Pharmaceutical Industry Fellowship Programs

The St. John’s University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences offers two-year, post-Pharm.D. fellowship programs designed to train the Doctor of Pharmacy graduate in specific practice areas of the pharmaceutical industry. The College currently partners with four pharmaceutical industry leaders: American Regent, Inc.; Daiichi Sankyo, Inc.; Pfizer Inc.; and Relmada Therapeutics, Inc.

In addition to their responsibilities at our program partners, the fellows have opportunities to engage in teaching and research activities at St. John’s University.

For fellowships beginning in 2022, two programs are recruiting for new fellows (one position each) in the following areas: American Regent, Inc. is recruiting for Medical Affairs, and Pfizer Inc. is recruiting for Global Market Access and Health Economics and Outcomes Research (HEOR).

Daiichi Sankyo, Inc. (DSI) is committed to the investment and growth of our Pharm.D. fellowship program and plans to continue its strong partnership with St. John's University. However, due to the company’s business needs, program growth, and focused therapeutic areas, DSI made the decision in July to recruit any future Pharm.D. fellowship opportunities through Rutgers University.

Application Process

To be considered for an initial interview for the American Regent, Inc. and Pfizer Inc. fellowships, the following materials must be emailed to William M. Maidhof, Pharm.D., Program Coordinator and Associate Professor/Industry Professional, at [email protected]. Applications will be accepted starting on October 1, 2021. Programmatic interviews will be conducted virtually in November. 

Application material deadlines are outlined below:

Required Item 

Deadline

Curriculum Vitae

October 27, 2021

Letter of Intent

October 27, 2021

Official College Transcript

November 3, 2021

Three Letters of Recommendation 

November 3, 2021

Webinars

Webinars are hosted by the College and our industry partners. 

Tuesday, October 5: 2021 Pharmaceutical Industry General Information Session

To register, click here

Thursday, October 7: 2021 St. John’s/American Regent, Inc. Postdoctoral Pharmaceutical Fellowship Webinar

To register, click here.

Tuesday, October 12: 2021 St. John’s/Pfizer Inc. Postdoctoral Pharmaceutical Industry Webinar 

To register, click here

 

Program Leadership

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Joseph M. Brocavich, Pharm.D.
Senior Associate Dean, Pharmacy Program
Associate Clinical Professor
College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
[email protected]

 

 

Professional head shot of William Maidof, standing in front of a tan background, wearing a navy blue blazer, white shirt and royal blue tie. He has his arms crossed and is smiling.

William M. Maidhof, Pharm.D.
Program Coordinator, American Regent, Inc,; Pfizer Inc.; and Relmada Therapeutics, Inc. Fellowships
Associate Professor/Industry Professional
[email protected]

 

 

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Maha Saad, Pharm.D., BCGP, BCPS
Program Coordinator, Daiichi Sankyo Fellowship
Associate Clinical Professor
[email protected]

 


 

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Emily Huynh, Pharm.D. 
2021-2022 Chief Fellow – American Regent 

Second year fellow focused in Medical Affairs
[email protected]

 

 

 

Additional Information

St. John’s University/American Regent, Inc. Pharmaceutical Industry Fellowship—Medical Affairs

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Emily Huynh, Pharm.D., is the 2020–22 St. John’s University/American Regent, Inc. Pharmaceutical Industry Fellow in Medical Affairs and serves as this year’s Chief Fellow. 

Dr. Huynh earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Philadelphia College of Pharmacy (PCP). During her final year of pharmacy school, she completed a pharmaceutical industry rotation in Medical Affairs. She created a presentation that discussed a medication, currently undergoing Phase III trials, which is being used to treat anemia secondary to chronic kidney disease. This experience—in addition to becoming a professional highlight—inspired her to pursue a fellowship in Medical Affairs upon graduation from pharmacy school.

