I work in MedComms…

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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)

“I work in MedComms because I could not think of a more fulfilling career that enables you to see first-hand the potential impact of the pharmaceutical industry on improving patient-related healthcare and quality of life. This role is fast paced and challenging but certainly rewarding and I would recommend it to anyone passionate about effective communication, writing and science!”

Emily Bailey, Associate Medical Writer at Envision Pharma Group

“I work in MedComms because it’s a challenging and rewarding career! It drives me to advance my medical science knowledge, effectively communicate complex information and improve patients’ lives.”

Richard Barry, Senior Medical Writer at Lucid Group

“I work in MedComms because I had no idea what I was getting into. I first heard of MedComms when I started working in the industry as an intern, I soon realised it was an integral link in the relationship between healthcare, clinicians and patients. Assisting in the timely and accurate sharing of information which can help shape and evolve the therapy areas we work in, while managing the intricately complex world of compliance, is a greatly rewarding vocation.”

Charlotte Bell, Publications Executive at Cello Health Communications

“I work in MedComms because I wanted a career where I could use my skills to help people.”

Robyn Bradbury, Associate Medical Writer at Adelphi Communications

“I work in MedComms because it allows me to use my creativity and passion for science to engage audiences and improve lives.”

Katie Buxton, Allegro Associate Medical Writer at Ashfield Healthcare Communications

“I work in MedComms because I love the variety of subjects and working across lots of disease areas with a wide range of outputs. I enjoy communicating science, including tailoring the outputs to the audience by taking on large amounts of information and carefully filtering it so it suits the reader’s knowledge base. Plus, I enjoy the flexibility of being able to work anywhere, at any time (this is key for me!).”

Erica Cave, Senior Medical Writer at Porterhouse Medical

“I work in MedComms because the grass is greener here. I was languishing in a career in tech while my friends who worked in MedComms were still passionately engaged years after joining the industry. Now that I’m on board I understand why: the environment is fast-paced, dynamic, and I learn something new every day.”

Ed Childs, Associate Medical Writer at Adelphi Communications

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

Stefanie Chuah at AMICULUM Asia

“I work in MedComms because, after 8 years in the lab, I wanted a role where I could maintain my involvement in science without my life being determined by the vagaries of the peer-review system. I get to stay abreast of the latest scientific and clinical research whilst engaging my creative side and, best of all, no pipetting!”

George Damoulakis, Senior Medical Writer at Elements Communications

“I work in MedComms because I love science and I love learning about new scientific discoveries. I have always been interested in studying and understanding human disorders and now I have the opportunity to learn about a wide range of diseases and treatments.”

Eliana D’Araio, Medical Writer at mXm Medical Communications

“I work in MedComms because I enjoy the combination of creativity and science, helping to communicate sometimes difficult concepts, the opportunity to always be learning and the variety – it’s rare to have such a thing as a ‘typical day’!”

Sarah Davies, Senior Medical Writer at Nucleus Global

“I work in MedComms because I am passionate about science and about writing, and I enjoy working on such a variety of projects.”

Christian Eichinger, Senior Consultant at PharmaGenesis London

“I work in MedComms because I love that I can still be deeply connected to science without being in academia. My work is diverse and interesting; it sparks creativity and I am learning about new things every day! With an amazing support network and training sessions here at Nucleus Global, I can grow and achieve both on a professional and personal level.”

Jamy Feng, Medical Writer at Nucleus Global

“I work in MedComs, because after completing two amazing post-doctoral research positions, I realised I was no closer to a permanent job but never wanted to turn my back on science, or my love of problem solving. In Medcoms I get to learn something new about medical science almost every day and my clients always have problems for me to solve. I still get to work with a bunch of brilliant nerds but my job isn’t going to be lost to me if a project is ‘scooped’ and I have enough flexi-time to be a top class mum.”

Hannah Fichelson, Scientific Director at Nucleus Global

“I work in MedComms because it provides the perfect blend of detailed scientific insight and creative flair. I enjoy the fact that I can combine complex scientific concepts with fresh creative ideas, bringing innovative and valuable programmes to clients and patients alike.”

