Upcoming events

Relevant upcoming careers events:

10 January 2019: Introduction to MedComms, organised by FirstMedCommsJob, taking place at the Medical Sciences Teaching Sciences Centre (MSTC), South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PL [see programme and registration details here]

31 October 2018: Writing skills for medical writers: what MedComms agencies expect, organised by FirstMedCommsJob, taking place at The Windsor Centre, 15-29 Windsor Street, London, N1 8QG [see programme and registration details here]

All about the Allegro training programme from Ashfield Healthcare Communications

In this webinar, Katie Johnson, Talent Acquisition Associate at Ashfield Healthcare Communications, talks us through their Allegro training programme for Associate Medical Writers, and the recruitment process, and then answers questions from the audience. It should be of interest to anyone who is looking for insights in to MedComms as a career and specifically for those of you who are looking for entry-level opportunities in medical writing.

Recorded 20 September 2018 as a FirstMedCommsJob webinar. Produced by NetworkPharma.tv

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What’s this all about?

We’re here to help you learn about careers in MedComms and then, if you decide it’s of interest, to help you get your first job! Good luck.

Sign up to our “Newbies” email alert for regular updates for news of careers events, internships, open days and other relevant information.

We’re grateful for contributions from many members of the MedComms Networking community and specifically the following Sponsors: AMICULUM Ltd, Ashfield Healthcare Communications, Envision Pharma Group, Fishawack Group, Highfield:Communication, Lucid Group and Oxford PharmaGenesis.








Careers guide – HEOR and market access medical writing


Evidence generation and communication: a guide to getting started in HEOR/market access medical writing

By Linda Harrison, 1st edition published June 2018 [Download your copy

This new guide focuses on medical writing roles in the HEOR/market access arenas, but will be of interest to anyone who wants to understand more about the business of ensuring access to new medicines and devices for patients. If you have an interest in the commercial aspects of healthcare delivery and in helping deliver value to patients, a passion for writing and enjoy working in a fast-paced environment, then working in HEOR/market access might be for you. This guide will provide you with an in-depth introduction to this specialist area.

This issue includes seven personal profiles written by current specialists in leading HEOR/market access companies, describing their personal journeys and the day-to-day work they now do, and an up-to-date directory of agency contacts.

The first edition of this careers guide about HEOR and market access medical writing is freely available here, published by Burntsky Ltd in June 2018, and it will now be updated every year.

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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 2018)  we invited people working in medical writing and editing positions in MedComms to tell us why they are doing so….

“I work in MedComms having just finished my PhD, and love that I am still involved in scientific research. It’s great to learn about the latest advances in biomedical science, whilst having an impact on patient care.”

Caroline Anderson, Associate Medical Writer at Envision Pharma Group

“I work in MedComms because whilst I love science, I quickly figured out that post-doc life wasn’t for me. I heard a whisper of ‘medical communications’ and investigated it further – since then I haven’t looked back. I have found enjoyment in medical writing through being immersed in science without spending my days by a microscope. The work we do has the potential to have an impact on patient lives, advancing the care they receive and supporting development of new treatments.”

Jennifer Badger, Senior Medical Writer at Leading Edge (part of Lucid Group)

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