Careers guide – medical writing

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By Dr Annick Moon, 10th edition published March 2018

This 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 nine 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 as well as an updated directory of agency contacts.

The 10th edition of this careers guide about medical writing is freely available here, published by Burntsky Ltd in March 2018, and it will now be updated every year.

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Reflection on the Allegro eight-week training curriculum by Amy Watkins

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When I first applied for a job in healthcare communications as an Associate Medical Writer, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I received a job offer to join the Allegro programme a month after I had submitted my PhD thesis, and, to be honest, working outside of the comfort of academia was a little bit daunting. Allegro is a 12-month programme, comprising an eight-week training phase followed by two five-month rotations in different agencies within Ashfield Healthcare Communications (AHC). I have now just finished my eight weeks of training, and it has been quite the journey!

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The business of medical communications: A guide to getting started in account management

Lindsey Heer, an independent medcomms specialist, provides an overview of the medcomms business and of the role of account and project managers in ensuring project delivery on time and to budget.

Read the accompanying careers guide, The business of medical communications: A guide to getting started in account management, here.

Recorded 7 March 2018 at a MedComms Networking event in Oxford. Produced by NetworkPharma.tv

[Find out more about Lindsey here]

Six things I’ve learned about writing since moving into medcomms

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Krish Kapoor, a medical writer at Cello Health Cypher reflects on starting her career in MedComms…

This week marks my 2 year anniversary of starting out in medical writing. If you know me IRL (or if you’ve skimmed my LinkedIn profile), you’ll know that before moving into medcomms I was a research scientist, first in academia, then in the commercial sector. Joining the medcomms industry has been a huge learning curve for me, and I wanted to share some key points on writing for anyone else thinking of a career in the same field.

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I work in MedComms…

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Whilst preparing the new issue of our latest careers guide, The business of medical communications: a guide to getting started in account management (published January 2018)  we invited people working in account management positions in MedComms to tell us why they are doing so….

I work in MedComms as part of Fishawack’s ever-evolving project management team. Whether it’s in the office or on the football pitch, I’m a team player and believe that communication and cohesion are crucial to bringing about the right result. I enjoy working with clients, colleagues and numbers, and get a kick from managing projects from inception right up until the final whistle.

Pete Aidley, Technical Lead, Project Management Team at Fishawack Communications

I work in MedComms and although I don’t have a scientific background, it really allows me to feel close to the development of life-saving drugs, and knowing that the work I deliver ultimately ends in the care and needs of a patient is beyond rewarding.

Kim Barber, Account Executive at Ashfield Healthcare Communications

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The Allegro Programme – An Editorial Assistant’s perspective from Greg Rowe

Greg_RoweMy journey to become an Associate Medical Writer (AMW) for Ashfield Healthcare Communications (AHC) began on 21 November, 2016. I made the move North in pursuit of a career in Healthcare Communications, having spent several years working in roles that had left me feeling either unsatisfied professionally, or bored. It had always been my intention to go into Medical Writing, but after numerous rejections citing ‘a lack of experience’ I felt it wise to get in on the ground floor and work my way up. So it was with great enthusiasm that, having passed the interview and editorial test stages of the recruitment process, I began my new role as an Editorial Assistant (EA) for CircleScience (one of AHC’s agencies).

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