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Career Advice in Pharmacoepidemiology<br />Dan Strauss – Klein Hersh International<br />Dr. Kourtney Davis - GlaxoSmithKli...
Content<br />Who hires epidemiologists?<br />Desired skills/traits in entry-level candidates<br />“What do we really do?” ...
Background<br />Klein Hersh International<br />Life Sciences Executive search since ‘98<br />#1 firm in network of 1100 wo...
Contributors<br />John Acquavella (Executive Director, Epidemiology – Amgen)<br />Terri Madison (VP, Epidemiology & Risk M...
Companies with Epidemiologists<br />Pharmaceuticals, Medical Device, Biotech (Industry)<br />	GSK, Pfizer, Amgen, J&J, Abb...
Location of Industry Positions	<br />Major Pharma/Biotech Hubs<br />NYC Metro, Philly, Boston, San Fran, Outside USA<br />...
Industry Salary Information<br />Will depend on location<br />Geographic location AND location within company<br />THERE I...
What Hiring Managers Want to See<br />Study design / methodological skills<br />Logical approach to refining research ques...
What Hiring Managers Want to See<br />Expertise/Knowledge of at least one Therapeutic Area<br />Have you published indepen...
What Hiring Managers Want to See<br />What EPIDEMIOLOGY activities did you do during your program?<br />A study with your ...
What Hiring Managers Want to See<br />Communication Skills<br />Written and Oral<br />Diverse audiences (e.g. to non-epide...
“What do we really do?”<br />Dr. Kourtney Davis, PhD<br />Senior Director, Worldwide Epidemiology - GSK<br />
Who is WWEpi @GSK? <br />Part of Quantitative Sciences (QSci) in Medicines Discovery and Development (MDD), GSK Research &...
Epidemiology at GSK - direct input to assets and strategy<br />Commit to target<br />Tractable hit (CEDD entry)<br />Candi...
Incidence, prevalence, mortality
Co-morbidity patterns
Disease risk factors
Natural history of disease
Recurrence or progression patterns
Genotype-phenotype distributions
Disease marker validation
Opportunity Assessment
Trends, forecasts in patient populations
Medical need at population or sub-population level
Understanding Treatments
Diagnostic and treatment patterns
Treatment effectiveness
Planning Clinical Programs
Size and location of patient population
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Career Advice in Pharmacoepidemiology

  1. 1. Career Advice in Pharmacoepidemiology<br />Dan Strauss – Klein Hersh International<br />Dr. Kourtney Davis - GlaxoSmithKline<br />
  2. 2. Content<br />Who hires epidemiologists?<br />Desired skills/traits in entry-level candidates<br />“What do we really do?” – Dr. Kourtney Davis<br />Daily life, responsibilities, stakeholders, collaborators<br />Marketing/Branding Yourself<br />Resume building, social networking<br />Interview Tips<br />
  3. 3. Background<br />Klein Hersh International<br />Life Sciences Executive search since ‘98<br />#1 firm in network of 1100 worldwide<br />400 placements annually<br />60-70 per year specific to epidemiology backgrounds<br />Epidemiology, Biostatistics, HEOR, Pharmacovigilance, Risk Management, etc.<br />
  4. 4. Contributors<br />John Acquavella (Executive Director, Epidemiology – Amgen)<br />Terri Madison (VP, Epidemiology & Risk Management – Excenda)<br />Syed Islam (Senior Director, Pharmacoepidemiology – Abbott)<br />Dan Mines (VP, Safety Surveillance & Epidemiology – HealthCore)<br />Gregory Daniel (VP, Gov’t& Academic Research – HealthCore)<br />Crystal N Holick (Director, Safety & Epidemiology – HealthCore)<br />William Blumentals (Head, Epidemiology for Virology – Roche)<br />Andres Gomez (Executive Director, Epidemiology – BMS)<br />Nancy Santanello (VP, Epidemiology – Merck)<br />Robert Reynolds (VP, Epidemiology – Pfizer)<br />Jamie Geier (Director, Epidemiology – Pfizer)<br />Jesse Berlin (VP, Pharmacoepidemiology – J&J)<br />Andre Araujo (VP, Epidemiology – NERI)<br />
