Today’s free MedComms webinar: Learning and development at AMICULUM

We’ve been running regular, free, weekly #MedComms webinars for a long time now. Details of upcoming events are always kept bang up-to-date at MedCommsNetworking.com and all the recordings are freely available at NetworkPharma.tv or on the MedComms YouTube channel if you’ve missed them.

Today’s weekly webinar is at 12.00 UK time and everyone is welcome to join us. We’ll be talking about learning and development at AMICULUM.

In this webinar, we’ll provide an insight into the learning journey of a new medical writer or account executive during their first 12 months at AMICULUM. We’ll be joined by learning and development expert Louise Upton who will provide an overview of our in-house learning initiative, Curriculum, and demonstrate how our colleagues can use this platform to create their individual learning and development pathway. We will also be joined by Isabelle Blomfield (Medical writer, Seques), Emily Germon (Talent Acquisition, AMICULUM) and Priya Loi (Account handler, Comradis), members of our team who have recently joined AMICULUM – who will talk about their learning experience over the first 12 months of their career. Questions from the audience will be welcomed.

[REGISTER HERE]

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Safi Dale’s MedComms Day Diary

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Safi Dale takes a moment on MedComms Day, to reflect on her work experience placement with Nucleus Global.

I finished my A-levels last summer and am looking forward to going to Manchester University in September to study Biochemistry. Taking a year out has been really exciting and a great experience. However, I’ve been very conscious that I didn’t have a clear understanding of the avenues I could pursue after I graduate. So I was excited to arrange work experience at Nucleus Global and see what life is like in medical communications, which I hadn’t previously known much about. Continue reading “Safi Dale’s MedComms Day Diary”

Bringing up Bébé in the Industry

We’re getting moving in the USA now. Crystal Hanington is Senior Account Manager at inScience Communications in Philadelphia.

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“Alexa, play Lullaby Renditions of Led Zeppelin, by Rockabye Baby.” Some variation of that phrase now starts and ends every work day. If you’ve never heard these records, they are familiar in that these are typically quite popular songs by well-known artists, and brand new in that they are completely instrumental, made – you guessed it – with little ears in mind. They bridge the gap between kid- and adult-friendly music.

If I haven’t already let the cat out of the bag, I’m a new mother. The arrival of my son late last year brought with it the usual suspects – sleepless nights, endless worry, and doubt that creeps in reminiscent of John Carpenter’s The Fog. What it also brought, however, was incredible support from my company; inScience Communications, a brand of Springer Healthcare; and from my colleagues and managers. There was the initial excitement shared with all when announcing that I was expecting, coupled with immediate and ongoing support from management, and Human Resources. As his arrival approached, there was an unbelievable outpouring of support and well-wishes received from colleagues and managers. Now that I am back to work full-time, following leave, the support continues in the form of company policies that foster a healthy work-life-balance, and encourage me to set new professional goals to enhance my position here; Senior Account Manager, Client Services.

Continue reading “Bringing up Bébé in the Industry”

A pending PhD-grad student’s perspective on MedComms in NZ

Jessica Millar, one of the Associate Medical Writers at Kainic Medical Communications reflects on here new working life in MedComms.

As I finally saunter out of bed after snoozing four alarms I leisurely make my bacon and eggs for breakfast, put the kettle on and sit down to read the news, or in today’s case, the MedComms Day site. This is my first ever MedComms Day! I realise my morning sounds unlike everyone else’s crazy work-filled day. We’re relatively easy going here in chilly Dunedin and as I rock up to the office around 9am I am pleased that the heat pump is on, I have an electric blanket and a cup of tea, and I can sit down and listen to Blair deliver his morning briefing.

I’ve had plenty to do lately, which is a marvellous distraction as I am currently in the dreaded, seemingly endless black hole between handing in my thesis and waiting for my examiners to agree on when would be a good time to grill me on all my apparent knowledge. I’m super lucky I got this job. I knew for a fact that I didn’t want to be an academic so doing a PhD certainly wasn’t a waste of time per se, but it definitely taught me how not to live my life if I want to be happy and (relatively) sane. In my little academic hovel I didn’t even know what MedComms really was until I stumbled across Kainic. Blair was silly enough to employ me toward the end of writing my thesis so I probably made quite the crazy impression, but I’m still currently employed so it can’t have been that bad.

I was so used to 5AM starts and 8PM finishes during the testing phase of my PhD that now that I’m in my real, grown-up job, I seriously appreciate 9AM starts and whatever-time-I-want finishes. I have weekends, I have free-time, I get to learn something new almost every day. Plus, I get to keep on studying, because I’m a forever-student. Below is a picture of me ‘working/learning’ at home, with a blanket and the fire going and one of my dogs pleading for a cuddle.

So far post-PhD life isn’t traumatic at all. It’s actually quite lovely.

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A day in the life of a medical writer

LisaLisa Jolly from Caudex reflects on her day in MedComms.

The sun is shining in Ashbourne this morning so I decide to take the scenic route through the Peak District to Macclesfield. When I get to the office, I make myself a coffee, read through my emails, and go through my to-do list for the day.

In addition to my ongoing assignments, I’m working on a few big projects this week across a couple of different therapeutic areas. Top of my priority list is a literature landscape analysis for an account that is run out of our New York office. The whole team is involved and I’m really enjoying working closely with our US colleagues.

