Whilst preparing the new issue of our latest careers guide, Ensuring timely dissemination of research: a guide to working as a medical publications professional (published October 2021) we invited people working in publications management with the Sponsors, Envision Pharma Group, to tell us why they are doing so….
I work in publications management because I enjoy collaborating with an international team across the drug development lifecycle. It brings together my passions for science and communication, and every day has interesting new challenges.
Ciara Duffy, Medical Writer, Envision Pharma Group, UK
I work in publications management because I enjoy the interaction between authors, clients, communication professionals, clinicians and patients/carers. The mix of creativity and science is fulfilling, and ensures the job is never boring. It is also gratifying to work with so many people who are at the forefront of healthcare.
Jonathon Gibbs, Scientific Director, Envision Pharma Group, UK
I work in publications management because I get to work on meaningful projects alongside a talented team of writers and client solutions specialists. Patient-focused projects are a passion of mine – being able to make scientific information more accessible to patients is highly rewarding.
Chloé Horton, Account Executive, Envision Pharma Group, UK
I work in publications management because I am able to combine my love of process, project management and teamwork all in one place. There is never a dull moment and I love the variety of people, data and results we see. Seeing a tangible result of efforts across multiple stakeholders is incredibly rewarding. At this point in my career, I have found “my place” in publications management!
Sheila Miller, Senior Account Director, Envision Pharma Group, USA
I work in publications management and, as an introvert who loves science and writing, I find it to be the perfect fit for me. Working primarily on manuscripts, I can really sink my teeth into a topic and therapy area. I love having the opportunity to improve my writing skills every day – possibly the most important of which is being able to read and re-read everything you write! I work in a small, friendly team and get a great sense of job satisfaction when I see my name in the acknowledgements section of a manuscript.
Sally Neath, Medical Writer, Envision Pharma Group, UK
I work in publications management because I thrive on being part of a big team and utilising my experience as a senior account manager to see programmes through from start to finish. There is a sense of accomplishment from seeing the humble beginnings of a publication finally reach the public sphere. The excitement of waiting to see if that journal you have been hoping to get published in accepts your article! These publications are helping to educate, raise awareness and help mould the standard of care to improve the lives of patients, their families and the team of people who treat them. Doing something that I feel helps to create change is why I work in MedComms.
Jenna Romanski, Senior Account Manager, Envision Pharma Group, USA
I work in publications management because every project assigned brings new challenges and variety to my role. I am constantly learning, whether it be about new biological pathways, new treatments, new therapy areas or how to work with new clients. Our roles have a variety of tasks, from writing, project management and mentoring to managing a team if desired.
Prudence Stanford, Senior Scientific Director, Envision Pharma Group, Australia
I work in publications management because I can combine my love of science with my passion for writing. I believe that research belongs to everyone, and so I embrace every opportunity within my role to ensure that research findings are communicated to a wide range of audiences – including patients and carers. It is a privilege to be involved in delivering publications that could transform the future health and well-being of people around the world.
Simon Stones, Associate Medical Writer, Envision Pharma Group, UK
I work in publications management because it enables me to combine my passion for science and health, my talent for writing and my desire to make a positive difference in the world. Recent global events have highlighted the need for clear and accurate health information and, as a medical writer, you help to bring information on the latest developments in medicine to patients, healthcare professionals and the public alike. I have been able to work with a diverse group of people on a variety of publication types across a range of therapeutic areas and am learning and growing every day!
Susan Tan, Senior Medical Writer, Envision Pharma Group, Australia
I work in publications management because every day provides new learning experiences that contribute to my personal and professional development, which allows me to gain confidence and knowledge on a regular basis. The interaction with clients and colleagues is engaging and rewarding, and you don’t necessarily need to have a scientific background to work in a team where you are making a positive impact on the lives of patients and caregivers.
Lyndsey Willsher, Account Director, Envision Pharma Group, UK