  5. 5. Companies with Epidemiologists<br />Pharmaceuticals, Medical Device, Biotech (Industry)<br /> GSK, Pfizer, Amgen, J&J, Abbott, Roche, BMS<br />Contract Research Organizations (CRO)<br /> Covance, Quintiles, PAREXEL<br />Consulting and Vendor Companies<br />Xcenda, Healthcore, SciMetrika<br />Pharmaceutical Benefits Management (PBM)<br />MedCo, Express Scripts<br />Government, Regulatory, and Academia<br /> -State Government, CDC, FDA, NIH, NERI, Universities<br />
  6. 6. Location of Industry Positions <br />Major Pharma/Biotech Hubs<br />NYC Metro, Philly, Boston, San Fran, Outside USA<br />12 of the top-20 earning pharma companies worldwide have offices within 100 miles of NYC. <br />Boston/Cambridge increasing<br />Philadelphia remains steady<br />Chicago/Mid-West<br />NC has Pharma and large CRO headquarters<br />West Coast (San Fran, San Diego)<br />
  7. 7. Industry Salary Information<br />Will depend on location<br />Geographic location AND location within company<br />THERE IS MORE THAN JUST SALARY!!!!!<br />Target Bonus %, Long-Term Incentives, Sign-on, etc<br />Culture, Growth Opportunities<br />Starting Salaries from $60k-85k for an MPH<br />Starting Salaries from $70k-110k for a PhD<br />Contract/Permanent<br />If it is contract, what are the terms?<br />
  8. 8. What Hiring Managers Want to See<br />Study design / methodological skills<br />Logical approach to refining research questions – LOGICAL THINKERS<br />Matching designs and data sources to questions-- fit for purpose<br />Statistical Analysis<br />Familiarity with SAS and other languages (STATA, SPSS, R)<br />Can you show how you used it?<br />USE OF LARGE DATASETS<br />Healthcare claims databases (private and public), disease cohorts, population-based surveys<br />Ability to manage the data<br />Have you done one of these studies?<br />Independent, observational study<br />Are you able to briefly describe the study aims, outcome, and impact?<br />
  9. 9. What Hiring Managers Want to See<br />Expertise/Knowledge of at least one Therapeutic Area<br />Have you published independent or collaborative research?<br />What studies have you led? Grant proposals written and/or funded?<br />Any type of clinical knowledge<br />Clinical Education (MD, RPh, RN, PharmD)<br />Intro to Pharmacology for non-medical professionals<br />Publications and scientific presentations<br />Were you the first author of published paper?<br />Did you publish your thesis/dissertation?<br />Have you made oral or poster presentations at international conferences?<br />
  10. 10. What Hiring Managers Want to See<br />What EPIDEMIOLOGY activities did you do during your program?<br />A study with your professor<br />An R.A. focused on epidemiology research or course<br />Volunteering – research, clinical, etc<br />Teaching introductory classes<br />Are you following the current trends?<br />Comparative Effectiveness, Health Outcomes<br />Safety Studies (Risk Management, REMS)<br />Company info<br />Mergers/Acquisitions, Success, TA, etc.<br />
  11. 11. What Hiring Managers Want to See<br />Communication Skills<br />Written and Oral<br />Diverse audiences (e.g. to non-epidemiologists)<br />Influencing and negotiation <br />Leadership Qualities<br />Managing programmers and contract research support staff<br />External issues – CRO, Consulting, Regulations, etc.<br />Personality<br />Demonstrated teamwork and success in matrix environment<br />Keeping the “client” happy <br />Internal or external<br />Resilience<br />
  12. 12. “What do we really do?”<br />Dr. Kourtney Davis, PhD<br />Senior Director, Worldwide Epidemiology - GSK<br />