Throughout her time at PCP, Dr. Huynh was devoted to serving her community by participating in numerous patient outreach/philanthropic events and annual walks to benefit cancer research, and traveling to Guatemala for a medical mission trip. She is known for her upbeat attitude, and always tries to spread optimism.

She self-identifies as a “foodie,” and enjoys exploring new restaurants. In her free time, she loves traveling to New York City to attend pop-up exhibits. Dr. Huynh is excited for this fellowship opportunity.

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Brittany Nghiem, Pharm.D., is the 2021–23 St. John’s University/American Regent, Inc. Industry Fellow in Medical Affairs. 

She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences with a minor in Neuroscience, as well as her Doctor of Pharmacy degree, from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, PA. 

During her time at the University of the Sciences, Dr. Nghiem’s desire to serve her community allowed for leadership experiences across research, clinical practice, and community outreach. She was an active member of the student chapters of the American Pharmacists Association and Industry Pharmacists Organization. She also served as Media Chair for Script Your Future, an endeavor that went on to earn the 2020 Script Your Future National Award.

Following her rotations at BioCentric, Inc. and the US Food and Drug Administration, Dr. Nghiem was committed to pursuing a career in the pharmaceutical industry. As a Medical Affairs fellow, Dr. Nghiem aims to bridge health-care gaps and empower patients through medical education. She is excited for the opportunities to collaborate on a multidisciplinary team and expand her unique skillset. In her free time, she enjoys powerlifting, writing, and playing the bass. She also loves to explore new cities and engaging with her community.

St. John’s University/Pfizer Inc. Pharmaceutical Industry Fellowship—Oncology Global Market Access and Health Economics and Outcomes Research (HEOR)

Si Li

Si Li, Pharm.D., is the 2020–22 St. John’s University/Pfizer Inc. Pharmaceutical Industry Fellow in Oncology Global Market Access and Health Economics and Outcomes Research (HEOR). 

She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, PA, and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS). During her time at MCPHS, Dr. Li founded the college’s Drug Information Association student chapter, and additionally served on the executive boards of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy, and Future Business Leaders of America student chapters. Dr. Li was also inducted as a member of Phi Lambda Sigma.

Dr. Li loves to explore new places, meet new people, travel, sing, and ride her motorcycle in her free time. She is honored to be the inaugural fellow for this exciting new collaboration between St. John’s University and Pfizer Inc. She is passionate about market access and HEOR, and looks forward to being a part of a diverse team bettering health care and making a global impact for patients.

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Allison Thompson, Pharm.D., is the 2021–23 St. John’s University/Pfizer Inc. Pharmaceutical Industry Fellow in Oncology Global Market Access and Health Economics and Outcomes Research (HEOR). 

She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from Western Kentucky University, and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD.

During her time in pharmacy school, Dr. Thompson was actively involved with the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP) and the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy. She was the 2019 Paul G. Cano Legislative Intern for ASCP on Capitol Hill, where she attended congressional hearings, tracked drug-pricing legislation, and met with federal regulatory agencies and national coalitions.

Dr. Thompson has also been involved in several research projects, and was recently given the Geriatrics and Gerontology Education and Research Program Award in recognition of her contributions to the field of geriatric pharmacy. She hopes to leverage her variety of experiences to contribute to the HEOR/market access space. 

In her free time, Dr. Thompson enjoys yoga, reading, and trying new eateries (she is passionate about al fresco dining). She is excited to join the St. John’s and Pfizer Inc. fellowship team, and feels fortunate to work in a role that aligns all of her interests. 

St. John’s University/Daiichi Sankyo Pharmaceutical Industry Fellowship—Clinical Development/Oncology

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Liane Kuo, Pharm.D., is the 2020–22 St. John’s University/Daiichi Sankyo Pharmaceutical Industry Fellow in Clinical Development/Oncology. 

