I work in MedComms…

manchester13_pic01Here are some quotes that were published in the most recent (March 2017) issue of our annual careers guide, from individuals who are currently happily working in MedComms.

You can download the free careers guide, From academic to medical writer, A guide to getting started in medical communications,  here.

“I work in MedComms because after graduating I knew I wanted to stay close to the scientific field, but get as far away from the lab as possible! Medical writing was my solution. It has allowed me to further expand my scientific knowledge and keep up to date with new and exciting treatments, all while communicating them in a unique and creative way.”

Maha Ayub, Junior Medical Writer at Havas Lynx

“I work in MedComms because after finishing my PhD I realised that my future in science lays outside the lab. Working as a medical writer has allowed me to move away from the bench but, at the same time, I can be at the forefront of medical science and enjoy a great variety of projects across different therapy areas. I’ve read somewhere that “Medical writing is both a science and an art as it requires an understanding in medical science and an aptitude for writing”. I couldn’t agree more and I feel so fortunate to live it every day.”

Georgia Bakirtzi, Medical Writer at Fishawack Communications


“I work in MedComms because I believe that by communicating sophisticated scientific concepts to medical and patient audiences we empower healthcare professionals to deliver clinical excellence to their patients, and patients to take control of their conditions and live their lives to the full. I have been working in MedComms for more than 10 years, and it never gets dull.”

Natalia Barkalina, Principal Medical Writer at integrated medhealth communication imc

“I work in MedComms so that I am always at the forefront of new therapeutic developments, fuelling my need to always learn and my passion for science. Although it isn’t without its challenges, I enjoy the creativity medical writing brings and that it allows me to combine aspects of my PhD, which I enjoyed the most, with the opportunity to work across a wide variety of different disease areas.”

Ailsa Bennett, Junior Medical Writer at Havas Lynx

“I work in MedComms because I get paid to continuously learn about subjects I am passionate about – what’s not to like?”

Stefanie Chuah, Editorial Lead (Asia) at AMICULUM

“I work in MedComms because no two days are the same! I love working on a variety of projects, within a fast-paced environment, where I need to use both my scientific expertise and interpersonal skills.”

Lisa Gallacher, Senior Medical Writer at Porterhouse Medical

“I work in MedComms as an intern across both the editorial and account management teams, which is great because it gives me experience of both project management and medical writing. At Porterhouse, they throw you straight into the deep end, but although things seem a little daunting at first, the support network here is amazing. I have already gained a great understanding of how an award-winning medical communications agency operates.”

Elliott Gray, Intern at Porterhouse Medical

“I work in MedComms because it allows me to use my creativity on a daily basis. Having come from a medical background, I found I can use my existing knowledge whilst I continue to develop new skills. The diversity of tasks means I am constantly learning!”

Catherine Hall-Jones, Associate Writer at NexGen Healthcare Communications

“I work in MedComms because it is dynamic, fast-paced and provides endless new challenges!”

Jill Harrison, Director at Bioscript Group

“I work in MedComms because I enjoy science and teamwork. Every day I get the opportunity to improve my scientific knowledge, across a broad spectrum of disease areas, and our team works (and plays) together to create a great environment in which to do this.”

Neil Harrison, Scientific Projects Leader at Adelphi Communications

“I work in MedComms because it allows me to be at the forefront of new scientific and medical innovations whilst developing my writing and communication skills.”

Sophie Hill, Associate Medical Writer at Acumed, Ashfield Healthcare Communications.

“I work in MedComms because I get to work across a variety of different project types and cutting edge therapies whilst experiencing first-hand the innovative ways that scientific research is presented. As my mother says “variety is the spice of life!”

Tom Hollingworth, Project Co-ordinator at Fishawack Communications

“I work in MedComms following an earlier career in Pharma R&D, because it provides a fulfilling role featuring continued scientific challenge coupled with exposure to an amazingly interesting broad range of disease treatments.”

