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IFAPP Academy partners with MAPS (Medical Affairs Professional Society)

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From left to right: Kirk Shepard, MAPS Director; Travis Hege, MAPS CEO; Gustavo Kesselring, IFAPP Past President & IFAPP Academy Vice President; and Danie du Plessis, MAPS EMEA President

The IFAPP Academy is dedicated to providing high-quality education for medical affairs professionals. To achieve this goal, we have partnerships with two well known and highly respected academic institutions, King’s College London and Tufts CSDD in Boston. However, in effort to continue expanding our impact and support of the various functions in medical affairs, we have joined forces with MAPS for some exciting new initiatives.

MAPS and IFAPP Academy have signed a mutual agreement to facilitate the coordination and implementation of joint projects for the benefit of biomedical professionals in the development, testing, and monitoring of medicinal products. These undertakings will empower biomedical professionals to leverage their roles in the research, development, and commercialization activities conducted by the global biopharmaceutical industry. Initiatives will be developed to foster ethical conduct and the maintenance of professional autonomy to protect the safety and dignity of patients and research subjects.

Dr. Honorio Silva, IFAPP Academy President

“At the IFAPP Academy, we are enthused with the potential for this synergistic collaboration. This cooperative effort will allow biomedical professionals, serving in Medical Affairs related functions, better access to online, state of the art, competency-based education for professional development,” said Honorio Silva, MD, IFAPP Past President & IFAPP Academy Chief Executive Officer. “This opportunity could result in leveraged competence and improved performance in their functions for the benefit of patients, the sponsoring institutions, and society at large.”

Honorio Silva, MD, IFAPP Past President & IFAPP Academy Chief Executive Officer

MAPS and IFAPP Academy will cooperate in other areas of mutual interest, in particular, those concerning education and competency building in Medical Affairs. Soon both organizations will be able to work together on projects related to the capacitation of the various functions related to Medical Affairs within the biopharmaceutical and device industry and ensure that better medicines are available worldwide.

Travis Hege, MAPS CEO

“This collaboration partners two global non-profit organizations with similar visions, experienced leadership, and proven track records of promoting excellence and fostering capability building for the Medical Affairs function. MAPS is excited to work with IFAPP Academy in the production and delivery of the highest quality competency-building offerings for our members and the Medical Affairs Community at large.”

Travis Hege, MAPS CEO

About the Medical Affairs Professional Society

MAPS (https://www.medicalaffairs.org) is a global non-profit [501(c)(3)] organization of Medical Affairs professionals with nearly 2,000 individual members from over 160 life sciences companies, as well as those who provide valuable support to Medical Affairs organizations. Its mission is to advance the Medical Affairs profession and increase its impact across the life sciences industry by:

  1. Promoting excellence across Medical Affairs functions
  2. Developing guidelines to support industry standards and best practices
  3. Fostering advocacy for the Medical Affairs position
  4. Providing education and encouraging professional collaborations that support the practice of Medical Affairs

About IFAPP Academy

The International Federation of Associations of Pharmaceutical Physicians and Pharmaceutical Medicine (IFAPP) Academy (https://ifappacademy.org/) is a non-profit organization based in the USA and affiliated with IFAPP. The Academy is a unique partnership between academia, industry, and professional associations to foster competencies and improve performance in medical affairs and medicines development. The IFAPP Academy-Kings College London, Medical Affairs in Medicines Development, Certification Program was created to achieve this goal. The online Program aims to provide the core cognitive competencies for effective performance in medicines development and medical affairs. The certification program is of particular value for those individuals already working in (or interested in joining) pharmaceuticals, academia, and regulatory agencies. Students completing the course receive a Certificate granted by King’s College London and IFAPP Academy, a Professional Certification issued by IFAPP and the IFAPP Academy, and the use of post-nominal letters (CMD) to attest certification.


Want to learn more about the IFAPP Academy – King’s College London, Medical Affairs in Medicines Development, Certification Program?

The International Federation of Associations of Pharmaceutical Physicians and Pharmaceutical Medicine (IFAPP) Academy provides online Continuing Professional Development for Medical Affairs Professionals.

The IFAPP Academy is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote, develop, and implement educational activities that support Pharmaceutical Medicine by enhancing the knowledge, expertise, and skills of pharmaceutical physicians and medicines development scientists worldwide. Partnered with King’s College London, the Academy offers Professional Certification for students successfully completing the course. Click here to learn more about the benefits of Professional Certification from the IFAPP Academy.

