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MSL Talk

Tom Caravela
54 episodes
MSL Talk is a podcast hosted by Tom Caravela, MSL Recruiter and Founder of The Carolan Group, an Executive Search firm dedicated to the recruitment and placement of Medical Affairs professionals. The show will feature helpful information for current Medical Science Liaisons, job seekers looking to break into the pharmaceutical industry in their first MSL role and Medical Affairs leaders interested in hearing good industry conversation and medical affairs discussions. Topics will include helpful advice for aspiring MSLs, recruitment strategies, statistics and data, industry news, hiring and medical affairs trends as well as plenty of interview advice and career tips. The format is 30-60 minutes and mostly unscripted with the hope it is informative as all as inspiring!

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54. From Data Disseminator to Trusted Advisor

Learn about how MSLs go from data disseminators to trusted advisors in my conversation with Chad Fellers, Director of Medical Science Liasons at Harmony Biosciences.     In this episode we discuss:  The success of his team despite COVID.  The unique approach their team uses in engaging…

53. MSL Career Progression: Titles, Comp, Levels, Promotions…YUP, all that!

Bridget Rasmusson, Director of Client Services at The Carolan Group discusses MSL Career Progression: Titles, Comp, Levels, and Promotions.   Learn about….   MSL Titles and different levels The compensation factor Getting promoting and how to position yourself How to know if you are getting paid fa…

52. MSL Field Sanity: Top 10 Tips for Field Survival

Maria Urso, Director, Medical Affairs Field Team at Exact Sciences discusses MSL Field Sanity: Top 10 Tips for Field Survival   Maria discusses the importance of:    Nutrition  Hydration  Sleep (and how to get it)  Exercise  And a whole lot more   The podcast is available through the links below: ️…

51. From Clinical to Medical Device MSL and Beyond

Check out my latest podcast with Maria Abunto, Medical Science Liaison at Exact Sciences who discusses her path from clinician to a Medical Device MSL and beyond.   Maria shares….    What is a Medical Device MSL  How are Med Device MSLs different than therapeutic MSLs  Why is it so important to be …

50. Repackage what you have for what you want

Check out my latest podcast with Cherie Hyder, Medical Excellence at Biohaven who discusses how to repackage what you have for what you want.   Cherie shares….   How to position yourself for MSL roles  Tool and resources to be aware of  How to showcase important skills and traits  Certi…

49. MSL Career Options: The transition from Field Medical to Medical Director

My guest today is Josh Corriveau, the Global Medical Affairs Director at Leo Pharma. We discuss the potential to make a career transition from MSL to Medical Director.   In this episode we discuss: The transition from field medical to a medical director How Josh got the job and the respon…

48. The Path from Clinical Practice to Field Medical (MSL, CSL or CPL)

My guests today are Jessica Johnson Director, Clinical Practice Liaisons and Whitney Tice, Clinical Practice Liaison at Neurocrine and we discuss the path from clinical practice to Field Medical.   In this episode we discuss: Jessica and Whitney’s background The transition from clinician …

47. Managed Care MSLs-Past, Present and Future

Check out my latest podcast with Todd Wandstrat, Sr Director of Field Based Medicine who discusses Managed Care MSLs… Past, Present and Future   Todd shares…    The historical perspective of the Managed Care Market and the MSL  What is a Managed Care MSL  What skills are mandatory and how can an MS…

46. MSL Training: The Path of Continued Learning and Development

Check out my latest podcast with Michael Parisi and Marissa Poli of Guidemark Health as we cover MSL Training: The Path of Continued Learning and Development.   We discuss:    Core Competency-Scientific and Clinical Training  Soft Skills and Empathy Training  Operational Skills in a Virtual World  …

45. The Most Common (or NOT) Interview questions and How to Handle Them

Check out my latest podcast with Anita Carvalho, Talent Acquisition Specialist at FerGene. We discuss the most common (and not so common) MSL interview questions and how to handle them.   We discuss:    What basic interview questions should you expect  What are some MSL specific interview questions…

44. How to create HIGH performing MSLs, teams and MSL leaders

Check out my latest podcast with Mike Penkethman, Career Coach and President of the Pilotage Group. We discuss how to create high-performing MSLs, teams, and MSL leaders.   We discuss:    What are the key attributes of high performing MSL  What MSL interactions will look like in the future  What do…

43. The MANY ways COVID-19 has made Medical Affairs and MSLs BETTER

Check out my latest podcast with Jihad “JR” Rizkallah, Director, MSLs at Sunovian and Patrina Pellett, VP, Strategic Accounts at MedEvoke, and we discuss the MANY ways COVID-19 has made Medical Affairs and MSLs BETTER.   We discuss:    Some of the major trends in Medical Affairs  What MSL interacti…

42. 3 Things I wish I knew about being a MSL

My guest today is Mitchell D’Rozario, Medical Science Liaison at Genentech and we discuss the 3 things he wished he knew about being an MSL.   In this episode we discuss: Mitchell’s background and breaking into the industry 3 things he wishes he had known about being an MSL What Tom wis…

41. How to ENGAGE and work with MSL Recruiters, and WHY!

Daniel Herr, Director of Recruitment and Operations at The Carolan Group discusses how to ENGAGE and work with MSL recruitment firms and why you should consider them.   In this episode we discuss: Daniel’s background The role of an MSL recruiter and different types. Why is it a good ide…

