My first medcomms job

Emma PerryEmma Perry, a Senior Account Executive at Publicis Resolute, has written an acrostic, spelling out her enthusiasm for medical communications…

Many people ask me how I started working in medical communications, and the answer is quite straightforward.

Essentially, I really enjoyed the fast-paced environment and day-to-day variety in my previous PR agency, but I missed the science! Continue reading

In conversation with the medical writers

In this webinar, we’re joined by medical writers from four different agencies who talk about their own journeys into MedComms and their current roles, the day-to-day working life of medical writers, training opportunities and career prospects. The four writers are Simran Grewal (Medical Writer at Helios Medical Communications), Joe Pickering(Medical Writer at Mudskipper), Linda Townsend (Medical Writer at Ashfield Healthcare Communications) and Tim van Hartevelt (Associate Medical Writer at Oxford PharmaGenesis). 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 8 May 2019 as a FirstMedCommsJob webinar. Produced by NetworkPharma.tv Continue reading

Specialising in HEOR/Market Access medical writing with DRG Abacus

In this webinar, we are joined by Marie Cuddon (Internal Recruiter), Deb Burford (Head of Medical Writing), Laura Eaton (Medical Writer) and Claire Fielden (Medical Writer) from DRG Abacus who talk about their work in market access and how it differs from other MedComms specialisms. Specifically they talk about the role of the writers and explain what they look for in entry-level staff, and the training opportunities and career prospects – 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. It should also be of interest to people already working in MedComms and interested in specialising further.

Recorded 1 May 2019 as a FirstMedCommsJob webinar. Produced by NetworkPharma.tv

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Time flies when you’re having fun – as an Associate Medical Writer

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Rhiannon Roberts has been an Associate Medical Writer with Real Science for 10 months now, and reflects on her experience of MedComms so far…

As I came towards the end of my PhD in Cell Biology, I started looking at the obvious (and what I thought at the time was the only) next step – a postdoc in the same field. I didn’t know much about MedComms, and I had definitely never considered a career in it.

During my search for a postdoc position I became worried about getting stuck in the same field/doing the same experiments forever. At this point a friend of mine who had already made the leap out of academia encouraged me to explore the world of MedComms. I haven’t looked back.

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Life as a senior medical writer

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David Griffiths, Senior Medical Writer at Bioscript, writes about his day which he describes as comprising “technical excellence and tea-fuelled multitasking”…

The first thing I like to do when I arrive at my desk in a morning is check my emails and update my to-do list from yesterday afternoon, based on anything that’s come in overnight. Sometimes there’s lots of messages, particularly during busy periods in preparation for congresses, but fortunately there’s just a few additional actions for me today.

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I work in MedCommms…

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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