Online Training:

Become a Medical Science Liaison

Learn from those that have actually hired MSLs what it takes to break in!

Learn the role and ask questions

Due to multiple requests, the MSL Society has re-launched this unique online training program dedicated exclusively to aspiring MSLs.

Are you interested in breaking into the MSL role but don’t know how?

Have you applied to multiple job posts and never receive a response back except canned rejection letters?

Do you know how to address your lack of MSL experience?

Do you wish you knew what actual hiring managers were looking for in a candidate?

Then this unique online training program is for you!


Dr. Samuel Dyer

Dr. Samuel Dyer

CEO - MSL Society

Ellen Shannon, PhD, RN

Ellen Shannon, PhD, RN

Regional Director, Field Medical Liaisons - Sanofi Pasteur

Karen DeBusk, MSN, ANP, MSCN

Karen DeBusk, MSN, ANP, MSCN

Clinical Science Liaison Associate Director - Biogen

Reserve your seat

Dates & Pricing

November 30, 2018 

1pm to 4pm EST

$ 385 Non-Member

$ 245 Member 

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Learn from experienced and current MSL hiring managers


What makes this training unique is that it is facilitated by current MSL Managers!

These managers will share what makes a candidate successful, and what does not. They will provide their perspective on what it takes to successfully break into your first role and what they are looking for in a candidate.

The program will be facilitated by Dr. Samuel Dyer, author of the Amazon #1 Best Selling Book “The Medical Science Liaison Career Guide: How to Break into Your First Role”. He will share his years of experience as a hiring manager at some of the world’s top pharmaceutical companies and as Chairman of the Board for the MSL Society. Dr. Dyer has coached, interviewed, and reviewed the CVs of countless MSL candidates. His insights and guidance have resulted in numerous candidates successfully breaking into their first MSL role.

This is a unique opportunity to ask ALL your personal questions directly to MSL hiring managers!

We guarantee this program will only help to improve your chances of breaking into your first MSL role!

Note: This program is not recorded


Learning Outcomes:


The program will teach you what you need to do to successfully break into the highly competitive Medical Science Liaison career including:

  • What is the MSL role and its purpose
  • How hundreds of MSLs broke into their first role
  • What activities MSLs actually do
  • How to research the role, companies and hiring managers
  • How to effectively network with MSLs and hiring managers
  • Why most applications get rejected and what you can do about it
  • The proper format and what to include in your CV
  • What salary to expect as a new MSL
  • How to address your lack of MSL experience
  • What MSL hiring managers are looking for from a candidate




2-step registration process: Shortly after completing the initial registration and payment, you will receive a confirmation email with instruction to reserve your seat in the online platform and to submit your questions to the Hiring Managers.


Cancellation Policies:


Training Event Schedules

The Online Training: Become a Medical Science Liaison schedules are subject to change without notice based on minimum attendance requirements. Please check session’s schedules frequently. The MSL Society may cancel scheduled classes up to three (3) days prior to the scheduled start of the event if certain attendance minimums aren’t met.

Refund Policy

A cancellation or postponement of a scheduled online training date made within five (5) days prior to the scheduled training will be refunded 100% of the registration fee. If a cancellation is requested less than 5 days prior to the scheduled training, we can transfer your registration to a future session, however, no refund will be issued.






  • What is a Medical Science Liaison?
  • Past, Present, and Future of the MSL
  • History and Purpose
  • Educational Backgrounds and Focus on Science

The Present

  • Doctorate Degrees Are the New Standard
  • Typical MSL Activities Today

The Future

  • The Need for an Integrated Framework
  • MSLs Discuss How They Got Started
  • Almost 300 MSLs share how they landed their first MSL role
  • What activities they are responsible for




The Importance of Research

  • Keys to Successful Research
  • Step 1: Research the MSL Role
  • Step 2: Research the Pharmaceutical Industry
  • Step 3: Research Target Companies
  • Step 4: Research Companies Using Social Media

The Power of Focused Networking

  • Strategies for Using LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook
  • Ten Additional Ways to Build your Network and Establish an Online Presence

Crafting the Perfect CV and Cover Letter

  • Proper Format and What to Include in Your CV
  • The Importance of Your Cover Letter and Making First Contact




The Phone Screen and Phone Interview

  • The Phone Screen -What Specific Questions to Ask and What Specific Questions you will be asked
  • The Phone Interview -What Specific Questions to Ask and What Specific Questions you will be asked

The In-Person Interview

  • How to prepare – the PowerPoint Presentation, what to wear
  • What Specific Questions to Ask and What Specific Questions you will be asked

The Offer and Salary Expectations

  • The average salary offered to new MSLs
  • When and how to negotiate an offer



3 Key Benefits Of Attending


One of the unique aspects of this training is the ability for you to ask current hiring managers direct questions. During the registration process, you will have the opportunity to submit questions which will then be addressed throughout the training. If there are any unanswered questions (due to time restrictions), these will be addressed via personalized follow-up emails.


