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What is a Medical Science Liaison?

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Have you always wanted to know...What is a Medical Science Liaison? What do Medical Science Liaisons actually do? What is their Roles & Responsibility? What are the various alternative job titles for the MSL? How do I break into the MSL role? Find out...

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What is a Medical Science Liaison?

  1. 1. MSL What is a Medical Science Liaison? (What Do They Do, How to Become an MSL?) Dr. Samuel Dyer - Chairman of the Board - Medical Science Liaison Society www.themsls.org
  2. 2. MSL What is an MSL? Dr. Samuel Dyer - Chairman of the Board - Medical Science Liaison Society www.themsls.org
  3. 3. MSL What is an MSL? First established by the Upjohn Company in 1967, the Medical Science Liaison (MSL) is: • Therapeutic specialist (e.g., oncology, cardiology, neurology) • Employed by pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, clinical research organizations, and other healthcare companies • Have advanced scientific training and typically hold a doctorate degree in the life sciences, such as a Ph.D., Pharm.D., or M.D. Dr. Samuel Dyer - Chairman of the Board - Medical Science Liaison Society www.themsls.org
  4. 4. MSL What is an MSL? The purpose of an MSL is to be a scientific or disease state expert both for internal colleagues, including sales and marketing, and for doctors in the therapeutic area of the medical community in which they work! Dr. Samuel Dyer - Chairman of the Board - Medical Science Liaison Society www.themsls.org
  5. 5. MSL What is an MSL? The primary responsibility of an MSL remains to establish and maintain peer-to-peer relationships with leading doctors who influence other doctors. These influential doctors are commonly referred to as key opinion leaders (KOLs). Dr. Samuel Dyer - Chairman of the Board - Medical Science Liaison Society www.themsls.org
  6. 6. MSL MSL Activities Dr. Samuel Dyer - Chairman of the Board - Medical Science Liaison Society www.themsls.org
  7. 7. MSL What does an MSL do? MSL Activity Survey The MSL Society conducted a global MSL Survey to gain insights into the range of activities MSLs are involved with. MSLs were given a list of activities and asked to select all those they are involved with. The survey included: 275 MSLs 29 Countries Dr. Samuel Dyer - Chairman of the Board - Medical Science Liaison Society www.themsls.org
  8. 8. MSL MSL Activities Dr. Samuel Dyer - Chairman of the Board - Medical Science Liaison Society www.themsls.org
  9. 9. MSL MSL Activities Regardless of which country the MSL works in, their activities are consistent… Consistent Engagement The vast majority of MSL activities are identical and primarily revolve around engaging with Key Opinion Leaders (KOLs). KOL Over 98% of MSLs reported that they were responsible for KOL relationship management and around 92% reported educating KOLs. Dr. Samuel Dyer - Chairman of the Board - Medical Science Liaison Society www.themsls.org
  10. 10. MSL What is KOL? Dr. Samuel Dyer - Chairman of the Board - Medical Science Liaison Society www.themsls.org
  11. 11. MSL Key Opinion Leader What is a KOL? • An Industry term and acronym: KOL = Key Opinion Leader • As the title suggest, they are influential doctor’s, physician and members of medical community who’s opinion are highly regarded and who influences other doctor’s and physicians. • The primary responsibility of an MSL is to maintain peer-to-peer relationships with KOL’s Dr. Samuel Dyer - Chairman of the Board - Medical Science Liaison Society www.themsls.org
  12. 12. MSL Alternative Job Titles Dr. Samuel Dyer - Chairman of the Board - Medical Science Liaison Society www.themsls.org
  13. 13. MSL Alternative MSL Job Titles Although originally called Medical Science Liaisons by Upjohn, over the years companies have used various alternatives to the MSL job title even though they typically have the same role and responsibilities. These alternatives include: • Clinical Liaison • Clinical Science Consultant • Medical Liaison • Medical Manager • Medical Science Consultant • Medical Science Manager • Medical Scientific Director • Regional Medical Director • Regional Medical Liaison • Regional Medical Scientist • Regional Scientific Manager • Scientific Affairs Manager *This list is by no means comprehensive but represents some of the most common alternative titles used Dr. Samuel Dyer - Chairman of the Board - Medical Science Liaison Society www.themsls.org
  14. 14. MSL Become an MSL Dr. Samuel Dyer - Chairman of the Board - Medical Science Liaison Society www.themsls.org
  15. 15. MSL The MSL Book The FIRST and ONLY step-by-step guide on how to successfully land your first Medical Science Liaison role! This book explains • What the MSL role is and its purpose • How hundreds of MSLs broke into their first role • How to research the role, companies and hiring managers • How to effectively network with MSLs and hiring managers • The proper format and what to include in your CV • The differences between a phone screen, a phone interview, an in-person interview and how to prepare for each of them • What specific questions to ask and what specific questions you will be asked during the various interview stages • The average salary offered to new MSLs www.themslbook.com • How to negotiate and accept an offer Dr. Samuel Dyer - Chairman of the Board - Medical Science Liaison Society www.themsls.org
  16. 16. MSL The MSL Society Dr. Samuel Dyer - Chairman of the Board - Medical Science Liaison Society www.themsls.org
  17. 17. MSL About MSL Society Highlights  Only 501c3 Non-Profit organization exclusively dedicated to advancing global MSL profession  Serve as a voice for the profession  Members from 15 countries representing 42 pharma, biotech, medical device and CRO companies.  Numerous member resources including reports, publications, Free webinars, whitepapers, global surveys, conference.  The only niche job board for global Medical Science Liaison roles. MSL & Medical Affairs Networkers MedicalScienceLiaisonSociety @MSLSociety Dr. Samuel Dyer - Chairman of the Board - Medical Science Liaison Society www.themsls.org
  18. 18. MSL About MSL Society About MSL Society The Medical Science Liaison Society is the first ONLY 501c3 Non-Profit organization devoted to the development of the global MSL profession. The MSL Society allows you to become part of the MSL community prior to breaking into the role, help you learn the language of the role and provide the opportunity to network with MSLs and hiring managers. Benefits of Joining MSL Society  Global MSL Career Center & Job Board  Live & Online MSL Training  CV Review and Coaching  MSL focused Webinars  Global MSL Society Conferences  Presentations from Global MSL Experts  Access to the Global MSL Member Directory  Networking opportunity within Global MSL Community  Reports, News, Salary Survey and other insights Dr. Samuel Dyer - Chairman of the Board - Medical Science Liaison Society www.themsls.org
  19. 19. MSL Questions? Contact me: www.linkedin.com/in/samueldyer Dr. Samuel Dyer - Chairman of the Board - Medical Science Liaison Society www.themsls.org

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