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    Every Tuesday we send out the MedComms Networking email newsletter to subscribers. It includes brief commentary on what we're doing and planning, and highlights relevant news to encourage sharing of information, experiences and ideas and to stimulate discussion. The text and links included below, by definition, were accurate on the day of publication, but may then become outdated.

    MedComms Networking - 25 May 2021


    I love that we're attracting more non-UK panellists now for our weekly #MedComms webinars. This is, after all, a global community. In tomorrow's Webinar, 26 May, we return to the important topic of extending the reach of medical publications and digital enhancements in practice. Alongside USA-based Patricia Fonseca, we'll also have UK-based Sarah Feeny, Italy-based Iain O'Neill and USA-based Kelly Schrank, reflecting on real-life experiences working on features such as infographics, plain language summaries, video/audio abstracts and more.

    And next week's webinar should be interesting. We'll talk about making the leap from agency-side to client-side in MedComms. Germany-based Ash Dunne (Associate Director Global Medical Communication, Merck KGaA), Switzerland-based Lucy Hyatt (Director, Medical Affairs, Regional Scientific Content, MSD International) and UK-based Emma Leah (Global Medical Publications and Communications Manager, Ipsen) will talk about their personal journeys. Perhaps we'll hear a little about what they wish they'd previously known when they worked in agency land!

    If you can't join us live, recordings are posted at and in the MedComms YouTube channel. That's where you'll find last week's recording of Is there a doctor in the house? The value of a medical degree for a career in MedComms, featuring The Porterhouse Medical Advisory Group (MAG). Why aren't there more medics in MedComms? Feedback welcomed.

    As I say, this is a global community and for one day a year we get very noisy. #MedComms Day 2021 is Wednesday 9 June. Join in from wherever you are. We'll start with the sun rising in New Zealand and finish with it setting over San Francisco. It's always been completely bonkers and I'm sure this year will be no different. My sense is it might be even bigger and more bonkers this year. It's our 10th.

    Help us kick off the day by joining our 7th occasional Zoom meeting of the New Zealand medical writers and guests. Meet Amanda Mao and Daniel McGowan who have volunteered to lead these regional meetings in future.

    And who do I know on the West coast of the USA? We're having another go at a MedComms Networking West Coast USA style online event at 12.00 midday, Pacific time. Informal discussion topics will be defined by who turns up on the day, but proposed topics for the agenda already include using crowd-sourced video in medical education, KOL engagement through asynchronous meetings/webinars, extending the reach of publications, and authenticity in healthcare communications. Everyone's welcome, whether based on the West Coast USA or not.

    In the middle, we still have our weekly #MedComms webinar. McCann Health Medical Communications are lending us UK-based Charlie Buckwell (Global President) and Faye Daley (HR Coordinator and Lead for their Mental Health First Aiders programme), and USA-based Bomi Oladosu (Medical Writer and Member of their D&I Council) and Michael Stevinson (Global Head of Caudex), to reflect on the journey that Medical Communications has taken, our current priorities today, and the exciting future opportunities ahead of us all in MedComms.

    Stay strong. There's more...


    Peter Llewellyn
    Managing Director, NetworkPharma Ltd
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