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Comprehensive MSL Onboarding Training Program

Live Training

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eLearning Program

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Continuous Growth

The MSL Onboarding Training is a comprehensive training program that consists of a 5-day live training, 40+ hours of eLearning, and continuous development that will teach MSLs the essential skills they need to succeed at any company.

Preparing for the MSL-BC Exam?

This training will help equip you with the necessary foundational knowledge to help you get ready!

WHY ONBOARDING TRAINING?

72% of MSLs around the globe reported that their initial onboarding training only consists of a set of journal articles about the product or disease for at-home self study.

Our comprehensive program changes this and is designed to help any new hire onboard regardless of the number of years of prior MSL experience.

What is included?

Part 1

LIVE
TRAINING

5-day live onboarding training with experienced facilitators

Part 2

eLEARNING
PROGRAM

1 year access to the 40+ hour, 16-module Medical Affairs Foundation eLearning Program
Part 3

CONTINUOUS GROWTH

1 year professional level membership to the MSL Society
1 year enrollment in the MSL Mentor Program
MSL-BC exam (waived fees) the ONLY board certification for MSLs (not required, optional for those who wish to earn the credentials)

Who is this program for?

This program is ideal for recently hired MSLs and MSL teams to ensure everyone has the training necessary to succeed in a company:

  • Recently hired MSLs
  • Experienced MSLs (and teams) interested in foundational training
  • New MSLs/Medical Affairs professionals
  • MSLs preparing for the MSL-BC exam*

*MSL-BC Exam Preparation

The Medical Affairs Foundation eLearning Training Program is ideal for those who wish to prepare for the MSL-BC exam. This training is not a requirement, however it does provide an ideal foundation to ensure you are property equipped for the exam no matter your previous experience or background.

What is the MSL-BC?

The Medical Science Liaison – Board Certification (MSL-BC) is an effort to set industry-recognized standards for the MSL profession. By providing a test-based assessment and affording them a credential, individuals can demonstrate their industry knowledge and skill set to their employers and peers, enabling career advancement and improving their overall contribution to the lives of patients whom their valued expertise ultimately impacts.

Part 1

LIVE
TRAINING

Live MSL & Medical Affairs Onboarding Training

Learn more about the 11 essential topics and learning outcomes to expect from the 5-day live onboarding training program.

MSL 101
Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the MSL role and expectations
  • Learn how the MSL role integrates with other key functions
  • Receive practical advice for beginning a new MSL role
  • How to organize for success in a new MSL role
  • Exercise: steps when onboarding in new MSL role
MSL Competencies
Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the broad array of MSL capabilities needed for success
  • Learn how the competency expectations change from entry levels through senior MSL levels
  • Understand how competencies can be leveraged from interviews through performance management, development, and beyond
  • Exercise to assess current competencies and identify areas for further development
A Practical Approach to MSL Activities and Compliance / Guidelines
Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about laws that affect the MSL role
  • How can MSLs remain compliant when working in the field
  • What MSL activity guidelines are most useful to know and use
  • What recent changes in Pharma Code are now in effect
  • Understand how to draw appropriate lines with commercial team members
  • Use scenarios for small group discussion to identify compliance issues and resolutions
MSL Regional Territory Management & Plans

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand key entities for interactions across the MSL region
  • Learn how to apply a quadrant approach to MSL region travel
  • Manage energy while traveling and prioritizing activities
  • Coordinate MSL efforts with Medical Strategies
  • Worksheet exercise for KOL engagement planning before a meeting
  • Strategic planning exercise on insights gathering during meetings
  • How to show value and impact in the MSL region
Personal Branding

Learning Objectives:

  • Define a personal brand and why it is important
  • Learn what elements make up your personal brand
  • Understand how to leverage key techniques for higher impact meetings
  • Exercise to practice communication techniques
  • Exercise to define the MSL personal brand for individuals
Conference Planning

