I work in MedComms…

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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

I work in MedComms because there is a real variety of project types, which are interesting, current and inspiring, and therefore I’m constantly learning something new. Each day is full of exciting challenges, and even after 15 years, one day has never been the same as the previous. Working across different therapy areas also means you learn about new advances in science, which can make a real difference to patient lives; this makes me proud to work in MedComms.

Clare Bibby at Delta Kn, an AMICULUM agency

I work in MedComms because it is varied, challenging and rewarding. Every day is different so it never gets boring, and seeing a project come together successfully after a cohesive team effort is very satisfying. There is also a great ‘team spirit’ in MedComms, particularly during busy peaks, which makes the of ce a friendly and enjoyable place to be.

Maria Bickerton, Senior Account Manager at Ashfield Healthcare Communications

I work in MedComms because this career allows me to use skills that I have acquired from a range of different working environments, whilst making use of my university degrees. I am passionate about the importance of scientific discoveries; each day I am involved in projects that have the potential to change healthcare treatments as we currently know them! I also thrive in a fast-paced, high- pressured, but rewarding work environment – with plenty of opportunity to develop and have fun!

Alice Blackler, Account Executive at Real Science Communications

I work in MedComms as a programme manager and it is the best decision I have ever made. I love the versatility my job offers me; I am constantly on the go, constantly learning and developing and no 2 days are the same. I get the opportunity to work with world-leading pharmaceutical companies, and experts at the forefront of their field, whilst putting the project management, communication (and multi-tasking!) skills I developed during my chemistry PhD into good use. I feel very privileged to have a job which fulfils all these different aspects.

Lorna Bosdet, Programme Manager at Wave Healthcare

I work in MedComms as it’s a fast-paced, ever changing, challenging industry that makes a meaningful difference to people’s lives. Working in Client Services allows me to utilise my life science degree, project management and strategic planning skills. No 2 days will ever be the same, you get to work across a wide range of disease areas, a variety of projects and work with some fantastic people.

Russell Broome, Senior Account Manager at Complete HealthVizion, a McCann Health Agency

I work in MedComms and the role of a senior account executive at Porterhouse Medical is varied and challenging; as you are client-facing, you must be a con dent communicator and good at juggling many tasks at once. My role is fast-paced, and I took on responsibility very quickly and felt ownership over my projects within the rst month. However, having to learn so rapidly was not easy and required determination and grit. Now, over a year in, I feel like a valued member of the team, I have been promoted and have worked at many on-site events around Europe. I am still learning so much; the medical communications industry is complex, with many rules, regulations and processes, but for someone like me who thrives in a challenging environment, working in this industry is the perfect job.

Nina Bull, Senior Account Executive at Porterhouse Medical

I work in MedComms because it combines scientific knowledge with creativity, has enormous diversity of projects, and can span multiple disease areas. It’s a growing industry, with great opportunities to develop and try your hand at new skills – from managing projects through to medical writing and instructional design.

Jenny Cann at Delta Kn, an AMICULUM agency

I work in MedComms and it provides me with a varied and rewarding experience, working alongside exceptional people who are driven to improve healthcare.

Melanie Chisholm, Account Manager at HealthCare21

I work in MedComms because I found working in a commercial laboratory monotonous and mechanical. I wanted a career that I was engaged with and love the diversity of my job. No two projects are the same and the therapeutic areas differ. I continue to learn with each event, enjoy having client-facing role and being able to develop my interpersonal skills.

Lily Clague, Account Executive at mXm Medical Communications

I work in MedComms because, despite not having a scientific background, I can contribute to initiatives that have a positive impact on patients’ lives by supporting our clients with effective project management. I like to think of it as an office job with good karma.

Oliver Cole, Project Manager at Oxford PharmaGenesis

I work in MedComms because it’s great! Like many others who studied a science-based degree I wanted to stay close to science but didn’t want to be in a lab. MedComms is the perfect medium and I get exposed to a huge variety of therapeutic areas, people, information and amazingness every day.