1. Ask Your Personal Questions to Current MSL Hiring Managers

$132,452 Value! (OK – this is the average first-year MSL Salary in the U.S.)


2. A free SIGNED copy of the “MSL Book” 

$50 Value – Everyone who attends, will receive a complimentary copy of the Amazon #1 Best Seller, The Medical Science Liaison Career Guide: How to Break into Your First Role, which will show you, step by step, how to search for, apply, and interview for your first MSL role. The book reveals strategies for standing apart from the competition, what hiring managers look for when considering candidates, and what gets the right candidates hired.

“Having interviewed and hired countless MSLs, I am sure that Dr. Dyer’s book will be an excellent resource for MSL job-seekers. Dr. Dyer demystifies the process for individuals looking to break into the MSL role and provides practical advice and guidance. Not only does he cover the basics in terms of the job search and interview preparation, but he also provides a pragmatic approach to using social media. This book is sure to become a go-to reference for MSL applicants!” DONNA HOLDER, PharmD – Director, Global Medical Affairs – Merck

Read more reviews here.


3. 1-year Professional Level MSL Society Membership * 

$290 Value – Medical Science Liaison Society membership will provide you numerous valuable resources to help you understand the MSL role and learn how to speak the language of the role during interviews. This is an essential way to address your lack of MSL experience!

Some of the key benefits of MSL Society membership include:

  • Unlimited complimentary full reports on global research and surveys conducted by the MSL Society including our annual global MSL Salary and Compensation survey, MSL Performance & Competencies Report, Global MSL Job Satisfaction Survey, and the Global MSL KPI and Metrics Survey
  • Live Global MSL Society Conferences with Key Thought Leaders and Industry Experts
  • Exclusive Networking opportunities within the Global MSL community
  • Access to the Global Member Directory
  • Access to industry best practices
  • Access to industry policies and procedures for MSL teams Presentations from global MSL colleagues
  • Member discounts for all upcoming MSL Society conferences/events and meetings
  • Access to recordings of all of our webinars from our new “MSL Expert Webinar” series
  • Up-to-date information on trends within the MSL career
  • Access to career advancement tools and resources


Take advantage of this unique opportunity to get a deeper understanding of the role and what it takes to begin your career as an MSL by engaging directly with current MSL hiring managers.

* Member pricing does not include a 1-year membership.



This training is like a behind the scenes understanding on what is going on by those reviewing your application, it’s insightful and will help you develop a competitive advantage in your career pursuit…

This is the type of training and information that all new MSL candidates should have before they apply to a position. As an MSL recruiter, so many of the candidates I review have many of the skill set pieces that they need to successfully go after a MSL position but they do not know how to construct a persuasive overall case for their candidacy. This webinar helps them understand the key skills they need to become an MSL (scientific/therapeutic, and presentation/collaboration)and how to build upon areas they may need to upskill. Lastly, how to network, where to network and why you are networking is critical to the process and Dr. Dyer and his outside contributors from industry round out an insightful understanding how to compete for these highly sought after positions. This training is like a behind the scenes understanding on what is going on by those reviewing your application, its insightful and will help you develop a competitive advantage to your career pursuit. 

Ken Kupersmith

Nationally Recognized Executive Recruiter, Smith Hanley Associates

I attended the MSL training virtual course ‘How to become an MSL’ on July 31st. This was a great presentation and provided extremely helpful advice and real examples; information I can apply in succeeding in my own MSL role. I especially liked how ALL participants questions were answered by one of the experts and Samuel did a fantastic job of grouping the questions and also facilitating the session. Thank you for the insights, I look forward to reading Samuel’s book!

Aislin Spencer

Medical Science Liaison, GSK

After listening to three MSL trainers and managers from different companies talk about what they like in candidates, I can now approach my search efforts with more clarity and confidence. Thank you Sam for facilitating the Become a MSL webinar. Thank you to everyone at MSLS for providing this great resource. This an easy way to learn more about the MSL role!

