I work in MedCommms…

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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 2019)  we invited people working in account management positions in MedComms to tell us why they are doing so….

I work in MedComms as a VP of client services leading one of our agencies. This role has given me the opportunity to work closely with an extensive range of gifted people – global healthcare professionals, patient groups, a broad range of clients in different therapy areas, and talented in-house individuals from inside our agency and across our wider business – which makes me feel very privileged. All of us working together at the forefront of medical advances make a real difference to patient lives. Agency life is fun, fast-paced, interesting and dynamic. No day is ever the same, every day brings us new challenges to find solutions for and there is always something exciting just around the corner. I started my career with Ashfield over 13 years ago in the sales side of our business as a trainee and have never looked back. Throughout this time I have been given many opportunities, undertaking a wide variety of commercial roles across the UK and in the USA, which have strengthened and grown my skill set, continually progressing my career, and for which I am extremely grateful.

Anna Bayley, VP Client Services at Ashfield Healthcare Communications

I work in MedComms because MedComms found me! Coming from a non-scientific background, this industry was completely unknown to me before I joined 8 years ago – luckily for me, a fluke opportunity has turned into a now well-established client solutions career that just keeps on giving. My role allows me to use my skills in project and people management, creative thinking and adult learning in a fast-paced and high-science setting. I’m fortunate to be surrounded by colleagues who inspire, encourage and challenge me on an almost daily basis, in a company that champions innovation and individuality.

Alexandra Beard, Client Solutions at Envision Pharma Group

I work in MedComms as an account coordinator. The responsibilities you are given are a great way of gaining experience and really helpful should you wish to progress further up the chain of command. Being on the accounts team allows you to get a vast insight into the different projects and clients MedComms has to offer.

Mohammed Saleh Bham, Account Coordinator at integrated medhealth communication (imc)

I work in MedComms because it provides me with the opportunity to make a difference to patient life in an ‘unconventional’ way, improving patient outcomes and clinical practice. I love how my job role adapts with current medical research; it’s fast-paced, varied and allows you to explore different therapy areas and continue to learn.

Hollie Brissenden, Account Coordinator at integrated medhealth communication (imc)

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 and a variety of projects, and work with some fantastic people.

Russell Broome, Account Director at Complete HealthVizion

I work in MedComms because it is a challenging and diverse environment that is striving to make a difference. From a client services perspective MedComms provides plenty of opportunities to work on various projects ranging from publications to digital projects, and even large events such as standalone meetings. This breadth of opportunity has allowed me to gain essential experience in project management and developing client relationships.

Olivia Callander, Account Coordinator at Complete Medical Communications

I work in MedComms as part of Virgo Health’s Medical Education team. My role allows me to use my background in scientific research in a dynamic and ever-changing working environment. The work we do has the potential to disseminate important scientific advances to the wider medical community and ultimately help improve the lives of patients across many different therapeutic areas. The opportunity to work with leading global experts at the cutting edge of scientific research is one of the most enjoyable aspects of a career in MedComms.

Farah Dalwai, Senior Scientific Team Leader at Virgo Health

I work in MedComms and have done for the last 7.5 years, because not only have I learnt a huge amount, I have also carved out a career for myself, made some lifelong friends and travelled the world. I started as a project assistant within ACUMED and I have now been working as an account director for ~2 years. I love working with different clients, working with my team and delivering successful projects!

Faye Eason, Account Director at Ashfield Healthcare Communications

I work in MedComms and I love that my job allows me to work across a range of different areas that I am passionate about…. I get to be a part of developing strategies with our scientific team, think up creative ideas with our studio team and my guilty pleasure… finances! I’m usually working on projects that are new to me and a lot of the time, new to the whole team – encouraging us to think innovatively and have fun with it! It also means that I am learning something new every day.

Laura Gill, Client Solutions at Envision Pharma Group

I work in MedComms because it challenges and rewards me in equal measure. Most importantly we make a real difference to people’s lives. Delivering novel solutions in a variety of ways provides great satisfaction, and the industry offers huge variety. You also have the opportunity to work with, and learn from, immensely talented people, which makes the industry one of the best to be in!

