Student Spotlight: Michelle Ciambella

Fourth year PharmD student Michelle Ciambella will be a part of the first official graduating class from the College of Pharmacy’s Phoenix campus this May, but she’ll have more to celebrate then the completion of her program. Recently, Ciambella has been offered a two-year rotational fellowship in Global Medical Communications/Global Medical Affairs in Hematology/Nephrology at Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Ciambella made the decision to apply to the program after doing a rotation at the BioTech company Sanofi Genzyme, where she discovered her love for medical communications. “This fellowship will provide me the training in all the areas within medical affairs and medical communications that interest me, such as scientific communications, medical science liaisons, clinical development, medical training, and advertising and promotion,” said Ciambella.

Ciambella says that this type of study is incredibly important to pharmacy. “Pharmacists are the drug experts. We are best suited to understand the statistics and mechanisms of action behind these pipeline products.”

Ciambella describes her experience in the PharmD program as one filled with support. “I loved every minute of it and wouldn’t change a thing,” shared Ciambella. “I have never been in an environment like it before. We all made each other better.” After finding out she had received this fellowship, Ciambella remembers feeling very excited and relieved. “All the hard work I had put in the past 3.5 years had been validated.” She adds that she cannot wait to take her next steps in her career.

Congratulations to Michelle on this accomplishment and good luck in the next step of your career!