I work in MedCommms…

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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 2019)  we invited people working in medical writing and editing positions in MedComms to tell us why they are doing so….

“I work in MedComms because I get to be a scientist, a writer, a designer, a project manager and a member of a great team every day!”

Marc Astick, Associate Medical Writer at Real Science

“I work in MedComms because it’s a challenging, fast-paced environment that allows you to get involved in a variety of therapy areas. It also provides great opportunities for career progression.”

Lisa Auker, Senior Medical Writer at Fishawack Communications

“I work in MedComms because my job gives me the chance to apply my scientific background and get involved in medical research without having to work in a lab! I love working in a challenging and fast-paced environment where I get the opportunity to learn something new every day.”

Georgia Bakirtzi, Senior Medical Writer at Fishawack Communications

“I work in MedComms because I am passionate about science, medicine, and health, and wanted a career that could have a real impact on patients’ lives. Having the opportunity to work with intelligent and interesting people on cutting edge research is both exciting and rewarding, and it means that I am continuously learning about new therapy areas and discoveries. Combine this with a dynamic and challenging working environment, a variety of project types, and an excellent team spirit, and I have no doubt that this is the right career for me!”

Meghan Betts, Medical Writer at Fishawack Communications

“I work in MedComms because I no longer wanted a career that left me at the mercy of the science gods, but rather one where my worth was determined by how hard I worked. I’m now over the moon that I made the change. I still get to keep up to date with the latest developments in a bunch of different fields, but apply my findings in more creative ways. I feel a lot more mentally stimulated now than I did in the lab days, mindlessly pipetting liquids for hours. Also, I receive feedback and get to see the effects of my work over shorter timeframes, which I find much more motivating. I certainly have no plans to go back!”

Alex Binks, Associate Medical Writer, Publicis Resolute

“I work in MedComms because it provides me with the opportunity to work on projects in a wide variety of therapy areas, and to continue making a difference to patients without having to be at the “coalface”!”

Suzanne Brunt, Associate Medical Writer at Porterhouse Medical

“I work in MedComms and I’ve been working in Medical Communications for 2.5 years, and from my first day as an Associate Medical Writer I have been given plenty of responsibility with the help of a supportive team and agency network. This has enabled me to gain experience in different therapy areas and with a variety of projects, as well as providing constant opportunities to challenge myself, which I love. The work itself is very rewarding, as it lets you behind the scenes of the pharmaceutical industry and the latest scientific innovations and strategy – not only to see this in action, but also to inform strategic decisions. During my short time in MedComms so far I’ve been lucky enough to work closely with industry experts and leading healthcare professionals, which really helps you to see the link between our work and the impact on the patient. Closer to home, I also enjoy day-to-day agency life – it’s difficult to describe a ‘normal’ day as the work is so varied, but one integral part of each day is teamwork and encouragement to achieve goals and deliver projects, which is lovely to be part of.”

Kaedy Bryson, Medical Writer at Zoetic Science

“I work in MedComms because I get to be at the forefront of the latest therapeutic innovations, while working in a fast-paced and dynamic environment with an amazing team!”

Sandra Callagy, Medical Writer at Helios Medical Communications

“I work in MedComms because, every day, I learn something new from the world of healthcare. I love being at the forefront of medical communications, working on a wide range of projects from writing late-breaking abstracts on exciting new data to developing beautiful slide decks for a symposium. An added bonus is that you can get to see the world on your work travels.”

Jayne Carey-George, Director at AXON Communications

“I work in MedComms because it’s intellectually challenging and rarely boring, and successfully developing a well-written piece of work is personally rewarding.”

Stacy Carl-McGrath, Medical Writer at AXON Communications

“I work in MedComms because I want to help drive scientific advances in healthcare. Having realised that my skill set was not suited for laboratory-based positions, I researched careers that would allow me to be at the forefront of healthcare. I quickly realised that MedComms and I were a perfect match – offering opportunities that were creative and innovative. The industry promises to provide a career of variety, networking, and lifelong learning both professionally and personally.”

Thomas Carvell, Associate Medical Writer, integrated medhealth communication (imc)

“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 every day I find out about the latest medical advances, and I really enjoy working on a range of projects to distribute this information to different audiences.”

Emma Conran, Senior Medical Writer at Porterhouse Medical

“I work in MedComms and I’m definitely still a scientist! Every day presents the opportunity to learn something new and then think about how to deliver that knowledge to the people who need it most, whether that’s doctors, nurses or patients.”

Sally Cordon-Painter, Principal Medical Writer, Lucid Partners (A Lucid Group Company)

“I work in MedComms because I love the diversity of the constantly changing work: it’s highly motivating to be challenged every day to help our teams develop the highest-quality materials for demanding clients – but most of all there’s satisfaction in knowing that, ultimately, patients will benefit from all our concerted teamwork.”

