The 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
A 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
In this synchronised audio and slide show, Jane Smith, Director at AMICULUM, provides an agency perspective on MedComms; what we do, how we do it, what we look for in a new staff, and the training and career opportunities ahead. This presentation was recorded at the Open Careers Event, FirstMedCommsJob: Introduction to MedComms, held in London on 20 June 2019.
[Find out more about AMICULUM here]
Evidence generation and communication: a guide to getting started in HEOR/market access medical writing
By Linda Harrison, 2nd edition published June 2019 [Download your copy
This 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 eight 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.
The second edition of this careers guide about HEOR and market access medical writing is freely available here, published by Burntsky Ltd in June 2019, and it will now be updated every year. Continue reading
Ellie Judd is an Associate Medical Writer with Real Science and has suggested 10 practical top tips to bear in mind if you are starting out as a medical writer in MedComms.
In this webinar, we’re joined by medical writers from four different agencies who talk about their own journeys into MedComms and their current roles, the day-to-day working life of medical writers, training opportunities and career prospects. The four writers are Simran Grewal (Medical Writer at Helios Medical Communications), Joe Pickering(Medical Writer at Mudskipper), Linda Townsend (Medical Writer at Ashfield Healthcare Communications) and Tim van Hartevelt (Associate Medical Writer at Oxford PharmaGenesis). 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 8 May 2019 as a FirstMedCommsJob webinar. Produced by NetworkPharma.tv Continue reading
A collection of useful open access articles describing careers in medical writing, both in MedComms and in regulatory writing, from the European Medical Writers Association (EMWA), published online in April 2019. You’ll find lots of personal stories and insights into the working life of medical writers.
[Read the full articles]