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    Every Tuesday we send out the MedComms Networking email newsletter to subscribers. It includes brief commentary on what we're doing and planning, and highlights relevant news to encourage sharing of information, experiences and ideas and to stimulate discussion. The text and links included below, by definition, were accurate on the day of publication, but may then become outdated.

    MedComms Networking - 26 January 2021


    Kerboom! Yesterday we surged past 500 responses to our annual #MedComms barometer survey. We're now well on our way to 600, which is my new target. Can we do it? We close on 31 January. The data will be freely shared on Monday 1 February and should provide everyone with food for thought about the state of MedComms and specifically about home working. Keep it going. Spread the word.


    Meanwhile, a huge shout out to Len Starnes, Digital Healthcare Consultant, and expert commentator on how medical societies have - or have not - integrated digital approaches into their events. Len joined me for last week's weekly #MedComms webinar. The recording from Medical Society Conferences: What we learnt in 2020, what might happen in 2021 is freely available, as usual.

    Pat Rich, Medical writer, editor and social media consultant from Canada, shared some thoughts afterwards in his blog, Virtual medical conferences are here … forever

    My advice? Arrange a team meeting. Stream and share the video. Use it as the basis for a discussion about how your events activity might work out this year. "Hybrid" events? Really? Such a short and simple word to use. What might it really mean in practice?

    Tomorrow, I'm in conversation with the account managers. Please share details with anyone who wants to learn more about the business. I'll be joined by Melissa Kelly (Envision Pharma Group), Tessa Rowland (Lucid Group) and Matthew Smith-Andrews (Ashfield Healthcare Communications). You'll find their profiles in the latest edition (the 4th) of our annual free careers guide, The business of medical communications: a guide to getting started in account management, written by Lindsey Heer and supported by AMICULUM with a host of other MedComms agencies. It should be fun. Everyone's welcome. Please join us.

    Meanwhile, the 2021 European Meeting of the International Society for Medical Publication Professionals (ISMPP) started today. Virtually, of course. Which might make calling it "European" somewhat irrelevant. Anyway, good luck to all involved. Follow them on Twitter, using hashtag #ISMPPEU2021.

    They've asked me to give a shout out for their webinar next week. Free for members AND non-members! So here it is. Sign up here for "Plain Language Summaries (PLS) of Publications: Perspectives that Will Shape the Future" on February 3, at 11 am EST.

    That's conveniently timed so you can join our weekly #MedComms Webinar first. On Wednesday 3 February, in What is the bright new future for MedComms? we'll reflect on the disrupted year we've just had, and talk about what's coming with four senior MedComms leaders; Alice Choi (COO, McCann Health Medical Communications), Jane Smith (Director, AMICULUM), Dennis O'Brien (CEO, Lucid Group) and Chris Winchester (CEO, Oxford PharmaGenesis). Coincidently, that's no less than two past Chairpersons of ISMPP! It's bound to be worth attending.

    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.

    Stay safe and well, everyone.


    Peter Llewellyn
    Managing Director, NetworkPharma Ltd
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