She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular Toxicology from the University of California, Berkeley, and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy. Dr. Kuo was actively involved with Michigan’s student chapter of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy, and the Industry Pharmacists Organization

She completed the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education Fellowship at the US Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Clinical Pharmacology, and further pursued her interest in clinical development through rotations within the pharmaceutical industry.

Dr. Kuo looks forward to working on a cross-functional team to bring novel cancer therapies to patients around the world. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering as a crisis counselor, exploring museums, and trying new restaurants.

St. John’s University/Relmada Therapeutics, Inc. Pharmaceutical Industry Fellowship—Clinical Development/Major Depressive Disorder

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Dhiviya Samuel, Pharm.D. is the 2021–22 St. John’s University/Relmada Therapeutics, Inc. Pharmaceutical Industry Fellow in Clinical Development/Major Depressive Disorder. 

She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from St. John’s University’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. During her time at St. John’s, Dr. Samuel served as an Academic Committee member of the Rho Chi Society’s Beta Delta Chapter, and was also an Event Coordinator for the Organization for the Advancement of Women in Healthcare Leadership. 

She was involved in research, specifically working in the area of medicinal chemistry, while on campus. She also worked on additional research projects during rotations at Syosset Hospital Northwell Health

Dr. Samuel is excited to be the inaugural fellow for this new and exciting St. John’s University/Relmada Therapeutics, Inc. fellowship opportunity, and work with a team focused on addressing diseases of the central nervous system. She will work on bringing to market a novel therapeutic option for patients living with Major Depressive Disorder. 

Dr. Samuel is passionate about becoming a pharmacist who utilizes the clinical knowledge and skills learned throughout this fellowshipexperience to ensure proper safety assessments during clinical trials, leading to new and effective therapeutic options available to help patients on a global level. 

In her free time, Dr. Samuel enjoys dancing, swimming, painting, reading, baking, and spending time with family and friends. She also enjoys mentoring students and teaching her Samoyed puppy new tricks!

St. John’s University and American Regent Inc. Pharmaceutical Industry Fellowship

Programs Offered

Medical Affairs

Program Objective

The two-year post-doctoral pharmaceutical industry fellowship is designed to provide the Doctor of Pharmacy graduate a profound and unique experience within a pharmaceutical corporation, American Regent. The fellow will have exposure to various departments within American Regent as well as research and teaching opportunities at St. John’s University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. It is the goal of the program to provide the fellow with the skills and tools necessary for a successful career in the pharmaceutical industry.

Medical Affairs

Pharmacists in the Department of Medical Affairs provide efficient and unbiased medical information concerning the company’s pharmaceutical products to healthcare professionals, consumers, and internal associates. Upon completion of rotation within this department, the fellow will be able to:

Medical Affairs Overview:

  • Develop and utilize strong clinical trial analysis skills to evaluate medical literature, interpret scientific data, and support healthcare professionals and consumers 

  • Create and present educational lectures on products and disease states to internal and external stakeholders 

  • Attend medical/scientific meetings to ensure an in-depth understanding of the latest advances and updated scientific information that will help shape our publication and Investigator Sponsored Study strategies 

  • Work with the Medical Affairs team including, but not limited to: Medical Communications Leads, Medical Science Liaisons, Medical Directors, Medical Writers, and other relevant team members on the development and approval of core clinical material 

  • Manage company expectations while effectively integrating key clinical messages for dissemination to a wide array of audiences 

  • Acquire the medical expertise and experience to thrive in the pharmaceutical industry while complying with FDA and PhRMA regulations 


Medical Science Liaison (MSL) Overview:

  • Establish and maintain working relationships with healthcare professionals 

  • Provide education by creating scientific dialogue around American Regent products and sponsored research 

  • Fellows will have the opportunity to shadow the Medical Science Liaison (MSL) team and attend relevant conferences to deepen their understanding of Medical Affairs in a professional, pharmaceutical industry setting 


