Adrian Brown, a Training Consultant in Healthcare Communications, provides an overview of the role of the MedComms agency in supporting the strategic communications planning process in the pharmaceutical industry.
Recorded 5 April 2017 at a MedComms Networking event in Oxford. Produced by NetworkPharma.tv
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 six 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 and an updated Directory of agency contacts.
The careers guide is freely available here and published by NetworkPharma Ltd. We update the guide every year and the latest edition was published in March 2017.
ICT, in partnership with Trilogy Writing & Consulting, have gathered medical writing experts from around the world to help create a definitive guide to medical documentation and the various challenges of developing it.
The carefully selected and esteemed contributors are thought leaders from across the pharmaceutical and medical writing sector. Their articles raise much-needed awareness of what is required and how best to go about producing accurate, well-written documentation.
Whether you already are or intend to become a medical writer – or if you simply need your medicinal product or clinical trial documented – we hope that you will find valuable advice and practical tips in these pages, and wish you to keep it as a handy reference.
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Phil Hall, specialist Medical Communications Recruitment Consultant at Carrot Pharma Recruitment, provides some tips for gaining that elusive first job in MedComms.
Recorded 6 October 2016 at a MedComms Networking event in Oxford. Produced by NetworkPharma.tv
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Costello Medical Consulting have been running an internship programme since 2012 and this is described in the following article, which was previously published in the Journal of the European Medical Writers Association (EMWA); Medical Writing, Volume 25 issue 3, September 2016.
Authors; Debbie Nixon and Sophie Pearson of Costello Medical Consulting
Medical communications is a rapidly growing industry and competition for experienced recruits is often fierce. Paradoxically, however, ‘getting your foot in the door’ can be very difficult for those without formal medical writing experience. Thus, for applicants wishing to embark on a career in medical communications, prior experience can strengthen a candidate’s CV and provide them with an invaluable insight into the day-to-day life of a medical writer.
In lieu of previous employment in the medical writing field, a well-structured internship should also enable the intern to sharpen their writing and editorial skills, whilst learning more about the healthcare industry in general, ultimately increasing their chances of finding a suitable job in medical communications. There are also notable benefits for the host company, since the additional resource provided by interns can make important contributions to project work, easing the workloads of perm- anent staff, and provide opportunities to staff members looking for line management experience. Moreover, a successful period of on-the-job training and development of a core set of medical writing skills may result in the offer of a permanent position with the host company or elsewhere.
The first issue of this new magazine, supported by Oxford University’s Careers Service, includes a series of insights written by PhDs and postdocs who have moved from Academia into medical communications.
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Published in the June 2016 issue of Medical Writing, written by Peter Llewellyn and Annick Moon
Abstract: NetworkPharma has been running a series of careers events and workshops aimed at entry-level jobs in MedComms, and publish a careers guide, From Academic to Medical Writer, which is updated annually in March. In this article, Peter Llewellyn from NetworkPharma, and Annick Moon, author of the careers guide, answer some of the most prevalent questions asked by entry-level candidates at the workshops they have attended over the past decade. The areas covered focus on jobs in MedComms, particularly medical writing in the UK.
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