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    MedComms Networking - 23 May 2017


    First, thanks to everyone from 7.4, Ashfield Healthcare Communications, Fishawack Group, Highfield:Communication, Lucid Group and Oxford PharmaGenesis who participated yesterday in our FirstMedCommsJob: Meet the Agencies Day. Another superb day and undoubtedly hugely valuable for the 24 wannabes.

    I'm often asked how many people get jobs in MedComms after attending our careers events. In practice it's proven difficult to track exactly what happens. However, at the weekend I tried investigating what happened to our class from last year's Meet the Agencies Day, using their Linkedin profiles.

    We had 18 wannabes in the room last year. Three didn't have Linkedin profiles then and, it appears, still don't. Of the 15 with profiles, seven now have jobs in MedComms - hurrah! One is in a related agency, one is in biotech company and one works for a TV company researching medical matters. Five remain in academia. That doesn't seem a bad hit rate to me. Your thoughts?

    Once again, I'd take the opportunity to encourage more of you in the MedComms agencies to run your own assessment days, open days, internships and more. And tell me so I can pass word on for you. The services we run at FirstMedCommsJob are proving useful in drawing talented people towards MedComms but there's more we can do between us. All ideas and contributions welcomed.

    On that note, Eleanor Vesty of the University of Chester is running a careers event for their undergraduate bioscience students and hoping to find someone to talk to them about careers in medical/scientific writing. They are based at the University Centre Shrewsbury campus in Shropshire. The event is running from the 5-9 June. If you're able to help any time that week please email her directly on - how about speaking on 7 June and taking a selfie with them for #MedCommsDay?

    Meanwhile tomorrow should be interesting. The team at Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) have helped us set up a meeting with a useful group of leading publishers to address the practical challenges we'd identified at our previous meeting in March. Following tomorrow's meeting we're aiming to publish a comprehensive white paper and all being well the CCC will run a free webinar for everyone's benefit. The summary report from that previous meeting in March has now been made freely available to everyone here.

    A thought then for the future. Patient Lay Summaries of clinical trials will shortly be a legal requirement and presumably something many of you will be involved with. How about a meeting to explore best practice there? Any thoughts? Here's a new free white paper from Ashfield Healthcare Communications on the topic.

    One final point. We're only a small specialist community and I reckon if one of our webinar videos at is viewed more than 500 times then it counts as having gone viral! We're almost there with Chris Winchester's presentation last month about the AMWA-EMWA-ISMPP joint position statement on the role of professional medical writers. Come on - push him over the edge!


    Peter Llewellyn
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