College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Overview

The fellow may apply for an affiliate faculty appointment at St. John’s University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and will precept entry-level Doctor of Pharmacy students who are assigned to American Regent, Inc. for experiential training. Additionally, each fellow will have opportunities at the university to participate in activities to promote professional development including:

  • Formal and informal educational opportunities
  • Collaborative research projects with St. John’s University faculty
  • Development of continuing education courses
  • A resident and fellow seminar series in collaboration with the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
  • Graduate degree programs available at the university to further his or her educational development (Master’s or PhD degrees)
  • On-campus teaching opportunities within the Doctor of Pharmacy Program
  • Individual research project(s)
  • Opportunity to participate in a Teaching Certificate Program

Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the fellowship program, a certificate of completion will be awarded by St. John’s University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and American Regent.

Eligibility for Fellowship

Fellows are chosen from a nationally competitive selection process. To be eligible, candidates must graduate from an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredited Doctor of Pharmacy program and have a keen interest in pursuing a career in the pharmaceutical industry.

Stipend and Benefits

The fellow will be a full-time St. John’s University employee. A competitive stipend will be provided as well as options for comprehensive health and dental insurance. Travel to professional meetings, conventions, and other facilities of the company may be possible.

St. John's University and Pfizer Inc. Pharmaceutical Industry Fellowship

Programs Offered

Health Economics and Outcomes Research (HEOR)/Market Access

Program Objective

The two-year post-doctoral pharmaceutical industry fellowship is designed to provide the Doctor of Pharmacy graduate a profound and unique experience within a pharmaceutical corporation, Pfizer. The fellow will have exposure to various departments within Pfizer as well as research and teaching opportunities at St. John's University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. It is the goal of the program to provide the fellow with the skills and tools necessary for a successful career in the pharmaceutical industry. 

The objective for the fellowship is to provide hands-on experience in advanced techniques pertaining to HEOR evaluation of cancer pharmaceuticals, in addition to market access experience, to introduce and develop valuable skills in an increasingly important discipline. During this unique two-year fellowship, the fellow will use her/his skills to make positive impact on global patient care. The fellowship spans a variety of payer archetypes and involves establishing strong working relationship with market access, HEOR, commercial, medical and clinical develop functions. 

Fellowship Goals and Objectives

  • Build and maintain expertise in payer regulations and priorities across major countries
  • Partner with an asset market access lead to execute the market access and pricing strategy for the assigned oncology asset, which includes but is not limited to, executing payer market research, developing payer value proposition and story, market access and pricing negotiations, payer benefit analysis, and contracting solutions
  • Gain proficiency in the field of health economics, outcomes research, and comparative effectiveness research (CER)
  • In collaboration with global HEOR leads, conduct outcomes research evaluations with real world data, develop health economics models to characterize and communicate product budget impact and cost-effectiveness; participate in HEOR projects and gain experience in how a pharmaceutical manufacturer uses clinical, economic and humanistic data to support the development and commercialization of its products
  • Lead the timely development of United States HEOR launch excellence deliverables including economic models and innovative tools to successfully support launch reimbursement and access requirements
  • Manage multiple projects and budgets to target and interact with vendors to execute projects
  • Determine appropriate action, execution, tracking and monitoring of projects
  • Attend professional meetings, as well as internal business meetings, with travel, attendance, and associated cost reimbursed dependent on active research dissemination and business objectives and need

College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Component

The fellow may apply for an affiliate faculty appointment at St. John's University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Additionally, each fellow will have opportunities at the university to participate in activities to promote professional development including:

  • Formal and informal educational opportunities
  • Collaborative research projects with St. John's University faculty
  • Development of continuing education courses
  • A resident and fellow seminar series in collaboration with the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences 
  • Graduate degree programs available at the university to further his or her educational development (Master's or PhD degrees)
  • On-campus teaching opportunities within the Doctor of Pharmacy Program
  • Individual research project(s)
  • Opportunity to participate in a Teaching Certificate Program

Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the fellowship program, a certificate of completion will be awarded by St. John’s University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and American Regent.

