Medical Advisor

A Medical Advisor, also known as a Medical Science Liaison or MSL, is a healthcare professional who acts as a liaison between a pharmaceutical or biotech company and the medical community. Their main responsibilities include providing scientific, clinical and educational support to physicians, researchers and other healthcare professionals, and communicating the latest developments in their company’s products to the medical community.

Specific tasks and responsibilities of a Medical Advisor may include:

  • Providing scientific and clinical information on the company’s products to healthcare professionals, researchers, and other stakeholders
  • Acting as a liaison between the company and the medical community
  • Providing educational support, such as organizing and participating in medical conferences and meetings
  • Assisting with the design, implementation, and monitoring of clinical trials
  • Staying current on the latest developments and trends in their field
  • Providing feedback to the company on the medical community’s needs and concerns


The requirements for a Medical Advisor position typically include an advanced degree in a relevant field such as a MD, PhD, PharmD and sometimes an RN*), as well as several years of experience in healthcare, medical research, or a related field. A valid medical license or registration is also required. Strong problem-solving skills and the ability to communicate effectively with healthcare professionals are also important.

Career opportunities

As for career opportunities, Medical Advisors can progress in different ways: becoming a Medical Director, Medical Affairs Manager, or Principal Medical Advisor. Additionally, Medical Advisors with industry experience may consider a move to related areas like clinical development, regulatory affairs, or business development.

Other terms for this job-profile

Different job titles that could be used for Medical Advisors include Medical Science Liaison, Medical Affairs Representative, Clinical Science Liaison, and Medical Communications Specialist.

*)RN stands for “Registered Nurse.” A Registered Nurse (RN) is a healthcare professional who has completed a program of study and passed a national licensure examination in order to practice as a nurse. RNs are licensed to practice nursing, which includes the administration of medications, the monitoring of vital signs, and the provision of patient education. RNs work in a wide range of settings including hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities, schools, and businesses, and they may be involved in direct patient care, as well as more supervisory and administrative roles. RNs also have the ability to practice autonomously or in collaboration with other health care professionals.

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