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how to develop a strategy to increase the direct educational and business value of informational insights obtained and communicated from a medical or scientific conference.
  • Comprehensive topics related to Scientific Conference Planning, Attendance, and Reporting will be covered
  • Planning and Attendance
  • Capturing Information and unpublished Insights
  • Communicating and Reporting Conference Insights
Effective Virtual KOL Engagement
Learning Objectives:

  • Engaging with KOLs virtually
  • Researching KOLs before a virtual engagement
  • Creating value-based agendas
  • Convincing KOLs to meet virtually
  • Preparing for a virtual engagement
  • During a virtual engagement
  • After a virtual engagement
  • Zoom fatigue
30-60-90 day - 6 month - 1 year plan

Learning Objectives:

  • Document goals and strategies within the first year
  • Maximize your activities and productivity
  • Understand how to divide your activities into segments that target specific objectives
  • Plan of action with timelines to achieve target tasks
  • Set achievable goals that deliver and demonstrates value to your company
  • Outline of specific learning goals and milestones
  • Helps leadership understand your achievements
  • Understand how to more effectively add value to your company AND KOLs
Effectively Identifying, Gathering & Communicating Actionable Insights

Learning Objectives:

  • The difference between goals, strategy, and tactics
  • Why understanding medical strategy drives insights gathering
  • The definition of an insight
  • Why insights are important
  • Categories of insights
  • The key components of actionable insights
  • How to identify insights
  • The difference between what a KOL said and an insight
  • Best practices for communicating insights internally
  • The key components of actionable insights
  • How to compose actionable insights
  • Challenges around analyzing and reporting insights
KOL Relationship Development, Communication, & Maximizing Performance
Learning Objectives:

  • Effective KOL Interactions
  • How to add value to KOLs
  • Communication Skills
  • Insight Gathering Skills
  • Making complex slides simpler to understand
  • Dealing with difficult stakeholders more confidently
  • Objection Handling Skills
  • Building Long Term Relationships

 

  • KOL Pre-Visit Planning
    • What does being prepared look like
    • How to prepare
    • Developing a strategy
    • Objection Handling Skills
  • KOL Visit
    • How to approach
    • Difficult vs demanding KOLs
    • How to build credibility
    • The importance of Communication Skills
  • KOL Post-Visit Planning
    • Model and tool on how to capture insights
    • Next Steps
    • Summary
How to Critically Evaluate a Research Paper

Learning Objectives:

  • Types of scientific literature
  • Structure of scientific papers
  • Clinical trial design
  • Evaluating study results
  • Assessing the value of a scientific paper
  • Comparing clinical trials

Meet Some of Our

Experienced Facilitators

The program is facilitated by multiple current MSL managers and Medical Affairs leaders. See some of our past and current facilitators below!

Samuel Dyer, PhD

CEO and Chairman

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Cherie Hyder, PharmD, MSL-BC

Senior Director Global Medical Excellence & Operations

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Larry Dollar, PharmD, MS, MSL-BC

Vice President, Medical Affairs

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Linda Traylor, PhD, MSL-BC

VP, Head of Medical Excellence

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Maria Abunto, MD, MPH

2021 MSL of the Year USA

Regional MSL Lead

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Sarah Rodriguez, PharmD, BCPS

2020 MSL of the Year USA

Executive MSL

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Part 2

eLEARNING TRAINING

Comprehensive Medical Affairs Foundation eLearning Program

As part of the Onboarding Training Program, you will get 1 year access to the
“Medical Affairs Foundation eLearning Training Program”

This unique program provides MSLs and others in Medical Affairs with the extensive, foundational knowledge to ensure they are more effective in their role and know how to add immediate value in their communication with KOLs. Each course includes assessment questions throughout the course and a final assessment at the end. This 35 + hours virtual training covers the essentials an MSL needs to succeed at any company.