Jason Foreman, Associate Medical Writer at Lucid Group

“I work in MedComms because it allows me to learn more about current, real-world challenges that the healthcare industry faces. I am excited to continue work in this field because the work I do is always interesting to me and varied from day-to-day.”

Alex Fower, Publications Assistant at Cello Health Communications

“I work in MedComms because I love science and have a passion to write about it. In a world where we are more connected than ever, effective medical communication is essential, and it is rewarding to think my work can contribute to that.”

Mel Francis, Allegro Associate Medical Writer at Ashfield Healthcare Communications

“I work in MedComms because I love the fast-paced, diverse and challenging environment that MedComms offers. I have enjoyed learning about new therapy areas and working closely with experts in these fields on a range of materials. I find the day-to-day work interesting and varied, and I am able to be innovative and creative in my role as a senior medical writer.”

Rebecca Furmston, Senior Medical Writer at CMC, a McCann Health Company

“I work in MedComms because my job is challenging, diverse and fast paced, with numerous opportunities for personal development and career progression. At Porterhouse Medical, we have a great team of people who make work enjoyable.”

Lisa Gallacher, Senior Medical Writer at Porterhouse Medical

“I work in MedComms because I enjoy the challenge of translating complex scientific data into clear, impactful messages that can directly influence patient treatment and prognosis.”

Paul Glacken, Allegro Associate Medical Writer at Ashfield Healthcare Communications

“I work in MedComms because I enjoy the variety of projects and types of tasks, the people I work with and the flexibility of the role.”

Gillian Hancey, Senior Medical Writer at Porterhouse Medical

“I work in MedComms because it combines my personal interest of understanding the newest, most promising developments within medical science, whilst allowing me to communicate this innovation effectively to the audiences that need it most.”

Danny Hawker, Allegro Associate Medical Writer at Ashfield Healthcare Communications

“I work in MedComms because I love the challenge of learning about diverse diseases and the approaches taken to find new treatments. I also love communicating data about products that will make a real difference to patients’ lives.”

Helen Heffron, Medical Writer at InterComm International

“As Medical Editors, we like that we don’t need a scientific background to be able to enjoy the variety and challenges that MedComms brings to us, yet our careers that started in publishing, marketing, literature and translation provide a solid platform from which to progress in this field.”

Elizabeth Jennings, Editorial Manager at HealthCare21 Communications

“I work in MedComms because I am able to be involved in medical innovations and the latest science while not being lab-based anymore! I love the variety of projects and that these span across different therapy areas, which means I am constantly being challenged and developing new skills. MedComms also allows my creative side to come out and play!”

Zoe Kelly, Medical Writer at InterComm International

“I work in MedComms because I feel I make a difference to healthcare, always looking for new ways to communicate evidence to decision-makers, and I thoroughly enjoy working in an industry of smart, interesting people.”

Tim Koder, Communications Director at Oxford PharmaGenesis

“I work in MedComms because I love making science make sense. I work with amazing inspiring people on exciting cutting-edge research, I learn something new every day and I know that my work helps to improve people’s health – it is very rewarding.”

Katerina Kumpan, Medical Writer at Caudex, a McCann Health Company

“I work in MedComms because education is at the core of the work we do, from raising awareness of little known diseases to supporting the approval of new medicines and driving access to new therapies. This is incredibly exciting as education empowers people and is always the impetus for change and consequently improving lives.”

Lisa Langley, Senior Medical Writer at AXON

“I work in MedComms because it gives me the chance to apply my scientific background to a more creative and diverse role. There is great variety in the therapy areas I work on and clients I am involved with. Furthermore, you will rarely perform the same type of work on a day-to-day basis.”

Jurgen Lika, Associate Medical Writer at integrated medhealth communication (imc)

“I work in MedComms because it combines my interest in medical research with my love of writing. Scientific concepts can often be confusing, and I believe it is important to make them clear and accessible so that informed decisions can be made. Working as a medical writer allows me to do this.”