Emily Gleeson, Senior Account Director at Lucid Group

I work in MedComms because I find it motivating to work in such a diverse and constantly evolving industry. No 2 days or projects are the same, and you get to work with many different people all over the world. There is always something new to learn, and it is very rewarding knowing you are working on projects that will make a real difference to people’s lives.

Fiona Godwin, Account Manager at InterComm International

I work in MedComms as an account executive for Porterhouse Medical, having completed an internship with the agency. I love applying my scientific background in a client-facing role, working on a variety of different project types and travelling around the globe. Each day brings different challenges, which keeps work interesting and varied. Through MedComms, I’ve made life-long friends!

Elliott Gray, Account Executive at Porterhouse Medical

I work in MedComms because it brings me variety and challenges me on a daily basis. The job is busy – intense at times – but extremely rewarding. I’m proud to work in an industry that is close to cutting-edge science and most importantly changes lives.

Anna Hamilton, Account Director at Lucid Group

I work in MedComms because the industry is fast-paced, diverse and has plenty of opportunities to grow and stretch your creative muscles.

Kim Hann, Account Director at integrated medhealth communication (imc)

I work in MedComms because I enjoy the fast-paced and varied nature of the work – as a result, days, weeks and months fly by so quickly! You also get to work alongside talented people with different skillsets to deliver exciting programmes of work, which together makes for a highly stimulating and rewarding working environment.

David Harvey, Senior Scientific Project Leader at Helios Medical Communications

I work in MedComms because I love the variety and challenges it provides; no two days are ever the same and I am constantly learning. I also really like the ‘team spirit,’ particularly during busy periods, with everyone working together in their different roles to complete a piece of work for a client – it’s incredibly rewarding!

Victoria John, Account Manager at PharmaGenesis Cardiff

I work in MedComms because overall I really enjoy the diversity of working in this industry, and the variety of projects that my team is charged with delivering. With publications planning and delivery, increasing digital responsibilities and, of course, the many different kinds of meetings that we organise for our clients throughout the year, our day-to-day challenges are both unique and interesting. I also love working in my core therapy areas, and building lasting relationships with external experts to jointly deliver powerful medical education and communication programmes for the benefit of patients worldwide.”

Ben Johnson, Senior Account Manager at Ashfield Healthcare Communications

I work in MedComms as part of an ever-expanding UK team who with 50 people are as dedicated and fun to work with as when there were 5. With an arts background, MedComms has opened a small window for me into the world of science, providing an understanding that I never imagined I’d have. I love the passion that drives the advances in science and the innovative ways of disseminating this information to an increasingly diverse audience.

Sarah Jones, Client Solutions at Envision Pharma Group

I work in MedComms because I am passionate about being involved in educating healthcare professionals on the science, which ultimately benefits the patients who need the medicines.

Lucinda Lawler, Client Services Manager at Adelphi Communications

I work in MedComms, which is a fast-paced, ever-changing environment, and this is one of the reasons why I enjoy my job so much. My role includes plenty of variety and allows me the opportunity to work on a multitude of projects, both individually and as part of a team. Being part of the client services team means I am regularly involved in the organisation and execution of medical meetings, which is a rewarding experience when delivering onsite. It is also an added bonus that I am part of a great team who work well together to go above and beyond for our clients.

Nicole Leonard, Account Executive at Ashfield Healthcare Communications

I work in MedComms and what I enjoy the most is that every day is varied. No two client briefs are the same, which means that every day is interesting and an opportunity to learn something new.

Stefanie Lewin, Project Assistant at Ashfield Healthcare Communications

I work in MedComms as I enjoy developing and working on new and innovative projects for educating healthcare professionals with our internal and client teams.

Laura Mackey, Client Services Manager at Adelphi Communications

I work in MedComms because it’s not just project management – I get to travel the world and feel privileged to be working on genuinely ground-breaking new medicines.

