By Emily Morin

Quintiles Consulting Market Intelligence Internship Program Overview

November 25th, 2014 in Practicum/Internships

  • The Quintiles Analyst Internship program is a semester-long opportunity for college and graduate school students to gain content knowledge in biopharma while developing rich analytical skills through contributions made to quantitative and qualitative market research and consulting projects.
  • Quintiles Consulting’s Market Intelligence group seeks high performing, motivated individuals to spend at least 15 hours a week in the Cambridge office supporting project teams by working closely with analysts and managers as well as members of the operations and business development teams.  Through intern experiences, we aim to provide promising professionals fundamental consulting and market research experience, and also consider individuals with particularly impressive aptitude and cultural fit as candidates eligible to be converted to full time hires.
  • Typical intern assignments include (though are not limited to) the following:
    • Capturing insights from qualitative market research interviews
    • Summarizing findings into actionable analysis for project team
    • Conducting quality control on surveys being developed and pretested via online instruments
    • Conducting secondary research as a complementary component to primary research studies
    • Converting research findings into report drafts including written analysis as well as visually presented findings (treatment algorithm, patient flow, etc.)
    • Providing quick turnaround background research for proposal development team
    • Supporting operations work by creating target lists of facilities and Key Opinion Leaders
  • Our team typically hires intern candidates from the following local institutions:
    • Babson College
    • Boston College
    • Boston University (School of Public Health, School of Management, etc.)
    • Harvard University
    • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    • Tufts University (Community Health Program)

Please submit resumes and an email statement of interest to and

Late Summer or Fall practicum opportunity with LifeNet International!

May 5th, 2014 in Practicum/Internships

LifeNet International is looking for a high quality intern to help us with health outcome metrics. We would request an intern for three months minimum, preferably starting in the late summer or fall of 2014.

Project: Measurement for Health Impact

Location: Bujumbura, Burundi and field work in 43 clinic and hospital partners

Mission: Guided by the belief that every individual deserves an equal opportunity to lead a healthy and whole life, LifeNet improves the quality of health systems from the ground up.

LifeNet’s main activities: packages of services including continuing education for nurses, management capacity building, medicine supply and growth financing.

Problem LifeNet International is assessing: Our current challenge is to develop metrics that will demonstrate the impact of our clinic capacity building program on the health of patients. The Ministry of Health collects a lot of information that is currently not being used at disaggregated levels. LifeNet also collects a lot of data in our partner clinics and is moving towards coaching clinics to collect and use their own data for decision-making. We collect data on typical measures like patient volume and revenues, but even when we can show with confidence that our training and programs increase the quality of care delivered at clinics or increase their sustainability/revenues, we cannot use our data to prove that we are making patients healthier. We know that by implementing what we teach, nurses are resuscitating newborns when they previously did not know how and would watch them die, they are preventing infection, giving non-lethal doses, and many other things that are saving lives and improving the health of patients.


In the first year of operations (2012), we expected to see a 50% increase over the baseline scores, but in fact the first cohort showed an average increase of 100%, or doubled scores. The second cohort showed 50% improvement in the first quarter of participation.


Students would be contributing to this project in several ways: (1) a recommendation of (a) health outcome metric(s) LifeNet can use for operations and marketing that are cost-effective and practical for our team and our budget, and (2) an M&E implementation strategy/plan for its use at LifeNet.

If interested in applying to this internship, please send a resume and cover letter to:

Stefanie Weiland

Executive Director and Burundi Country Director

Supply Chain Advisor with the Global Health Fellows Program-II

April 22nd, 2014 in Fellowships, Practicum/Internships

Global Health Fellows Program II

Technical Advisor II: Supply Chain Advisor

Supply Chain for Health Division, Office of HIV/AIDS, Bureau for Global Health Bureau, United States Agency for International Development

Location: Washington, DC

Assignment: Two year fellowship



The Global Health Fellows Program (GHFP-II) is a five year cooperative agreement implemented and managed by the Public Health Institute in partnership with Global Health Corps, GlobeMed, Management Systems International and PYXERA Global. GHFP-II is supported by the US Agency for International Development (USAID).


