Transferable Skills

Communication as a Medical Science Liaison in Field Science

How do you apply this transferable skill in your position?

It is important to understand who your audience is and adjust your communication style to match their needs. For example, I was scheduled to meet two physicians at a hospital during their lunchtime. It was my first time meeting them and getting to know them. They came in one at a time. One of the physicians wanted to talk about what-ifs situations and asked about data we had on those topics. With the second physician, I was able to share new clinical trial data and answer specific questions she on using our product with a patient. The last person I met during this meeting was a newly graduated medical assistant who walked in and was very eager to learn something new! I had to quickly identify the topic I thought would be most interesting and useful for her. We chatted for some time and left information for her to take home and review. She was very happy.

What specific skills are part of how you apply this transferable skill?
  • Oral communication skills
  • Presenting research to scientists
  • Presenting to nonscientists
  • Speaking clearly and effectively

Communication as a Field Applications Scientist in Field Science

How do you apply this transferable skill in your position?

My job is built upon communication. Every day I communicate scientific data (and concepts) to customers and internal teams that are a mix of scientists and nonscientists. This means that half of the battle is identifying how best to convey your message across so that everyone is on the same page. It involves tailoring the content you present, providing additional support if needed, and generally being flexible in how you approach every situation.

What specific skills are part of how you apply this transferable skill?
  • Basic writing and editing
  • Oral communication skills
  • Presenting research to scientists
  • Presenting to nonscientists
  • Speaking clearly and effectively
  • Writing for nonscientists
  • Writing scientific publications
  • Written communication skills

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