Medical Science Liaison 

(Female, Age 36) from Redwood City, CA

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At a Glance

Current Job

Basic data on your current job

Job Title Medical Science Liaison
Salary $140,000
Other Compensation None Set
Hours/Week 40
Company Size (not answered)
Location Redwood City, CA
Years Experience 4 years

Career Ratings

Opinions on your CAREER overall (i.e. not just your current job)

Years in Career 0
Education (not answered)
Income Rating 0 / 10
Interest Rating 0 / 10
Work-Life Rating 0 / 10
Fulfilment Rating 0 / 10

Current job Q&A

Describe the type of organization you work for.
Pharmaceutical company mid size

Describe your job role and responsibilities.
provide medical information to health care professionals, act as a liaison between customers and pharmaceutical companies, help with clinical trials

Please list an additional benefits (beyond compensation) that you receive.
401K, 3 weeks vacation, unlimited sick leave, ppo health insurance, pension

Do you feel you are under/over or well/fairly compensated at your current position?
under compensated

Does your job entail you working with others on a daily basis? Is this something you like/dislike about your job? Please explain.
Work from home and out in the field. I like it because of flexibility, we make our own schedule.

Do you work collaboratively with supervisors/managers?

Do you work collaboratively with your co-workers?

Describe your work location (e.g., office, home, theatre, in the field) and what you like/dislike about working in it.
Many team projects available, we also put together advisory board that involves other departments

Please rate each of the following aspects of your current job on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the highest/best):
Income: 1
Benefits: 6
Hours: 8
Co-Workers: 3
Supervisors: 2
Job Title: 7
Level of Responsibility: 5
The Actual Work: 4

A day in the life of…

Please describe a typical workday for you in your current job:

5am to 6am
6am to 7am
7am to 8am check email
8am to 9am Expense report
9am to 10am Expense report
10am to 11am Conference call
11am to 12pm Meet with customer
12pm to 1pm Lunch with customer
1pm to 2pm Meet with customer
2pm to 3pm Reading articles
3pm to 4pm check email, adminstrative work
4pm to 5pm Conference call
5pm to 6pm
6pm to 7pm
7pm to 8pm
8pm to 9pm
9pm to 10pm
10pm to 11pm
11pm to 12am

Table of Contents

How you got your job

How did you get your current job?

What was the application process?
Thru recruiter

Did you have to interview for your current job? If yes, what did the interview process entail?
Yes, one day interview with about 6 people from different departments, group presentation and individual interview

If you can remember, what questions were you asked during the interview?
What makes a successful medical science liaison? What is your strength and weaknesses?

Do you feel your employer properly prepared you for your job? Explain.
Yes, we have formal training program and a mentor program

Was there training for your current position? If yes, what did it entail?
Yes, 2 week intense training at comanpany’s headquarter

Do you feel your educational background prepared you for your job? Explain.
Yes, I am a pharm.D. and have a good understanding of current disease state

If applicable, do you feel your internship experience helped you prepare for your job?
Yes, I interned at stanford hospital and it provided me with valuable experiences.

If someone wanted to go about getting a job similar to yours, what would you recommend for him or her to do?
Get a doctorate degree (phD in scientific field, Pharm.D or MD), do residency/post doc.

What skills do you think a person should have if they want to pursue a position like yours?
Great time management skill- work from home, must be able to balance that, social skill absolutely a must- work with physicians, nurses, pharmacist, must be able to have great social communication skill. Great presenation skill- we do presentations every week.

Do you feel that you need a certain level of education or training to be successful in your job?
doctorate degree is the current requirement

What advice would you give to someone who was about to start work in your position/ line of work?
Research the company, many medical science liaison job will report to marketing and changes the role significantly

Long-term career plans

Is your current employment part of your overall career plan? Why or why not?
Yes. My intern job from college was a big biotech company and I decided to work in this environment since then.

What are your current career goals?
Continue to be a medical science liaison, perhaps a regional director.

Is there anything else you would like to share about your career?

Prior work history

Please list your most recent jobs prior to this current job:

Title Length Salary Description
Prior Job 1 Medical Information Specialist 3 80000 Provide medical information to health care professionals
Prior Job 2 Medical Information Specialist 9 months 85000 Provide medical information to health care professionals

Educational background

Please list your educational background:

High School GPA:3.8

GPA School Degree
College (Undergraduate)
or Technical/Vocational
3.5 UCDavis Biochemistry
Graduate or Professional
(Masters or Doctorate)
3.5 UOP Pharmacy

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