DURATION

16 courses
40+ hours content

AVAILABILITY

Accessible online 24/7

Available for 1 year

ASSESSMENT

Knowledge checks throughout each course

Final assessment at the end of each course

1. Overview of the Pharmaceutical Industry
This learning program is designed to introduce you to the pharmaceutical industry. The program begins with a brief history of the pharmaceutical industry, describes the process of research and development, and covers global industry statistics. You will also learn about the various types of pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, and about the challenges facing pharmaceutical companies today. The pharmaceutical industry is currently influenced by biotechnology, regulatory standards, and the pharmaceutical market. In order to understand the competition and alliances that form in the industry, it is important to grasp the complexity and intensity of the search for new drugs and their development. After completing this program, you will be able to:

  • Define and describe the pharmaceutical industry
  • Summarize the steps involved in drug discovery and development
  • Outline the challenges facing the pharmaceutical industry
2. Understanding Clinical Reprints
This learning program introduces you to clinical reprints of articles that are based on clinical trials, and which are published in medical journals. First, it will discuss the purpose of clinical reprints, as well as the reporting and publication process. This program then reviews each section of a clinical reprint, explaining the typical content included in each section and defining commonly used terms. Clinical reprints help KOLs and other HCPs make informed decisions about patient care, and it is therefore crucial for an MSL to present the clinical trial results to KOLs in a way that enables them to make informed decisions about potential new drugs or treatment options. After completing this program, you will be able to:

  • Discuss issues related to clinical trial reporting and publication
  • List the purposes and typical content of a clinical reprint’s Title, list of Authors, Abstract, and Introduction section
  • Discuss important aspects of study population and study design that are presented in the Methods section of a clinical reprint
  • Define primary and secondary study endpoints
  • Discuss statistical analyses used to evaluate study endpoints
  • Describe the types of efficacy and safety findings typically presented in the Results section of a clinical reprint
  • List the purposes and typical content of the Discussion and Conclusion sections of a clinical reprint
3. Drug Development
This learning program focuses on the processes whereby medicines are created, tested, manufactured, and brought to market. As an essential figure in the industry, you must be knowledgeable in the fine details surrounding the beginning stages of developing drugs. After completing this program, you will be able to:

  • Identify the main approaches to drug discovery
  • Explain the role of preclinical studies in drug development and describe procedures involved
  • Outline the role of clinical trials in drug development
  • Discuss challenges, strategy and trends in drug development
4. Drug Discovery
This learning program is designed to introduce you to the pharmaceutical drug discovery and development processes, and the ways in which they are influenced by biotechnology, regulatory bodies and their standards, pharmaceutical market conditions, all of which are important and specific to the modern era. In order to understand the competition and alliances that form in the market, it is important to grasp the complexity and intensity of the search for new drugs and their development. After completing this program, you will be able to:

  • Define a drug and describe five possible drug functions
  • Understand the differences between a small molecule and large molecule drug
  • Explain eight processes used in drug discovery
  • Describe the role of biotechnology in the pharmaceutical industry
5. Pharmaceutical Research and Development

This learning program focuses on the Pharmaceutical Research & Development process. Throughout this program, you will learn about the pharmaceutical industry, the drug discovery and development processes, and challenges surrounding research and development in the industry. The program begins with an overview of the organization and management of research and development (R&D) and continues with an in-depth look at the issue of competition among pharmaceutical companies. You will also learn about the various external interactions that pharmaceutical companies have with other organizations and individuals. After completing this program, you will be able to:

  • Summarize important organization and management issues involved in R&D
  • Explain the types of competition among pharmaceutical companies and its effects
  • Understand the government regulations that guide drug discovery and development
  • Describe the internal and external interactions that are important to pharmaceutical companies
6. Clinical Trials
This learning program introduces you to clinical trials, which is the principal means whereby pharmaceutical companies and medical researchers demonstrate the safety and efficacy of medicines.  It is essential to be well-versed in this facet of the MSL profession, as clinical trials catalyze scientific breakthroughs which improve the overall healthcare system. After completing this program, you will be able to:

