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Welcome to the IPhO Podcast. Each episode will introduce a new leader in industry who will share information about his/her role, relevant experiences, and advice for listeners looking to advance their industry career. The podcast hosts, Sergio Gatoulis and Alex Schepart, have nearly 20 years of combined industry experience and know what it takes to transition from pharmacy student to industry pharmacist—so you'll find something interesting no matter where you are in your journey. Pop in your earbuds and enjoy the show!

Welcome to the IPhO Podcast. Each episode will introduce a new leader in industry who will share information about his/her role, relevant experiences, and advice for listeners looking to advance their industry career. The podcast hosts, Sergio Gatoulis and Alex Schepart, have nearly 20 years of combined industry experience and know what it takes to transition from pharmacy student to industry pharmacist—so you'll find something interesting no matter where you are in your journey. Pop in your earbuds and enjoy the show!

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Welcome to the IPhO Podcast. Each episode will introduce a new leader in industry who will share information about his/her role, relevant experiences, and advice for listeners looking to advance their industry career. The podcast hosts, Sergio Gatoulis and Alex Schepart, have nearly 20 years of combined industry experience and know what it takes to transition from pharmacy student to industry pharmacist—so you'll find something interesting no matter where you are in your journey. Pop in your earbuds and enjoy the show!

Language:

English


Episodes

Episode 27: Aspiring Sports Broadcaster to Healthcare Policy Leader (John M. O’Brien, PharmD, MPH)

9/17/2022
John M. O'Brien, President and CEO of the National Pharmaceutical Council (NPC), joins us for episode 27 of the IPhO Podcast! John has quite the resume, having worked in pharma, academia, health policy, and government—just to name a few—throughout his career. Growing up, he wanted to be a sports broadcaster. But watching how much of an impact medicine made on his own mother's life changed his career plans entirely. Since then, he's gone on to establish himself as a leader in Healthcare...

Duration:00:26:24

Episode 26: Planning Your Financial Future with Tim Ulbrich, PharmD

8/9/2022
I'm overwhelmed with my pharmacy school loans; I know I need to save for my future, but I don't know where to begin; I thought I was making a great income until I realized how expensive life out of school really is; the list goes on. These were just some of the comments that Tim Ulbrich, CEO and Co-Founder of Your Financial Pharmacist, heard over and over again. They inspired him to take action and help others navigate their financial well-being. Building his business from the ground up was...

Duration:00:30:48

Episode 25: ”Keep an Open Mind” with Sabrina Michelle Hayden, PharmD, MBAhc

7/19/2022
Sabrina Michelle Hayden, PharmD, MBAhc⁠—a current Industry Fellow with Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, BeiGene and the FDA Office of Surveillance and Epidemiology⁠—joins us for episode 25 of the IPhO Podcast. Though she did not have pharmaceutical industry internship experience, Sabrina made sure she could stand out in other ways as a prospective fellowship applicant. Her involvement with her IPhO chapter—in particular, the networking opportunities it provided her and the...

Episode 24: ”A Dream Come True” with Holly Graber, PharmD, RPh, MBAc

6/8/2022
Holly grew up in eastern Pennsylvania, just a stone's throw from Merck where she now works as a Clinical Safety and Risk Management Fellow. Her admiration for the employees there—and how hard they worked to make life better for patients—sparked her interest in pharmacy when she was in high school. And then, during pharmacy school, things started to come full circle for her when she landed an internship at the place that inspired her career—Merck. Today, Holly is working in her dream position...

Duration:00:27:24

Episode 23 - ”Always Raise Your Hand” with Elaine Nadeau, PharmD

5/30/2022
During pharmacy school, the husband of one of Elaine's professors was a Medical Science Liaison (MSL). She jumped at the opportunity to meet him and asked questions about his role, fellowships, and industry in general—and that important conversation solidified her decision to pursue an industry career. One of the greatest pieces of advice that Elaine offers listeners is to always "raise your hand." She launched her career working for a small company, and as long as she was meeting her goals,...

