TMAC & Michael Pietrack Join Forces Creating TMAC Direct

    TMAC and Michael Pietrack Have Joined Forces Creating TMAC Direct, a Division of The Medical Affairs Company Providing Direct Placement of Field Medical Teams and Other Medical Affairs Personnel The Medical Affairs Company (TMAC), the leading provider of outsourced field based medical teams for the biopharmaceutical, medical device, and diagnostic industries for the last18 years, is pleased to announce that it has joined forces with Michael Pietrack (, the leading recruiter in the medical affairs space, to create a new division of TMAC, TMAC Direct. TMAC will continue to provide flexible, scalable medical affairs solutions to industry clients Continued »

TMAC Director John White Organizes Race to Benefit American Cancer Society

John White is a Director of Medical Science Liaison (MSL) Programs with The Medical  Affairs Company (TMAC) and has been a part of the company since its inception. He is also an avid runner, a cancer survivor and a philanthropist with a desire to contribute to cancer research and promote healthy lifestyle choices.To celebrate his milestone 60th birthday this year, John created a fundraiser called the “60 for 60” Race, which is a 60 kilometer run (37 miles) as a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society (ACS) The race will take place on July 21st 2013 in New York, beginning Continued »

TMAC to attend “Thought Leader Engagement, the Role of Medical Affairs and Medical Science Liaisons in the Era of Healthcare Reform” May 16-17 in Philadelphia

Tammy Hamilton, Manager, Business Development will represent The Medical Affairs Company at the World Congress Summit on Medical Affairs and MSLs  to be held at The Hyatt at the Bellevue in Philadelphia  May 16-17. She is available to schedule meetings during breaks or before/after the conference sessions. Any company wishing to learn more about TMAC’s contract MSL/field medical programs or medical information services can email Tammy at to schedule an appointment during the conference.

Sponsorship Announcement: The MSL Society 2013 Conference & Gala

The Medical Affairs Company is proud to announce that they will be sponsoring and exhibiting at the upcoming MSL Society in Philadelphia on April 1-3rd.   Please stop by our booth to learn about TMAC’s latest MSL and field-medical openings.  The MSL Society Philadelphia 2013 Conference is uniquely focused on advancing the global MSL profession and bringing together the best resources through education, knowledge-sharing, and peer-to-peer networking. The conference will provide attendees with educational sessions addressing topics critical to the Medical Science Liaison role, and provide opportunities for networking with other MSL professionals. The speaker’s panel is comprised of Industry leaders Continued »

Members of The Medical Affairs Company (TMAC) to attend the 2012 ASHP Mid-Year Clinical Meeting in Las Vegas

Members of the Medical Science Liaison (MSL) Recruitment Team are attending the 47th  Mid-Year Clinical Meeting Monday, December 3rd thru Wednesday, December 5th in Las Vegas, NV. The team will exhibit at The Mandalay Bay Convention Center in booth 1460 and be available to discuss current TMAC Field-based Medical Affairs opportunities with interested candidates. Discussion will offer insight about Medical Science Liaison positions in the pharmaceutical industry as an alternative to a career in a clinical pharmacy practice setting. Candidates may submit an application through the Careers Center or contact the Recruitment Team at:

Degree Requirements: Have We Lost Sight?

The composition of liaison teams today is varied and replete with broad talent and skill sets that provide corporate customers with the best of all qualifications…or do they? As a community, team management has gone through years of defining and redefining core requirements for a liaison, particularly around whether or not a terminal degree is necessary in order to engage our medical experts in appropriate, robust scientific exchange.  Some teams have been required to consider only candidates with terminal degrees while others open their ranks to a mix of backgrounds and experience.  The proponents of each believe these models are Continued »

The MSL Catch 22

I don’t think a week passes without an emerging MSL candidate asking me the question: “but how do I get MSL experience if no one will give me a chance to be a MSL?”  If I had the answer, I’d be very popular!  I’ve seen field medical teams, and the criteria needed to successfully land a MSL position, evolve a great deal over these last eight years. I think it’s safe to say, that today, most industry field medical teams prefer candidates to possess previous experience as a MSL to be considered. Over the years I’ve heard at least a Continued »

MSL Activity Reporting

When I began my career as an MSL in the mid-90’s, one of my personal challenges was utilizing the tools used to track my activity and interactions with physicians. There was not much structure to it, which may have been unique to the company I was working for, but colleagues at other pharmaceutical companies confirmed similar issues. We were using spreadsheets and word documents, and felt that all the effort spent on creating activity reports was at best being read and digested by my manager only and not easily accessible to other parts of the organization. Of course the industry Continued »

What does M.S.L. stand for? So what is a Medical Science Liaison anyway? What do you do?

Sooner or later all MSLs get immersed in this type of conversation, usually in unexpected situations when you are least prepared.  Whether you are explaining yourself to a physician at a medical conference or to a lay person at a cocktail party, everyone needs to prepare and be able to deliver a great elevator speech. What is an elevator speech?  The elevator speech is a 30 to 60 second “commercial” about who you are and what you do, potentially lasting the length of an average elevator trip.  Sound easy?  Any person who has experienced a job interview has faced the Continued »

MSL Field Work: Proactive vs. Reactive – what is the right mix?

Over the last 10 to 20 years, the role of the Medical Science Liaison has evolved significantly. Once closely aligned with sales and marketing functions, MSL teams are now aligned with medical and clinical affairs departments and in some organizations are expressly forbidden from interacting with their commercial colleagues. This change came about as a result of increased regulatory scrutiny regarding sales and marketing activities and the need for companies to preserve their ability to educate and to provide fair balanced scientific support to healthcare providers. As corporations enter into corporate integrity agreements (CIA) with the Office of the Inspector Continued »