A writer’s role in drug development: a guide to getting started in regulatory medical writing
By Dr Debbie Brix Reynolds, 2nd edition published September 2020
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 2nd edition of this careers guide about regulatory medical writing is freely available here, published by Burntsky Ltd in September 2020, and it will now be updated every year.
Pubication of this careers guide has been supported by Insight Medical Writing. Continue reading
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 2020) we invited people working in HEOR/market access to tell us why they are doing so….
“I work in HEOR/market access as I am continuously able to build my skills and challenge myself to combine science, creativity and commercial experience to provide strategic guidance and support clients’ needs, which is very rewarding.”
Kate Anstee, Associate Value Consultant at Adelphi Values | PROVE
“I work in HEOR/market access as I enjoy the exposure to a diverse range of projects. From costed-pathway tools to launch programmes to pricing research, I have an opportunity to help patients gain access to medications whilst continually learning in my role.”
Sonika Awasthy, Market Access Consultant at OPEN VIE (part of the OPEN Health Group) Continue reading
Evidence generation and communication: a guide to getting started in HEOR/market access medical writing
By Linda Harrison, 3rd edition published June 2020 [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 third edition of this careers guide about HEOR and market access medical writing is freely available here, published by Burntsky Ltd in June 2020, and it will now be updated every year. Continue reading
In this webinar, we’re joined by Matt Evans (AMICULUM), Katie Johnson (Ashfield Healthcare Communications), Diane Sutherland (Fishawack Health), Anne Clare Wadsworth (Envision Pharma Group), Elena Mills (Helios Medical Communications) and Paul Farrow (Oxford PharmaGenesis) who answer questions from the audience. They talk about the different roles within their teams, what they look for in entry-level staff, what training is provided and what are the career prospects. This video is one of several we recorded, including a series of individual agency presentations, at our Meet the Agencies event in May 2020.
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 18 May 2020 as a MedComms Networking webinar. Produced by NetworkPharma.tv
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
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
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]
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
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.
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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 2019) 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 I get to be a scientist, a writer, a designer, a project manager and a member of a great team every day!”
Marc Astick, Associate Medical Writer at Real Science
“I work in MedComms because it’s a challenging, fast-paced environment that allows you to get involved in a variety of therapy areas. It also provides great opportunities for career progression.”
Lisa Auker, Senior Medical Writer at Fishawack Communications Continue reading