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    MedComms Networking - 08 August 2017


    Many thanks to all involved last week in our latest Brunch Club meeting in Oxford and to Concise again for supporting this valuable initiative, which is how we're generating the medcomms webcasts for our steadily expanding library and which everyone everywhere can freely access now.

    Julia Walton of Media Contacts gave us two great short talks; Getting your first job in medcomms for the wannabes and Freelancing in medcomms for those of you who are considering taking that big step. Kathryn White then talked about working effectively as a medcomms freelancer (though many of the tips were equally relevant to anyone in a busy job servicing clients and juggling demands from all sides).

    The slides are now freely available and the webcasts featuring Julia and Kathryn are coming very shortly, so just watch this space.

    But we've already posted the webcast of our fourth talk from last week, featuring John Dixon, an independent medical writer and trainer in scientific writing skills, who gave a very comprehensive and practical overview of his medical writer's perspective on advisory board organisation and report writing. That should be particularly interesting to anyone who is looking to understand the work of a medical writer in medcomms, or any of you who are starting out. (I was pleased to see a comment was added this morning by Paul Giles, who also added a useful further reference source on the topic. Such comments add nicely to the depth of content provided for everyone so please join in, watch the webcasts and add your own comments and links to more information.)

    The Brunch Club meetings are always good opportunities for small groups to get together and chat, and this time we were joined by several wannabe medcomms specialists. It was interesting talking about their experience of researching the medcomms business and the career opportunities that are on offer, and it was reassuring to hear how our various resources, like the services, really are providing valued support. Mostly the message was simply that they want to see more of the same - so all contributions welcomed, please.

    One suggestion we discussed informally last week over lunch, and that has been mentioned previously, is that we organise an intensive day's introduction specifically to medcomms type medical writing for people who are considering entry level medical writing jobs. I'd welcome thoughts on this from anyone in the broader community here so please drop me a line and share yours.

    An introduction to medcomms writing for wannabes would sit nicely alongside our regular free careers events and the Landscape Training Days for recent starters in medcomms that we run with Adrian Brown (note registration is now open for the next Landscape Training event in Oxford on 12 October).

    Meanwhile, please help spread the word about our next open careers event for wannabes at Manchester University on 14 September.

    Finally today, particularly but perhaps not only for the freelancers, are some suggestions for useful achievement stickers from The New Yorker yesterday.

    Enjoy your week.


    Peter Llewellyn
    Managing Director, NetworkPharma Ltd
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