Deborah Clarke of Boehringer Ingelheim reveals her experience with the competition and the important role it plays within the industry.

Deborah firstly outlined what sorts of challenges the finals day had in store and how the judges were supportive of her ideas, she said,

I prepared a presentation prior to the day, and had to prepare another on the day. It was really enjoyable and the judges were engaged and supporting of the on-going work I demonstrated in Medical Affairs, it felt more like a mentorship than an assessment centre”.

The finals day will see entrants complete a variety of challenges, ranging from a presentation, exercises, and an interview. These challenges have been created by the executive steering panel to ensure they accurately reflect current trends within the industry.

Finals day will be taking place at the IQVIA offices based in Reading on the 5th December.

The hard work of the finalists from finals day shall be honoured at the awards ceremony, which will be held at a TBC venue later in the evening. Winners will be announced in front of the national medical affairs community whilst receiving their coveted pharma trophy – an accolade to mark that they are amongst the best of the best within their area of expertise.

Deborah emerged as the winner of the Medical Advisor of the Year category in 2018, speaking highly of her achievement she stated that “being awarded this prize was huge in my work place, and gave me great exposure to really senior management within the business”.

“It was an amazing experience and one I would recommend to anyone, and encourage people to enter”.

The 2019 competition will be closing for entry on the 31st October – so don’t waste anymore time and complete the simple entry form to secure your place!

Nominations can also be made if you think a colleague has the skills necessary to walk away as a winner, nominate them for a category before the deadline!