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Physicians in the Pharmaceutical Industry

Discussion in 'Med Business [ MD/MBA, DO/MBA, DDS/MBA ]' started by pazzer2, Nov 29, 2005.

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  1. pazzer2

    pazzer2 Member 10+ Year Member

    Nov 8, 2005
    The following is taken from several PMs that I've sent out to people who have asked for some details on how I got into pharma. Here is my background briefly: MD at a well respected state school, 2 yrs Gen surgery residency followed by 3 yrs Family Practice. Have now been working in pharma for the last 6 years.

    The pharma world for MDs is sharply divided into two camps: 1) Business 2) Research & Development (R&D). The business camp is devoted to the commercialization, marketing and sales of pharma products once they hit the market. In the business side of pharma, most are people with MBA degrees. There are very few MDs or MD/MBAs. The reason is that it is much more expensive to hire a MD/MBA than just a newly minted ivy league MBA. Physicians who enter this area are relatively few.

    The R&D camp deals entirely with compounds before they get approved. Within Pharma R&D there are many different divisions that physicians work in:

    Drug Safety: Physicians here work to monitor spontaneous adverse events coming in from the field and to monitor overall general trends. Physicians who work here generally have experience with epidemiology (most are generalists FP, IM, Pediatrics, etc)

    Clinical Pharmacology: Physicians in this area generally work on compounds that are being tested in humans for the first time. This is known as Phase I. The goal here is to establish that the compound is safe in small numbers of healthy volunteers. Typical kinds of trials done in Phase I are: maximum tolerated dose, bioequivalence, bioavailability, drug-drug interaction. The physicians who work in this area generally have done a clinical pharmacology fellowship or have experience working in a clin pharm unit along with general medical training (Internal medicine, FP, etc).

    Clinical Development: This is known as Phase II and Phase III. The goal of this phase is to ensure that the drug is effective. The trials are larger and involve patients with the disease of interest. Now the pharma companies need physicians with particular expertise in the disease state to run the trials. The therapeutic areas with the most number of drugs in development are (in order): Oncology, CNS, Cardiovascular, Endocrine/diabetes, Infectious Disease. Within CNS, the greatest need is for physicians with experience in the development of neurology, psychiatry and pain compounds. The pain world is currently shared by anesthesiologists, and rheumatologists. So someone like you who is trained as an anesthesiologist/pain specialist would be useful. The sponsor (pharma) physicians hire investigators around the world in clinics/hospitals to recruit patients into their trials. The pharma physicians write the protocols, specify how the results should be analyzed and submit the results to the FDA. For examples of ongoing Phase II/III trials goto

    Medical affairs/Phase IV: After a drug is approved, then it is handed over to this group. The goal of trials in this phase is to further delineate and establish the market. This area is weighted heavily towards marketing/sales instead of pure science. Physicians who work in this area are also specialists, similar to Phase 3 (Clinical development) above.

    Now the biggest caveat about the pharma industry is that it is very, very, very difficult to get a job without having direct prior pharma experience. So if you've never worked on a clinical drug trial, or have worked for a pharma company then it will be very difficult to get your foot in the door. There are many arcane rules and regulations that apply in the pharma industry and it is not generally taught in medical school or residency. If your long-term goal is to get a job in the industry then there are several ways you can gain experience:

    1) Do a fellowship in any of the high demand specialities: oncology, cardiology, GI, neurology and psychiatry.
    2) Volunteer to be a physician at a clinical research center near you. Goto Then peruse by patient listings and trial type. You will be able to find investigators in your area that are doing trials. You may want to call them and ask if you can volunteer and learn the ropes. After a year or so of working as a doc in one of these centers, you will have enough experience to be considered for pharma MD jobs.
    3) Consider the FDA. The FDA hires lots of people right out of their fellowships. After a year or two at the FDA you could write your own ticket. The pay at the FDA is somewhat sub-par (ie 130-140 range) but you'd only have to do it for a short time.

