The IPhO Podcast
Episode 17 - New Year, Same Us

Episode 17 - New Year, Same Us

January 11, 2022
We are kicking off the new year with a special podcast episode. Hosts Sergio, Alex, and Aleksey are joined by Anum Saqib, a current pharmacy student who has been a critical member of the podcast team working "behind the scenes" since the start.

The team reflects on their favorite episodes and what they enjoy most about hosting the podcast. Plus, they have a candid discussion about how the pandemic has changed the way they (and their colleagues) work and live.

Ultimately, this episode was created to thank you. Our listeners have been incredibly supportive since the very first episode, and we can't wait to release new content this year. We wish you a new year filled with good health, happiness, and personal and professional growth. We are thrilled to be just a small part of your career journey.

 
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Episode 16 - Taking the Scenic Route with Ornesha Watson, PharmD

Episode 16 - Taking the Scenic Route with Ornesha Watson, PharmD

December 9, 2021

"Ten years later, I decided to go to pharmacy school," Ornesha laughs as she opens her interview with Sergio and Alex. She jokes that she took the "scenic route," but her impressive accomplishments while on that route led her to where she is today.

An honest and insightful episode, Ornesha covers everything from her (indirect) path to her fellowship, raising a young child while completing her fellowship, how important company commitment to diversity was in her evaluation, and so much more.

For those who didn't secure a fellowship right out of pharmacy school, Ornesha's story will shine a bright light on how to continue developing your skills to be a prime industry candidate.

 

Episode 15 - Getting Back in the Race with Austin Murphy, PharmD

Episode 15 - Getting Back in the Race with Austin Murphy, PharmD

December 2, 2021
Sure, it would be nice to secure a fellowship early in the recruitment season. And we understand why! It can be a stressful time. And even more stressful is reading other students' fellowship acceptance posts on LinkedIn and still waiting for your offer to come through.

But if you don't secure your fellowship during the traditional recruitment cycle, remember that it isn't game over!

On this episode, Aleksey is joined by Austin Murphy, PharmD. Austin is a first-year Global Safety Strategy & Risk Management Fellow at Janssen. Austin tells his story of how he initially went through the process without any offers, but still managed to get a fellowship in the end. It’s always a good idea to be prepared for every situation, and this episode will help you do just that.

 
University of the Sciences
Episode 14 - Advice from a Champion

Episode 14 - Advice from a Champion

November 24, 2021

On this episode, Sergio and Alex are joined by Iram Hasan, who currently heads up the UCB Fellowship Program while also working in Regulatory Affairs. For Iram, a fellowship was nowhere on her radar when she was graduating pharmacy school. She stumbled upon her fellowship program and spent time evaluating industry against residency.

Ultimately, though, she made a choice that changed the entire trajectory of her career. Iram shares her advice about applying to multiple functional areas, the most important traits to highlight in an interview, the unique way the UCB Fellowship Program recruits, the "intangibles" recruiters look for in candidates, and more.

AbbVie
https://www.industrypharmacist.org/resources/515a14a2320d5aa5ac12c89252ae51f6.pdf

Lilly
https://www.industrypharmacist.org/resources/6553db877502dc8c0f995c58309c1f42.pdf

Pfizer
https://www.mcphs.edu/academics/postgraduate-opportunities/biopharmaceutical-fellowships/pfizer-fellowships
https://cppr.pharmacy.uic.edu/fellowships/
https://pharmacy.ucsd.edu/research/uc-san-diego-pfizer-post-doctoral-research-fellowship-clinical-pharmacology-oncology
https://pharmafellows.rutgers.edu/partner-companies/
https://www.industrypharmacist.org/resources/a6a585162b1b2a4048b40e1b39092cfd.pdf

Northeastern
https://bouve.northeastern.edu/pharmacy/fellowships/

Episode 13 - Competing as a First-Time Runner with Elizabeth Wilks, PharmD, RPh

Episode 13 - Competing as a First-Time Runner with Elizabeth Wilks, PharmD, RPh

November 15, 2021
Worried about applying to fellowships with no prior industry experience? Don't be! Many fellowship candidates are in the same situation. And many secure positions by highlighting other transferable and relevant skills.

