Pharmaceutical Medicine Overview in a day

Wednesday 2 October 2024

If you are new to the pharmaceutical industry, this workshop is for you!

This introductory level workshop will support you in building wide-ranging foundational understanding of the development of new medicines and aims to aid your transition to industry.

The course has been configured for digital delivery on Zoom, using a combination of live digital classroom sessions and small group work. There are regular breaks throughout the day, a one-hour lunch break, and opportunities to ask questions and get feedback from your trainers.

Please note: this course is a taster; it does not lead to qualification or recognised expertise in the profession.


What will we cover?

 All topics are explored through interactive case studies.

  • Research and discovery
  • Phases of clinical development
  • How medicines are licenced
  • How medicines are marketed
  • How the safety of medicines is monitored throughout

Who should attend?

  • Physicians and scientists new to the pharmaceutical industry.
  • Those working in pharmaceutical industry without medical / life sciences backgrounds, who would like a deeper understanding of pharmaceutical medicine.
  • Medical graduates interested in specialising in pharmaceutical medicine.

If this isn’t you, please consider recommending this course to your colleagues!

Where is this workshop taking place?

This workshop is delivered online via Zoom across one full day, including breaks.

Joining instructions will be emailed to attendee’s registered e-mail address, with a reminder sent shortly before the event.

Queries: If you are unable to complete your booking online or have any questions, please email

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9:15- 9:30 Welcome & Introduction

9:30- 10:00 Early development

10:00- 10:45 Interactive case study part 1

11:00- 11:45 Clinical development

11:45- 12:30 Interactive case study part 2

13:30- 14:15 Licensing

14:15- 15:00 Interactive case study part 3

15:15- 16:00 Medical Affairs and Pharmacovigilance

16:00- 16:45 Interactive case study part 4

16:45- 17:00 Wrap up and close


This workshop will take place on:

Date: Wednesday 2 October 2024

Time: 09:15-17:00 (UK time)

Price options:

FPM Member Rate: £175

Non-member rate: £275

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Reduced rates are available for FPM members who fulfil one of the following criteria: PMST trainees, People from low and lower-middle income countries, Unemployed, Part-time employed (earning less than £15,000 per year), People on Parental Leave, Junior Doctors. Contact to find out more

Event disclaimer

Please note: this course is a taster; it does not lead to qualification or recognised expertise in the profession.

Secure your spot

Are you an advanced practitioner of pharmaceutical medicine?

This training probably isn’t for you but please consider recommending it to your colleagues who are new to the field!

Meet your Trainers

Dr Susan Tansey FFPM:

Susan is currently an Independent Consultant Pharmaceutical Physician. After training for several years in paediatrics and neonatology in the NHS, she joined the pharmaceutical industry and has since been involved in the clinical development of new medicines and vaccines in several therapeutic areas with a focus on rare diseases and paediatrics.

Susan also has an interest in bioethics and having been on the Nuffield Council of Bioethics’ Working Group on Children and Clinical Research between 2013 to 2015 was appointed as a Council member in 2020 and has just commenced as second term of appointment. She recently started to study for a part-time MA in Medical Ethics and Law at King’s College.

Susan is a Fellow of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine, a Global Fellow in Medicine Development with IFAPP and a Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. She currently delivers on FPM and ABPI’s Pharmaceutical Medicine Lecture Programme for medical students at Brighton and Sussex Medical School and Kent Medway Medical School. She also contributes to content and teaching on FPM’s DPM Training Programme.

Dr Susan Tansey

(Second Trainer TBC)

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Further study

For participants looking to undertake further study, there is the option of joining on of our classroom-based Physician and Scientist Induction Programmes.

This programme is delivered across several days and will go into these topics in even further detail, whilst also providing an international perspective.

The programme is delivered by a team of pharmaceutical physicians and experts in the field, and participants will benefit by:

  • establishing a common level understanding of drug development, across all functions, which can be built upon at a later stage with further training or professional qualifications.
  • building wide-ranging foundational knowledge, for example from pre- and non-clinical development, to designing clinical trials, to regulatory approval processes, and principles of commercialization.
  • developing understanding that will improve ability to ask the right questions.
  • identifying areas of interest for further development.

To register your interest, please contact

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