Advice from the Podcast Archives

I want to focus on pharma jobs this month. So, I decided to do something a little different with this episode of the podcast to help you get your first MSL job.

I’ve taken the best parts of my interviews with Drs. Savi Chadha and Linda Ho, from Episodes 50 and 51, and combined them to bring a very focused guide to getting your first MSL job. And my two guests get right to the heart of what an MSL does, and how to get that most difficult first job in the industry.

Our Sponsor

We're proud to have the University of Tennessee Physician Executive MBA Program, offered by the Haslam College of Business, as the sponsor of this podcast.

The UT PEMBA is the longest-running, and most highly respected physician-only MBA in the country, with over 650 graduates. Unlike other programs, which typically run 1 – 1/2 to 2 years, this program only takes a year to complete. And Economist Magazine recently ranked the business school #1 in the world for the Most Relevant Executive MBA.

University of Tennessee PEMBA students bring exceptional value to their organizations. While in the program, you'll participate in a company project, thereby contributing to your organization.

Graduates have taken leadership positions at major healthcare organizations. And they've become entrepreneurs and business owners.

By joining the University of Tennessee physician executive MBA, you will develop the business and management skills you need to advance your career. To find out more, contact Dr. Kate Atchley’s office by calling (865) 974-6526 or go to

Resources for Your Transition

It was interesting to hear how Savi and Linda agreed on several topics, yet each with their own perspective. I tried to capture the most pertinent and useful information from the two interviews. Several useful resources were mentioned by my guests, which include the following:

They did not mention them, but there are other resources you should be aware of:

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Online MSL Course

Finally, if you’re really serious about pursuing this career, I created a complete course that covers all of the above information, plus:

  • How to use LinkedIn to network and find jobs.
  • Why prepare a resume rather than a CV.
  • Where to look for job postings.
  • How to prepare for your first interview.

The Complete MSL Course is now available as part of the Nonclinical Career Academy Membership Program at NCA Membership. For a small monthly membership fee, you can have access to the MSL course (valued at $397.00) and all of the other courses and lessons included in the membership program.

Other links for today's episode:

Thanks to our sponsor…

Thanks to the UT Physician Executive MBA program for sponsoring the show. It’s an outstanding, highly rated, MBA program designed for working physicians. It might be just what you need to prepare for that joyful, well-paying career. You can find out more at

I hope to see you next time on the PNC Podcast.

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The opinions expressed here are mine and my guest’s. While the information provided on the podcast is true and accurate to the best of my knowledge, there is no express or implied guarantee that using the methods discussed here will lead to success in your career, life or business. 

Many of the links that I refer you to, and that you’ll find in the show notes, are affiliate links. That means that I receive a payment from the seller if you purchase the affiliate item using my link. Doing so has no effect on the price you are charged. And I only promote products and services that I believe are of high quality and will be useful to you, that I have personally used or am very familiar with.

The information presented on this blog and related podcast is for entertainment and/or informational purposes only. It should not be construed as medical, legal, tax, or emotional advice. If you take action on the information provided on the blog or podcast, it is at your own risk. Always consult an attorney, accountant, career counsellor, or other professional before making any major decisions about your career. 

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