Dr Raquel Rogers studied the Certificate in Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacovigilance at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Here she talks about her experiences studying the course, and how it has helped her in her career.
“I am a medical Doctor, and before I did the course I was working as a medical policy advisor. I had an interest in pharmacoepidemiology/pharmacovigilance, but no background in this area, so I decided to study for the certificate at LSHTM. The course modules were intense enough for me to feel challenged, but they are well spaced and the course materials, workshops and lectures were well defined and gave me sufficient practice so that I was clear at each phase what I needed to focus on. This made it easier to fit in since I was also in full time employment. The lecturers were from academia, regulators and industry consequently they imparted both theory and practical application giving me a working knowledge of the subject.
The final project required intense focus, but it was a relevant topic that has since come up in my subsequent work. At the end of the course I felt I had a functional grasp of the subject area so that I would be able to apply what I learned. Within 4 months of completing the course I secured a role in pharmacovigilance and without a doubt the course played a significant part. I apply some aspect of the things I learned on almost a daily basis and the lecture materials continue to serve as a resource. Doing the course was great fun and one of my best career decisions.”
The next certificate starts on the 11 November 2013. If you are interested in taking the course click here.