For those programs if you do not receive a reception invitation by the second or third day of PPS you are generally out of the running. Most, if not all, of these candidates are soon-to-be-PharmDs with similar student organizations, clinical rotations, an industry internship, leadership experience, etc. Each fellow will be paid a competitive stipend and will receive a benefits package. 509-358-7720, Applications & Questions Of the six programs I applied to, I received five onsite invitations, three of which were by phone before I got on the plane to come home. Even though the company is paying for it, you are expected to provide a credit card when checking out a rental car or checking in to a hotel. Where am I getting breakfast in the morning?) If you don’t know yet, start doing your research (we’ll discuss this later). In general, you will only need a CV to apply through the PPS online portal and request interviews. The author, Kimberly Gittings, was a fellow Xcenda who I had the chance to meet and interview with! Programs often will ask for recommendations from specific types of individuals (e.g. To put this in perspective, there were approximately 1.5 applicants per available PGY1. Mind that none of these attributes are need-to-have (when I am recruiting at least) but that different programs will weigh some attributes differently. Applicants must note their preferred campus (Spokane, Yakima or either) within their application. Curriculum Vitae (CV) 3. This is one area where starting the pursuit earlier can be beneficial. are all good options. If you don’t think it is interesting, no one else will. For those unfamiliar with this ancient idiom: …having something, even if it is a lesser quantity, is better than taking the chance of losing it in order to attain something else that seems more desirable. What would my relationships with leadership and management look like? Below is, more-or-less, my roughed out parameters  going into the application process when I was applying for fellowships. The unfortunate truth of the 15% statistic is that there are a lot of well-qualified people going for a small number of available positions. Pharmacy fellowship and pharmacy residency are the two primary means for pharmacists to obtain post-graduate training. If your program requires a physical copy be mailed to them, contact your registrar’s office the same day to start this process–the stress of waiting for someone else to mail a transcript is not worth procrastinating until the last minute and depending on your institution, may take much longer than you expect. All of my interviews were far more relaxed and conversational than I had anticipated. to ask questions and get a better feel for the program overall. Many schools provide electronic versions (easy), others might require that the office mail them to addresses you specify (more annoying). A few ways that I recommend: Chances are you’ll meet some cool folks, have some good conversation, and learn mountains about the various available roles. Work smarter, not harder! Where do you want to be/what do you want to be doing in 5 years? These are your “reach” programs that should be at or beyond what you think would be reasonable for you to apply to based on your strength as a candidate. Thankfully, my first choice offered me a position and I could not be happier! In addition–while there are no rigorous statistics to support this–I estimate that a typical successful fellowship candidate receives between 2-5 onsite interview offers. Each company was a little different but all of them followed the itinerary to a tee and were largely focused on getting to know you as a person, what your goals are, and assessing your fit based on what the program has to offer. Everyone we have invited here today will no problems. Landing a Pharmacy Fellowship. These were all due the week following PPS and were not time consuming or stressful provided that you have your letters of recommendation ready to go. Residents will train at Houston Methodist Sugar Land, a full-service, acute care community hospital serving Fort Bend County and surrounding communities. For those you who attend the University of Michigan, please consider Dr. Kraft’s class P3 year is invaluable, as are most tips about interviews relevant to residency applications. The company you are asking may say yes, but don’t be offended if they tell you that the date is the date, either. Professional Development: Fellows engage in mentoring activities (education-based journal clubs, attend department meetings, and regular fellows’ meetings) outside of the instructional setting. Authored By: Douglas Jennings, Pharm.D., FCCP, FAHA, BCPS-AQ Cardiology I was waiting on bated breath with every phone call carrying with it the potential to be a great or terrible moment. DOWNLOAD HI-RES / PHOTO DETAILS. Generally, you will hear about onsite invitations within 24-48 hours of PPS ending, earlier if a program stops interviewing earlier or you are stand out candidate. My recommendation here is built on the premises established throughout this article, that you did your research and only applied and agreed to interview with solid programs that would benefit you personally and professionally. Our other positions were similar and based on my conversations with other recruiters, this is likely a conservative number as my company is a relative unknown compared to many of the ‘Big Pharma’ programs like Eli Lilly; doubly so for those offered through Rutgers and MCPHS. The second, on the other hand, tells me that you have thought through what your interests and goals are, considered the type of work that would be a good fit, that you have done the legwork to know that this program/position/company is a place that will allow you to reach your goals, and that we can have a mutually beneficial relationship. Congrats! Be transparent about this