Eligibility for Fellowship

Fellows are chosen from a nationally competitive selection process. To be eligible, candidates must graduate from an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredited Doctor of Pharmacy program and have a keen interest in pursuing a career in the pharmaceutical industry.

Stipend and Benefits

The fellow will be a full-time St. John’s University employee. A competitive stipend will be provided as well as options for comprehensive health and dental insurance. Travel to professional meetings, conventions, and other facilities of the company may be possible.

St. John's University and Relmada Therapeutics, Inc. Pharmaceutical Industry Fellowship

Programs Offered

Clinical Development

Program Objective

This one-plus-one model post-doctoral pharmaceutical industry fellowship is designed to provide the Doctor of Pharmacy graduate a profound and unique experience within a pharmaceutical corporation, Relmada Therapeutics. The fellow will have exposure to various departments within Relmada as well as research and teaching opportunities at St. John's University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. It is the goal of the program to provide the fellow with the skills and tools necessary for a successful career in the pharmaceutical industry.

The overall objective for the fellowship is to provide hands-on experience in Clinical Development of special populations clinical studies (Phase 1) and late phase (Phase 3) clinical studies to support the filing of a New Drug Application (NDA) for a Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) pharmaceutical. The fellowship combines Clinical Development experience with broader development exposure to Regulatory, Quality, Nonclinical, and CMC (Chemistry, Manufacturing, and Controls), to introduce and develop valuable skills in the overall Investigational New Drug (IND) Development pathway. During this unique fellowship, the fellow will use her/his skills to make a positive impact on advancement of a therapeutic modality for treatment of MDD. The fellowship involves establishing strong working relationships with Health Economics and Outcomes Research (HEOR), Medical, Regulatory, Quality, and Clinical Development functions. 

Fellowship Goals and Objectives

  • Build and maintain expertise in clinical trial execution and oversight, including the management of vendor partners.
  • Gain proficiency in conducting comprehensive literature searches.
  • In collaboration with clinical project managers and medical leads, conduct data review for clinical data including patient profiles and aggregate data evaluation including trend analysis. 
  • Lead the timely development of core clinical development documentation, including but not limited to: clinical protocol (s), informed consent(s), Investigator Brochure (IB), Clinical Study Reports (CSRs), and Development Safety Update Reports (DSUR).
  • Manage clinical studies within established timelines and budget.
  • Understand the overall Investigational New Drug (IND) Development pathway, including but not limited to Regulatory, Quality, CMS, Medical and HEOR.
  • Attend professional meetings, as well as internal business meetings, with travel, attendance, and associated cost reimbursed dependent on active research dissemination and business objectives and needs.
  • Develop effective teaching and research skills. 

College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Component

The fellow may apply for an affiliate faculty appointment at St. John's University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Additionally, each fellow will have opportunities at the university to participate in activities to promote professional development including:

  • Formal and informal educational opportunities
  • Collaborative research projects with St. John's University faculty
  • Development of continuing education courses
  • A resident and fellow seminar series in collaboration with the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences 
  • Graduate degree programs available at the university to further his or her educational development (Master's or PhD degrees)
  • On-campus teaching opportunities within the Doctor of Pharmacy Program
  • Individual research project(s)
  • Opportunity to participate in a Teaching Certificate Program 

Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the fellowship program, a certificate of completion will be awarded by St. John’s University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and American Regent.

Eligibility for Fellowship

Fellows are chosen from a nationally competitive selection process. To be eligible, candidates must graduate from an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredited Doctor of Pharmacy program and have a keen interest in pursuing a career in the pharmaceutical industry.

Stipend and Benefits

The fellow will be a full-time St. John’s University employee. A competitive stipend will be provided as well as options for comprehensive health and dental insurance. Travel to professional meetings, conventions, and other facilities of the company may be possible.