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
From academic to medical writer: a guide to getting started in medical communications
By Dr Annick Moon, 11th edition published March 2019
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.
The 11th edition of this careers guide about medical writing is freely available here, published by Burntsky Ltd in March 2019, and it will now be updated every year. Continue reading
The 2nd Edition of the annual careers guide, ‘The business of medical communications: a guide to getting started in account management‘ has just been published and in this webinar the author, Lindsey Heer, offers advice on how to prepare for that first account management job in MedComms, and what to expect. 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 24 January 2019 as a FirstMedCommsJob 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 2019) we invited people working in account management positions in MedComms to tell us why they are doing so….
“I work in MedComms as a VP of client services leading one of our agencies. This role has given me the opportunity to work closely with an extensive range of gifted people – global healthcare professionals, patient groups, a broad range of clients in different therapy areas, and talented in-house individuals from inside our agency and across our wider business – which makes me feel very privileged. All of us working together at the forefront of medical advances make a real difference to patient lives. Agency life is fun, fast-paced, interesting and dynamic. No day is ever the same, every day brings us new challenges to find solutions for and there is always something exciting just around the corner. I started my career with Ashfield over 13 years ago in the sales side of our business as a trainee and have never looked back. Throughout this time I have been given many opportunities, undertaking a wide variety of commercial roles across the UK and in the USA, which have strengthened and grown my skill set, continually progressing my career, and for which I am extremely grateful.”
Anna Bayley, VP Client Services at Ashfield Healthcare Communications
The business of medical communications: a guide to getting started in account management
By Lindsey Heer, 2nd edition published January 2019
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.
In this webinar, Julia Walton of specialist recruitment company, Media Contacts, provides some practical tips about researching the market and about preparing your CV, and answers a wide range of questions from the audience about applying for entry-level jobs in MedComms. 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 14 November 2018 as a FirstMedCommsJob webinar. Produced by NetworkPharma.tv