Sean Littlewood, Medical Writer at inScience Communications

“I work in Medcomms because I have a passion about communicating science. Every day I’m able to work on innovative projects that help cutting-edge medical evidence reach the right people in a way that means something to them. It might even change the way they act or the way they think. Working in a team of like-minded, creative and similarly passionate people is a real motivator. I’m constantly learning from others and challenging myself to keep things fresh – and after 20 years there is no sign that this will stop!”

Carol Mason, Associate Editorial Director at Nucleus Global

“I work in MedComms because every day is different! When I started as a medical writer after my PhD, I never thought that I would be in the same industry almost 10 years later. I feel fortunate that my job allows me to continue to use my scientific mind, learn, travel, meet new people and work with a great team.”

Anisha Mehra, Head of Scientific Services at Cello Health Communications

“I work in MedComms because it’s an awesome job. I learn something new every day; I work on different projects from week to week, and I get to be creative and have fun in all sorts of ways. There are not many roles out there that provide this level of variety, and I would go as far as to say that this is my dream job.”

Liz Meredith, Senior Medical Writer at Nucleus Global

“I work in MedComms because I fell into it rather by accident! Long after an English and History degree, I took the MPhil in publishing studies at Stirling, and my first real ‘break’ happened to be in medical publishing. At the start, I was far from sure my face would fit; but more than 20 years later, I think it looks as if it did. I still haven’t got a clue what erythropoietin is, but by gosh, I know how to spell it!”

David Morgan, Copy Editor at Nucleus Global

“I work in MedComms and love that no 2 days are the same. As a medical writer, I have the challenge of turning complex scientific data into clear and concise communications for a range of audiences. The knowledge that, as a team, we produce materials that can impact the lives of patients, is extremely rewarding.”

Hayley Mukherjee, Senior Medical Writer at Fishawack Communications

“I work in MedComms and no 2 days are the same; the publication types and the therapy areas vary from project to project. I am always learning, never bored and free to use my creativity to communicate scientific information to many different audiences. It’s challenging, entertaining and very rewarding.”

Emma Mycroft, Medical Writer at Helios Medical Communications

“I work in MedComms because it is a varied, flexible and rewarding career that provides an opportunity to be involved with the latest medical research. Working through the challenges that arise when communicating complex data to various audiences is very satisfying and I like that it requires both a scientific and creative way of thinking.”

Louise Niven, Principal Medical Writer at Aspire Scientific

“I work in MedComms because I love learning. Even though no longer in the lab, I can keep up-to-date with the latest developments in science and clinical research, while the variety keeps work interesting.”

Leigh O’Connor, Medical Writer at Fishawack Communications

“I work in MedComms, having recently completed my PhD. I was looking for a career where I could combine my love for science, creativity and communication, began working in MedComms 3 weeks ago and have already had the opportunity to work on a variety of projects in a number of different therapy areas! As an associate medical writer, I am continuously learning and have a huge support network of highly experienced peers around me to help me learn along the way. After a 3-year PhD working on a single research project, it is really refreshing to learn new things every day and to work with a range of clients in multiple therapy areas. Already the job is highly rewarding, and with great career progression I know I’m in the right career for me!”

Jodie Penney, Associate Medical Writer at Helios Medical Communications

“I work in MedComms because I am passionate about science and how it can provide significant benefits to people’s health and quality of life. I enjoy working to communicate clinical data accurately and effectively, and I am fortunate enough to do this alongside colleagues who are supportive, enthusiastic and consistently deliver to high standards. The opportunities for skills development and career progression have confirmed to me that my decision to move away from academia and into MedComms was an incredibly positive step.”

David Pertab, Associate Medical Writer at CMC, a McCann Health Company

“I work in MedComms because it suits my skillset, and like most people, I enjoy doing what I’m good at!”

Katie Pillidge, Senior Medical Writer at PharmaGenesis London

“I work in MedComms because it allows me to continue learning and to use my science knowledge to develop innovative and valued programmes in numerous therapy areas (no 2 days are the same!).”

