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    MedComms Networking - 15 March 2016


    We've almost finalised the artwork for the updated issue of the MedComms Careers guide, From academic to medical writer: A guide to getting started in medical communications. The last few approvals are being chased and we should have it online before Easter. We will, as always, print some paper copies for distribution at events and via the universities so if you'd like copies let me know. They're freely available within reason and so long as I have some left. Many thanks to the many who've helped update the guide, again. I'll let you all know as soon as it's available.

    Importantly, we're now building the new online information resource at to back up and supplement the guide, and the careers events. I'm keen to hear from anyone who'd like to contribute. I'm particularly keen to hear from agencies that are running their own initiatives such as Open Days and the like, or who are producing their own showcase videos for instance, that we can feature and help promote. Anyone can contribute - just give me a shout anytime - but of course we need funding support as well to make it all happen. I'm delighted to announce that AMICULUM is the first Sponsor of and with their help we'll now build it just that little quicker. Many thanks to them. If you'd also like to help then do please get in touch.

    One of the first results of these developments is that we'll run the first of a new style careers event, the FirstMedCommsJob: Meet the agencies day in Oxford on 11 May. Please spread the word amongst anyone you know who's interested in a career in MedComms. This will be a valuable opportunity to get up, close and personal with some leading players in the business but we've only a limited number of places.

    I'm pleased that a number of you responded to my recent shout out for Joanna Verran at Manchester Metropolitan University and her request for input into a new MSc in Science Communication that will accept its first intake at in September 2016 and is specifically including modules to support MedComms businesses. Joanna has now posted details of a new position, Lecturer (Science Communication) to work on this programme and that may also be of interest to some of you.

    Finally some useful reading that caught my eye this week:

  • Are a fifth of drug trials really designed for marketing purposes? from Adam Jacobs on his personal Blog
  • The death throes of national medical journals from Richard Smith on his BMJ Blog
  • Who don't need no education? from Chris Ross on PMLive
  • Why Is Still Struggling? from Kent Anderson on The Scholarly Kitchen
  • Summary of Day 1 of the 2016 TIPPA Meeting and Summary of Day 2 of the 2016 TIPPA Meeting from Brea Midthune on ThePublicationPlan

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    Peter Llewellyn
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