to avoid wasting anyone’s time. Excellent written and verbal communication skills are also essential. With 10 applications, a typical candidate might have 15-20+ individual interviews; much beyond this you inevitably begin to have significant logistic challenges getting places, scheduling interview times, and simply avoiding burnout and bringing your “A-game” to the interviews that matter. Applicants applying for these fellowships must have a degree in pharmacy or health-related discipline and have some research experience (preference will be given to those with a high academic standing). Must meet all the requirements for employment at Washington State University, which will include a background check. Pharmacy residents who complete the PGY1 programs are eligible for board certification, and eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training. If so how long does it take to get there? But you will get through it! I was at MidYear solely for PPS and no other reason. Have a particularly good rotation? The reality is that overloading on applications is actually detrimental, as it: What many candidates fail to realize is that each application may come with as many as 3-4 interviews, a reception, and potentially even other activities that may be required. I contacted 5 individuals (industry preceptor, intern manager [managed care], professor, clinical preceptor, student org advisor) to have those available and had the luxury of choosing which letters were best suited for each program and gave me some redundancy in the event someone was not responsive. The first results in the answer above and tells me that it doesn’t matter what you do as long as it isn’t that thing you are running from. Prior to the meeting I frequently heard the advice that you are there to get a fellowship and screw everyone else. A representative from our program will be in contact Your email address will not be published. Have a third person proofread it. Pharmacy student Katie Brinn was awarded a Bayer Business Development and Licensing Fellowship through the Rutgers Institute for Pharmaceutical Industry Fellowships. This brings up an important point: if you have made it to this stage of the process with a company they are very interested in you. Most programs are looking to determine who they will be bringing for on-site interviews at their company campus. If not, where do they go? With the exception of one interview at one onsite I felt like the team was genuinely interested in getting to know me and I actually had quite a bit of fun. A 2014 article in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education called for the development of academic pharmacy practice fellowships to address the challenge of evolving pharmacist roles. You generally will not need these until the on-site stage, but make a point of checking in to get an electronic copy early. PPS is essentially a mini job fair that lives inside the MidYear meeting. Prepare pharmacy fellows for a potential career in pharmacy education in a Doctor of Pharmacy program through a mentored experience in teaching and the scholarship of teaching and learning. Regardless, you should have a variety of possible letters available to you. Phew, that is a lot. Biogen, in collaboration with MCPHS University, offers seven unique, two-year fellowship programs to promote the role of the Doctor of Pharmacy within the biopharmaceutical industry: Fellows will gain extensive experience through various practical activities in both industry and academia settings, which will enhance the potential for accelerated career development. Although it has been true in the pharmacy profession in the past that completing a residency is not necessary to secure a desired position, the job market is changing. Finding one that affords you the opportunities you need to grow in your career will pay dividends. More on this in my CV-centric articles here (coming soon). Remember, if you have made it to this stage: they want to hire you. Flights were arranged through an agency that I was instructed to call in each case (they already had my information!) A managed care pharmacy residency will provide systematic training to pharmacists so they can achieve professional competence in the delivery of patient care and managed care practice. I don’t expect you to know anything other than “maybe a fellowship might be interesting!”. We interviewed 3 on-site (a typical number; about 1/30) and ultimately selected 1 candidate for the position. This is an extra step. Since I knew a little about each of them going in it was much easier to get started on a strong foot. This post is meant to assist in differentiating the options. Part of the benefit of finding your hook and focusing on your differentiating experiences is the benefit of further standing out as an already strong applicant and leveling the playing field a bit if you are not so lucky. Who makes up the team I would be working with? The PGY1 pharmacy residency builds on Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions, eligible for board certification, and eligible for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training. IPhO Student Pharmacist Members can reach multiple FellowMatch sponsors from around the country to seek out Fellowship opportunities, conveniently and cost-effectively. You have a small chance of getting these but it would be really awesome if you did. I did my best to not hold my breath too hard (though it is hard not to be nervous!). At the completion of this fellowship, the participant will be well-positioned to assume a clinical-track faculty member’s role in a Doctor of Pharmacy program. in each of those initial questions and tried to have fun with it. The vast majority (not all) fellowship programs recruit at the ASHP MidYear meeting at a special session called PPS. To illustrate, let me share some real