40. How to overcome... "You don't have experience"

My guest today is Mia Barnes, Medical Science Liaison and we talk about how to overcome the "you don’t have enough experience" paradigm.   In this episode we discuss: Mia and her background Experiencing the ”You don’t have enough experience” paradigm How much preparation ahead of time …

39. The most difficult parts of being an MSL and how to overcome them

My guest today is Jonathan Horvath, former Director of Field Medical Affairs at Dova Pharmaceuticals and we discuss the most difficult parts of being an MSL and how to overcome them.   In this episode we discuss: Jonathan’s background One of the most challenging parts of being an MSL in h…

38. See One, Be One, Teach One…. How to be a Leader in Your Space

My guest today is Abi Adenola, Medical Science Liaison at Leo Pharma. We discuss how to be a leader and mentor in your space and the importance of mentorship.   In this episode we discuss: Abi’s background What made her want to transition to industry and how did she go about it “See one…

37. Top MSL Goals for the New Year and how to achieve tremendous success

My special guest today is Laurie Broman, Director of Field Medical Affairs at Astrazeneca and we discuss goal setting for the new year and how to ensure tremendous success.    In this episode we discuss: Who is Laurie and what she does The importance of going into the New Year with establ…

36. Diversity in Medical Affairs and the Power of Networking

My guests today are Rachel Kennedy, LaShaundra Taylor, and Nirav Shah from DiMA (Diversity in Medical Affairs) and we discuss the story of DiMA and the power of networking.   In this episode we discuss: Intro of Rachel, LaShaundra, and Nirav The story of how the DiMA group was formed Wh…

35. "The Road Less Traveled: Leveraging an Unconventional Career Path"

Marc Bernarducci, Sr Medical Science Liaison shares ideas on leveraging an unconventional career path to find success.   In this episode we discuss: Marc’s education and where his career began What made him want to transition to industry and how did he go about it How he landed in medic…

34. How a "Non Traditional" background can lead to success as an MSL

My guest today is Robert Rosti, Sr Medical Science Liaison at Biogen. He discusses how his "Non-Traditional" background led to great success as a Medical Science Liaison.   In this episode we discuss: Rob’s background His education and where his career began What made him want to transi…

33. LinkedIn: Why you need it. How to use it!

My guest today is Jill Vanak, Clinical Research Practitioner at Janssen Oncology, Early Development. We talk about LinkedIn, why it is important, why you need it, and how to use it.    In this episode we discuss: Who is Jill and what she does LinkedIn - where do people start? Tips and t…

32. Gratitude: An absolute MUST for career advancement

Tom Caravela discusses why gratitude is an absolute MUST for career advancement.   In this episode we discuss: Good things come from gratitude Connecting to people through gratitude Time is currency Going the extra mile to show others you appreciate them

31. How I landed my first MSL role... what works, what doesn't, and what you need to know

My guest today is Julie Chen, Medical Science Liaison at Janssen Cardiology. We discuss how she landed her first MSL role and what advice she has for aspiring MSLs looking to break into the role.   In this episode we discuss: Julie’s background Why she wanted to be an MSL The story of h…

30. Compliance 101-Most common issues and MSL-related gray areas

Today’s guests are Jessica McLin and Melody Davis of Versant Learning. We discuss MSL Compliance 101 and the most common issues and MSL-related gray areas.   In this episode we discuss: Jessica and Melody intro What Versant Learning does Compliance and what people need to know The mos…

29. How to Develop IDPs Individual Development Plans and Road Maps for Career Development

My guest today is Elaine Nadeau, Director Field Excellence at EMD Serono. We discuss how MSLs can Develop IDPs (Individual Development Plans) and Road Maps for Career Development.    In this episode we discuss: Who is Elaine and what she does How she got into the medical affairs Her rol…

28. Top Ten Tips: Improving Business Etiquette and Emotional Intelligence to Advance Your Career

Today’s guest is Bridget Rasmusson, Client Services Lead at The Carolan Group offers great advice on how proper business etiquette and emotional intelligence can advance your career.   In this episodes we discuss: The importance of first a first impression Have your “elevator pitch” down …

27. The Future of KOL Engagement and new strategies that will emerge

Today we have Joan Cannon, Senior Director Scientific Affairs at Lundbeck. Joan discusses the future of KOL engagement and what changes as well as new strategies will emerge.    In this episode we discuss: Joan’s background and her current career How she landed her first MSL role Her MS…

26. Best Practices and Creative Ways to Gain KOL Access During COVID-19

My guest today is Jason Demuth, Director, Medical Science Liaison at Strongbridge Bio shares creative ways to reach and access KOLs during COVID-19.  In this episode we discuss: Jason’s background His journey and getting his first MSL role Creative ideas and ways to access KOLs His pers…

25. Career Longevity: What behavioral competencies will help you have career longevity and stability

Today my guest is Norward Harris, Consultant Medical Science Liaison Trainer, Professional Mentor, and Original MSL. We discuss MSL career development behavioral competencies that will help you obtain a career of longevity and stability.   In this episode we discuss: Norward’s background …