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Overview

Register for the Medical Communications Meet and Learn Package to save $200 through March 13! This package includes registration for the Medical Affairs and Scientific Communications Forum as well as a discount on the full Medical Communications eLearning Program. Use this unique opportunity to learn before you go!
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March 12: Medical Communications Primer*
March 13: 
Short Courses (AM)*
March 13-15: Forum

Short Course 1: Medical Communications: Compliance in 2017
Short Course 2: Promotional and Medical Review Committee 101
Short Course 3: Wearing Multiple Hats with Style – How to Effectively Manage Your Medical Writing Projects
Short Course 4: Medical Science Liaison - Achieving Success in Your Career

*Primer and Short Courses require separate registration.


The Medical Affairs and Scientific Communications Forum is a cross-functional forum for knowledge sharing and integrated thought leadership, for the purposes of gaining further expertise and networking opportunities in a specific area of work, as well as related functional areas. The sessions are developed to meet the needs of those who work in pharmaceutical-based medical affairs and scientific communications, and organized into three central tracks (descriptions below):

  • Medical Communications
  • Medical Writing: Regulatory and Publication
  • Medical Science Liaisons

Approved by the Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society for 12 RAC credits.


Complimentary On Demand Webinar
Tools and Applications for Data Analytics and Insights in Medical Information

Explore the newest tools used across industries to analyze and report on data insights and learn real-life applications of how these tools are being used and implemented in the medical information organization and call centers.

Download the recording.


Forum Highlights

Learn more about our Keynote Speaker Dr. Anna Barker, PhD.


New Features
  • DIAfit! We have a DIAfit sunrise yoga class scheduled on the mornings of Tuesday, March 14, 6:30-7:30AM, and Wednesday, March 15, 6:30-7:15 AM. The instructor, Lisa Toth, is also speaker in the Medical Writing track
  • New interactive sessions: This year’s program features a mix of traditional session formats and new engaging formats such as MEDtalk (a storytelling format), role playing, demonstrations, and group work
  • New technology: Introducing the Catch Box - a handheld microphone you can toss around the room for easier question and answer sessions, and enhanced live-polling through the DIA App
  • Networking boost: Our traditional opening reception on March 13 has been extended and moved outside onto the beautiful resort grounds; join our live Tweet Up event on March 14, 12:45-1:30PM to engage and interact with your peers via the social media platform, Twitter; and experience not one, but two opportunites to share a meal with fellow attendees at our Dinner on the Town on the evenings of March 12 and March 14


Medical Communications Track
Examine current developments in the medical communication and medical information fields. Speakers will discuss timely topics such as patient centricity, evolving content, globalization, and data privacy laws. In addition, best practices for investigational agents including expanded access programs and hotlines, as well as AMCP dossiers for pre-approved products will be explored. Attendees will also hear of companies using social media and new digital channels to interact with patients and health care professionals. 

Medical Science Liaison Track
The MSL track will feature a wide range of topics for both tenured, and new MSL professionals. The sessions highlight seasoned industry professionals with the goal of providing insight into the changing MSL role across the product life cycle, perspectives on demonstrating MSL value, and evaluating the globalization of the MSL role. The program will also explore future facets of the MSL role with the emergence of a variety of new thought leader types in our expanding health care system. Attendees will learn best practices for ensuring professional growth, innovative methods for MSL training, and solutions and new tools to assist field-based medical teams with engaging both internal and external stakeholders.   

Medical Writing Track
The medical writing track is subdivided into two tracks: regulatory and publications. Sessions will cover: health education outcomes research; EMA policy 70 and layperson summaries; innovative ways of presenting data; sponsor/vendor relationships; medical writing competency model and professionalism; authorship and publication planning; effective communication of quantitative research; writing for clinical pharmacology; devices and submissions; and dealing with team challenges and criticism.

Who should attend?

