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    MedComms Networking - 17 July 2018


    Our second one-day workshop for wannabe medical writers in MedComms worked well again last week, The participants were unanimous, again, in confirming they'd recommend the course to a friend. So, we can now confirm that the third such workshop will take place on 31 October. As before, Writing skills for medical writers: what MedComms agencies expect will be led by John Dixon, hosted by Media Contacts in London, and supported by the Sponsors of Experience from the first two dates would suggest it's highly likely we'll sell out well ahead of time, so if you or someone you know is looking to join MedComms and would like to attend then I'd recommend signing up quickly. By definition, these have to be small, intensive workshops, but there's clearly a demand for this type of training and we'll see what we can do to extend the offering next year. Watch this space.

    Which leads me to mention that I'm delighted that Steven Walker and his team at Stgilesmedical have generously offered to host a free-to-attend MedComms Networking event in London on 18 December. Optimising training for medical writers will be an opportunity to tackle an important, ongoing topic for the MedComms community. But it will also be an opportunity to relax with your peers, to celebrate the year that is ending and look forward to the year to come. The aim is to explore aspects of training for new writers and advanced practitioners who are seeking to progress and diversify. We will also look at different areas such as regulatory and medical device writing. If you'd like to join us on the day then sign up in the usual way, simply by emailing me directly and I'll add you to the list. Everyone's welcome. If you have suggestions for specific topics to cover during the afternoon then please let us know. We're working on the programme details now, so watch this space.

    Meanwhile training, and when and how to do it, is a regular topic of discussion amongst the freelancers who subscribe to the MedComms Workbook. We've been running weekly virtual meetings all this year using the platform, and we've more than proven the value of such activity. But it's never as good as meeting in real life so note the next in our series of unique workshops, Making a success of freelancing in MedComms, will be held in Oxford on 26 September. Everyone welcome. In particular, if you're thinking of making the move in to freelancing then do join us, and find out what life as a freelancer is really like!

    Enjoy your week. By the way I hadn't realised this was actually "a thing" but visual abstracts have arrived. They even have their own hashtag, #visualabstract! Check out this recent paper from JAMA with its visual abstract (see link at top), Effect of a Multifaceted Quality Improvement Intervention on Hospital Personnel Adherence to Performance Measures in Patients With Acute Ischemic Stroke in China. What do you think?


    Peter Llewellyn
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