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What does a Medical Affairs Director (MAD) do?

Posted on: 02 Oct 13


What does a Medical Affairs Director (MAD) do?

Typically, a Medical Affairs Director:

  • Reports to, and receives instructions from, the General Manager, or Chief Executive Officer of the company;
  • Manages and supervises all staff under the Medical Department;
  • Evaluates, comments on, and approves/disapproves proposed protocol(s) for clinical trial(s);
  • Leads in the overall monitoring of all ongoing clinical trials;
  • Allocates and disburses the budget for each ongoing clinical trial(s);
  • Screens and evaluates all candidates for employment in the Department;
  • Conducts lectures to increase the product knowledge of Sales Representatives;
  • Represents the company in all medical meetings called for by medical societies, clinical trial investigators, and the Food and Drugs Administration; and
  • Performs other duties that may be assigned to him by the General Manager, or the Chief Executive Officer of the company.



  • Graduate of Doctor of Medicine and Surgery, preferably with residency in Internal Medicine, or with Master or Ph D degree in Pharmacology, or Statistics;
  • Preferably with experiences in medical , health, and nutrition researches;
  • Has worked in another pharmaceutical company as Business Development Manager, or Medical Affairs Director, or Medical Director for at least 3 years.

A Medical Affairs Director, after at least 5 years, might progress to General Manager of the company, or Chief Executive Officer of the company, or Regional Medical Affairs Director, handling several medical departments in different countries in the region.





Mike Wood - Editor

Last updated on: 02/10/2013

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