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Medical Science Liaison

Req # JR - 024669 Location Deerfield, Illinois, United States Job Category Clinical Date posted 07/27/2020

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The Medical Science Liaison (MSL) functions as a field-based member of the Medical Affairs group in US Hospital Products, Baxter Healthcare Corporation. Medical Science Liaisons are healthcare professionals who interact with the scientific clinical community, key opinion leaders (KOLs), researchers, and medical, pharmacy, and nursing educators. They are a point of contact with clinical investigators seeking investigator-initiated trial (IIT) support and with scientific experts to identify opportunities and sites for future Baxter sponsored research. Medical Science Liaisons develop professional relationships with KOLs in key therapeutic areas of the US Hospital Products (USHP) business, primarily for Nutrition including compounding but in all areas of USHP.   They participate in training sessions, deliver clinical/scientific presentations, and attend medical congresses and company-sponsored scientific symposia. This group will collaborate with the internal Medical Affairs teams in their therapeutic area of expertise to provide scientific information relevant to the launch of new products, support key product strategies and publications.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Identify, establish, and maintain scientific peer-to-peer relationships with Key Opinion Leaders (KOLs) in US Hospital Products area by partnering with them on quality scientific projects, presenting balanced scientific data, designing advanced educational forums and providing scientific support in the development of clinical publications in accordance with company policies, applicable laws, regulations and ethical standards.  
  • Provide medical and scientific leadership through near and long term country-specific strategic direction as well as development of the scientific platform for US Hospital Products area
  • Design and chair or support advisory boards, clinical investigator meetings and organize and chair roundtable and educational meetings as needed for US Hospital Products
  • Collaborate with business partners to develop long-term strategic plansas well as Medical Affairs Plans including comprehensive thought leader plans for US Hospital Products
  • Attend and provide scientific support at R&D exhibits and scientific sessions at regional, national, and international medical conferences. Identify and communicate new scientific findings and opportunities or threats that could impact the US Hospital product portfolio.
  • Represent US Hospital Products Med Affairsin various internal meetings as requested.
  • Maintain medical and scientific partnership with the Global medical affairs organizations.  Ensure optimal alignment on strategies and systemic collaboration on shared interests, (like data, clinical trials, publications, tactics, literature services, ad-boards, CMEs, etc.)
  • Support the management of Grants & Sponsorships ensuring proper documentation, contracts and payment.
  • Maintain compliance with all internal and external legal and regulatory guidelines.
  • Interface with Regional and Global counterparts within Medical Affairs and commercial teams.
  • Act as primary liaison to investigators interested in developing and performing Investigator Initiated Studies(IIS).
  • Provides Medical support to RA, Medical Information, HEOR and other functions as needed (Ad-Prom, Label review, Standard Response Letters review, etc…)
  • Participate and involve the MSL in clinical/scientific trainingof sales team members and other Baxter Functional representatives.


  • Formal scientific, clinical education and/or relevant experience
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Experience must include key opinion leader development to establish and maintain peer-to-peer relationships
  • Expertise in developing clinical presentations and medical education
  • Comprehension of the clinical and regulatory requirements for a field-based medical organization
  • Effective leadership, interpersonal, analytical and problem solving skills
  • Ability to work independently and in groups in a collegial manner to manage projects and timelines
  • Proven teaching capabilities and understanding of adult learning concepts
  • Effective critical thinking skills and strategy development
  • Travel will be required and will involve a minimum of 50%. (nationally)

  • Must have experience in forming strong strategic alliances with business partners and colleagues and an understanding of the Clinical and Regulatory requirements in a field-based medical organization.
  • Must have effective leadership, interpersonal, analytical and problem- solving skills.
  • Excellent basic and clinical science working knowledge of Hospital products is required


  • Healthcare professional with at least 5 years clinical experience. Advanced degree in Nutrition with nutrition expertise required. Required credentials include RD, MSRD, BCNSP or PhD highly preferred.
  • 5-10 years experience within the health care industry preferably with 5 years of industry experience as a field MSL.
  • Pediatric experience a plus.
  • Clinical trial experience with working knowledge of GCP
  • Training in reporting of adverse events
  • Basic knowledge of biostatistics and trial design
  • Computer literacy and PowerPoint skills
  • Experience with literature review, synthesis and analysis
  • Experience in public presentation required

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