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    MedComms Networking - 08 February 2022


    Yesterday we ran another of our free, online FirstMedCommsJob workshops, "Preparing for Success", with Julia Walton and Maz Reive, Recruitment Consultants from Media Contacts. A closed room, no recording, and open, honest, informal discussion. Once again, we had entry-level jobseekers joining from across the globe. A reminder of how accessible such discussions can be now. Three useful hours, then back to work/play/sleep. Note the next workshop is 20 June.

    We've lots of valuable content at that anyone can access at any time. It's useful, but MedComms really comes alive when individuals start talking openly about their own experiences and about different approaches. And mentioning names, resources and ideas in casual conversation that are worth exploring further.

    A Zoom meeting isn't perfect. But it's simple, and it's useful.

    I'd love to organise more in-person careers events like "the good old days". But it's surely important now to think hard about how and why we'd run such an event. There's little point simply staging talks that could be recorded and freely provided online.

    Last week, The International Society for Medical Publication Professionals (ISMPP) ran a free-to-all webinar and apparently attracted "Nearly 1,000 Registrants". Putting aside the use of words like "nearly" and "registrant" as opposed to reporting the actual number of actual attendees, it's great how membership associations can now easily reach far beyond their membership base. If they want to. You can now all watch the recording of Plain Language Summaries (PLS) of publications: Focus on practical application.

    Having said which, of course the virtual ISMPP EU meeting in January was only accessible to the few who could afford the significant price of a ticket. Was it worth it? It must have been for some. Maybe not for everyone. And could a different pricing policy have easily allowed access to many more people? Which is, in fact, what I, as a paying member, want them to do.

    But there's the dilemma.

    How do you keep everyone happy and keep the bank account healthy?

    In last week's MedComms webinar, Medical Society Conferences: What we learnt in 2021, what might happen in 2022, Len Starnes and Ilan Ben Ezri talked about the challenges faced by medical societies in the face of changing behaviours of their communities. For obvious reasons, I guess, it's difficult to get data from the societies themselves. They're struggling to work out their new business models. Some are struggling with survival. But absence of data allows for some interesting speculation! Watch the recording here at

    In tomorrow's webinar we'll focus back on the wannabes, but everyone's welcome. Rick Flemming, Hannah Mace and Beatrice Tyrrell from Aspire Scientific will discuss the challenges of entering the medical communications industry and explain the novel pathway they can offer to a first medical writing role. Please, everyone, join us.

    There's lots more coming. Details are always kept bang up-to-date at or give me a shout at any time to find out more.


    Peter Llewellyn
    Managing Director, NetworkPharma Ltd
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