Claire Price, Senior Medical Writer at Vivid MedComms (part of Lucid Group)

“I work in MedComms because of a range of reasons. I like science. I like words. I like the intelligent people I work with and the creative solutions that we come up with as a team. But most of all, I work in MedComms because I want to make a difference. My work ultimately helps to improve people’s lives, and that’s a great feeling to have at the end of every working day.”

Joanne Redfern, Senior Medical Writer at InterComm International

“I work in MedComms because in my role as a clinical hospital pharmacist I felt that there was a lack of communication in healthcare – from inside the multidisciplinary team and the access to exceptional educational material, to the continuity in a patient’s journey through the healthcare system. MedComms allows me to support initiatives that help to bridge these gaps in innovative, creative ways, while remaining at the cutting edge of medicine.”

Amelia Reed, Associate Medical Writer at HealthCare21 Communications

“I work in MedComms because it is an intellectually stimulating environment that allows me to use and expand my clinical and scientific knowledge. MedComms offers PhD graduates and post-docs a highly rewarding career with a clearly defined progression – I’m glad I took the leap from academia to medical writing!”

Khalida Rizi, Medical Writer at mXm Medical Communications

“I work in MedComms and I enjoy the fast-paced environment. Every day presents a different challenge and the opportunity to learn something new.”

Natalie Roberts, Medical Writer at Adelphi Communications

“I work in MedComms because it allows me to learn about and communicate the most up-to-date scientific data. The audiences and outputs are always varied so no two projects are the same, making every day unique and interesting.”

Ellen Robertshaw, Medical Writer at AXON

“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 at Comradis, an AMICULUM agency

“I work in MedComms because I get paid to be at the forefront of medical advancements and support the pharmaceutical industry in improving patients’ lives.”

Vicky Sherwood, Associate Medical Writer at Envision Pharma Group

“I work in MedComms because while I was writing my thesis the thought of returning to the lab was unappealing, but writing about science – that seemed alright! As a medical writer, I am involved in the large-scale distribution of world-class research that often has a direct impact on people’s lives. MedComms fulfils my desire to learn about new, interesting therapies and to deliver that information in a much more creative environment than that of academia.”

Daniel Smalley, Associate Medical Writer at HealthCare21 Communications

“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 at AMICULUM USA

“I work in MedComms because I believe that the value in medical research is realised through accurate and effective communication.”

Victoria Steele, Allegro Associate Medical Writer at Ashfield Healthcare Communications

“I work in MedComms because I enjoy being able to develop my understanding of new innovations, while getting to engage with a diverse array of people as part of it. Additionally, I enjoy the good progression in responsibilities and opportunities that come as part of my development.”

Peter Tran, Associate Medical Writer at Adelphi Communications

“I work in MedComms because it offers a rare opportunity to work at the cutting edge of scientific discovery in multiple therapy areas while also allowing me to exercise the creative part of my brain on a daily basis.”

Chris Watson, Editorial Manager at mXm Medical Communications

“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 at AMICULUM New Zealand

“I work in MedComms and have found it to be a great way to use the knowledge and skills I learnt during my PhD in an engaging, enjoyable and meaningful way.”

Stephen Whiting, Medical Writer at Adelphi Communications

“I work in MedComms because scientific discovery without communication is merely a good idea.”

Emma Winter, Allegro Associate Medical Writer at Ashfield Healthcare Communications

“I work in MedComms because of the variety of work, the chance to develop my scientific knowledge in a wide range of therapy areas and the opportunity to work on multiple types of projects. In my time as an associate medical writer, I have worked on publications, slide decks, an interactive pdf and congress deliverables, to name but a few! It is an exciting career which allows you to develop your scientific expertise and work in a dynamic environment with a different challenge for every day.”

Louise Wright, Medical Writer at Adelphi Communications

“After working as a doctor for 15 years, I changed to a career in MedComms. I enjoy the varied, stimulating work, and that my previous career enables me to make a real difference to my colleagues, as well as clients, in this field. I enjoy working in an environment which continues to challenge me, while being incredibly supportive and friendly at the same time.”

Beth Wynne-Evans, Associate Medical Writer at Porterhouse Medical

 

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