Joe Dickson, Senior Account Executive at Real Science Communications

I work in MedComms because I want to make a difference through science. MedComms certainly isn’t dull, there is so much variety and creativity in what we do, and every day I am learning something new and facing different challenges. There is something very satisfying about knowing the projects that we work on can help to change people’s lives for the better.”

Annabel Gammon, Senior Account Executive at InterComm

I work in MedComms because there’s something quite magical about using the perfect mix of science and art to create transformative medical communication programmes that improve health outcomes for patients.

Laura Gaskell, Senior Account Director at Lucid Group

I work in MedComms because every day is different! If you love a challenge, working with different people and want a chance to be involved in science outside of the lab, Medcomms is something you should try. Having worked in Medcomms for 5 years I can honestly say that you will never be bored – you will meet lots of new people, get in touch with your creative side and learn a lot in a short space of time.

Samantha Gelsthorpe, Senior Account Manager at InterComm

I work in MedComms as it allows me to combine my passion for science with my passion for people. It allows me to be at the forefront of life-changing therapies and there is nothing more rewarding than knowing you are improving lives.

Suha Ghandour, Project Assistant at Ashfield Healthcare Communications

I work in MedComms and I love that no 2 days are the same. You really could not ask for a job with more variety than that of an account handler in medical communications – working with different people both internally and externally, learning new skills, completing diverse projects across therapy areas and travelling to many places across the world. It’s a tough job and I wouldn’t say it’s a 9–5, but the reward of an enriching career with tonnes of opportunity for progression is well worth the effort.

Tori Goodger, Senior Account Manager at Real Science Communications

I work in MedComms because it allows me to continue to pursue my passion for science outside of the lab! I love working as part of such a dynamic, talented team and the comradery that comes with this. Your role never stands still and we are always pushing ourselves to deliver novel and innovative solutions for our client partners. I learn something new every day – amazing!

Kathryn Gray, Client Solutions at Envision Pharma Group

I work in MedComms because I enjoy working alongside intelligent professionals who have a genuine desire to improve healthcare for the benefit of all.

Ben Greeves, Director at InterComm

I work in MedComms because you are exposed to a wide variety of projects and you continue to learn something new with each one.

Laura Heaney, Account Manager at Prime Global

I work in MedComms because it enables me to support the activities of experts and clients at the forefront of science to advance patient care.

Nicola Hewlins, Account Director at HealthCare21

I work in MedComms because I am passionate about making science accessible. As an account manager I oversee a variety of projects designed to communicate data and key messages to varying audiences. From helping patients gain a better understanding of a disease area, to supporting pharmaceutical companies to develop cascading medical and publication plans. Honestly, no 2 days are the same and I relish the challenges that working in this industry brings.

Betty Hillhouse at Mudskipper, an AMICULUM agency

I work in MedComms because I was keen to take on a new challenge, and I now have the pleasure of working with a fantastic team and each day brings new opportunities and experiences!

Isha Humphrey, Senior Account Executive at Elements Communications

I work in MedComms as it is very rewarding to know the work I do is ultimately helping patients. I like that there is a great sense of teamwork both internally and with the client. Everyday can bring a new challenge and a new problem to solve, which I love!

Lauren Idnani-Powdrill, Account Manager at Ashfield Healthcare Communications

I work in MedComms because it’s nice to be in an environment where you feel like you are helping to make a difference. Despite being quite far down the chain, I enjoy that what looks like a ‘day job’ to some, can mean a world of difference to someone who is suffering further down the line.

Harriet King, Client Solutions at Envision Pharma Group

I work in MedComms as an account manager but initially started out on the editorial side. After 2 years I decided to switch over to the client service side of MedComms, and I enjoy continuing to learn daily about diseases and new treatments – without having to get into hard core data crunching!

Rachel Lafbery, Account Manager at Virgo Health Education

I work in MedComms because of the variety – no day is the same. One day we may need to travel to support an advisory board and the next we may be preparing for the submission of a manuscript.

Laura Mackey, Associate Client Services Manager at Adelphi Communications

I work in MedComms because I get to work on diverse projects, raise disease awareness, and educate people on the newest developments in a wide range of therapy areas. I get to use my organisation and interpersonal skills, and stay close to science without having to be in the lab.

