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MedComms Networking - 03 October 2023
So, 99 percent of attendees at last week's Working in and around #MedComms event at Heathrow would recommend it to a friend. Only one respondent to our feedback survey form said "No". Hey ho. I can't win them all. Like last year, we clearly did something useful and had a very positive response from (almost) all involved. It's amazing, though, how perceptions of the same event can differ so widely.
"It was too long..."
"It was too short..."
And so on.
Please share your thoughts. If you couldn't join us, let me know how it could be done differently so you might attend next time.
Meanwhile, I'm not risking much controversy when I say AI is clearly going to dominate conversations this Autumn.
Last week the Medical Affairs Professional Society (MAPS) published Vision for Generative Artificial Intelligence in Medical Affairs whilst a new Position Statement from ISMPP was being discussed at their inaugural Academy meeting. ISMPP have also released a new podcast today, Generative AI and Medical Publishing - a Collaborative Conversation, with Jenny Ghith and Yanshan Wang.
The European Medical Writing Association (EMWA) are also busy. The new themed issue of their Medical Writing Journal, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning is now available, overseen by Guest Editors Daniela Kamir and Shiri Diskin. A well-attended "meet and share" online seminar last week was run by Namrata Singh and Martin Delahunty and, looking ahead, they are running a half day Symposium AI in Medical Writing at their upcoming 56th EMWA Conference in November.
I understand at least one other related industry organisation is about to publish their own Position Statement. More news soon, hopefully.
Clearly, I have to join in too!
Our #MedComms webinar on 18 October is Artificial Intelligence (AI) in MedComms: Past, Present and Future with Matt Lewis, Global Chief Artificial and Augmented Intelligence Officer at Inizio Medical. Matt is directly involved in several of the industry initiatives mentioned above, so can bring us up to speed on them.
The following week we will have some fun with Alex Evans, a pharmacist, community pharmacy consultant, and medical writer with over 12 years of clinical practice experience in community, outpatient health system, long term care, and academic settings. And now, Prompt Engineer! Alex is coming online with me to demonstrate his use of AI medical writing tools. Live. What could go wrong? Please tell all other relevant others and encourage them to join us.
First, though, I'm in conversation tomorrow, Wednesday 04 October, with Carole Scrafton, Director and Co-Founder of Patient Advocacy Organisation and Online community support network, Flutters and Strutters, for people affected by chronic illnesses and rare disease. It promises to be a fascinating and insightful session.
There's lots more coming. Not just AI-related!
Stay well, everyone.
P.S. Please complete a short survey, Perspectives of Professionals in Medical Communications Regarding the Impact of AI on Job Efficiency and Security, from Anupama Kapadia at Enago Life Sciences which will inform their presentation at ISMPP Europe in London, January 2024.
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