Medical Affairs Director, Oncology (Retired)
Sector: Health Science
Type: Career Profile
Biology, Chemistry, Health
Learning new things and then translating them to other people is exciting. Interpreting data and getting the opinion of leading doctors on the findings is very interesting.
When I was in high school, I loved science and I expected to go to university and do academic research. Later, I found that I also enjoyed teaching, writing and talking about new basic science and clinical findings. My entry into the pharma industry proved to be a very good fit as I was able to address each of these areas. I developed new skills there and got a lot of good training. I was able to be part of research teams and work with the data. I wrote reports and summaries. As I progressed in my career, I got to work with younger employees where I mentored and shared my knowledge with them. Over the years, I had several mentors who encouraged and influenced me. I found that the best way to overcome challenges is by thinking about them and consulting others about how they would handle them. I learn well from experience.
Learn as much as you can about the possible roles available in the company and think carefully about how to position yourself as a good candidate.
My Other interests include travel, music, sports (tennis, hiking, fitness), and cooking. I do/did several volunteer activities. I volunteer with the outreach program of Let’s Talk Science. I was involved in building houses in Nicaragua through the Bridges to Community organization. I support the Canadian Diabetes Association.
In my most recent role, I provided medical strategy for a drug for advanced prostate cancer. I worked on the global medical affairs study program and provided medical expertise for commercial issues. I also planned and led scientific advisory boards with key thought leaders. Finally, I led medical affairs activities for publications.
When I worked at Bayer, I held various roles of increasing responsibility within the Canadian Medical Department. As a member of a global team, I supported regional activities by training, mentoring and advising. I used German and French in the workplace. As I advanced in my career, different opportunities opened up to me. With new opportunities came new challenges. I found that a great part of my work life.
When I was
- Foreign Languages
- Literature and Language Arts
- Physical Education / Health
- Brought People Together
- Liked helping people
- Organized activities for my friends
- Played on a sports team
- Was motivated by success
- Wanted to be in charge
- Liked being given free range to explore my ideas
- Engaged in volunteer activities
- Liked reading
- Felt great satisfaction in getting good grades
- Always knew what I wanted to do