Andrew Cowling, Senior Editor at AXON Communications

“I work in MedComms and I joined straight after completing my PhD, and haven’t looked back! No two days are the same and working across a number of different therapy areas fuels my curiosity and passion for physiology. It is really satisfying to be in a role where I can apply the skills gained during my time in academia.”

Louise Cully, Senior Medical Writer at Zoetic Science

“I work in MedComms because I wanted a career where I get to be creative while still staying in touch with the science that I love. It’s nice to know that in MedComms you get a return on the time and effort you put in. Unlike in the lab, where it can sometimes feel like you have no control over your own destiny!”

Tim Davies, Associate Medical Writer at Real Science

“I work in MedComms because I like to apply my creativity to developing novel solutions to my clients’ challenges.”

Richard Dobson, Scientific Director at Adelphi Communications

“I work in MedComms because I enjoy being at the forefront of science and research across multiple therapy areas. I love the variety of work that we are involved in and that our clients consider us an extension of their own company, relying on our expertise and advice where relevant.”

Sarah El-Sheikh, Senior Medical Writer at Helios Medical Communications

“I work in MedComms because I love staying on top of the current trends in medicine and enjoy helping others to communicate their scientific messages. I also find the combination between science and business highly rewarding and there are countless opportunities for professional development and career progression.”

Tony Ferrar, Medical Writer at Porterhouse Medical

“I work in MedComms because it allows me to combine my love of science with my passion for writing. The opportunity to work with pharmaceutical companies, healthcare professionals and patients on a daily basis offers a unique set of challenges and opportunities and is highly rewarding. MedComms is fast-paced, varied and exciting. No 2 days are the same in this job – 4 years in and I am still learning something new every day!”

Hannah Finnigan, Senior Medical Writer at Envision Pharma Group

“I work in MedComms because I was lucky enough to meet the right people at a career expo when I decided to leave academia. They described the industry in a way that made me think ‘oh, that sounds like me‘, and made me realise how my existing skill set was well suited to a career as a medical writer.”

Michaela Fuchs, Medical Writer at Envision Pharma Group

“I work in MedComms because I love being part of a team that finds impactful and creative ways to communicate the latest science.”

Helen Garside, Scientific Projects Leader at Adelphi Communications

“I work in MedComms because it allows me to broaden my scientific knowledge across a variety of therapy areas, and it provides the opportunity to work across multiple different project types with some really talented scientific and creative colleagues.”

Ottilie Gildea, Senior Medical Editor at CMC Affinity

“I work in MedComms because every day presents a new challenge, which means that there is never a dull moment! It is also incredibly rewarding working as a team to successfully deliver exciting, high-quality projects for our clients.”

Faye Gould, Scientific Director at Helios Medical Communications

“I work in MedComms and I have worked in Medical Communications for nearly 4 years now, starting in 2015 as an Editorial Assistant at Watermeadow. I love working in this industry because of the people I get to work with every day. Also, it allows me to continue using my scientific background outside of a lab! There is such a wide variety of projects to work on, so every day is different and I’m constantly learning. I think Medical Communications is an exciting industry to kick-start and build a career in.”

Cassie Hines, Medical Writer at ACUMED

“I work in MedComms because it provides me with the perfect opportunity to do the things I enjoyed most about my PhD, writing and talking about science. Continuing in academia wasn’t for me, but this job provides me with exposure to new and interesting science, without the many drawbacks of working in a lab environment.”

Joe Hodgson, Associate Medical Writer at Adelphi Communications

“I work in MedComms and in my 16 years in Medical Communications, I have found all stages of my career to be extremely rewarding. Each role (from Associate Medical Writer to my current role) has been interesting and has kept me engaged and challenged throughout. The first aspect that I have appreciated is that Medical Communications has allowed me to use my education and academic experience. I have, and continue to, enjoy working on products and projects at the cutting edge of clinical research that have the potential to alter patient management. Another rewarding aspect of my role is the ability to help others develop, both as a line manager, mentor, and experienced scientist. I also really enjoy that I work with some extremely clever people – thoughtleaders, clients and colleagues – who inspire me. Finally, there is an excellent career pathway in Medical Communications, and excellent employment prospects within healthcare communications; none of which I had in academia.”

Patrick Hoggard, Vice President of Medical and Scientific Services at Zoetic Science

“I work in MedComms because I wanted to continue developing scientific skills and knowledge outside of the lab, and gain an understanding of science away from an extremely refined, specific area of research. I was interested in how basic lab findings are eventually translated into medicines and see the interaction between science and business. MedComms is a good way to gain a broad overview of these features.”