    Now everyone always asks me what the pay range. The range of course varies with the company, but in general, here is what you can expect (all of these positions usually get offered stock options, vesting over a 3-5 year period).

    Assistant Director (0-2 yrs experience) $130K-140K + 10-15% yearly bonus
    Associate Director (2-4 yrs experience) $145K-165K + 15-20% yearly bonus
    Director (5-10 yrs experience) $175K-$225K + 30-50% yearly bonus
    Sr Director (10-15 yrs experience) $250K-$275K + 75-100% yearly bonus
    Vice President (15 yrs + experience) $300K and above + executive bonus package
    Sr Vice President $400K-$500K + 100-200% bonus

    The top most physician at my company makes $675K base salary plus an executive bonus package and stock options. This is all publicly available information. As you can see, the pay can be quite nice, especially at higher levels. Keep in mind however, that competition for these top spots is quite intense. Only a few dozen physicians ever make it to the top-top levels of corporate pharma. If you were a cardiologist however, then the pay at the lower levels is far lower than what you'd make out in private practice.

    Stock options can also be quite a windfall if you join a company at the right time. In my case, I have never made any money off stock options just because of bad timing. There are several mid-level managers at my current company who are millionaires just because they joined the company at the right time and sold their options.
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  3. hdo781

    hdo781 Junior Member

    Dec 1, 2005

    Thank you for your insightful post. As an MD/MBA graduate, I thought getting a job in the pharmaceutical would be a piece of cake. After reading your post, I realize how wrong I actually was. Even though I'm currently in an internal medicine residency, my plan was to enter industry and work my way up the corporate ladder without really practing clinical medicine. From your post, it seems that the best way to enter the pharmaceutical industry as a physician would be via a fellowship. I thought I could be board certified in internal medicine and get a management position. However, from your post, why would any pharmaceutical company pay for an MD/MBA when it could simply hire an MBA with industry experience for less.

  4. bobito

    bobito Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Jul 21, 2004
    great post. Thank you.
  5. mackie

    mackie Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Aug 4, 2003
    Wow, very insightful info. We should keep this bumped up so that more people see it. There are many dreaming of easy entry into the pharm world as an alternative to medical practice.
  6. ramonaquimby

    ramonaquimby I'm a PGY3?! WHAT?! 5+ Year Member

    Jul 3, 2005

    excellent post, op! very much appreciated. thank you so much! :thumbup:
  7. tbo

    tbo MS-4 10+ Year Member

    May 5, 2002
    Just to add from a slightly different perspective. I worked at a top 3 pharma in two capacities - research IT and clinical research. I mention the first because my main project was how to recruit scientists through the web. I got a chance to talk to every department head in the company and how they recruited their top scientists. Yes it is entirely true that it is difficult to get into pharma without experience, particularly as a mid-to-senior position (which often is what an MD would be shooting for). The second is, I didn't find any person that would recruit a non-Board Certified candidate (with some being ok with Board Eligible). This was a "show-stopper" for all people. The second major distinction was publications. They'll do a quick look at research productivity from all MDs - since this is the capacity in which they are hiring for.

    There are however a few more areas where MDs are recruited at relatively high rates. A lot of the supporting roles to the ones listed by pazzer2 - Biostats, Epi, Clinical Data Management (MD/PhD at my job), Clinical Operations (business side of clinical research), Regulatory Affairs (acting as liaison between the FDA and the company), some of the more business savvy companies hire MDs in Public Affairs/External Communications, Scientific Licensing, some basic research roles, and marketing (which hires a boatload of MDs).

