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Regulatory Pharmaceutical Fellowship (Drug Information)

Currently Recruiting – Drug Information Track 2014-2016

Food and Drug Administration/Industry/Academia Fellowship 2014-2016
Jointly Sponsored By: Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Purdue University, and Eli Lilly and Company 


The Regulatory Pharmaceutical Fellowship specializing in drug information is a two-year, learning based program designed to train the selected candidate on the medical and regulatory aspects of drug information dissemination. The program serves to maintain and enhance a scientific link among the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), academia, and the pharmaceutical industry. The program also provides an opportunity for the fellow to develop an understanding of the processes of the FDA and pharmaceutical industry in the delivery of drug information and the regulatory oversight of drug information practices. The fellowship gives participants the unique opportunity to experience careers in the areas of government, academia and industry, thus, qualifying graduates to pursue career opportunities in each respective area.

The fellowship is a two-year program consisting of a 9-month rotation with FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (Silver Spring, MD); a 6-month rotation with Purdue University College of Pharmacy (Indianapolis, IN); and a 9-month rotation at Eli Lilly & Company (Indianapolis, IN).
The program has one position available for the 2014 – 2016 cycle specializing in Drug Information. 

Fellowship Schedule

July 2014 – December 2014 - Purdue University (Indianapolis, IN)
January 2015 – September 2015 - Eli Lilly and Company (Indianapolis, IN)
October 2015 - June 2016 - FDA, Division of Drug Information (DDI) (Silver Spring, MD)


Fellowship Benefits
Application Process
Contact Information

Fellowship - Drug Information

Purdue University, Indiana University (IU) Health, and Wishard-Eskenazi Health  - Indianapolis, IN

The 6-month academic drug information portion of the Regulatory Pharmaceutical Fellowship will provide the fellow with exposure to academia and the different functions and responsibilities of institutional-based drug information centers. The program offers experience with the provision of drug information including formulary management, adverse drug event reporting, medication safety, and drug-use policy in conjunction with IU Health and Wishard-Eskenazi Health. In addition, the fellow gains significant experience in academia, providing didactic and experiential training to Purdue University student pharmacists.

Eli Lilly and Company - Indianapolis, IN

The 9-month rotation at Lilly will provide an opportunity for the fellow to develop skills in the practice of drug information in the industry setting. The fellow will complete projects related to the creation and delivery of medical information to health care professionals and consumers. The program also offers practice and familiarity with digital activities including Lilly’s strategy and use of digital solutions to communicate medical answers to customers. The fellow will gain experience and insight into customer channel preferences, mobile technology, infographics, and social media.

Food and Drug Administration, Division of Drug Information - Silver Spring, MD

The 9-month rotation at FDA will provide an opportunity for the fellow to respond to drug information requests, mentor student pharmacists and provide support for various FDA initiatives to health care professionals, consumers and industry. The program allows the fellow to work with Review Divisions to draft Drug Safety Communications for clinically significant drug safety alerts, and improve the risk assessment process through increasing voluntary reporting of serious spontaneous adverse events. The fellow will be a member of the Division of Drug Information’s Social Media team, which utilizes tools such as Twitter, listservs, blogs, and audio and video podcasts to disseminate the latest drug information to the public. The fellow will also be a member of GADIS, FDA’s Global Alliance of Drug Information Specialists, promoting partnerships among pharmacists for the advancement of public health.


Fellowship Program Director:

Catherine Y. Chew, PharmD
Deputy Director - Division of Drug Information
FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research


Current Fellows:

2013-2015: Bhavini T. Parikh, PharmD
Rutgers University, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Class of 2013

2012-2014: Andrea M. TenBarge, PharmD
University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy, Class of 2012


Past Fellows: 

2011-2012: Genevieve Lynn Ness, PharmD 
Associate Director, Christy Houston Foundation Drug Information Center
Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical, Social and Administrative Sciences
Belmont University College of Pharmacy

2010-2012: Kimberly W. Chiu, PharmD
Consumer Safety Officer – Division of Drug Information
FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research

2009-2011: Lindsay E. Davison, PharmD 
Health Promotion Officer - Division of Drug Information
FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research

2007-2009: Jean E. Cunningham, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Content Specialist
Truven Health Analytics

2005-2007: Sanjeev K. Bhanot, PharmD
Manager, Medical Science Liaisons
Merz Pharma Canada, Ltd.


Amy Heck Sheehan, PharmD
Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Purdue University College of Pharmacy 

Jennifer L. Riggins, PharmD
Advisor, Global Medical Channels and eCapabilities
Customer Experience and Medical Affairs
Eli Lilly and Company

Lindsay E. Davison, PharmD
Health Promotion Officer - Division of Drug Information
FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research

Fellowship Benefits

  • Competitive stipend
  • Reimbursement for relocation and professional travel expenses
  • Enrollment in Indiana Pharmacy Teaching Certificate (IPTeC) Program
  • Purdue University benefit package
    • Health insurance
    • Prescription coverage
    • Vision plan
    • Dental (optional)
  • Vacation and University holidays
  • One year membership in the Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society (RAPS) and a copy of Fundamentals of Regulatory Affairs (US)

Application Process

The next application process will begin in late 2013 for the 2014-2016 cycle.

The fellow must be a graduate from an ACPE-accredited college of pharmacy, or otherwise eligible for licensure, prior to the start of the fellowship term.

Preliminary interviews are conducted during the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP) Midyear Clinical Meeting (MCM) annually. Participation in PPS is not required for application.

All interested applicants should submit the following:

  1. Letter of intent (indicating preferred track) 
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Official Transcripts
  4. Three references with contact information. We will call the references instead of requesting letters of recommendation.

All application materials should be submitted electronically no later than midnight EST on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 to: DrugInformationFellowship@gmail.com.

On-site interviews will take place on Friday, January 10, 2014.  

Contact Information

For further information, please contact Catherine Chew (Catherine.Chew@fda.hhs.gov) or our current fellows at DrugInformationFellowship@gmail.com.