“The unique patient care opportunities that Campbell University has provided throughout my academic career have made all the difference to make me a standout candidate for this position.”
Student: Jules Hickey
Program: Doctor of Pharmacy (’23 Candidate)
Name of fellowship: Regulatory Pharmaceutical Fellowship in Drug Information
Where are you originally from? Smithtown, New York
Where did you go to undergrad / what degree do you hold? I attended SUNY Geneseo for my Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry.
What clubs/student organizations were you involved in during your time on campus? During my time on campus, I was involved with various organizations including Kappa Psi, NCAP, APhA-ASP, and Rho Chi. I was president of NCPA and PRIDE in Healthcare. I was also involved at the CU Community Care Clinic as the pharmacy floor director.
How long is the program and where is it located? It is a two-year program that consists of 6 months at Purdue University (Indianapolis, IN), 12 months at Janssen Pharmaceuticals (Horsham, PA) and 6 months with the Food and Drug Administration (Silver Spring, MD).
What you will be doing during the fellowship? During this fellowship, I will refine my skills in drug information within three important pharmacy settings: academia, regulatory, and industry. I will also have the opportunity to conduct research with Purdue University and take on high-profile initiatives with Janssen and the FDA to disseminate important drug information to a variety of audiences. I am so excited to gain experience in these different areas of pharmacy and to provide high quality, evidence-based drug information to patients, students, and industry and healthcare professionals, alike.
What you hope to learn during the fellowship? During this fellowship, I hope to learn more about the research process that goes into answering medical and drug inquiries in order to provide evidence-based information to different audiences in settings related to academia, industry, and regulation. I am also looking forward to learning more about current oncology research with Janssen Pharmaceuticals and their medical information team.
How Campbell helped you attain your career goals? The unique patient care opportunities that Campbell University has provided throughout my academic career have made all the difference to make me a standout candidate for this position. From research projects in pharmacogenomics to health fairs in our local farmworker communities, Campbell has given me the platform I needed to develop and grow my passion for providing innovative and up-to-date care. My mentors, professors, and classmates at Campbell have opened so many doors for me, and I am forever grateful.
What advice would you give to students looking to complete a fellowship? How can they prepare? Research the different industry functional areas and pick one that suits you both professionally and personally. Specific industry experience is definitely not necessary, but it is important to start thinking about your current “transferrable skills” and how the experiences you’ve had in your academic career show qualities that would make you an excellent candidate in that functional area.