Fellowship Curriculum

As a medical communications agency, we work with several clients on a wide variety of project types, ranging from medical science liaison (MSL) training to commercial/marketing initiatives. This allows the fellows to develop a unique and differentiated skill set.

Experience (1-2 years)

  • Medical Information
  • Scientific Poster Development
  • Medical Writing
  • Medical, Legal, Regulatory Review
  • Medical Affairs Content Development
  • Publication Planning
  • Live MSL Training Meeting
  • Medical Congress Strategy

Experience (2 years)

  • Advisory Board Management
  • Marketing & Brand Strategy
  • Project Management
  • Business Development
  • Strategic Workshop Development and Execution
  • Scientific Communication Strategy and Consulting

Key Dates & Application Process

Fellows will be selected on a nationally competitive basis, with interviews at the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists Midyear Clinical Meeting. Participation in the Personnel Placement Service is required.

The next interview cycle will begin October 2020.

Current Fellows

Ashna Ramanlal, PharmD

Gerald Guirard, PharmD

Past Fellows

Scientific Strategist | ECIR Medical Communications

Medical Director | ECIR Medical Communications

Medical Science Liaison | Merck

Pharmacovigilance Specialist | Novartis

Product Manager, Marketing | Genentech

Medical Science Liaison | AbbVie

Commercial Development | Genentech

Medical Science Liaison | Novartis

Pharmacy Quality Improvement | Duke University

Medical Science Liaison | Janssen

Medical Science Liaison | Bristol-Myer Squibb

“As a fellow at ECIR, I was able to develop essential skills needed for a successful career in the pharmaceutical industry. It afforded me the opportunity to build relationships with various companies, one of which ultimately led to a full-time position after my fellowship. At ECIR, you will have the unique chance to lead innovative projects and function as a liaison to both medical and commercial colleagues.”

Alyse Scaffidi, PharmD, 
MSL, AbbVie

“Completing a fellowship at ECIR was the best decision I have ever made. It equipped me with the knowledge to run clinical trials, become a sound educator, and obtain a highly coveted position within the pharmaceutical industry. The skills that I gained continue to support each decision that I make today. This fellowship is among the top 2 programs in the world for candidates pursuing academia or the pharmaceutical industry.”

Niren Shah, PharmD, MBA, Senior Director, Business Development and Strategic Partnerships, PTC Therapeutics

“I loved being a fellow at ECIR for a number of reasons, most notably because I truly felt like I was part of a collaborative team from day 1. My contributions were valued, and I was given autonomy, yet my fellowship directors were always available to support and guide me. This built in me the confidence to take ownership of meaningful projects, verbalize new solutions or ideas, and interface directly with clients on a daily basis. The fellowship afforded me the opportunity to work with different pharmaceutical companies, across multiple disease states, and in various sectors of pharma. This “trifecta” of experience made me an extremely marketable candidate for my dream job as an MSL. However, as the end of my fellowship neared, I realized my dream job was at ECIR, and I couldn’t be happier to work as a scientific strategist alongside a team I love!”

Cassie Bozeman, PharmD, Medical Director, ECIR Medical Communications

Fellowship Role


  • Work with large and small companies vs 1
  • Great networking opportunities

Many Therapeutic Areas

  • Broad skill sets
  • Set YOU apart from other CVs

Core Team

  • Various project possibilities
  • Endless opportunities

Recent Fellows' Projects

National Conference Strategy

  • Identify relevant sessions
  • Strategic planning
  • Attend scientific sessions

Medical Affairs Content Development

  • MSL training
  • Proactive/reactive slide decks
  • Advisory boards

Training & Development

  • MSL interactive workshops
  • Commercial speaker decks
  • Disease state programs

Enduring Materials

  • Scientific platforms
  • Manuscripts
  • Posters


For questions regarding ECIR, the fellowship, or the application process, please contact current fellows:

Ashna Ramanlal: Aramanlal@ecirmed.com

Gerald Guirard: Jtguirard@ecirmed.com