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
CEO - MSL Society
Elizabeth Kupferer, PhD
Regional Director, MSLs - Novartis
Douglas Yau, PhD, MBA
Director, Oncology Field Medical Affairs - Sanofi Genzyme
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Date & Pricing
New Dates Coming Soon!
1pm to 4pm EST
$ 385 Non-Member
$ 245 Member
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
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.
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.
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.
THE MEDICAL SCIENCE LIAISON ROLE
- What is a Medical Science Liaison?
- Past, Present, and Future of the MSL
- History and Purpose
- Educational Backgrounds and Focus on Science
- Doctorate Degrees Are the New Standard
- Typical MSL Activities Today
- 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 MSL JOB SEARCH STRATEGY
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 MSL HIRING PROCESS
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
4 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
$144,284 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
4. Learn how to become a Medical Science Liaison (MSL)
Again, $144,284 Value!
It’s simple, during this training we will share complete details on what to expect at every step of the process.
We start with sharing complete details about the MSL role and prepare you to be able to answer questions throughout the interview process. You will also learn how MSLs broke into their first role to understand how you can implement similar techniques to be successful.
Then, we teach you how to search for and find the right MSL role for you based on your therapeutic area or disease state experience. Conducting research upfront, implementing effective networking strategies, and crafting an appropriate MSL CV will be essential to your success!
We will also cover in detail the entire interview/ hiring process, so you have realistic expectations and will know how to prepare so you are confident.
During this program we will cover all the essentials you need to be successful in breaking into your first Medical Science Liaison role!
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.
2. Can I attend multiple online training sessions? Yes.
3. Is there a certain number of questions or a limit on the types of questions asked? No, there is not limit on questions, however, questions should be focused on the MSL role, hiring process, etc. Keep in mind not all questions may be answered live during the event. If this is the case, we will reach out to you following the session to answer these questions.
4. How can we prepare for the program? Be ready to take notes and have your questions ready so that when they are addressed you can write down the answers accordingly.
5. If we have follow up questions or want to provide feedback after the session, whom should we contact? We appreciate all feedback from our participants! Please contact any member of the MSLS staff using the directory: (https://members.themsls.org/page/contactus)
6. How can we obtain more training/understanding to the role of MSL after the training? The best way to continue expanding your knowledge base is to utilize all of the resources on the website and attending the live 3-day program if you haven’t already.
7. How can I submit questions for the MSL hiring managers participating in training? You may submit questions during the registration process, as well as throughout the training itself. Please note: not all questions may be answered live during the event. If this is the case, we will reach out to you following the program to answer these questions.
“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…“
I wanted to reach out and thank you and the hosts (Dr. Dyer, Dr. Kupferer and Dr. Traylor) for facilitating the online Become a Medical Science Liaison training. It was extremely informative and I know the advice and all the extra materials and resources will help me land my dream job. I think this is a valuable course for anyone aspiring to break into the MSL role.
The online training Become a Medical Science Liaison was so timely for me as an aspiring MSL. All I knew initially from the job descriptions I read was that a PhD is required to become an MSL. I did not actually understand what the MSL role entails. The hiring managers during this training, broke down the MSL role and entry expectations in its simplest form, giving one a better sense of direction. There is nothing better than listening to someone who has years of experience in something you aspire to become. I definitely recommend this training to anyone who dreams to become an MSL. This training should be your starting point. Thank you to the CEO and volunteers at the Medical Science Liaison Society for creating this platform.
The webinar with Dr. Kupferer, Dr Traylor, and Dr Dyer was extremely informative and engaging. I found all the speakers knowledgeable and passionate about their work. Dr Dyer even went over time to answer every single question that came through an interactive chat box. He was adaptive with his audience. I felt as if he was mentoring me in terms of prepping for a job interview in pharma. The insight the hiring managers shared will help me “amp up” my game plan to break into the role. I highly recommend anyone who’s interested in the msl role to take this online training program.
I am currently wrapping up my doctoral degree, with a therapeutic expertise in oncology. I have been finding the transition from academia to industry quite tricky, but have been connecting with MSLs from various pharmaceutical companies with the goal of learning more about this role. A senior MSL had recommended the MSL Society and the various courses and so I jumped at the chance to take it and it ended up being the very next day. I can’t tell you how helpful I found the information provided by Samuel and colleagues regarding construction of a CV, interview practice and overall advice for entering industry in this role. More than anything, this course provided me with even more confidence in the actual skills and knowledge that I already possess and can bring to this role, and provided me with insight into how I can portray this information successfully in applications moving forward.