Sophia Makki, Account Executive at integrated medhealth communication (imc)

I work in MedComms because I enjoy working alongside medical writers, designers, editors and account managers to help to achieve our clients’ strategic goals on time and within budget.

Erin Mallegol, Project Manager at Oxford PharmaGenesis

I work in MedComms because I enjoy the diversity of the projects and the clients we work with – you can guarantee that no 2 days will be the same, plus the feeling of knowing that what you do on a daily basis has a positive effect on other people’s lives is priceless. An additional bonus is also on occasions you get to see the world.

Kate Marshall, Account Manager at Ashfield Healthcare Communications

I work in MedComms because I love the fast pace and varied workload. No 2 days are ever the same and you get to tackle different challenges and work with such a wide variety of people, from global medical experts to financial accountants to creative agencies.

Clio Maynard, Client Services Manager at Adelphi Communications

I work in MedComms providing support to my client to help raise awareness of their drug, everything from advisory boards and symposia at congresses to organising logistics onsite, being seen as their partner to bring success to their drug.

Sara Mellor, Account Manager at Paragon, a Prime Global agency

I work in MedComms purely by chance, but I love it. The innovation going on, and the evolving communication strategies needed in a fast-paced therapy area provide a wealth of exciting programs for a project manager to coordinate with the rest of the team.

Tom Middlebrook, Senior Project Manager at Fishawack Communications

I work in MedComms at Porterhouse Medical. I love the amazing company culture, the global travel and the engaging work with real impact.

Tom Murray, Account Manager at Porterhouse Medical

I work in MedComms because I get to use my social and interactive skills whilst improving on the scientific knowledge I learnt at university. It’s great to be able to work in an environment where you are learning about new drugs and their therapy areas, as well as helping Pharma companies to convey their message to a specialised audience. I enjoy working in MedComms because you feel like your work is appreciated by clients and also your team, and that’s something I find very rewarding.

Goldie Osei, Account Executive at mXm Medical Communications

I work in MedComms, which has allowed me to travel to international medical congresses and communicate exciting scientific breakthroughs!

Sarah Owen, Senior Account Executive at HealthCare21

I work in MedComms because I love the fast-paced environment and the variety of projects in which I can get involved. I also find it incredibly rewarding to be able to be part of a team working on projects that have a real impact on people’s lives.

Maica Pons, Senior Account Manager at Lucid Group

I work in MedComms as it is great to know the work I do is ultimately helping healthcare professionals to make more informed treatment decisions, which greatly impacts patient’s quality of life. Knowing that my day-to-day work can have such a positive impact on people’s lives really helps me to get out of bed on a morning. Every day is never the same and new challenges are always around the corner so it never gets boring!

Matthew Smith-Andrews, Account Manager at Ashfield Healthcare Communications

I work in MedComms because on a day-to-day basis I enjoy providing the support to clients to achieve their objectives. On a bigger scale, it’s exciting and fulfilling to know that our work contributes to the healthcare industry and patient experience. It’s great to be able to share a client’s situation, build a relationship with them, feel challenged (in a good way!), and apply different perspectives to achieve the best solution for them. A job within MedComms offers a lot of variety and opportunity to adapt as you build your career.

Kathryn Sparrow, Account Director at InterComm

I work in MedComms because no 2 days are the same. As an account director I love leading a team to plan and deliver projects for our clients, and often that involves overcoming a number of barriers and challenges along the way to ensure that the client’s objectives will be achieved and the project will add value to patient care. MedComms offers the opportunity to work on such a large variety of projects and therapy areas and I love the fact that, day to day, I am continually learning new things and developing new skills.

Nicholas Spence, Account Director at NexGen Healthcare Communications

I work in MedComms because I enjoy the highly engaging environment, the variety of projects, and the opportunity to continuously increase my scientific knowledge whilst in a creative atmosphere.