    Generally speaking though, for the roles listed by pazzer2, I think big pharma's just really slow in hiring MDs. It took our last MD from first contact to first day of work around 1.5 years, which is ridiculous since we were crazy busy at the time. The industry though is shifting from big pharma moving more towards development (Safety Assessment/Animal Pharmacology to Phase I-IV) and allowing smaller pharma/biotech to do the basic research and discovery. As such, there is tremendous growth in clinical development (which plays nicely to MDs looking to get into the field). The moral is it's difficult, but it's definitely possible. Getting hired into pharma (and any job really) is all about marketing yourself. Once you understand the drug discovery process, you've got a good leg up on the competition. There's a huge need - it's now a matter of getting the foot in the door.

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  8. prominence

    prominence Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Dec 19, 2001
    if u are an MD working in the pharmaceutical industry, do u actually perform the research or do u oversee others doing it, and participate in the process of getting the product/medication approved by the FDA?
  9. prominence

    prominence Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Dec 19, 2001
  10. pazzer2

    pazzer2 Member 10+ Year Member

    Nov 8, 2005
    Depends on which area you are in:

    If you are in Clinical pharmacology, you may be the MD running the clinical pharmacology unit (admitting patients, doing physicals, checking labs, etc). Not many MDs do this however, although it is possible.

    Otherwise most other MDs in pharma work on overseeing investigators and the entire research process.
  11. prominence

    prominence Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Dec 19, 2001
    specifically, are MDs who work in pharma doing actual writing/publishing?
  12. pazzer2

    pazzer2 Member 10+ Year Member

    Nov 8, 2005
    Generally if you were the MD working on the clinical trial, and the results are important then most companies encourage you to publish your results.

    There are teams of medical writers, statisticians and others who help with the actual writing, but a large part of the work falls upon the MDs.
  13. redruckus

    redruckus Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jan 15, 2003
    Does anyone have any knowledge on getting into pharmaceutical sales? Also what do doctors and pharmacitst consider good pharm reps?

  14. DrJosephKim

    DrJosephKim Advisor SDN Advisor 7+ Year Member

    Mar 29, 2008
    This is a great post, so 'bump'

    Now, I want to add that the salary ranges listed about really vary based on your specialty or sub-specialty.

    Also, keep in mind that many physicians go into industry from academia (because they have publishing experience, research, clinical trials, etc.)

    Most physicians in academia earn a relatively low salary compared to those in the private sector. It's not uncommon to see salaries in the 80k's and 90k's for those in academia. So, to jump to $150k can be a huge jump for them!

    Finally, for those of you who have an entrepreneurial spirit, remember that pharma and Wall Street are NOT the only non-clinical opportunities for physicians. Want to learn more? Take a look at this:

    Look forward to seeing some further discussion on this topic.
  15. PMmetoHelp

    PMmetoHelp Why so serious? 7+ Year Member

    Aug 3, 2007
    Excellent post Pazzer! Just a minor correction I believe you meant instead or the .org

    I have a question for you. It sounds as if after your Family Medicine residency you went straight into pharma. How did you make the transition?

  16. HealthHare

    HealthHare 7+ Year Member

    Jul 17, 2010
    Awesome post! Can anyone comment more on this topic? More insight on biotech would be great!
  17. Dr Ellen McKay

    Dr Ellen McKay

    Sep 22, 2012
    As an MD/MBA I found this thread useful and informative, though posts from 2005 may need refreshing, since a lot has happened in the field. Here's my experience:
    - you definitely need some clinical practice to put on your resume. A completed residency will get you in the door.
    - smaller biotech companies will be interested, and depending on their funding and confidence, they will pay around $120 -140k salary and a 10-15% bonus (Silicon Valley numbers from 2011). This will be a director position, if you are in a relatively small company (about 50 employees). At a larger company, you may or may not get a director title in your first couple of years. The best way is to get a personal introduction through a friend or colleague who is on their medical advisory board. Ask to be introduced to the CEO or GM.
    - For pharmaceutical companies, especially big pharma, with some clinical experience and NO prior pharma experience, expect to start at a low level. MSL (Medical Science Liaison) could be a starting point. Salaries vary, but average is around $100k + 10-15% bonus and some stock options (usually not worth much in an established company, but still). If you do well in this very competitive position, expect to move up in a couple years, with salaries for experienced MSLs ranging from $140-190k, and somewhat better bonus.
    - next step would be director position, but you will have to have several years (5+) of pharma experience and an excellent track record. If your clinical medical experience was of short duration (completed residency), you will be on the "business" side of things, not the clinical trials/R&D. This is not bad, especially if you already have an MBA and some practical business experience. Good luck!!

