Aspiring MSL Testimonials

Providing Excellence in Medical Affairs Education™
Jeffrey Mosensen MSL-Cert PhD 
MSL Dermatology, 
Ortho Dermatologics, UNITED STATES

"Before I signed up with FSTP, I was a postdoctoral fellow with no industry experience. The role of an MSL sounded exciting and fit with my interests, but I didn’t fully grasp what the job was. I also got discouraged early on after reading about the requirements to have industry experience, or an M.D./Pharm.D degree. The FSTP course quickly got me up to speed with understanding the role of an MSL, drug lifecycle, internal stakeholders, KOLs, and other aspects of pharma industry. Importantly, FSTP helped me to get my resume industry ready, and to prepare for the interview process. The MSL academy was crucial to help me learn about common interview questions, and how to prepare a proper MSL presentation. Each step of the way, the FSTP team were helpful in getting me prepared and were in contact with me to see how I did. As an added bonus, everyone I interviewed with asked me about the course, and were impressed by my knowledge and commitment to go the extra mile. I believe listing this course on my resume helped me get noticed early on. Getting an MSL job does take a lot of work and must come from you to get it done. However, the FSTP course gives you all the tools to succeed."

J'Aime Manion MSL-Cert PhD 
Associate Director, MSL Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, UNITED STATES

"from SCIENCE to PHARMA” (FSTP) was an amazing primer into the day to day activities, and long-term strategy of the MSL world. The course itself is full of carefully curated resources, and the FSTP team were a tremendous resource in preparing for my interviews. (Thank you FSTP for the talk through of my presentation strategy. You helped me ask all of the right questions, that led me to design a more targeted, and specific presentation) Also you really pulled aside the curtain, and answered some subtle questions about pharma regulations, and the MSL interview process) I am happy to report that I have been loving my MSL role at Sunovion for about 8 months! -A genuine thank you to the FSTP team!

Nicole Rawnsley MSL-Cert PharmD
MSL Dermatology, Ortho Dermatologics, UNITED STATES

"Prior to taking the course from FSTP, I was a recent PharmD graduate with no direct experience in industry. I had connected with MSLs through my various career roles, but knew I needed to learn about the role of an MSL in greater detail. I took the course at my own pace, and really took my time watching each module. After completing the course, I truly felt knowledgeable on the skill sets necessary to be successful as an MSL. I obtained my first MSL role several months after completing FSTP. Taking this course helped me to prepare for all of the questions I was asked and to give a successful presentation. The FSTP team were extremely helpful throughout the entire process. As soon as I found out about my interview, they set up a phone call with one of the coaches and they helped to prepare me even more for my live interview. I am truly grateful for everyone at FSTP for all of their help in obtaining my dream job as an MSL. Obtaining a role as an MSL takes time and dedication, but FSTP truly helps you to stand out amongst the pool of candidates.”

Jasper van den Boorn MSL-Cert PharmD MSc
Medical Science Manager Oncology, BMS, THE NETHERLANDS

"The MSL course by FSTP is one of a kind. After several years in translational research, I was looking for a way to transition into industry and find a position on the borderlands of science and clinical application. I knew the MSL job was what I was looking for, but was unsuccessful in breaking into the role myself. For me, the most important point about the FSTP course is that it helped me change my mindset; from hyper-specialized research-minded to broad-vision clinical translation. Also, you learn everything there is to know about the role, the industry, clinical trials, compound lifecycle, internal workings of a Pharma company, etc - it truly gets you up to speed. Additionally, FSTP provides excellent resources and coaching for interview rounds and tailoring your industry CV - things you really do not know how to do successfully as a scientist, since science and pharma job-searches are completely different worlds altogether. When I landed my first MSL job following the course, my hiring manager mentioned it was not only my scientific background and translational knowledge but also my sound preparation on the MSL role that brought on the job offer. Once again: many thanks to FSTP and their team for coaching me in such a way that I could discover my own path, skills and strengths on the road from science to Pharma. I absolutely recommend this course to anyone who wishes to transition from science, medicine, or pharmacy to the MSL role!”

