Reflections on working in account management in MedComms

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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.

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Ashfield Healthcare Communications commences Allegro programme

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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.

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A long and winding road into medical communications

IMG_7209-Copy-e1509118272347Erica 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…]

Training as a medical writer

amy_hollowayAmy Holloway has recently started as a Trainee Medical Writer at Caudex…

After I completed my PhD in Medical Sciences, I knew that I didn’t belong in a lab – I was one of those people that enjoyed collating all my research in writing my thesis than actually doing lab work. So when I finished, I looked for job that would allow me to use my scientific knowledge and to keep up-to-date with scientific developments. Working as an editor for a science journal ticked these boxes for a time, but eventually I wanted something with more variety, greater opportunity for progression and faster pace. Medical writing was something I’d heard about at various career events as I was completing my PhD, so I started looking into opportunities. After successful completion of a writing test and an interview (accompanied by an on-site test), I excitedly (and with a healthy dose of trepidation!) accepted a trainee medical writer positon with Caudex.

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