Global Medical Information Physician - Oncology

Upper Gwynedd, PA, US
March 13 2018
Organization Type
Requisition ID: MED003426

Merck & Co., Inc. Kenilworth, N.J., U.S.A. known as Merck in the United States and Canada, is a global health care leader with a diversified portfolio of prescription medicines, vaccines and animal health products. The difference between potential and achievement lies in the spark that fuels innovation and inventiveness; this is the space where Merck has codified its legacy for over a century. Merck’s success is backed by ethical integrity, forward momentum, and an inspiring mission to achieve new milestones in global healthcare.

Merck’s Oncology organization is dedicated to delivering breakthrough innovations that extend and improve the lives of cancer patients worldwide. Our team of dauntless, forward-thinking individuals achieves this through an unwavering commitment to supporting accessibility to medicine, providing new therapeutic procedures, and collaborating with governments and payers to ensure that people who need medicines have access to them. At Merck, our focus is on innovation and launch execution excellence; we translate breakthrough science into innovative medicines that help people with cancer across the globe. 

The Global Medical Information Physician (GMIP) for Oncology provides clinical expertise and advice to internal stakeholders and is a member of the several cross-functional teams, including the Promotional Review Team (PRT), the US and Global Medical Affairs Team. In PRT, the GMIP is responsible for ensuring the clinical relevance and medical accuracy of information in promotional materials, external communications and field based employee training. The Medical Affairs teams guide the medical affairs organization’s strategy within the therapeutic area. The GMIP also leverages clinical practice & therapeutic area expertise to provide insights and review/approve medical information content on product safety and efficacy, and when required, interact with HCPs to help answer unsolicited professional information requests (PIR). The GMIP provides medical and scientific training to internal stakeholders and collaborates to develop training content and implement scientific updates.


Medical Review of US and Global Promotional Materials 

  • Provide clinical expert guidance and advice to Commercial Brand Teams in order to influence promotional strategy and messaging based on scientific evidence and clinical context.
  • Member of Promotional Review Team (PRT) responsible for ensuring the clinical relevance and medical accuracy of information in promotional materials, external communications and Field Based Employee (FBE) training content. 
  • Support Country Medical directors, as HQ point of contact and Subject Matter Expert (SME) for medical review.
  • Serve as product SME during GMA global assurance process country assessments

US and Global Medical Information
  • Leverage clinical practice & therapeutic area/product expertise to provide actionable insights for the creation of medical information assets, ensuring adequate integration of data and scientific evidence with patient safety and clinical relevance elements in a customer-centric approach. 
  • Approve all medical information resources containing product safety, tolerability and/or efficacy data. Interact with HCPs who request a live discussion with physicians to answer PIRs. 
  • Proactively engage with leaders and participate in US and Global Medical Affairs Teams to ensure that sufficient medical information assets are available with the appropriate depth/format to meet the requirements of external customers and internal stakeholders. 
  • Review Health Outcomes-related standard response documents and AMCP dossiers to ensure clinical relevance and medical accuracy of the content. 

Strategic Coordination and Alignment
  • Leverage SME, clinical practice expertise, and therapeutic area team participation to contribute with actionable insights and inputs into key medical strategy teams and as consultant to medical review of product deletions, divestitures, stock-outs and shortages.
  • Proactively engage with strategy leaders and actively participate in the product medical strategy, ensuring a tailored approach in creating and disseminating scientific content for customers aligned with key scientific priorities and the Global Medical Affairs Narrative
  • Proactively engage with Global Medical Information Scientist (GMIS) and other internal stakeholders in developing annual strategic Medical Information Plan. 
  • Proactively engage in peer-to-peer conversations with key colleagues in Merck Research Laboratories (MRL) to provide and request input and ensure alignment to enhance the provision of accurate and customized Medical Information assets for customers and stakeholders.
  • Active participant on select teams to provide insights on labeling language and anticipate activities related to labeling updates, and to facilitate timely and efficient SRD development and/or updates to support addressing PIRs.
  • Actively contact and interact with Risk Management Safety Team(s) when required.
  • Act as SME for creation/update of GMI process/SOPs.
Medical Education and Training 
  • Support creation of medical training curricula for the products, to address basic and advanced training needs of GMA personnel. 
  • Collaborate with Learning & Development and Content Training Directors in GMA to develop training content and approve training resources for the MSL group.
  • Implement Speaker Training activities for US in collaboration with Global Expert Management Services. 
  • In collaboration with the GMIS, support sales and internal training activities 
  • Participate in training and/or mentoring of new team members.



  • MD or equivalent medical degree is required. 
  • Post-graduate clinical training (residency) and a minimum of 5 years of clinical practice, experience in clinical research, academia or the pharmaceutical industry or relevant experience is required. 
  • Understanding of regulations and compliance considerations impacting pharmaceutical industry. 
  • Must be able to work in a complex organization environment and have ability to effectively operate in a team-oriented structure.
  • Ability to Analyze / Synthesize data and provide solutions and formulate strategies
  • Must have excellent interpersonal and communication (written as well as oral) skills.

  • Board certification or eligibility in a medical specialty related to Oncology is highly desirable.
  • Relevant working experience in Medical Affairs in the pharmaceutical industry is desired. 
  • Relevant working experience in Medical Information or Clinical Research in the pharmaceutical industry is desired.

Your role at Merck is integral to helping the world meet new breakthroughs that affect generations to come, and we’re counting on your skills and inventiveness to help make meaningful contributions to global medical advancement. At Merck, we’re inventing for life. 


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