Kevin Hudson, Associate Medical Writer at 2theNth, Adelphi Group

“I work in MedComms and… my brain hurts! If you want an easy life, don’t start a career in medical writing; if, by contrast, you’re motivated by diverse and interesting scientific, creative and strategic challenges, it might be right up your street. I’ve been in MedComms for over 12 years now and I love the fact that from Day 1 I’ve been learning new things. I can honestly say that my job has got more and more interesting every day as my career has progressed.”

Annette Keith, Scientific Director at Real Science Communications

“I work in MedComms because every day here gives us the opportunity to really challenge ourselves to go beyond what’s expected of us. We strive to deliver high quality work that combines science and creativity, and which will distinguish us while making a tangible difference. It can be an immensely rewarding field to work in.”

Fraser Macleod, Senior Medical Writer at Adelphi Communications

“I work in MedComms because I love learning about the new science and technology that is being developed all the time and because I enjoy working with our clients to come up with interesting ways of presenting and communicating their data and products.”

Catriona Marshall, Editorial Project Leader at Fishawack Communications

“I work in MedComms because I enjoy the variety of work and being able to apply science and creativity together in writing. It’s a very interesting career path to follow!”

Victoria McAnerney, Programme Executive at AXON

“I work in MedComms because I value the importance of scientific communication. Relaying innovative research in a way that is accessible to the wider healthcare community is something that can really drive peer-to-peer education and stimulate new schools of thinking. This is the aspect of this industry that excites me most.”

James McCary, Editorial Assistant/Junior Medical writer at AXON

“I work in MedComms and I love that my job allows me to grow as a writer whilst continually developing my knowledge of science and healthcare. It’s amazing to see the projects we work on as a team develop and have a positive impact on the lives of patients.”

Morgan McKenzie, Associate Medical Writer at Zoetic Science, Ashfield Healthcare Communications.

“I work in MedComms because it allows me to creatively combine my interest in science and language, meeting the challenge to communicate complex information via multiple channels in a clear and engaging manner. No two days are the same; from participating in face-to-face meetings with clients and experts, to bouncing ideas off colleagues, visualising a complex protocol as an appealing infographic, or decoding preclinical data and presenting them in a well-constructed narrative, the work environment is dynamic and motivating.”

Laura McMahon, Senior Medical Writer at CircleScience, Ashfield Healthcare Communications.

“I work in MedComms and I love that I can combine my love of writing and science into one unique job; utilising my scientific knowledge in a more creative setting than the lab.”

Georgie McManus, Junior Medical Writer at Havas Lynx

“I work in MedComms as a medical writer, which gives me the opportunity to work on a variety of challenging projects in different therapy areas, meet interesting people, and travel to meetings in different parts of the world.”

David McMinn, Medical Writer at Acumed, Ashfield Healthcare Communications

“I work in MedComms as I am passionate about science, however, I always knew a career in research was not for me. Working as an Associate Medical Writer allows me to continuously learn about cutting-edge science and work in an intellectually stimulating environment.”

Joseph Norvill, Associate Medical Writer at Bioscript Group

“I work in MedComms because I really enjoy using scientific knowledge in fresh and creative ways. Working on a variety of projects and therapy areas is intellectually stimulating and exciting. I particularly like that it is a fast paced environment with new challenges and ideas always keeping you busy!”

Lydia Oikonomides, Associate Medical Writer at integrated medhealth communication imc

“I work in MedComms because I love turning data into a story that’s engaging and accessible, but I had become frustrated by the daily grind of getting that data. I now use my talents outside of academia! I enjoy working in a fast-paced environment at the forefront of medical research, in which my DPhil is valued but the days of failed experiments are behind me.”

Madeleine Pope, Medical Writer at Porterhouse Medical

“I work in MedComms because I love science and it offers me the opportunity to work at the forefront of scientific research, keep learning about new developments in an array of therapy areas, and get to listen to some of the leaders in their field.”

