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MedComms Networking - 16 January 2018
Crikey. Last week was busy but this one's turning in to a real doozy!
We're on course to publish our new careers guide, The business of medical communications: A guide to getting started in account management before this time next week. So keep your eyes on FirstMedCommsJob.com for the launch. At the moment we're taking the concept of "just-in-time" publishing to whole new levels! Technology is great but it allows us all to take everything right up to the line, and then push a little further. Of course, it's those unpredictable humans that do the pushing, in unpredictable ways, and then disappear off to a meeting or home or on holiday just when you need their approval or an explanation!
"That deadline you mentioned, Peter... what's the real, drop dead deadline?"
"Well, erm, that was it actually... but I guess if you can get something to me today, then..."
It's all great fun, though. A huge thanks to Lindsey Heer, Gill Gummer and Julie Stevenson for putting up with me, and to everyone who's joined in and supported the publication - even those of you who are driving me nuts today!
Last week's careers event was probably one of the best we've had. A huge thanks to everyone involved. The presentation slides are now freely available. You had to be there, though, to really appreciate what we're achieving with these events...
One of the attendees commented as follows:
I would just like to thank you for arranging an excellent day yesterday. I now feel fully informed about what would be involved in pursuing a career in medcomms. In particular, I found your 'full and frank' answers to various questions very useful.
"Full and frank" I think is good. People who look at MedComms as a career option need to understand the stresses as well as the glamour. The travel? The intellectually stimulating chats with world experts? Or just sitting at your desk chasing artwork and approvals...
Assuming I survive, if you're at next week's European Meeting of ISMPP I'll see you there. Those conferences are always good and it's one of the few events I attend where I don't have to worry about whether the speakers turn up, the AV works, the catering arrives or whether it's too hot or too cold in the meeting room. Oh, the glamour! I'll have a great time.
Here are two more events I've been alerted to this week that are worth looking at in more detail.
On 25 January the PM Society is organising Patient Engagement - a real world snapshot, beyond the talk in London.
Whilst on 18 May in Berlin, Stgilesmedical are facilitating 'Putting Patients First', a multidisciplinary, not-for-profit conference where those affected by illness or who have been involved with healthcare professionals (HCPs), payers/providers and medical companies are taking the lead in developing and delivering the programme.
Well, that's the fastest 500 words I've ever written for this newsletter! Make of that what you will. Have a great week, everyone.
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