  13. 13. Who is WWEpi @GSK? <br />Part of Quantitative Sciences (QSci) in Medicines Discovery and Development (MDD), GSK Research & Development<br />Offices in US (RTP and Philadelphia) and UK (Stockley Park)<br />Combined staff of ~60 epidemiologists, programmers/analysts, administrative staff <br />WWEPI Mission<br />Provide population-based evidence on disease and treatment to influence decision making—from discovery through drug development to medical practice. <br />13<br />
  14. 14. Epidemiology at GSK - direct input to assets and strategy<br />Commit to target<br />Tractable hit (CEDD entry)<br />Candidate Selection<br />Approval for FTIH<br />Proof of Concept <br />Commit to Phase 2b<br />Commit to Phase 3<br />Commit to launch<br />Labeling<br />Changes<br />Disease/Target Selection<br />Clinical Development Planning<br />Risk-Benefit Assessment<br /><ul><li>Disease Epidemiology
  15. 15. Incidence, prevalence, mortality
  16. 16. Co-morbidity patterns
  17. 17. Disease risk factors
  18. 18. Natural history of disease
  19. 19. Recurrence or progression patterns
  20. 20. Genotype-phenotype distributions
  21. 21. Disease marker validation
  22. 22. Opportunity Assessment
  23. 23. Trends, forecasts in patient populations
  24. 24. Medical need at population or sub-population level
  25. 25. Understanding Treatments
  26. 26. Diagnostic and treatment patterns
  27. 27. Treatment effectiveness
  28. 28. Planning Clinical Programs
  29. 29. Size and location of patient population
  30. 30. Identification of high-risk sub-populations
  31. 31. Assessment of inclusion/exclusion criteria
  32. 32. Placebo response
  33. 33. Outcome measures
  34. 34. Safety Issues
  35. 35. Background rates of safety outcomes and lab abnormalities
  36. 36. Post-marketing safety studies
  37. 37. Pregnancy registries
  38. 38. Electronic health records
  39. 39. Securing Regulatory Approval & Post-Licensure Commitments
  40. 40. Dossiers
  41. 41. REMS
  42. 42. Risk management plans
  43. 43. Formal studies of drug safety and registries</li></li></ul><li>Observational Data Sources @GSK<br />In-house<br />Insurance claims databases (e.g. IHCIS, Marketscan Medicare/Medicaid)<br />Electronic Health Record databases (e.g. GPRD, US GE Medical, EU IMS)<br />Disease specific databases (e.g. ADNI, SEER, ECLIPSE)<br />Public-use surveys (e.g NHANES)<br />Clinical trial re-use<br />External Collaborations<br />Epidemiological Cohorts (e.g. Framingham study, Cardiovascular Health Study, ARIC, Rotterdam Study)<br />Insurance claims databases (e.g. WellPoint, UHC)<br />Electronic Health Record Systems (e.g. Geisinger, Kaiser, Henry Ford)<br />Clinical trial re-use (e.g. NIH sponsored AD, ALS, or oncology studies)<br />
  44. 44. Range of studies: Example asset<br />Join team Ph III (ideally this is earlier)– <br />Model inclusion/exclusion criteria and background event rates for RCT using several healthcare databases in US, UK<br />Develop BRMP with Safety, Clinical and Regulatory<br />Pregnancy registry design<br />Anticipated REMS<br />Prepare for FDA and EU submission of IND<br />Prepare slides for FDA Ad Com<br />Develop surveys with HO colleagues for endpoint relevant to payer in appropriate populations by region<br />Post approval<br />Design post-marketing safety studies via collaborations with healthcare organizations (Steering Committees, etc)<br />Contribute to sNDA for additional indication <br />Consult on design of effectiveness study using EMR<br />
  45. 45. Any given week: Wearing lots of hats<br />Meetings with…<br />Epidemiology Dept on resourcing strategy, priority, training, PRF<br />Asset project matrix team<br />Clinical, safety, health outcomes, regulatory, statistics, commercial, legal, communications<br />Epidemiology study project team<br />External expert investigators (e.g. methods or clinical advice)<br />External healthcare organization partner representative<br />Internal or external analysts depending upon data source<br />Regulatory agency with project team (consultative support role) or about the epi study results (research leader role)<br />Public-private partnership like EU’s IMI<br />