Steven Cordeiro Matos MSL-Cert PhD
MSL CNS & Specialty, Purdue, CANADA

"After a few years in academia, I came to the realization that basic research was not for me. Instead, I discovered that the MSL role was where I belonged because it would allow me to pursue my fascination for science and medicine, as well as my interest in improving healthcare. “from SCIENCE to PHARMA” was a valuable tool that helped me reach my goal of becoming an MSL. Their e-training platform doesn't just provide a comprehensive course to help job seekers understand the pharma industry, it also provides you with an opportunity to discuss with their team of experienced MSLs. They were always very approachable and always willing to offer valuable insights into the pharma world based on his previous experiences! This course is a great first step for anyone, especially those looking to make the transition from academia to pharma. On a side note, I am proud to be “from SCIENCE to PHARMA” first Canadian placed in an MSL role!”

Aurelie Cazet MSL-Cert PhD
MSL oncology/Solid Tumors, Janssen, AUSTRALIA

"The ‘from SCIENCE to PHARMA’ online platform was instrumental in obtaining my first MSL role at Janssen (pharmaceutical companies of J&J) and I seriously can’t recommend the Platinum course enough. I was a medical researcher with over 10 years of clinical and scientific expertise in oncology, but despite my strong knowledge and work in big Universities/Research Centers in France/US/Australia, I had no industry experience. I knew that the competition for MSL jobs was fierce. I would never have succeeded so rapidly without FSTP. FSTP gives you all the tools to get a deep understanding of the MSL role within the pharmaceutical industry, to speak the “jargon” of Medical affairs and to capture your transferable skills and competencies in a concise industry CV. FSTP also provides crucial tools to optimally prepare the numerous (and challenging!!) interviews. Importantly, the FSTP team is present to help you all the way, providing feedback on your CV, coaching you for the phone call/face-to-face interviews and the clinical paper presentation. The team is friendly, always available and supportive and constantly provide fruitful feedback. I sent my CV and secured my first MSL job within less than 2 months. So now: Subscribe to FSTP, read and study carefully, send your CV and be absolutely prepared to answer the behavioral questions! Good luck, it is absolutely worth it!"

Alexandra Carrilho do Rosário MSL-Cert PhD
MSL Acute Therapies, Baxter international, SPAIN

"Halfway through my PhD I knew that although science was my passion I didn't want to pursue a career in research. I started to search for my next possible step, that would allow me to stay connected to science, but more on a clinical side to have a real impact on patient’s lives. The MSL role seemed like the perfect fit for me, I applied for several jobs but not having any pharma experience was a real setback and I finally got a different job as a product specialist, never forgetting what my real goal was. On November 2019 I decided to enroll on the the MSL global online training from SCIENCE to PHARMA and it was the best decision I have ever made. All of the knowledge and the inside tips are really helpful, and I cannot thank the FSTP team enough for all of the help, the prep calls before my interviews and asking me every step of the way how was the process going. That being said, I will start my first MSL job the 1st of April 2020, only a few months after starting the course, and I can say that the MSL global online training was crucial and I highly recommend it. I started with the silver package but quickly upgraded it to the platinum package and I can say that all of the resources are worth it."

James Lee MSL-Cert PhD
MSL Immunology, AbbVie, UNITED KINGDOM

"I gained an MSL position after graduating from my PhD with zero experience in the pharma industry, all thanks to 'from SCIENCE to PHARMA'. The detail of the course was instrumental for me in learning how the industry works, the role of the different stakeholders and where the MSL fits into the landscape. The team was immensely helpful with the preparation for my interviews, offering personalised feedback and support throughout the whole process. I would recommend FSTP to anyone looking to start a job as a medical science liaison, anywhere in the world. Thanks again! James"

Naveen Shridhar MSL-Cert MD PhD
Global Medical Advisor, Novo Nordisk, INDIA 

"I am a medical doctor from India with the PhD in molecular biomedicine from Germany. While working as a post doc, I was looking for an opportunity to enter a field where I could apply clinical as well as scientific knowledge. Medical Science Liaison and Medical advisor roles looked promising and I wanted to venture into the field of Medical affairs. Having no previous experience was a point of concern. This MSL training course from FTSP, helped me immensely to understand the medical affairs field. It had very structured lectures, helping me to understand the nature of work, the terminologies used in the field and the real world experiences from the FSTP team. They also helped me in the review process of my CV. The course will make you well prepared for the interview. The FSTP team is well approachable and I strongly recommend this course to anyone wanting to enter the field of medical affairs.

