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    MedComms Networking - 17 January 2023


    First a quick shout out to all the freelance medical writers. I've been asked to pass on news from the European Medical Writers Association (EMWA) about their Freelance Business Survey (FBS). It won't take long, and asks some interesting questions about rates and project management etc. Closing date 31 January. It's not clear from the survey's front page, but it IS open to everyone, not just EMWA members. Hopefully the results will be in the Freelancer-themed June issue of Medical Writing.

    All being well, I'll also write an article for that issue of their journal, about the value of networking and specialist communities for freelance medical writers. Freelancing can feel very isolated, but there's a wealth of support out there if you look. Something to suit all tastes. I'm hoping to highlight some of the many groups, in particular the more informal ones where folks simply look out for each other. If you're involved in such a group, please let me know.

    Don't forget, we run our own MedComms Workbook service. If you need help with a project, it costs you nothing to send a message to 200 specialist freelancers. Stupidly simple - but works.

    Meanwhile, have you played with ChatGPT yet? Seriously, why not? This one isn't going away. And the speed of development is remarkable. I haven't talked with anyone yet who has tried it, and not then said "Wow!". I have, though, talked to people with strong opinions about the value of such technology who haven't, in fact, tried it themselves yet. Go on, give it a go. Assuming you can access it. Demand is extremely high, so you may find messages asking for patience. That will be all those kids, doing their homework!

    More than 700 people have signed up for our free webinar this coming Thursday, Should we take notice of ChatGPT and allied AI technologies in MedComms? Everyone's welcome. We'll be joined by Martin Delahunty (Inspiring STEM Consulting), Katja Martin (medtextpert), Stephen Mott (PharmAdvisor) and Avishek Pal (Novartis) for an informal discussion about the possible implementations within and around MedComms. None are experts in AI, but all have played with ChatGPT and are thinking about the impact on the work we do. We'll undoubtedly raise many more questions than answers.

    Here's just a few random reading suggestions for your next coffee break (follow hashtag #MedComms on LinkedIn at the moment and you'll find some lively conversations):

  • Stephen Mott posted this LinkedIn article, chatGPT - is a revolution heading this way for medicine and medical information?
  • What about this one? ChatGPT appears to pass medical school exams, educators rethinking assessments
  • Or this one, Abstracts written by ChatGPT fool scientists
  • But also this LinkedIn conversation from Christopher Graves, Beware if you are using CHATGPT to help find scientific studies or even cite studies to support its assertions. It will not hesitate to lie and fabricate them...

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


    Peter Llewellyn
    Managing Director, NetworkPharma Ltd
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