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    MedComms Networking - 12 February 2019


    Thanks to all who commented on the short article I posted on Linkedin last week, Do you need a PhD to get an entry-level job in #MedComms medical writing in the UK? We've some good experienced folks adding their thoughts. One quick point. The question was about the value of a PhD in getting a job as an entry-level writer in UK MedComms agencies. Several comments address wider questions, in particular about the value or otherwise of a PhD once it comes to actually doing the job. There does seem to be a disconnect in there, at least based on the opinions expressed. Without losing sight of the original point and the practical advice we can give those wanting to work in MedComms, it's worth pondering the reasons for that disconnect. What do you think?

    Neil Marmont is Director of the Allegro training programme for aspiring medical writers at Ashfield Healthcare Communications. Neil commented as follows: "I firmly believe that you don't need a PhD to be a successful medical writer. Yes, you will have more life experience and maturity, but I think that if you are a good communicator with a strong scientific background, then having a PhD bears little relevance. We employ aspiring writers who have BScs, MScs and PhDs as part of the Allegro programme and have seen no real difference in ability to deliver the core competencies of the medical writer role. An ability to tell a story, to be self-motivated and to demonstrate good team working skills are more important attributes from my perspective.

    This Thursday, 14 February, we're running another Zoom webinar for the wannabes; The Allegro training programme in practice. Neil will be joined by his colleagues Katie Johnson, Talent Acquisition Associate, and Eleanor Thomas, Medical Writer and graduate from the first full year of the Allegro programme, to reflect on their experience of the programme to date, and how it'll continue to develop to support the needs of the business. Please encourage any wannabes you know to join us.

    I've been successfully playing with the platform for a while now. I'm running virtual coffee meetings for freelancers, and various webinars and training sessions for wannabes. Now I'd like to do more. Carla Brown is a microbiologist and entrepreneur with a key interest in the use of digital games and media to educate on microbiology and antibiotic resistance. She's Founder and Director of Game Dr, a STEM and tech startup focused on development of mobile games for science and healthcare education. Carla has agreed to join us for an online workshop on 28 February to lead a discussion about using digital gaming in MedComms programmes. Note we're restricting attendance to 20. Sign up now to join us.

    There's lots more coming. If you'd like to play too, then let me know. Any time.

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    Peter Llewellyn
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