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Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort

Mar 13, 2017 1:00 PM - Mar 15, 2017 4:30 PM

10000 North Oracle Road, Tucson, AZ 85704

Medical Affairs and Scientific Communications Forum

3 Meetings. 1 Location. Mix and Match Sessions. Truly a cross-functional experience for knowledge sharing, integrated thought leadership, and proactive networking.


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.


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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

Short Course or Primer

To keep you at the forefront.

Mar 13, 2017

Course 1:

Medical Communications

Mar 13, 2017

Course 2:

Promotional and Medical Review Committee 101

Mar 13, 2017

Course 3:

Wearing Multiple Hats with Style – How to Effectively Manage Your Medical Writing Projects

Mar 13, 2017

Course 4:

Medical Science Liaison - Achieving Success in Your Career

Mar 12, 2017

Medical Communications Primer:

Program Committee

  • J. Lynn  Bass, PharmD, RPh
    J. Lynn Bass, PharmD, RPh Senior Director, Medical Science Liaisons
    BridgeBio, United States
  • David  Bowers, PharmD
    David Bowers, PharmD Senior Director, Operations
    PPD, United States
  • Eileen  Girten, MS
    Eileen Girten, MS Director, Medical Writing
    Pfizer Inc, United States
  • Craig  Klinger, RPh
    Craig Klinger, RPh Director - Global MSL Trainer, The Office of Medical Professional Development
    Eli Lilly and Company, United States
  • Darryl  L'Heureux, PhD, MPharm, MSc
    Darryl L'Heureux, PhD, MPharm, MSc Director, Clinical Science, Medical Writing, and Publications
    Ambrx, Inc, United States
  • Julia  Petses, PharmD
    Julia Petses, PharmD Global Head, Medical Information Excellence and SEC Established and Rare Franchi
    Novartis, United States
  • Kevin  Appareti
    Kevin Appareti Senior Director, Global Medical Science Liaison
    Royal Philips, United States
  • Peter  Baumeister, PhD
    Peter Baumeister, PhD Director, Global Medical and Scientific Affairs
    Merck Sharp & Dohme LLC , United States
  • Poonam  Bordoloi, PharmD
    Poonam Bordoloi, PharmD Executive Director, Head of Global Medical Affairs Capabilities
    Organon & Co., United States
  • Michael  Burman, PharmD, RPh
    Michael Burman, PharmD, RPh Vice President, Global Medical Information
    ProPharma Group, United States
  • Stephanie L. Byrdé, BSN, MS, RN
    Stephanie L. Byrdé, BSN, MS, RN Advisor, Scientific Communications, Clinical Pharmacology
    Eli Lilly & Company, United States
  • Ivy  Chang, PharmD
    Ivy Chang, PharmD Medical Information and Communications
    n/a, United States
  • Michael  Church, MA
    Michael Church, MA Senior Director, Medical Writing
    Syneos Health, United States
  • Ed  Cunningham, PharmD
    Ed Cunningham, PharmD
    Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Inc., United States
  • Rania  Gaspo, PhD
    Rania Gaspo, PhD Director, Global Therapy Area Team Lead, External Medical Communications
    Pfizer Inc, Canada
  • Pete  Guillot, MBA
    Pete Guillot, MBA CEO and Founder
    Centerfirst, United States
  • Kathleen M Guindon, PhD, MS, RN
    Kathleen M Guindon, PhD, MS, RN Senior Director, Medical Science Liaison
    Kronos Bio, United States
  • Kevin Charles Henderson, PharmD, MBA
    Kevin Charles Henderson, PharmD, MBA Executive Director, Hematology US Medical Affairs
    Gilead Sciences, United States
  • Jennie G Jacobson, PhD
    Jennie G Jacobson, PhD President
    Jacobson Medical Writing, Inc., United States
  • Christi  Marsh, PharmD
    Christi Marsh, PharmD Sr Director Medical Affairs
    Fibrogen, Inc, United States
  • David  Price, PhD
    David Price, PhD Advisor, US Field Medical, Bio-Medicines Medical Sciences Liaisons
    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, RPh
    Rebecca A. Vermeulen, RPh Vice President, Global Patient Networks | PD Medical Affairs
    Genentech, A Member of the Roche Group, United States
  • Robin  Whitsell
    Robin Whitsell President
    Whitsell Innovations, Inc., United States
  • Jim  Wilkinson, PhD
    Jim Wilkinson, PhD Vice President, Global Medical Affairs
    Amgen (former), United States

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