Summer Intern Perspectives: Daniele Anina, Foundation/Genentech Intern
Published October 2021
I am incredibly grateful for the experience and knowledge I gained with the AMCP Foundation/Genentech, Inc. Evidence for Access Summer Internship. From the beginning, I knew I was in for a wonderful learning engagement with supportive leaders and mentors. The program provided me with the resources and tools to help me as a future pharmacist and leader in the field. I came into the program not exactly knowing what to expect, and I am taking away so much more than I imagined. Throughout the summer, I was involved in many aspects of medical affairs and gaining a deeper insight into HEOR and its impact.
During the internship, I worked on multiple projects that focused on generating evidence to improve access to critical lifesaving medications and showcase the value of these important therapies. With the E4A team, I helped assess and demonstrate the clinical impact of the organization’s oncology portfolio. In another project, I interviewed health economists on their research to understand and capture the impact and pull through of this work post-publication and dissemination. I gained critical skills in project management, interviewing, research, and information synthesis. The third project I worked on focused on analyzing the alignment of NCCN guidelines with coverage policies for multigene panel testing on select cancer tumors. Through this project, I learned about the variability in coverage policies and barriers to access for testing. I was able to broaden my understanding of health care policy and clinical guidelines.
I was allowed to meet and network with many PharmD’s and other professionals across the E4A team as well as the entire organization. I learned about the roles of pharmacists in many functional areas, including marketing, medical affairs, and clinical development. It was inspiring to learn more about all the different paths and opportunities for pharmacists in industry and managed care.
I want to give a huge shout-out to my preceptor and mentor, Pattie Strong, for orchestrating an incredible experience and supporting me from day one. Her energy and enthusiasm helped me to have a wonderful virtual experience. I also want to thank everyone who helped make this possible and guided me along the way: Ebony Clay, AMCP Foundation staff, Genentech Inc. staff, the E4A team members, Will, Pranav, and the AMCP program alumni. Thank you for your continued support and the opportunity to grow as a person, professional, and pharmacy leader. I can’t wait to present my project as a poster at Nexus 2021!