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MedComms Networking - 17 March 2020
On a positive note, we've published the 12th issue of our annual careers guide, From academic to medical writer: a guide to getting started in medical communications, written by freelance medical writer and trainer, Annick Moon. Please help spread the word and tell the wannabes. All four current guides can be freely downloaded at FirstMedCommsJob.
Meanwhile, there are only so many times we can talk about unprecedented times.
It's sure crazy out there.
But it's also fascinating, don't you think?
We're clearly seeing fundamental, massive - and sudden - change in the ways we work, learn and play. How could we go backwards from this? Huge numbers of people are suddenly discovering that online video technology works pretty well. Enforced travel restrictions bring the realisation that maybe the travel wasn't worth it anyway. How many businesses will now ask why they need an office at all? I'm struggling to imagine how this might end, but we're way beyond feeling smug about using Skype for job interviews. MedComms companies are sending their entire staff home this week - and learning to deal with it, fast.
I've cancelled next week's freelancers' workshop in Oxford, and replaced it with a Zoom meeting. The irony is, it was to have been the first such real-world event for the MedComms Workbook subscribers in a while. I succumbed to pressure to organise it because we all agreed a room full of people is best, at least sometimes.
Many of you are cancelling or reorganising much bigger events. I can only imagine the hassle. Whether it's European Medical Writers Association's (EMWA's) next conference in Prague being cancelled, or the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) going digital, consequences may be profound.
But still, I can't help feeling strangely fascinated.
If you've not seen them yet, pharmaphorum are monitoring the status of pharma industry or medical conferences here and there's another, crowd-sourced, list being compiled here started by Cary Gross, a US Physician.
Meanwhile we'll continue our free weekly #MedComms webinars. Everyone's welcome.
Tomorrow Eleanor Steele shares results of her survey in Everything you ever wanted to know about training medical writers but were afraid to ask...
Next week, some of the medical writers who are profiled in our new careers guide will talk about their personal journeys into MedComms.
The week after, we're talking about Environmental sustainability in medical communications with Sarah Sikora from Envision Pharma Group. That's taken on a whole new dimension, in light of the current disruption
I'm not the only one running online meetings. Here's two more this week...
The COVID-19 coronavirus and pharma and biotech continuity planning, tomorrow from pharmaphorum.
Apps in Healthcare on Thursday, run by Stgiles medical. This should have been one of their small, informal meetings in Berlin, over cake and tea. Now everyone's welcome.
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Best of luck and stay healthy, everyone.
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