  • Describe the purpose of clinical trials
  • Discuss the criteria for selection of subjects
  • Specify major parameters of trials, such as phase, endpoints, and controls
  • Describe means of eliminating bias
  • Describe the design of clinical trials
  • Identify documentation required for a trial
  • Apply for authorization to conduct clinical trials
  • Understand the importance of Good Clinical Practice
  • Outline the roles of the sponsor’s staff and investigational site personnel; and
  • Discuss data analysis and the reporting and interpretation of results
7. Medical Terminology
This learning program is designed to give you a background on the origins of medical terminology. You will also be able to deconstruct a medical term into its individual parts and describe what these parts are, which is crucial for effective communication with KOLs and other healthcare providers. After completing this program, you will be able to:

  • Describe the origins of medical terminology
  • List the 3 main word elements used in medical terminology
  • Identify anatomy terms and their key elements
  • Identify location and direction terms
  • Identify pathology terms and their key elements
  • Identify diagnosis terms and their key elements
  • Identify therapy terms and their key elements
8. MSL Role and Activity Guidelines
This learning program covers the guidelines for the typical activities of Medical Science Liaisons and it contains information generally applicable globally. It is based on the global “MSL Activity Guidelines” produced by the Medical Science Liaison Society. The purpose of this program and the guidelines it’s based upon, is to serve as a comprehensive reference and provide recommendations related to the appropriate internal and external activities of MSLs. However, this program should not be viewed as a code, or rules, or laws; nor does this program or the guidelines document supersede local laws and regulations, regional codes, or individual company codes of conduct. Although this program is intended to be applicable globally, not all the guidance will apply to the laws of every country. After completing this program, you should be able to:

  • Articulate the operations and activities of Medical Science Liaisons
  • Know the typical activities and responsibilities of MSLs and the established standards of the profession
  • Foster ethical relationships with KOLs
  • Facilitate the exchange of valid, unbiased, fair, and balanced scientific information within the context of a medical product or device and the therapeutic area that the MSL supports.
9. Defining a Drug and Its Classification

This learning program aims to introduce you in detail to drugs – their function, composition, and characteristics, and the implications of those characteristics for sales, marketing, and promotion. After completing this program, you will be able to:

  • Define what a ‘drug’ is
  • Outline mechanisms of action
  • Describe components of a drug product
  • Specify routes of administration and their effects on bioavailability
  • Identify studies of the interaction of drug and body
  • Describe various ways in which drugs are characterized
  • Outline implications of drug characteristics for sales, marketing, and promotion
10. Pharmacokinetics
This learning program is designed to introduce you to Pharmacokinetics, which studies the time and course of drug absorption, metabolism, distribution, and excretion.  It answers some of the most important questions revolving around drugs, such as what happens once they are administered, once they move throughout the body, and the duration before they are eliminated from the body. After completing this program, you will be able to:

  • Define pharmacokinetics
  • Recall the basic concepts in pharmacokinetics
  • Identify the key factors underlying the process of drug absorption
  • Describe the factors affecting distribution of drugs in the body
  • Identify the mechanisms and consequences of drug metabolism
  • Recall the mechanisms and measurement of drug excretion
11. Pharmacodynamics
This learning program introduces you to Pharmacodynamics, which focuses on the physiological, biochemical, and molecular mechanisms of drugs.  Once a drug enters our body, it creates a profound impact on our physiology to allow it to act on its molecular or chemical targets through a cascade of complex events.  Thus, together with the previous program, pharmacokinetics, this section gives you a better understanding of the details of a drug’s physiological effects. After completing this program, you will be able to:

  • List the major types of drug receptors
  • Identify the types of effects drugs can exert on receptors
  • Recall the measurements used to quantify the dose-response relationship
  • Understand the measurements used to quantify drug affinity
  • Define the therapeutic window and therapeutic index
  • Identify the pharmacodynamic factors that can introduce variability to drug response
12. Prescribing Information (PI)

This learning program aims to introduce you to the Prescribing Information, also known as package insert, drug labeling, drug product insert, professional labeling, the label or simply PI. It provides detailed drug information assembled by the drug manufacturer,  which is distributed by a particular company after review and approval by a regulatory authority (for example, the FDA in the U.S.). Although medical devices also have labels, the focus of this program is on the Prescribing Information for prescription drugs.