GHFP-II’s goal is to improve the effectiveness of USAID health programs by addressing the Agency’s immediate and emerging human capacity needs. The program seeks to accomplish this goal first through the recruitment, placement and support of diverse health professionals at the junior, mid and senior levels. These program participants include fellows, interns, corporate volunteers and Foreign Service National professionals. The program then provides substantial performance management and career development support to participants, including annual working planning assistance, and ensures that professional development opportunities are available.


Looking to the future, GHFP-II also seeks to establish a pool of highly-qualified global health professionals that will ensure the Agency’s ongoing technical leadership and effectiveness. This objective is supported by an extensive outreach program that brings global health opportunities and specialized career advice to a diverse range of interested individuals, with a particular focus on those underrepresented in the field of global health.



USAID has been, and continues to be, at the forefront of the US Government (USG) response in the fight against the HIV/AIDS pandemic. The Agency has funded over $6 billion in HIV/AIDS programs in nearly 100 countries worldwide since inception of its international HIV/AIDS program in 1986. The Agency is a key partner in the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the largest commitment ever by any nation for an international health initiative dedicated to a single disease.


To effectively implement PEPFAR, USAID’s Supply Chain of Health (SCH) Division under the Office of HIV/AIDS (OHA) has established and is operating a safe, secure, reliable, and sustainable supply chain to procure and distribute pharmaceuticals and other commodities needed to provide care and treatment of persons with HIV/AIDS and related infections. This supply chain is being provided under the Supply Chain Management System (SCMS) Project as an activity under PEPFAR.



The Supply Chain Advisor will serve as a public health advisor on a sustainable supply chain to procure and distribute pharmaceuticals and other commodities needed to provide care and treatment of persons with HIV/AIDS and related infections, and to advise on program priorities and budgets. S/he will play an important role in ensuring that the USG’s investment in the fight against HIV/AIDS is being used effectively and efficiently. 


The Supply Chain Advisor will receive day to day guidance from the SCH Division Chief.



The primary responsibilities of the Supply Chain Advisor include:

  • Serving as a subject matter expert in supply chain management issues in areas such as management storage and distribution, performance management, and healthcare waste management, and serving as point of contact for the Division in these technical areas.
  • Serving as a member of the Country Support team in SCH, which is responsible for backstopping countries and organizations on the full range of PEPFAR issues.
  • Providing technical guidance and management support to in-country USG teams (i.e., Haiti, Namibia, Rwanda, and Vietnam) and contributing to the development of new project management tools and processes to improve USG oversight of the SCMS project.
  • Supporting Contracting Officer’s Representatives to improve project and contract management for the SCMS contract and other supply chain procurements through refined tools, strategies, and processes.
  • Serving as an Activity Manager for specific projects and activities as assigned and providing technical direction, budget development and review, and project management.
  • Contributing guidance to internal technical and advisory groups (e.g., the Sustainability Technical Advisory Group).
  • Establishing and maintaining productive relationships with staff of relevant USAID operating units, implementing partners, the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, US Department of Health and Human Services, and other agencies involved with HIV/AIDS activities.

Training and Professional Development:

  • Keeping abreast of the latest development and literature in supply chain management.
  • Deepening knowledge of the procurement and distribution of pharmaceuticals and other commodities as it relates to HIV/AIDS activities within PEPFAR.
  • Participating in interagency working groups and professional meetings in Supply Chain Management.
  • Participate in professional continuing education and skills training within the purview of GHFP-II.


Other tasks or responsibilities may be assigned based on (a) organizational and programming need and/or (b) the Advisor’s own interests.


International travel approximately 25% each year.



  • Master’s degree in public health, epidemiology, sociology or related field.
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in logistics, laboratory procurement, with preference in an HIV/AIDS context, with at least 2 years’ experience in an international or resource challenged setting.
  • Experience working with USAID, PEPFAR or other USG policies and procedures desired.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the technical issues that arise in health commodity procurement and issues related to PEPFAR specific procurement.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work across and between large organizations and cross-culturally with diverse teams.
  • Excellent analytical, written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent analytical, written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently with light supervision.
  • Ability to travel internationally.
  • US Citizenship or US Permanent Residency required.


