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 2020)  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 it allows me to contribute to the development of new medicines for patients, and be up to date with the science, without having to do lab work anymore!”

Kerry Acheson, Editorial Director at Prime Global

“I work in MedComms because it provides challenges every day. Communicating complex ideas in a way that is engaging and innovative is often tough but, when it comes together, is always rewarding.”

Richard Anderson, Head of Creative Content at Synergy Vision

“I work in MedComms because it’s interesting and challenging to work at the forefront of clinical science, and to employ both scientific and creative mindsets in unison. No 2 days are the same, and the job definitely keeps you on your toes, but it’s really rewarding to see the results of the teams’ hard work and the positive impact it has on patients’ lives.”

Lizzy Andrew, Scientific Director at Ashfield Healthcare Communications

“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, Editorial Project Lead at Fishawack Health

“I work in MedComms because no 2 days are the same, and I get the chance to learn something new every day, talk to leading experts in key therapeutic areas and feel that I am doing my little to help patients’ lives.”

Ugo Battaglia, Senior Medical Writer at Lucid Group

“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, Senior Medical Writer at Fishawack Health

“I work in MedComms because I enjoy the variety of challenges the job offers and because I get to work with incredibly talented and intelligent people every day!”

Dan Binks, Scientific Team Leader at CMC Connect

“I work in MedComms because I enjoy learning and writing about the latest medical innovations.”

Sharmin Bovill, Senior Medical Writer at Ashfield Healthcare Communications

“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, Medical Writer at Porterhouse Medical

“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, Senior Medical Writer at Helios Medical Communications

“I work in MedComms because it enables me to utilise my scientific background while still working with other people on a regular basis. One of the most surprising things has been how much of the world I’ve seen since I’ve started – I still can’t believe that I’ve been to Argentina! Plus, I haven’t had the disappointment of a failed experiment in years!”

Ben Castle, Medical Writer at Ashfield Healthcare Communications

“I work in MedComms because it allows me to apply my scientific knowledge in a creative way to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences. 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 each day provides a new opportunity to have a positive impact on patients’ lives.”

Emma Conran, Senior Medical Writer at Porterhouse Medical

“I work in MedComms because of the challenging, fast-paced and varied nature of the job. It has already allowed me to get involved with multiple therapy areas and project types, from clinical trial manuscripts for oncology to onsite conference coverage for a rare disease. Working in MedComms, you never quite know what to expect when you walk into the office each morning – every day is different!”

Laura Crocker, Medical Writer at Ashfield Healthcare Communications

“I work in MedComms because it offers me so much variety with a different challenge every day! The scientific director role enables me to use many different skillsets: interpretation of data, planning for and running dynamic educational meetings, training up-andcoming writers and strategic consultancy are all in a day’s work. I feel privileged to be surrounded by fantastically motivated and talented teams who make coming to work a pleasure!”

Keri Davies, Scientific Director at Ashfield Healthcare Communications

“I work in MedComms because it gives me the opportunity to write materials that ultimately will be used to improve patients’ lives. I find it extremely stimulating to be in contact with eminent scientists who are at the forefront of medical research. Working in MedComms is an excellent opportunity to keep abreast of multiple therapy areas, ensuing a lot of variation daily.”

Thierry Deltheil, Senior Medical Writer at Prime Global

“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 believe that the clear and accurate communication of science and clinical research has a real-world impact on the quality of life of patients. On top of that, I learn something new every day and have the privilege of working with a diverse, like-minded team!”

Ciara Duffy, Associate Medical Writer at Envision Pharma Group

“I work in MedComms because I wanted to carry on learning about many different subjects! The role of an academic is to be an absolute expert in a highly specific field, but I enjoy hearing about innovations from across the scientific world. One day I might be learning about breakthroughs in oncology and the next day helping to promote sexual health awareness. It’s nice to keep things fresh!”

Emma Eden, Medical Writer at Synergy Vision

“I work in MedComms because the services that our clients require demand a surprising amount of creativity. Having a background in the humanities, rather than the sciences, hasn’t held me back in my role as an editorial assistant. My expertise allows our busy medical writers to do what they do best – focus on the science – while I ensure that their writing is accurate, clear and consistent.”

