From graduation to medical communications

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Nina Bull describes her experience, six months after starting work as an Account Executive at Porterhouse Medical.

During my final year of studying biochemistry at the University of Bath, I started applying for graduate jobs but found it difficult to find one I liked the sound of. Having realised that I didn’t enjoy lab work, in my third year I had undertaken an office-based placement doing clinical study management at a pharmaceutical company. I felt that I thrived in the office environment, but found the role quite slow-paced. However, I wasn’t aware of similar jobs in which I could use the knowledge and skills I’d gained from my science degree.

On a trip home for Christmas, I spoke to a friend who had studied biology at university and was now working for a medical communications agency, which prompted me to look into this industry. From what I could see, it seemed like exactly what I was searching for.

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MedComms Careers Guide

careersguidecover_369x521This 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 six 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 and an updated Directory of agency contacts.

The careers guide is freely available here and published by NetworkPharma Ltd. We update the guide every year and the latest edition was published in March 2017.

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My internship in medical communications

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Elliott Gray, Intern at Porterhouse Medical reflects on his recent work experience.

I’m now five months into my one-year internship at Porterhouse Medical, and I couldn’t be enjoying it more.

Although I’ve always enjoyed science, I knew that a lab-based placement year wouldn’t be for me. However, I recognised that taking a year out from my studies would still be an opportunity to try something new. Outside of academic study I’m very sociable and enjoy engaging with other people, and so a role in medical communications seemed like a natural fit for me.

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Medical Writing: The Backbone of Clinical Development

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ICT, in partnership with Trilogy Writing & Consulting, have gathered medical writing experts from around the world to help create a definitive guide to medical documentation and the various challenges of developing it.

The carefully selected and esteemed contributors are thought leaders from across the pharmaceutical and medical writing sector. Their articles raise much-needed awareness of what is required and how best to go about producing accurate, well-written documentation.

Whether you already are or intend to become a medical writer – or if you simply need your medicinal product or clinical trial documented – we hope that you will find valuable advice and practical tips in these pages, and wish you to keep it as a handy reference.

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Improving lives: Engaging employees in healthcare communications

Patrick Hoggard, VP Medical and Scientific Services at Ashfield Healthcare Communications describes how they support career development of their staff and the benefits that can come with working for a large-scale organisation.

Recorded 1 February 2017 at a MedComms Networking event in Oxford. Produced by NetworkPharma.tv

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Improving lives: The future of personalisation in healthcare communications

Piers French, Senior Strategist at Ashfield Healthcare Communications explains how they address the growing opportunity to personalise content specific to the needs of an audience using a multi-disciplinary, insight-led approach.

Recorded 1 February 2017 at a MedComms Networking event in Oxford. Produced by NetworkPharma.tv

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