Dennis Kusters MSL-Cert PhD
Medical Manager, MSD/Merck&Co, THE NETHERLANDS 

"Yes!! Landed my first position in big pharma, not in the least thanks to the FSTP course. I wanted to become an MSL, but how to break into Pharma? from SCIENCE to PHARMA, as the name says, was a great start and very accommodating! The instruction videos teach you the basics, the language you need to speak and how to prepare for the interviews. This is all very instrumental and necessary to make a successful transition. The certificate generates visibility and gives you an advantage over the competition, I even mentioned the course in my interviews, the interviewers were impressed to say the least. After completion of this course, I had a phone call with the FSTP team, in order to discuss what to do when two companies at the same time offer you a position. The team is very approachable, instructive and knowledgeable. November 19th 2018, I will start as Medical Advisor Anesthesia for MSD/Merck&Co in the Netherlands. In the end, you need to do it yourself; but the FSTP course sure is a great start and excellent fundament!"

Ian Bratz MSL-Cert PhD
MSL Women’s health, Allergan, UNITED STATES 

"With the help of the “from SCIENCE to PHARMA” team I managed to get my first MSL job at Allergan in Women’s Health. The help of the FSTP team and the online MSL resources played a significant role in preparing me for my interview with Allergan. The FSTP training materials gave me a solid understanding of the MSL role and the one-on-one phone coaching prior to my MSL interviews by the FSTP team was instrumental for me in getting this MSL job. A dream come through landing this position and I the FSTP team a huge debt of gratitude!!! Thank you to all involved that played a role in helping me achieve this wonderful position!"

Catarina Kordsachia MSL-Cert PhD
MSL, Clariness, GERMANY 

"The “from SCIENCE to PHARMA” course has been a very useful resource for me on my way from being a PhD graduate with no industry experience to working as an MSL in pharma! I did the FSTP course after submitting my thesis to learn everything you need to know about the pharma industry and used the FSTP resources to write an industry CV and to prepare for my MSL interviews. Additionally, the FSTP team was available to give me personalized advice related to my job search. Thanks so much! I would very much recommend the FSTP online course."

Wan-Ying (Cindy) Lin MSL-cert MSc
MSL Oncology, Libo Pharma Corp., TAIWAN

"FSTP is an excellent MSL training platform that helped me to explore what the MSL role is about, and most importantly how to make my CV and LinkedIn profile to stand out and be seen by recruiters and Pharma companies and helped me land my first MSL job. What I found most helpful was learning from the MSL training videos, from the MSL excellence test, and from “how to prepare yourself for an interview” training. Before the FSTP training, I think I have sent too many CVs that were not industry ready. But the FSTP training was the first step I took to really make a change and getting an opportunity as an aspiring MSL. After getting the MSL job the learning continues, but you know that there would always be more MSL resource to look out for on the FSTP platform."

Chithra Subramani MSL-cert PhD
MSL Hematology, Jazz Pharmaceuticals, UNITED KINGDOM

"I am super excited to have managed to get my first MSL job working in the therapeutic area I really wanted – Hemato-Oncology at an international US Company. Thank you FSTP for making this a possibility! Purchasing the online FSTP MSL training in addition to signing up for the one-on-one coaching was the best investment I have ever made. It helped me build on my PhD expertise and how to make best use of skills relevant to MSL. From the time I started the FSTP MSL training course and signing the contract was less than 1.5 months. Can’t wait get started! Thank you so much FSTP!”