Gabriel Hoppen, Junior Medical Writer at AXON Communications

“I work in MedComms because I love communicating science with others. I thoroughly enjoy that even though I am away from the lab I am still connected to the cutting edge of science. However, what I really love is that no two days are the same. Every day is an opportunity to do something different or learn something new.”

Amy Horne, Medical Writer at Caudex

“I work in MedComms because I want to do meaningful work that contributes to science and medicine, without being in education forever. I love the challenge, variety and sense of reward.”

Ellie Judd, Associate Medical Writer at Real Science

“I work in MedComms because it provides the perfect marriage between scientific research and creative content production. I have been fortunate enough to work on a number of exciting projects across a range of different therapy areas, and I relish the constant evolution within my job role. It is refreshing to work in a sector where no 2 days are ever the same!”

Grant Kirkpatrick, Medical Writer at Helios Medical Communications

“I work in MedComms because I love using my scientific background to communicate medical research to a range of audiences in a clear, sense full, and creative way, whilst learning something new myself about a wide range of diseases and treatments on a daily basis. I find that the diverse, exciting, and dynamic environment is a real motivator that makes this a fantastic career.”

Dr Viola Kooij, Associate Medical Writer at integrated medhealth communication (imc)

“I work in MedComms because I can feed my passion for science in a dynamic, creative and fun environment.”

Katrina Lester, Senior Medical Writer at AXON Communications

“I work in MedComms because it combines my love of science with my love of written language. MedComms is the voice of medical science, and as an editor I help make this voice the best that it can be.”

David Lugmayer, Junior Editor,  integrated medhealth communication (imc)

“I work in MedComms because I am getting to work at the cutting-edge of science in a challenging but flexible career that makes sure good science and potentially important discoveries are communicated clearly and accurately.”

Mhairi Macfadyen, Associate Medical Writer at CMC Connect

“I work in MedComms because following a stint in academia, I wanted to find a role where I had greater engagement with people, could help communicate the latest scientific data and most importantly, didn’t have to do the bench work myself!”

Sam Mason, Medical Writer at Helios Medical Communications

“I work in MedComms because I always wanted to make a contribution to improving healthcare, and as my career went on I realised this was the best suited role for me to be able to do that. As you become more senior in the industry, not only do you guarantee that you are always working at the cutting edge of healthcare, but you can also have quite a large influence to help healthcare providers understand the breakthroughs in medicine.”

Phil Matthews, Portfolio Lead at Envision Pharma Group

“I work in MedComms because I enjoy collaboration. We frequently call upon different areas of expertise to help communicate innovative research and drive peer-to-peer education in the healthcare community, with the ultimate aim of improving the lives of patients.”

James McCary, Medical Writer at AXON Communications

“I work in MedComms because each day is different and challenging. I love the science, and I appreciate that I get to work with intelligent and driven people – whether that be HCPs, colleagues, or clients – on a daily basis.”

Leigh McDonald, Principal Medical Writer, Lucid Partners (A Lucid Group Company)

“I work in MedComms because… I am constantly educating myself in interesting therapy areas while also contributing towards bettering patients’ lives.”

Andrew McDonnell, Senior Medical Writer, Vivid (A Lucid Group Company)

“I work in MedComms because it offers a promising career path and competitive salary for an editor. After completing my MSc in Publishing and spending a few years with a typesetting company, I dropped into medical editing via a pharma business intelligence company (with no scientific or medical background) and haven’t looked back. The work in MedComms is varied and satisfying, and the role involves far more than just copy-editing.”

Jade Moores, Associate Medical Editor at CHV

“I work in MedComms because I hate being bored, and in this career there’s no chance of that! The varying project types and therapy areas mean that there’s always something to do and something to learn. No two days are the same in this job… and I couldn’t be happier.”

Emma Mycroft, Medical Writer at Helios Medical Communications

“I work in MedComms because I love being able to learn new things every day – from the clinical data for a revolutionary treatment, to the science behind different disease states, to client strategy. There’s always a new challenge!”

Kiran Nandra, Senior Medical Writer at Leading Edge (A Lucid Group Company)

“I work in MedComms due to serendipity; a degree in history and English led to my first job in scientific journals and then into MedComms. I still work in MedComms, almost 20 years later, because of the rewarding nature of the work and the day-to-day challenges it provides. I work across multiple therapy areas and accounts and manage a team of dedicated Medical Editors. No two days are the same and, as a Medical Editor, I get to work with almost every other job function in the company. MedComms provides daily challenges but also rewards in terms of developing new skills, opportunity and forging a career. I feel that I get to make a real difference by working on the latest developments in clinical research and preparing materials for a worldwide audience.”

Mark Nelson, Managing Editor at CMC Connect

“I work in MedComms because I get to apply the skills and knowledge I learned as a scientist to a wide variety of therapy areas. I love working as part of a team on different types of materials, with the common goal of improving patients’ lives.”

