School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies

Dr Achal SharmaDr. Achal Sharma - MD, Avalon University School of Medicine 

Intern at Boehringer Ingelheim Canada Ltd

PHMI Class of 2021 

What drew you to the PHMI program at Queen’s? 

What drew me to PHMI was the guaranteed internship with Industry leaders. It is extremely difficult to break into the industry, and with the internship, it provides a very important opportunity to get the proverbial foot in the door. 

 What were you doing when you entered the program? Were you already looking for opportunities in industry? 

I was conducting research in a community based academic setting, working towards either an academic or Industry-based career. When I decided to look into the industry, I found it very difficult to make the first move without prior experience or a solid network. 

What has been your favourite experience so far? 

It would have to be the camaraderie formed within the cohort itself. The cohort of students brought together were incredibly fun to work with during the weekly assignments, and made for a fun exchange. Considering teamwork is essential to succeed in the industry, this was a very important, and almost subdued part of this program. 

What is the most interesting thing you learned? Perhaps an “ah-ha” moment that has changed your view on something? 

The internship experience overall has been a revelation thus far. It has been amazing learning about all the functions and the workings, and how well we were prepared during the didactic portion of the course. Knowledge of the IMC codes and FMV assessment directly translated to my internship experience. 

  If someone were considering applying to PHMI, what advice would you give them?  

Potential applicants should be prepared to allot sufficient time to the coursework. Must be organized and good at time-management to ensure all course-related readings and assignments are done on time.