The 2020 Annual MSL Society Conference: Registration is Now Open!

The 2020 Annual MSL Society Conference: Registration is Now Open!

Announcing the 2020 Annual MSL Society Conference taking place September 8th – 10th in Las Vegas at the Aria Hotel. Register today and take advantage of early bird pricing!

We are expecting 400+ MSLs, MSL Leaders, MSL Trainers, and other Medical Affairs professionals to network, share, learn, and have FUN! 

We will also have 20+ workshops, multiple general sessions, and pre-conference workshops all focused on how to make MSLs and managers more effective.

CLICK the button below to claim your early bird discount before March 31st!

What to expect during the Annual MSL Society Conference

Our Annual conference attracts MSLs and MSL leaders from multiple countries and represents large, medium, small pharma, medical device, and diagnostic companies. 

The feedback we consistently receive from attendees is that our annual conference “feels” like a community! Attend and be a part of the only organization dedicated to advancing the global MSL profession. See you in Las Vegas! 

 

Agenda & Speakers

If you have been to a prior MSL Society Conference, then you know its 2.5 days of learning and exchanging ideas in a fun environment. If you have never been, review the agenda of all our previous conferences here Conference Presentations

You can benefit from the presentation slide below as well as all our reports when you become a professional level member, but just looking at the agenda will give you a clear picture of what to expect as well.

An example presentation slide that is accessible to Professional MSL Society members.

A slide of one of the presentations of our previous annual conference – accessible by professional & student members.

We usually start the night before the conference with some light-hearted networking where you will have the chance to connect with other professionals before the actual conference.

As you can see from the agenda of our 2019 conference, there were about 29 workshops spread over 3 days. We always try to get 20+ workshops in there as long as the workshops provide value to you.

Speakers will include Medical Directors, MSLs, Head of Medical Affairs, MSL managers and other experts in the MSL community that all want to share and learn from attendees with the ultimate goal of helping each other become more effective in their careers.

 

Sponsors

Typically, there are also speakers from sponsors who will reveal innovative approaches to some common challenges that MSLs and managers face in the field. These sponsors believe in the MSL Society and our mission as a non-profit organization. We are very grateful for the support.

All past MSL Society conference sponsors.

This is a list of all of our past sponsors.

An example of one of our sponsors: H1. H1 is an organization that provides insights on thought leaders, scholarly content, academics, and healthcare professionals.

We always ensure that our sponsors bring valuable resources to the audience.

 

MSL of the year awards

Whilst scrolling through our website, you have probably already seen the MSL of the year awards. For the past 2 years, we have been doing these awards as a way to provide top performers with recognition from their peers.

We will be opening up submissions for nominations in mid March and close it in June. 

The judging will start at the beginning of July and end in August where we will then announce the finalists. Our 2020 will consist of leaders with extensive MSL experience and we are expecting to have many more nominations this year.

This year we will have some new award categories including all the ones from previous years including:

  • MSL Rookie of The Year (US)
  • MSL Rookie of The Year (outside the US)
  • MSL of The Year (US)
  • MSL of The Year (outside the US)
  • MSL Manager of The Year (US)
  • MSL Manager of The Year (outside the US)

MSL of the year award winners 2019.

The MSL Of The Year Award Winners of 2019.

 

The eligibility rules for MSL Rookie of The Year

  1. Must be currently in the role at time of submission, throughout the application process, and on the evening the award is given;
  2. Must have less than 2 years of MSL experience when application submitted;
  3. Must be working in the appropriate region (US or outside the US).

 

The eligibility rules for MSL of The Year

  1. Must be currently in the role at time of submission, throughout the application process, and on the evening the award is given;
  2. Must have more than 2 years of MSL experience when application submitted;
  3. Must be working in the appropriate region (US or Outside the US).

 

The eligibility rules for MSL Manager of The Year

  1. Must be currently in the role at time of submission, throughout the application process, and on the evening the award is given;
  2. Must have 2+ years of MSL Management experience when application submitted;
  3. Must be working in the appropriate region (US or outside the US).

 

Testimonials From 2019

Curious to see what the community thinks about the MSL of The Year Awards? Check out Monica Bolton’s (MSL at Teva Pharmaceuticals) opinion below in the video.