Vishal Barnela

Licensed Pharmacist

This online training session was very informative for aspiring MSL candidates. It was presented well and was direct in terms of what MSL hiring managers look for in a successful candidate during the hiring process. All of the speakers were MSL hiring managers at one point in their career and shared their expertise in the field. They gave very thoughtful and direct advice on how to break into the MSL field. I would recommend this training session to anyone who is interested in a career as an MSL. 

Iftikhar Bhuiyan, M.D., MBA

Physician, R1 RCM

Online training on how to become a medical science liaison was very helpful. During the training you get recommendations from hiring managers who have been in the MSL field and have been hiring MSLs for many years. The training also lays out how the CV should be and what kind of questions can be expected during an interview process, all this in the comfort of your own home. Thank you Dr. Dyer and the rest of the hiring managers for your valuable input.

Nithin Stephen, Pharm.D

Project Manager - Research and Development

Very informative and practical advise from hiring managers and Dr. Dyer ! I would highly recommend this training session to aspiring MSLs. The program covers all essential topics along with a very useful Q and A. Questions from participants were answered with multiple standpoints. Thank you Dr. Samuel Dyer and MSL Society !

Sudhirkumar Yanpallewar

Staff Scientist, National Cancer Institute

I would recommend this training session to any one who is interested in MSL as a carrier path. The program covered essential topics along with Q and A simultaneously. All my specific questions were answered from multiple standpoints. At the end of the workshop you will be able to self evaluate your strengths and weaknesses along with guidance/ resources to overcome hurdles. Appreciate your efforts !

Asitha Silva MS, PhD

Cardiovascular Scientist | Science Educator | Business Development and Strategy |

Great webinar with lots of tips on how to break into the MSL field. Samuel Dyer and Linda Traylor, PhD were especially helpful in directly addressing questions from participants. Would recommend to all who are considering a career as an MSL.

Kumiko Percival

Analyst, LegitScript

Very informative webinar! I encourage others who are looking to break into their first MSL role, especially those who do not have any clinical background, to sign up for this webinar. Special thanks to Dr. Samuel Dyer, Dr. Linda Traylor, and Dr. Elizabeth Kupferer for their time and insights.

Edugie Ekuase, PhD

Assistant Professor

The training session was very helpful. The information Dr Dyer, Dr Kupferer and Dr Traylor share is invaluable. The session was really insightful, informative and dynamic. I highly recommend taking it! Thanks again to all of those involved for organizing it!

Cristina Chauvet

Biomedical Researcher

The on-line MSL introductory course was insightful with key speakers full of information and guidance. All my questions were addressed and followed up. The course provides you with the necessary resources and contacts to start your transition into becoming a MSL. Great audio-visual presentations and key slides summarised important aspects of the MSL “mind-set”. Many thanks to Dr Dyer, Dr Williams, Dr Kupferer and Dr Traylor for an invaluable session.

Carlos Carrasco MBChB, PhD

Ob Gyn Doctor, Oxford

The online webinar was well organized and packed a lot of information in those 4 hours. Drs. Samuel Dyer, Michael Milane, Jennifer Williams and Linda Traylor, PhD, went through the process of getting the first MSL position. I was initially hesitant to take this course but I’m really glad I did as it clarified/provided useful information. This webinar moves at a fast pace but they still had time to answer all my questions. I can’t wait to receive the copy of Dr. Dyer’s book and put into practice what I learned. That was very helpful. 

Junaid Abdulghani, MD, PhD

Translational Medicine I Cancer Research I Hematology Oncology I Clinical Research I Medical Affairs

I would like to thank Sam and his team for the training session and congratulate them as well for such wonderful training. It was very illustrative and clarifying for me and the quality and rhythm of the presentation was impeccable. Sam, I thank you in advance as well for your book, I’m sure it will be a great and useful reading too and I look forward to network through this and other forums with my “virtual” classmates from Saturday and other MSL professionals and be able to have discussion and share our comments experiences and professional experiences. Feel free to contact me and you can access my email and phone through my profile page in the MSL site. Thanks again!!!

German Roges

Medical, Regulatory & Scientific Consultant, Cresswell Advisors

I just completed the online session “Become a Medical Science Liaison” and found it extremely informative and helpful. This session is a must for anyone who is considering a transition into the medical science liaison field. It provides many concrete steps that one must take in order to become successful. Thank you Drs. Dyer, Kupferer, Milane and Williams for your time and expertise. 

