Medical Affairs Fellow

Spark Therapeutics
San Francisco, California
Salary not provided
Closing date
May 24, 2022

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Multidisciplinary Medical Affairs Fellowship

Description: Rotational 2-year post-PharmD industry fellowship
Goal: To gain work experience within biotechnology industry and a thorough understanding of rare conditions while collaborating cross-functionally as an integral member of the Medical Affairs team. This unique opportunity will prepare the candidates for a position within Medical Affairs, such as an in-house role within Medical Information, Medical Communications and field-based Medical Science Liaison (MSL) roles. An elective rotation will also be offered during the last 6 months of the program to allow the candidate to gain an understanding of cross-functional roles outside of Medical Affairs. The elective will be chosen based on the company needs, candidate’s preference, and preceptor availability.

Medical Information (6 months):
  • Understand the role and responsibilities of a Medical Information Specialist in the biotechnology industry
  • Create and provide timely, accurate, and balanced medical/scientific and technical information in response to inquiries from healthcare professionals, consumers, and managed care organizations with standard and customized response documents, scientific slide decks, and clinical dossiers
  • Provide high quality review of promotional, commercial, medical, and scientific materials to ensure accuracy and balance of medical and scientific content
  • Attend medical and scientific meetings and congresses to provide support for Medical Information and/or medical education booths
  • Attend internal Medical Affairs meetings and collaborate with other key stakeholders outside Medical Information

Medical Communications (6 months):
  • Understand the role and skills required of a Medical Communications Professional as a specialized Medical Affairs function in the biotechnology industry
  • Collaborate with Medical Affairs team members and cross-functional partners to develop a plan that supports strategic and tactical communication of scientific data
  • Develop a thorough understanding of the core principles of Good Publications Practices (GPP3) for industry-based publications and work through the development of a publication, starting with concept development to submission to a publications platform (scientific journal or congress)
  • Learn how to develop a team-based comprehensive congress plan that incorporates strategic objectives and the derivative tactics
  • Learn the principles of project management and prioritization in the context of medical communication

Medical Scientific Liaison (6 months):
  • Learn and apply the core functions of a Medical Science Liaison (MSL) by delivering effective clinical presentations to internal and external stakeholders, developing peer-to-peer relationships with key opinion leaders (KOLs), and optimizing communication of key insights from the field back to the team
  • Play a critical role in field medical operations, assisting in the development of insight reports, territory plans, and optimizing field medical use of a customer relationship management tool to track KOL interactions
  • Collaborate with medical directors, Medical Communications, and vendors in the creation and revision of field medical resources and training materials
  • Understand the congress planning process from identification of relevant content to coverage of sessions at the conference and development of a summary of key learnings

Elective Rotation Options (6 Months):
Understand the role and skills required for one of the selected functional areas in the biotechnology industry. Work on assigned projects within the selected functional area. Elective rotation options are based on preceptor availability, candidate’s preference, and/or company need. Opportunities for elective rotations may include functional areas such as:
  • Regulatory Strategy
  • Regulatory Advertising and Promotion
  • Clinical Development
  • Pharmacovigilance
  • Marketing
  • Extension of one of the Medical Affairs functional roles already completed during the Fellowship

Please be aware that Spark mandates COVID-19 vaccination of all employees regardless of work location. Accommodations may be made in accordance with applicable law.

Nearest Major Market: Philadelphia

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