The MSL training certificate program, given by the MSL Society team, was excellent. I particularly enjoyed the presentation critique and insider knowledge on how to break into the MSL role without prior experience. I would tell anyone interested in becoming an MSL, you must take this training. It has increased my confidence and I now have the tools to reach my goals. Thank you so much!
When first researching the MSL role, I did a deep dive and poured through Samuel Dyer’s book: “The Medical Science Liaison Career Guide: How to Break Into Your First Role”. I was hooked and quickly realized becoming an MSL was the correct career path for me, following completion of my clinical and research degrees. I joined the MSL Society once I had my mind made up, and began doing as much research and networking as I could. When I saw the MSLS was conducting a Webinar with actual hiring managers from major pharmaceutical companies and was being facilitated by Dr. Dyer, I did not hesitate to sign up for that as well-and I was not disappointed. Regardless of your educational or training background, if you are interested in learning more about the MSL role or even if know you want to pursue a career as a MSL, you should seriously consider attending the webinar. In 3 short hours, you will be provided a great opportunity to either learn about the MSL role itself or to ask more specific questions to improve your knowledge and understanding of the application/ hiring process and get valuable inside knowledge. There were also ample opportunities to ask any additional burning questions and the whole afternoon was extremely well-organized. Most importantly, if you feel intimidated about breaking into the MSL role, the webinar provided fair, honest but also encouraging information to push you to continue striving for acquiring a position. I would recommend any aspiring MSL to spend the time attending and take advantage of this program.
The MSL Society Online MSL Candidate training is a terrific program for aspiring MSLs to develop a better understanding of the role and what hiring managers are looking for in potential candidates. The speakers provided a lot of great insight for a variety of backgrounds seeking to ‘break-in’. I left the webinar feeling very confident that, by using these tools, I can successfully transition into an MSL role. I will absolutely be applying this information as I pursue this next chapter in my career. As an aspiring MSL, I’m grateful for the guidance and for the wealth of resources on the MSLS website.
After attending the online training on how to become an MSL I think this is a must for aspiring MSLs in need of qualified guidance. This intense 3h+ program aptly described how to successfully navigate the complicated path of the application and the hiring processes. Together with Dr Dyer, the two guests, Dr Yau and Dr Kupferer, offered a comprehensive and candid view on what hiring managers expect to find in a successful candidate. This training completely changed my approach towards the applying process and the phone screen phase. I will put this knowledge to good use!
The value I found from this webinar was remembering to focus on matching my experience to a specific MSL role. Rather than applying for any MSL position, I need to network with contacts at companies where I bring the most relevant expertise.
As an aspiring MSL, I was amazed by the amount of information and guidance provided by Dr. Dyer, Dr. Kupferer and Dr. Yau. They provide you with proven strategies and tools that can help you get your first role as an MSL.I would highly recommend this class/seminar to every single aspiring MSL.
I would highly recommend the MSL Society “Become a Medical Science Liaison” training to anyone who is considering a career as an MSL. The program, conducted by Dr. Samuel Dyer, provides a wealth of information and includes question and answer opportunities with current hiring managers. You will learn what MSLs do, the different areas that MSLs work in, and the demands and the rewards of the MSL role. From the content learned, you will be able to assess if this truly is a career option for you. And if it is, you will learn key steps to successfully securing your first MSL role.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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 !
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!!!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
I’m a Podiatrist by training. One day I was working with some of my colleagues who were in the MSL profession. They mentioned to me that it would be a good idea to look into the MSL Society so I could have a better idea of what it takes to break into the role. I was on the [MSL Society] website and looked up the [online] training. It was the most recommended and from there, everything slowly worked out the way that I wanted it to. I looked for people on the [MSLS] global directory who were in my profession and with my degree that I could reach out to. I used the “How to Break Into Your First MSL Role” book as another source – I followed the advice from the book and it took me time to network and meet somebody that knows somebody that knows somebody that could help me break into the role. Within 10 months of attending the online training and networking, I had my offer with KCI. My advice [to aspiring MSLs] is to not give up. If you put in the work, keep your eye on the prize, keep on pushing, and keep messaging people, you’re going to find the job you want. Someone will be willing to give you a chance and you will break into your first MSL role.