Medical Affairs professionals are relied on to act as a positive asset for their companies, positioning their organization ahead of others in the industry via publishing and communicating success. However, some professionals who hold this title may find that this type of position is not what they truly want. The feeling of being constantly unrecognized and stressed has overwhelmed them to the point that they feel the role is no longer for them.
DGE’s Medical Affairs Leadership Summit returns to offer a successful guide for medical affairs professionals via a live interactive platform. This two day event offers proven strategies to increase job satisfaction, create incentives and develop a positive work-life balance, with the goal of reducing burnout and turnover.
Top Reasons to Attend
- Explore multiple career opportunities related to medical affairs
- Recognize the causes of burnout and strategies to avoid them
- Navigate company culture through building relationships with co-workers and management
- Discuss skill and techniques necessary for a successful MLS career
Who Should Attend
Vice Presidents, Executives, Senior Directors and Managers in the following fields:
- Clinical Operations
- Clinical Affairs
- Global Medical Affairs
- Medical Communications
- Medical Services and Operations
- Medical Manager
- Scientific Advisor
- Patient Specialist
- Medical Director
- Commercial Engagement
- Business Development
- Medical Information Leader
- Medical Writer
- Product Safety Specialist
- Medical Information Specialist
Ana Bozas, PhD, CMPP
AD Global Medical Communications
Executive Medical Science Liaison, Diabetes
Senior Director, Medical Communications, Neuroscience Franchise
Head of Global Medical Affairs
Vice President, North America Medical Affairs, Hospital Business
PharmD, BCMAS, Executive Director, Medical Information
VP, Patient Advocacy & Clinical Affairs
Senior Medical Director
OPEN Health Group
Global Head of Publications
Head, Scientific Evidence & Communications, Oncology US Medical Affairs
VP, Head of Global Medical Affairs
Director, Medical Affairs
VP, Global Medical Affairs, Diabetes Care
Senior Medical Director
Director, Global Medical Communications
June 17, 2021
9:15 – 10:00 AM
Understand the Goals of an Individual Entering the Medical Affairs Field
With medical affairs professionals coming from a multitude of backgrounds and holding varying levels of experience, no two people are the same. Each individual possesses both personal and professional desires, and a strong understanding of these goals will lead to a fulfilling career page.
- Examine work experiences which have opened the door to a position in medical affairs
- Discuss the “a ha” moment that has led to a medical affairs career
- Explore the desire of a medical affairs professional to contribute to the “public good”
June 17, 2021
10:00 – 10:45 AM
Explore the Work of Medical Affairs Professionals in a Virtual Environment
While it was unexpected, the year 2020 had changed the environment in which people conduct their daily job responsibilities. What was normal may be gone, and medical affairs professionals need to adjust.
- Analyze the differences between in-person and virtual team meetings for medical affairs teams
- Assess the effects of inter-departmental collaboration in a digital environment
- Examine an individual’s increased productivity through a reduction in stress levels based on a reduced travel requirement
With increased production of vaccines, 2021 offers renewed hope that we will return to business in offices and in person. However, the pharmaceutical and biologics industries remain rather cautious of going back to traditional methods of work.
- Examine when the industry will try to return to “normalcy”
- Discuss what a hybrid work environment may look like
- Assess potential changes to the roles and responsibilities of the employee
June 17, 2021
11:45 - 12:30 PM
Differentiate the Life of Medical Affairs Professionals in Larger Companies from those in Mid-Size Companies
Pharma companies share what can be considered “core tasks”, but those with a smaller work force can see employees with an increased level of responsibility and shorter timelines to reach these goals, while larger companies may see the need for increased integration amongst departments.
- Determine the ways in which the responsibilities of a medical affairs professional may differ based on the size of a company
- Analyze relationships between teams within a corporation
- Understand best practices to complete individual assignments
Medical affairs professionals tend to be a “jack of all trades”. Launch readiness, publications, marketing and patient advocacy are only some of the areas where these professionals must focus their attentions.
- Develop methods to properly arrange the tasks assigned to you based on priority
- Build successful project management skills to ensure proper allotment of time for key tasks
- Understand when and how to say “no” when workload reaches maximum capacity
- Develop company leadership that understands social and self-awareness
- Build guidelines surrounding employee feedback and a preparedness to advocate for them
- Ensure a feeling of safety and security for all employees
Business development remains a key responsibly for medical affairs professionals even through these trying times. Throughout the pandemic, they continue to be responsible for client outreach and relationship building. As we build strategies for 2022, the methods utilized in 2020 will allow for building a very different strategy for the future.
- Evaluate the change in product presentation between in-person and virtual conference
- Develop new strategies for client outreach that will lead to positive responses
- Creating remote one-on-one meetings with medical professionals
An element of positivity in the workplace is what keeps employees moving in a positive direction. With the hectic schedule of medical affairs leaders, very rarely do they have a moment to breathe. Seeing that the company both recognizes and appreciates this goes a long way in strengthening positive morale.
- Assess methods to develop and enhance a positive company culture
Ensure the opinions and thoughts of employees are heard and acted upon
Organize various team-building and after work activities amongst a department
Hectic schedules, multiple responsibilities and short work deadlines are just part of the life of a medical affair professional. Once the day is done, a new set of challenges begin. While some may see it as minor, checking homework, walking the dog and doing the dishes only add on to the list of responsibilities which exist.
- Understand the need to set aside time with family
- Ensure the pressures from work do not affect the need to complete everyday tasks
- Allow time for personal growth outside of the workplace
With the responsibility of training a team, it remains key to understand the needs of the learner. This session explores methods medical affairs professionals can utilize to build a successful and engaging training program.
- Explore developing and managing trainings across multiple departments
- Adapt training strategies for different types of learners (ex. visual, auditorial)
- Develop training built for professionals working in multiple countries
June 18, 2021
1:00 – 1:45 PM
Review Opportunities to Broaden the Career Path of a Medical Affairs Professional
Career paths of medical affairs professional can be difficult to navigate at times. Positions become stale, tasks become repetitive and a drive to further enhance an individual’s skill set and responsibilities set in. This session is intended to provide a look at the multitude of opportunities which exist for a medical affair professional.
- Define an individual job satisfaction and set markers to reach that goal
- Build the necessary skill set to further advance on your career path
- Examine opportunities for transition within the organization
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