Next, it’s time for a training session on a potential new drug. As this is a new therapy area for me, there’s a lot of new information to take in. This is one of the things I love most about MedComms, I’m able to satisfy my scientific curiosity while helping pharmaceutical companies to communicate important advances in patient care (plus I never have to step foot in a lab again!).

After lunch, it’s back to the landscape analysis, which is followed by an internal status call with the New York team to make sure that other projects are progressing. I then spend some time preparing for a call to discuss the development of an outline for an upcoming symposium, which is top of my to-do list for tomorrow. I’m looking forward to working on this project as it means I have the opportunity to go to a congress (yippee!). There’s still time to work on the landscape analysis and write this post before I head out to battle with the Macclesfield traffic. It looks like I’ll be leaving on time today, but I have a feeling this may change as the week progresses…

Caudex is a great place to work and being part of the wider McCann network means there is plenty of opportunity for collaboration. Although the Caudex team in Macclesfield team is quite small, it has grown considerably since I started here last November. As mum to two young boys, I find the relative calm of the office suits me well!

MedComms is a great industry to work in, my only regret is that I didn’t make the move from academia sooner. I love the fast-paced nature of the work, which can be both challenging and exhilarating. It’s a cliché, but no two days are ever the same.

 

A Day in the Life of an Account Coordinator

sultanaJamia Sultana is an Account Coordinator at Inspired Science, a medical communications agency which is part of Ketchum Health.

Up and ready (after a number of countless teas and coffees) for a busy day at the Inspired Science offices!

I start my day by drafting an agenda for a catch-up client teleconference tomorrow, then I’m off to a referencing training session held by our very own medical writers!
 
Today, I am helping to run an online meeting where a multi-disciplinary team present a case study of a hepatitis C patient; organising a toolkit to coincide with a new data release for a respiratory drug and liaising with faculty for their flight arrangements to attend a congress on macular degeneration.

Inspired Science gave me my first role in medical communications and I have been working here since 2014 as an Account Coordinator. Every day is definitely different in the world of medical communications! I have worked on all kinds of projects, from standalone meetings attended by 600 physicians, to filming one-on-one interviews with physicians about their area of expertise.

As an Account Coordinator, my role varies by the day and I have learnt many new skills in project management, working with faculty, financial management and content creation.

My afternoon consists of trying to find filming rooms in London to coincide with a congress held in September, arranging delivery of our respiratory drug toolkit to 200 addresses and producing billing instructions for our current projects.

As the day comes to an end, I prepare my to-do list for the next day and fingers crossed we get a little more sunshine in London tomorrow!

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Welcome Trainee Medical Writers @Caudex

Claire Lea of Caudex has written in with news of their brand new trainees

In the Oxford Caudex office, we have recently had the pleasure of welcoming four new trainee medical writers who are now immersed in the TMW training programme. Over the next weeks they will hone their skills on publications projects, medical affairs activities as well as process, publishing ethics, copyright and drug development and approval process.  In addition to the training, we also asked them to provide thoughts on their first week in #MedComms

“When I joined Caudex, I was fresh from academia. An ‘academic refugee’, I was escaping with a Master’s to considerable uncertainty in medical writing. However, just a week later, I feel like part of the team already. The training scheme here has really fostered bonds with the other trainees, and unlike in academia, being ‘new’ is not a dirty word, but something to be celebrated. Long may it continue!” Adam

“It has been more than two years since I first thought about MedComms as a possible career. It occurred to me that I was passionate about communicating science, probably even more than conducting experiments in the lab, when I was writing my PhD thesis: whilst everyone else detested writing up, I was enjoying it (which for some time made me wonder whether there was something not quite right with me). I then moved to pharmacovigilance and regulatory affairs and after a year spent there I was rather sure that medical writing is the thing for me. I was just fascinated by the thought that I could help make science make sense. So here I am, on my second week as a Trainee Medical Writer at Caudex, being inspired by brilliant people around me (and hence trying to overcome something that is apparently recognised as an imposter syndrome). It has been an ever so enjoyable experience so far, and I cannot even imagine how interesting it is going to be in the future. Full of hopes and great expectations!” Katerina

“My first week at Caudex has been packed full of new information about what a Medical Writer actually does, the processes they follow and insights into Caudex itself. It has become clear to me that organization and time management are crucial in this role. The three other trainees and I have attended sessions on a variety of different aspects of the job, including GPP3, SOPs and copyright. I am enjoying it so far and the team here at Caudex have made us feel really welcome. The environment seems dynamic, interesting and fast-paced and I am now very excited about getting started on a project. I have learnt a lot in the past week, including the importance of the tea round – I think it is time to start drinking more tea!” Yamina

“I officially landed in the MedComms ‘world’ last week, beginning my career as a Trainee Medical Writer at Caudex. My arrival was a direct result of stumbling upon an advertisement from a MedComms agency while exploring post-PhD career paths.  I had been looking for the ‘right’ career – one that could use my scientific research background and provide me with industry experience. After exploring the MedComms field, I immediately felt that MedComms was the career direction I should pursue, and now here I am, eager and excited for my new career as a medical writer!” Breanne

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