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Physician and Scientist Induction Programme

This induction programme has been developed for physicians and scientists who have moved from clinical practice and research backgrounds to working in the pharmaceutical industry. It aims to aid the transition by providing an overview of the drug development lifecycle from discovery to approval with an international perspective.

Theoretical knowledge and insights are combined with real-life examples, group work, case studies, and exercises throughout to encourage interaction.

Participants on this programme 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
  • allows cross-functional colleagues to collaborate in workshops simulating real-life pharma situations, e.g. designing a TPP

The programme is delivered by a team of pharmaceutical physicians and experts in the field.

Who is it for?

This introduction to pharmaceutical medicine is for physicians, pharmacists and scientists who have recently joined industry.

Examples of the topics covered

The programme can be customised depending on company needs, which can be discussed with our experts in meetings prior to delivery. However, examples of topics included in the programme are outlined below:

Clinical research and discovery


Clinical development

Medical affairs

Regulatory affairs

Healthcare marketplace

Course materials

Participants are provided with soft copies of the materials at least a week prior to delivery of the programme. The course materials are intended for use during delivery, and as reference material in the future. As such, the materials may be distributed to participants as soft or hard copies at the start of the programme.

Further study

For participants looking to undertake further self-study, there is the option of sitting the Certificate in Pharmaceutical Medicine (CPM), a multiple-choice examination, held once a year in September .

Gaining the CPM allows participants to mark their commitment to the specialty and consolidate their understanding of the core theories of pharmaceutical medicine. For those eligible, it is the first step towards achieving a full Diploma in Pharmaceutical Medicine (DPM)

Achieving the CPM will help participants to:

  • build their professional reputation
  • demonstrate knowledge and expertise in pharmaceutical medicine
  • improve professional skills.

FPM qualifications are formally accredited and internationally recognised. The post-nominals CPM and DPM can be used by those who meet the standard and pass the exams.

Delivery options and pricing

The programme is proposed as an intensive five-day format if delivered in-person, with contact time of around six hours per day. However, the programme may be paced over a longer period, scheduled to suit the needs of the business and availability of the experts if an online or hybrid model is preferred.

The content outlined can also be customised depending on company needs, which can be discussed with our experts in meetings prior to delivery.

Next steps

To find out more about the programme and discuss suitability for your organisation, contact the training team at FPM training@fpm.org.uk.

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