Careers guide – account management

account_managers_369x523The business of medical communications: a guide to getting started in account management

By Lindsey Heer, 3rd edition published January 2020

As we explain in this guide, the terminology, job titles and specific roles of account managers or project managers in MedComms agencies can vary, but effective account management is always critical. This new guide helps explain how that happens in practice and provides you with an understanding of both the challenges and the rewards that come from a career in MedComms. We believe reading this guide will give you the edge to getting that first job.

This issue includes nine personal profiles written by current specialists in leading MedComms agencies, describing their personal journeys in to MedComms and the day-to-day work they now do, and an up-to-date directory of agency contacts. Continue reading

Six things I would tell myself on my first day after my first 3 months as a medical writer

tilly_shackleyTilly Shackley is an Associate Medical Writer with Real Science and has reflected on her first three months working as a medical writer in MedComms.

It is always challenging to know what to expect when entering into a new career, especially if it is in a niche field, such as medical communications. 3 months ago, I had my first day as an Associate Medical Writer at Real Science Communications, fresh from the labs after completing my MPhil in clinical medical research. Since then, I have been on a very steep learning curve and I have loved every minute of it, despite some challenges. I had a think about what advice I would give to myself on my first day and compiled six points that I wish somebody had told me. Continue reading

Working in MedComms at McCann Health Medical Communications

In this webinar, we hear from Phil Hall, Recruitment Manager at McCann Health Medical Communications who talks about the company, what MedComms means for them and the different roles within their teams. He explains what they look for in entry-level staff, what training is provided and what are the career prospects across the group. And we answer questions from the audience. It should be of interest to anyone who is looking for insights in to MedComms as a career and how to maximise their chances of gaining an entry-level job.

Recorded 13 November 2019 as a MedComms Networking webinar. Produced by NetworkPharma.tv Continue reading

Careers guide – A writer’s role in drug development

regulatory_writers_cover_369x520A writer’s role in drug development: a guide to getting started in regulatory medical writing

By Dr Debbie Brix Reynolds, 1st edition published September 2019

This guide aims to provide an insight into regulatory medical writing with a focus on drug development as opposed to medical devices, although writers work in both areas. It explores the roles and attributes of the writer, tips on winning your first regulatory writing role and help in deciding whether this would be the career for you, drawing comparisons with working in MedComms.

The 1st edition of this careers guide about regulatory medical writing is freely available here, published by Burntsky Ltd in September 2019, and it will now be updated every year.

Pubication of this careers guide has been supported by Insight Medical Writing. Continue reading

I work in HEOR/market access…

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Whilst preparing the new issue of our latest careers guide, Evidence generation and communication: a guide to getting started in HEOR/market access medical writing (published June 2019)  we invited people working in HEOR/market access to tell us why they are doing so….

“I work in HEOR/market access because I want to help deliver promising therapies to patients. It’s exciting to read in the news that a product my team worked on has reached the market and now helps patients to address their needs.”

Federica Benassi, Consultant at Valid Insight

“I work in HEOR/market access consulting because I enjoy finding creative, novel approaches to communicating the value of new technologies at a global, European and UK level. The work is incredibly varied, ranging from the development of detailed, fully-referenced value dossiers to visually impactful presentations, and bespoke cost-effectiveness and budget impact models. Ultimately, I enjoy contributing to improved healthcare and helping patients gain access to the therapies that they need.”

Tom Blaikie, Market Access Consultant at OPEN VIE (Part of the OPEN Health Group) Continue reading