Fellowship Description: Horizon Pharma in partnership with the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Sciences, School of Pharmacy is offering a one-year post-doctoral 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. Fellows will also participate in the Rosalind Franklin University Teaching Certificate Program and provide classroom education to students in the PharmD curriculum.
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 Pharma:
Gain an in depth knowledge of Horizon’s products as well as a thorough understanding of the clinical environment and the medical milieu in which Horizon’s products are used.
Develop the necessary skills to serve as an information liaison with external clinicians and other Horizon colleagues and maintain current and accurate reference materials for Medical Affairs staff. These references include but are not limited to:
Standard Response Letters (SRL) Database
Reference or content management system(s) for access to Package Inserts (PI), journal articles etc.
Gain exposure 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 on how to conduct interpretive literature searches and become adept to locating resources to address specific questions on Horizon’s products
Learn how to interpret published literature, regulations and guidelines and develop weekly newsletters that will be circulated to all Medical Affairs personnel
Global Clinical Science/Medical Affairs Operations:
Global Clinical Science
Understand the medical strategies and initiatives that support external Healthcare Professionals
Observe the role of field based Medical Directors through in-field shadowing opportunities
Meet Local/Regional/National Thought Leaders in Rheumatology, Nephrology, Medical Genetics, Immunology, Pediatrics
Medical Affairs Operations
Contribute to the development of materials, resources, tools used by the Global Clinical Science Organization
Assist with the ongoing development of Medical Affairs standard operating procedures, procedures and processes
Understand and participate in the evolution of our Customer Relationship Management (CRM) tool MEDVIEW
Support the Director and Senior Director of Operations with the management of Major Medical Congresses across various therapeutic areas
Gain understanding of medical review of advertising and promotional materials, both branded and unbranded scientific and educational materials. Will be responsible for medically reviewing and recommending changes of promotional materials with a minimum of three (3) reviews dependent on content length
Support medical communication activities including publication planning. Will be responsible for reviewing clinical data and recommending creation of abstracts, conference materials or publications (number and content to be determined). Will complete the specific task of developing a template abstract and poster for a scientific meeting
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 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
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. The College of Pharmacy has now matriculated three classes of pharmacy students.