Duration:00:32:55

Episode 22 - The Path Less Traveled with Jeff MacDonald

5/21/2022
Jeff credits his small hometown as the place that sparked his interest in pharmacy. He learned firsthand the important role that pharmacists played in his community and was fascinated by medications and their impact on patients. He went on to serve as Vice President of his IPhO Chapter in pharmacy school and built important connections and professional relationships that helped solidify his decision to pursue an industry career. Even during challenging times, Jeff knew he was growing and...

Duration:00:45:45

Episode 21: Charting a Course for Career Success with Mike DeLuca

5/4/2022
On this episode, we are joined by Mike DeLuca, Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs at EVERSANA. Mike brings more than twenty years of expertise to the table, as he candidly shares skills and strategies to help PharmDs identify the right industry role. Having started his career in retail pharmacy, Mike quickly rose to pharmacy manager, before deciding to pursue his MBA at Seton Hall, where he focused on pharmacy management and operations. Since then, Mike's extensive resume highlights...

Duration:00:31:07

Episode 20 - Finding Your Fellowship Match with Georgia Quartey, PharmD, RPh

4/4/2022
Growing up in a family of medical professionals inspired Georgia to focus her education—and ultimately her career—on health care. Though she always knew from a young age that she wanted to differentiate herself in some way. During pharmacy school, she joined her IPhO chapter and it exposed her to a whole new side of pharmacy that she hadn't known much about. And that's where her path to industry began. Today, Georgia is in a dynamic patient safety and regulatory role with Ironwood...

Duration:00:38:46

Episode 19 - Navigating Leadership from the UK to the US

3/7/2022
Tania Thomas joins us for episode 19 of the IPhO Podcast! She currently serves as the VP of Global Regulatory & Medical Affairs at Opiant Pharmaceuticals, and was a former Assessor at the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency of the United Kingdom. Tania—an exemplary leader and authority on all things medical and regulatory affairs—offers some key advice for being a successful and dependable leader, shares the difficulties of relocating for a position, discusses her...

Duration:00:32:03

Episode 18: From Makeup Artist to Medical Affairs Fellow (Dimple Gandhi)

2/8/2022
At a young age, Dimple discovered her passion for makeup, started her own business as a freelance makeup artist and genuinely believed that was the career path she wanted to follow. But after tapping into her talent for science and interest in medicine, she found herself in pharmacy school. An internship introduced her to the pharmaceutical industry, and it was that experience that changed her career trajectory. Hear from Dimple in podcast episode 18, where she shares her career journey...

Duration:00:30:21

Episode 17 - New Year, Same Us

1/11/2022
We are kicking off the new year with a special podcast episode. Hosts Sergio, Alex, and Aleksey are joined by Anum Saqib, a current pharmacy student who has been a critical member of the podcast team working "behind the scenes" since the start. The team reflects on their favorite episodes and what they enjoy most about hosting the podcast. Plus, they have a candid discussion about how the pandemic has changed the way they (and their colleagues) work and live. Ultimately, this episode was...

Duration:00:43:18

Episode 16 - Taking the Scenic Route with Ornesha Watson, PharmD

12/9/2021
"Ten years later, I decided to go to pharmacy school," Ornesha laughs as she opens her interview with Sergio and Alex. She jokes that she took the "scenic route," but her impressive accomplishments while on that route led her to where she is today. An honest and insightful episode, Ornesha covers everything from her (indirect) path to her fellowship, raising a young child while completing her fellowship, how important company commitment to diversity was in her evaluation, and so much more....

Duration:00:27:01

Episode 15 - Getting Back in the Race with Austin Murphy, PharmD

12/2/2021
Sure, it would be nice to secure a fellowship early in the recruitment season. And we understand why! It can be a stressful time. And even more stressful is reading other students' fellowship acceptance posts on LinkedIn and still waiting for your offer to come through. But if you don't secure your fellowship during the traditional recruitment cycle, remember that it isn't game over! On this episode, Aleksey is joined by Austin Murphy, PharmD. Austin is a first-year Global Safety Strategy &...

