Frequently Asked Questions
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The Pharmaceutical Industry Fellowships are intended for candidates who will have completed their Doctor of Pharmacy before the time they would be expected to start the fellowship (on July 1). By no means is the program open strictly to new graduates. Pharm.D.s with various types of experience are welcome to apply. However, the program is not open to holders of any other advanced degree.
There are over 100 Rutgers University Pharmaceutical Industry Fellows this year. Since its inception the program has steadily grown, starting out with a single fellow and reaching a number many times the size of the original group.
Applicants must be a graduate of an ACPE accredited school of pharmacy. No other professional experience is required for application. International students who graduate with a Pharm.D. degree from US ACPE accredited schools are eligible to apply for one-year programs only, and are required to apply for an OPT extension as soon as the law permits.
Do fellowships exist in other states?
The Industry Fellowship positions are based at various locations spanning the state of New Jersey and also a few locations in California. Travel to Rutgers is necessary to attend/present at Professional Development Days and to participate in other aspects of the Rutgers component, including teaching.
Rotations have been a key element of the enduring success of the Rutgers programs. Many fellows have the opportunity to experience rotations outside of their core department or even at a site external to their host company such as FDA, provided that it can be agreed upon by the fellow, their preceptor, and Rutgers.
This Fellowship program offers many opportunities for fellows. Program alumni have gone on to occupy a diverse spectrum of industry positions, based on their experience and career goals. Many fellows accept positions with their Fellowship company; others move on to pursue other interests, but nearly all program alumni are currently employed in the pharmaceutical industry.
There are many opportunities to meet and network with other fellows. The Professional Development Series is an excellent opportunity for interaction among fellows. Furthermore, a wide array of social activities and events are arranged at least monthly for fellows from different companies to network and get to know each other.
Is it different for 1-year and 2-year programs?
The Rutgers component is the same for both 1-year and 2-year fellows. In order to satisfy requirements for the Rutgers component and qualify for a Certificate of Completion, all two-year fellows and one-year fellows must complete one of the following during the term of their Fellowship:
- A project or publication (poster/paper/article) with a Rutgers faculty member
- Lecture three times in Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy (EMSOP) courses
- Coordinate an EMSOP course
- Serve as a co-chief fellow
- Chair a fellowship committee
- Complete a rotation at a EMSOP teaching/clinical site
- Precept EMSOP pharmacy students on rotation at the host company
- Complete a project that enhances or benefits the Rutgers program
Each case is reviewed individually and must be approved by the fellow, the preceptor, and Rutgers. In addition, other aspects of the Rutgers component include attendance at monthly Professional Development Days and presenting once annually at a Professional Development Day program. Fellows also have the opportunity to teach, serve on various Fellowship committees, conduct continuing education programs, participate in various projects, and attend social events.
Participation in the Professional Development Series is mandatory, although under appropriate circumstances, up to three absences per year are permitted. Fellows are required to give one presentation to their colleagues on an approved topic per year. Some fellows volunteer for additional presentation opportunities.
As adjunct faculty at the School of Pharmacy, there are opportunities for fellows to teach. Fellows find that teaching can enhance their fellowship experience. Fellows have been involved in development of various required and elective courses.
As a Rutgers Pharmaceutical Industry Fellow, you will have the best of both worlds: academia and industry. Academia affords you the opportunity to teach elective and core courses, to conduct clinical research and submit papers in conjunction with members of the faculty, and participate in numerous other opportunities based on your creativity. During training, some fellows have the opportunity to attend national or international meetings and seminars, and all have access to many of the resources available at a multinational company.
Vacation days are consistent with the policy at the partner company.
All benefits and investment plans are provided by Rutgers University, which participates in the New Jersey State Employee Benefits Program.