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    MedComms Networking - 16 March 2021


    Lucky for some, last week I published the 13th edition of our annual free careers guide, From academic to medical writer: a guide to getting started in medical communications, written by Annick Moon and supported by AMICULUM with a host of other MedComms agencies. Kudos in particular to those individuals who contributed profile articles; Ciara Duffy, Cassidy Fiford, Danny Hawker, Jane Juif, Maggie Lai, Laura Murch, Lizzie Sandham, Catherine Sidaway, Tanja Torbica and Tom Walker.

    Please help share the guide with anyone who wants to learn about our business. LinkedIn alerted me yesterday, telling me one of my posts announcing its publication was now in the top 1 percent for engagement! I'm not sure exactly how meaningful or useful that really is, but I'll take it! Please, everyone, help keep it there by liking, reacting, sharing and commenting. Or write your own post, wherever possible, including hashtag #MedComms to amplify the noise. What I really like are the personal stories and comments from individuals acknowledging the value of the guide and other FirstMedCommsJob resources in helping them make the move in to MedComms. Please add your own. The more noise that we make between us, the better for all. As I keep saying, #MedComms is clearly open for business and we need more talented individuals to join us. It seems everyone is recruiting at the moment. We've certainly got plenty of job ads being posted at

    Two of the individuals profiled in the new writers' guide have also agreed to join me for the #MedComms webinar on 31 March. Cassidy Fiford (Medical Writer, Oxford PharmaGenesis) and Danny Hawker (Senior Medical Writer, Ashfield MedComms) will talk about their own journeys into MedComms and their current roles, the day-to-day working life of medical writers, training opportunities and career prospects. Everyone's welcome to join us, as always, but please help get word to the wannabes. These discussions are always insightful.

    Meanwhile, tomorrow we'll hear from Robert Bloxham, Susan Brackenridge, Anne Errichelli and Diane Sutherland from Fishawack Health about their Supporting Training and Enhancing Professional Skills (STEPS) initiative, which provides their employees with bespoke and targeted training and coaching throughout their professional careers. It's been noticeable to me over recent years how many MedComms agencies have really got their act together to provide very comprehensive training programmes for staff. That wasn't always the case but, I guess, reflects how the business is maturing. Please - join us.

    If you miss the webinars the recordings are freely available at or in the MedComms YouTube channel. Last week's was excellent, maybe because I sat back and let the real experts talk! Value Communication in Pharma: What medical communications professionals need to know featured Patti Peeples, Founder and CEO of HealthEconomics. Com, Tom Drake, Director and Founder of Global Outcomes Group and also Robert Matheis, President and Chief Executive Officer, International Society for Medical Publication Professionals (ISMPP).

    There's lots more coming. Enjoy. 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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