Student Testimonials

Laine Fogarty

Laine Fogarty

Hometown: New Orleans, LA

Class Speciality: Orthopaedic Reconstruction & Trauma

Company Placement: Medtronic

Tell me a little about your background?

I attended LSU and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, with a concentration in Professional Sales. One month after graduating from LSU, I attended MSC.

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

I have always been interested in the medical field. I thought about going to PA school or nursing school. After volunteering on a medical mission trip to Nicaragua, I met a medical device sales rep, and learned more about this profession. I loved the idea of working alongside surgeons in the OR, and being able to be part of such important cases. From then on, I knew this is what I wanted to do.

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

About six months.

How did you learn about Medical Sales College?

I talked to a few people who had gone through the program. They had nothing but great things to say about the course, and encouraged me to apply. After researching more about the school, I knew it was going to be the best way for me to get into the medical sales industry.

What ultimately made you decide to attend the College?

Since I was a recent college graduate, I had zero sales experience, and no luck getting interviews. I had applied to over 50 entry level jobs in medical sales in my last semester of college. After hearing nothing back, I knew MSC would give me the experience and resources to get where I wanted to be. It was also appealing to hear that MSC has a high placement rate.

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

I had an amazing experience being trained at MSC. My instructor, Rick, was the best. He did a very good job of making this class as real as possible. He had been in the medical device sales industry for over 30 years, so he had a ton of knowledge to share with us. He also shared a lot of real life situations that happen in the OR, to prepare for us for the reality of this job.

What is your current job like?

I won’t start my job for another week or so, because I am in the process of moving and relocating to my territory. However, I have already had multiple phone calls with members of my team, and I am in the process of getting my hospital credentials and updated immunizations for work.

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?

The most valuable piece of information I learned at MSC was how to get in touch with hiring managers/ recruiters, and what to say to them. Before MSC, I was doing all the wrong things as far as applying for jobs. I learned how to communicate, follow up, answer interview questions properly, and close an interview. The logistics of anatomy, implants, and surgical technique was also very important. However, without learning these important communication skills, I would have never landed the job I have today.

Please briefly explain your job interview process.

I actually had my first interview while I was still in MSC. I reached out to a contact on Linked In and quickly got in touch with the president of the company he worked for. I met with the president of this company the following week for a formal interview, and then went back a week later for an informal meeting with the rest of their team. I received an offer letter two days later.

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

If you are looking to break into the medical sales industry (and have the passion and determination to get there), I would strongly recommend attending MSC. I know I wouldn’t be where I am today without the training and knowledge that I received over my 8-week program. The amount of resources that MSC has to help you get where you want to be is phenomenal. I was lucky enough to have a great placement coordinator, who helped me prepare for multiple phone calls, interviews, etc. He prepared me for a lot of the tough questions that I was asked, and encouraged me to keep following up and ask for the job.

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

Just knowing how much work it really takes. The interview process is draining, and can get very discouraging at times. But what you put in to this experience is what you are going to get out of it. I was very proud of myself for graduating in the top 5 of my class. I didn’t have any biology background, so I really had to work hard for what I earned. But in the end, it was all worth it.