Biliana Rotse MSL-cert PhD
MSL Assoc Director, Amicus Therapeutics, UNITED STATES

"The team is knowledgeable, approachable, and very helpful in coaching scientists transitioning to industry. They advised me every step of the way on my journey from academia to getting my first MSL job. I would recommend their services to anyone who is looking to learn more about the MSL role. Thanks"

Pascale Mustapha MSL-cert PhD
Medical Affairs Manager, Biogen, FRANCE

"The FSTP team are experienced scientists and dedicated, open and very kind people. They helped me leverage & emphasize my scientific expertise to break into an MSL position without having any prior experience in the field and in a country where MDs are the norm for MSLs positions. They encouraged me and gave me a lot of useful tips to win my assessment & gain confidence! It was a real pleasure to meet them & I'm very thankful :) I'm also very admirative of their initiative to create "from SCIENCE to PHARMA". I think that PhDs are not at all assessed on their true added value especially in France & employers in pharma are usually hesitant towards their candidatures! That's why the argumentation and convincing can be sometimes tough! I definitively recommend FSTP!”

Laura Wallace MSL-cert PhD MPharm
MSL Dermatology Almirall, UNITED KINGDOM

"I always wanted to work in the pharmaceutical industry which is why I studied pharmacy and afterward I pursued my PhD. I think it was during my first year of my PhD that FSTP contacted me about the MSL role and their free MSL webinar. Before this webinar I had never heard of the MSL role as a career option. I attended the FSTP MSL webinar and it opened my eyes to the role and that of medical affairs. I decided to start the FSTP MSL training in August and learned everything I needed to know about the MSL role. Within 4months I was hired as an MSL manager. So, thank you for sending that initial information into my LinkedIn inbox about the free MSL webinar (and the MSL training platform) that day as it steered my career into a new and exciting direction. I would highly recommend the FSTP MSL training for pharmacists and PhDs who want to transition into an MSL role."

Kim Cheng MSL-cert PhD 
MSL Cardiometabolic, Boehringer Ingelheim, AUSTRALIA

"I have completed the MSL training course by “from SCIENCE to PHARMA”recently and I can only have praise for the level of detail and knowledge imparted by FSTP. Even prior to this course, they had helped me gain an understanding of an MSL position. I have read books regarding MSL positions and "how to get an MSL position" but it didn't provide the personal knowledge and anywhere near the level of detail that the MSL course provides. FSTP has helped me get a better understanding of my own personal skillset and where I can improve on, something I believe will be immensely useful regardless of the career path I choose.”

Nicolle Rekers MSL-cert PhD 
MSL Gastroenterology, Takeda, THE NETHERLANDS

"Great news: I Will be an MSL at Takeda (IBD) from January! After a few months of working as a postdoctoral researcher, I knew that academia was not the right place for me anymore. Thanks to your course, I learned what pharmaceutical companies are Looking for, what the role of an MSL is and how to prepare for the MSL job interview. It took me 2 months of preparing to get this job. Thanks a lot for helping me to find the right direction in my career! Wish you all the best for 2018! Nicolle"

Treve Menheniott MSL-cert PhD 
MSL Hematology/Oncology, Janssen, AUSTRALIA

"The ‘from SCIENCE to PHARMA’ Platinum course is, without doubt, one of the best decisions I have ever made. I was an oncology researcher in academia with no industry experience and, despite wanting to become an MSL, my initial attempts to find a position were unsuccessful, mainly because I did not have a good enough understanding of the role. FSTP changed all of that and gave me the tools to stand out among other MSL candidates and succeed! The FSTP team is very approachable, extremely knowledgeable, exceptional mentors and have a natural flair for building rapport with their students. For me, a huge positive of the course is the way it delivers a large amount of dense information in a well-paced, conversational style that is readily digestible. But even more than that, the educational content of the course is full of real-world experiences of working as an MSL across a variety of scenarios, that nicely illustrate the practical application of what you have learned. Through our telephone coaching sessions, they quickly identified my strengths, as well as areas for improvement, they worked with me to address knowledge gaps, and helped to navigate the interview process with professionalism. They make themselves available at short notice, are very generous with their time and are quick in providing feedback. Like any self-learning experience, with FSTP you get out what you put in. It became obvious to me that to succeed, it is essential to not only assimilate the content of the training videos, but to also commit to the recommended tasks… and write out those behavioral questions and answers well in advance of your interview! FSTP has had a transformational impact on my grasp of the MSL role, and they have my highest recommendation. With their guidance, I secured my first MSL position with Janssen just a couple of months after completing the FSTP course. Thank you FSTP team!”

