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    Every Tuesday we send out the MedComms Networking email newsletter to subscribers. It includes brief commentary on what we're doing and planning, and highlights relevant news to encourage sharing of information, experiences and ideas and to stimulate discussion. The text and links included below, by definition, were accurate on the day of publication, but may then become outdated.


    MedComms Networking - 26 March 2019

    Hi

    As I hope you'll have seen by now, last week we published the 11th edition of our annual careers guide for wannabe medical writers. From academic to medical writer: a guide to getting started in medical communications. All our annual guides now include a selection of quotes from relevant members of our community. This time, though, we were swamped by way too many contributions to include in the published guide. So, I've posted them all on the FirstMedCommsJob.com web site - huge kudos to all! It would be great to see another wave of social media type activity highlighting the quotes, so please take just a moment to post your own Linkedin update or, for instance, please "like" or "share" my Linkedin announcement or comment on Twitter using hashtag #MedComms. Let's show everyone why MedComms is a career worth considering.

    Our weekly online video workshops are working well, with another great meeting last week for 20 of us, led by Peter Joshua, CEO of Thecosystems. Peter led a useful discussion about KOL and stakeholder identification and mapping, and he demonstrated his own subscription service and described how they're profiling a growing number of therapy areas. If you missed the discussion and want to follow up with Peter directly, his email is Peter.Joshua@mmr-g.com - or visit the Thecosystems web site where you can try their service free for 24 hours. Peter had just flown overnight from the USA after attending the DIA meeting where, he relayed, he'd been in a session that spent 90 minutes discussing the most appropriate terminology to use. Should we be talking about KOLs, or "Thought Leaders" or "Persons of interest" or...? Apparently there was no real conclusion but "KOLs" still seems most acceptable to most people...

    This week's virtual MedComms workshop, The communications digital landscape and future gazing led by Faisal Ahmed is already full. Likewise next week's workshop, How account managers can help agencies grow led by Jenny Plant is also full. The week after, though, we still have some places for the development and application of virtual patient simulations in medical education with Jonathan Lorber and Igal Iancu, co-founders of eDocate Ltd based in Israel. Please join us for that one if you can.

    After Easter, we'll start a series of free weekly MedComms webinars, with no limit on the numbers, kicking off on 1 May with Specialising in HEOR/Market Access medical writing with DRG Abacus.

    I'd welcome questions, suggestions for topics or volunteers to help lead these new webinars.

    Meanwhile, yesterday I recorded these three short Writing Bites with specialist writer and trainer, John Dixon, for your enjoyment and education.

  • Writing numbers [3.27 minutes]

  • Using i.e. and e.g. [1.57 minutes]

  • Using abbreviations and acronyms [4.06 minutes]

    The complete series of "Writing bites" is growing on NetworkPharma.tv and on our MedComms Channel on YouTube. Feedback welcomed.

    Remember, details of all our activities are kept bang up-to-date at www.MedCommsNetworking.com or give me a shout at any time if you've any questions, comments or suggestions.

    Cheers

    Peter Llewellyn
    Managing Director, NetworkPharma Ltd
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