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Open MedComms Careers Event – 12th January 2017 – Oxford

Venue: Oxford University, UK

Date: 12 January 2017

This will be the eleventh time we have run what is now established as an annual event in Oxford. Once again we will have an enthusiastic audience of post-docs and DPhil/PhD students and others from the biomedical sciences departments within and around Oxford and from other Universities across the UK, who will meet with a number of medical communications professionals for a highly engaging session which presents medical writing and account management in MedComms as attractive career options.

Everyone welcome!


Life as a new Associate Medical Writer by Emily Fisher


I am now seven weeks in to my role as an Associate Medical Writer at CircleScience, one of the agencies within Ashfield Healthcare Communications, part of UDG Healthcare plc. As expected my first few weeks have been a whirlwind of information and training.

Since my first week, I’ve had the opportunity to work on a range of projects, on a variety of disease and therapy areas. Already, after seven weeks of work, I’ve gained experience in many different types of scientific writing, from reviews to slide decks to paper summaries. In a short space of time, I’ve been given a large amount of guidance and developed many new writing techniques which has really improved my writing skills. I receive constructive feedback on all of my work, which is always very clearly explained. At first, I was worried that this would seem like criticism, but it doesn’t. I’m always praised for things I’ve done well, and any suggested improvements are always thoroughly explained, so that I can incorporate them into future writing and, ultimately, improve my technique. I’m now gaining more confidence, greater responsibility and starting to take control of my own projects, with constant guidance of course!

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Launch your career in medical writing at Ashfield’s 10th January 2017 Assessment Day

ashfield260516Ashfield Healthcare Communications have announced their next Assessment Day.

They say:

Our next Assessment Centre for Associate Medical Writers will be at our Head Office in Ashby-de-la-Zouch

The day will assess your skills including your ability to write, work as part of a team and communicate effectively. In addition there will also be the opportunity to learn firsthand what it’s like to work at Ashfield and to be a Medical Writer.

No experience is necessary: Ashfield provides extensive training, development and mentoring. As one of our writers you’ll benefit from a clear path for advancement, diverse project work, very competitive salary and benefits, and opportunities to travel.

Ashfield Healthcare Communications works with the biggest brands in pharma and we are recognised as a leading MedComms agency. We create innovative communication solutions that put patients first and drive success for our clients.

The Assessment Day will be running on 10th January 2017

Location: Ashfield House, Resolution Road, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire LE65 1HW Find out more and apply ASAP, as places are limited

Tel: 01625 664 045 Email: AHCrecruitment@ashfieldhealthcare.com

I work in MedComms…

manchester13_pic01Here are some quotes that were first published in past issues of our annual careers guide, from individuals who attended our MedComms careers events and are now working in MedComms.

“I work in MedComms to use my clinical background within a more creative context. If you’re fascinated by scientific ideas and want to develop your writing skills in a fast-paced team environment, the MedComms Networking events are a great starting point to meet people within the industry and find out more.”

Lauri Arnstein attended a careers event in 2014 and now works as an Associate Medical Writer at Zoetic Science, Ashfield Healthcare Communications.

“I work in MedComms as a medical writer and really enjoy the variety of working across different therapy areas. I’m always learning!”

Emma Bolton attended a careers event in 2015 and now works as a Medical Writer at  Oxford PharmaGenesis.

“I work in MedComms because I really enjoy writing and this job lets me keep learning new science as well as write – so it is a win-win scenario.”

Lisa Brackenbury attended a careers event in 2015 and now works as an Associate Medical Writer at Watermeadow, Ashfield Healthcare Communications.

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Lucky for some – another Open Day at 7.4 on 13th January 2017

screen-shot-2016-11-16-at-06-32-41After their last Open Day, in January 2016, 7.4 (part of the AMICULUM Group) appointed three trainee writers. This time they’re looking for  trainee account handlers as well as trainee medical writers to join their team. Here are the details…

At 7.4, we work with international clients in the pharmaceutical industry and world-renowned clinical experts to plan events and develop materials that explain the science behind medical treatments and devices that change people’s lives.

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My thoughts on medical writing: Three months in

maxwell_221116I’m Ellen Maxwell, and I started working as an Associate Medical Writer with QXV Communications (an Ashfield Healthcare Communications agency, part of UDG Healthcare plc) three months ago after attending the Ashfield Medical Writer’s Assessment Centre.

It was only two months prior to this that I discovered the world of medical communications – or “medcomms” to the insiders. I was working as a frustrated post-doc in cancer biology and started to do a lot of reading into the field. After attending a few career events and getting in touch with medical writers via LinkedIn to get an insight into their working lives, I decided this was a career with fantastic prospects and a great opportunity to work on ground-breaking drugs in therapeutic areas that directly affect patients’ lives.

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