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 2020)  we invited people working in account management positions in MedComms to tell us why they are doing so….

“I work in MedComms as I enjoy being part of an exciting and innovative industry that embraces diversity across both projects and employees. I have worked closely with fantastic teams on various projects ranging from writing scientific posters for congresses to designing the entire congress booth itself. Every project allows you to develop extensive skills in project management whilst nurturing client relationships. I come from a scientific background and I am extremely satisfied working in account management for the MedComms industry. I look forward to working my way up the career ladder!”

Lauren Alexander, Account Coordinator at CMC Connect

“I work in MedComms because I thrive on the fast-paced environment, and with no 2 days the same, you are put on a path of lifelong learning as you adapt and evolve to tackle the complex challenges you face each day. As an account executive for Phase II International, it is a privilege to work alongside such a huge diversity of people with differing skillsets to bring projects across a wide range of therapies to life. I get to do all of this daily, for a range of world-leading pharma clients – it’s incredibly rewarding!”

James Badman, Account Executive at Phase II International

“I work in MedComms as an account director for a large account. Together with my team, we spend our days making sure we anticipate EVERYTHING and ensuring that every project is both accurate and engaging, and run as seamlessly as possible (I’ve yet to be able to predict international flight delays). I love the feeling that comes at the end of a hard project, where we can sit back and know that we told a story convincingly, and in a small way contributed to improving people’s lives. Plus, I’m a secret adrenaline junkie, which my job definitely enables!”

Camilla Brathwaite, Account Director at Chameleon

“I work in MedComms because it allows me to develop new skills all the time, and every day is different. It’s a real privilege to be working with some of the world’s most successful life-science companies and helping them to communicate their development of ground-breaking new medicines to help improve patients’ lives.”

Charlotte Callow, Senior Account Executive at Synergy Vision

“I work in MedComms because it’s fast-paced and challenging. From learning new therapy areas to working with all walks of people, I’m continually encouraged to take on new opportunities that ultimately make a difference to patients’ lives.”

Amanda Cassidy, Account Manager, Lighthouse Medical Communications – a Lucid Group Company

“I work in MedComms because I think it is a very exciting industry. I like that I get to use my scientific background, but in such a fast-paced environment. As part of a client services team, you have the opportunity to work with many different people across many different clients and different therapy areas – so it keeps things interesting!”

Hannah Charleston, Account Director at Synergy Vision

“I work in MedComms as leader of our APAC office. The truth is, I actually stumbled into the industry, not having heard of it before. I started as a medical writer before being quickly lured to ‘the dark side’ of client servicing. I never looked back. What makes it constantly exciting and interesting is there is always something new to learn, whether it be new therapy areas, new clients, new personalities, new regulations…. Working with physicians on education that makes a difference to patients’ lives is extremely rewarding. I am fortunate to have had some great mentors who have pushed me to constantly learn and grow. MedComms is an industry full of smart people who are open to looking at things from different perspectives, with a strong backing of science supported by creativity. Every new team I have worked with, I have declared ‘my favourite team’, and right now, this couldn’t be closer to the truth!”

Genevieve Chase, APAC and China Team Leader at HealthCare 21 – a Lucid Group Company

“I work in MedComms because I help bring science and innovation to life, and facilitate diagnosis, prescription, disease mitigation and illness management through physician and healthcare education.”

Siew Wyn Chew, Senior Account Manager at HealthCare 21 – a Lucid Group company

“I work in MedComms because I am driven by being part of a team that helps develop new tools, new ways of working and medical education for healthcare providers, which facilitate advances in clinical practice and improvements in health outcomes for patients.”

Reshma Devnani, Account Executive at Lighthouse Medical Communications – a Lucid Group company

“I work in MedComms for a rewarding and varied career, partnering with our clients to understand their strategic needs and deliver the highest-quality deliverables.”

Clair Fisher, Senior Account Manager at Prime Global

“I work in MedComms as a senior program executive. Coming from a non-scientific background, this role has taught me a lot about the industry. It has also given me the opportunity to work with the top minds in the field, deliver many exciting and successful projects across different therapy areas, and travel to many beautiful places around the world!”