Matthew Eland, Editorial Assistant at Alpharmaxim Healthcare 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 it provides me with the perfect opportunity to apply my knowledge of science with my passion for writing. Every day presents unique and interesting challenges, and I am always learning something new.”

Jake Evans, Associate Medical Writer at Envision Pharma Group

“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 every day brings a new challenge! I get to apply my scientific knowledge across a variety of project types and it is very rewarding seeing a project through to completion. I get to work with some extremely talented people
and I really enjoy being part of such a fantastic team.”

Rebecca Furmston, Scientific Team Leader at CMC Affinity

“I work in MedComms because I enjoy translating medical data into digestible outputs for different audiences. It also allows me to work flexibly, which is great for my work/life balance.”

Emma Handley, Senior Medical Writer at Porterhouse Medical

“I work in MedComms because it allows me to travel the world, visiting exciting places and meeting interesting new people, all the while knowing the work I do makes a difference to the lives of patients everywhere. It challenges me and pushes me to be the best version of myself at all times.”

Alyssa Hargrove, Medical Writer at Ashfield Healthcare Communications

“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, Medical Writer at Adelphi Communications

“I work in MedComms because it provides the opportunity to continue making a difference to patients without being in the lab. Every day presents a new challenge and there is always something new to learn.”

Amy Horne, Medical Writer at Caudex

“I work in MedComms because I enjoy applying my scientific knowledge, learning new therapy areas and being part of a team who succeed in helping clients achieve their goals.”

Matthew Howes, Associate Medical Writer at Adelphi Communications

“I work in MedComms because I appreciate the diversity of content we are exposed to and the constant learning involved in my work.”

Victoria Huber, Medical Writer at Ashfield Healthcare Communications

“I work in MedComms because I get to observe and learn about the very latest in medical innovation and commercial strategy for treatments that genuinely change lives. To be involved in so many different therapeutic areas is a luxury!”

Edward Johnson, Medical Writer at Alpharmaxim Healthcare Communications

“I work in MedComms because I love to be able to write in such a variety of styles on such varied medical topics.”

Jane Juif, Medical Writer at Lucid Group

“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 at the time of my graduation in pharmacy I knew that I could have never fit into a conventional career and I casually ended up with a position as medical writer. I am so glad it happened. This job challenges me every single day. Every piece of work is unique and every project teaches me something new. It never gets boring. One day you might have to develop a poster for a big congress, the next a patient infographic and the following day you might be asked to attend a meeting in Barcelona. It can be so varied a career that it is really up to you to shape it around what you enjoy most and make the best out of it. It’s stimulating, it’s flexible and it’s rewarding. Personally, I’ve found the perfect job to bring together my curiosity for science and my creativity.”

Martina Klinger-Sikora, Medical Writer at inScience Communications

“I work in MedComms because it allows me to apply my professional expertise as a pharmacist to a more creative, dynamic role, while still working to improve the lives of patients. I love the satisfaction of completing a project to an excellent standard, as part of an amazing team!”

Lucy Liveston, Associate Medical Writer at Porterhouse Medical

“I work in MedComms because it allows me to remain engaged with active research whilst working on a diverse range of projects. The collaborative atmosphere also makes it a great field to work in.”

Ella Lineham, Associate Medical Writer at Envision Pharma Group

“I work in MedComms because it allows me to combine my love of science with a bit more creativity. I love knowing that the projects we deliver can have real, tangible results and improve outcomes for so many patients.”

Chloe Malloy, Editorial Manager at Prime Global

“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 love to write and I have a passion for science. I became an associate medical writer after finishing my PhD and have never looked back. Every day is different and I have had the opportunity to work on a variety of therapy areas and projects, each with their own challenges. MedComms is a fast-paced environment and I get to work with a wide range of people, both clients and colleagues. There are also great opportunities for travel and career progression. I would highly recommend a career in MedComms.”

Gemma McGregor, Medical Writer at CMC Affinity

“I work in MedComms because I find it truly stimulating. I’m fascinated by science and all things medical, love creating a story for our clients and enjoy working with like-minded people – this is my ideal job!”

Catrina Milgate, Director, Editorial and Scientific Services at Alpharmaxim Healthcare Communications

“I work in MedComms because it is a fast-paced, exciting and challenging career that combines scientific expertise with creativity. It is really satisfying to collaborate with experts and work on translating the latest scientific innovations
into deliverables for different audiences.”

