The Role of the Regulatory Medical Writer – is it clear?

If you enjoy both science and writing, then why not become a regulatory medical writer? Claire Gillow, Martin Murray, Vicky Powell and Cameron Campbell, all regulatory writers working for Bioscript, an independent regulatory writing and communications agency, describe the clinical documents they prepare and the teams they work with to help sponsors get their drugs to market and beyond. They provide insight into the typical working life and career path of a regulatory writer, and touch on some similarities and differences with Bioscript’s medical communications writers. And we answer questions from the audience.

It should be of interest to anyone who is looking for insights into medical writing as a career and how to maximise their chances of gaining an entry-level job.

Recorded 16 February 2022 as a MedComms Networking webinar. Produced by NetworkPharma.tv

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Starting a career in Medical Communications

 

Do you have strong scientific credentials, but the lab isn’t for you? Are you interested in a job that deals with cutting-edge developments in medicine? If so, watch this webinar to learn about medical communications. ‘MedComms’ agencies partner with pharmaceutical industry clients to develop and communicate scientific content in impactful ways through meetings, materials and more. Presented by Helios, a global agency group with offices in the North West, Oxford and the USA, you’ll learn why MedComms is a great long-term career choice and how to be successful in your application.

The Helios panel are; Liam Burnham (Scientific Director), Maggie Boyd (Senior Scientific Project Coordinator), Lucy Collins (Medical Writer), Andrew Minnock (Managing Director) and Jo Oswald (Training Facilitator) – all of whom have been in your position and know what it’s like to love science but want something beyond the lab.

Recorded as a live webinar, 15 February 2022, by the Helios Global Group and is included here with their permission.

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A new pathway to a medical writing career in MedComms

In this webinar, representatives from Aspire Scientific discuss the challenges of entering the medical communications industry. Learn more about a novel pathway to a first medical writing role and hear some real-life success stories first-hand. Our panellists are Rick Flemming (Joint Managing Director), Hannah Mace (Scientific Director) and Beatrice Tyrrell (Senior Medical Writer). 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 09 February 2022 as a MedComms Networking webinar. Produced by NetworkPharma.tv

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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 2022)  we invited people working in account management positions in MedComms, to tell us why they are doing so….

“I work in MedComms because it allows me to put my project management and soft skills to use within a field that truly makes a difference to patients’ lives.”
Abi Ainscough, Account Manager at Ashfield MedComms

“I work in MedComms because I love the fast-paced environment and working with a great team to deliver excellence in everything we do! No day is ever the same and I enjoy the challenges that each day brings as well as building great relationships with both clients and internal teams to allow collaboration and innovation across all projects.”
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Careers guide – account management

account_managers_369x524The business of medical communications: a guide to getting started in account management

By Lindsey Heer, published January 2022 [Download your copy]

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 into MedComms and the day-to-day work they now do, and an up-to-date directory of agency contacts. Continue reading

FirstMedCommsJob: LINK 360 – launch your MedComms Career at LINK Health Group

In this webinar, we’re joined by Eve Guichard (LINK Medical General Manger), Eleanor Steele (MedComms Mentor), Susan Cravero (LINK Medical Scientific Services) and Hannah Greetham (LINK Medical Client Services). You’ll hear about LINK 360 – a 6-month training program for people new to MedComms, across medical writing, client services and editorial. During the program, selected individuals will have a hybrid role immersed in an account and take on work from all three perspectives, giving them a 360° view of what life in MedComms is like. Alongside this, they will go through a structured training program as a cohort, with lots of support and networking opportunities across the wider LINK Health Group to give them a holistic overview of the broader aspects of healthcare communications. After 6 months, they will specialize into one of the three career pathways within LINK Health Group. We’ll answer questions from the audience, and you’ll also hear about the panellists’ journeys into MedComms and what they actually spend their time doing!

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 December 2021 as a MedComms Networking webinar. Produced by NetworkPharma.tv

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Working as a medical publications professional

In this webinar, we’re joined by Kathryn Gray (Division Head), Kate Stafford (Creative Lead), Simon Stones (Medical Writer) and Juliet West (Senior Editor) from Envision Pharma Group, sponsors of our annual FirstMedCommsJob careers guide, “Ensuring timely dissemination of research: A guide to working as a medical publications professional“. We talk about the roles involved in the publications management team and discuss the ethical and regulatory environment within which medical publications professionals work. 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 17 November 2021 as a MedComms Networking webinar. Produced by NetworkPharma.tv

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Tips for successful job hunting in MedComms

MedComms is booming! There’s a lot of work to be done and recruitment activity in our sector has never been busier at all levels. In this webinar, we are joined by Maybellene Kisseih, Maz Reive and Julia Walton, all Specialist Recruiters from Media Contacts who offer some practical advice. Whether you are looking for an entry-level job in MedComms or looking to move onwards and upwards, we’ll help you think about how you can prepare for success. And we answer questions from the audience.

It should be of interest to anyone working in and around MedComms – or wanting to do so.

Recorded 10 November 2021 as a MedComms Networking webinar. Produced by NetworkPharma.tv

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I work in publications management…

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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

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Careers guide – Working as a medical publications professional

publications_management_cover_369x523Ensuring timely dissemination of research: a guide to working as a medical publications professional

By Dr John P Gonzalez CMPP, 2nd edition published October 2021 [Download your copy]

The aim of this guide is to provide an overview of medical publications management. As well as explaining the processes and the regulatory environment, we provide a number of profiles from specialist medical publications professionals that give valuable insights into the various different roles involved to help you determine if you’d like to join the team.

The 2nd edition of this careers guide about working as a medical publications professional is freely available here, published by Burntsky Ltd in October 2021, and it will now be updated every year.

This issue includes six personal profiles written by medical publications professionals, describing their personal journeys and the day-to-day work they now do.

Publication of this careers guide has been supported by Envision Pharma Group.

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