  46. 46. Teamwork essential<br />The whole is greater than the sum of its parts<br />
  47. 47. Branding Yourself<br />Networking – online, in-person, etc.<br />LinkedIn and other Social Media<br />Why is this even important?<br />Studies show < 3% of jobs get to the job boards<br />An average of 300 applicants within first week<br />Similar studies show 75% of jobs are filled through networking<br />Create a buzz<br />Easily “found” online – recruiters, etc.<br />Networking partners already know more about you<br />Build your profile – BE SPECIFIC!<br />Complete Education<br />Contact Information (don’t use a private profile)<br />Full description of functions/responsibilities in any roles<br />REAL DESCRIPTIONS – NO FLUFF!!<br />
  48. 48. Branding Yourself cont’d<br />Blogging<br />Twitter<br />E-Newsletters<br />Website<br />Visual CV (video)<br />YouTube<br />
  49. 49. Finding a Job<br />Websites<br />Monster, CareerBuilder, ISPE Careers, Indeed<br />Creating “Agents”<br />Recruiters<br />Align with one that fits your personal and professional needs<br />Ask questions<br />Trends, New Companies, etc.<br />
  50. 50. Applying for a Job<br />DO<br />DON’T<br />CUSTOMIZE YOUR RESUME FOR THE ROLE<br />Research the company/position beforehand<br />Outline in a cover letter why you are a good fit<br />Blitz your resume<br />Apply if you’re unqualified<br />Badger the hiring manager or recruiter<br />
  51. 51. Building a Resume<br />Basics<br />No typographical errors<br />Proper grammar<br />Nicely formatted<br />Readability (spacing, bullets, etc)<br />Standard paper – no watermarks, no designs, no colors<br />Chronological<br />Contact Info at the top (include any URLs – Linkedin, Blog, etc)<br />The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the average person has had almost 11 job changes by age 44.<br />
  52. 52. Building a Resume cont’d<br />DO<br />DON’T<br />Tell the reader what you can DELIVER<br />Include measurable results<br />Specify Accomplishments<br />STAR method<br />situation/task, action, result<br />REMOVE NON-APPLICABLE JOBS<br />Specify if you were a contractor or full-time<br />Tell the reader what you WANT – “Objective”<br />Include a picture<br />Use a non-professional email<br />Put your education on the top <br />List GPA if you didn’t make dean’s list<br />List personal hobbies, race or gender<br />Basic Computer Software<br />List any salary info<br />
  53. 53. First Interview (HR)<br />Research the Company<br />What do they do?<br />Recent Press Releases<br />Who is their marketplace<br />Answer Questions Directly<br />Don’t “twist” anything to change the topic<br />Don’t “dumb down” any answers<br />MONEY – just don’t ask<br />If it’s a relocation situation, you can check to ensure its worth your time<br />Ask Questions<br />Who is involved in process?<br />What are next steps?<br />Can you provide any additional information?<br />
  54. 54. First Interview (Hiring Manager)<br />Klein Hersh’s “5-Step Prep”<br />Chemistry<br />Qualifying<br />Questions<br />Pre-Close<br />Energy & Enthusiasm<br />
  55. 55. Face to Face Interviews<br />LOOK THE PART!!!<br />Bring several copies of your resume<br />Arrive no more than 15-minutes early<br />Do your homework<br />Who are you speaking to? <br />Visual Cues - Chemistry<br />CLOSE FOR THE JOB & Thank You Note<br />
  56. 56. SPECIAL THANKS GOES TO<br />Matthew Levy|President<br />Mobile| 267.337.1622<br />mlevy@cornerofficecoach.com<br />www.CornerOfficeCoach.com<br />www.blog.cornerofficecoach.com<br />
  57. 57. Questions/Comments<br />Please feel free to contact me at:<br />dstrauss@kleinhersh.com<br />215-830-9211 x 120<br />www.kleinhersh.com/epidemiology<br />

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