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 Definition: A pharmacy fellowship is a directed, highly individualized postgraduate training program that is usually research based and less clinically oriented than a residency program. A research fellowship is designed to prepare the participant to function as an independent investigator.

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Fellowship vs Residency

Fellowships are similar to residencies in that they are both paid, intensive, postdoctoral training programs that allow for the opportunity to build on the skills and knowledge acquired in pharmacy school. In both programs, PharmDs are generally expected to participate in a multitude of tasks involving presentations, research, critical thinking, and team communication. Even though residents and fellows are training and learning, they are fully integrated and considered equally contributing members of their practice setting. Just as there are 1-2 year residencies, there are also 1 or 2 year fellowships offered. It is up to applicants to choose the length of the program they wish to pursue, which also depends on what is being offered. There are several differentiating factors between a residency and a fellowship that could assist students in choosing one path over another. A resident assumes more of a practitioner role, involving direct patient interaction and a strong clinical focus. In contrast, fellows are based primarily in a corporate setting and interface with company employees, partners and stakeholders. PharmDs in a fellowship supply indirect care by serving patients on a larger, global scale with the development of and access to medicine. 

Prominent areas in which fellows may play a role include: 

Regulatory affairs: participation in health authority interactions and submissions related to the regulations and guidelines of the drug development process.

Clinical research and development: clinical trial planning, design, and execution, trial-related tasks such as study start-up, protocol development, medical monitoring, study closeout, and clinical study reports.

Medical affairs: translation of clinical trial information into a more concise manner to be shared with other health care professionals, review of promotional material for accurate clinical information, exposure to medical writing for medical inquiry responses.

Commercial: participation in the business and marketing side of the drug development cycle, strategic planning to bring a new drug into a competitive market.



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Different fellowship roles within Pharma:

  • Clinical Design  Hub

  • Clinical Research

  • Pharmacokinetics/ Pharma-codynamics

  • Clinical Systems and Supply Planning

  • Clinical Supply Chain Management

  • Clinical Trial Commercial Supply Planning

  • Clinical Trial Development

  • Clinical Trial Project Management

  • Commercial Business Insights & Analytics

  • Drug Information

  • Field Medical Communications Specialist 

  • Global and US Labeling

  • Global Medical Digital Strategies and Capabilities

  • Global Medical Information

  • Global Patient Outcomes and Real-World Evidence

  • Global Pharmacovigilance and Epidemiology

  • Government Affairs

  • Health Outcomes

  • Immunoscience Field Medical 

  • Managed Care

  • Market Access: US Value Access & Payment

  • Marketing

  • Medical Affairs/Global Medical Affairs

  • Medical Information

  • Medical Communications

  • Medical Science Liaison

  • Medical Writing

  • Medication Safety

  • Patient Advocacy

  • Payer and Strategy

  • Product and Patient Safety

  • Project Management

  • Public Policy

  • Quality & Compliance

  • Regulatory Affairs

  • Regulatory Affairs-Drugs & Biologics

  • Regulatory Affairs --Vaccines

  • Regulatory Scientist

  • Risk Management Sourcing

  • Strategic Development: Medical

  • Regulatory Strategy

  • US Advertising and Promotion

Similarities & Differences between Fellowships and Residencies 

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