What does a Medical Science Liaison do?

Medical science liaisons work in a specialized role within healthcare fields including pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical devices. They possess a concentration on a specific therapeutic area, including oncology or cardiology. They are responsible for establishing relationships with leading physicians, researchers, and clinicians, who are the key opinion leaders at academic institutions, hospitals, and pharmaceutical companies.

Medical science liaisons ensure products are used effectively and serve as scientific resources and experts who advise on upcoming advances and treatments while providing input about relevant scientific and clinical data. They respond to requests for information and provide training to sales and marketing teams when appropriate, they analyze clinical trends and practices and host advisory boards. They utilize their research and communication skills and provide doctors and other interested parties with information about new medical products. Medical science liaisons need a doctorate and a background in clinical research experience and relevant industry and related product knowledge.

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EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.6 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.4 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Medical Science Liaison Salaries

Average Base Pay

$105,000 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Medical Science Liaison Career Path

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Medical Science Liaison
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Medical Science Liaison Insights

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Ob Hospitalist GroupOb Hospitalist Group
Medical Provider
4 May 2019

“Competitive pay many years ago but no raise since then and all raise requests denied.”

IQVIAIQVIA
Medical Reviewer
26 Apr 2021

“Great and excellent place to work.”

GlaxoSmithKlineGlaxoSmithKline
Medical Science Liaison (MSL)
8 Aug 2021

“Training and personal development focus”

Indique HairIndique Hair
Client Care Liaison
25 Apr 2019

“I am so lucky to have had the best manager I've had in my complete lifetime.”

Sema4Sema4
Medical Science Liaison (MSL)
15 Sep 2020

“I am given the freedom to do my job independently but have support when it is needed.”

IPSENIPSEN
Medical Science Liaison
5 Feb 2020

“My interview was smooth and I knew what to expect.”

AstraZenecaAstraZeneca
Medical Science Liaison
15 Feb 2020

“Competitive for promotion but it makes you grow your skills rapidly”

Kaiser PermanenteKaiser Permanente
Dme Coordinator
7 Feb 2021

“Good employees that want to help patients in the best way possible”

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