    There's an MSL group on Linked-In.
  18. DrJosephKim

    DrJosephKim Advisor SDN Advisor 7+ Year Member

    Mar 29, 2008
    These 2005 salary #s are definitely not reflective of 2012-2013. Also, keep in mind that due to recent mergers/acquisitions of major pharma companies (like Wyeth, Schering Plough, etc.), we have seen some significant reductions/elimination of medical director positions within pharma.
  19. Frazier

    Frazier Emergentologist Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 7+ Year Member

    Nov 12, 2009
    That's a very interesting point. :thumbup:
  20. danrubi

    danrubi 5+ Year Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    Just wanted to add my 2 cents from being in the industry for 2 years and now trying to get into medical school:

    • While companies want to get more and more physicians in there, with tightened budgets, it's getting harder to justify
    • Therefore, it's getting very competitive to get an industry job. You truly need to have some sort of industry experience to get the role - clinical research is a good way. If possible, there may be opportunities to participate in advisory boards or collaborative research
    Also, smaller biotechs or pharma companies may be a good opportunity to gain experience before jumping to larger ones. I've noticed this trend recently as Director positions are harder to get so MDs seem to be going to smaller firms before coming to the larger ones. Good luck!
  21. Guyton Killah

    Guyton Killah 7+ Year Member

    Sep 7, 2008
    France, Paris
  22. blazer123

    blazer123 5+ Year Member

    May 9, 2011
    If i am a current medical student, is there any way of getting experience on working on clinical trials and if that will be helpful in getting a foot in the door in industry?
  23. achamess

    achamess 7+ Year Member

    Jul 6, 2007
    I'm an MD-PhD student, and after talking to some physician-scientists in industry, I'm realizing that industry can offer another route to doing quality medical research w/o the hassle and politics or funding issues of academia. But here is my question - can you still have clinical (patient care) responsibilities? Say I'm a physician-scientist for a Novartis or GSK, and I'm managing a research unit most of the time, but 1 d/week, I want to actually see and treat patients. Is that possible or realistic? Does anyone actually do that? And patient care needn't be at an academic center. That's one of the benefits of this route actually - I could have way more geographic and professional flexibility. I could work w/ a private practice, which there are many to choose from.

    What do you think?
  24. pazzer2

    pazzer2 Member 10+ Year Member

    Nov 8, 2005
    Hello all:

    Its been nearly 7 years while since I originally posted this message. The salaries certainly have changed, but the basic ways to enter the pharma industry have not.

    To answer some of the questions that have been raised along the way:

    #7 (Prominence): As a physician in the industry I oversee a team of people who in turn make sure that the study is being done properly. I don't see any patients myself. I am responsible for designing, analyzing and reporting the results from my studies. For this I recruit from sites around the world who specialize in industry sponsored studies. I interact with the FDA and other health authorities around the world whenever questions come up and I am ultimately responsible for monitoring the ongoing efficacy and safety of my compounds.

    #10 (Prominence): Yes I've published the results of every single study I've worked on over the years. Each study gets presented as an abstract/poster first. We also present each poster at several meetings. I've probably published more than most academic MDs. Over the last 10 years, I have published about 90-100 posters and manuscripts.

    #12 (Redruckus): I once met a sales rep at Lilly who was a foreign trained MD. This is highly unusual. The starting salary for sales reps is much lower so it may not be worth your time to pursue a career in sales. Its difficult to get your foot in the door without prior sales experience as well.