Duration:00:28:55

Episode 14 - Advice from a Champion (Iram Hasan, PharmD)

11/24/2021
On this episode, Sergio and Alex are joined by Iram Hasan, who currently heads up the UCB Fellowship Program while also working in Regulatory Affairs. For Iram, a fellowship was nowhere on her radar when she was graduating pharmacy school. She stumbled upon her fellowship program and spent time evaluating industry against residency. Ultimately, though, she made a choice that changed the entire trajectory of her career. Iram shares her advice about applying to multiple functional areas, the...

Duration:00:26:30

Episode 13 - Competing as a First-Time Runner with Elizabeth Wilks, PharmD, RPh

11/15/2021
Worried about applying to fellowships with no prior industry experience? Don't be! Many fellowship candidates are in the same situation. And many secure positions by highlighting other transferable and relevant skills. On this episode, Aleksey is joined by Liz Wilks, PharmD, RPh, a First-Year Pfizer/Rutgers University Post-Doctoral Fellow working in Global Medical Affairs. Liz talks about her experiences applying for fellowships without having any prior direct experience in the...

Duration:00:43:53

Episode 12 - Setting Your Strategy with Veronica Nguyen, PharmD

11/5/2021
"Coincidence or Serendipity?" Next up in our Midyear Marathon series, Veronica joins us to share her career journey and how a sequence of serendipitous events led her to pursue fellowship training. Inspired by her brother's love for research and with her strong belief in the scientific method, Veronica has always had a logical and calculated approach to life, until chance and destiny stepped in to take care of the rest. Listen in as Veronica shares her candid philosophies on navigating...

Duration:00:23:25

Episode 11 - Jessie Kim and Richard Cale

10/8/2021
In what feels like a universe full of fellowship positions, it can feel daunting to know how to narrow down options and select "the one." Should you choose a program affiliated with a university? One with a partner organization like IPhO? A one-year position or a two-year position? There are many factors to consider when determining which program is the best fit for you. On episode 11, Aleksey is joined by Jessie Kim, PharmD, MS, first-year Global Regulatory Affairs Fellow at UCB; and...

Duration:00:30:15

Episode 10 - Jim Alexander Returns

9/12/2021
Jim joins us for the second time on the IPhO podcast—and the timing couldn't be better. Listen in as he shares information about the important resources on the IPhO website that will help fellowship candidates and employers navigate the ever-changing fall recruitment period. Students get advice on how best to prepare for their interviews and what to do to stay organized and confident. Plus, he shares valuable tips for those conducting interviews. The key? Resist the urge to find a clone of...

Duration:00:29:45

Episode 9 - Preston Skersick, PharmD, US Medical Affairs Fellow at GSK/UNC

8/26/2021
Going through the fellowship interview process at Midyear poses many challenges: keeping track of timelines, preparing for interviews, staying calm under pressure, feeling confident in your responses and decisions - the list goes on and on. Thankfully, IPhO Podcast episode 9 offers some important guidance to help you prepare. On this episode, Aleksey is joined by Preston Skersick, a current US Medical Affairs Fellow at GSK/UNC. They both share tips and tricks that helped them navigate the...

Duration:00:26:02

Episode 8 - Rolee Das, PharmD - Senior Director, WW Medical Lead, Women’s Cancers and GBM at BMS

8/11/2021
For episode eight, we are joined by Rolee Das, PharmD, who has built a successful career at Bristol Myers Squibb. Rolee dives deep into her career journey, which she says took many unexpected twists and turns. From clinical, to academia as a professor at Rutgers, to industry—she has worn many hats and shares her thoughts on each one. What advice does she have for pharmacists being told that working in industry is "selling out?" What does she enjoy most about her work? And what traits...

Duration:00:41:40