What’s on the agenda this year?

May 14, 2019

The idea is that on MedComms day there is no actual plan. All sorts of people working in and around MedComms get involved in many different ways. And do their own thing. We collect a number of contributions here but you’ll find all sort of activity over on Twitter and Linkedin and elsewhere. Look for hashtag #MedComms.

This year though, we already know of some special events happening on and around MedComms Day as follows:

MedComms Day celebrations with AMICULUM

For more information on each event, please click on the links below.

Pre-MedComms Day activities

CHICAGO, USA (30 May): Evening networking event at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) (all welcome) programme and registration details

AUCKLAND, NZ (5 June): Meet our team, University of Auckland campus (all welcome) programme and registration details

MedComms Day activities (12 June)

DUNDEE, UK: Presentation and networking, University of Dundee (all welcome) programme and registration details

OXFORD, UK: Meet our team, University of Oxford (all welcome) programme and registration details

LONDON, UK: Presentation and networking, University College London (open to UCL students and alumni only) programme and registration details

BRIGHTON, UK: Meet our team, University of Sussex (all welcome) programme and registration details

We look forward to meeting as many of you as possible, and giving you a first-hand insight into the world of medical communications.

And there’s more…

12 June at 11.00 Standard New Zealand time (note the time zone!): Zoom meeting with the New Zealand Medical Writers programme and registration details

12 June at 19.30 BST: Informal get-together for Freelancers working in and around NW London, over dinner. For more information contact local organiser, Corinne Swainger

Watch this space or contact Peter Llewellyn for more details or to share news of your own…

Looking ahead to a date for 2019

September 25, 2018

It’s never too early to start planning so let’s get our next date in the diary to work around – we’ll Celebrate a Day in the Life of MedComms in 2019 on Wednesday 12 June. Please send me your thoughts, ideas, offers of support and so on at peter@networkpharma.com. Let’s make our 8th annual celebration even bigger than before!

Once again we expect contributions from across the globe, from Auckland in New Zealand to San Francisco in the USA, providing great insights into the MedComms working day. So get ready to dust off your Twitter account and use hashtag #MedComms.




The Twitter experience in 2018

June 7, 2018

About this time each year I now add a few words about what happened on Twitter during yesterday’s #MedComms Day.

Once again, this year we saw a whole lot of activity (a higher reach than last year though not as many active individuals) and much of it was really engaging.

Once again I’ve captured the 2018 #MedComms Day Twitter stream here as a PDF document and it makes for fascinating browsing.

[DOWNLOAD THE PDF – Warning: it is 119 pages and a 50 MB file!]

The TweetReach report for #MedComms over the last few days (essentially nothing much happens other than on #MedComms Day) shows 225 contributors, 766 tweets, reaching 269,573 accounts and clocking up 868,375 impressions, which once again sounds like quite a lot for small specialist business community.

[DOWNLOAD THE PDF – this one is only 51 pages and a 1.9 MB file!]

The comparison with previous years can be seen below.

As I always say, what exactly it means in practice is another question. I’ll leave you all to ponder that one. Many thanks anyway to all the “Tweeps” who did join in.

Looking back:

In 2012 when we started, Twitter wasn’t mentioned

In 2013 we had what I referred to at the time as “a small but steady stream of tweets” and I listed 30 of us [Download the 2013 Tweet Stream]

In 2014 we saw a significant jump in activity [Download the 2014 Tweet Stream]

In 2015 we saw a massive jump in activity – [DOWNLOAD THE TWEETREACH REPORT ]

In 2016 we saw another big jump in activity – [DOWNLOAD THE TWEETREACH REPORT ]

In 2017 we saw more activity again – [DOWNLOAD THE TWEETREACH REPORT ]


The morning after MedComms Day 2018

June 7, 2018

On 6 June 2018 we celebrated A Day in the Life of MedComms, supported by Concise. Contributions came in from around the world and were published here as they arrived throughout the day whilst over at Twitter we saw a steady stream of messages using hashtag #MedComms (see image below and I’ll post more about the Twitter experience separately).

Browse through the many posts and see what you think. Overall, the variety was quite impressive, and together they provide an insight into daily working life in MedComms. Hopefully everyone had a little fun along the way.

This is the seventh year we have undertaken this exercise. Please let me know if you think it’s still worthwhile.

I’d really appreciate hearing your comments and feedback either posted here or sent direct to me at peter@networkpharma.com

Many thanks to the many who participated and supported us, one way or another.

I hope you enjoy the stories. Scroll down, use the search box or use the menu to the right hand side to read more about A Day in the Life of MedComms.


