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    MedComms Networking - 23 April 2019


    I was heartened - and only slightly scared by thoughts of the sleepless nights involved - today when, by chance, I noticed that #MedComms Day 2019 had been mentioned already on Linkedin by Darwin Healthcare Communications. It was a useful reminder that after eight years this annual event is now "a thing". And one I have little, if any, control over. It now has a life of its own. Will you join in?

    This year we'll celebrate a Day in the life of MedComms on 12 June, supported by Media Contacts. Once again, we'll expect contributions from across the globe, from Auckland in New Zealand to San Francisco in the USA, providing great insights into the MedComms working day.

    Over the years, the activity has become very diverse and a whole load of "stuff" occurs that I'm not even aware of. Some individual agencies simply use the MedComms Day as an excuse to do their own thing and, in at least a couple of instances that I'm aware of, they post a load of content online with no reference or links back to the central web site itself. Which I think is daft, but beyond my control. Some others post nothing, but I know still bring in cakes and run team events. Some are very active on one social media platform or another. In some cases it's just one or two individuals doing something - or lots of somethings - in other cases the entire agency gets involved.

    See The Twitter experience in 2018 to get a sense of how far and wide we reach. But this is just one platform and the tip of a veritable iceberg.

    So watch this space - and let me know of your own plans. I'll happily do as much - or as little - as you'd like me to do to support you from here.

    Meanwhile, some news items from other places...

    At their annual meeting last week, The International Society for Medical Publication Professionals (ISMPP) launched a new White Paper, A multistakeholder discussion on open access and medical publishing

    Coincidently - I assume - at the same time the BMJ launched a call for submissions about Commercial interests, transparency, and independence in order to "understand under what circumstances involvement with industry is truly necessary."

    The European Medical Writers Association (EMWA) provided everyone with free access to a useful collection of new articles about careers in Medical Writing.

    And today, Oxford PharmaGenesis announced their second Queen's Award for Enterprise, the UK's highest accolade for business success. Go #MedComms!

    Finally, some of you may be interested in joining this new informal group on Meetup. Led by Sabrina Giavara, the London Med Affairs and Communications group is meeting on 19 June, to discuss Effective Communication in Health Science.

    As always, please share your own news. I'll happily pass word on.

    Remember, details of all our activities are kept bang up-to-date at or give me a shout at any time if you've any questions, comments or suggestions.


    Peter Llewellyn
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