Careers guide – account management

account_managers_369x524The business of medical communications: a guide to getting started in account management

By Lindsey Heer, published January 2022 [Download your copy]

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 into MedComms and the day-to-day work they now do, and an up-to-date directory of agency contacts. Continue reading

FirstMedCommsJob: LINK 360 – launch your MedComms Career at LINK Health Group

In this webinar, we’re joined by Eve Guichard (LINK Medical General Manger), Eleanor Steele (MedComms Mentor), Susan Cravero (LINK Medical Scientific Services) and Hannah Greetham (LINK Medical Client Services). You’ll hear about LINK 360 – a 6-month training program for people new to MedComms, across medical writing, client services and editorial. During the program, selected individuals will have a hybrid role immersed in an account and take on work from all three perspectives, giving them a 360° view of what life in MedComms is like. Alongside this, they will go through a structured training program as a cohort, with lots of support and networking opportunities across the wider LINK Health Group to give them a holistic overview of the broader aspects of healthcare communications. After 6 months, they will specialize into one of the three career pathways within LINK Health Group. We’ll answer questions from the audience, and you’ll also hear about the panellists’ journeys into MedComms and what they actually spend their time doing!

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 13 December 2021 as a MedComms Networking webinar. Produced by NetworkPharma.tv

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Working as a medical publications professional

In this webinar, we’re joined by Kathryn Gray (Division Head), Kate Stafford (Creative Lead), Simon Stones (Medical Writer) and Juliet West (Senior Editor) from Envision Pharma Group, sponsors of our annual FirstMedCommsJob careers guide, “Ensuring timely dissemination of research: A guide to working as a medical publications professional“. 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 who is looking for insights in to MedComms as a career and how to maximise their chances of gaining an entry level job.

Recorded 17 November 2021 as a MedComms Networking webinar. Produced by NetworkPharma.tv

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Tips for successful job hunting in MedComms

MedComms is booming! There’s a lot of work to be done and recruitment activity in our sector has never been busier at all levels. In this webinar, we are joined by Maybellene Kisseih, Maz Reive and Julia Walton, all Specialist Recruiters from Media Contacts who offer some practical advice. Whether you are looking for an entry-level job in MedComms or looking to move onwards and upwards, we’ll help you think about how you can prepare for success. And we answer questions from the audience.

It should be of interest to anyone working in and around MedComms – or wanting to do so.

Recorded 10 November 2021 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 2021)  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 because I enjoy collaborating with an international team across the drug development lifecycle. It brings together my passions for science and communication, and every day has interesting new challenges.

Ciara Duffy, Medical Writer, Envision Pharma Group, UK

I work in publications management because I enjoy the interaction between authors, clients, communication professionals, clinicians and patients/carers. The mix of creativity and science is fulfilling, and ensures the job is never boring. It is also gratifying to work with so many people who are at the forefront of healthcare.

Jonathon Gibbs, Scientific Director, Envision Pharma Group, UK

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Careers guide – Working as a medical publications professional

publications_management_cover_369x523Ensuring timely dissemination of research: a guide to working as a medical publications professional

By Dr John P Gonzalez CMPP, 2nd edition published October 2021 [Download your copy]

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 2nd edition of this careers guide about working as a medical publications professional is freely available here, published by Burntsky Ltd in October 2021, 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.

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

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Working in regulatory medical writing

In this webinar, we’re joined by Amy Ball and Megan Stanton-Humphreys from Insight Medical Writing, sponsors of our annual FirstMedCommsJob careers guide, “A writer’s role in drug development: a guide to getting started in regulatory medical writing”. The latest edition of the guide was published in September 2021. We talk about 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 MedComms as a career and how to maximise their chances of gaining an entry level job.

Recorded 06 October 2021 as a MedComms Networking webinar. Produced by NetworkPharma.tv

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Careers guide – A writer’s role in drug development

regulatory_writers_cover_369x522A writer’s role in drug development: a guide to getting started in regulatory medical writing

By Dr Debbie Brix Reynolds, 3rd edition published September 2021 [Download your copy]

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 3rd edition of this careers guide about regulatory medical writing is freely available here, published by Burntsky Ltd in September 2021, and it will now be updated every year.

Publication of this careers guide has been supported by Insight Medical Writing

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MedComms Essentials: What types of projects could I be working on when I start?

In this series of informal #MedComms webinars we specifically address individual questions that are frequently asked by individuals looking to start a career in medical communications. We’re joined on this occasion by Alex Dutka (Scientific Project Leader), Jade Murdoch (Senior Medical Writer) and Lauren Oswald (Associate Medical Writer) from Helios Global Group for their perspectives on the question, “What types of projects could I be working on when I start?”.

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 15 July 2021 as a MedComms Networking webinar. Produced by NetworkPharma.tv

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MedComms Essentials: What has been the effect of the pandemic on medical communications?

In this series of informal #MedComms webinars we specifically address individual questions that are frequently asked by individuals looking to start a career in medical communications. We’re joined on this occasion by Alex Dutka (Scientific Project Leader) and Simon Whiteley (Director) from Helios Global Group for their perspectives on the question, “What has been the effect of the pandemic on medical communications?”.

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 15 July 2021 as a MedComms Networking webinar. Produced by NetworkPharma.tv

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