Digital Learning Catalog
Medical Affairs eLearning Program
Medical Affairs eLearning Program
DIA’s Medical Affairs eLearning Program includes eleven modules covering key elements for success in medical affairs. Learners will: gain knowledge in elements of medical affairs including an overview of medical affairs; explore the role of the Medical Science Liaison; recognize important considerations for safety reporting; examine the skill of stakeholder engagement; strategize for the successful development and planning of publications; discern the necessary actions for medical responses; learn how to handle a crisis; apply methods for communicating statistics; better understand the utilization of databases for medical inquires; and consider US regulations and what is required to maintain compliance. The program contains job aids, gamification, relevant examples, and/or scenarios designed to simulate tasks performed in the role of Medical Affairs. The online program is self-paced and can be accessed anytime, anywhere. Users will have one year to complete the modules and continuing education credits are offered.
Module 1: Overview of Medical Affairs
This module is designed to enhance knowledge of the Medical Affairs profession. It explains the role of Medical Affairs in an evolving industry, describes the functions served by medical affairs, and details various medical affairs professions.
- Medical Affairs and the drug development process
- What is the role of Medical Affairs?
- Other medical affairs activities
- Best practices for engaging stakeholders
Module 2: Safety Reporting Considerations for Medical Affairs
This module covers the role of Medical Affairs in safety reporting. It discusses some safety basics, including history and background, governing organizations, and safety targets. It covers important medical affairs safety activities such as monitoring and communicating safety. Finally, the module discusses other safety-related topics such as medical ethics and risk management.
- Safety and medical affairs overview
- Post-market activities
- Guidances and reporting
- Safety reporting: Best practices and case-study
This module provides a detailed description of the Medical Science Liaison (MSL) role. It begins with an overview of the role, then provides information on key areas of responsibility including identifying and interacting with thought leaders, managing a territory, gathering competitive intelligence, supporting the product lifecycle, utilizing appropriate systems, understanding evaluation metrics, and finally, describing a career path.
- About the MSL role
- Identifying and interacting with thought leaders
- Competitive intelligence
- Territory management
- MSL activities and the product lifecycle
- MSL systems
- MSL evaluation
This module covers the management of clinical and scientific publications. It begins with a review of the publication planning process, and walks through steps and considerations for developing publications. It also covers the role of a Medical Writer in developing clinical and scientific publications. Finally, it describes the guidances that govern the creation of publications.
This module was written with clinical trial publications in mind, as they are most relevant for the Medical Affairs audience. However, some content is also applicable to scientific and preclinical publishing.
- Publication planning
- Process for preparing and developing a publication
- Role of Medical Writers
- Publication guidances
This module presents a process for establishing and maintaining relationships with stakeholders – individuals in the field who influence the practice of medicine. It explains how the stakeholder engagement process can be executed and describes the thinking behind it. The module includes knowledge checks and a detailed example that models the application of the process in a realistic scenario. It is applicable for Medical Affairs professionals who are involved in stakeholder engagement, as well as others who wish to learn more.
- Basic principles of stakeholder engagement planning
- Identifying and selecting stakeholders
- Creating stakeholder engagement plan
- Guidance on key types of stakeholder engagements
- Monitoring and managing the execution of the stakeholder engagement plan using Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and milestones
Get an overview of the utility and application of database management systems in the Medical Communications or Information Department. This resource will assist the Medical Communications professional in fielding questions, retrieving information, and delivering responses verbally.
- Using a database for information management
- Receiving and responding to a request for medical information
- Types of responses
Get familiarized with the preparation of written responses to specific drug information questions.
- Regulatory guidelines
- Writing tips and recommendations (including writing and editing an abstract)
- Anatomy of a complete written response
Learn how to evaluate statistical data presented in medical literature. This module will help you apply statistical concepts when evaluating literature, identify strengths and weaknesses in study design, and detect potential bias in the presentation of statistics.
- Statistical concepts
- Basic statistics
- Hypothesis testing
- Study designs
Understand and comply with regulations and guidance around the dissemination of information about drug products. This modules focuses on the United States FDA and its regulations.
- FDA regulatory standards for advertising and promotional labeling
- Requirements for advertising and promotional labeling
- Special types of advertising and promotional events
- Promotion versus scientific exchange
- The on-label and off-label controversy
- Direct-to-consumer promotion
Get an overview of crisis management. This module provides a brief background on product recalls and associated regulations. An emphasis is placed upon the actions needed to prepare for and successfully manage a crisis.
- Types of crisis situations
- Crisis impacts and recalls
- Contingency planning
- Actions in managing a crisis
This module explains the need for, and definition of, labeling for prescription drugs and biologic products. It discusses how labeling is developed and maintained throughout the product’s marketed lifecycle, the components and structure of prescription drug and biological product labeling, and pertinent regulatory and legal requirements with which they must comply.
- Global labeling: The company core data sheet
- Labeling in the US: Prescribing information and the medication guide
- Labeling in the European Union: The summary of product characteristics
- Labeling in non-US and non-EU countries
- Maintenance of product labeling
DIA’s Medical Communications eLearning Program includes eight modules, covering key medical communication or information principles. Each module contains relevant examples or scenarios designed to simulate medical information related tasks, so learners can apply the concepts to their day-to-day job responsibilities. The core topics covered include literature searching and evaluation, handling medical inquiries, writing medical responses, compliance, understanding study designs and statistics, product labeling, and crisis management.