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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 The text and links included below, by definition, were accurate on the day of publication, but may then become outdated.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 - 09 February 2016


    I've played with the data from the 2016 MedComms Barometer, which I posted last week, and split out data from freelancers and MedComms / Med Ed agency folks and posted the PDF reports at the MedComms Surveys page. Other than again noting how satisfied the majority are with life in MedComms, one point that struck me was 56% of freelancers (total n=116) say they don't belong to any professional organisation vs 62% of agency folks (total n=190). No individual organisation does well. I admit I was surprised. Something for the Membership Secretaries of the various organisations to think about? I'd be keen to hear your own observations so keep the conversation going in the Linkedin group discussion.

    Meanwhile, yesterday we launched our new information resource for anyone looking for information about careers in MedComms at I'm keen to hear your feedback please. Be gentle but honest!

    The idea was to take what we've previously done at our Starting Out Page and enable it to expand significantly, and importantly to provide you all with a unique platform to exploit more effectively. Clearly I'll drive a lot of the content, at least initially, by way of Audiobooms, Profiles and so on, but hopefully you'll all see it as an opportunity to showcase yourselves and your activities by way of videos, editorial, news of your own Open Days and so on.

    All contributions and ideas welcomed. Importantly tell me about your own activities so I can link to and highlight them. The whole point is to encourage you all to do your own thing and for FirstMedCommsJob to take on a life of its own.

    Note I currently have 1,621 names on my so-called "Newbies" list, which is anyone who has signed up for a careers event or signed themselves up for alerts about anything to do with careers in MedComms. This list has already proven powerful when I've sent details of internships, new jobs, work experience and open days. I'd encourage you all to use it more.

    Finally today I've had details of a new MSc in Science Communication that will accept its first intake at Manchester Metropolitan University in September 2016. One route through this course enables students to specialise in medical writing/medical communications, by taking a taught 30 credit (300 hours student effort) module on medical writing, and a 60 credit live project module, where the student works with a partner from the industry. Core modules address 'science and society', science communication as an academic discipline' and 'practical science communication'. They're keen to ensure that the course satisfies the needs of the profession, and are looking for members of this MedComms Networking community who might be interested in advising on appropriate module content, and/or who would be interested in partnering in live projects. Interested parties should email Professor Joanna Verran on

    Have a good week everyone and keep an eye on the dates for your diary listed below and on the MedComms Networking web site.


    Peter Llewellyn
    Managing Director, NetworkPharma Ltd
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