Salary will be based on commensurate experience and earnings history.  The Public Health Institute offers a comprehensive benefits package including professional development programs.



All applicants are required to apply for this position through GHFP-II’s online recruitment system at, which allows you to store your CV, profile and bio data form in our database. A separate cover letter describing your qualifications and experience, interest and familiarity with issues relating to this position, and how this position relates to your career goals is required for each application. All applications must be submitted by 5:00 pm Eastern Time on April 25, 2014.


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Save the dates for these upcoming events to help you with your job search-geared towards Pharm students!

April 10th, 2014 in Events

Check out the Save the Date flyer here!

New Pharm seminar scheduled for April 9th from 5-5:50pm in L203!

April 3rd, 2014 in Conferences/Seminars

Dr. Zaheer Babar is visiting Boston University and will be guest speaking about his career. This will be a very convenient seminar for you to attend if you take PH840 on Wednesday evenings.

Dr Zaheer Babar is the Head of Pharmacy Practice at School of Pharmacy, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand. A pharmacist by training and a PhD in pharmaceutical policy, Dr Babar is the recipient of prestigious “Vice Chancellor’s Research Excellence Award” from the University of Auckland in 2012. His research programme covers areas related to pharmaceutical policy and practice, encompassing access and affordability of medicines, quality use of medicines and pharmacoeconomics. He has a successful track record of attracting national and international funding in these areas of medicines policy. Dr. Babar has active research linkages with the leading universities in Australia, Europe and in the Asia Pacific Region and has acted as a consultant for  Health Action International, International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease and for the Pharmaceutical Management Agency of New Zealand. He is a reviewer of top tier health policy journals and of funding bodies including Australian National Health and Medical Research Council. Dr Babar is the founding editor of Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice ,

Pharmacy Data Analyst position with Tufts Health Plan

April 3rd, 2014 in Jobs


1.       Please send resume only to Tufts Health Plan website (Req. #14-4571). Please note that the website job posting asks for 5 years of experience.  This has been changed to 1-2 of experience as noted below.

2.       Additionally, email resume to Ms. Jean Preston, Director, Clinical & Specialty Pharmacy at


Under the direction of the Director, Clinical & Specialty Pharmacy, the Pharmacy Data Analyst is responsible for managing data and workflows associated with formulary and pharmacy program decision-making and implementation.  Designs and maintains databases of formularies and pharmacy programs, and analyzes large data files for the Pharmacy Services department.  Records, maintains, and publishes documentation as required by regulatory and accreditation organizations.  Manages communications with partner departments.



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Database Management

Designs and maintains databases of formularies and pharmacy programs for program evaluations, competitor comparisons, and responses to request for proposals.  Summarizes data and prepares reports of drug coverage by drug category and pharmacy program.  Designs and maintains databases of pharmacist consultations, and prepares quarterly summary reports.  Supports Clinical Pharmacy and Analysis & Reporting Teams in analysis of large data files.


Formulary Maintenance

Works with designated Clinical Pharmacists to prepares and submit coding requests for maintenance of multiple formularies to Pharmacy Operations team for coding in the Pharmacy Benefit Management (PBM) adjudication system.  Updates web postings of pharmacy Medical Necessity Guidelines (MNGs), and prepares summary grid of changes by month.


Pharmacy Fee Appeals

Works with Claims Departments to process pharmacy fee appeals for claims that have been billed in excess of standard claims edits and unit maximums.  Prices drugs billed with miscellaneous codes, confirms that units billed are appropriate, calculates drug dose and units for weight-based drugs, and forwards appeals based on clinical justifications to Clinical Pharmacist and/or Medical Director.


Web Publishing

Maintains Pharmacy Services ALUI community to provide content, resources and references to facilitate pharmacy benefit coverage determinations and processing by our partner departments, including Precertification, Medical Affairs, and Appeals & Grievances.  Works with partner departments to identify additional content for development, and facilitates periodic updates to the content. 