Natasha Fort, Senior Account Executive at Scientific Education Support (SES)

“I work in MedComms because it means I get to work with brilliant people on really exciting and rewarding projects. By working to educate patients and medical professionals about the latest developments, we are making a real difference to those patients and the care they receive.”

Eileen Gallagher, Managing Director at Synergy Vision

“I work in MedComms because of the variety; no two clients nor projects are ever the same!”

Emma Gallagher, Senior Account Manager at Spirit Group

“I work in MedComms because what started as a summer temp job turned into a fantastic engaging, challenging and rewarding career! I must admit, coming from a customer service background, MedComms was an industry that I was completely unaware of! Starting off as a project assistant, I soon came to discover a world that fascinates as well as challenges me. I have been incredibly lucky to work on a large array of different projects, with different clients across multiple therapy areas, and have also been able to travel the world as part of this. I love the variety that is involved, and the constant learning and development that it brings. No 2 days (in fact more often than not it’s no 2 hours!) are the same, and amongst the amazing teams that I work with I have gained not just colleagues but lifelong friends! It’s a great feeling knowing that what we are working on makes a real difference to people’s lives – and the fact that I get to have fun while doing it is the icing on the cake!”

Sonia Giffney, Account Executive at Envision Pharma Group

“I work in MedComms and it is a fast-paced environment that keeps you interested, as there is always more to learn and things are always changing. It is an exciting time in the world of pharmaceuticals, with a lot of recent intriguing discoveries, and I am glad to be a part of it. One of the great perks is flexible working hours and the option to work from home, making it easier to juggle work and family commitments.”

Elisa Glaze-Santonen, Senior Account Manager at Spirit Group

“I work in MedComms because I love the versatility the job offers and the satisfaction the work brings. It also offers me the chance to challenge myself on a day-to-day basis and I get to work with wonderful people!”

Cari Glenfield, Project Director at Ogilvy Health

“I work in MedComms as an account manager for Porterhouse Medical, having completed a 12-month internship with the agency in 2017. I love applying my scientific background in a client-facing role, managing a variety of different project types and travelling around the globe. Each day brings different challenges, which keeps work interesting and varied and, through MedComms, I use my biochemistry degree to improve people’s lives!”

Elliott Gray, Account Manager at Porterhouse Medical

“I work in MedComms because I love how varied and dynamic the work can be, and it can provide you with such a wealth of experience! I also enjoy being able to shape medical initiatives from the very start of projects – it is great when you realise how highly valued your input is to the client.”

Beth Grindle, Account Manager at Darwin Healthcare Communications

“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 enjoy working collaboratively with pharmaceutical companies to improve access to and awareness of therapies in the global healthcare market.”

Emma Hetherington, Associate Client Services Manager at Adelphi Communications

“I work in MedComms as I have always wanted to be in a project management role and MedComms allows me to do that. It’s also extremely rewarding knowing we are working on projects and initiatives to help patients. As I’m not from a scientific background I didn’t know MedComms existed until 8 years ago when a recruitment agency found an account executive role for me and I’ve never looked back. The team around me are brilliant and great fun to work with, and the range of projects we deliver means that no 2 days are ever the same!”

Jennie Higginbotham, Account Director, at Envision Pharma Group

“I work in MedComms because I am passionate about science and business. It is a perfect mix! No 2 days are the same, but we all have a common goal improving patient outcomes and lifting levels of disease knowledge. There is always something new to learn, and it is very rewarding and meaningful knowing you are working on projects that can make a real difference.”

Stephanie Hill, Marketing and Operations Manager at Scientific Education Support (SES)

“I work in MedComms because it offers the perfect mixture of cuttingedge science, business management and personal development with great opportunities for career progression. As a PhD, people expect you to enter MedComms as a writer; however, I use my scientific background as an account executive every day with the bonus of so many useful skills. At any one time you could be managing an advisory board, several publications/congress activities and an e-learning project, thinking about finance, resources and timelines for the delivery of top-quality content. In a constantly changing job, the day speeds by and it’s a great feeling to listen to the needs of the client and know that you have the ideas to take it one step further.”

