The business of medical communications: a guide to getting started in account management
By Lindsey Heer, published January 2018
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.
Learn more about Sam Bestall, who has been working as an Associate Medical Writer for Watermeadow Medical, an Ashfield Healthcare Communications agency, for 6 months [Learn more on Ashfield Healthcare Communications’s company Blog… ]
Here’s a recording of the free webinar from the International Society for Medical Publication Professionals (ISMPP), which was broadcast on 17 January 2018 (bear in mind there is a fairly strong focus on the US marketplace in these presentations).
[Access the full recording here]
Lucy Hooper, Client Services Manager at Adelphi Communications, reflects on three years in account management.
When you first mention medical communications to people it’s not uncommon to be met with an enquiring look, and if I’m honest when looking for new opportunities and first considering a role within a MedComms agency I wasn’t 100% sure myself of what this involved.
What I found was an industry that is exciting and challenging and provides strong development potential for people from a diverse range of backgrounds. Although from a scientific background myself, my previous professional experience had not been in the medical or pharmaceutical field. However, I quickly learned that despite the initially daunting prospect, the Medical Communications community is a supportive and progressive network that takes into account a wide range of transferable skills.
This week, Ashfield Healthcare Communications welcomes its first intake of aspiring medical writers into its recently launched fast-track medical writing training programme, Allegro.
Allegro offers Associate Medical Writers the opportunity to undertake a personalised 12-month training and development programme as an initial step in building successful careers in healthcare communications. At the end of the programme, recruits will join one of Ashfield’s agency teams in the UK as a Medical Writer.
Amy is one of the newest members of the Medical Writing team at Synergy Vision. She sheds light on what it is like to work there and her experience in the first few weeks. [Read more on Synergy Vision’s company Blog… ]
Erica Brockmeier, now an Associate Medical Writer for Prime Global, writes that “finding your path involves trial and error, a willingness to step outside your comfort zone, and the confidence to go forward without a perfect plan. There’s certainly no ‘typical’ way to finding your own career path. I hope that examples like mine can inspire you to take those crucial first steps on your own path.” [Read more on NatureJobs Blog…]