Starting your career as a Medical Science Liaison
MSL Self Test
- What is your education level ? Are you an MD, PhD, PharmD or DO?
- Do you have strong scientific acumen?
- Would you consider yourself a strong communicator?
- Are you comfortable presenting scientific information in front of your peers (sometimes large groups)?
- Do you have clinical and or patient care experience?
- Do you have any pharmaceutical industry experience?
- Are you willing travel 30-70% of the time including overnight travel?
- Do you have any prior experience as a Medical Science Liaison?
- If you do not have experience as an MSL, can you describe what a Medical Science Liaison does?
The more “YES” answers to these questions… the better your chances are to land a job as a Medical Science Liaison.
Tips for landing your first job as an MSL
- Make sure you have a great resume that includes detail on your scientific background and strengths as well as your communication/presentation skills.
- Do your homework! Spend time each day researching the MSL job market. Leave no stone un-turned so that you become an expert on who is hiring and what they are looking for.
- Consider an internship with a pharmaceutical or biotech company. This will provide you with industry experience which is much desired if not mandatory for certain employers.
- Obtain additional training and certifications that can be added to your resume. In this day of online training and education, there are plenty of options available.
- Consider a contract assignment to start. It has become very popular for some companies to hire teams of temporary or contract MSL’s. Hiring guidelines for contract MSL‘s may not be as stringent.