Contracted Provider Set-up/Maintenance

Works with Senior Contract Administrator to set-up contracted Home Infusion and Specialty Pharmacy providers in the Commercial TAHP and Medicare Advantage Diamond claims systems.  Maintains fee schedules with Commercial and Medicare Advantage Provider Reimbursement and conducts audits for accuracy.


Medication Therapy Management Program Workflows/Reports

Works with Senior Contract Administrator responsible for contract for Medication Therapy Management (MTM) program to conduct vendor monitoring, data validation, and reporting.


Records Retention

Records and maintains documentation as required by regulatory and accreditation organizations for Pharmacy & Therapeutics (P&T) and Drug Coverage Committee (DCC), and pharmacy MNGs.  Ensures that Clinical Pharmacy records are maintained consistent with the Records Retention Policy.  Maintains security and confidentiality of data and documents, as required.  


Team Contact/Liaison

Acts as an internal and external contact for Clinical Pharmacy team.






EDUCATION: (Minimum education & certifications required)

Bachelor’s degree in business or related field required.  Master’s degree in business administration or public health preferred. 

Coursework in project management and/or industrial engineering preferred.


EXPERIENCE:  (Years of experience)

1-2 years of experience in health care or health insurance industry preferred (this may include internships).  Ability to develop and maintain databases required.  Must be proficient in MS Office applications, including MS Access and MS Excel, and able to learn/utilize company-specific claim systems, databases, and document management systems. 


SKILL REQUIREMENTS: (Include interpersonal skills)

Excellent analytical skills necessary to interpret pharmacy data and reports and to prepare summary documents.  Requires a high degree of initiative to anticipate the data needs of the department and to research available data sources.  Must have excellent oral and written communication skills, including preparation of presentation-ready materials. 


Must be able to work both independently and cooperatively as a team member.  Excellent interpersonal skills required with a high level of diplomacy to recognize and respond to politically sensitive issues.  


WORKING CONDITIONS AND ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: (include special requirements, e.g., lifting, travel, overtime)

Fast paced office environment handling multiple demands.  Must be able to exercise appropriate judgment as necessary. Open cubicle work setting with a personal computer.


CONFIDENTIAL DATA:  All information (written, verbal, electronic, etc.) that an employee encounters while working at Tufts Health Plan is considered confidential.  Exposed to and required to deal with highly confidential and sensitive material and must adhere to corporate compliance policy, department guidelines/policies and all applicable laws and regulations at all times.


Requires high degree of confidentiality with regard to financial and political issues associated with contractual agreements.

Alkermes Summer Product Planning Internship!

March 27th, 2014 in Practicum/Internships

Learn more and apply here! We have a current Pharm student interning with them now.

Boston Young Healthcare Professionals Presents: Business Strategy and Ethics in Healthcare

March 24th, 2014 in Conferences/Seminars

Boston Young Health Professionals is hosting a business strategy and ethics in healthcare workshop on April 10th. Several pharmaceutical companies and other healthcare organizations will be there. Check out the details here!

MSH Internships Available for Summer 2014!

March 24th, 2014 in Practicum/Internships

The Center for Pharmaceutical Management at MSH has intern openings this summer for July and August.  A recent graduate interned with MSH and was hired afterwards!

This program and the work that theydo is particularly relevant to IH, MCH, and Health Policy concentrators.  Theyhave health clusters in TB, HIV/AIDS, Laboratory, Neglected Tropical Diseases, Malaria, and Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health, in addition to technical clusters in pharmaceutical services, pharmaceutical systems, and supply chain management.

The program  tries to match students up with a mentor based on their interests.  Here are some details:

-          MSH internships are unpaid.  Any students who want to intern here must be able to support themselves in the DC area (including housing, food, transportation – we do not offer stipends of any kind).

-          Students must be located on-site.  CPM does not offer remote internships.

-          They must be current students during their internship, and must receive credit (or meet practicum requirements) for their internship.

    Interested students should get in touch with Kiley Workman ( or our recent alum who now works at MSH, Maura Soucy at ( if you have any questions about her experience.

Regulatory Data Verification Associate at Millennium

March 21st, 2014 in Jobs

 Open position at Millennium! Learn more here!