After finishing my PhD in Molecular Microbiology in the University of Nottingham (UK) I confirmed my change of career path whilst joining ProPharma Group, a company that "provides validation, compliance and technical services to pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device and related industries". My role? Multilingual Medical Information Officer. And why? Because I am fortunate enough to speak 3 languages, almost 4 if I was that confident to get my rusty French out there as I do it when I'm on my own singing the tunes of Tom Sawyer's cartoon intro.
My closest friends weren't a bit surprised about my career change as I had been 'threatening' to actually try a leap of faith after my last years in research. The reasons were so vastly explored in this blog that it would be tough to name the most crystal clear posts on the matter. But if you are indeed curious about it, try hit the tag 'Careers' or even the tag 'Detoxifying Notes' and you'll be able to find my spiritual purge. If you want the main reason in the shape of a twit, let me say that as it is built today, research does not offer ANY stability to ANY researcher wanting to have a FAMILY. But this is like the tip of the iceberg; there are a million of other valid reasons to despair whilst being a researcher these days.
But my friends were also quite surprised at the nature of my new role as a medical information officer. Surprised and also ignorant, I may say. Thus, I decided to explain just a little better what I do, with the help of two websites: 1) The PIPA one - Pharmaceutical Information and Pharmacovigilance Association that provides a great summary definition of the actual MI role, and the 2) ABPI one - Association of British Pharmaceutical Industry that provides a really well-structured insight to what tasks are lined up for a medical information officer.
These are the straight answers to those questions my friends bombarded me with.
What do you do?
"Medical Information Professionals usually work within the commercial divisions of Pharmaceutical companies. They provide evaluated, balanced information and advice on clinical aspects of medicines to healthcare professionals (e.g., physicians, pharmacists, nurses, and NHS managers) and to patients. Information and advice are based upon published literature, confidential company data and experience.
Medical information professionals also provide proactive information services to company personnel, typically providing expert support to medical, marketing, sales, or NHS liaison staff. They are often responsible for checking advertising and promotional material against the ABPI code of Practice for the Pharmaceutical Industry. They may also be involved in monitoring drug safety and reporting suspected adverse reactions to company products to the regulatory authorities". 
How do you do it?
"To do this [medical information professionals] use:
- reference text books,
- medical and pharmaceutical journals,
- research papers (including clinical trials, systematic reviews),
- guidelines produced by expert bodies.
Some people working in the medical information provide information in response to a specific question asked by a healthcare professional. The question is researched and the relevant sources collated to answer the enquiry in a fair and balanced way. The findings are summarised and relevant highlights are presented to the healthcare professional." 
What about your career prospects?
"A role in medical information within the pharmaceutical industry will provide you with a range of training and development opportunities during your career. This will lead to natural career progression within your company, or provide you with the relevant experience to work in a range of related jobs within the industry.
You may move from the position of an information officer to an information manager, moving upwards into other managerial areas. You may be able to specialise in a particular area, and this may help with promotion, but is likely that you'll need to move between jobs for this." 
 Medical Information (MI), Pharmaceutical Information & Pharmacovigilance Association, [http://www.pipaonline.org/Medical-Information-MI-], last visited on the 2nd of January 2017, last update unknown.
 Medical information, ABPI - Careers, [http://careers.abpi.org.uk/working-in-the-industry/commercial/Pages/medical-information.aspx], last visited on the 2nd of January 2017, last update unknown.