Chrystelle Rasamison, Editorial Project Leader at Fishawack Communications

“I work in MedComms and this allows me to keep up with developments in science and medicine without being in the lab. After working on a single research project for 4 years, it is refreshing to now work across a wide range of therapy areas with lots of variety day to day. I also enjoy using my scientific knowledge in a more creative context.”

Kirsty Ratanji, Junior Medical Writer at Havas Lynx

“I work in MedComms, some days because it pays the bills and allows frequent tea breaks; but most of the time, I work in MedComms because I’m still a scientist at heart, and I love helping to communicate science that just might make a difference to people all over the world.”

Simon Rees, Editorial Project Leader at Fishawack Communications

“I work in MedComms because I wanted a career that would be diverse, challenging, and allow me to remain at the cutting edge of medical science. In just a short period of time I have had the opportunity to write a range of materials, work in a variety of therapy areas and attend international conferences. I’m excited to be working in a field where I am always learning and there is real scope for career progression.”

Natalie Roberts, Associate Medical Writer at Adelphi Communications

“I work in MedComms because the work is interesting and varied. There is a real mix of project types and you get to learn about a variety of therapy areas and work with leading physicians.”

Emma Robinson, Principal Writer at Comradis

“I work in MedComms because I’m interested in biomedical science and like writing about it, it’s a great application for my science and business education, and I enjoy a good puzzle (such as figuring out the best way to word something, or hunting through data tables for an elusive piece of information).”

Sushma Soni, Scientific Director at AMICULUM

“I work in MedComms because the continual advances in science and medicine mean that I am always learning – and the diversity in therapy areas means that no two days are ever the same!”
Rebecca Stearn, Medical Editor, Darwin Healthcare Communications

“I work in MedComms because I get to combine my love of science with my passion for communication!”

Claire Stoker, Medical Writer, Oxford PharmaGenesis

“I work in MedComms because it sits at the small overlap between science and creativity that is all-too-difficult to find, let alone get paid for.”

Ben Stutchbury, Junior Medical Writer at Havas Lynx

“I work in MedComms because it feeds my passion for science, while offering a well-defined career path.”

Kim Wager, Senior Medical Writer at Oxford PharmaGenesis

“I work in MedComms because I love the opportunity to work with some of the finest medical minds, to help to educate about rare diseases and because it allows me to exercise my mind on a daily basis. Working in MedComms has also allowed me to see the world and to work where I choose. It is a fantastic career.”

Keri Wellington, Scientific Director at AMICULUM

“I work in MedComms because it is NOT what it says on the tin. While you can choose to focus on publications in this job, I rarely work on manuscripts at all. Although my role is still high science, I am far more involved in strategic planning for drugs in development and also digital outputs such as infographics, slide presentations. I also work a lot in planning scientific meetings, particularly advisory boards where we seek feedback from global experts in a therapy area on the latest key topics – not only is it fascinating to be involved in such state of the art discussions but it also means I get to travel on a fairly regular basis.  No two days are the same with such a range of project types and therapy areas to work on in collaboration with so many types of people with completely different skillsets.”

Christopher Whittaker, Senior Medical Writer at Zoetic Science, Ashfield Healthcare Communications

“I work in MedComms because it is a privilege to collaborate with leaders in medicine, science and industry to help bring innovative medicines from the lab to the patients who need them.”

Chris Winchester, Managing Director at Oxford PharmaGenesis

“I work in MedComms because it is a great way to merge my clinical background as a nurse with my scientific background gained during my MSc and PhD. Being a Medical Writer allows me to do what I enjoy most (reading and writing science) while still using my research skills and clinical knowledge on a daily basis.”

Ciaran Wright, Medical Writer at Bioscript Group

“I work in MedComms having just finished my PhD, it was quite the change from academia to medical writing! Although I only started two weeks ago, I have already started preparing slide decks, interacting with clients, and I am currently writing my first primary manuscript! I like that I am still involved in medical research, but now I get to work on multiple therapy areas in a fast-paced, creative job with clear career progression.”

Muchaala Yeboah, Associate Medical Writer at Bioscript Group

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