After completing this program, you will be able to:

  • Explain the purpose of the Prescribing Information
  • Identify various ways in which information on medicines is provided to healthcare providers and patients
  • Outline the required sections of the Prescribing Information in the U.S.
  • Describe important contents of the Prescribing Information in the U.S.
  • Outline the sections of the summary of product characteristics in Europe
  • Discuss international differences in drug labeling
  • Understand how to access prescribing information online
13. Overview of the Medical Device Industry

This learning program focuses on the Medical Device industry, which develops and manufactures a vast range of non-medicinal products used in the treatment and diagnosis of illness.  This particular course will first define medical devices and give examples, followed by an outline on how medical devices are regulated, and finally describe commercial characteristics of the industry.

After completing this program, you will be able to:

  • Define medical devices and give examples
  • Outline how medical devices are regulated, particularly in the U.S. and Europe
  • Describe commercial characteristics of the medical device industry, such as market dominance by a small number of large players, the much larger number of small players, the making of frequent incremental changes to product design, and the influence of healthcare professionals on product design and uptake
14. Overview of Medical Affairs

This learning program introduces you to Medical Affairs, an important entity within a pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, or other healthcare company.  It is a department that focuses on communicating accurate information to other stakeholders in the healthcare industry, which include healthcare professionals and leaders.

After completing this program, you will be able to:

  • Summarize the role of Medical Affairs within a pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, or other healthcare company
  • Outline the ways in which Medical Affairs benefits the company
  • Identify typical activities of Medical Affairs
  • Discuss the contributions of Medical Affairs to clinical research and development
  • Discuss the contributions of Medical Affairs to health economics and outcomes research
  • Describe medical education and training activities
  • Describe medical communications activities
  • Discuss the role of Medical Science Liaisons, especially the cultivation of relationships with Key Opinion Leaders; and
  • Describe Medical Information activities
15. Introduction to Hospital Systems

This learning program is designed to introduce you to the hospital system in the United States. In this program, you will learn about the different types of U.S. hospitals and about the services they provide. The program also covers the administrative structure of a hospital.

After completing this program, you will be able to:

  • Differentiate between the different types of hospitals in the U.S. system
  • Describe the function of various hospital committees
  • Describe the management of the hospital supply chain
  • And outline the administrative structure of a hospital
16. Overview of Regulatory Affairs

This learning program gives you an overview of the Regulatory Affairs industry, which revolves around overseeing drugs, medical products, and food from their development stages up to their distribution to ensure that they meet specific standards for human use and consumption.

After completing this program, you will be able to:

  • Define the regulatory affairs function, list responsibilities of regulatory affairs professionals, and outline the legal and regulatory framework within which the drug industry operates in the U.S. and the European Economic Area (EEA)
  • Describe possible consequences of non-compliance with regulations
  • Distinguish different categories of drugs
  • Recognize the characteristics of the drug discovery stage
  • Outline the main characteristics of the preclinical studies stage
  • Recognize the functions of the four phases of clinical development and be aware of the regulatory requirements that apply
  • Outline regulatory requirements from the onset of a drug’s development
  • Describe procedures for gaining and maintaining authorization to conduct clinical trials
  • Outline the principles of Good Clinical Practice (GCP)
  • Describe requirements on applications for marketing approval, and the procedures to be followed, in the U.S. and EEA
  • Define Orphan Drugs and identify incentives for their development
  • Specify naming conventions for a new medicinal product
  • Identify circumstances in which a new product may be used outside clinical trials before it receives marketing approval
  • Describe how to apply for a supplement to a New Drug Application (NDA) or Biologics License Application (BLA) in the U.S.
  • Explain what pharmacovigilance measures need to be taken and what would happen if these were not implemented
  • Outline the function and validity of patents and market exclusivity
  • Summarize key points about advertising drugs
  • Describe how to apply for a variation to a marketing authorization in the EEA
Part 3

CONTINUOUS
GROWTH

Opportunities for Continued Professional Development

Part 3 of the comprehensive Onboarding Training Program ensures you get the support and resources needed to continue your growth after the live and virtual training.