On this episode, Aleksey is joined by Liz Wilks, PharmD, RPh, a First-Year Pfizer/Rutgers University Post-Doctoral Fellow working in Global Medical Affairs. Liz talks about her experiences applying for fellowships without having any prior direct experience in the pharmaceutical industry, and provides advice on how to best navigate the process by utilizing other life experiences.
 
RevHealth:
 
 
Episode 12 - Setting Your Strategy with Veronica Nguyen, PharmD

Episode 12 - Setting Your Strategy with Veronica Nguyen, PharmD

November 5, 2021

"Coincidence or Serendipity?" Next up in our Midyear Marathon series, Veronica joins us to share her career journey and how a sequence of serendipitous events led her to pursue fellowship training. Inspired by her brother's love for research and with her strong belief in the scientific method, Veronica has always had a logical and calculated approach to life, until chance and destiny stepped in to take care of the rest.

Listen in as Veronica shares her candid philosophies on navigating Midyear and her fellowship experiences. Her guiding principles? Have positive influences, come over-prepared, stay true to your values, and trust your instincts. Plus, hear how she is navigating fellowship interviews on the other side and her advice for students going through the recruitment process.

The brochures mentioned in the episode can be found HERE.

Episode 11 - Jessie Kim and Richard Cale

Episode 11 - Jessie Kim and Richard Cale

October 8, 2021

In what feels like a universe full of fellowship positions, it can feel daunting to know how to narrow down options and select "the one."

Should you choose a program affiliated with a university? One with a partner organization like IPhO? A one-year position or a two-year position? There are many factors to consider when determining which program is the best fit for you.

On episode 11, Aleksey is joined by Jessie Kim, PharmD, MS, first-year Global Regulatory Affairs Fellow at UCB; and Richard Cale, PharmD, first-year Marketing Fellow at Becton Dickinson (BD). Aleksey, Jessie, and Richard chose fellowship positions affiliated with IPhO, and they share their thoughts on how and why they made the choices that they did when applying for fellowships.

Episode 10 - Jim Alexander Returns

Episode 10 - Jim Alexander Returns

September 12, 2021

Jim joins us for the second time on the IPhO podcast—and the timing couldn't be better. Listen in as he shares information about the important resources on the IPhO website that will help fellowship candidates and employers navigate the ever-changing fall recruitment period. Students get advice on how best to prepare for their interviews and what to do to stay organized and confident. Plus, he shares valuable tips for those conducting interviews. The key? Resist the urge to find a clone of yourself, as tempting as it might be.

Episode 9 - Preston Skersick, PharmD, US Medical Affairs Fellow at GSK/UNC

Episode 9 - Preston Skersick, PharmD, US Medical Affairs Fellow at GSK/UNC

August 26, 2021

Going through the fellowship interview process at Midyear poses many challenges: keeping track of timelines, preparing for interviews, staying calm under pressure, feeling confident in your responses and decisions - the list goes on and on.

Thankfully, IPhO Podcast episode 9 offers some important guidance to help you prepare. On this episode, Aleksey is joined by Preston Skersick, a current US Medical Affairs Fellow at GSK/UNC. They both share tips and tricks that helped them navigate the fellowship interview process and land the positions they really wanted.

Episode 8 - Rolee Das, PharmD - Senior Director, WW Medical Lead, Women’s Cancers and GBM at BMS

Episode 8 - Rolee Das, PharmD - Senior Director, WW Medical Lead, Women’s Cancers and GBM at BMS

August 11, 2021

For episode eight, we are joined by Rolee Das, PharmD, who has built a successful career at Bristol Myers Squibb. Rolee dives deep into her career journey, which she says took many unexpected twists and turns.

From clinical, to academia as a professor at Rutgers, to industry—she has worn many hats and shares her thoughts on each one. What advice does she have for pharmacists being told that working in industry is "selling out?" What does she enjoy most about her work? And what traits separated her top students from the rest (hint: it's not the grades)? Get answers to these questions (and so much more) in episode eight!

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