Here is another:

“Winning the MSL manager of the year (US) award has been a very humbling experience. Managers are most often in the background showcasing the successes of their teams and direct reports.  That is our role, and the area where most of us are comfortable. Although I thoroughly enjoy celebrating the successes of others – this has been a unique and wonderful experience. That is not to say that I am not frequently acknowledged by my leadership for my efforts, but in my MSL management experience there has not been a formal award process for a manager.  Winning the inaugural MSL manager of the year award is validation that I am doing a good job for those that have put their trust in me.”

Mary Lynn Lakin, RN, OCN, MBA

Regional MSL Director, Central Region Global Medical Affairs, Takeda Oncology

 

What Is the Location?

This year we are back in Las Vegas at the Aria Hotel! We have been holding our annual conferences in Las Vegas since 2016. The reason for this is because it is one of the most convenient and cost effective locations to travel to within the U.S. Also the quality of conference facilities and the experience we can offer to attendees is hard to beat! 

Las Vegas, the city where the MSL Society conference is being held, at night.

Las Vegas in all its glory at midnight.

 

More about the venue

The venue we chose this year is the Aria Resort. The reason for this is that we felt like this was the only place that was up to our high standards (from all available venues). Quality food, comfortable rooms and all the necessities are covered.

Are you an early riser who would like to go to the gym in the morning? Or do you want to relax at night in the spa? That is all possible in this gigantic and beautiful resort.

The Las Vegas Aria Resort where the Annual MSL Society is being held.

The Aria Resort in Las Vegas, the venue of the 2020 8th Annual MSL Society Conference taking place September 8th – 10th.

More about Las Vegas

While Las Vegas is known for its casinos, there is so much more to do here that is close like the awesome Grand Canyon.

The Grand Canyon in Las Vegas – a beautiful spot to visit after the MSLS conference.

A beautiful picture of the Grand Canyon in Las Vegas.

Of course, there are many more attractions you can visit depending on what you like. According to Tripadvisor, these are the top 15 activities in Las Vegas.

 

FAQ

If you have any questions, please feel free to send an email to sydney.hull@themsls.org

Announcing Medical Science Liaison of The Year Awards!

The MSL Society is proud to be recognizing excellence within the MSL profession during our 6th Annual Conference.  During the Awards Night Celebration, on September 5th at the Aria Hotel in Las Vegas, we will honor the finalists and as well as the winner of each category. 

We will have awards in 6 categories:
MSL of The Year (US)
MSL of The Year (outside the US)
MSL Rookie of The Year (US)
MSL Rookie of The Year (outside the US)
MSL Manager of The Year (US)
MSL Manager of The Year (outside the US)

 

Join us in the celebration!

 

Judges

Arthur Chan, PhD, MBA – Executive Director, Head of MSL Capabilities, Novartis

Ralph Rewers, PharmD – US Medical Science Liaison Head, Abbvie

Linda Traylor, PhD – VP, Clinical Development & Medical Affairs, Biodesix

Avery Ince, MD, PhD – US Scientific and Medical Affairs Strategy Lead – Janssen

Davida White, MD – Head Medical Excellence, Indivior

Donna Holder, PharmD – Director, Field Medical Center of Excellence, Merck

 

What one MSL leader looks for in an MSL candidate?

What one MSL leader looks for in an MSL candidate?

What one MSL leader looks for in an MSL candidate?

The MSL Society recently interviewed Dr. Arthur Chan, who is the Executive Director, Head of MSL Capabilities, Development and Training with Novartis. In this interview, Arthur discusses what he looks for in an MSL candidate, his inspiration to hire someone for a role in MSL management and Linkedin requests that he has declined and why. Take a look at his interview below!

What are do you look for when someone comes from a different therapeutic area or has little therapeutic area knowledge?

