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    MedComms Networking - 12 April 2016


    Sarah Smith, Freelance writer and Editor - and world traveller - picked up on last week's question of whether MedComms allows you to achieve a desirable work-life balance and I've now posted her Reflections on a career in MedComms in the FirstMedCommsJob information resource, as an inspiration to all wannabes! What's not to like about sitting back on a boat in the Caribbean working as a freelance MedComms specialist? As I've said before; isn't technology great?

    For the last couple of years Sarah's helped wind up our annual celebration of A Day in the life of MedComms by pinging me a message at the end of those very long days. In 2015 it was Time for sundowners in Trinidad! and in 2014 it was And this is what we all dream about! - if you've not already done so make a diary note that 8 June 2016 is MedComms Day again. I'm sure we can look forward to more such enviable messages.

    In truth of course, living on a boat with your family in quite such close proximity all the time won't appeal to everyone, so what is it that works for you? Do share. I'd love to see more comments appearing in my Linkedin discussion thread, What's the work-life balance like in MedComms?

    Meanwhile, I trust you're all following the news this week from the 12th Annual Meeting of ISMPP using hashtag #ISMPP on Twitter. Hopefully they're having fun - but what about the many of us who can't get there for one reason or another? Well, I'm going to try and help a little at least by turning over the first of our Brunch Club meetings here in Oxford on 4 May, to a review of some of what's happened there. A provisional programme is now available and includes Jackie Marchington of Caudex talking about the benefits of joining ISMPP, and reviewing the Myth Busters: Separating Fact from Fiction in our Profession expert panel discussion. We'll also hopefully have Richard White of Oxford PharmaGenesis reflecting on the key points he took away from the ISMPP event overall and Paul Farrow, also of Oxford PharmaGenesis, talking specifically about the practical implications of their recent work looking at the value of professional medical writing support.

    The details may yet change, but I reckon we can guarantee a useful educational and networking session so join us if you can. The web page will be kept bang up-to-date as always. Just email in the usual manner to let me know you're coming. The point about the Brunch Club, though, is to webcast the presentations, so if you can't get to ISMPP and also can't get to Oxford, hopefully it will at least provide something useful to work with, wherever in the world you are.

    Have a good week everyone and I hope to be seeing many of you this time next week at our event with Altmetric, Research with Results: tracking engagement for medcomms and pharma. That one should be fun, too.


    Peter Llewellyn
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