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    MedComms Networking - 05 April 2022


    Life is getting quite lively around here again.

    Behind the scenes, plans are coming together for the new in-person #MedComms Careers Show on 19 September. Hold the date. Hold your impatience. More will be revealed shortly! We're going to have some fun with this one. And hopefully change some lives.

    Meanwhile, though, I haven't been crushed in the stampede to join us on 11 May at Alderley Park. That's our first in-person MedComms Networking event for a very long time. I hear plenty of folks want to join us, but if that's you then please sign up soon to help lead the crowd. We've plenty of room. Are you ready to meet in-person? I'm curious. Charlie Buckwell, Chief Medical Communications Officer at IPG HEALTH, Kirsty Okyne, Agency Lead at Cogent (AMICULUM) and Simon Whiteley, Director at Helios Medical Communications will be on our panel. We'll talk about Living our values in MedComms. Simply ping me an email to sign up. And tell friends and colleagues in and around MedComms.

    In last week's #MedComms webinar we looked at the evolution of the web, and how real-world HCP behaviours (and pharmaceutical companies) have evolved accordingly. Antonia Trent (Chief Medical Officer) and James Atherton (Chief Commercial Officer) of MedShr provided insights from working with a physician community that has over 2 million members, sharing and discussing clinical cases. One point we all agreed on; we all, HCPs as well as folks like me, are much more picky about what activities we engage with and how. Onsite or online. Despite what we all know. That meeting and engaging with peers in real time is always useful - and particularly so in real life. Watch the recording here. Feedback welcomed.

    Last week I also ran an online workshop with Oxford University, talking with their postgraduate researchers about careers in medical communications. Kudos to Andy Church from Caudex (McCann), Emily Evans from Ashfield MedComms, Caz Harrold from Oxford PharmaGenesis, Alexia Kalligeraki from Helios Medical Communications, and Courtney Kousser from 7.4 (AMICULUM) for sharing their experiences of making the transition to MedComms.

    One point I found fascinating. All the panellists were medical writers. All joined MedComms during the pandemic. And none had yet attended an onsite medical conference.

    Think about that for a moment.

    In tomorrow's webinar we'll take a similar discussion to wannabes far beyond Oxford. Ewa Kilinska (Fishawack Health), Alicia Lledo Lara (Oxford PharmaGenesis), Lauren Oswald (Helios Medical Communications), Lucinda Sinclair (Ashfield MedComms) and Helen Speedy (AMICULUM) will talk about their own journeys into MedComms and their current roles, the day-to-day working life of medical writers, training opportunities and career prospects. The panellists have all been profiled in the new issue of our FirstMedCommsJob careers guide, From academic to medical writer: a guide to getting started in medical communications, published in March 2022. Everyone's welcome.

    Next week we talk about working as a freelancer in MedComms. Does that appeal? Join us to find out more.

    Stay safe, everyone. There's lots more coming.


    Peter Llewellyn
    Managing Director, NetworkPharma Ltd
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