Have you ever wondered what a typical day as a fellow is like? First year, Liam McGuey, would be the first to tell you that no day is the same as an MCPHS fellow. Each of our nine fellowship companies is unique and offer their fellows different opportunities to experience working in industry and to immerse themselves in the various line functions of the biophamaceutical field. Learn more about our MCPHS/Sanofi Genzyme program and how it is preparing Liam for a career in Medical Affairs.
My first few months in the US Medical Affairs/Medical Science Liaison (MSL) Post-Doctoral Fellowship has been nothing short of incredible. My specific fellowship program involves:
- Participating and integrating various aspects of the field medical role to develop key skills and competencies in learning the principles of the MSL role.
- Development of effective scientific communication skills, while also collaborating cross-functionally with other functions within Medical Affairs and additional cross-functional areas.
- Training and development of skills in leadership and professional development
- New hire training and MSL certification program
- Working in the field under the direction of various MSL mentors to focus on applying medical strategy and developing peer to peer partnerships with healthcare physicians in MS
- Driving projects strategically that are important to the team, including but not limited to: congress planning, work team projects, and other projects as assigned or needed
Like many of the fellows in the program I was not from Boston, and was only previously here for a 6-week APPE rotation as a student. Originally I am from Toronto, but grew up in a small town called Canandaigua in Upstate New York. I attended Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and although I will cherish my college experiences in Albany – I am happy to say Boston is my new home. The city is full of young, motivated, and talented individuals in the biopharmaceutical industry. Although I had to get accustomed to taking Boston’s public transportation, but the “T” as they call it is extremely well-organized and helpful in navigating the city.
Although the transition from student to fellow felt extremely quick, I am very grateful to be on the “other side.” MCPHS University and my specific company, Sanofi Genzyme, were very organized in the onboarding process and making sure we were ready to hit the ground running. I cannot express how amazing my experiences at Sanofi Genzyme have been thus far. We have been able to meet with everyone from co-fellows, to preceptors, to medical directors, to entire department heads. I have a fellowship preceptor, as well as a specific field preceptor to assist in my development and answer any questions I may have during my field experiences. Additionally, we have had numerous networking experiences through MCPHS University, Sanofi Genzyme, and even within neighboring fellowship programs in the greater Boston area.
Currently, I am in the middle of my MSL certification at Sanofi Genzyme. I specifically work within Multiple Sclerosis, and am undergoing a 12-week training program that will ideally end in a final certification presentation that will suffice as “passing” certification. This program is exceptional as many fellows do not have the luxury of being heavily trained before representing their company in front of Key-Opinion-Leaders (KOLs) out in the field. This certification will not only prepare me for my experiences during the fellowship program, but for my entire career as an MSL. Another additional benefit is that we have the opportunity to rotate with various functional areas/teams throughout the fellowship at Sanofi Genzyme, which I am very much looking forward to. As you can imagine there is no such thing in my fellowship as an “average day.” Most days vary based on if you are in the home-office or out in the field, if you have meetings/calls, project work, MCPHS events, etc.
My first few months as a new fellow have flashed by in the blink of an eye, but so does every day. I feel grateful every day to work with such brilliant minds, and to go through this new chapter with other co-fellows from all around the nation. This 2-year experience will prepare me for a full-time career in industry, and I cannot wait to see where this path leads me. If I could go back in time I would choose the MCPHS Biopharmaceutical Fellowship Program time after time.
Liam McGuey, PharmD, is a Medical Affairs/Medical Science Liaison Post-Doctoral Fellow with MCPHS University and Sanofi Genzyme