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 Group, Highfield:Communication, Lucid Group and Oxford PharmaGenesis.
Relevant upcoming careers events:
10 January 2019: Introduction to MedComms, organised by FirstMedCommsJob, taking place at the Medical Sciences Teaching Sciences Centre (MSTC), South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PL [see programme and registration details here]
31 October 2018: Writing skills for medical writers: what MedComms agencies expect, organised by FirstMedCommsJob, taking place at The Windsor Centre, 15-29 Windsor Street, London, N1 8QG [see programme and registration details here]
In this synchronised audio and slide show, Jane Smith, Director at AMICULUM, provides an agency perspective on MedComms; what we do, how we do it, what we look for in a new staff, and the training and career opportunities ahead. This presentation was recorded at the Open Careers Event, FirstMedCommsJob: Introduction to MedComms, held in Manchester on 13 September.
[Find out more about AMICULUM here]
In this synchronised audio and slide show, Mary Thorp, Trainee Account Handler at Mudskipper Business Ltd (an AMICULUM agency) explains how she started her career in MedComms and reflects on her first year. This presentation was recorded at the Open Careers Event, FirstMedCommsJob: Introduction to MedComms, held in Manchester on 13 September.
[Find out more about AMICULUM here]
In this webinar, Katie Johnson, Talent Acquisition Associate at Ashfield Healthcare Communications, talks us through their Allegro training programme for Associate Medical Writers, and the recruitment process, and then answers questions from the audience. It should be of interest to anyone who is looking for insights in to MedComms as a career and specifically for those of you who are looking for entry-level opportunities in medical writing.
Recorded 20 September 2018 as a FirstMedCommsJob webinar. Produced by NetworkPharma.tv
Evidence generation and communication: a guide to getting started in HEOR/market access medical writing
By Linda Harrison, 1st edition published June 2018 [Download your copy
This new 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 seven 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, and an up-to-date directory of agency contacts.
The first edition of this careers guide about HEOR and market access medical writing is freely available here, published by Burntsky Ltd in June 2018, and it will now be updated every year.
Whilst preparing the new issue of our latest careers guide, From academic to medical writer: a guide to getting started in medical communications (published March 2018) we invited people working in medical writing and editing positions in MedComms to tell us why they are doing so….
“I work in MedComms having just finished my PhD, and love that I am still involved in scientific research. It’s great to learn about the latest advances in biomedical science, whilst having an impact on patient care.”
Caroline Anderson, Associate Medical Writer at Envision Pharma Group
“I work in MedComms because whilst I love science, I quickly figured out that post-doc life wasn’t for me. I heard a whisper of ‘medical communications’ and investigated it further – since then I haven’t looked back. I have found enjoyment in medical writing through being immersed in science without spending my days by a microscope. The work we do has the potential to have an impact on patient lives, advancing the care they receive and supporting development of new treatments.”
Jennifer Badger, Senior Medical Writer at Leading Edge (part of Lucid Group)