Nicola Morgan, Senior Medical Writer at Caudex

“I work in MedComms because it’s the perfect combination of science and creativity! It allows me to learn, talk and think about science every day, and think creatively about how best to communicate scientific concepts.”

Bonnie Nicholson, Medical Writer at Ashfield Healthcare Communications

“I work in MedComms because I am constantly discovering new things – whether related to a disease, a drug or an innovative technique that encourages learning. The fact that I get to work alongside a fantastic and dedicated team while doing so is an added bonus!”

Rebecca Phillips, Medical Editor and Writer at Darwin Healthcare Communications

“I work in MedComms because I enjoy using my scientific background and working as part of team to deliver a range of interesting projects in different therapy areas.”

Rachael Powis, Associate Medical Writer at Adelphi Communications

“I work in MedComms because I love learning about complicated science and turning it into something creative and comprehensible. It is a privilege to work at the forefront of medical innovation alongside healthcare professionals and the pharmaceutical industry, and with every project I feel that I am impacting patients’ lives for the better.”

Rachel Price, Senior Medical Writer at Darwin Healthcare Communications

“I work in MedComms because every single day brings a new challenge and a new nugget of wisdom. I am constantly developing new skills, expanding my personal horizons, and learning from the wonderful people I work with. Inspired by words, driven by science, continuously rewarded.”

Lindsay Queen, Principal Medical Writer at Darwin Healthcare Communications

“I work in MedComms because it exposes me to almost every aspect of numerous and ever-evolving therapeutic areas, thereby satisfying my scientific curiosity.”

Emily Ruban-Fell, Medical Writer at Ashfield Healthcare Communications

“I work in MedComms because effective dissemination of scientific data is what leads to the development of new drugs and treatments, which ultimately saves more patients’ lives. As an editor, I get to combine my scientific knowledge with my passion for language to ensure that new scientific discoveries are communicated as clearly and accurately as possible.”

Alistair Shearer, Associate Medical Editor at CMC Connect

“I work in MedComms because my job offers the opportunity to work in all kinds of new and exciting treatment areas. I enjoy learning about what really makes a difference to patients, and as a writer I can help to make a difference in the real world. My colleagues are awesome to work with, and no 2 days are the same!”

Hazel Shepherd, Medical Writer at Ogilvy Health

“I work in MedComms because effectively I’m getting paid for my natural tendency to be pernickety about tiny details.”

Elke Sims, Senior Editor at Prime Global

“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, Senior Medical Writer at 2TheNth

“I work in MedComms because it allows me to stay on the cutting edge of multiple therapy areas, whilst allowing me to get involved with the business development, account management and creative sides of scientific communication. It’s a great way for me to stay engaged in science and medicine without the lab work, and is a career that exposes me to a wide variety of skills, with good opportunities for progression.”

Alex Stainer, Medical Writer at Porterhouse Medical

“I work in MedComms because it is a fast-paced, intellectually stimulating and engaging environment. In my job, no 2 days are the same! I love working with my team to create a large variety of high-quality content aimed at different audiences. It is very rewarding to be able to use my creativity, scientific expertise and interpersonal skills to, ultimately, help improve the lives of patients around the world.”

Laura Vergoz, Medical Writer at Ashfield Healthcare Communications

“I work in MedComms because it is a challenging yet rewarding job where I am given the opportunity to constantly learn and be at the forefront of scientific development.”

Joseph Ward, Associate Medical Writer at inScience Communications

“I work in MedComms because it allows me to totally immerse myself in cutting-edge data and present them in a patient-relevant way. I know the work I do has a real impact!”

Sandra Whitelaw, Principal Medical Writer at Alpharmaxim Healthcare Communications

“I work in MedComms because it allows me to draw upon elements of my previous roles in the pharmaceutical industry and community pharmacy, whilst still learning an amazing amount every single day!”

Nana Whitlock, Medical Writer at Ashfield Healthcare Communications

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

Hilary Wong, 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 that helps benefit clients by providing unique insights into what makes both healthcare professionals and patients tick from an ‘insider’s’ perspective.”

Beth Wynne-Evans, Medical Advisor/Medical Writer at Porterhouse Medical

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