I look for genuine passion for the TA. You’re more likely to succeed as an MSL if you are absolutely passionate about your therapeutic area. I’ve coached team members to always remember it’s not just what kind of data you share with KOLs, but how you share it, how you say it, and a genuine interest to learn from your KOLs and collect insights. In order to do all that, you have to love your therapeutic area. For example: let’s say you’re interested in a position, but it relates to a completely different part of the body than you’re an expert in. First, your due diligence should involve determining who the KOLs are in that therapeutic area, look at conferences to see who the keynote speakers and chairs are. Second, look up literature and clinical trials by these KOLs using PubMed and clinicaltrials.gov, which are free and full of useful information. This is a good way to have an overview of who the main players are and what is currently of importance in this therapeutic area. Also, you should ask yourself, did the previous two steps fascinate you and could you wake up every morning living and breathing this stuff? If yes, then simply being able to verbalize this excitement and share it, despite having no experience in the therapeutic area, is paramount.

What would inspire me to hire someone as an MSL manager?

Not all the super MSLs out there make great managers. I think it’s important to recognize that the criteria for hiring someone who manages MSLs should be very different from MSLs themselves. First, a good manager needs to exhibit humility. I truly believe that if I’m not asking for help and learning something new from my team members every day, then I’m not maximizing my potential as a leader. What I learn from my team members can help me strengthen others, remove obstacles, and help develop people. A good MSL manager should also be willing to be out in the trenches with the MSLs. They should have good pull through on training, lead with integrity, be familiar with compliance and legal guidelines, and be willing to have the courage to provide constructive feedback. Effective MSL managers are also able to and willing to advocate for their teams. They need to exhibit confident presentation skills and be able to manage “up” as well. Most importantly, the best MSL managers have a lot of emotional intelligence. They’re able to adjust their management style to different personalities, be willing to hire people with diverse backgrounds from diverse cultures, and know how to maximize the output of each individual by truly connecting with team members.

What LinkedIn requests have you declined? Why?

This is a good one. I generally don’t accept invitations from people I haven’t met in person unless I’ve been formally introduced. There’s always those who think that just because I work for a company, I can recommend them for a job. As an ambassador for my company and looking out for the best interests of the organization, who I bring into the company affects my reputation as well. A job is like a long-term relationship. For example, would I say yes to a complete stranger wanting to date someone in my family? Probably not. There’s a lot of people who want to break into the MSL role and they will ask for advice or ask me to review their resume or qualifications. I always recommend that they use the resources within the society to seek such information. Then we have all the vendors that would love to work with us. Most large companies have a preferred vendor list that we use for various functions and features and if there is something that we don’t have a vendor for yet, we will search for them.

 

Copyright 2018 The Medical Science Liaison Society. All rights reserved. The information contained in this article may not be published, broadcast or otherwise distributed without prior written authorization. The MSL Society is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization dedicated to advancing the global MSL career.

MSL Hiring Manager discusses MSL networking, competitiveness, and KOL engagement

MSL Hiring Manager discusses MSL networking, competitiveness, and KOL engagement

The MSL Society recently interviewed Elizabeth Kupferer, Director of Medical Science at Valeant Pharmaceuticals. Elizabeth gives us a brief overview of competitiveness, helpful tips when engaging with a KOL, and the benefits of networking in the MSL profession. Take a look at her responses below!

A sense of competitiveness is integral to success overall, but what are some ways in which competitiveness can negatively impact a collaborative team effort?

 Competitiveness is common among a highly educated and ambitious team.  It is important to provide a sense of teamwork and have that competition be about the group, not the individual. The team should focus on being a productive and a well-appreciated MSL group.   Ways in which competitiveness within an MSL team is a negative is where the group actively competes against each other and avoiding sharing of best practices that essentially hinder the team as a whole.   

 How does networking benefit an MSL?

 Networking is essential to advancing your career as an MSL.  Networking opens you up to other’s best practices and additional insights that may go beyond your current company culture.  

What are 3 helpful tips when engaging with a KOL? 

 1) It is essential to preplan for KOL visits.  You should know and understand your KOL background, interests and current projects, publications, trial involvement, etc. MSLs should be prepared and respectful of the KOLs time and expertise. 

2) An MSL should ensure that the relationship is reciprocal and that you are also bringing value to the relationship. Knowing your KOL well will help you to do this. 

3) Don’t go into a meeting just to meet. Prepare a plan for engagement and always have an agenda to start with, then adapt as the meeting flows.

 

Copyright 2018 The Medical Science Liaison Society. All rights reserved. The information contained in this article may not be published, broadcast or otherwise distributed without prior written authorization. The MSL Society is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization dedicated to advancing the global MSL career.