Ayman Sabra MSL-cert PhD 
MSL Vaccines, Pfizer, FRANCE

“Not only is the FSTP team very knowledgeable, they are also excellent tutors, and are always available. I am deeply thankful for the training they offered me. They gave me advice on making my CV better and my LinkedIn profile more attractive. I was also provided with useful interview preparation tips. More importantly, the information detailed in this course is very valuable and showing what I have learned during my interviews left a very good impression on the recruiters. Because of this training, I got my first MSL job straight out of my postdoc and without previous industry experience. I highly recommend it to anyone willing to learn about the MSL role.”

Lien Lam MSL-cert PhD 
MSL Cardiovascular, AstraZeneca, AUSTRALIA

“The ‘from SCIENCE to PHARMA” course is essential for anyone who is considering the transition into the MSL role from an academic background. The course covers important information pertaining not only to the MSL role itself, but also the pipelines within the pharmaceutical industry. Important discussion points include how you can increase your chance of standing out in the recruitment process and how to prepare for the different interview stages. As someone who had been thinking about making this transition for a long time, this course provided a strong knowledge base for me to build on. Beyond the course itself, there is work required on your end to move forward - but with the FSTP team’s guidance and encouragement you will not feel lost. They are dedicated in helping you break into pharma and are generous with their time in discussing how to best get you there. This course and the mentorship by the FSTP team has been key in securing my MSL role. Best career decision I have made, and I would highly recommend this course to anyone interested in the MSL role.”

Felicity Kao MSL-cert PhD 
MSL Dermatology, Novartis, AUSTRALIA

“For all aspiring MSLs out there, FSTP is a must-do course if you would like to better understand the role and standout from the crowd during interviews. The FSTP team's coaching style is patient, supportive and professional. My favorite part is definitely one-on-one coaching for the role-play interview round, I found the FSTP team's industry insight and constructive feedback particularly helpful. I continue to benefit from the knowledge gained during this course as I started my first MSL role recently. Last but not least, sure, the coaching fee might not be cheap, but if you truly believe MSL is ultimately what you'd like to be, then it's worth the investment!

Lakmali Atapattu MSL-cert PhD 
MSL Immuno-Oncology Merck/MSD, AUSTRALIA

"As an academic who was involved in drug discovery I always wanted to work in medical affairs. But I could not find a mentor to guide me during my early academic years to understand this transitioning process. Completion of the FSTP MSL course gave me a clear overview into medical affairs, the MSL role and ways of translating my academic skills into MSL industry skills. The FSTP team personally supported me and acted as an indirect mentor throughout the job hunting process. If you are hoping to become an MSL and you don't have any industry experience, completing this MSL course is highly recommended."

Subhashri Kundu MSL-cert PhD 
MSL Oncology, Bayer, SINGAPORE

"MSL roles are becoming increasingly demanding with the advent of new and complicated drugs from small and big pharmaceutical companies worldwide. The FSTP course for MSL training is a great online platform for freshers like myself to land their first MSL role. In a super competitive job market like Singapore, it is quite challenging to successfully convert into these roles without having prior MSL experience. The FSTP MSL course gives a very comprehensive idea about the role of MSLs in a pharmaceutical company, product lifecycle and the different functions of this industry. This information helped me to be confident enough and build up my knowledge and understanding which in turn helped me succeed at the MSL interviews."

