Meet Burçe, Medical Manager

Turkey

Tell us a bit about yourself

After I had graduated from the medical faculty I moved to İstanbul and started my residency training on cardiovascular surgery. I had completed my residency training in 2011 and worked as a cardiovascular surgeon for almost a year then I decided to make a big change about my life. I quit my job and started to work at Roche. Now, I am so happy to have made this decision. When I worked as a surgeon I had enough time for neither my interests nor my friends. But now, I have a lot of spare time for everything because Roche provided me with a more organised life style.  I live with my lovely sister and three cats. I like doing yoga, walking and running in nature. Yoga gives me a calm mind and a peaceful life. I love and respect every kind of beings. Therefore I am a vegetarian and I hope I will be a vegan as soon as possible. I also like listening to classical and new age music and reading different kinds of books. I would like to be a good story teller so I have a lot of story books and I collect finger and hand puppets.

In which Roche location do you currently work and what can you tell us about that location as a work environment?

I am working in Roche Istanbul. Our building is located in Maslak which is the finance and business area of the city. There are a lot of skyscrapers in this area, therefore a lot of restaurants and shopping malls are located around our location. Next year we will move to another place in Maslak which is located in a forest. We will be able to inhale fresh air. Also this place will be within walking distance to great restaurants, sports center, concert and exhibition halls.

Why did you decide to join Roche and why at this location?

I moved to Istanbul to start my residency training in 2005. People who live in eastern part of Turkey believe that Istanbul has golden ground and stones. For that belief, a lot of people migrate to Istanbul from these cities every year. These ethnic and cultural differences make Istanbul a magical and lively city. While I was working as a cardiovascular surgeon, one of my friends, who is also a cardiovascular surgeon, started to work at Roche. When we met, he talked about great products, qualified and passionate colleagues and fair work environment. I had already a lot of questions about being a surgeon because of our country’s health policy and he made me confused about who I am and what I want to do. What a luck, at that time I saw an MSL job advertisement of Roche on internet. I applied and I have been here for 2 and half years.

Turkey

What is your current position at Roche?

I am the Medical Manager for one of our products only for three weeks. Before that, I worked as an MSL for all anti-HER2 products for two and half years. Working as a Medical Manager is very different from MSL. MSL is a field based position that has provided me with a lot of experience and knowledge on our external stakeholders and their requirements. My responsibilities have increased rapidly for the last three weeks. Some of these responsibilities are implementing of global strategy to our country, developing local medical plan, identifying knowledge gaps, organizing and budgeting scientific activities, developing and managing close relationships with TAEs etc.

Meeting new people and facing different challenges excite me every day. Even if I am working in a different sector, I am a doctor and I like touching patient’s life but with a different and indirect way.

How would you describe Roche as an employer?

Roche gives a lot of opportunities to every employee. You can find both local and global career opportunities at Roche. Managers help employees in finding what they really want to do in the future and explore their potentials. Every person at Roche is open to communication and challenge. Also everybody motivates and inspires each other.

How would you describe the people working here?

I am working with high qualified, hardworking and enthusiastic colleagues.

How is your job connected to “doing now what patients need next”

Developing great products and bringing hope to patients and their relatives is an amazing thing and I am really proud to be a part of this company.

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