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MedComms Networking - 15 February 2022
CRASH! Did you hear me fall "off the fence" yesterday?
Let's get back to some in-person #MedComms events. I'm going to be very picky. And do things differently. But there are two groups I'd most like to get back together in real life.
Many freelancers have never been busier. But it's isolating and challenging. Rules have changed. A good old fashioned gossip amongst peers would help. So, I've booked a day in Oxford. In the spirit of the times, we'll welcome anyone who is currently freelancing or aspiring to do so. Free of charge. Share your experiences and embrace the opportunity to learn from each other. Register here and help spread the word.
The wannabes. Perhaps a priority. MedComms is booming. Recruitment is lively, to say the least, at all levels including entry-level.
The webinars work well.
Last week, the team from Aspire Scientific did a great job of talking through the challenges individuals face when looking for entry-level positions in medical writing. And they outlined their Aspirations programme, a novel pathway that offers selected individuals paid freelancing work experience. Watch the video on NetworkPharma.tv.
Tomorrow, Wednesday 16 February, we've another FirstMedCommsJob webinar for entry-level jobseekers. We'll talk about the role of the Regulatory Medical Writer with Claire Gillow, Martin Murray, Vicky Powell and Cameron Campbell, all regulatory writers working for Bioscript. They'll describe the clinical documents they prepare and the teams they work with to help sponsors get their drugs to market and beyond. Register here. Everyone's welcome.
But what about getting together in real life again?
So, a question to all of you in the UK. Are you ready for an in-person specialist careers event? I appreciate it will depend on the details etc, but in principle, are we ready to get together again?
Those of you who attended our careers events at Universities pre-pandemic, will know how incredibly valuable they can be. I simply can't recreate the chemistry and buzz and networking etc online.
Ping me back to let me know your thoughts, for or against. Say a day's event in early July? Lots and lots of industry folk to chat with. Focus on discussion and networking opportunities, not on powerpoint presentations that we can simply provide online.
What do you say? Let me know by reply. For or against.
Finally a couple of random news items to consider over your next cup of coffee...
Ipsen have pledged to provide summaries in plain language for all journal publications. Good news, I think. What do you think?
And last week The Healthcare Communications Association (HCA) launched what they claim to be the first CPD Standards for healthcare communications professionals. There's not much detail about how it works in practice, but do you agree, a useful step forward?
There's lots more coming. Next week our webinar is Healthcare communications global perspectives: industry insights from MENA and Asia with the team from AMICULUM. Please join us. Everyone's welcome.
Stay safe, everyone.
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