Category: Professional Posters
Purpose: This purpose of this study was to help student pharmacists evaluate the benefits when evaluating various post graduate training options. Currently, there is minimal measurable data available that describes the impact a pharmaceutical industry fellowship program has on the progression of a pharmacist’s career path in the industry. Therefore, we are looking to assess what the value is of completing a fellowship program through a electronic survey.
Methods: Upon approval from the University IRB committee, a anonymous electronic survey was sent using the Qualtrics platform to alumni of the fellowship program.
The 32 question survey asked participants to provide information regarding the following areas:
• Demographic data and sponsor company information
• Functional area during and after fellowship
• Success in obtaining a job offer from sponsor company
• Starting salary after completing the fellowship and current salary
• Level of personal satisfaction with first job obtained after fellowship completion
• Number of years of work experience required for starting and current positions
• Level of satisfaction with other experiences throughout the program such as scholarship, teaching, and networking opportunities
Results: The survey was sent to approximately 100 alumni that completed the MCPHS biopharmaceutical industry fellowship program. Currently, there are 33 respondents that have completed the survey, and remains open for additional respondents. Preliminary results indicate that 28 alumni came into the fellowship program with prior industry experience, either through APPE rotations or internships. Upon completion of the fellowship program, 24 (75%) received an offer from their sponsor company, and 22 of 24 respondents accepted the offer. When asked about how many years of experience was required for their first job post-fellowship, 13 (40%) indicated 2-3 years and 18 (56%) indicated 3-5 years of work experience. Sixteen respondents (50%0 indicated that they were hired as a Manager or Senior Associate (6; 19%), and that their salary range was between 100K-120K (15; 47%) or 120K - 140K (11; 35%). When asked if the network created through the fellowship program has provided them job opportunities, 20 (63%) of respondents said yes.
Conclusion: From preliminary results, it can be seen that the fellowship program does indeed provide the fellow with the ability to enter into positions above entry-level. It can also be seen that a 1 or 2 year fellowship program equates to 2-5 years of work experience, and the training received during the fellowship program proves to be valuable. In addition, the network created within the fellowship program provides opportunities for growth and development.