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    MedComms Networking - 14 May 2019


    Many thanks to the medical writers who joined me for last week's webinar. Simran Grewal (Helios Medical Communications), Joe Pickering (Mudskipper), Linda Townsend (Ashfield Healthcare Communications) and Tim van Hartevelt (Oxford PharmaGenesis) all did a great job explaining their personal journeys so far in MedComms. The video is now freely available.

    The value of such activities becomes clear when, like yesterday at our annual Meet the Agencies event in Oxford, we meet face-to-face with people who are looking to start a career in MedComms... My thanks again to the 12 representatives from the six agencies who joined us (just one male amongst 11 females sparked an interesting discussion about the gender balance in MedComms!). The presentation slides are available online. There really is lots of information now about working in MedComms at and we're helping lots of people navigate their way into the business.

    But I want the current series of free weekly #MedComms webinars to do more than just champion MedComms to wannabes.

    Tomorrow's webinar features Peter Joshua, CEO of Thecosystems, talking about KOL and stakeholder identification and mapping. Next week we've four of the freelancers who subscribe to the MedComms Workbook service forming a panel to talk about Life as a MedComms Freelancer and the challenges they face. The week after that Jan Seal-Roberts has stepped forward to talk about Plain-language summaries: what are they, and why should we consider including these in our publications? A decidedly topical subject that's being widely discussed at the moment.

    And so on.

    We now have a webinar arranged every Wednesday until 10 July when I must take a break over the Summer. Please join in as much as possible and help spread the word. Everyone's welcome. The more the merrier.

    Importantly, the Wednesday schedule embraces the craziness that will be MedComms Day 2019 on 12 June. Exactly what we'll do that day for the webinar at 12.00 UK time will be announced shortly but meanwhile, I'm hearing many of you are already gearing up for activities, many of which I'll know nothing about until the day. Maybe not even then, though I hope everyone involved will share what they can via the likes of Twitter using hashtag #MedComms.

    I'm particularly pleased to be gathering some of the New Zealand Medical Writers together to meet, using Zoom, at what will be mid-morning coffee time for them, to help kick off the day's celebration of life in MedComms. Join us if you'd like to.

    And AMICULUM have arranged a series of events for wannabes, building links between their offices and local universities - Chicago, Aukland, Dundee, Oxford, London, and Brighton are all involved and most are open to all wannabes.

    And I know some freelancers are starting to organise informal local gatherings.

    Details of activities I do hear about for MedComms Day will be kept bang up-to-date at Please let me know of anything I can add. Give me a shout at any time if you've any questions, comments or suggestions.


    Peter Llewellyn
    Managing Director, NetworkPharma Ltd
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