Medical Science Liaison (MSL)
MSLs positions have proliferated in the last several years. This role involves building relationships with key decision makers and educating healthcare providers about the latest research and treatment guidelines that impact the use of the company's products. MSLs work closely with the sales and marketing teams to support the company's educational and product promotion efforts. MSLs also support clinical research. This role involves giving one-one and group presentations. MSLs work from home and travel to meet with customers.
Clinical Research Associates (CRA)
Clinical research associates either work in the main research facility or work remotely in the field. Their main responsibility is to facilitate enrollment, data collection and provide site support for clinical trials. They give presentations, answer questions about the clinical trial and help investigators solve problems that may impede enrollment or data collection. This role may involve travel.
Medical directors typically are involved in the design of clinical trials, develop scientific educational materials, develop scientific or medical messaging, and are involved in training the commercial and medical teams. Some may present data to regulatory authorities. The exact responsibilities vary between companies. Medical directors may eventually become Vice Presidents, department heads, or assume a variety of other responsibilities.
This is a great entry point into the pharmaceutical industry. Most companies tend to prefer PharmD (Doctor of Pharmacy) professionals for this department. These professionals develop responses and answer questions from healthcare providers and patients about the company's products. This job requires good writing and verbal communication skills, and a passion for finding answers to questions.
Drug Safety (Pharmacovigilance)
This is a popular department for pharmacists and other medical professionals. Drug safety collects, evaluates, and looks for signals in adverse event reports about the company's products. They are involved in clinical trials safety reporting, post-marketing safety reporting, and they work closely with regulatory personnel. This is also a great entry point into the Pharmaceutical industry.
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