Robyn Holden, Account Executive at Prime Global

“I work in MedComms because it provides an excellent career path in an industry that is interesting and hugely varied. It challenges me and keeps me thinking outside of the box, so I always feel like I’m learning and growing in my career. It can be challenging, but I have always found that you are well rewarded for your efforts, which I feel is important.”

Beth Hughes, Senior Account Executive at Spirit Group

“I work in MedComms because every day is different; the work is diverse, motivating, challenging and rewarding. It is a progressive and fast-paced industry and there is never a dull moment! My role in client services allows me the opportunity to be part of a supportive, hardworking and dynamic team, and together we contribute to meaningful projects that improve patients’ lives.”

Karin Hughes, Senior Account Manager at CMC Affinity

“I work in MedComms as a director client services for our London office. I love my job! Not many people are able to say that, and I feel honoured to work with such an amazing team of people. We work in partnership with our global clients to develop the strategy for either a product or a programme of activities, and then as a team we aim to deliver exceptional service every time! What’s not to love about that?”

Danielle James, Director, Client Services at Chameleon

“I work in MedComms and it is so varied and fast-paced; one day you can be working on a manuscript, the next organising a standalone meeting for hundreds of guests – no 2 days are ever the same! It is also an incredible opportunity to work with some of the top key opinion leaders in the world and bridge the gap between pharma and healthcare professionals. A really rewarding and inspiring field to be involved in.”

Victoria John, Senior Project Manager at Oxford PharmaGenesis

“I work in MedComms and no two projects are the same, so we are constantly challenged and enjoy the wide variety of different projects from start to end!”

Laura Johnson, Project Coordinator at Oxford PharmaGenesis

“I work in MedComms because it is a continually evolving, fast-paced industry in which the opportunities to expand your knowledge base are never-ending. MedComms allows me to apply my scientific background to a client-facing role and allows me to work across a huge range of different projects in the knowledge that I am having a real impact on patients’ lives.”

Victoria Knox, Account Executive at Lucid Group

“I work in MedComms because I wanted to find a job that combined my scientific background with my organisational and project management skills. The thing I love most is that every day is different, as you can be working in several therapy areas with different client teams and on a huge variety of projects. I love that everything is so fast-paced and you have to be adaptable – one moment you can be managing finances or developing timelines, and the next preparing proposals for new projects or clients!”

Samantha Lawrence, Senior Account Manager at Ogilvy Health

“I work in MedComms because I enjoy working with clients, Key External Experts and our internal teams to get the best outcome for patients; it is very rewarding.”

Fiona Legge, Senior Account Manager at Spirit Group

“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 as I enjoy collaborating with the team to deliver exciting programmes of work for our clients ranging from symposia to primary manuscripts. No day is the same!”

Laura Mackey, Account Manager at Spirit Group

“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, Senior Account Executive at NexGen Healthcare Communications

“I work in MedComms, but it wasn’t the most obvious career choice due to its niche nature. I got into MedComms unknowingly at a very junior level and stayed, having recognised the unique opportunity it presented in developing a wide range of skills across a variety of projects, none of which are ever the same. I am able to deepen my knowledge of different therapy areas, advise clients on strategy and assist in its execution, attend globally recognised congresses and meet renowned experts in various medical fields.”

Genie Morkunaite, Account Manager at Ogilvy Health

“I work in MedComms because I’ve always had a passion for medicine and MedComms offers me the privilege of supporting the healthcare community in changing people’s lives for the better every day.”

Farai Muldoon, Associate Client Services Director at Prime Global

“I work in MedComms because it is an ever-changing industry. I am constantly challenged to adapt and improve the way we work with our clients and communicate with each other as a team. I feel I am always adding to and improving my professional skill set and learning from the people I work with every day.”

Michael Nixon, Group Account Director at inScience Communications

“I work in MedComms as no single client, project or day is ever the same. It allows me to keep in touch and play a role in the ever-evolving world of pharma on global projects in an environment that is never staid!”

Vic Nixon-Gundry, Account Director at Prime Global

“I work in MedComms because the work diversity and impact on patients’ lives is fulfilling. I’ve had the pleasure to interview patients and realise how grateful they are for what we do/aim to achieve. This, in combination with an amazing team, makes work joyful.”

