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    MedComms Networking - 28 March 2017


    I'm on a mission this month. I want 500 views of our latest free webcast featuring Caroline Halford of Adis; Use of social media (and digital features) to maximise the impact of your research, which includes some nice case histories. So kick off your shoes, sit back and spend a useful 17 minutes benefiting from Caroline's work. Better still grab a colleague or three, some coffee and cake, and watch together before discussing how to take on board some of the ideas and advice. If that's useful, there's another 40 videos on the MedComms Youtube channel. At about 15-20 minutes each, and freely accessible to everyone, everywhere, they're excellent value. Does 500 views in less than a month count as going viral in MedComms circles? Let's do it, folks!

    As useful as the webcasts are, and there's no doubting they are for many of you who simply can't get to events, there's no real substitute for sitting in the room with the experts. Our next Brunch Meeting, when we're filming another four presentations, is next week, 5 April. Join us if you can. The highlight, I guess, will be Chris Winchester talking about the new AMWA-EMWA-ISMPP Joint Position Statement on the Role of Professional Medical Writers - no pressure then, Chris! - and it would certainly be good for everyone if that webcast is widely shared when it's ready. So watch this space.

    Put interesting people together in rooms and interesting things happen. In the last two weeks, we've seen MedComms meetings in London, New York, Berlin, Macclesfield, San Francisco and Paris. We've discussed training needs, audience engagement at meetings, copyrights and permissions, better ways of delivering freelance services whilst staying sane - and solvent - and the recruitment challenges faced by MedComms in the face of significantly increasing workloads. It's good to talk. A huge thanks to all involved.

    The new Medcomms Careers Guide has been hugely popular online and printed copies are now here (let me know if you want copies). Please help build the resource at with more contributions providing insights into roles across MedComms. Last week we posted a new article from Nina Bull, describing her experience, six months after starting work as an Account Executive at Porterhouse Medical. More of these would be welcomed.

    I'm particularly keen to hear about initiatives aimed at raising standards within MedComms and attracting new talent. On that note the European Medical Writers Association (EMWA) have their next Internship Forum in Birmingham, 4 May 2017, during their Spring meeting and want to hear from employers and wannabe interns alike. And I was curious to see AMICULUM advertising for someone to run their new Curriculum global training programme, which sounds great.

    Meanwhile, the least-likely-to-suprise news today is from PharmaFocus; lots of UK healthcare professionals aren't disclosing payments from industry. Oh!

    Here's something to watch over your next cup of coffee if you aren't watching a MedComms webcasts; Aardman's view on client conference calls is captured here in Visualise This. Enjoy!


    Peter Llewellyn
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