Professionals involved in:

  • Medical Communications
  • Medical Writing
  • Medical Liaisons
  • Medical Information
  • Medical Call Center Environment
  • Regulatory Affairs
  • Clinical Research
  • Professional Education, Training and Development
  • Document Management/eSubmissions

Program Committee

  • J. Lynn  Bass, PharmD
    J. Lynn Bass, PharmD Director, Medical Science Liaisons (Americas)
    Santen, Inc., United States
  • David  Bowers, PharmD
    David Bowers, PharmD Director, Medical Communications
    PPD, United States
  • Eileen  Girten, MS
    Eileen Girten, MS Principal Medical Writer
    Inventiv Health Clinical, United States
  • Craig J. Klinger, RPh
    Craig J. Klinger, RPh Consultant, Field Medical Liaison Strategy and Capabilities - Trainer
    Lilly USA, LLC, United States
  • Darryl Zachary L'Heureux, PhD, MPharm, MSc
    Darryl Zachary L'Heureux, PhD, MPharm, MSc Medical Writing Manager
    Bristol-Myers Squibb, United States
  • Julia  Petses, PharmD
    Julia Petses, PharmD Director, Medical Information Services, Diabetes
    Sanofi US, United States
  • Kevin  Appareti, MBA
    Kevin Appareti, MBA Senior Director, Global Medical Science Liaison
    Philips HealthTech, United States
  • Peter  Baumeister, PhD
    Peter Baumeister, PhD Senior Manager, Global Scientific Communications
    Amgen, Inc., United States
  • Poonam A. Bordoloi, PharmD
    Poonam A. Bordoloi, PharmD Associate Director, Strategic Medical Communications and Innovation
    Celgene Corporation, United States
  • Michael  Burman, PharmD, RPh
    Michael Burman, PharmD, RPh Vice President, Global Medical Information
    ProPharma Group, United States
  • Stephanie Lynn Byrdé, BSN, MS, RN
    Stephanie Lynn Byrdé, BSN, MS, RN Manager, Clinical Pharmacology Scientific Communications
    Eli Lilly & Company, United States
  • Ivy Lee Chang, PharmD
    Ivy Lee Chang, PharmD Associate Director, Medical Communications
    Genentech, Inc., A Member of the Roche Group, United States
  • Michael  Church, MA
    Michael Church, MA Senior Director, Medical Writing
    Inventiv Health, United States
  • Ed  Cunningham, PharmD
    Ed Cunningham, PharmD Director, Medical Science Liaison Lead
    Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc., United States
  • Rania  Gaspo, PhD
    Rania Gaspo, PhD Director, Regional Therapy Area Lead, Medical Information
    Pfizer Canada Inc, Canada
  • Pete G. Guillot, CPA, MBA, RAC
    Pete G. Guillot, CPA, MBA, RAC President
    Centerfirst, United States
  • Kathleen M Guindon, PhD, MS, RN
    Kathleen M Guindon, PhD, MS, RN Senior Medical Science Liaison
    Puma Biotechnology, United States
  • Kevin Charles Henderson, PharmD, MBA
    Kevin Charles Henderson, PharmD, MBA MSL Field Operations and Resources Manager
    Genentech, A Member of the Roche Group, United States
  • Jennie G. Jacobson, PhD
    Jennie G. Jacobson, PhD Consultant, Scientific Communications
    Eli Lilly and Company, United States
  • Christi C Marsh, PharmD
    Christi C Marsh, PharmD President
    MedInfo Results, LLC, United States
  • David A. Price, PhD
    David A. Price, PhD Consultant - Field Medical Strategy and Capabilities Consultant
    Lilly USA, LLC, United States
  • Holli  Simmons-Little, MS
    Holli Simmons-Little, MS Director, The Lilly Answers Center
    Lilly USA, LLC, United States
  • Rebecca A. Vermeulen
    Rebecca A. Vermeulen Head, Customer Strategy Global Medical Affairs
    Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd., Switzerland
  • Robin  Whitsell
    Robin Whitsell President
    Whitsell Innovations, Inc., United States
  • Jim R. Wilkinson, PhD
    Jim R. Wilkinson, PhD Executive Director, Hem-Onc Regional Medical Liaisons, Global Scient
    Amgen, Inc., United States
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