The morning after MedComms Day 2020

On 10 June 2020 we celebrated A Day in the Life of MedComms, supported by Media Contacts.

It felt like a very different affair this year, maybe reflecting the lockdown situation many of us are still in, as a result of COVID-19. So, no travel stories, or reports from international conferences and the like. Far fewer pictures of groups gathered together around home-made cakes! Plenty of talk of online video meetings and virtual activities.

Lots of people and organisations from across the global MedComms community still got involved one way or another, but it’s very difficult to see the overall picture without having a lot more resource than we have available here.

There were certainly fewer contributions to this blog site and the trend of recent years whereby most public activity happens across LinkedIn and social media continued.

There seemed to be significantly more activity on LinkedIn this year (how do you measure that?) and less on Twitter (see summary report below), using the hashtag #MedComms. Ohers like Facebook and Instagram, for instance, still didn’t see so much activity.

Overall, it was great to see the variety of activity being undertaken across the global community and, hopefully, everyone had some fun along the way. We certainly helped to spread the #MedComms word a little further!

What do you think? Let me know.

This is the ninth 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.

Cheers

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

[View summary Tweetreach report for #MedComms 10 June 2020]

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And it’s goodnight from him…

I make no apologies for re-using my standard text below from previous years. I can’t see straight anymore! Goodnight, 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 2020. 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 (and Ted)

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Still to come today, yoga and more

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 do, though, have some more special events coming up, which anyone can join in with:

SPECIAL EVENTS

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.

[Programme and registration details]

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Free online #MedComms Day Yoga session, brought to you by Envision Pharma Group and George Hazel Yoga!
At 14.00 UK time, 10 June 2020 (NOTE the time zone!)

[Simply turn up and join in on the day]

If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Brown

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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.

[Programme and registration details]

A shout out for the Sponsors of MedComms Networking

Today’s celebration of a Day in the life of #MedComms aka #MedComms Day 2020 is supported by Media Contacts – we thank them very much and we’ll be seeing more of them throughout today.

But as we prepare to start, then I want a big shout out please for the current Sponsors of MedComms Networking, without them none of all this would be possible. Thanks guys!

Adelphi Communications, AMICULUM Ltd, Ashfield Healthcare Communications, Envision Pharma Group, Fishawack Health, Helios Medical Communications, Highfield, inScience Communications, Insight Medical Writing, Lucid Group, McCann Health Medical Communications, nspm, Ogilvy Health, OPEN Health, Oxford PharmaGenesis, Prime Global and Wave Healthcare Communications.

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What’s happening here on 10 June 2020?

On 10 June 2020, we’re once again celebrating the global business that is MedComms. Please join in and help spread the word. This is the ninth year we’re running this annual event. So, here’s the standard blurb, as we start #MedComms Day 2020 and look forward to our first posts, which, all being well, will come in from New Zealand. Then we’ll track across the time zones and finish as the sun sets somewhere on the West coast of the USA – enjoy it, everyone!

Led by members of the MedComms Networking Community, but open to anyone and everyone involved in and around MedComms, anywhere in the world, we hope to be able to capture a representative snapshot of working life in our specialist business. All feedback is welcomed. We’ll be posting stories here on this web site throughout the day, and we’re expecting lots of activity on Twitter using hashtag #medcomms. There’s the MedComms Networking Facebook page and the MedComms Networking LinkedIn Group as well.

How it will work:

We’re expecting lots of social media activity from people across the world who will be posting updates directly via their accounts. Importantly, anyone can then contribute stories, news, photos, videos and so on, to this web site, by emailing a message to Peter Llewellyn of NetworkPharma Ltd, email peter@networkpharma.com who will be responsible for posting and curating the content here, throughout the day. Clearly, we need to adhere to professional standards of good taste and decency and avoid any risk of compromising client confidentiality, but beyond that we simply hope to demonstrate the wide variety of activities that are being undertaken on any day, reflect the highs and lows of working life, and maybe show us having a little fun along the way!

So what might be posted here on 10 June?

This year sure is going to be different for most of us because of the COVID-19 crisis! We’re unlikely to hear much about travelling to international conferences, client meetings and Team Away Days. Instead, plenty of online video meetings I’m guessing, and reflections from home-workers across the global community.

We’re looking forward to seeing what is happening in the world of MedComms on 10 June 2020. Prizes will, of course, be on offer to anyone who sends in particularly noteworthy contributions.

If you have any questions during or after the day, please contact Peter Llewellyn, email peter@networkpharma.com to whom you should also send all contributions for postings.

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Note: Peter Llewellyn runs the MedComms Networking Community. This global initiative facilitates networking and dialogue amongst individuals working in and around the pharmaceutical industry and MedComms, focusing on specialist medical education, medical communications and medical publishing activities. Why not sign up to our weekly newsletter and please, help spread the word amongst all relevant others.

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.

[Programme and registration details]

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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.

[Programme and registration details]

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Free online #MedComms Day Yoga session, brought to you by Envision Pharma Group and George Hazel Yoga!
At 14.00 UK time, 10 June 2020 (NOTE the time zone!)

[Simply turn up and join in on the day]

If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Brown

– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

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.

