The Learning & Development Committee (LDC) supports MAPS’ efforts to build a culture of continuous learning, underpinning MAPS’ aim to be the global standard bearer for professional development, improving individual competencies, expanding organizational capabilities, and becoming the eventual provider of the Medical Affairs profession.The LDC will consist of individuals who will serve as experts in learning & development, capability and competency building, and will beresponsible for strategy development,gap identification, content creation and program implementation as per the below remit.
The LDC will consist of a minimum of 8 industry* members, including the Co-Chairs, and no more than three members from the MAPS Executive Partner Circle Program, so long as there is always a minimum ratio of 4:1 Industry: Executive Partner Circle Program members.
All members of the LDC will:
• Be a current MAPS member in good standing.
• Serve a one-year term from appointment, with the option of renewal, at the discretion of the LDC Co-Chairs.
• Actively participate on the LDC and one (1) work stream, and be willing to propose strategies and help develop or guide development of specific content and deliverables aligned with the strategic plan.
• Attend at least 75% of the LDC/workstream meetings via Webconference.
• Receive a 50% discount on registration fees for any MAPS virtual, hybrid or in-person event/conference o If serving as a presenting faculty member at any MAPS virtual, hybrid or in-person event/conference, receive a complimentary full event registration.
Industry members of the LDC will:
• Have at least 4 years of direct Medical Affairs practice in life sciences or medical device companies in roles related to learning & development, capability/competency building, and/or talent development. Their most recent role will be at the Senior Director level or higher.
Executive Partner Circle members of the LDC will:
• Have at least 4 years’ experience working with Medical Affairs professionals/organizations – or have previous employment experience in a Medical Affairs organization at a life sciences or medical device companies – in roles related to learning & development, capability/competency building, and/or talent development. Their most recent role will be at the Director level or higher.
As with all other MAPS committees or volunteer groups, LDC members are volunteers and are not compensated for their time. They should be active ambassadors for the society by posting/sharing regularly on social media (e.g., LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.) and should be ambassadors at their companies, raising awareness about the society to their colleagues and encouraging participation in the society and LDC-related initiatives.
The estimated time commitment for LDC member participation is between 2-3 hours per month, including preparation time. This includes 1 hour per month on Webconferences, including full LDC meetings taking place every two months, with workstream meetings in the alternating months.
*Industry is defined as those currently employed by a life sciences company (pharma, biotech, medical & diagnostic devices), MA professionals with prior employment at a life sciences company but currently in between jobs, or independent MA consultants (not part of a consulting firm/agency) with previous employment in a life sciences or medical device company.
• Learning & development needs assessment and gap identification, to be conducted annually.
• Development of a three-year strategic plan.
Development of an annual content creation and implementation plan, that will be supportive of the strategic plan.
• Identification of diverse subject matter experts, presenting faculty, and/or providers to support content creation and implementation.
• Initial annual plan initiatives and workstreams to include:
MasterClass Training Program Working Group:
Development - in consultation with the Executive Program Committee - of the initial framework for MAPS MasterClass programs (immersive, situational-based training programs at the intermediate/advanced level)
MA Leadership & Competencies Working Group:
Drive development of knowledge/competency-based capability content (e.g., eLearning modules in areas such as business knowledge, evidence generation, scientific & technical and technological knowledge, customer engagement and scientific communications, and leadership & management)
L&D Organization Working Group:
Mapping of the MAPS capabilities grid according to Medical Affairs experience level, and identification of gaps in current MAPS programming (e.g., by experience level or MA function)
Outlining clear career paths for MA functions
Support from MAPS Operations Team
The MAPS Operations Team will:
• Onboard new LDC and workstream team members, including inviting the individual/s to the designated LDC Community Portal.
• Manage the technical components for funding, arranging and implementing program development and content creation (e.g., sourcing agencies, vendors, writers, designers, etc. to develop eLearning modules, executing logistical and marketing efforts related to virtual, in-person and/or hybrid meetings).
• Review LDC’s need for external support and budget requests, including contracting with consultants/vendors and managing reimbursements for services provided.
• Support LDC administrative needs as necessary, including provision of hosted Webconference platform (e.g., Zoom meeting) and/or scheduling meetings.
About Medical Affairs Professional Society
MAPS is the premier non-profit global Medical Affairs organization FOR Medical A?airs professionals BY Medical Affairs professionals across all di?erent levels of experience/specialty to engage, empower and educate. Together with over 5,000 Medical Affairs members from over 220 companies globally, MAPS is transforming the Medical Affairs profession to increase its value to patients, HCPs and other decision makers.