Fellowship Opportunities

Overview   |   Year One   |   Year Two   |   Sites   |   Benefits   |   How to Apply

Overview

Purpose
This 2-year fellowship program, established in 1995, provides training and exposure to the various aspects of outcomes research in both the academic and industrial settings. The program is structured to assist the fellow in identifying future career opportunities in outcomes research while learning and working in a challenging post-graduate environment.

Goal
The goal of the Janssen Scientific Affairs, LLC, Health Economics & Outcomes Research Fellowship is to prepare the individual for a career in outcomes research within the healthcare industry, the consulting field, or academia.

Objectives

  • To educate the fellow on economic and health-related quality of life principles and applications, and demonstrate their use in evaluating costs and outcomes relative to healthcare interventions
  • To train the fellow in research design and drug evaluation methodologies, which include economic, clinical and humanistic outcomes
  • To provide practical experiences in outcomes research, which will prepare the fellow to practice at a management level in various settings, such as managed care, pharmaceutical industry, and academia

 

Rationale
The desire to control rising healthcare costs while assuring quality care has created a demand for individuals with strong clinical and economic backgrounds who can incorporate outcomes management into various healthcare settings. This fellowship enhances clinical education with academic and practical experiences focused on economic and humanistic principles in outcomes research.

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Year One


During the first year, the fellow will enroll in at least four courses at either Thomas Jefferson University (TJU) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, or nearby universities. The objective of the first year will be to educate the fellow on outcomes research methods through project experience and didactic study. Since the background of the incoming fellow will vary, formal course requirements and planned activities will be tailored to the needs of the fellow. Courses offered encompass the following topics:

  • Biostatistics
  • Epidemiology
  • Applied Health Economics
  • Issues in Health Policy
  • Quality of Life Measurement
  • Research Methods

 

The fellow will be involved in the current research activities at the first year site. Regular conferences will be held with members in the Jefferson School of Population Health at TJU to discuss research projects and academic experience. It is expected that the fellow will visit Janssen Scientific Affairs, several times during the first fellowship year. The fellow will have an opportunity to present ongoing research reports, attend seminars, and interact with program faculty and preceptors at both sites.

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Year Two


During the second year of training, the fellow will relocate to Janssen Scientific Affairs, LLC, in New Jersey and work directly with the Outcomes Research group. The fellow's experience will include work on projects assigned by the primary preceptor at Janssen Scientific Affairs.

The fellow will interact with clinical, marketing, regulatory affairs, and other departments at the company to learn how outcomes research is incorporated in efforts to demonstrate the value of a therapeutic intervention (ie, product or service). The fellow will also learn how a pharmaceutical manufacturer uses clinical, economic, and humanistic data to support the research, development, adoption and utilization of its products.

To maintain effective communications and enhance the fellowship experience, it is expected that the fellow will visit Thomas Jefferson University several times during the second year.

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Sites


Thomas Jefferson University

Thomas Jefferson University is dedicated to health sciences education and research and is composed of six colleges and schools:

  • Jefferson Medical College
  • Jefferson College of Graduate Studies
  • Jefferson School of Health Professions
  • Jefferson School of Nursing
  • Jefferson School of Pharmacy
  • Jefferson School of Population Health

 

The Jefferson School of Population Health (JSPH) is an integral part of TJU. JSPH provides exemplary graduate academic programming, continuing education courses and conferences, and sustained research and consulting in areas of health policy, population health, healthcare quality and safety. JSPH's involvement in health policy and outcomes includes outcomes management, pharmacoeconomic research, clinical evaluation sciences, and health services research. Researchers associated with the school promote education and training through numerous industry fellowships and are considered experts and leaders within the healthcare professional community.

Janssen Scientific Affairs, LLC.

Janssen Scientific Affairs, LLC, is a member of the Johnson & Johnson family of companies. Johnson & Johnson is the world's largest manufacturer of healthcare products, serving the consumer, pharmaceutical, and professional markets.

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Benefits


The fellowship provides a competitive stipend and benefits package through Thomas Jefferson University.

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How to Apply


Eligibility
Selection of the fellow will be on a competitive basis from a national pool of candidates with scientific and/or clinical training in health care and an interest in outcomes research. Candidates are expected to have the ability to master scientific methodologies and to communicate technical information effectively.

Application
The fellowship will begin in June 2015. Interested individuals should submit a transcript, curriculum vitae, letter describing their career objectives, professional writing sample, and three letters of recommendation to the following address by December 31, 2014:

Vittorio Maio, PharmD, MS, MSPH
Outcomes Research Fellowship Director
School of Population Health
Thomas Jefferson University
901 Walnut Street, 10th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Application materials may also be emailed to:
vittorio.maio@jefferson.edu

To learn more about the academic site affiliated with the fellowship, please contact the following individuals:

Current 2nd Year Fellow:
Tony Amos, PharmD
tamos1@its.jnj.com

Current 1st Year Fellow:
Matthew Alcusky, PharmD, MS
matthew.alcusky@jefferson.edu

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