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We’re here to help you learn about careers in MedComms and then, if you decide it’s of interest, to help you get your first job! Good luck.

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We’re grateful for contributions from many members of the MedComms Networking community and specifically the following Sponsors: AMICULUM Ltd, Ashfield Healthcare Communications, Envision Pharma Group, Fishawack Health, Helios Medical Communications, Highfield, and Oxford PharmaGenesis.

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Upcoming events

Relevant upcoming careers events:

Check out www.MedCommsNetworking.com for many more meetings that you might find of interest. Many of which are online and so you can attend from wherever you are based. The following are specifically intended for entry-level job seekers…

WEEKLY MEDCOMMS WEBINAR
FirstMedCommsJob: Meet the agencies
Venue: Global
Date: 12.00 midday UK time, 30 September 2020
[PROGRAMME AND REGISTRATION DETAILS]

WEEKLY MEDCOMMS WEBINAR
FirstMedCommsJob: Working in regulatory medical writing at Insight Medical Writing
Venue: Global
Date: 12.00 midday UK time, 14 October 2020
[PROGRAMME AND REGISTRATION DETAILS]

Getting started in HEOR and market access medical writing

In this webinar, we’re joined by Linda Harrison, freelance writer and author of the annual careers guide, “Evidence generation and communication: a guide to getting started in HEOR/market access medical writing“. Linda is joined by Manca Povsic (AMICULUM) and Amy Sears (Adelphi Values | PROVE), HEOR and market access specialists who are profiled in the new edition of the guide, which was published in June 2020. Together they explain what the agencies are looking for and provide tips to help you get your first job. And we answer questions from the audience.

It should be of interest to anyone who is looking for insights in to MedComms as a career and how to maximise their chances of gaining an entry level job.

Recorded 8 July 2020 as a MedComms Networking webinar. Produced by NetworkPharma.tv
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FirstMedCommsJob: Working in MedComms at OPEN Health

In this webinar, we hear from Rob Pilbrow (Global Managing Director, Medical Writing), Bella Santa Cruz (Senior Account Director) and Imogen Allred (Medical Writer) from OPEN Health who will talk about their company, what MedComms means for them and the different roles within their teams. You’ll learn about what they look for in entry-level staff, what training is provided and what are the career prospects across the group. And we answer questions from the audience.

It should be of interest to anyone who is looking for insights in to MedComms as a career and how to maximise their chances of gaining an entry level job.

Recorded 1 July 2020 as a MedComms Networking webinar. Produced by NetworkPharma.tv
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Starting a MedComms career in self-isolation – leave it to allegro!

Screen Shot 2020-06-18 at 11.10.35This article has been contributed by Cassidy Bayley, an Associate Medical Writer at Ashfield Healthcare Communications.

In March 2020, the sudden and all-consuming worldwide outbreak of COVID-19 marked a very interesting beginning to my first job in medical communications. In the weeks leading up to my official start date as an Associate Medical Writer, I was enjoying my honeymoon in a small beach town along the South African coast. Due to lockdown restrictions instated while I was there, I made it back to the UK with little time to spare. Ironically, back home in Manchester, I was no closer to entering the front doors of Ashfield Healthcare Communications (AHC) than I would be had I remained on the beach – either way I would start my first day virtually! Continue reading

Reflections on the first two weeks of the allegro training programme

Screen Shot 2020-06-18 at 11.08.09This article has been contributed by Selma Rayon, an Associate Medical Writer at Ashfield Healthcare Communications.

When I started seeking employment in the medical communications sector, I knew I was drawn to the medical writing path. The difficulty was that there were few entry-level positions that offered training, relative to the amount of applicants! Almost every position being advertised required some level of professional experience in medical writing, in which I was lacking – so when I was offered a place at the allegro programme, I knew this would be a fantastic opportunity to receive the necessary training, support and opportunities to develop the skills and mind- set for medical writing. Continue reading

I work in HEOR/market access…

Screen Shot 2020-06-16 at 09.20.06Whilst preparing the new issue of our latest careers guide, Evidence generation and communication: a guide to getting started in HEOR/market access medical writing (published June 2020)  we invited people working in HEOR/market access to tell us why they are doing so….

“I work in HEOR/market access as I am continuously able to build my skills and challenge myself to combine science, creativity and commercial experience to provide strategic guidance and support clients’ needs, which is very rewarding.”

Kate Anstee, Associate Value Consultant at Adelphi Values | PROVE

“I work in HEOR/market access as I enjoy the exposure to a diverse range of projects. From costed-pathway tools to launch programmes to pricing research, I have an opportunity to help patients gain access to medications whilst continually learning in my role.”

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Careers guide – HEOR and market access medical writing 3rd Edition

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By Linda Harrison, 3rd edition published June 2020 [Download your copy

This guide focuses on medical writing roles in the HEOR/market access arenas, but will be of interest to anyone who wants to understand more about the business of ensuring access to new medicines and devices for patients. If you have an interest in the commercial aspects of healthcare delivery and in helping deliver value to patients, a passion for writing and enjoy working in a fast-paced environment, then working in HEOR/market access might be for you. This guide will provide you with an in-depth introduction to this specialist area.

This issue includes eight personal profiles written by current specialists in leading HEOR/market access companies, describing their personal journeys and the day-to-day work they now do.

The third edition of this careers guide about HEOR and market access medical writing is freely available here, published by Burntsky Ltd in June 2020, and it will now be updated every year. Continue reading

MedComms account management in practice

Ben Church (Account Executive at Oxford PharmaGenesis), Alice Fantom (Account Executive at Envision Pharma Group) and Charlotte Lupton (Senior Scientific Project Leader at Helios Medical Communications) are all profiled in the latest issue of our FirstMedComms careers guide, The business of medical communications: a guide to getting started in account management, published in January 2020. In this webinar, we focus on what they actually do during their working days. What’s the scope of MedComms projects? How are they planned and budgeted? How are they executed and managed? What’s the role of the account management team? And we answer questions from the audience.

It should be of interest to anyone who is looking for insights in to MedComms as a career and how to maximise their chances of gaining an entry level job.

Recorded 27 May 2020 as a MedComms Networking webinar. Produced by NetworkPharma.tv
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Meet the MedComms agencies panel session 2020

In this webinar, we’re joined by Matt Evans (AMICULUM), Katie Johnson (Ashfield Healthcare Communications), Diane Sutherland (Fishawack Health), Anne Clare Wadsworth (Envision Pharma Group), Elena Mills (Helios Medical Communications) and Paul Farrow (Oxford PharmaGenesis) who answer questions from the audience. They talk about the different roles within their teams, what they look for in entry-level staff, what training is provided and what are the career prospects. This video is one of several we recorded, including a series of individual agency presentations, at our Meet the Agencies event in May 2020.

It should be of interest to anyone who is looking for insights in to MedComms as a career and how to maximise their chances of gaining an entry-level job.

Recorded 18 May 2020 as a MedComms Networking webinar. Produced by NetworkPharma.tv
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Meet AMICULUM

In this webinar, we’re joined by Matt Evans, Agency lead at 7.4 Limited, one of the AMICULUM agencies who tells us about the different roles within their teams, what they look for in entry-level staff, what training is provided and what are the career prospects. This video is one of a series we recorded, along with a panel discussion, at our Meet the Agencies event in May 2020.

It should be of interest to anyone who is looking for insights in to MedComms as a career and how to maximise their chances of gaining an entry-level job.

Recorded 18 May 2020 as a MedComms Networking webinar. Produced by NetworkPharma.tv
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