1 year Professional Level Membership to the MSL Society

A Professional Level Membership gives you access to the following:

Eligibility to our dedicated mentoring program for MSLs
Access to more than 225 original research reports including benchmark reports
Member discounts for conferences, trainings, shop items, and other perks
Access to MSL Society expert webinar recordings
Access to Annual MSL Society Conference presentations
Discounted rates for Career Center
Global Networking Opportunities
Access to the Global MSL directory

1 year enrollment in the MSL Mentor Program

The MSL Mentor program allows you to join mentee groups and be paired with experienced MSLs or seasoned MSL leaders, helping you advance in your career
Each group will consist of 4 to 6 mentees paired with 2 co-mentors to provide guidance, support, professional development, and knowledge sharing
The mentors are encouraged to share their experiences, feedback, and provide insights related to career guidance and/or career advancement
Member discounts for conference, training, shop items, and other perks
This group mentoring setup approach affords opportunities for mentees not only to benefit from mentors, but also from their mentee peers
Ultimately, the mentoring group will have the opportunity to develop a community and strong peer network

Waived Fees for the MSL-BC Exam, the ONLY board certification for MSLs

The MSL-BC will be FREE within 1 year after participating in Part 1 of the MSL Onboarding Training Program. This certification is optional, and is ONLY available for those with 1 year of cumulative experience as an MSL or MSL Leader. See more about eligibility here.

Some of the Benefits of the MSL-BC:

A visible credential which validates knowledge base and competence
Personal and professional accomplishment
Recognition amongst fellow MSLs or managers
Recognition for KOLs and healthcare professionals
Demonstrates commitment to the profession

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unique benefits
for MSL managers

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unique benefits
for MSLs

Expedited Onboarding
Proper onboarding reduces the amount of time that managers or mentors have to dedicate in training a new hire, freeing them to focus on their own responsibilities.

Training from an IACET-Accredited Provider
The MSL Society is an IACET-accredited training provider and adheres to international training standards, ensuring the knowledge learned is of assured quality and value.

Save Company Resources
This comprehensive 3-Part training program eliminates the need to create company training materials from scratch, or to update them according to the latest developments.

Gain Foundational Knowledge
The 3-Part format ensures MSLs learn all necessary foundational knowledge and skills, from the live training with experienced facilitators, to the eLearning with assessments, up to the opportunities for growth including virtual mentoring and taking the MSL-BC.

Comprehensive Progress Tracking
As the team undergoes the same onboarding training program, MSL leaders are assured of consistent and comprehensive training which also gives them a clear system for tracking individual members’ progress. This consistency of training also lets them set clear expectations for the team.

Learn from Industry Experts
Current MSL leaders and trainers from top companies will facilitate the live training, sharing unique knowledge and best practices based on actual experience. Moreover, Parts 2 and 3 of the program were also created with the involvement of experts from the field.

Consistent Training
MSLs of the same company who will enroll in the program undergo the same essential training and learn the same foundational knowledge, skills, relevant laws, industry guidelines, and regulations concerning the profession thus allowing consistency as they onboard.

Accelerate Professional Growth
The Onboarding Training Program teaches MSLs the necessary foundational knowledge and valuable skills, making sure they are equipped and ready for the MSL role, eliminating the need to learn things for the first time.

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unique benefits
for MSL managers

Expedited Onboarding
Proper onboarding reduces the amount of time that managers or mentors have to dedicate in training a new hire, freeing them to focus on their own responsibilities.