Anh Pham, Account Executive at Leading Edge Medical – a Lucid Group Company

“I work in MedComms in account management because every day is different, you have a range of clients and project types that keeps you on your toes, and I have a fab team working with me to deliver the highest standard of work for our clients.”

Claire Pullen, Senior Account Director at Porterhouse Medical

“I work in MedComms to evolve people’s 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 because it’s fast paced and constantly changing; no two days are ever the same. I like the challenge that the role brings with the variety of project types and different ways of working with clients. I also like the satisfaction of completing projects well and building relationships with both clients and team members.”

Helen Reid, Account Manager at Spirit Group

“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 to influence treatments outside of the lab. Whilst it’s interesting to hear how our treatments work, it’s thrilling to be part of the wider factors affecting prescribing habits. Each day takes a different stance on how we can tell our story, to ultimately get the right treatments into the right pathways, and ultimately improve patient outcomes.”

Elizabeth Scott, Senior Account Executive at Lucid Group

“I work in MedComms as a scientific director. My job is to work with our clients to make sure that their data are seen and understood by the audiences who need them. Our team do this by combining a deep understanding of science with an ability to communicate through both traditional academic channels and new digital formats. The best part of my job is working for a company that values new ideas and gives me unprecedented freedom to develop new formats and experiment with new ways of working. This means I never get bored!”

James Serginson, Scientific Director at Chameleon

“I work in MedComms and I am always learning something new, and putting my project management and client services skills to the test. No two clients or projects are the same and there are endless opportunities for development and progression.”

Helen Simpson, Project Manager at Oxford PharmaGenesis

“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, Client Services Manager at Adelphi Communications

“I work in MedComms because I find great satisfaction in building client relationships, solving problems and streamlining processes for them, which ultimately leads to timely delivery of cutting-edge information.”

Kirsten Summers, Senior Client Services Manager at Adelphi Communications

“I work in MedComms because I’m passionate about science and people. No 2 days are the same; I get the opportunity to work on a diverse range of therapy areas, with a variety of clients and healthcare professionals from around the world. I am constantly learning as we continuously adapt with the ever-evolving medical environment. Most importantly, I feel my job makes a real difference as we are changing patients’ lives for the better.”

Julia Taylor, Account Manager at OPEN Health Medical Communications

“I work in MedComms because I love the variety of projects and being able to work as a team, as well as the opportunities to attend and deliver interesting events around the world. It’s also really rewarding to know my work at Porterhouse Medical helps to make a positive impact on people’s lives.”

Rebecca Thomas, Senior Account Manager at Porterhouse Medical

“I work in MedComms and every day is a new challenge and fast paced!”

Lauren Townson, Senior Project Manager at Oxford PharmaGenesis

“I work in MedComms because after graduating I wanted to utilise the skills and scientific knowledge that I’d developed during my degree outside of the lab environment. During my time at Porterhouse, I have worked across a variety of interesting projects and different therapy areas, each with their own challenges and which provide opportunities to develop my skills and my career.”

Emily Tracey, Account Manager at Porterhouse Medical

“I work in MedComms because I like the ever-changing problem solving. Projects, clients, tactics and deliverables are constantly refreshing, and working in client services allows me to work across this wide variety of projects, through almost all stages of development. This is great for discovering which projects play to your strengths, and which projects challenge you to improve. The scientific nature of MedComms allows you to learn continually, and the project opportunities can take you anywhere in the world. These aspects have kept me engaged in my MedComms career to date, and I look forward to developing my project management experience and client relationships in this professional environment.”

James Wells, Account Executive at CMC Connect

“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 because it provides me with the opportunity to work on a whole range of different projects. Each day is different and challenging in its own way – I love the fast pace!”

Beth Whalley, Senior Account Executive at Prime Global

“I work in MedComms as part of Caudex at McCann Health Medical Communications. I love my job, not only for the people around me and the lifelong friends which I have made, but also for the work that we do; work that truly impacts people’s lives. I don’t come from a scientific background and pretty much fell into a career within MedComms; now I couldn’t think of doing anything else – it’s fast-paced and challenging but so rewarding! And I get to travel the world doing it.”

Amanda Whiston, Account Manager at Caudex

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