Jennifer McCormick, Scientific Project Leader at Helios Medical Communications

I work in MedComms because I enjoy the variation in the projects in which I have the opportunity to be involved. It allows me to expand my scientific knowledge while also building strong working relationships with clients. Every day presents new challenges and it’s great to feel that the work you do has a positive impact on the lives of patients. Although I have only been working in the industry for a short while, I look forward to building a career in such a rewarding field!

Donald McEachern, Account Executive at NexGen Healthcare Communications

I work in MedComms because I want to support the development of novel therapeutics to improve healthcare for all.

Rakhi Morjaria, Associate Client Services Manager at Adelphi Communications

I work in MedComms because it’s both challenging and rewarding. I have many years’ experience in project management and enjoy working on a wide variety of projects. I find it very satisfying to see a project through from initiation to completion, always endeavouring to meet the client’s deadlines and budgets. I very much enjoy an energetic environment, learning new experiences with great teams, and always striving to meet our clients’ expectations.

Angela Pengilley, Project Director at Fishawack Communications

I work in MedComms to evolve peoples’ beliefs and behaviours so they can manage their condition and live a normal life. I love to combine the medical, health psychology and behavioural economics sciences to improve the life of people. Sooner or later most of us will develop a medical condition; thus my work can impact millions of people positively. That opportunity provides me with great inspiration.

Gabor Purman, Senior Account Director at NexGen Healthcare Communications

I work in MedComms as a scientific project co-ordinator and I love how varied my role is. Every day is different and I have had the opportunity to work on a range of different projects including organising advisory boards and symposia, writing reports and creating medical education materials. This is my first graduate job and I have learned so much about project management over the past year. I work with an amazing and supportive team who made my transition into the industry a lot easier!

Sarah Riyani, Scientific Project Coordinator at Helios Medical Communications

I work in MedComms because I enjoy the variety that different projects, clients and therapy areas bring, which makes this industry incredibly exciting and challenging. Most importantly, it is an excellent opportunity to make a contribution and help to improve patient outcomes.

Jerrine Salise, Account Coordinator at integrated medhealth communication (imc)

I work in MedComms because no day is the same. Every challenge I am presented with varies and I’m continuously learning. I don’t believe I’ll find another industry that mixes my love of marketing and medical science like MedComms, especially when housed in a thriving agency where there is no end to the support that can be provided.

Sophie Pearl Semmens, Account Executive at Lucid Group

I work in MedComms because it makes for a very interesting and exciting working experience, when there is so much variety in the jobs we do, the projects we’re involved in and the clients we work with. It’s certainly never boring!

Olivia Sproston, Associate Client Services Manager at Adelphi Communications

I work in MedComms because it provides the opportunity to experience a variety of projects and interact with leading market experts. Working in an industry driven by innovation, the exposure to new challenges and scope for development are unlike anything I have known before.

Tom Stubbs, Associate Project Manager at Fishawack 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. It’s also really rewarding to know my work at Porterhouse Medical helps to make a positive impact on patients’ lives.

Rebecca Thomas, Account Manager at Porterhouse Medical

I work in MedComms and I love it because the work is so varied with a heavy reliance upon teamwork needed in order to achieve your goals. This variation and teamwork helps you feel a great sense of achievement and forge fantastic relationships that last a lifetime. It is also fast, busy and energising which keeps you on your toes and pushes you to constantly improve what you do.

Rob Thomas, Senior Account Director at Ashfield Healthcare Communications

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

Emily Tracey, Senior Account Executive at Porterhouse Medical

I work in MedComms because it allows me to utilise my scientific background whilst developing a whole host of new skills. I joined the team here at Helios after graduating from university and have thoroughly enjoyed becoming part of the industry and working in a dynamic environment. I love the variety experienced in my day-to-day job and working as part of a passionate, supportive team.

Lottie Wells, Scientific Project Coordinator at Helios Medical Communications

I work in MedComms to be part of the process that improves patient lives and the understanding of new treatments. It’s a progressive industry using a wide variety of scientific communications for a positive impact and no 2 days are ever the same!

Julie Williams, Associate Client Services Manager at Adelphi Communications

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