INDIANAPOLIS, April 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) announced today the launch of another medical student education program, an internship for aspiring physicians. The Lilly Medical Student Intern Program, the second phase of its medical student programs, offers opportunities for medical students between their first and second years to work alongside healthcare professionals in the pharmaceutical industry to gain scientific knowledge and experience in several areas, including preclinical research, clinical trial development, medical affairs, regulatory affairs, bio-ethics and patient safety.
Six students from Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine will be the first to participate in the intern program at Eli Lilly and Company's Indianapolis headquarters. Students will expand their knowledge of the industry by spending time at other facilities, including Covance and Elanco, networking with executive leadership and participating in team-building activities with other summer interns across the company.
"We see a great synergy in the making, as these students will have the opportunity to obtain unique, real-world experiences in the realm of drug discovery and development and the myriad of regulatory, legal and business aspects of the pharmaceutical industry," said Dr. Bryan Larsen, Ph.D., associate dean for biomedical sciences, Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine. "And Marian University will enjoy an unprecedented opportunity to showcase some of its very promising student doctors to the leaders of one of the most revered pharmaceutical companies in the world," he added.
This is the second medical student program launched by Lilly this year. In February, Lilly announced a new partnership with Tulane University School of Medicine to debut the Medical Student Rotation Program, a four-week experiential learning program for fourth-year medical students.
The 10-week internship program with Marian University students, which will run from May through August, matches interns with projects based on their skills and interests. Experienced, knowledgeable mentors will help students gain hands-on experience and explore diverse career options in healthcare.
"By participating in this program, students will gain experience in drug development, interact with professionals in a variety of medical roles, and further develop leadership skills," said Katie Sugarman, MD, Senior Director, Global Regulatory Affairs - Oncology, Eli Lilly and Company, and a Lilly mentor in the new medical student programs. "We believe this internship will provide students with a better understanding of how physicians contribute to patient outcomes in this area of healthcare."
Both the Intern Program and Medical Student Rotation Program highlight Lilly's ongoing commitment to medical education.
About Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine
The Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Indianapolis recognizes the power of the osteopathic medical philosophy, which treats the root cause of illness, not just symptoms, and promotes a lifetime of wellness. The program emphasizes osteopathic training in all areas of medicine, including primary care, through lifelong learning and scholarly activity delivered by a dynamic academic community.
Indiana's newest medical school welcomed the first class of medical students in August 2013 and combines the strengths of the osteopathic philosophy and Marian University's rich Catholic history, making it one of only five Catholic medical schools, and the only Catholic osteopathic medical school in the nation.
The Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine is a Catholic medical institution built on the inspired vision and values of the Franciscan heritage, and dedicated to preparing osteopathic physicians who are committed to the complete healing of individuals' bodies, minds, and spirits. The institution is committed to serving the people of Indiana and to developing osteopathic physicians through research, service, and teaching.
About Eli Lilly and Company
Lilly is a global healthcare leader that unites caring with discovery to make life better for people around the world. We were founded more than a century ago by a man committed to creating high-quality medicines that meet real needs, and today we remain true to that mission in all our work. Across the globe, Lilly employees work to discover and bring life-changing medicines to those who need them, improve the understanding and management of disease, and give back to communities through philanthropy and volunteerism. To learn more about Lilly, please visit us at www.lilly.com and http://newsroom.lilly.com/social-channels. C-LLY
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