Working in MedComms at Parexel

In this webinar, we’re joined by Jessica Beishon (Scientific Team Lead) and Jo Fetterman (Senior Scientific Specialist) from Parexel who talk about their company, what MedComms means for them and the different roles within their teams. You’ll learn about 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 May 2020 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, 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.”

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Careers guide – medical writing

careersguidecover_369x524From academic to medical writer: a guide to getting started in medical communications

By Dr Annick Moon, 12th edition published March 2020

This guide focuses on medical writing careers in medical communications, in particular in MedComms agencies. The MedComms industry provides consultancy services to pharmaceutical companies, and the role of the medical writer is to use science and language to deliver these services successfully, while working to the highest ethical standards and adhering to industry regulations and guidelines.

The aim of this guide is to give you the information you need to decide if you are suited to the role of medical writer, and to provide the insider knowledge you need to excel at interview.

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

The Allegro training programme – an update

In this webinar, we are joined by Katie Johnson, Talent Acquisition Associate at Ashfield Healthcare Communications and Eleanor Thomas, Medical Writer and a graduate of the Allegro programme. We hear about the development of the Allegro programme for aspiring Medical Writers over the past two years – taking the total number of people who have started their medical writing careers with Ashfield to more than 100 since its launch in January 2018 – and about how it continues to develop and support the needs of the business. And we answer questions from the audience.

It should be of interest to anyone who is looking for insights into MedComms as a career, Ashfield Healthcare Communications as a company, and how to maximise their chances of gaining an entry-level job.

Recorded 11 March 2020 as a MedComms Networking webinar. Produced by NetworkPharma.tv
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Working in MedComms at Wave Healthcare Communications

In this webinar, we’re joined by Linda Brown (Programme Director), Charlotte Wilkinson (Senior Programme Manager) and Ella Withey (Editor), of Wave Healthcare Communications, who talk about their own personal journeys into MedComms. We also explore the overall journey that Wave has taken as a company, and the work they do today to provide compelling traditional and digital medical education programmes to support ethical pharmaceutical companies. And we answer questions from the audience.

It should be of interest to anyone who is looking for insights into MedComms as a career, Wave Healthcare Communications as a company, and how to maximise their chances of gaining an entry-level job.

Recorded 4 March 2020 as a MedComms Networking webinar. Produced by NetworkPharma.tv
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In conversation with the account managers

In this webinar, we’re joined by account management staff from different agencies who talk about their own journeys into MedComms and their current roles, the day-to-day working life of account managers, training opportunities and career prospects. The panellists are Ben Church (Account Executive at Oxford PharmaGenesis), Alice Fantom (Account Executive at Envision Pharma Group)and Charlotte Lupton (Scientific Project Leader at Helios Medical Communications). They have all been profiled in the new issue of our annual careers guide, “The business of medical communications: a guide to getting started in account management“, published January 2020 (see FirstMedCommsJob.com). 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 5 February 2020 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 2020)  we invited people working in account management positions in MedComms to tell us why they are doing so….

“I work in MedComms as I enjoy being part of an exciting and innovative industry that embraces diversity across both projects and employees. I have worked closely with fantastic teams on various projects ranging from writing scientific posters for congresses to designing the entire congress booth itself. Every project allows you to develop extensive skills in project management whilst nurturing client relationships. I come from a scientific background and I am extremely satisfied working in account management for the MedComms industry. I look forward to working my way up the career ladder!”

Lauren Alexander, Account Coordinator at CMC Connect

“I work in MedComms because I thrive on the fast-paced environment, and with no 2 days the same, you are put on a path of lifelong learning as you adapt and evolve to tackle the complex challenges you face each day. As an account executive for Phase II International, it is a privilege to work alongside such a huge diversity of people with differing skillsets to bring projects across a wide range of therapies to life. I get to do all of this daily, for a range of world-leading pharma clients – it’s incredibly rewarding!”

James Badman, Account Executive at Phase II International

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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