For the past six months, I have been working with the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine (FPM) as a Project Assistant Intern. Through this position, I was able to work on the organisation’s Women in Pharmaceutical Medicine Project, which sought to explore the experiences and potential career progression setbacks for women in the industry.
This role has allowed me to gain more experience in the development process of a research project. I worked with the policy and communication team for the drafting of the project survey, contributed to the design of focus group sessions, and led the focus group discussions for the project. I was also able to perform the data analysis and design the data display for the project as well as work in the drafting of the project report. This project granted me the opportunity to interact directly with experts in the industry to learn more about their experiences working in pharmaceutical medicine.
Outside of the project, I had the opportunity to partake in several online events, like the FPM Journal Club and the FPM Conversation series, throughout my time at the organisation. Through these, I learned about current issues being tackled across pharmaceutical medicine such as the lack of diversity in clinical trials and innovative medicines for inflammatory conditions like autoimmune encephalomyelitis.
It has been a pleasure to work for FPM these past few months. I want to thank everyone in the team for being incredibly kind and supportive, particularly Eleanor Kingwell-Banham for being my supervisor and making me feel comfortable to ask for guidance when necessary.