AESARA/UNC Market Access and Health Informatics Fellowship

This two-year fellowship is sponsored in collaboration with the University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy and is part of the DPOP/PACE fellowship program.

The AESARA/UNC Market Access and Health Informatics Fellowship offers PharmD graduates the opportunity to understand market access, informatics and communication of evidence to population decision makers to prepare the fellow for a successful market access career in consulting, academia, or biopharmaceutical industry. The fellow will work directly with Eshelman School of Pharmacy faculty and AESARA personnel.

Program Description

This 2-year PharmD Post-Doctoral Fellowship offers PharmD graduates the opportunity to understand market access, informatics and communication of evidence to decision makers to prepare the fellows for a successful consulting, academic, or biopharmaceutical career. The fellows will work directly with mentors in the Eshelman School of Pharmacy and AESARA, a leading health outcomes, market access consulting company. This fellowship is contingently slated to start on July 1st, 2022. There will be two positions available.

During the first year, the fellows will spend 50% of their time with the Divisions of Practice Advancement and Clinical Education (PACE) and Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy (DPOP) faculty at UNC. Here the fellows will work with faculty of DPOP and PACE where they will be exposed to how outcomes methodology and informatics can be used to answer a variety of research questions. The other 50% of the time will be spent working with AESARA staff where they will gain exposure to market access consulting through a wide array of therapeutic areas and pharmaceutical clients.

During the second year of the program, fellows will spend the majority
(80%) of time working with AESARA staff, with increased responsibility and an emphasis on client interaction and project management. They will continue interactions with UNC faculty and complete any ongoing projects. The fellows will develop behaviors and competencies needed to be successful in consulting, managed care and the biopharmaceutical industry. This includes exposure to the application and communication of health economics and outcomes evidence relevant to biopharma. The skills developed during these two years will position the fellows to effectively communicate evidence generated directly to decision makers as well as thoroughly understand the process and strategy behind evidence generation.

The fellows will have the opportunity to take graduate level coursework and pursue a professional Master of Science degree in Biomedical and Health Informatics. This online UNC program adds the flexibility of pursing a master’s degree while taking part in a full-time fellowship program.

To Apply

Initial interviews will be scheduled with candidates directly.
Full application materials include: a CV, personal statement, unofficial transcript, and three letters of recommendation. Applications can be sent to Dr. Ozawa at [email protected]. Letter writers can submit letters directly to Dr. Ozawa.

Applications will be processed on a rolling basis and are due no later than October 24th, 2021. 

Early submissions are encouraged.

We will be at AMCP NEXUS 2021 in Denver, Colorado! Stop by our table at the Residency and Fellowship Showcase on Wednesday, October 20th 5:00-7:30 PM.

About AESARA

AESARA is a cutting-edge market access consulting firm that specializes in creating dynamic solutions for the Life Science industry by integrating technology with strategic consulting for impactful results. We provide actionable insights and deliver results that align with HEOR/MA strategies for small biotech to large pharmaceutical companies. AESARA contains three working groups (strategic consulting, evidence institute, and digital solutions) where the fellows will have opportunities to be mentored and see first-hand the impact that creative solutions in HEOR and MA can have on industry clients.

Contact for Program Information

UNC Contacts

Sachiko Ozawa, PhD, MHS

Associate Professor, PACE
[email protected]

AESARA Contacts

Richard H. Stanford, PharmD, MS

Program Director
[email protected]

Dan Gratie, PharmD, MS

Associate Director
[email protected]

Our 2nd Year Fellow

Rachel Black

PharmD
UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy