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    This was the fifth time we have run what is now established as an annual event. Once again we had an enthusiastic audience of post-docs and DPhil/PhD students and others from the biomedical sciences departments within and around Oxford and from other Universities, who met with a number of medical writing and communications professionals for a highly engaging session which presented medical writing as an attractive career option.

    We explained how areas of the UK such as Oxfordshire, London, Sussex and Cheshire are home to numerous leading medical communications agencies that serve the global pharmaceutical industry... and they’re crying out for good medical writers!

    These agencies are looking particularly for individuals with:

  • a doctorate in a bioscience subject, ideally post-doctoral research experience
  • a genuine enthusiasm for science and its application to the world of medicine
  • a flair for writing about science and medicine
  • the ability to work independently within a small-team environment.

    Medical writing can literally take you all over the world and provides attractive long-term career pathways.


    Medical Sciences Teaching Centre (MSTC), South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PL [Directions here]


    10.30 Registration
    11.15 Introduction by Professor Anton van der Merwe, Pathology Department and presentations by:

  • Elif Fincanci-Smith, Darwin Healthcare Communications
    The agency perspective, what we do, how we do it, what we look for in a new medical writer, and the training and career opportunities ahead..
  • Dr Karen Wilson-Smith, Freelance Writer
    Been there, done it, got the tee-shirt. The life of a medical writer.
  • Jane Fraser, Jane Fraser Associates
    How to spot a good medical writer at 50 paces..

    13.00–15.00 Lunch and informal discussion with senior editorial and writing staff from additional leading medical communications agencies: Caudex Medical, Choice Healthcare Solutions, Insight Medical Writing, Nucleus Holdings, Ogilvy 4D, Oxford PharmaGenesis, PAREXEL MedCom, Prism and Watermeadow Medical. We were joined by medical communications recruitment specialist, Carys Mills, and representatives from EMWA (European Medical Writers Association). Dr Shelley Davies, a Lecturer from the University of Worcester, was also available to discuss the Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Communications that she leads at the University of Worcester.

    If you have any questions following the event please 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.

    Caudex Medical
    Caudex Medical

    Carys Mills Recruitment
    Carys Mills Recruitment

    Choice Healthcare Solutions
    Choice Healthcare Solutions

    Darwin Healthcare Communications
    Darwin Healthcare Communications

    EMWA (European Medical Writers Association)

    Insight Medical Writing
    Insight Medical Writing

    Nucleus Holdings
    Nucleus Holdings

    Ogilvy 4D
    Ogilvy 4D

    Oxford PharmaGenesis
    Oxford PharmaGenesis

    PAREXEL MedCom
    PAREXEL MedCom


    Watermeadow Medical
    Watermeadow Medical

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