Chatting with the New Zealand writers

Well, that was fun. Using zoom meant a group of us from aross New Zealand and elswhere could chat informally together about working life for medical writers. We covered off developing business, keeping clients and when necessary knowing when to turn away projects.

Thanks to Matt Boyd and Marie Cheeseman and Mark English and Adi Ferrara and Sheridan Henness and Blair Hesp and Harriet Lamb and Kathryn Lee and Daniel McGowan and Tricia Newell and Nicola Ryan and Lyndal Staples for joining in.

And it looks like we’ve agreed we’ll do it again, sometime soon. I look forward to it.

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Kia ora world! MedComms day – Dunedin, New Zealand

Here we go. Every year the same. More stunning photos arrive from New Zealand making me wish I had moved there when I was younger! Mark Caswell, Medical Writer at BPAC, has just been for a run…

Here is the start of MedComms day in Dunedin as seen on my morning run. I’m not going into the office today as I am solo parenting our two year old and the day will be spent at home. My parents normally look after her on a Wednesday, but they are overseas… Anyways, I probably will miss the zoom meeting later this morning, but we’ll see what happens. I hope you have a great day and good on you for organising.

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Celebrate MedComms Day 2019 with the New Zealand Medical Writers

Hosted by Peter Llewellyn of NetworkPharma Ltd and founder of the global MedComms Networking Community initiative, this will be an informal virtual meeting of the New Zealand Medical Writers. We’ll talk for an hour specifically about working life in New Zealand but anyone from the global MedComms commmunity elsewhere is welcome to join us as we celebrate a Day in the life of #MedComms. So, do please come and meet some New Zealanders!

[REGISTER HERE]

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Nearing the time for sun downers

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!

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Never a dull moment

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….

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A well-earned break at Independence Mall

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).

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It’s slighty bonkers over on Twitter

For a community that is generally so quiet on Twitter, you’re not doing badly today. And all the cakes are looking great!

Here’s just a selection of agencies that have been tweeting in the past hour… go #MedComms !

@Complete_MC + @AxonComms + @SynergyVision + @PorterhouseMed + @AshfieldHealth + @InspiredSci + @Fishawack + @Complete_hv + @ResoluteTweets + @AMICULUM_global + @SciMentum + @cellohealth + @JBAshtin + @comradis_biz + @cognitomedical + @AdelphiComms + @RealSciCom + @AxonComms + @GCC_latest + @spirit_med + @MediTech_Media + @OxPharmaGenesis + @NucleusGlobal and more.

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Happy MedComms day from Ubud, Bali!

Margot Baldwin, a freelance Zinc-er and expert in Vault Promomats is feeling the heat.
I’m writing this from the sweltering and beautiful co-working space that is Hubud in Ubud, Bali. Today’s activities include eating delicious food, swimming and a quick massage before it’s back to the grindstone (or is it really….?) to work. The most stressful part of my day is making sure that the (extremely bold) monkeys steer clear of my computer, electrical equipment (and, of course, food!) Oh and I mustn’t forget to mention the extreme festivities of Galungan descending upon me, assaulting and delighting all of the senses. Galungan is the extended Balinese holiday celebrating the victory of good over evil. So no biggie then.

Quite a juxtaposition to this time last year, when I was huddled over my laptop in sub zero temperatures of Edinburgh. A completely different beauty surrounded me then, as did a vastly different culture and climate. This is why I love freelancing so much – I never know where I’ll be one year to the next.

The REALLY great news, is that I can provide an overnight service for all my UK clients. It’s win-win for everyone!

Wrapping up in New Zealand

Mark English, freelance writer, is preparing for some serious traveling over the coming days. Ping him a message if you want to meet up and hear about freelance life in New Zealand – and those views. Oh, those views!

english_01It was a cold start here in Wanaka, New Zealand with overnight snow on the mountains and mountain passes, so the log fire was cranked up well before work began. Like most freelancers in New Zealand, the start of my day consisted of catching up on emails that arrived overnight from various parts of the globe. I then incorporated some minor comments on an oncology e-learning tool and the rest of my day was spent organising an upcoming trip. Living in New Zealand, I don’t get the chance to meet clients very often, but we (myself and my better half) are heading on an overseas trip on Saturday visiting old and new clients in San Francisco, New Jersey, Philadelphia and the U.K. We are also throwing in an advisory board meeting in Barcelona just for the fun of it and then finally we are spending some time with family in the Lake District U.K. (can I order sunshine there please?). I have been a medical writer for 18 years now and I still absolutely love my job and the variety it brings. Anyhow, less of the I love my job warm fuzzies, does anyone want to meet me for a coffee and a natter on my travels? Yes? Fantastic. Here is my email address —-> mark.english@bellbirdmedical.com.

And finally, I will leave you with a much-requested photo. Here is tonight’s sunset over Lake Wanaka. If you look very closely, you might see Mt Aspiring in the far distance, New Zealand’s second highest peak at 3,033 metres!

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Embrace the Twitter #MedComms experience today

Frankly, the MedComms community is still not the most active on Twitter but we’re hoping for plenty of signs of life today using our established hashtag #medcomms –  so please do follow us there. The following “tweeps”, all based out in Australasia, have kicked us off with their posts early today. Hopefully we’re all just warming up…

@SarahMMcKay + @DrRuthHadfield + @KainicMedical + @concisegroup + @MarkEnglish + @RxComms + @michellegwriter + @JuliaArchbold@karenjfarrar@PECjournal

Come on #MedComms!

Greetings from the land of the rising sun

This just in from Masahira Kurosaki, Project Administrator at inScience Communications, Tokyo.

Today finds us working on a number of English and Japanese manuscript projects at our offices in Shiroyama Trust Tower, Tokyo. Business is fast moving in the Japanese Medcomms world these days and the inScience Communications team is proud to be a growing part of the community here. It’s great to be part of international projects and collaborating with our colleagues around the world.

Wishing all around the world a successful MedComms Day!

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