When I interviewed at the clinic where I’m going to be working this summer, I had the opportunity to listen to a drug rep. I thought it was going to be a boring pitch about how amazing her product is, but it actually was really cool.
First off, there was the representative and there was a highly regarded veterinarian traveling with her, and she obviously knew her stuff. I actually didn’t even hear her mention the products so much as she talked about the veterinary medicine that backed them up. There was no “[Insert drug name here] is so great because…” It was all about, “When we did this clinical trial, these were the results.” There was not much comparison to other drug companies or putting down competitors. It was an honest conversation about benefiting patients.
The best part was that I was able to basically combine most of my first-year classes into two hours of learning at the clinic. As I listened to her talk about the factors involved in inflammation, I incorporated what I learned in pathology. When she talked about disease spread in clinical trials, I incorporated epidemiology. When she talked about non-specific, passive, and mucosal immunities, I incorporated immunology.
It was really awesome to listen to someone so knowledgeable and even more awesome to actually understand almost everything she was saying. Granted, I didn’t know about everything she was talking about, so I gave myself some homework on things to learn about. I also realized I might have forgotten a couple of things from first semester and should probably brush up on some stuff before I head back in the fall — and try to hold my own in the clinic this summer.