Medical Science Liaison Is Still a Fantastic Pharma Job
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Today I want to revisit one of the most popular nonclinical jobs for physicians: Medical Science Liaison. It has been quite a while since I presented a podcast on this topic. So, I want to update you on this popular career option. An MSL serves as an educational and feedback link between a pharmaceutical, biotechnology, or medical device company AND healthcare professionals. This role is strictly educational and collaborative in nature. Marketing and selling by MSLs is not permitted. MSLs leverage their scientific background to learn about their products and communicate with influencers and key opinion leaders (KOLs). They use organizational skills to connect with these stakeholders. They use communication skills to teach, advise, and inform.  Typically, an MSL meets with these KOLs, updates them on scientific studies, reports on their conversations to the employer, and attends both remote and in-person meetings.  Depending n the size of the territory covered, travel requirements may be extensive. This career is attractive because it does not require any special certification. It is open to physicians at all levels of training, with or without board certification. There are ample jobs and the number of positions is growing. Once employed as an MSL, it is quite possible to make a lateral job change or advance into more senior positions. Landing the first MSL job can be challenging. And travel away from home for multiple days can sometimes be required. REMEMBER THAT THE FIRST JOB IS THE MOST DIFFICULT TO LAND. That’s why one of the first courses I created in the Nonclinical Career Academy was the Medical Science Liaison Course. It provides much greater detail on the requirements and preparation for the job. And it will position you to apply for and land your first MSL job. It normally sells for $397.  I invite you to take a look at it at As an incentive to sign up NOW, if you use the Coupon Code HALFOFF you will be able to jump in this week and be on your way to applying for an MSL job in a few weeks, at a much-reduced cost.  =============== You can support this podcast by making a small monthly or annual donation. To learn more, go to You can now join the most comprehensive Community for all clinicians looking for a nontraditional career at NewScr!pt. Get an updated edition of the FREE GUIDE to 10 Nonclinical Careers at Get a list of 70 nontraditional jobs at Check out a FREE WEBINAR called Best Options for an Interesting and Secure Nonclinical Job at
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