    #14 (PMmetoHelp): I made the transition from FM to pharma because I had built up experience over several summers in various pharma companies as an intern. By the time I finished my residency I had already amassed experience in several key pharma areas. So I luckily found a company who was willing to take a chance and train me.

    #21 (blazer123): To get experience while as a medical student, I suggest to find any attendings at your school who are working on pharma sponsored studies. There are hundreds of pharma studies going on at any given time. Depending on your specialty I'm sure you can find an attending. Look at Centerwatch. Once you find someone at your school doing clinical research, approach them and offer to help. The experience you get doing this will set you apart.

    #22 (achamess): I still practice part time as an emergency room physician. I've been doing so for the last 12+ years. I know some MDs at my company who go to the hospital on a regular schedule (once or twice a month). Pharma companies hire MDs because of their clinical experience, so they value anything that you can do to retain your knowledge.

    Regarding salaries: The amounts that I posted in 2005 should be upwardly adjusted by 15-20%. The stock and options can become quite lucrative over time. The amount of money I make on my stocks/options each year is now approx 75% of my annual base salary. My annual pay + bonus + stocks + options is now in the range of $500K. So as you progress farther in your career, the long-term incentives from stock/options can be huge. The amount of money I'm making now pales in comparison to what I would have made if I had stayed in practice. Plus no headaches of insurance and malpractice.
  25. CopperStripes

    CopperStripes Member 10+ Year Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    Great info, Pazzer; thanks! Can you provide any details about various roles aside from clinical trials a MD can take on in a pharma company, such as medical affairs, MSL, drug safety, pharmacovigilance, etc?
  26. Everglore

    Everglore 2+ Year Member

    Jan 15, 2013
    Hey fellow Doc ,

    sounds like you want to leave the clinical field like I do...

    Can you tell me exactly why would you opt for industry ? I mean why industry in particular ?

    I am trying to research all my options in order to decide what I am going to do cause I am afraid that a career in pharma will make me stuck in the Lab most of the time which may sound a lil boring . i want to combine research with other aspects in consulting.
  27. Marika11

    Marika11 Senior Member

    Sep 21, 2012
    Thanks for making this thread OP, very helpful.

    I was wondering if there is any discrimination against D.O.'s from pharma companies when hiring? Do they look only for someone with an MD degree, or do they not distinguish between the two?
  28. FutureDO2016

    FutureDO2016 2+ Year Member

    Mar 21, 2013
    I would love to learn more as well. I'm currently in a DO school but are only MDs accepted into the MSL position? Also, any advice on how to "volunteer" and gain experience in clinical trials. I tried emailing PI's from but most have ignored my email.
  29. macattack83


    Jun 22, 2013
    Hi, really enjoyed this post, thank you very much.

    I am a MD in the UK but I'm a qualified pharmacist aswel (I know too many years at University).

    I'm looking to change from public sector into the pharmaceutical industry. With the above qualifications, any advice on how best to approach it?
  30. sanabcd


    Jun 6, 2013
    Hi Pazzer, I am a foreign trained dentist with an experience of around 6 years in the pharmaceutical industry ( Business Research and analytics). I will be relocating to the US shortly. If you have any idea then please can you let me know about the opportunities available in the corporate world in and around San Francisco that I can explore? thanks a lot...

    PS: You are doing a splendid job with your posts :)
  31. Liquidice07

    Liquidice07 5+ Year Member

    Feb 21, 2010
    Thanks for the great info!
  32. nope80

    nope80 Resident 10+ Year Member

    Apr 10, 2004
  33. graddoc2013

    graddoc2013 2+ Year Member

    Mar 21, 2013
    is it tough to find a job in pharma industry if you have a MD from IMG with 2 years of US clinical but no residency training
  34. Sealer

    Sealer 2+ Year Member

    Mar 9, 2014
    Very useful thread. Thanks!
    I'm planning a career in pharm R&D. Do you have any advice for choosing residency type? Would university-based, more research-oriented residency be better? Or community-based (may be in a large hospital with ongoing phase III cl. trials) will do?
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  35. DocEntrepreneur


