FirstMedCommsJob: Meet the Agencies

DATE: 22 May 2017

VENUE: The Careers Service, 56 Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 6PA

This is our second one-day intensive MedComms careers workshop, which provides the opportunity for delegates with a genuine interest in joining the MedComms industry to get up close and personal with a number of leading employers. The format has been designed to give delegates as much insight as possible into life in the different agencies and to be able to compare and contrast those working environments. This event is all about talking direct and in depth with the MedComms specialists about the practicalities of getting the first job and then of the working life in the agencies, so attendees are expected to have already made themselves familiar with the information provided online at



Life as a new Associate Medical Writer by Emily Fisher


I am now seven weeks in to my role as an Associate Medical Writer at CircleScience, one of the agencies within Ashfield Healthcare Communications, part of UDG Healthcare plc. As expected my first few weeks have been a whirlwind of information and training.

Since my first week, I’ve had the opportunity to work on a range of projects, on a variety of disease and therapy areas. Already, after seven weeks of work, I’ve gained experience in many different types of scientific writing, from reviews to slide decks to paper summaries. In a short space of time, I’ve been given a large amount of guidance and developed many new writing techniques which has really improved my writing skills. I receive constructive feedback on all of my work, which is always very clearly explained. At first, I was worried that this would seem like criticism, but it doesn’t. I’m always praised for things I’ve done well, and any suggested improvements are always thoroughly explained, so that I can incorporate them into future writing and, ultimately, improve my technique. I’m now gaining more confidence, greater responsibility and starting to take control of my own projects, with constant guidance of course!

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I work in MedComms…

manchester13_pic01Here are some quotes that were first published in past issues of our annual careers guide, from individuals who attended our MedComms careers events and are now working in MedComms.

“I work in MedComms to use my clinical background within a more creative context. If you’re fascinated by scientific ideas and want to develop your writing skills in a fast-paced team environment, the MedComms Networking events are a great starting point to meet people within the industry and find out more.”

Lauri Arnstein attended a careers event in 2014 and now works as an Associate Medical Writer at Zoetic Science, Ashfield Healthcare Communications.

“I work in MedComms as a medical writer and really enjoy the variety of working across different therapy areas. I’m always learning!”

Emma Bolton attended a careers event in 2015 and now works as a Medical Writer at  Oxford PharmaGenesis.

“I work in MedComms because I really enjoy writing and this job lets me keep learning new science as well as write – so it is a win-win scenario.”

Lisa Brackenbury attended a careers event in 2015 and now works as an Associate Medical Writer at Watermeadow, Ashfield Healthcare Communications.

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My thoughts on medical writing: Three months in

maxwell_221116I’m Ellen Maxwell, and I started working as an Associate Medical Writer with QXV Communications (an Ashfield Healthcare Communications agency, part of UDG Healthcare plc) three months ago after attending the Ashfield Medical Writer’s Assessment Centre.

It was only two months prior to this that I discovered the world of medical communications – or “medcomms” to the insiders. I was working as a frustrated post-doc in cancer biology and started to do a lot of reading into the field. After attending a few career events and getting in touch with medical writers via LinkedIn to get an insight into their working lives, I decided this was a career with fantastic prospects and a great opportunity to work on ground-breaking drugs in therapeutic areas that directly affect patients’ lives.

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