Future of Medical Affairs: “Third Strategic Pillar”

“Third Strategic Pillar” of the pharmaceutical industry

medical affairs future

Learn what McKinsey & Company has to say about the future of Medical Affairs, “A Vision for Medical Affairs in 2025”. 

Are you ready for the future of Medical Affairs? In A vision for Medical Affairs in 2025, a new report released by McKinsey & Company, Medical Affairs is cited as the “third strategic pillar”[1], right along with R&D, and commercial & market access1 in the pharmaceutical industry. Essentially, Medical Affairs professionals are no longer acting as the supporting cast, they are now co-starring in the production.

As the pharmaceutical industry evolves and changes, those within it must adapt and develop the skills and competencies needed to address the emerging needs.  Patients and physicians are seeking high-quality and reliable information, products, and services.  Pharmaceutical companies are acknowledging the primary role that Medical Affairs Professionals play in providing this, and ultimately bridging the gap between the company and its stakeholders (physicians and patients).  The need for qualified, competent, and agile Medical Affairs Professionals to fill this primary role within organizations has become apparent.  

Apply now and build your future in medical affairs

The IFAPP Academy/King’s College London, Medical Affairs in Medicines Development, Certification Program provides the training needed for Medical Affairs Professionals to not only become successful in their careers but ultimately provide a higher standard of care and service to patients and healthcare providers.

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Learn more about the IFAPP Academy/King’s College London, Medical Affairs in Medicines development, Certification Program

Presented by Dr. Gustavo Kesselring

Want to learn how to expand your skill set and continue your professional development in Medical Affairs?

The International Federation of Associations of Pharmaceutical Physicians and Pharmaceutical Medicine (IFAPP) Academy provides online Continuing Professional Development for Medical Affairs Professionals.

The IFAPP Academy is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote, develop, and implement educational activities that support Pharmaceutical Medicine by enhancing the knowledge, expertise, and skills of pharmaceutical physicians and medicines development scientists worldwide. Partnered with King’s College London, the Academy offers Professional Certification for students successfully completing the course. Click here to learn more about the benefits of Professional Certification from the IFAPP Academy.

Get to know IFAPP Academy Student, Dr. Epaïnète GAWA

IFAPP Academy Student Dr. Epaïnète GAWA, Global Medical Expert, Sanofi
  • What is your name and job title?

Epaïnète GAWA, Global Medical Expert in Sanofi Consumer Healthcare

  • What do you feel is your greatest achievement?

My professional development in recent years. It’s a real opportunity to be part of the global medical team of Sanofi consumer healthcare. Indeed I have joined Sanofi at the local level by working on transversal projects, medico-marketing, pharmacovigilance, and clinical studies.
Today I have a specific medical position, with close interaction with regulatory and pharmacovigilance teams. As a partner, I give my best, and I also learn from others to face future challenges.

  • What is your favorite hobby and/or activity outside of your work?

 Football, scrabble, cinema, reading

  • What do you enjoy most about being a Medical Affairs Professional?

As a physician, my greatest satisfaction is to contribute to the well-being of the patient through an assessment of products based on their efficacy and safety datas, and to propose a risk mitigation plan. In addition i like the medical strategy because it helps to identify the real needs of patients and to propose the appropriate actions.

  • What has been the most beneficial aspect of the IFAPP Academy Program?

This program gives a broader view of the medical affairs function, and the skills required. The role of the medical affairs professional is well highlighted in all activities of the pharmaceutical industry, and this helps to better understand how we can be a key partner of other functions.

  • How has your view of the medical affairs profession altered and/or improved?

I limited the medical affairs to my personal experience but this program has shown me the evolution of the profession and the added value of our role in the life of the drug. Some topics that were abstract are now concrete for me. It is a specialty that deserves to be recognized in view of the complexity of the various skills required to be a professional in medical affairs. This profession has a major role in all decisions concerning the life of the product, from the discovery of the molecule to the monitoring and innovation of the mature product. The professionals must be multi-skilled and have a critical judgment in all discussions hence the extensive knowledge provided by this program.

  • Any additional comments that you would like to make about the Program?

This program is an opportunity to exchange with experts and other professionals from the pharmaceutical industry through webinars and forums. In addition to deepening our knowledge, it is a professional network that is created.

Thanks to Sanofi which is a partner of this program, and thanks to the IFAPP team for your expertise.

International Perception of Competence, Education, and Training Needs Among Biomedical Professionals Involved in Medicines Development

The below excerpt is from an article originally published on the Frontiers in Pharmacology website. To check out the full article click here.