    Apr 20, 2014
    Does anyone know whether it is possible to maintain medical license and board certification when a physician took a full time job at pharma/industry (cannot continue to practice clinical work)? How does one maintain clinical requirements and CME credits to maintain/renew license/MOC?
    Please comment especially if you are physicians who have gone into pharma/industry/business.
  36. cazydoc


    Nov 13, 2014
    I am an IMG and completed my residency in orthopaedics in India. I am planning to pursue Phd in molecular medicine in US. What are the job opportunities for me in industry in US.
  37. CharlesDarnay


    Jan 20, 2015
    Any comments on quality of life for mds who enter pharm industry? Is it a good lifestyle or are they working crazy hours, weekends and nights? Interested in possible transition but want more information .
  38. CopperStripes

    CopperStripes Member 10+ Year Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    My observations have been that it depends on the type of company and specific role. Working for a start-up (as opposed to big pharma) generally means longer hours and lower pay, but potential large rewards if the company does well. For the most part, the work is done on weekdays but tends to be long-ish days due to the fact that most physicians will have leadership roles within the company. Nights and weekends come into play occasionally for travel, important deadlines, and unexpected crises that come up. Here are my opinions on a few jobs based on what I’ve seen and read (but most of them I’ve not experienced first-hand):

    - Pharmacovigilance / drug safety / post-marketing surveillance – normal hours, good lifestyle.

    - Clinical trials – hours are somewhat less normal, as the physician might need to be on call for consult during patient emergencies. This has a higher potential for the unexpected crises that I refer to above, because it deals with the brand new drugs, lots of unknowns, and is more in the public eye than post-marketing. That said, you can be key in bringing a blockbuster drug to market.

    - Medical science liaison – normal work hours plus a lot of travel; probably more stressful than other pharma roles because there’s lots of meetings, presentations, forming relationships with important people, and trying to prove yourself.

    - Medical writing – very normal (and possibly flexible) hours and low stress; lower pay.
  39. graddoc2013

    graddoc2013 2+ Year Member

    Mar 21, 2013
    is it possible to get a job as a drug safety associate if you are an international medical graduate with ecfmg certificate and no residency?
  40. CopperStripes

    CopperStripes Member 10+ Year Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    Yes. Most drug safety associate positions do not even require a medical degree.
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  41. dr_reddevil


    Mar 16, 2015
    Hello everyone.
    I am an Indian Medical Graduate (MBBS) currently working as a Medical Reviewer in the Pharmacovigilance Sector since the past year. I would like to know whether I can join a Pharmaceutical company in the United States or United Kingdom based on my current experience. Are there enough opportunities in the sector over there for foreingers?
    I would also like to know if my Degree will be valid or if I need to clear USMLE/ PLAB or any other exam to be eligible for the same.
    Thanks in advance.
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  42. spicysoup55


    May 19, 2015
    What do you guys think about working in an academic position but collaborating heavily with pharma and biotech companies to do clinical trials or outcomes research? How does this compare with doing clinical trials at the company itself?
  43. MDviaMBB

    MDviaMBB 2+ Year Member

    Aug 15, 2015
    I'd answer your question by describing what people normally have to do in order to work in one of those academic positions based on my somewhat limited research/experience. So, many earn their MDs, complete drug development-relevant residencies, and then pursue advanced degrees in clinical research like these as a fellow or otherwise:

    1. UCSF's Masters in Clinical Research (

    2. Stanford's MS in Epidemiology and Clinical Research (

    For example, see the student list for 1., here:

    These programs are essentially business programs for clinical research physicians. They also cater to people interested in outcomes research and non-drug development-oriented clinical research. Still, becoming involved in drug development is very difficult -- even with one of these master's degrees -- as the OP has described.