Save Company Resources
This comprehensive 3-Part training program eliminates the need to create company training materials from scratch, or to update them according to the latest developments.

Comprehensive Progress Tracking
As the team undergoes the same onboarding training program, MSL leaders are assured of consistent and comprehensive training which also gives them a clear system for tracking individual members’ progress. This consistency of training also lets them set clear expectations for the team.

Consistent Training
MSLs of the same company who will enroll in the program undergo the same essential training and learn the same foundational knowledge, skills, relevant laws, industry guidelines, and regulations concerning the profession thus allowing consistency as they onboard.

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unique benefits
for MSLs

Training from an IACET-Accredited Provider
The MSL Society is an IACET-accredited training provider and adheres to international training standards, ensuring the knowledge learned is of assured quality and value.

Gain Foundational Knowledge
The 3-Part format ensures MSLs learn all necessary foundational knowledge and skills, from the live training with experienced facilitators, to the eLearning with assessments, up to the opportunities for growth including virtual mentoring and taking the MSL-BC.

Learn from Industry Experts
Current MSL leaders and trainers from top companies will facilitate the live training, sharing unique knowledge and best practices based on actual experience. Moreover, Parts 2 and 3 of the program were also created with the involvement of experts from the field.

Accelerate Professional Growth
The Onboarding Training Program teaches MSLs the necessary foundational knowledge and valuable skills, making sure they are equipped and ready for the MSL role, eliminating the need to learn things for the first time.

TRAINING FEE & INCLUSIONS

Members

Non-members

Individuals

Established Countries*

Members

$5200
Non-members
$5500

Individuals

Emerging Countries**

Members

$4200
Non-members
$4500
Team Discounts
(3 or more participants)
Reach out to Heliana Sula at heliana.sula@themsls.org to inquire about team pricing

INCLUSIONS & EXTRA BENEFITS

  • MSL-BC Exam Fee is included in the Training Fee. Please note only eligible MSLs will be able to take the MSL-BC Exam. Learn more about the MSL-BC here. The MSL-BC Exam is optional.
  • Complimentary access to the 45+ hour comprehensive eLearning program, “Medical Affairs Foundation Training Program”.
  • 1 year Professional Level Membership to the MSL Society
  • 1 year enrollment in the MSL Mentor Program

LIVE TRAINING SCHEDULE

DATE

TBD

LOCATION

TBD

HEALTH & SAFETY PROTOCOLS

To ensure the safety of all attendees and facilitator, proof of COVID-19 vaccination will be required for everyone attending the in-person live training. Additional information about on-site safety protocols will be posted on the page Health and Safety Protocols for Live MSL Society Trainings & Events.

*Established Countries include the following: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, China (SAR), Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea (Republic of), Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and the United States.

** Emerging Countries include all other countries not mentioned in the list above. Please reach out to Heliana Sula at heliana.sula@themsls.org for your discounted rate promo code.

PLEASE NOTE-The “Emerging Countries” membership level is NOT available for those living or working in an “Established Country”. All applications will be verified.

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What Some MSLs Say About The Onboarding Training Program

After 10 years in clinical practice there wasn’t a question a clinician could ask I wasn’t prepared for. Once I joined the pharmaceutical industry, I found myself surrounded by one nagging question; what is my function at its core? This course took me beyond the basics of what it means to be a Medical Science Liaison and propelled me forward. I left the course feeling energized and eager to get working on my career.

Patrick J. Fleming Jr., PharmD

Medical Science Liaison – Hematology/Oncology
Servier Pharmaceuticals

I highly recommend the MSL Society’s onboarding training. Samuel, Cherie and Linda shared their vast professional experiences, whilst presenting MSL industry standards. No question was left unanswered. This course is an absolute must for any rookie MSL!

Michelle Zubrycki, MSN

Medical Science Liaison
Aurinia Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

The training provided me with context and clarity that I don’t think I otherwise would have received until after several months of experience in the MSL role. It also provided me with a few tools that I have immediately begun to use, which also would have taken me months, if not years of experience to develop on my own.

