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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, Aspire Scientific, Envision Pharma Group, Fishawack Group, Highfield:Communication, Lucid Group and Oxford PharmaGenesis.









FirstMedCommsJob: Meet the agencies day

Venue: The Careers Service, 56 Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 6PA
Date: 14 May 2018

This will be our third one-day intensive MedComms careers workshop, which provides the opportunity for delegates with a genuine interest in joining the MedComms industry to get up close and personal with a number of leading employers. The format is designed to give delegates as much insight as possible into life in the different agencies and to be able to compare and contrast those working environments. This event is all about talking direct and in depth with the MedComms specialists about the practicalities of getting the first job and then of the working life in the agencies, so attendees are expected to have already made themselves familiar with the information provided online at www.FirstMedCommsJob.com.


Careers guide – medical writing

careersguidecover_369x524From academic to medical writer: a guide to getting started in medical communications

By Dr Annick Moon, 10th edition published March 2018

This guide focuses on medical writing careers in medical communications, in particular in MedComms agencies. The MedComms industry provides consultancy services to pharmaceutical companies, and the role of the medical writer is to use science and language to deliver these services successfully, while working to the highest ethical standards and adhering to industry regulations and guidelines.

The aim of this guide is to give you the information you need to decide if you are suited to the role of medical writer, and to provide the insider knowledge you need to excel at interview.

This issue includes nine personal profiles written by current medical writing specialists in leading MedComms agencies, describing their personal journeys in to MedComms and the day-to-day work they now do as well as an updated directory of agency contacts.

The 10th edition of this careers guide about medical writing is freely available here, published by Burntsky Ltd in March 2018, and it will now be updated every year.

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Reflection on the Allegro eight-week training curriculum by Amy Watkins

Amy Watkins

When I first applied for a job in healthcare communications as an Associate Medical Writer, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I received a job offer to join the Allegro programme a month after I had submitted my PhD thesis, and, to be honest, working outside of the comfort of academia was a little bit daunting. Allegro is a 12-month programme, comprising an eight-week training phase followed by two five-month rotations in different agencies within Ashfield Healthcare Communications (AHC). I have now just finished my eight weeks of training, and it has been quite the journey!

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The business of medical communications: A guide to getting started in account management

Lindsey Heer, an independent medcomms specialist, provides an overview of the medcomms business and of the role of account and project managers in ensuring project delivery on time and to budget.

Read the accompanying careers guide, The business of medical communications: A guide to getting started in account management, here.

Recorded 7 March 2018 at a MedComms Networking event in Oxford. Produced by NetworkPharma.tv

[Find out more about Lindsey here]

I work in MedComms…


Whilst preparing the new issue of our latest careers guide, The business of medical communications: a guide to getting started in account management (published January 2018)  we invited people working in account management positions in MedComms to tell us why they are doing so….

I work in MedComms as part of Fishawack’s ever-evolving project management team. Whether it’s in the office or on the football pitch, I’m a team player and believe that communication and cohesion are crucial to bringing about the right result. I enjoy working with clients, colleagues and numbers, and get a kick from managing projects from inception right up until the final whistle.

Pete Aidley, Technical Lead, Project Management Team at Fishawack Communications

I work in MedComms and although I don’t have a scientific background, it really allows me to feel close to the development of life-saving drugs, and knowing that the work I deliver ultimately ends in the care and needs of a patient is beyond rewarding.

Kim Barber, Account Executive at Ashfield Healthcare Communications

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