Reflection #1: Rita Semerjian, PharmD Candidate 2020
This Seminar was highly intriguing to me because I had never heard of a Medical Science Liaison (MSL). When Dr. Kudo first introduced the subject, I immediately started forming negative thoughts about the position but Dr. Kudo quickly busted all the myths that I was thinking about. This position is one that I definitely will think about for the future because it seems like a job I would like to do and it has multiple perks, such as networking opportunity, traveling, and engaging with world renowned doctors and specialists. I thought Dr. Kudo did a good job of presenting both the advantages and disadvantages, which are only disadvantages for some people. For instance, the extended travel time is definitely something that stops me from perusing this career path right now because I would like to start a family in the near future and
traveling a lot would not be ideal.
Reflection #2: Stephane Teixeira, PharmD Candidate 2020
My name is Stephanie Texeira and I attended Dr. Kudo’s seminar, “My Journey to the Dark Side” on September 7, 2016. Dr. Kudo defined his current occupation as an MSL (medical science liaison) and explained the differences between an MSL and a drug representative. He also pointed out that an MSL working in industry is a not a “traditional” pharmacist role. Overall, his seminar discussing the pros and cons of working in industry have helped me to further narrow down my own career interests. I was previously open to the idea of working in industry, but I am now less receptive to the option after hearing about the need to travel three quarters of the year, especially because I am interested in starting a family soon. I benefited the most from his “keepers” that include collecting business cards, planning early for retirement, and getting rid of my student debt as quickly as possible.