Zoe Noakes, Junior Medical Writer at InterComm

“I work in MedComms because it is the perfect career choice for someone like me who loves language and science – I get so much job satisfaction sorting out dangling modifiers in the middle of a medical manuscript.”

David Norman, Editor at AXON Communications

“I work in MedComms because it is an engaging profession in which I can continue to learn. I enjoy the fast paced environment and have the opportunity to work on a range of projects which suit my interests.”

Lola Parfitt, Trainee Medical Writer at Caudex

“I work in MedComms because…I like the combination of writing and teamwork.”

Jayna Patel, Associate Medical Writer at Envision Pharma Group

“I work in MedComms because I love taking data, making sense of it, and then working out how best to communicate the results to different audiences, be it healthcare professionals or patients.”

Laura Pearce, Principal Medical Writer at Fishawack Communications

“I work in MedComms because it allows me to keep up to date with the latest in cutting-edge science, but also to think strategically and creatively in communicating the scientific data to a range of audiences. Another big plus is the flexibility to work anywhere. I was able to move back to my home country and still work with the same teams, but from one of the company’s local offices.”

Daniella Pfeifer, Senior Medical Writer at AXON Communications

“I work in MedComms because I love science and I love writing. I wanted a career where I could bring these two passions together and think about science in a more fun and creative way. It’s extremely rewarding to see your ideas come to life, and to know that they might benefit a patient.”

Fay Pickering, Associate Medical Writer at Real Science

“I work in MedComms because it’s exciting! After finishing my PhD I felt pigeon-holed and I was disenchanted with the academic system. A friend recommended MedComms and I haven’t looked back. I never thought I’d find a career that combined scientific rigour with creative design, and using the two every day to work on projects that benefit global healthcare is really satisfying.”

Rhiannon Roberts, Associate Medical Writer at Real Science

“I work in MedComms and I’ve been working at Ashfield for over two years, starting as an Associate Medical Writer and now working as a Medical Writer. I didn’t really know much about MedComms before starting here but I’m glad I decided to give it a go. One of the best things about the industry is the pace – it’s never boring, there is always lots to get involved in and plenty of opportunities.”

Abigail Robertson, Medical Writer at GCC

“I work in MedComms because it’s a challenging and rewarding career. Leaving academia was a tough decision, and I’ve never looked back! I get to work at the cutting edge of scientific and clinical research, without running a single Western Blot.”

Gemma Shay, Medical Writer at Envision Pharma Group

“I work in MedComms because communicating facts and findings in the most engaging way is the key to success in science and pharma. Plus, no day is the same as the field is constantly changing. It’s challenging but that’s what makes it rewarding and fun. The lab was just so re-pipette-tive.”

Arti Sikka, Associate Medical Writer at Publicis Resolute

“I work in MedComms because I love science and hate lab work! It’s great to work across a range of therapy areas on all sorts of different projects – there’s always something new to learn!”

Frances Smith, Medical Writer at 2TheNth

“I work in MedComms because I enjoy learning about different therapy areas, which aligns with my passion for science, and being able to work on a range of different projects regularly.”

Ayshe Ufuk, Associate Medical Writer at 2TheNth

“I work in MedComms not only because it is an exciting, fast-paced industry, but also because after my PhD I had developed an incurable phobia of doing western blots ever again; working in this industry ensures that I can sleep at night. I still get to use all of the skills I developed as a scientist in the laboratory, as you still have to be quick-thinking and problem-solving—but after you’ve worked your MedComms magic you have the added bonus of a grateful client when you give them something that they really need.”

Chris Whittle, Senior Medical Writer at CMC Affinity

“I work in MedComms because it allows me to stay close to the cutting-edge of scientific research without the lengthy timelines of working in a lab. Also, working in a therapy area where the impact on patients’ lives is clear to see, there is a very rewarding feeling that what we are doing makes a difference.”

Grant Womack, Principal Medical Editor at Caudex

“I work in MedComms because science is the most useful and interesting when anyone can understand it.”

Hilary Wong, Associate Medical Writer at Adelphi Communications

“I work in MedComms because it has enabled me to use my years of clinical experience as a doctor, to set up a Medical Advisory Group, which helps benefit clients by providing unique insights into what makes both HCPs and patients tick from an ‘insider’s perspective.”

Beth Wynne-Evans, Medical writer and Medical advisor at Porterhouse Medical

“I work in MedComms because, by collaborating with hugely talented, knowledgeable colleagues, I’m able to contribute to the process of communicating advances in medical science in order to help improve people’s lives.”

Will Woodhams, Managing Editor, integrated medhealth communication (imc)

 

 

 

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