What’s on the agenda for 2020?

The whole 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. Much of the activity will pass unreported but we collect a number of contributions here at MedCommsDay.com and you’ll find all sorts of activity over on Twitter and Linkedin and Instagram and elsewhere. Look for hashtag #MedComms.

We will, though, have some special events again, which anyone can join in with:

SPECIAL EVENTS

4th occasional Zoom meeting of New Zealand medical writers (and guests)

Venue: Global
Date: 11.00 New Zealand Standard time, 10 June 2020 (NOTE the time zone!)

Once again, we’ll give MedComms Day a kick start with an online meeting of the New Zealand medical writers’ group. Everyone is welcome. It’s strictly informal. More details TBC.

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Weekly MedComms Webinar
Learning and development at AMICULUM

Venue: Global
Date: 12.00 Midday UK time, 10 June 2020 (NOTE the time zone!)

In this webinar, which is being run on MedComms Day 2020, we’ll provide an insight into the learning journey of a new medical writer or account executive during their first 12 months at AMICULUM.

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MedComms Wookbook Huddle – open to all on MedComms Day 2020

Venue: Global
Date: 18.00 (wine o’clock) UK time, 10 June 2020 (NOTE the time zone!)

We’ll be online at 18.00 (wine o’clock) UK time for a drink and a chat, and today we’ll happily raise a glass to celebrate MedComms Day 2020 with whoever turns up. Everyone welcome. Any discussions will primarily focus on freelance life in and around MedComms, but it will be very informal and we welcome all comers to join us. Nobody will mind if you have a toddler on your knees or a dog cuddling up close. Within reason! Please join us.

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Looking ahead to a date for 2020

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 2020 on Wednesday 10 June. Please send me your thoughts, ideas, offers of support and so on at peter@networkpharma.com. Let’s make our 9th 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.

Cheers

Peter

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The Twitter experience in 2019

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

This year we saw a whole lot more activity (record numbers for reach and active individuals) and much of it was really engaging.

Once again I’ve captured the 2019 #MedComms Day Twitter stream here as a PDF document and it makes for fascinating browsing.

[DOWNLOAD THE PDF – Warning: it is 169 pages and a 70 MB file!]

The TweetReach report for #MedComms over the last few days (essentially nothing much happens other than on #MedComms Day) shows 303 contributors, 1,158 tweets, reaching 330,706 accounts and clocking up 1,350,072 impressions, which once again sounds like quite a lot for small specialist business community.

[DOWNLOAD THE PDF – this one is only 78 pages and a 2.8 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 ]

In 2018 we saw more activity again – [DOWNLOAD THE TWEETREACH REPORT ]

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The morning after MedComms Day 2019

On 12 June 2019 we celebrated A Day in the Life of MedComms, supported by Media Contacts. 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 eighth 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.

Cheers

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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We’ll say goodbye for now

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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 2019. 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!

Cheers

Peter Llewellyn

Winding down in San Francisco

So, it looks like #MedComms Day 2019 is winding down quickly now. Before he went on holiday, our regular west coast contributor, Tim Collinson, Business Unit Head, West Coast, Fishawack Group, prepared a short message for us to make sure we ended the day in the right place and on time! Thanks, Tim.

Hello from the world’s largest life sciences cluster (according to the California Life Sciences Association)!  I’m enjoying a week’s break from my busy #MedComms role in the San Francisco Bay Area (pre-writing this message so that I can enjoy the offline great outdoors).  A wonderful team at Fishawack means reliable cover for each other when we want to recharge our batteries.  And this week’s battery charging will be the energy for next week’s UC San Diego Extension’s ‘Expert Strategies and Skills for Medical and Scientific Communication’ Professional Workshop – a gathering I’m looking forward to, where I’ll be participating in a panel discussion with some friendly familiar faces and experts from California biotech, academia and agency, on trending topics in medical and scientific communication.  Before long it’ll be the 2nd annual ISMPP West meeting too – preparations already underway in earnest for that.  Best wishes for the last hours of MedComms Day, everyone!

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Chatting with Chris Brooks, Account Director, Paragon

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Steve Scott at Media Contacts has chatted with Chris Brooks, Account Director, Paragon

What attracted you to this career in the first place?

I was working in a related field in operations and was fascinated. The opportunity to travel was a big appeal for me to start with but it was also the fact that I could work in a busy and exciting area that can actually make a positive impact to people’s lives.

What’s your favourite part of your job?

Working with clients. It’s the best feeling when you put in a lot of hard work in the background and impress the client at the end of it. I’m pleased to count most of my clients as friends.

What is the most challenging experience you have faced?

Delivering a promotional symposium in the US on an investigational product – a compliance minefield

What’s the funniest memory and/or highlight of your career so far?

One highlight would have to be receiving an invitation to deliver an industry presentation alongside one of my clients to talk about our experience in publication planning.

Who would play you in the movie of your life?

Someone short!

What’s a typical day look like for you?

No such thing exists, you can plan for tomorrow as much as you like but there will always be a few surprises

What would your key tasks in a typical day be?

See Q6. The standard things would be to check what has come in overnight and prioritise what is on the list of actions and then go from there

Thanks, Chris. Have a great day!