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11/19/12
Alternate Careers. Medical science liaison
Filed under: Position Searching, First Year on Job, Observ. Trends, Alternate Career Paths
Posted by: site admin @ 11:06 am

YG and I met at a workshop several years ago, where I reviewed
her resume.  Soon after, we were partnered up as audience
members, formed a linkedin.com connection and kept in
touch.

She has moved from her Ph.D. in bioanalytical
neurochemistry into a role that broadened her exposure
to the medical field so that she was quickly noticed and
mentored.  She understood the importance of building on
her strong interpersonal and rapport-establishing abilities
to scientifically assess observations first at a university
teaching hospital environment, then for a growing
pharmaceutical company applying analytics to therapies
and treatments for human diseases.

The importance of networking and mentoring building
on strong technical and communication skills in
biopharmacy fields was key in landing a position as a
medical science liaison.

Andrea Santiago contributed a nice summary of the
emerging medical science liaison field.  See also:

Medical Science Liaison Society
Guidebook on MSL field

As it becomes more important to report both therapy
successes and failures
this role is expected to grow.

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