Student Testimonials

Alysa Aanerud

Hometown: Alexandria, MN

Class Speciality: Spine and Orthopaedic Reconstruction & Trauma

Company Placement: Align Surgical Supply LLC - OrthoPediatrics

Tell me a little about your background?

I graduated with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration & Marketing December of 2018, originally planning on working in the sports industry post graduation. I completed an internship with the Minnesota Twins as their Business Operations intern during spring training in Fort Myers, FL. While the sports industry was a blast, I realized that it was not truly my passion. After talking with a few friends in the industry, including two who attended MSC, I took an interest in medical device sales. Which led me to attend the Spine and Orthopedic Reconstruction & Trauma course in Denver, CO.

Why were you interested in Medical Sales? What drew you to this industry?

I was originally a Healthcare Administration major, so I had always been interested in the healthcare system. I became interested in medical sales specifically after realizing my passion to work in an industry where I can continue to educate myself, as well as continue to grow my skills.

How long did you try to get into the industry? What was that experience like?

I casually applied to 2-3 companies. I was pretty set on attending MSC after conversations with my friends.

How did you learn about Medical Sales College?

As mentioned earlier, I had two friends who attended MSC within the last couple years.

What ultimately made you decide to attend the College?

I researched medical device sales for about 6 months before realizing that it is a very difficult industry to break into. I recognized the value of MSC through the testimonials, as well as the high placement rate.

Describe your experience once you began training with Medical Sales College.

The training at MSC is fantastic! I learned more than I imagined I would and feel well prepared for the industry. During the interview process I was able to have knowledgeable conversations about anatomy, pathologies, procedures, medical terminology, etc. Today was my first day on the job and we attended a cadaver lab. It was amazing to see my education really pay off while I was able to follow the procedure, as well as identify anatomy and instruments.

What was the most valuable thing you learned at Medical Sales College/What piece of training do you use the most in your day-to-day activities?

I think that the number one thing that helped me land my position was the ability to hold a conversation about different technologies, pathologies, and procedures.

Please briefly explain your job interview process.

I interviewed with quite a few companies. I was offered two different positions after the holidays. Both interview processes were similar in length. The position that I chose I met with the distributor three times, a sales rep on his team once, and I was able to meet one of his surgeons during the hiring process. We had 2 phone calls before meeting in person.

Why should someone attend the Medical Sales College if they want this career?

So far I have had lunches discussing the training process, many online modules to complete, as well as in-person training. Today I was able to attend a cadaver lab at the Mayo Clinic where one of the surgeons was using OrthoPediatrics Locking Cannulated Blade Plate to demonstrate hip correction in pediatric patients to a resident. Next week I will be attending 1-2 surgeries with the other sales representative.

What do you know now that you wish you had known before entering the industry/attending Medical Sales College?

Medical Sales College is a great way to break into the industry. It really gives you an upper hand on the other candidates, as well as provides you with knowledge from instructors who have been in the industry for years. Which is knowledge that you simply cannot get from other sources. The staff at MSC is extremely helpful during your time with them, as well as after.