Author(s): Melillo S, Gangadharan A, Johnson H, Schleck P, Steinberg M,
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Abstract PURPOSE: Postdoctoral pharmacy industry fellowship programs and the employment of fellowship graduates are described. METHODS: A list of postgraduate industry fellowships was gathered from the 2009 ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting. Data regarding program characteristics were collected using the Personnel Placement Service database and program-specific brochures. After data compilation, a standardized survey was sent in January 2010 via e-mail to the point of contact for all programs to confirm the accuracy of the program's characteristics. Only academically affiliated industry fellowship programs were analyzed. Retrospective data were collected regarding the first position of employment for all fellows who graduated from the program between 2005 and 2009 and the position of those same individuals at the time of survey completion. RESULTS: Surveys were sent to 64 postgraduate industry fellowship programs affiliated with a school of pharmacy, 56 (87.5\%) of whom responded. The departmental breakdown for positions offered (n = 75) across all academically affiliated industry fellowship programs (including nonresponders) was as follows: medical affairs (38.7\%, n = 29), clinical research (32.0\%, n = 24), regulatory affairs (9.3\%, n = 7), commercial (8.0\%, n = 6), health economics and outcomes research (8.0\%, n = 6), and pharmacovigilance (4.0\%, n = 3). Data from fellows during years 1-5 after completion of the industry fellowship indicated that 90.5\% of former fellows remained in the industry (n = 238). CONCLUSION: The postgraduate industry fellowship programs surveyed indicated that the majority of fellowship graduates continued to hold positions in industry after program completion. The majority of industry fellowships and subsequent job placements occurred in the areas of medical affairs, clinical research, and regulatory affairs.
This article was published in Am J Health Syst Pharm
and referenced in Journal of Pharmaceutical Care & Health Systems