[Programme and registration details]

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

Another big shout out for the Sponsors of MedComms Networking

Today’s celebration of a Day in the life of #MedComms aka #MedComms Day 2019 is supported by Media Contacts – we thank them very much and we’ll be seeing more of them throughout today.

But as we prepare to start, then I want a big shout out please for the current Sponsors of MedComms Networking, without them none of all this would be possible. Thanks guys!

Adelphi Communications, AMICULUM Ltd, Ashfield Healthcare Communications, Caudex, Envision Pharma Group, Fishawack Group, HealthCare21 Communications, Helios Medical Communications, Highfield, inScience Communications, Insight Medical Writing, Lucid Group, nspm, Oxford PharmaGenesis, Prime Global and Spirit Group.

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What’s happening here on 12 June 2019?

On 12 June 2019, we’re once again celebrating the global business that is MedComms. Please join in and help spread the word. This is the eighth year we’re running this annual event. So, here’s the standard blurb, as we start #MedComms Day 2019 and look forward to our first posts, which, all being well, will come in from New Zealand. Then we’ll track across the time zones and finish as the sun sets somewhere on the West coast of the USA – enjoy it, everyone!

Led by members of the MedComms Networking Community, but open to anyone and everyone involved in and around MedComms, anywhere in the world, we hope to be able to capture a representative snapshot of working life in our specialist business. All feedback is welcomed. We’ll be posting stories here on this web site throughout the day, and we’re expecting lots of activity on Twitter using hashtag #medcomms. There’s the MedComms Networking Facebook page and the MedComms Networking LinkedIn Group as well.

How it will work:

We’re expecting lots of social media activity from people across the world who will be posting updates directly via their accounts. Importantly, anyone can then contribute stories, news, photos, videos and so on, to this web site, by emailing a message to Peter Llewellyn of NetworkPharma Ltd, email peter@networkpharma.com who will be responsible for posting and curating the content here, throughout the day. Clearly, we need to adhere to professional standards of good taste and decency and avoid any risk of compromising client confidentiality, but beyond that we simply hope to demonstrate the wide variety of activities that are being undertaken on any day, reflect the highs and lows of working life, and maybe show us having a little fun along the way!

So what might be posted here on 12 June?

It’s up to you. Hopefully we won’t have too many pictures of individuals or teams simply hard at work at their computers. Perhaps we’ll see attendees at briefing meetings, status meetings, post-mortem meetings, company meetings, staff meetings, client meetings… all sort of meetings. Maybe celebrations of pitch wins or company anniversaries or new awards. Maybe we’ll see news from the many scientific and medical events that will be occurring around the world on the day with people preparing for the events, building exhibition stands, preparing presentations and maybe pictures of speakers at the podiums. Since many in the community will be traveling either to or from meetings of one sort or another, we might see lots of pictures of the insides of airports, taxis, hotels and conference centres. Will anyone have time to show us the local sights and landmarks?

And it doesn’t have to all be strictly about work. Will anyone be out on their company’s summer day out? Or on a team building exercise? Or a training course? Will we hear of any birthdays, births or marriages? Will there be any breakfasts in interesting places, or lunch meetings or after-work drinks to toast a successful day’s work?

We’re looking forward to seeing what is happening in the world of MedComms on 12 June 2019. Prizes will, of course, be on offer to anyone who sends in particularly noteworthy contributions.

If you have any questions during or after the day, please contact Peter Llewellyn, email peter@networkpharma.com to whom you should also send all contributions for postings.

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Note: Peter Llewellyn runs the MedComms Networking Community. This global initiative facilitates networking and dialogue amongst individuals working in and around the pharmaceutical industry and MedComms, focusing on specialist medical education, medical communications and medical publishing activities. Why not sign up to our weekly newsletter and please, help spread the word amongst all relevant others.

What’s on the agenda this year?

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 MedComms Day as follows:

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MedComms Day celebrations with AMICULUM

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

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.

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WEEKLY MEDCOMMS WEBINAR
Ask AMICULUM about life in healthcare communications

Venue: Global
Date: 12.00 BST, 12 June 2019

In this webinar, as part of our celebrations on #MedComms Day 2019, we’ll be joined by representatives from AMICULUM’s Manchester and Bollington offices for an online discussion about life and careers in healthcare communications, featuring members of their editorial, client services and recruitment teams. Have you ever wondered about what the day-to-day of a medical writer is like? Are you interested in learning more about innovative client projects, or international travel opportunities? Let us know! Questions from the audience will be welcomed on the day. We’re also inviting questions in advance from attendees, so please submit a question when registering your interest. It should be of particular interest to anyone who is looking for insights in to MedComms as a career and how to maximise their chances of gaining an entry level job.

[PROGRAMME AND REGISTRATION DETAILS]

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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 12.00 BST: Informal get-together for Freelancers working in and around Leeds, over lunch at Prezzo’s in the Light, Leeds. For more information contact local organiser, Fiona Weston

12 June at 13.00 BST: Informal get-together for Freelancers working in and around East Anglia, over lunch at Elveden Courtyard, Thetford. For more information contact local organiser, Jen Lewis

12 June at 19.30 BST: Informal get-together for Freelancers working in and around NW London, over dinner at Prezzo Italian restaurant, Harrow. 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

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.

Cheers

Peter

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