Meet the InpharmD Fellows–Dylan Brown
As applications come to a close and interview invitations are finalized, take a moment to get to know our current InpharmD fellows and what their experiences have been like so far!
Name: Dylan Brown
Pharmacy School: University of Georgia (UGA)
Tell us a little bit about yourself!
I’m from Lilburn, Georgia. I completed my pre-pharmacy requirements at UGA and went on to complete my Doctor of Pharmacy at UGA as well. I was initially interested in industry and medical information but have now found a home in drug information.
Do you have a fellowship project? What is it about?
My project details retrospective review of drug information questions asked via InpharmD to determine the types and amount of each types of questions asked based on a pre-specified question taxonomy.
What factors did you consider when choosing a fellowship program?
How the fellowship would benefit me on my career path and in reaching my career goals, research/publishing opportunities, opportunities to ascend within the company, ability to teach students, lifestyle during the fellowship, and location.
Why did you choose InpharmD’s Fellowship?
InpharmD’s Fellowship gave me the opportunity to explore a pharmacy field that I had grown to love during my 4th year of pharmacy school. I learned how vital drug information and evidenced based medicine is for making clinical decisions and improving patient outcomes. I had seen InpharmD continue to grow during my 4th year of pharmacy school after doing my very first rotation with the company, and I was excited to be a part of something innovative where I could still affect patient outcomes through drug information services.
What does a day in the life of an InpharmD Fellow look like?
We work together as a team to answer drug information questions and P&T requests. This includes doing extensive literature searches and finding relevant primary and tertiary literature to answer the question, then putting that information in an easily digestible format for our inquirers. We also spend time working on our research projects and teaching students, either through leading journal clubs or topic discussions or guiding them through answering drug information questions. During weekly meetings with co-fellows and our fellowship director, we do drug information topic discussions, journal clubs, inquiry defenses, and discuss ways to improve our question responses.
Any advice for future fellows and applicants?
Find 8–10 programs you are really interested in and be able to identify how those programs will allow you to reach your specific career goals. Get your applications and letters of recommendation turned in as early as possible since a lot of fellowship programs will review applications on a rolling basis. The IPhO website is a great resource to use for learning about various fellowships offered, and you can apply to many of them through the website. Be selfish! This is your career!
And lastly, tell us a fun fact!
I am a die hard Hawks, Falcons, and Dawgs fan that loves to mountain bike, play disc golf, cook, and build Legos in my free time.