Peter Llewellyn, NetworkPharma Ltd, founder of the global MedComms Networking Community and Curator of the 2018 Day in the Life of MedComms.

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And it’s goodbye from me for now

June 7, 2018

I make no apologies for re-using my standard text below from previous years. I can’t see straight anymore! Good night, one and all.

I need some sleep and it does look like we’re finished here for the day. So I am calling a halt to our MedComms Day 2018. It’s been interesting but a lot of work again. Hopefully it’s provided a useful insight into the specialist business we call MedComms and been a bit of fun for everyone as well.

Please note, I’m very aware I now need to go back over some of the postings and tidy the content. Please feel free to email me at peter@networkpharma.com and point me at any errors that need fixing if you spot them before me.

I’d welcome comments and feedback so please do leave comments here or contact me directly. I am, as always, happy to chat anytime.

Meanwhile, please keep the conversations going on Twitter using hashtag #medcomms and join us at the MedComms Networking Facebook page and the MedComms Networking LinkedIn Group as well. Anyone working in or around MedComms is welcome to join in with the activities of the MedComms Networking Community.

Goodnight from us, wherever in the world you are now. I need a drink!


Peter Llewellyn

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It’s goodbye from our Sponsors

June 7, 2018

A big thanks go to Concise who have supported today’s #MedComms Day celebrations. Thanks, guys. Here’s the office view in California just now… (great cake by the way!)




Time to go home

June 6, 2018

The North West London local meet-up of freelancers is wrapping up.

Cheers to another successful year, as freelancers on #MedComms Day celebrate at a Harrow restaurant in London!

From (left to right): Mina Varsani,  Corinne Swainger, Petra Roberts, Deborah Powell, and Jane Lamprill (who took the shot).


Ending a long day in London

June 6, 2018

We last heard from Jane Tricker, Freelance writer, this morning whilst she was struggling for a wifi connection on the train to London. She’s just arrived back home.

tricker_01It turned out to be a very long day in London – I got back about half an hour ago. The slide deck was well received: the pharma client has already sent his comments back and I’ll be working on them tomorrow. This afternoon, I’ve been putting together a rather unusual style of presentation for a global brand team meeting – first draft to be with the client first thing tomorrow (hence the long hours). Time for a glass of wine, I think.

Keeep running, San Diego

June 6, 2018

I’m running out of steam but #MedComms Day 2018 is still running over on the west coast of the USA. Here’s the Fishawack Group team…

At Fishawack’s San Diego office, it’s all paws (err, hands) on deck to seamlessly transition projects from the UK’s EOD to the start of our West Coast morning. To ensure a dogged attention to detail, we enlist the help of our canine coworkers, as often as we can! Happy #Medcomms Day to all!

(Pictured are Ann Barajas (with Gladys) in a meeting; and Jen Humbert (with Theo), beginning to check the day’s messages).



Nearing the time for sun downers

June 6, 2018

It’s become a tradition, as we head towards the end of another #MedComms Day, that Sarah Smith, a freelance medical writer and editor based on her boat in the Caribbean reminds us that you can freelance in #MedComms from anywhere these days… today that’s Calvigny Island in the background. A playground for the rich and famous apparently! Well played, Sarah!


Never a dull moment

June 6, 2018

David Jenkins, Senior Medical Writer at AXON summarises their day’s activities across the globe.

It’s been business as usual across the AXON offices today; our offices in mainland Europe (Copenhagen and Switzerland) were the first to get started. In London we enjoyed a pizza lunch followed by a spectacular cake! Colleagues in Brighton enjoyed a coffee in the sunshine between deadlines. New York and Toronto came online in their respective timezones to continue the day. Some of our colleagues are fresh (?) back from ASCO and catching up. Busy, varied, cake-fuelled, but never dull….



The challenges of medical writing

June 6, 2018

Here’s one of Fishawack Group’s “challenges in MedComms” series of videos from today. You’ll find more in their @fishawack twitter feed.

The Cognito spy

June 6, 2018

Well, I had fun following the antics of the Cognito spy during the day. Did you spot him? Hugo Dowson from Cognito Medical Communications in London reports…

The Cognito spy took over the agency’s twitter feed for #Medcomms Day. Unbeknownst to the team, he monitored a typical day in the office, from tea making to team meetings. He even managed to check in with the new Nucleus Academy members, finding out how they feel about the experience so far. As the day draws to a close, the spy has been reflecting on the different aspects of Cognito that he saw and decided to apply for our next Academy intake.

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The Dream Team return!

June 6, 2018

This message just in from Envision Pharma Group’s team in Chicago. Travel safe guys.

