Careers guide – account management

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By Lindsey Heer, 4th edition published January 2021

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

Working as a medical publications professional

In this webinar, we’re joined by John Gonzalez, the author of our new FirstMedCommsJob careers guide “Ensuring timely dissemination of research: A guide to working as a medical publications professional“, published in October 2020. The expert panel also includes Kat Ayling-Rouse (Scientific Director), Roz Bonomally (Senior Medical Writer) and Andrea Cifelli (Global Lead) from Envision Pharma Group. We talk about the roles involved in the publications management team and discuss the ethical and regulatory environment within which medical publications professionals work. And we answer questions from the audience.

It should be of interest to anyone working in and around MedComms, in particular those with a specialist interest in publications management and wanting to understand more about their career opportunities.

Recorded 02 December 2020 as a MedComms Networking webinar. Produced by NetworkPharma.tv

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FirstMedCommsJob: Working in MedComms at Syneos Health Communications

In this webinar, we’re joined by Amanda Smith, Alex da Costa, Rebecca Thomas, Eoin Duffy and Grace Parkinson of Syneos Health Communications. They share their insights about the company, its philosophy, how MedComms fits into the wider Syneos offering, and the different roles they play within their teams. You’ll learn about what they look for in new staff, what training is provided and what the career prospects are across the company. 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 wants to maximise their chances of gaining a job at Syneos Health.

Recorded 25 November 2020 as a MedComms Networking webinar. Produced by NetworkPharma.tv

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FirstMedCommsJob: Launching your medcomms career with McCann Health Medical Communications and FUEL

In this webinar we hear about FUEL. Join members of McCann Health Medical Communications (Cannes Lions 2019 Healthcare Network of the Year) to learn how you can give your career a flying start. It’s where they launch the careers of their future experts and leaders and where you get the turbocharged support to grow your knowledge and skills across a range of client services, editorial and writing roles. Are you ready to fly? Daniel Cicognani (HR Business Partner), Phillip Hall (Recruitment Manager), Hannah Logan (Senior Medical Writer) and Ruth Hadley (Head of Client Services) will share details of how those looking to launch a successful career in medical communications will benefit. 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 wants to maximise their chances of gaining a job at McCann Health Medical Communications.

Recorded 19 November 2020 as a MedComms Networking webinar. Produced by NetworkPharma.tv Continue reading

FirstMedCommsJob: Working in MedComms at Brandcast Health

In this webinar, we’re joined by Rosária Alexandre (Medical Communications Director), Stephanie Perkin (Account Director), Yana Stewart (Senior Medical Writer) and Jess Fox (Medical Editor) from Brandcast Health, a digital medcomms agency, to 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 11 November 2020 as a MedComms Networking webinar. Produced by NetworkPharma.tv

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I work in publications management…

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Whilst preparing the new issue of our latest careers guide, Ensuring timely dissemination of research: a guide to working as a medical publications professional (published October 2020)  we invited people working in publications management with the Sponsors, Envision Pharma Group, to tell us why they are doing so….

“I work in publications management not only to be engaged in the science, but for the opportunity to work with medical experts to distil key points from complex information and tailor its presentation to the audience for the most effective communication.”

Kathryn Condon, Scientific Director and Team Lead, Envision Pharma Group

“I work in publications management because the scientist in me loves that there is always something new to learn (and that I can do this without lifting a pipette!); because there is endless variety, therapy areas, projects, clients, experts and challenges; because I get to partner with clients in big pharma and speak with experts all over the world; and most importantly, because everything requires teamwork – the sense of camaraderie is profound.”

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Careers guide – Ensuring timely dissemination of research

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By Dr John P Gonzalez CMPP, 1st edition published October 2020

The aim of this guide is to provide an overview of medical publications management. As well as explaining the processes and the regulatory environment, we provide a number of profiles from specialist medical publications professionals that give valuable insights into the various different roles involved to help you determine if you’d like to join the team.

The 1st edition of this careers guide about working as a medical publications professional is freely available here, published by Burntsky Ltd in October 2020, and it will now be updated every year.

This issue includes six personal profiles written by medical publications professionals, describing their personal journeys and the day-to-day work they now do.

Pubication of this careers guide has been supported by Envision Pharma Group.

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FirstMedCommsJob: Working in regulatory medical writing at Insight Medical Writing

In this webinar, we’re joined by Kelly Smith and Amy Ball from Insight Medical Writing who talk about their company, the regulatory medical writing services they provide and the different roles within their teams. You’ll learn about what they look for in entry-level staff, what training is provided and the career prospects. We reflect on the differences between MedComms and regulatory medical writing activities. And we answer questions from the audience.

It should be of interest to anyone who is looking for insights in to medical writing as a career and how to maximise their chances of gaining an entry-level job.

Recorded 14 October 2020 as a MedComms Networking webinar. Produced by NetworkPharma.tv
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What’s this all about?

We’re here to help you learn about careers in MedComms and then, if you decide it’s of interest, to help you get your first job! Good luck.

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We’re grateful for contributions from many members of the MedComms Networking community and specifically the following Sponsors of this FirstMedCommsJob service: AMICULUM Ltd, Ashfield Health, Envision Pharma Group, Fishawack Health, Helios Medical Communications, Highfield, Lucid Group, McCann Health Medical Communications and Oxford PharmaGenesis.

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FirstMedCommsJob: Meet the agencies in September 2020

In this webinar, we’re joined by Jane Smith (AMICULUM), Rebecca Douglas (Ashfield Healthcare Communications), Karen Kent (Envision Pharma Group), Diane Sutherland (Fishawack Health) and Petula Coutinho (Oxford PharmaGenesis), to 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. We look back on the experiences of recruitment during the pandemic and consider implications for the future. 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 30 September 2020 as a MedComms Networking webinar. Produced by NetworkPharma.tv Continue reading