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    This was the eighth time we'd run this 2-day workshop with funding from Oxford University and the support of several leading MedComms agencies. Delegates with a genuine interest in joining the MedComms industry heard from a superb line up of speakers about the pharmaceutical industry, the role of MedComms agencies and the specifics about working as a medical writer and some of the activities they would expect to undertake. We were able to highlight related writing roles as well as other roles within the agencies such as Account Management.


    The Careers Service, 56 Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 6PA

    The building is towards the bottom end of the Banbury Road, only a few minutes walk from St Giles and the city centre and within easy reach of the train station. It is easily accessible from the Water Eaton Park and Ride by busses which regularly travel up and down the Banbury Road. Please note there is no parking at the venue. Short-term metered parking is available nearby or city centre car parks are not far away.

    [Please click here for a map which shows the building marked]


    Day 1

    10.30 Welcome and introduction - Peter Llewellyn, Managing Director of NetworkPharma and Founder of the MedComms Networking Community

    The Pharmaceutical Industry, Medicines Development and Medical Communications - Peter Llewellyn, Managing Director of NetworkPharma and Founder of the MedComms Networking Community [PRESENTATION]

    The Role of the Writer in Regulatory Affairs - Julie Bowdler, Freelance Medical Writer in Regulatory Affairs [PRESENTATION]

    13.00 Lunch

    14.00 The role of the Medical Writer in MedComms; where we came from and what we do - Rick Flemming, [PRESENTATION], Jenny Fanstone, [PRESENTATION] and Esther Race [PRESENTATION]

    15.30 Tea and coffee

    16.00 Presentations and Speed Dating with the MedComms Agencies

    Day 2

    09.00 Welcome and introduction - Peter Llewellyn, Managing Director of NetworkPharma and Founder of the MedComms Networking Community

    09.30 Regulation and compliance - Peter Llewellyn, NetworkPharma

    Tips for improving your medical writing - Jo Whelan, Medical Writer

    11.00 Tea and coffee

    11.30 Recognising your existing skills and strengths, presenting yourself to the agencies, the writing tests and interviews, What to Expect of Life in a MedComms Agency, training opportunities and career development - Dr Annick Moon, Freelance Medical Writer and author of From academic to medical writer: A guide to getting started in medical communications [PRESENTATION], Katia Chrysostomou, Performance Coach working in Healthcare Communications [PRESENTATION] and Dr Karen Kent, Recruitment Specialist in MedComms [PRESENTATION]

    13.00 Lunch

    Feedback from a previous workshop:

    "I found this course an excellent all-round introduction to Medical Writing that provided me with valuable insight, tips and advice - not to mention contacts! As a result of attending this course, I landed a job with a top Medical Communications agency in London and I can safely say that I am now in a job that is both challenging and interesting and, importantly, that I love." Fiona Zmijewski.

    If you have any questions about careers in medical writing or indeed in other roles within medical communications, do feel free to email Peter Llewellyn.


    Are you interested in a career in medical communications? Download a free careers guide, check out details of future and past events, sign up for an email alert... Learn more here.

    We will joined by representatives from several leading MedComms agencies on the day. The agencies participating this year are listed below.

    7.4 Limited

    7.4 Limited

    Darwin Healthcare Communications

    Darwin Healthcare Communications

    Fishawack Group

    Fishawack Group

    Highfield Communication

    Highfield Communication

    Oxford PharmaGenesis

    Oxford PharmaGenesis

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