Mary Schultheis

Medical Director, UnitedHealthcare

Shannon Matricardi

Manager, Clinical Communications, Intact Vascular

Rodolphe Lopez, Pharm.D / Ph.D

Postdoctorate, Oncology Specialist

George L. Kumar, PhD, MBA

Vice President of Marketing and Scientific Affairs (Alliance Management, Medical Education), Targos Inc

Ramakumar Tummala, PhD

Molecular Oncologist; Translational Scientist; Pre-clinical drug Development

Himanshu Vashistha, PhD

Renal Research

I found this training an excellent introduction to the MSL role. With several highly experienced panelists, participants learned about the key competencies of an MSL as well as great tips on how to break into the industry.

Sarah Lorenzen, PhD

Medical Science Liaison, Salix Pharmaceuticals

Robert Merker

Associate Medical Publications Manager, Excerpta Medica BV - Adelphi Group

The online training is a great learning experience for aspiring MSL candidates. The four highly regarded MSL hiring managers present topics from unique perspectives to help educate and inform candidates about the MSL role. This is a well-balanced opportunity to learn more about the position and I highly recommend taking full advantage of this program.

Paul Deichmann, Pharm.D.

Doctor of Pharmacy

David Arndt, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow - Committee on Clinical Pharmacology and Pharmacogenomics

Direct, insightful, practical. It was the perfect refresher/supplement to the 3-day live training. And I enjoyed hearing everybody’s voices – it was like an encouraging reunion with four dedicated MSL mentors. Thank you for making yet another invaluable resource available online!

Eileen Sneeden, PhD

Medical Biophysicist | Clinical Research

Daniela B Divlianska, PhD

Medical Science Liaison

Sunayana B. Banerjee, Ph.D.

Medical Science Liaison, Jazz Pharmaceuticals

Bastien Fricker

Medical Science Liaison, Bayer

Kaoru Miyazaki

Research Assistant Professor, Northwestern University - The Feinberg School of Medicine

I read the MSL career guide some time ago and found it very insightful! Today’s webinar was exciting, helpful, incentive and extremely direct and clear. The speakers enjoyed sharing advice and went on patiently answering ALL of the participants questions. I really appreciated their passion and will to help aspiring MSLs detangle their way to Pharma! Highly recommendable! Special thanks to Samuel Dyer, Cherie Hyder, Douglas Yau, Ph.D, MBA, and Jeff Kraemer Keep up the good job!

Alexandra Kataropoulou, PharmD, PhD

Chief Executive Officer, Chief Pharmacist, Parafarmacia Farmasan Srl

I enjoyed participating in the “How to become an MSL Online Training”. It was very informative and the speakers answered all of the participants questions. A great educational tool for aspiring MSLs!

Juliana Campos, PhD

Diagnostic Radiologist, Teleradiology

I am finishing up my PhD in neuroscience, which I started 4 years ago. During this period I gained a vague understanding that there is possibility for me to marry my love of hard core science with being a communicator in a section of the pharmaceutical industry called Medical Affairs. One day I was lucky enough to come upon the “Medical Science Liaison Career Guide” book (an amazon best seller) and through that I was introduced to the Medical Science Liaison Society (MSLS), as well as its resources. This included the “Become a MSL” webinar training session and the “MSL Candidate Presentation and Communication Skills Certificate Program”. I recently attended the “ Become a  Medical Science Liaison” webinar training and it was fruitful for me!

Mohammad Ebrahimzadeh

Graduate Trainee, CAN-BIND Depression Network

I was pleasantly surprised with the level of detail about MSL role and the tools  provided to become successful. In a few words-valuable guidance, concise answers, excellent presentation, an”eye-opener” for the aspiring MSLs. I feel more confident to continue my job search and how to present myself.  I highly recommend the online class!

Violeta Vartic,MD

Vanderbilt University Medical Center

This is a great program for aspiring MSLs as it provides invaluable insights about the field. Not only one can gain a basic information about MSL position, there is also an opportunity to learn what hiring managers are looking for in prospective candidates. 
Irina Shevel, MD

Clinical Assistant and Office Manager, Neurology and Sleep Medicine

The online training program by MSLS is just the spark I needed to jumpstart  my resolve and get me working towards the goal of landing my first MSL role.

Mahesh (Satyamaheshwar) Peddibhotla, MSc., PhD

Senior Scientist, Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute

The Becoming an MSL workshop was one of the most stimulating and insightful career development events I have attended during my career. Not only did the curriculum effectively outline the roles/responsibilities of an MSL, but it also provided a clear and guided path for applying, presenting, and interviewing for these highly desirable positions. Although the struggle to break into MSL positions is real… this workshop makes the experience appear manageable and engaging. I highly recommend that anyone interested in becoming a Medical Science Liaison seriously consider taking this workshop. 

Ryan Swinney, MD

Healthcare Consultant, Self-Employed