PIER Mentorship Programme Background

In 2017, PIER ran a six-month pilot mentorship programme to support experienced pharmacists working in patient-facing roles and early industry career pharmacists develop their careers. Twelve pharmacists participated (8 patient-facing and 4 industry based). The pilot was supported by an external career consultant who assisted with the development of a framework for the initiative.

Following the successful pilot in 2017, PIER ran mentorship programmes in 2018 and 2021.  Mentees were matched with experienced industry-based pharmacists (mentors) working in the area of expressed interest of the mentee e.g. Market Access, Medical Affairs, Quality, Regulatory Affairs. Participants also attended a one-day workshop facilitated by the external career coach.

2024 Mentorship Programme

The PIER Committee is organising another mentorship programme for pharmacists (> 3 years qualified in Ireland or abroad) interested in exploring other career options. 

A kick-off workshop for mentees is been organised for Wednesday 29th May 2024 facilitated by Margaret Dorgan (Career Coach) in the Crowne Plaza, Blanchardstown, Dublin. The workshop will run from 9.30am-4.30pm. Attendance at this workshop is recommended.  
Mentees will then be matched with an experienced pharmacist mentor working in area of general interest in the wider industry. The expectation is that there will be monthly engagement (f2f or virtual) between the mentee and assigned mentor over a 6 month period.
Anyone participating in this programme will need to be a current PIER member. 

Call for Mentees

To express your interest in participating in the PIER mentorship programme, please complete this form by Monday 20th May 2024 https://forms.gle/RFbJK73ExoEwhVse7.
Places on this mentorship programme are limited to 20. 
Email education@pier.ie if any specific questions. 

Call for Mentor Volunteers

The PIER Committee are looking to establish a panel of experienced industry-based pharmacist mentors who fulfil the following criteria:

  • Have at least 5 years post-qualification experience, currently working in an industry or regulatory agency role.
  • Can commit to supporting a fellow pharmacist looking to make a career change. 
  • The time commitment is envisaged as at least once a month meeting (online or f2f) for a period of 6 months and attendance at an evening briefing webinar in June 2024. 

If interested in participating as a mentor, please email education@pier.ie  before Friday 24 May 2024.

 AI webinar 18 April 2024

Please register your interest in attending at the link here: https://forms.gle/ZxDXCP4vL7ASQ6MC8. Registered attendees will be provided with a Zoom link ahead of the webinar.

A Masterclass programme on the Pharmaceutical Treatment of Cancer has been developed by the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in Trinity College Dublin in collaboration with the Trinity St. James’s Cancer Institute (TSJCI) and with support from the Irish Pharmacy Haematology Oncology Society (IPHOS) and Pharmacists in Industry, Education and Regulation (PIER).

Duration: The programme will be delivered in person on TCD campus over two high energy, one-day masterclasses.
Masterclass 1: Wednesday April 17th
Masterclass 2: Wednesday May 15th
Closing Date: 3rd April 2024 (places are limited and early registration is recommended)
Course Fees: €495 payable at registration. 
Course Co-ordinator: AnneMarie De Frein
For queries, please email: defreina@tcd.ie


For further information see https://pharmacy.tcd.ie/postgraduate/masterclass_cancer.php.


Interested in learning more about alternate career opportunities for pharmacists?

The PIER Committee will be hosting a Careers Evening in College Hall, RCSI on Thursday 29th February 2024 (6.30pm-9.00pm). This event are a great opportunity for pharmacy students, postgrads and patient facing ~20 pharmacists to meet pharmacists working in a number of different roles in a consulting (Accenture, EY, PwC), HPRA and the biopharmaceutical industry (AbbVie, Astellas, Avandel, AZ, Bayer, BMS, IQVIA, Novartis, Novo Nordisk, Pfizer, Sanofi). 

PIER members & non-members welcome to attend this particular event. Registration and refreshments are available from 6.00pm. 

Register by emailing careerhub2@rcsi.ie.

 PIER RCSI 29 Feb 2024

PIER membership is open to all pharmacists registered or eligible to be registered with PSI and pharmacy students with an interest in industry.

For further information, please visit https://www.pier.ie/members-area-public/membership

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 Email piermembership@gmail.com for further enquiries.  



EIPG in collaboration with PIER and UCC School of Pharmacy is organising a webinar on the topic of 'Insights into the Industrial Pharmacist of the Future' on Tuesday 14th November 2023 (4pm). 

Overview of Webinar

The EIPG report Advisory Group on Competencies for Industrial Pharmacists aims to raise awareness of the exciting changes in requirements for the profile of an industrial pharmacist at any stage in their career. We should also like to engage with academics working in the various faculties of pharmacy throughout Europe. Newly observed trends in drug science and technology and the opportunities and challenges that are likely to arrive will be considered. The target of the project is to determine the roles where the industrial pharmacist will work in the future and what knowledge, competencies and skills are needed for these future roles. It is a shared understanding that there are gaps in the current curricula, but academia cannot cover all the needs of the pharmaceutical industry and the Advisory Group have made some proposals to recognise and fill these gaps. The pharmaceutical industry is deluged with various challenges that are likely to influence the future of our planet. Unpredictable conditions such as pandemics and geopolitical instability as well as novel introductions in personalised medicines and advanced manufacturing technologies will continue to shape the healthcare environment. Pharmacists, as professionals in healthcare, must continually update their professional performance and develop new knowledge, competencies and skills in order to effectively support patient care.

For further information including registration link, see Insights into Industrial Pharmacist of the Future flyer_14 Nov 2023



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