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    MedComms Networking - 29 January 2019


    First, a big shout out to Lindsey Heer, author of our annual careers guide, The business of medical communications: a guide to getting started in account management. The second edition was published last week so, to celebrate, she joined us on a FirstMedCommsJob webinar for the wannabes. The recorded version, So, you want to work in account management? is now freely available. Lindsey offered valuable advice on how to prepare for that first account management job in MedComms, and what to expect. It should be of interest to anyone who's looking for insights in to MedComms as a career and how to maximise their chances of gaining an entry-level job. It's probably also quite interesting to many people in the business already!

    Next up, on 14 February we'll hear about The Allegro training programme in practice. We'll be joined by Katie Johnson, Talent Acquisition Associate at Ashfield Healthcare Communications, Neil Marmont, Programme Director, Allegro and Eleanor Thomas, Medical Writer and graduate from the first full year of the Allegro programme. We'll hear about the lessons learned from the first year of the Allegro programme for aspiring Medical Writers and about how it will continue to develop and to support the needs of the business. Questions from the audience will be welcomed. Please help spread the word to all relevant others and point them at the registration page.

    Another big shout out goes to John Dixon, independent medical writer and trainer in scientific writing skills, who's been working with me this morning to produce three more of our Writing Bites. You might be surprised at how much time it takes to produce three two-minute videos! Or maybe not. Anyway, John's latest tips can be found directly on YouTube as follows:

  • Avoid using too many subordinate clauses [2.15 minutes]

  • Which or that? [2.01 minutes]

  • The serial ('Oxford') comma [2.06 minutes]

  • The complete series of "Writing bites" is growing on and on our MedComms Channel on YouTube. Feedback welcomed.

    Meanwhile, by all accounts, last week's European Meeting of The International Society for Medical Publication Professionals (ISMPP) went well. There and elsewhere, there's plenty of discussion currently about the increasing interest in open access publishing from pharma. Read Richard Smith's blog for more insights.

    In parallel it was interesting to see the news release put out by the AllTrials group, MPs put UK universities on notice: Report results from clinical trials or be called to parliament to explain why not. And to reflect on how the emphasis has changed somewhat, since the early days of simply "pharma-bashing".

    Finally, a big shout out, please, to the recruitment specialists at Zenopa who are back with us. Indeed, kudos to all those specialist MedComms recruiters who support us. And have you seen? We've currently got record numbers of job ads at Just saying...

    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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