Sunovion Fellowship

Sunovion Fellowship

Sunovion, in collaboration with MCPHS University, 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 will enhance the potential for accelerated career development.

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Fellowship Overview

This fellowship program is designed to offer Doctor of Pharmacy graduates in-depth experience within a biopharmaceutical industry setting. In addition, PharmD graduates will have the opportunity to enhance their clinical and academic background in conjunction with the MCPHS University. Overall, this fellowship program will provide the training and experiences necessary to prepare the fellow for a career in the competitive pharmaceutical industry.

About Sunovion

Sunovion is a leading pharmaceutical company dedicated to discovering, developing, and commercializing therapeutic products that advance the science of medicine in the areas of psychiatry, neurology, and respiratory disease to improve the lives of patients and their families.

Sunovion brings together scientific focus, pragmatism, and dedication to research with an entrepreneurial energy and willingness to take on any challenge, always keeping the longer view in sight. We’ll continue to develop therapies in two distinct treatment areas—central nervous system disorders and respiratory ailments—as well as explore other therapeutic areas. We will continue to work with national and international partners to keep a constant stream of new drugs flowing into the pipeline. Because we at Sunovion put our patients front and center, we work every day to fulfill the promise of “Innovation Today, Healthier Tomorrows”.

Medical Information / Medical Affairs (MI/MA)

The goal of this program is to provide advanced training to pharmacists who wish to become future leaders in the pharmaceutical industry.

The post-doctoral fellow will be a core contributing member of the CNS and Respiratory therapeutic teams within the Medical Information and Medical Affairs departments. During the course of the fellowship, he or she will develop functional expertise by supporting multiple cross-functional teams, and assume increasing responsibility for independent projects as the fellowship proceeds.

During the first year, the post-doctoral fellow will become proficient in activities related to the Medical Information department. These include creating and updating global standard response letters (SRL), slide presentations, and Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) dossiers; responding to medical inquiries from healthcare professionals by conducting literature analyses and developing customized medical responses; and providing medical information support at scientific meetings. 

During the second year, the post-doctoral fellow will develop expertise and contribute to various medical affairs projects, including analyses of clinical data, poster/publication development, and medical affairs strategic planning for mature and launch products. There will also be an opportunity to rotate through different functions to learn first-hand about their scope and responsibilities. These include Field Medical Science, Scientific Communications, Program Management, and others, depending on the interest of the Fellow and the needs of the organization.  

Inherent within the pharmaceutical industry, all of these activities involve close collaboration with internal colleagues from various departments. This will provide the post-doctoral fellow not only with expertise related to Medical Information and Medical Affairs, but also working knowledge of many different roles within the pharmaceutical industry.

Objectives for the Fellow

Acquire knowledge and experience in the provision of Medical Information services and development and execution of Medical Affairs strategies.

Enhance written communication skills through activities such as preparation of written clinical responses to medical information requests, literature summaries, and training materials. Strengthen oral communication skills through scientific exchange with internal and external colleagues, via sales training presentations, presentations to senior management, and delivering a fellowship project presentation at regional and/or national professional meetings.

Become proficient in working within complex, matrixed team environments by engaging with different departments including Regulatory Affairs, Pharmacovigilance, Health Economics and Outcomes Research, Field Medical Science, and Sales and Marketing.

Develop research skills through analysis of published literature to create medical documents (standard response letters and dossier), contributing to interpretation of clinical study data, and through the development, completion, and presentation of a fellowship research project.

Develop professional responsibility and leadership skills through department initiatives and participation in professional organizations.

MCPHS University

As an adjunct instructor at MCPHS University, 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

MCPHS University Faculty: Aimee Dietle, PharmD

Program Design

  • Duration: Two years
  • Start Date: First week in July
  • The fellow will receive a competitive stipend and benefits package, including comprehensive health and dental insurance. Attendance at one or more professional meetings, conferences, or workshops will be sponsored by the fellowship program.

Certificate of Completion

MCPHS University and Sunovion will award a professional certificate upon successful completion of the fellowship program.

Eligibility

  • The Sunovion fellow will be selected on a nationally competitive basis.
  • Applicants must hold a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an ACPE-accredited college of pharmacy.
  • Candidates must have strong written and verbal communication skills and an interest in pursuing a career in the biopharmaceutical industry.
  • All candidates must have authorization to work in the United States throughout the duration of the two-year fellowship. No visa sponsorship will be provided.

Application Procedure

Participation in the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacist (ASHP) Midyear Clinical Meeting Personnel Placement Service (PPS) is strongly encouraged, but not required. Candidates are encouraged to request a preliminary interview at the ASHP midyear meeting through the PPS website.

The formal application materials below must be received by December 20th. Submit via the on-line portal

  • Letter of intent
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Unofficial college transcript

For more information or questions, please contact the program director below:

Hiren Patel, PharmD
Associate Director, Medical Information
Hiren.patel@sunovion.co