    Alternatively, you can complete a residency and then pursue a fellowship in clinical pharmacology to work in earlier phase trials; quite a few universities house these programs, but since I do not know much about them, I will just post the link to their website:
    Last edited: Dec 18, 2015
  44. CopperStripes

    CopperStripes Member 10+ Year Member

    Dec 2, 2005
  45. SPSS


    Jun 14, 2015
    Not at all, quite the contrary I meant the US doctors and doctors without border should help those poor people. I by no means suggesting that Indians born and raised and taught in indian schools should help their society and show some loyalty to indian soil, indian people or to public health. After all medicine is all about the money not morals or nobility.

    Please don't get upset mr morality.
  46. kesuniah


    Feb 3, 2016
    Would obtaining a MSc in Pharmaceuticals help in getting a job in a big pharmaceutical company as an MD?

    So basically, I'm currently in medicine and would like to potentially work for a big pharmaceutical company (ie. Pfizer).. I'm thinking an MSc Pharm would help with that or should I just focus on doing clinical trials and specializing in gastro/neurology/etc ?
  47. OxToCA

    OxToCA 2+ Year Member

    Nov 7, 2015
    You mentioned gastroenterology (an internal medicine fellowship) and neurology (a residency), so I'd assume you aren't in a residency, yet. Therefore, the best thing to do would be to consider what Pfizer is looking for in a physician by scanning their career opportunities directory, and then tailoring your path to that and/or by emulating what physicians working there did.

    To answer your question, it would. But, that also depends on the skills, research/industry experience, and network you'd gain by doing an MSc/MRes like the one you mentioned. In other words, not all programs are the same, and the type you described are mostly in the UK (Oxford, Imperial) >>> Europe (e.g.; those are also different than the ones MDviaMBB described, above.

    For example, here are the job requirements for an associate medical director position at Genentech:

    "MD or equivalent ex-US medical degree with board certification or eligibility in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, or a similar medical specialty required. Sub-specialty training in dermatology or a therapeutic area of relevance to respiratory and/or allergic diseases (e.g., pulmonary medicine, allergy/immunology) highly preferred.

    • 2 – 4 years experience in clinical research required, ideally in the pharmaceutical industry
    • Work experience of confirmatory drug development
    • Clinical practice experience and strong scientific or development competence in the relevant therapeutic area demonstrated by peer reviewed publications or production of clinical expert reports"
    Last edited: May 1, 2016
  48. Sailor Senshi Dermystify

    Sailor Senshi Dermystify SDN Gold Donor Gold Donor Classifieds Approved 7+ Year Member

    How about if you're interested in a ROADS specialty but want to work in pharma, I.e. Derm or Rads? Would the process be the same? Has anyone work for Galderma?
  49. Everglore

    Everglore 2+ Year Member

    Jan 15, 2013

    Hi there man, this post changed my life when I read it years ago. Luckily, I had the same chance that pazzer2 have had and was offered a contract position as a study physician at one of those giant companies. Having said that, unfortunately, my spell with that organization has expired after 2.4 years. Now, I am doing the job hunt again and getting interviews etc...

    Now, I am very strong after those 2.4 years at Industry doing lots of monitoring and cleaning; however, I still need to improve my skills in terms of design and authoring relevant documents like for instance the CSP or IB. Thus, been looking now at Industry fellowships for early stage development that are worth 1 or 2 years to be able to write documents, abstracts and design studies without the pressure of finalizing it within days.

    Can you tell me if you are aligned with this plan or not, also, your thoughts on where to find workshops to gain this skill. I can hardly find any bar not so legit sites as

    Or, I am thinking on the wrong terms and should keep looking for Industry jobs and learning along the way?

    Any advice from pazzer2 or experts here who worked or are currently working at Industry will be appreciated!
  50. Mr_Self_Destruct


    Feb 3, 2017
    I've been watching this industry for some time and it looks like India is actually becoming a hub for pharma.
    Here are some links FYI:
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