Medical Affairs Books

The development of new medicines today, requires a multi-professional workforce, both in industry and the clinical research arena. Pharmaceutical physicians (PPs) and medicines development scientists (MDS) need a certain level of competence, achieved through on-the-job experience, with a postgraduate education foundation and continuous professional development programs. In order to assess the self-perception of competence, education and training needs, an on-line questionnaire based on the seven domains of competence, developed by IFAPP-PharmaTrain, was prepared and distributed among PPs and MDS members of IFAPP’s affiliated professional associations in countries with facilities for postgraduate education. The data collection was run over a fixed period of three months in Japan, Italy, Brazil, and Spain during 2017. Results indicate low but variable levels of perceived competence for the various domains as well as seniority in the job. All respondents declared a significant need for continuing professional development in all domains. These results corroborate and support the continuous efforts, put in place by IFAPP and the PharmaTrain Federation, to foster the development of accredited education and training among professionals involved in medicines development.

Introduction

For some time now, the biopharmaceutical industry has been the key link between basic biomedical discovery and the emergence of novel medicines that prolong or improve life. However, the industry faces several ongoing and emerging challenges, including technical knowledge gaps, limitations in clinical testing, lowered productivity, higher development costs, increased regulatory requirements, growing payer pressures and patent expiration.

The lack of an adequately sized and appropriately trained multi-professional workforce, both in the industry and the clinical research field, is also a significant part of the problem. There is a perceived mismatch between the profiles and abilities of graduates from academic programs in healthcare professions, and the changing needs of the various health systems around the world. As a possible solution to achieving a transformative learning, an outcomes-based education, or competency-based education (CBE), has been proposed (Silva et al., 2013). Competent professionals would be able to perform their specific responsibilities effectively, such as bringing and maintaining new medicines to the marketplace. A need for competency-based education and training has been identified in the United States, Europe, and Latin America (Dubois et al., 2016).

These respective professional groups have been left with the responsibility to define the competencies needed to perform their function effectively. Competencies can be clustered in domains and can be learned through proper postgraduate education or continuing professional development (CPD) (Sonstein et al., 2014).

The International Federation of Associations of Pharmaceutical Physicians and Pharmaceutical Medicine (IFAPP)1 and the PharmaTrain Federation (PharmaTrain)2 assumed the task of producing the defined core competencies to orientate Pharmaceutical Medicine and Medicines Development as a discipline and profession. Three areas, seven domains and 57 core competencies at the cognitive level, were identified (Silva et al., 2013). The domains have been summarized in a Statement of Competence.

In addition to serving as a template for job profiles and portfolios, the domains can be used to identify general education and training needs. Based on these premises, an international survey among members of the IFAPP national member association was designed using an online questionnaire. Stakeholders were asked about their self-perception of competence and the need for education and training. The results were then assessed to identify gaps, in order to address the potential need for future development of pharmaceutical physicians and medicines development scientists.

By:
Kyoko Imamura1*
Domenico Criscuolo2
Anna Jurczynska3
Gustavo Kesselring4
Peter Stonier5
Tatsushi Tsuda1 and 
Honorio Silva6

Copyright © 2019 Imamura, Criscuolo, Jurczynska, Kesselring, Stonier, Tsuda and Silva.

IFAPP Academy 2019 Cohort Excelling!

The 2019 Cohort has just completed the first of six Modules required to earn their Medical Affairs in Medicines Development Certification (CMD). In the past month students have learned about the purpose and identity of medical affairs, received an introduction to pharmacology, overviewed the clinical trial process, networked with their fellow students during webinars and lesson discussions, and much more!

We are proud to announce that we have a few students who received perfect scores for their work in Module 1! This means they attended all lectures, webinars, and achieved full marks in participation for each activity. This is by no means a small feat. Their dedication to the Program has not only exceeded expectations through their academic achievements but also through their interactions with their fellow students.

We look forward to sharing with you the continued success of each one of the students in this Cohort.

Want to learn more about the IFAPP/King’s College London, Medical Affairs in Medicines Development, Certification Program?

The International Federation of Associations of Pharmaceutical Physicians and Pharmaceutical Medicine (IFAPP) Academy provides online Continuing Professional Development for Medical Affairs Professionals.

The IFAPP Academy is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote, develop, and implement educational activities that support Pharmaceutical Medicine by enhancing the knowledge, expertise, and skills of pharmaceutical physicians and medicines development scientists worldwide. Partnered with King’s College London, the Academy offers Professional Certification for students successfully completing the course. Click here to learn more about the benefits of Professional Certification from the IFAPP Academy.