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National Medical Science Liaison Awareness and Appreciation Day – March 27, 2023

National Medical Science Liaison Awareness and Appreciation Day is marked on March 27 annually. All Medical Science Liaisons from all across the world should be recognized on this special day. Medical Science Liaisons are medical professionals generally linked with the Medical Affairs Departments of pharmaceutical and technology corporations. The majority of them have an extensive background in science and academic credentials, with the majority holding a doctorate in the biological sciences. Find out more about why these sometimes unsung heroes need to be appreciated.

History of National Medical Science Liaison Awareness and Appreciation Day

Initially established by Upjohn Pharmaceuticals in 1967, in response to the need for scientifically trained field personnel who would be able to establish rapport with Key Opinion Leaders in a variety of therapeutic areas of research, Medical Science Liaisons have grown to become a global organization.

Upjohn Pharmaceuticals required field personnel to create ties with prominent medical practitioners to have more meaningful discussions with these external specialists (as well as other healthcare providers) and other stakeholders. The corporation then recognized sales representatives with significant scientific understanding and the ability to deliver a higher level of clinical and educational skills to the medical professionals with whom they were interacting as potential sales representatives. Over the years, medical science liaison teams gained popularity among pharmaceutical corporations due to their effectiveness. During the 1990s, as the size of commercial sales forces grew, the number of medical scientific liaison teams grew at a modest and constant pace. Continued development and growth of field medical programs are necessary due to technological advancements, consolidation of decision-making, and the increasing sophistication of health care decisions.

Even though Upjohn originally referred to the position as Medical Science Liaisons, over the years and into the present, companies have used a variety of names for the position, including ‘Medical Liaisons,’ ‘Medical Managers,’ ‘Regional Scientific Managers,’ ‘Clinical Liaisons,’ and ‘Scientific Affairs Managers,’ to name a few.

National Medical Science Liaison Awareness and Appreciation Day timeline

1967
Emergence of Medical Science Liaison

The Medical Science Liaison is started by Upjohn Pharmaceuticals.

1980s
Qualifications

Applicants for M.S.L. positions now need to have a doctoral degree, such as an M.D., PharmD, or Ph.D., from a lot of companies.

1990s
Expansion

Along with a gradual and steady rise of commercial sales forces, the size of Medical Scientific Liaison teams increases.

1999
Increased Growth

Although Medical Scientific Liaison teams have grown since the turn of the century, this expansion continues to grow.

National Medical Science Liaison Awareness and Appreciation Day FAQs

What level of education do you need to work as a Medical Science Liaison?

A minimum of a master’s degree in a medical or scientific subject is required for a Medical Science Liaison post, however, the majority of roles require a Ph.D. or M.D. Many enter the sector with a strong background in nursing and a focus on a certain therapeutic area. People who want to work in this sector need to have a solid academic background in science, as well as great interpersonal communication, and listening skills.

Where do Medical Science Liaisons perform their duties?

Medical Science Liaisons collaborate with a wide range of healthcare and technology businesses, including pharmaceutical and biotechnology corporations, as well as other healthcare-related organizations and institutions.

Is there a future for a Medical Science Liaison in terms of employment?

The field of Medical Science Liaison is expanding rapidly all around the world so growth is expected to continue as the desire for new therapeutic options grows.

National Medical Science Liaison Awareness and Appreciation Day Activities

  1. Tell your story

    You can tell the story of how you got into Medical Science. This is important as it also creates awareness of the profession and can help guide more people so they can get into it.

  2. Speak to a Medical Science Liaison

    If as a patient, you are having issues with continuity of care or the treatment itself, you can speak to a Medical Science Liaison. This will benefit others immensely and you will be able to get better care for yourself.

  3. Share on social media

    Since the day is all about awareness as well as appreciation, there is no better way to raise awareness and amplify their efforts than to share on social media. You can also take the time out to write about how their efforts have impacted you or someone around you.

5 Fields For Medical Science Liaisons

  1. Oncology

    Oncology deals with the study of cancer and doctors specialize in the management and treatment of cancer patients throughout the disease.

  2. Cardiology

    They plan and assist the development, production, and promotion of products strategically by exchanging scientific information and soliciting external opinions from experts.

  3. Hematology

    As this deals with the study and treatment of blood, they maintain a trustworthy and ethical relationship with Key Opinion Leaders, guaranteeing that they have unprecedented access to scientific and medical information.

  4. Surgery

    They create, nurture, and sustain peer-to-peer relationships with renowned physicians at prominent academic institutions and hospitals.

  5. Pulmonary

    Pulmonary relates to the lungs and is important for Medical Science Liaisons.

Why We Love National Medical Science Liaison Awareness and Appreciation Day

  1. It aids in research

    They support the research process and act as scientific resources for experts in a variety of fields of study by supporting them with their research projects. They are integral to several fields of study and provide an immense contribution to those fields.

  2. It gives recognition

    Having an official day dedicated to Medical Science Liaisons allows the profession to be recognized and the value of the profession around the world to be raised. The importance of their function to the success of the firms in which they work has never been greater than it is today.

  3. It helps in bringing information

    Medical Science Liaison helps in bringing important and beneficial information about the products of a particular company. They are also integral in obtaining difficult resources.

National Medical Science Liaison Awareness and Appreciation Day dates

YearDateDay
2023March 27Monday
2024March 27Wednesday
2025March 27Thursday
2026March 27Friday
2027March 27Saturday

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