Interview with Dr. Nerissa Kreher

In this week's interview, we take our first deep dive into how to land your first job in Industry.

Dr. Nerissa Kreher is a pediatric endocrinologist and the Chief Medical Officer of a biotech company.  Today she helps us understand what the term “Industry” means in the context of nonclinical physician careers.

Then she lists many of the positions available for physicians in the pharma and medical device industries, and the backgrounds needed to land them.

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Nerissa received her medical degree from East Carolina University. She then completed her pediatric residency and pediatric endocrinology fellowship at Indiana University School of Medicine.

Nerissa transitioned into the biotech/pharma industry early in her career and brings 15 years of experience working in the field. She started in Medical Affairs as a Medical Director. Then she strategically moved to another company to gain Clinical Development experience. She has worked in small to large biotech/pharma organizations in both private and public companies.

From medical director to “global lead,” she has worked in a variety of positions. She now serves as the chief medical officer of a biotechnology company. Along the way, she also completed an MBA from Northeastern University.

Helping Others Find Their First Job in Industry

She is passionate about her work and wants to help other physicians understand the possibilities for physicians in Industry. She has even created a coaching program to help physicians transition from clinical practice to pharmaceutical, medical device, and biotech companies. It is called Industry MD Coach

It's really important that we give ourselves credit for all of the years of education that we have… there is experience there to translate into an Industry role. – Dr. Nerissa Kreher

She uses a comprehensive approach to helping physicians find rewarding jobs in Industry. It includes a personality assessment, training in basic skill sets, resume writing services, assistance negotiating, and salary and benefits review.


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