Abbott Diabetes Care | Medical Affairs Fellowship


KGI and Abbott are proud to announce a 24-month fellowship with Abbott designed to provide pharmacists with broad exposure to medical information. The Fellowship provides an opportunity to learn the skills and experience necessary to excel as a pharmacist in scientific communications, a key function in any medical device company. The fellowship will be based virtually and may require some travel.


At Abbott, the primary function of the fellow is to create and sustain the relevant connections with the diabetes scientific community to support FreeStyle Libre products.  The fellow will develop relationships and foster advocacy among targeted Key Opinion Leaders and will establish excellent clinical use practices and ongoing support for healthcare professionals. In order to develop commercially and clinically competitive products and services, the fellow will participate in product development teams, contributing clinical and user experience insights.  In addition, the fellow will assist with Abbott Diabetes Care clinical studies related to product approval and customer use, particularly related to the training and educational aspects of the product.


  • Provide unbiased scientifically balanced information on Abbott’s products to healthcare providers.
  • Support medical and scientific affairs by providing product information expertise on a wide range of initiatives including medical review of promotional materials. staffing medical booths at scientific meetings and conferences, and supporting cross-functional activities.
  • Develop strong literature searching skills and critically review published and unpublished clinical data regarding marketed and investigational products and/or therapeutic areas of interest to Abbott.
  • Support the overall operations of a medical information function by participating in process improvement initiatives, tracking and reporting key operational metrics, and ensuring audit readiness.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional groups across Abbott.
  • Learn and comply with regulations set by KGI, Abbott, and national/global regulatory agencies.
  • The Abbott-KGI Fellow will have academic responsibilities at the KGI School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences which may include precepting students, publishing abstracts and posters, and representing the fellowship to pharmacy students.
  • With oversight from the MSLs and SAMs, participate in Core Teams, providing clinical insights for product development and creating content such as slide decks for the MSL team to utilize with their KOLs.
  • With oversight from the MSLs and SAMs, present scientific educational materials to KOLs, academic centers, and professional organizations to gain awareness, acceptance, and advocacy for products.
  • Work with oversight from the Publications lead to support a publication strategy for products in the field.
  • Support and coordinate activities, information, and resources with other personnel including taking minutes at each meeting to allow dissemination.
  • Assist with medical content review for professional materials and key advocacy initiatives.
  • Coordinate and execute regional educational programs.
  • Attend key regional and national scientific and medical meetings.


A successful candidate must be a PharmD graduate from an accredited institution. Substantial background knowledge in a related field is a plus. All candidates must have the right to work in the USA.


  • Strong work ethic and sense of adaptability. Candidate must demonstrate ability to take direction and work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Pro-active approach to assigned responsibilities, with responsiveness to prioritize according to needs of the research project.
  • Reliability, strong attention to detail, accuracy and effective organizational skills in planning and overseeing multiple parallel long-term projects.
  • Experience with gathering, processing, analyzing and critically evaluating large volumes of data.
  • Commitment to communicating respectfully and effectively within the team.
  • Demonstrated scientific writing skills.

Abbott is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, national origin, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation or veteran status.


Candidates must submit all the following application materials to Professor Bernard Tyrrell, KGI Associate Dean for Pharmacy and Industry Relations at by Friday October 16, 2020. Applicants will be screened, and interviewee schedules will be scheduled shortly thereafter.

  • Letter of Intent
  • Updated curriculum vitae (CV).
  • Unofficial pharmacy school transcripts
  • One (1) letter of recommendation


This is a two-year fellowship, starting on January 1, 2021. Initially the position will be virtual but, depending on the pandemic, will eventually be located at Abbott Diabetes Care location in Alameda, California. Number of fellowships is 1.