The life of a medical representative—a little food for thought
Katherine Anderson's time as a pharmaceutical rep was a real eye opener
- By: Katherine Anderson
For the interest of all you future doctors, I am writing about my experiences in the world of pharmaceutical sales. I am presently a mature medical student in London and have just completed my first year. Before returning to the same university from which I had obtained my degree two years earlier, I was a medical representative. I worked in central London, my territory stretching out to include all the hospitals, pharmacies, and surgeries from Harley Street to Enfield—no small distance, particularly when looking at the concentration of such establishments in that area.
I initially graduated with a BSc in human sciences, which encompassed immunology, biochemistry, and genetics. Afterwards I applied for a job as a medical representative. I did, and still do, believe that this job can save overworked doctors precious time by keeping them up to date with the latest developments in the pharmaceutical industry, by word of