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MedComms Networking - 05 February 2019
It's been fun, these last few days, having a look through some data that we generated from a couple of simple exercises in January. We should treat such exercises with caution - they're certainly not rigorous science - but hopefully they'll create some discussion around various water coolers and, maybe, some boardroom tables across the MedComms community.
The one that, hopefully, you all spotted - and many of you joined in with - was our 4th annual MedComms Barometer. We ended up with an impressive 515 responses. Thank you. It's heartening to see that the majority of MedComms folks are generally still happy folks!
As before, the results are freely available on our MedComms Networking Surveys page. The full data is available (N=515), and as in past years I have split out results from MedComms / Med Ed Agencies (N=289) and the freelancers (N=142).
A couple of points stand out again.
Of 289 respondents currently working in a MedComms/Med Ed agency...
** 81 percent are satisfied or very satisfied in their current job
** 95 percent would recommend MedComms to others as a worthwhile career option
Do browse the open answers, which always include some intriguing comments. I'd be curious to see your thoughts about the responses added to our MedComms Networking Linkedin Group discussion.
Importantly, what you might not have known, is that behind the scenes I've also been chasing UK MedComms agencies and specialist recruiters to request information about entry-level medical writers employed during 2018 in the UK. The question to answer: "Do you need a PhD to get an entry-level job in #MedComms medical writing in the UK?'
I've written a short article and posted it to Linkedin.
The results clearly show the value of post-graduate experience and specifically PhDs when applying for MedComms medical writer positions. As far as I know, such numbers haven't been published before. Of course, they beg more questions (e.g. about entry-level requirements in other countries and across other roles), but they're a start! What are your thoughts? I'd be interested in comments and personal experiences - from employers, employees, recruiters and wannabes. Please add your thoughts here.
If you missed last month's European Meeting of The International Society for Medical Publication Professionals (ISMPP) and particularly the discussion about open access publishing, take a look at these...
Meeting report: summary of day 1 of the 2019 European ISMPP Meeting from The Publication Plan - the day 2 report is coming soon, I'm sure!
Weekly digest: what's happening in open science? from the Open Pharma Blog
Ipsen commits to making all its published scientific research freely accessible to everyone - note they're only the second Pharma company to do so. Come on guys!
Open Access Is Needed to Maximize Transparency of Industry-Funded Research by Chris Winchester on the MPIP Blog
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