Hayley Tasker, Senior Account Executive at InterComm

I work in MedComms as no 2 days (or even 2 hours!) are the same – it is faced-paced, dynamic and challenging. It gives you enormous scope for development and growth, building team and client relationships and helping to deliver a variety of projects across a variety of media (publications, meetings, medical education, digital etc etc!).

Victoria Taylor, Senior Client Services Manager at Adelphi Communications

I work in MedComms because I love the variety of work and being able to work as a team, as well as the opportunities to travel and attend interesting meetings.

Rebecca Thomas, Senior Account Executive at Porterhouse Medical

I work in MedComms because every day is different, there is always a new challenge and I am constantly kept on my toes, there is never a dull moment – and I love that!

Lauren Townson, Project Manager at Oxford PharmaGenesis

I work in MedComms because I wanted to use the skills and scientific knowledge I had developed during my degree outside of the lab environment. During my time in this industry, I have worked across a number of diverse projects, which each had their own challenges and provided opportunities to develop my skills and knowledge further.

Emily Tracy, Account Executive at Porterhouse Medical

I work in MedComms because it gives me great satisfaction to work in a sector that directly impacts upon the health and wellbeing of individuals and you feel like you’re making a difference in your day-to-day job. Coming from a non-scientific background, it provides an opportunity to learn about scientific and medical advances which I would otherwise not be exposed to. Job satisfaction for me is helping clients achieve their objectives and then seeing those projects come to life.

Nicola Turner, Account Manager at Ashfield Healthcare Communications

I work in MedComms because no 2 days are the same. As an account manager, my work is varied and wide ranging. I can be doing anything from resourcing to roundtables, symposia to stand-alones, timelines to tactical planning. I enjoy working in an agency environment, as part of a wider team of professionals, supporting clients to achieve their objectives. The work is interesting and expands my scientific knowledge on a daily basis.

Jill Ware at Mudskipper, an AMICULUM agency

I work in MedComms because I love the variety and challenges it brings, as well as the opportunity we have to improve patients’ lives.

Jenny Warren, Senior Account Manager at Lucid Group

I work in MedComms because I want to make a difference. Illness and disease affect everyone in some way and at some time. Whilst I am not a researcher, a doctor or a scientist, I help deliver important and sometimes life-changing messages to healthcare professionals who can directly impact patients’ lives.

Shelley Will, Senior Project Manager at Fishawack Facilitate

I work in MedComms because every day is different, there isn’t a day goes by where I don’t learn something new and exciting that helps me continuously build strong working relationships with our clients. It’s a fast-paced environment with new challenges and there is always the opportunity to work on a variety of projects!

Lyndsey Willsher, Account Executive at Ashfield Healthcare Communications

I work in MedComms because of the passionate and committed people who never forget that the little things they do each day make a big difference. The nature of the industry means we’re facing new challenges every day, and the way we tackle these by pulling together as a team makes coming to work each day really enjoyable.

Beth Wise, Project Assistant at Ashfield Healthcare Communications

I work in MedComms because it is a dynamic and diverse world that offers exposure to a variety of different project types. Despite only recently graduating from university, the supportive team here at mXm Medical Communications has welcomed me with open arms. Meeting the needs of pharmaceutical professions and helping contribute to the education of specific target audiences on innovative therapies has been rewarding, especially within such a friendly and highly professional working environment. I think MedComms should definitely advertise more to creative, science- based graduates who are too often unaware of alternative career options other than those based in laboratories and academia.

Alice Wood, Account Executive at mXm Medical Communications

I work in MedComms because it allows me to work across a variety of projects and international accounts, all focused on developing innovative programmes to improve patient outcomes.

Emma Woollhead, Account Manager at Vivid MedComms, part of Lucid Group

I work in MedComms because I enjoy being involved in developing compelling stories to help people understand research. I thoroughly enjoy the fast-paced nature of the work, and getting the chance to develop relationships with colleagues and clients from all over the world. Of course, the travel is a bonus too!

Victoria Wright at 7.4, an AMICULUM agency

I work in MedComms because it combines my scientific, project management and communications skills all into one really interesting and varied role. I hope that what we do makes a real difference to the wider community.

Alison Young, Project Manager at Oxford PharmaGenesis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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