Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Eli Lilly Launches New Rotation Program for Medical Students

In case you missed this interesting announcement last week:

Tulane University School of Medicine participates in pilot program

INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Lilly USA, LLC (NYSE: LLY) announced today the launch of a new rotation program for aspiring physicians. The rotation assignments cut across different aspects of the pharmaceutical company's business - from drug discovery and development to bioethics and patient safety - providing third- and fourth-year medical students a lens into the pharmaceutical industry, its vision and focus on improving patient outcomes.

Students from Tulane University School of Medicine will be the first to participate in the pilot program at Eli Lilly and Company's Indianapolis headquarters.

"We're excited to kick off the Medical Student Rotation Program," said Yolanda Johnson-Moton, director of external relations, US Medical Division, Lilly. "The students selected for this program distinguished themselves, both academically and during the interview process.

"The program is intensive and exposes these future practitioners to the various scientific and medical phases of the drug development process, along with a holistic view of the company. Students have a unique vantage point and opportunity to work alongside some of the most talented health care professionals in the industry, including physicians, and understand their important roles in our organization."

The Medical Student Rotation Program is a four-week experiential learning program. In partnership with Tulane University School of Medicine, medical students will gain experience and understanding of drug development and how physicians at Lilly contribute to the process. The program features a student-centric curriculum and structured mentorship in various aspects of pharmaceutical development. This includes independent projects, industry-led workshops, exposure to many facets of drug discovery and development and networking opportunities with Lilly medical leaders.

"Students participating in the program will get hands-on knowledge of the many roles physicians play in the pharmaceutical industry," said Dr. Marc J. Kahn, senior associate dean for admissions and student affairs at Tulane University School of Medicine. "The partnership between Lilly and Tulane matches Lilly's commitment to medical education with Tulane's passion for providing exciting educational experiences for our students. Tulane has the largest combined MD/MPH program in the country, a successful MD/MBA program and a program in medical innovation. This experience combined with Lilly's reputation as a leader in the pharmaceutical industry makes the partnership a natural one."

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