Lucinda (Scientific Director), Helen (Senior Editor) and Alice (Project Assistant) are waiting to board a plane back to Manchester following a busy week at ASCO, Chicago!

Alice, who joined Envision Pharma Group back in December 2017, has experienced her first time onsite as part of a #MedComms agency and is already looking forward to her next trip!

Well done team and safe journey back home!



A well-earned break at Independence Mall

June 6, 2018

As Europeans start winding down their working day, and the New Zealanders are presumably fast asleep, the US teams are now just getting in to their stride. Here’s the inScience Communications team, based in Philadelphia, posing for a group photo during their lunch break today.

The Philadelphia office of inScience Communications – Springer Healthcare is located in the heart of historic Old City. Following a morning of publications work and client status meetings, members of the Scientific Services team take a well-earned break at Independence Mall (left to right: Amanda Sheldon, Jon Raksin, Michelle Daniels, Jessica Deckman, Chris Radel, and Elizabeth Strickland).



It’s only rock and roll

June 6, 2018

A message here from aging rocker, John Gonzalez of Solanum Medical Communications (no, I’m not jealous!)

It’s been a tough day trying to concentrate on an assignment I am working on, my ears are still ringing with the sound of rock and roll from last night. Along with some other 50,000 fans and my concert buddy, who incidentally works in pricing and market access, we went to see the Rolling Stones at the Old Trafford Stadium Manchester last evening. After over 50 years of touring, Mick Jagger and co-workers can still draw crowds, fill a stadium and BTW it’s not just ageing rockers that attend. How can they still do this in 2018?. Well charisma, great songs, skilled musicians and a stunning show is probably the answer.

You’re probably thinking what on earth has this got to do with MedComms? What occurred to me last evening were the parallels with organising a successful satellite symposium or conference i.e. when the event you have organised fills the auditorium or congress room and there are no seats left. So what get you this level of success? Charismatic and expert speakers with great presentation skills, interesting content that will resonate with the audience and finally, excellent delivery and organisation of the event. I would say no different to a great rock concert. And to any of you Stones fans out there in the MedComms world “Its only rock and roll but we love it”!



A day of false starts

June 6, 2018
kaige_01Jill Kaige is a freelancer specialising in manging Zinc MAPS and Vault Promomats, based in Oxford.
Hello and happy MedComms Day!
I’m posting at the end of my day as it’s been one of false starts.  I started the day in the garden making an epic list for myself, and am ending it in the same place now that the sun has moved and I can see my screen again.
Today I’ve been tying up some loose ends in Zinc from yesterday and have been getting to grips with a large offline reference pack.  I am not a writer so I am grateful to have support from those with superior writery knowledge when needed, and today is one of those days.  When I started as a freelancer I had no other contacts at all (!) and now I have a nice big list of them (partly thanks to Peter!), plus a small team of trusted subcontractors. I feel as if that, paired with the option to work outside, and to be flexible around my daughter’s childcare makes my job nothing short of perfect.
Here’s to many more MedComms Days.

Logos, Linkedin pages and local meet-ups

June 6, 2018

Corinne Swainger is a freelance medical copywriter, and organises regular local meet-ups for other MedComms freelancers and remote workers living in and around North West London. They’re meeting tonight to celebrate MedComms Day, so I’m hoping for more pictures!

Greetings from sunny Middlesex, in the suburbs of Greater London! As an independent medical copywriter, I love the diverse challenges that freelance life gives me, but like any other business, I still need to dedicate some essential time to focus my professional marketing plan. It was half-term last week, so I took some time off to assess my current and future business situation. During the past 12 years since I kicked off my freelance scientific career, pharmaceutical-healthcare communications have changed rapidly, which means I’ve had to adjust too, or risk getting left behind. While I’m looking to stay freelance in the future, I’m keen to find out what new marketing options are out there for small businesses like me. So, I’m talking to various colleagues inside and outside the industry for their thoughts before I take my next steps.

swainger_01As part of these changes, today, I’m been tweaking the logo for my MediQuill Ltd, and updating my professional LinkedIn profile. I’m also investigating whether I want to specialise on a more niche healthcare market. For example, in recent years, I’ve focused more on devising medical promotions and medical education for primary healthcare professionals and patients, rather writing abstracts and clinical research reviews for secondary care. I’ve also branched out into creating medical education and promotions for medical devices, so today, I’m considering if, and how I could offer more specific services to those types of clients.

Finally, I’m definitely looking forward to catching up with a few other freelancers this evening to celebrate MedComms Day in our own way, at our local freelancers meet-up. Cheers!