answers to related questions that I and my team received during the recruitment process that indicated that the candidate did not adequately answer this question for themselves. I phone screened 56 people (an absurd number, in hindsight). The Air Force Pharmacy Residency Program pharmacists pose with Lt. Col. Derek Underhill, left center, Customer Pharmacy Operations Center branch chief, for a group photo at DLA Troop Support, Feb. 7, 2018 in Philadelphia. Like I advised you in Section II to step back and ask some important questions of yourself that will inform the rest of the application process, developing a quality CV requires keeping a few key facts in mind: No matter what: proofread your CV. At this point we are only looking to ensure you aren’t imminently failing out of school. November: identify programs of interest and begin applying for interviews (earlier the better). How can I apply that specifically to an industry career? (specific to my interests, what I was talking about with computer science as these are plausible alternative careers). Notably, your story will serve as the foundation of your applications and will inform the decisions you make about your curriculum vitae (CV), cover letters, answers to interview questions, questions you ask, what programs you apply to, and where you ultimately end up. For example, here is a list of qualities that, often mentioned off-hand as part of an otherwise run-of-the-mill interview question that can make a big difference in differentiating yourself: This isn’t to say that your student organization or leadership experiences cannot be differentiating! Ask follow-up questions. Even if you just really, really hate your job, I hope you’ll think about what you want to do instead and why. Everyone that I worked with was wonderful and bent over backwards to make sure everything worked out schedule wise! I have read a lot of CVs; honestly, I kind of enjoy it. decreases the care you take with and lowers the quality of each individual application, reduces your ability to properly prepare for each interview and lowers the quality of each individual interview, decreases the likelihood that you will have any time to breathe between interviews increasing the likelihood that you are late, out of breath, or unprepared (see, dramatically increases the workload and stress level of this already hectic period, which increases the likelihood that you make a stupid, avoidable mistake, increases the likelihood of burnout and reduces your ability to focus on the programs that matter most, increases the likelihood of interview or reception scheduling conflicts with other programs, Two I was very, very interested in and hit all of my requirements (one-year programs), Two that were a good fit, hitting most of my requirements (one year, one two-year), One that I would be happy with (two-year), One “backup” that I would do well at if I received an offer and felt confident about my ability to make it to the onsite phase (two-year). as I was open to a wide range of specialties. It behooves you to have your materials well in order beforehand to ensure you are prepared for this possibility. Brevity is the soul of wit. as I was open to a wide range of specialties. abby.parsons@wsu.edu That said, starting when the application process formally opens in October absolutely does not put you out of the running. The work environment and responsibilities diverge significantly from what most of our training covers and the reality is that most schools don’t offer any information on these kinds of positions. Depending on the relative timing you can request an extension on the offer expiration date that allows you some more time to decide and potentially interview with your first choice program. Focus on questions that let you learn about quality of life, where past fellows have ended up, mentorship and leadership opportunities, and subjective questions that each interviewer can respond to, including: And the list goes on and on. Other things to consider: all the programs I applied for did not require becoming licensed, only that you hold a PharmD. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Draw them where you want them to go so they see what you want them to see. Each fellow will be assigned a primary mentor and will be involved in the selection of a mentoring team. That time is valuable. I was lucky in that the timelines for my interviews and offers worked out very well: I heard within a week about all of the programs I applied to. Answering this question for yourself is the first step in developing your story–one that you will need to land a fellowship. Second Lesson: the significant importance of a thoughtful consideration of your story and using that as the foundation for your application materials. If they agree and they can accelerate their timeline that says a lot about them. I used a topic that was more relevant for companies in the oncology space, but still applicable elsewhere. If you are able to cast your net further afield from the place where you currently go to pharmacy school (this is not always possible in cases of family, children, or spouses), you may markedly improve your chances of landing a residency--particularly if you live in a large metropolitan area with lots of nearby pharmacy schools. Below is, more-or-less, my roughed out parameters  going into the application process when I was applying for fellowships. If you don’t know which area you are interested in, try to get any experience you can. In part, please review “What are my odds here, really?” above. For many programs, cover letters at the interview application stage though PPS are optional. I had my profile set up and CV uploaded and ready to go. Is their truthful reason for pursuing this career option look like to you not afford to waste if... 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