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MedComms Networking - 23 January 2024
"Happy Birthday to us... Happy Birthday to us..."
Well, it's on Thursday. Can I start early? What harm is a drink or three with friends? It's morning in my time zone, but it's cocktail hour somewhere in the world.
Seventeen years. Crikey! On 25 January 2007, Event Number One was a social networking evening at the QI Club in Oxford. More than 100 of us gathered for what I thought might be a fun evening, but no more than that. It certainly was fun! But MedComms was barely "a thing". A hashtag meant something else. None of us in that room could have owned an iPhone! Can you imagine? AI was, well, science fiction. Life was perhaps a little simpler.
The rest, as they say, is history.
It's been fun. It's been hard work. Some attendees at Event Number One became MedComms millionaires, selling agencies and living the good life. Some of us didn't! Some moved on from MedComms. Some retired. Some are sadly no longer with us.
"Times change. MedComms has changed." It's my mantra for 2024.
As we stumbled out of the QI club in the early hours of the morning 17 years ago, who amongst us could have imagined the conversation in last week's EXTRA #MedComms Webinar, with hundreds of folks tuning in from around the world, free of charge?
Martin Delahunty (Inspiring STEM Consulting), Katja Martin (medtextpert), Stephen Mott (PharmAdvisor) and Avishek Pal (Novartis) reflected on whether we are taking notice of ChatGPT and allied AI technologies in MedComms. The recording is now freely available at NetworkPharma.tv.
Gather your team. Share some cake. Stream it. Listen to the panelists. Do you agree? Disagree? We covered lots of ground in 50 minutes. There was much more we could have covered. Use it as the basis for discussion. The speed of development is only accelerating. Or is it really a passing fad?
Next week, the weekly #MedComms webinars start again. On Wednesday 31 January we'll ask Are we facing a new era in MedComms medical writing? with Liz Stutz (Roche), Annette Keith (Langland) and Eleanor Steele (aka The MedComms Mentor). We'll reflect on the daily working life of medical writers who work in and around MedComms, new skills they might need to succeed and how careers in the future might play out differently. Everyone's welcome. Please join us.
We've got more great webinars coming.
Meanwhile, the crowds are gathering for ISMPP's 2024 European Meeting in London. I confess to a sense of FOMO. This morning's session is Medcomms 2030: A Blue Sky and Black Cloud Perspective. That could be interesting.
I doubt I'll make it to 2030 to find out what happens then, but maybe we can still reach 18 years of MedComms Networking. If so, we will deserve a very big cake.
Stay well, everyone.
P.S. #MedComms freelancers - please complete our #MedComms Freelancing Barometer 2024 survey. Help spread the word. Can we reach 500 responses before 31 January? Results will be freely available on 1 February.
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