Andrew J. Rennekamp, PhD

Medical Science Liaison
SCSL Sequirus

The onboarding training program aims to give new MSLs a strong foundation of knowledge that can be applied to a plethora of MSL positions whether in big pharma, device, or diagnostics. This foundation is integral as many new MSLs will not know how to translate their talents into what is needed from a MSL at first. But, once the foundation is set the MSL can tailor what they have learned to their specific role and continue to grow within it.

Brandon Young, PhD

Medical Science Liaison Mid-Atlantic Region,
Seqirus

The course was intensively practical and covered every fundamental essence of how an MSL could excel in their daily job and beyond. Samuel and his team were very inclusive and familiar with the Medicine Australia practices and different healthcare industry sectors. They were so open to networking and offering their mentorship that each of us has gained more than what was written on the agenda.

Alice C. Pong, PhD

Medical Science Liaison
Gossamer Bio

The training covered all spaces including pharmaceutical, device, and diagnostics. This training brought out the worth of an MSL to any company by gathering actionable insights, how to engage with a KOL or HCP, and most importantly, how to construct an email to a KOL, starting with constructing the subject line. This training will reinforce your company onboarding while taking a deeper dive into the MSL role.

Kerry Whitaker, DHSc

Senior Director, Medical Affairs
Biodesix, Inc.

I had the opportunity to attend a 5- day MSL training program and am very grateful to have met such an incredible and intelligent group of MSL leaders! The MSL Society did a phenomenal job organizing and facilitating an informative and engaging experience. It takes a tremendous effort and countless days/ nights to create and execute on a flawless training. The team knows how to keep their audience engaged and show what great looks like. I am very excited to take back key learnings around stakeholder management, congress planning, insight gathering and much more and apply throughout my MSL journey. I would highly recommend participating in this onboarding training for those looking to better understand how to be a successful MSL and how to add value to internal and external stakeholders.

Vruti Patel, PharmD

Regional Medical Affairs Director- Midwest
Xeris Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

I learned so much about how to gather actionable insights, prepare for big congresses, develop good relationships with KOLs and evaluate a paper in depth. The only thing I wish is that I did this sooner because I have been an MSL for 8 months. Every new MSL should complete this course in their first few months!

Dawn O Reilly, PhD

Oncology Enterprise Research Medical Science Liaison
Abbvie

Frequently Asked Questions

Can we conduct the Onboarding training at our location, exclusively for our team?

Yes! We can also train your MSL team at your preferred location, exclusively for your team. If you are interested, reach out to Heliana Sula at heliana.sula@themsls.org for more details.

Can I register for just the eLearning portion without the live training?

Yes, you can register for just the eLearning portion of the training program. Reach out to Heliana Sula at heliana.sula@themsls.org to learn more.

Do I need to bring any materials with me during the 5-day virtual training?

Yes. Please come prepared with your laptop/charger, notebook, and an eagerness to learn!

What skills will I acquire after attending the program?

You will learn about multiple topics including the introduction to the MSL role, MSL competencies, legal/compliance guidelines for MSL activities, effective planning and management of regional territories, personal branding, conference planning, effective virtual KOL engagements, gathering of insights, fostering strong KOL relationships, and how to critically evaluate a research paper. All these topics have clear learning objectives and subtopics which could help you build the essential skills to succeed in the MSL profession.

Can aspiring MSLs participate in the Onboarding Training Program?

No. The Onboarding Training Program is only available to those who have been hired as an MSL. However, the MSL Society offers a few different IACET accredited training programs for aspiring MSLs including How to Break Into the MSL Role – a 13+ hour eLearning program that will teach you everything you need to land your first role, and a 3 Day Live Presentation and Communication Skills Training Program.

How do I get help for a question that is not under FAQ?

You may reach out to Heliana Sula at heliana.sula@themsls.org for any additional questions.