• Skills
  • Responsibilities
  • Support & Guidance
  • Culture
  • Your Impressions

Role Description

Coordinate medical affairs activities


  • 1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis.
  • My main role is to coordinate activities such as advisory boards and medical education webcasts, as well as collaborate with cross-functional teams and external stakeholders.


  • 2. Have you learnt any new skills, or developed your existing skills?
  • Undertook extra training on the ABPI Code of Practice, market access and pricing, interventional and observational studies, and healthcare finance in the UK. The placement allowed me to hone my communication, presentation and project management skills.

  • How would you rate the training provided during your experience?
  • 4/5

  • How would you rate your development of industry-specific skills during the experience?
  • 4/5

  • How would you rate your development of personal / soft skills during the experience?
  • 5/5

  • Please rate how these skills have helped you in your career development
  • 5/5


  • 3. Were you given much responsibility during your placement / internship?
  • Yes. As I am not a therapy area expert like the MSL and medical advisors, I undertook a more supportive role in the therapy area-specific projects. However, I did have the chance to lead on some internal initiatives and projects that did not require deep understanding of the TA.

  • Please rate how meaningful the work you were doing was
  • 5/5

    Support & Guidance

  • 4. How much support and guidance did you receive during your placement / internship?
  • Great support from my manager, who was always activitely helping me maximise my experience. Had a friendly team as well whom I can ask questions to.

  • How would you rate the support and guidance from your line manager?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate the support and guidance from the wider team?
  • 5/5


  • 5. What was the company culture and general atmosphere like?
  • Company culture was friendly and placement students were encouraged to speak up, ask questions and take on projects.

  • How would you rate the inclusiveness of the culture?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate the social opportunities?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate the diversity initiatives?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate the charity, sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives?
  • 5/5

    Your Impressions

  • 6. To what extent did you enjoy your placement / internship?
  • Really enjoyed my placement and I was lucky to be in a great team, albeit virtual.

  • Please rate your level of enjoyment on your placement / internship
  • 5/5

  • Please rate how your experience met your expectations
  • 4/5

  • Please rate the future employment prospects at MSD
  • 5/5

  • 7. Would you recommend MSD to a friend?
  • Yes

  • 8. What advice would you give to others applying to MSD
  • Placement students are not expected to have a great amount of therapy area knowledge, so I would advice you to be confident, show that you are a great team worker and proactive during your assessment centre/ interview.

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Placement Year (10 Months+)


25th June 2021

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