Laetitia Cicchelero MSL-cert PhD 
MSL, Novartis, BELGIUM

"The FSTP-team was always available when I needed assistance and it’s been heart-warming to feel the coaches’ genuine excitement when their candidates do well. I started the FSTP course in Mid-April. This course gave me a thorough understanding of what the main tasks of an MSL are in theory as well as in practice. I was so impressed by the wealth of information on the training site on what the MSL job entails and how you should approach MSL vacancies, that I signed up for the personal coaching as well. My coach really took the time to get to know me and find out how to emphasize certain aspects of me that matter for the MSL role which I didn’t think of. For the clinical paper presentation round he gave me very practical advice on how to proceed and discussed this thoroughly until I felt fully prepared for it. And it worked: I started my first MSL position in July, 3.5 months later!"

Christine S. Salinger MSL-cert PhD 
MSL Immuno-Oncology, AstraZeneca, AUSTRIA

"The FSTP team are experienced scientist and dedicated, open and very kind people always giving genuine advice and guidance throughout the entire process to develop into an MSL. I recently have finished his "from SCIENCE to PHARMA" course which helped me a lot to emphasize my scientific background combined with pharmaceutical experience in early research and development. I'm very thankful that I have met the FSTP team and the course:) and all the upcoming possibilities in pharmaceutics"

Jose Miguel Sierra Miranda MSL-cert PhD MSC
MSL Oncology, Amgen, MEXICO

"I highly recommend this training course for those who want to transition into an MSL career and that - like me - didn't know where to start. You can find all you the information you need to become an MSL on their online platform. And most important, the FSTP team are always available to help you along the process to become an MSL.”

Benoit Rey-Robert MSL-cert PhD 
MSL Asthma, AstraZeneca, FRANCE

"The FSTP team has a strong experience in the pharma industry and MSL coaching. This combination brings value for novices like me, by giving direction to work on the things that matter. It's easy to get lost in the amount of data and information found on the internet. The FSTP MSL course provides you what is relevant for you as an aspiring MSL, so you can focus on what is important and be MSL competitive. I highly recommend his MSL course."

Mark Dessing MSL-cert PhD 
Scientific Advisor Oncology, BMS, THE NETHERLANDS

"Thanks to your FSTP course I was able to explore and navigate in the world of pharma and discover the responsibilities, opportunities and challenges as an MSL. I learned a lot from all the terminology and interplay between internal and external parties as discussed in the course. I always kept the advise in mind: if you want an MSL role, be an MSL”

Rency Mathew MSL-cert PhD 
MSL diagnostics - Crown Laboratories, UNITED STATES

"This FSTP course advanced my understanding of the MSL role significantly. I now know in fine detail the complexity associated with the MSL’s skill set and expectations. The tips on improving my CV were designed to grab the recruiter’s attention and put me in the best light on the interview day. Overall, I highly recommend the FSTP MSL training course to anyone who plans to transition from academia to pharma."

Fatiha Tabet MSL-cert PhD 
MSL Cardiovascular - BMS, AUSTRALIA

"Moving from academia to pharma can be challenging as pharmaceutical industries may prefer to recruit people with industry experience. My academic and professional background includes a PhD in Pharmacology and 10 years of post-doctoral experience in cardiovascular research. Even with a competitive academic CV and many years of experience in research, finding a position in pharma was challenging at first. To overcome this challenge, I enrolled in the MSL training program “from SCIENCE to Pharma” (FSTP) which was suggested to me by a friend who had a similar academic background to myself, and who found an MSL position in a large pharmaceutical industry quickly after taking this course. The FSTP course positively impacted every step of my MSL job search; from CV preparation all the way to signing the MSL contract 3 months later. The course is very comprehensive and complete. I learned valuable information about the MSL role, the pharmaceutical industry, the different stakeholders, how to best interact with the key opinion leaders, how to stay connected and most importantly the course helped me shape my CV and prepare for the series of MSL interviews.This course has been a great investment for me in obtaining an MSL job in pharma and has really been a turning point moving from science to pharma. Congratulations to the "FSTP" team for this amazing course."