MedComms Careers Guides

Our original careers guide about medical writing in MedComms has been published every year since 2009. It was joined in January 2018 by a sister publication, which describes careers in account management, in June 2018 by a guide about medical writing in HEOR and market access, in September 2019 by a guide about regulatory medical writing, in April 2020 by a guide about freelance medical writing and most recently in October 2020 by a guide about working as a medical publications professional. All these guides are updated every year.

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Ensuring timely dissemination of research: a guide to working as a medical publications professional

By Dr John P Gonzalez CMPP, 1st edition published October 2020 [Download your copy]

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The aim of this guide is to provide an overview of medical publications management. As well
as explaining the processes and the regulatory environment, we provide a number of profiles
from specialist medical publications professionals that give valuable insights into the various
different roles involved to help you determine if you’d like to join the team.

The 1st edition of this careers guide about working as a medical publications professional is freely available here, published by Burntsky Ltd in October 2020, and it will now be updated every year.

This issue includes six personal profiles written by medical publications professionals, describing their personal journeys and the day-to-day work they now do.

Pubication of this careers guide has been supported by Envision Pharma Group.

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A writer’s role in drug development: a guide to getting started in regulatory medical writing

By Dr Debbie Brix Reynolds, 2nd edition published September 2020 [Download your copy]

regulatory_writers_cover_369x525This guide aims to provide an insight into regulatory medical writing with a focus on drug development as opposed to medical devices, although writers work in both areas. It explores the roles and attributes of the writer, tips on winning your first regulatory writing role and help in deciding whether this would be the career for you, drawing comparisons with working in MedComms.

The 2nd edition of this careers guide about regulatory medical writing is freely available here, published by Burntsky Ltd in September 2020, and it will now be updated every year.

This issue includes four personal profiles written by current specialists in regulatory medical writing, describing their personal journeys and the day-to-day work they now do.

Pubication of this careers guide has been supported by Insight Medical Writing.

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Evidence generation and communication: a guide to getting started in HEOR/market access medical writing

By Linda Harrison, 3rd edition published June 2020 [Download your copy]

heor_guide_cover_369x524This guide focuses on medical writing roles in the HEOR/market access arenas, but will be of interest to anyone who wants to understand more about the business of ensuring access to new medicines and devices for patients. If you have an interest in the commercial aspects of healthcare delivery and in helping deliver value to patients, a passion for writing and enjoy working in a fast-paced environment, then working in HEOR/market access might be for you. This guide will provide you with an in-depth introduction to this specialist area.

This issue includes eight personal profiles written by current specialists in leading HEOR/market access companies, describing their personal journeys and the day-to-day work they now do.

The third edition of this careers guide about HEOR and market access medical writing is freely available here, published by Burntsky Ltd in June 2020, and it will now be updated every year.

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Making it my own business: a guide to being a freelance writer in MedComms

By Dr Kathryn White, 1st edition published April 2020 [Download your copy]

freelancers_cover_369x522This guide focuses on freelance medical writing in medical communications, in particular MedComms. The MedComms industry provides consultancy services to pharmaceutical companies and offers great opportunities for freelance medical writers.

The aim of this guide is to give you the information you need to decide if you are suited to the role of freelance medical writer, and to provide the insider knowledge you need to run a successful business.

Please see the profiles provided by freelance medical writers working in MedComms later in this booklet for more insights into working in the industry.

This guide has been prepared with the support of the freelance subscribers to the MedComms Workbook.

The careers guide is freely available here and published by Burntsky Ltd. We update the guide every year and the latest edition was published in April 2020.

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From academic to medical writer: a guide to getting started in medical communications

By Dr Annick Moon, 12th edition published March 2020 [Download your copy]

careersguidecover_369x524This 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 careers guide is freely available here and published by Burntsky Ltd. We update the guide every year and the latest edition was published in March 2020.

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

By Lindsey Heer, 3rd edition published January 2020 [Download your copy]

account_managers_369x523As 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.

This issue includes nine personal profiles written by current specialists in leading MedComms agencies, describing their personal journeys in to MedComms and the day-to-day work they now do, and an up-to-date directory of agency contacts.

The third edition of this careers guide about account management is freely available here, published by Burntsky Ltd in January 2020, and it will now be updated every year.