Why did you choose to attend the Master in Drug Development and Product Management (DDPM)?
After spending ~7yrs in Regulatory and Marketing roles within Pharma post-undergrad, I recognized a gap in my insight of the medical function. I wanted to be exposed to clinical trial design, manufacturing and pharmacology. To gain this, I needed to work towards a goal I’d been neglecting in fear for some time, returning to school.
The DDPM program was thoughtfully crafted for working professionals who yearn to pursue something greater in their careers, in their lives even. I applied because I trusted that UCSD’s Skaggs School of Pharmacy professors would be best equipped to elevate a new breed of continuing students, even if their academic background was not initially in the sciences. As a humanities undergrad with some pharmaceutical work experience, I believed the posted DDPM curriculum was specific enough to glean worthwhile, practical learnings. So, I pursued this cohort wholeheartedly. And then, it changed my life.
What skills and proficiencies did you gain from this program and how did it benefit your career?
Time management, relationship building, navigating group project dynamic, aural and oral presentation skills. Recognizing that it takes an empathetic village with a shared goal to accomplish anything, no matter the task, is a reassuring lesson in accepting that none of us are ever truly alone. These ‘soft skills’ are profound in the work setting, helping us all to connect with the human side of corporate work, so often deeply robotic and capitalist in foundation.
Can you describe networking experiences that were initiated by the program?
I do not recall attending any networking events, if offered, other than briefly meeting guest lecturers post-class. I default to other alum’s answers to this question, as I don’t have a substantive perspective or recollection.
What did you like best about the program?
My peers. The international student cohort brought a wealth of perspective and personality to the classroom every week. Our group chats were helpful to keep track of class responsibilities throughout each semester. The acquaintanceships, both personal and professional, made during the quick 1.5yr program are my fondest gifts.
If you could give an incoming DDPM student one piece of advice, what would it be?
Believe in your capability and capacity. Know you belong everywhere and anywhere, even when you feel darkest. Be proactive with planning your work schedule. Speak up for yourself, because healthy boundaries are important. & Keep pushing!