A Popular Choice Among Physicians Lacking Residency Training

In today's episode, I summarized what I've personally learned from Medical Science Liaisons, and my own research, to help you find your first MSL job.

Only certain careers are open to physicians who did not complete residency and are not board certified:

  • medical writing
  • consulting
  • entrepreneur
  • sometimes informatics
  • medical science liaison (MSL)

Since I receive so many questions about these kinds of jobs, I decided to present everything I've learned about getting your first MSL job in one, succinct solo episode today.

Top Considerations When Purusing Your First MSL Job

In this episode, I cover the following topcs:

  • Description of the MSL job
  • Self-limiting beliefs that must be overcome
  • Universal resources for nonclinical careers that should be used to find that first MSL job:
    • mentors
    • networking
    • LinkedIn
    • resumes
  • Positive aspects of an MSL career
  • Challenges for MSLs
  • How to prepare to pursue the first MSL job
  • Best resources
    • Medical Science Liaison Society
    • Medical Science Liaison Institute
    • Job listings
  • Your resume
  • Interviewing

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Because there is intense interest in the Medical Science Liaison career, I'm creating an online course devoted to it. It will be available in January, about four weeks from now.

Since I want to answer all of your questions about your first MSL job, I created a short survey for you. If you have remaining questions about this topic, go to vitalpe.net/mslsurvey. It will take less than a minute.

Links for today's episode:

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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 vitalpe.net/physicianmba.

Thanks again for listening. I hope to see you next time on Physician NonClinical Careers.

As always, I welcome your comments and feedback.

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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.

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