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Pharmacology BSc(Hons): Placement case study

Rebekah Adebanjo, Drug safety intern at Celgene Ltd

  • Name: Rebekah Adebanjo
  • Course: Pharmacology with Business BSc(Hons)
  • Placement role: Drug safety intern
  • Placement company: Celgene Ltd
  • Year: 2015/16

Why did you decide to do an industrial placement as part of your degree?

  • I decided to do an industrial placement as part of my degree to be able to transfer the skills and knowledge I learned into the working environment. I chose a placement to also make myself more marketable and employable prior to graduating.
  • I gained confidence in myself and my ability to work collaboratively and independently by forging relationships with senior colleagues and peers. You may be able to get paid whilst on placement - financial independence.

What was the process for getting a placement and what support did you get from the University?

I registered my name at the Kingston University Science Faculty Office and I also applied via independent websites. The office sent me job opportunities weekly and I filtered through the spreadsheets to see which jobs were applicable to me. The university looked at my CV, they assisted me with interview skills workshops and ensured I was assisted every step of the way. Once I got the placement role, I was assigned a tutor who came to see me twice during the placement and helped me with any concerns I had.

What did your placement role involve?

During my year in the pharmaceutical industry, I managed safety data within the central safety database covering both pre and post market activities, ensured compliance with internal case processing timelines, reporting all adverse drug reactions relating to company products and company sponsored clinical trials as per UK/EU requirements. I conducted quality cases without comprising on quantity as I exceeded my daily target. I prepared reports, handled adverse event follow up requests, initiated nullification processes whilst prioritising my case workload to ensure compliance with reporting requirements and liaised with healthcare professionals where appropriate.

What was your typical day – any specific projects were you involved with?

Within Risk Management, I liaised with affiliate offices to obtain safety information on products and their risk management activities. I contributed to the resource budgeting and forecasting for the upcoming year (2016) for the affiliate offices in Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA).

What key elements of your job involved what you had learned on your course?

The two key modules I believe helped me the most were Systems Pharmacology and Principles of Pharmacology with Research Methods. The Systems Pharmacology module covered drugs acting on the major organ systems of the body, including the cardiovascular, nervous, gastrointestinal, renal, respiratory and endocrine systems, whilst the module in Pharmacological Principles and Research Methods assisted in researching and time management skills.

How do you feel that your placement benefited your course?

I feel I understand the use of pharmacology as a science and as a discipline within society too.

What job will you be seeking when you graduate?

I will be seeking to stay within the pharmaceutical industry - pharmacovigilance or the business side of pharma!

What advice would you give to the students who are thinking of applying for placement?

Get onto a placement if you can - whether it is a few weeks to a year! It's an invaluable experience where you can discover yourself but also the many career paths you may not have known before.

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