboarding and certification
Provide support to national medical congresses and provide medical support via abstract coverage, booth staffing and Key Opinion Leader (KOL) engagement
Actively participate with MSLs in their field engagements
To be considered for an interview, please complete a fellowship application on the MCPHS SMApply application portal. Visit https://mcphs.smapply.io/
Please DO NOT request an interview within PPS. Our recruitment teams will contact qualified candidates via email to schedule interviews.
The MCPHS application portal will open up on October 2, 2023. Applicants must upload the following application materials to the online portal by November 17, 2023:
Letter of intent
Unofficial college transcript
Contact information for three references. References will receive an electronic recommendation form to complete separately.
Incomplete applications WILL NOT be reviewed. 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.
Three recommendation evaluation forms must be submitted no later than November 27, 2023, via the online portal. This is NOT a letter of recommendation but an online form that the reference will need to complete.
Rolling Application Review & Interviews
All submitted applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Interviews will also be offered on a rolling basis and opportunities are limited. Priority will be given to those applicants who apply early, well in advance of the deadline.
Rolling interviews will begin mid-October with pre-screens and a mixture of interview rounds, and will conclude in December at the end of the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting. Candidates will be notified if selected for an interview.
ASHP Midyear & Onsite Interviews
The fellowship program will be conducting in-person interviews at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting in Anaheim, CA. Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend. Candidates attending in-person will not be able to interview without registering for both ASHP and PPS. Please refer to the ASHP & PPS website for registration details.
Top candidates may be invited for interviews at the sponsoring company’s location pending COVID – 19 restrictions.
Recognizing that the choice of a Post-Doctoral Industry Fellowship is an important decision, MCPHS in conjunction with the Academic Industry Fellowship Alliance (AIFA), has agreed to extend offers for Fellowships no earlier than December 13, 2023.
Final candidates will be required to go through additional screening / onboarding as required by MCPHS.
The MCPHS Biopharmaceutical Industry fellows will be selected on a nationally competitive basis. 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 (i.e., TN, H-1B, STEM OPT, etc.).
Alexion, AstraZeneca’s Rare Disease group, was created following the 2021 acquisition of Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. For more than 30 years, Alexion’s mission has been to transform the lives of people affected by rare diseases through the development and delivery of innovative medicines as well as supportive technologies and healthcare services. Dedicated to continuing its mission as part of AstraZeneca, Alexion leads with the knowledge that patients and caregivers are people first, and by seeking to understand their experiences, Alexion is better able to serve their unique needs.
Alexion’s pioneering legacy in rare diseases is rooted in being the first to translate the complex biology of the complement system into novel medicines. Alexion continues to push the boundaries of science to accelerate the discovery and development of new life-changing medicines for even more people affected by rare diseases. Headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, Alexion has offices around the globe and continues to expand its reach to benefit the lives of more rare disease patients around the world.
MCPHS provides an academic environment to guide and support fellows toward a successful career ...in the biopharmaceutical industry. As a private institution with a history of specializing in health sciences, MCPHS offers programs that embody scholarship, professional service, and community outreach.
Through MCPHS, the fellow will have the opportunity to gain teaching and research experience in an academic setting. MCPHS faculty and company program leaders mentor fellows according to their scholarly and professional interests throughout the two-year program.
As an adjunct instructor at MCPHS, the fellow may have the opportunity to: develop, coordinate, and teach courses; co-precept pharmacy students on advanced experiential rotations; create and publish scholarly research and/or review articles; present research at scientific and clinical meetings; participate in professional development seminars with other fellows and residents from MCPHS-affiliated programs.