Life at Porterhouse Medical: Hear from the team

June 8, 2016

Members of the team at Porterhouse Medical have been giving their thoughts throughout the day on what life in MedComms means to them.

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Some MedComms Day 2016 Highlights

June 8, 2016

More happy MedComms people at Prime Medical Group’s office in Knutsford today and yes, that’s more cake!

A full day’s work

June 8, 2016

Rachel Park of Medicalwriters.com based in Zurich writes in to say…

Here at Medicalwriters.com we’ve had a full day celebrating MedComms Day!

When medical communicators go shopping and we wonder why we get strange looks on the train…

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Senior medical writers Michael and Randall, CEO Wesley and COO Frank missed out on pizza to fly to Copenhagen for EHA!

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Some of our team in Zurich, Switzerland celebrated with a pizza party at lunch!

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A vital part of our team, George, was hoping to go to EHA too!

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Gaia, our scientific illustrator, worked hard on a sketch. In this technology driven world, there is still room to get creative with pencils and paper.

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A day in the life of a medical writer

June 8, 2016

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.

 

Bringing data to life

June 8, 2016

Some of the Virgo Health team has been out and about all week filming top experts in haematology, using green screen technology to showcase data in the most engaging way possible.

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A postcard from Chicago

June 8, 2016

Congratulations AMICULUM on your anniversary this week. Enjoy the celebrations!

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A postcard from Princeton

June 8, 2016

Congratulations AMICULUM on your anniversary this week. Enjoy the celebrations!

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A Day in the Life of an Account Executive

June 8, 2016

Olivia Goldring is an Account Executive in the Healthcare team at Ketchum, a global communications agency. She specialises in digital campaigns and has a BSc in Business Management with Communications. Olivia joined Ketchum on the James Maxwell Graduate Scheme in September 2014.

goldringIt’s a busy day here at the Ketchum London office. The sun is shining and lots of people have brought out the ‘summer wardrobe’ – everyone is clearly excited that summer has finally arrived.
 
The day started with a digital training session at LinkedIn’s offices on Oxford Street. I have a passion for digital communications and I love that I can bring this passion to healthcare and encourage the team and clients to experiment with social and digital.

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Having returned from the training session, I sit down at my desk to write a content calendar for a disease-awareness campaign around arthritis that we are running for the second year in a row. I manage the account day-to-day, including our social channels, which involves writing all the content that will be posted on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and finding impactful images to go alongside it.

Following this, a few of the team sit down for a brainstorming session around 2017 plans for one of our big pharmaceutical clients and their respiratory drug. The focus is on the treatment phase for patients, as opposed to raising awareness of the disease. The great thing about brainstorms is that it allows for people outside the account team to bring fresh ideas to the table and provide some inspiration.

Some of the team are also preparing for a big medical congress on Friday, which one of my clients has a booth at. I’ll be attending along with some of my colleagues, to help out at my client’s booth, attend some of the talks and promote this year’s campaign. We’ve been busy pulling together lots of materials for the congress, including videos, banners and flyers, and ensuring our clients have everything they need. I’ll be live-tweeting from the congress on behalf of our client as well – no pressure!

Looks like another busy week ahead – but it’s much more exciting that way!

A Day in the Life of an Account Coordinator

June 8, 2016

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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Who’s at EULAR today?

June 8, 2016

20160608_090506There must be lots of MedComms folks running around this event this afternoon. Here’s the team from Darwin Healthcare Communications who are at the Annual European Congress of Rheumatology (EULAR) in London today. In the photo are Mona Singh, Kate Kavanagh and Lindsay Napier.

Who else is there? If you all find each other for a drink tonight let’s have a group photo, please!

 

Enjoying the afternoon sun

June 8, 2016

Sophie Jones from Spirit, in Didsbury near Manchester, writes…

Here at Spirit HQ we are lucky enough to be surrounded by gorgeous grounds and an on-site café offering BBQs when the weather is hot hot hot! And today, we have taken full advantage of our luck (and the weather!) and taken our meetings al fresco!

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A postcard from Oxford

June 8, 2016

Congratulations AMICULUM on your anniversary this week. Enjoy the celebrations!

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Good morning from Trinidad!

June 8, 2016

Freelance writer Sarah Smith might be said by some to be living the dream… sailing around the world, working as she goes. Isn’t technology great! Have a great MedComms day, Sarah. Let us know how it goes… We’ll hopefully hear from you when it’s time for your sundowners!

It’s a bright, sunny morning here and already hot. I’ve done an hour of yoga as a start to my day; this was the view from my yoga mat. We are a couple of weeks into the rainy season and the rainforest behind my boat/office is bursting into life — my cat/cows and down dogs were hindered by a number of mozzies and flying ants! I have a heavy edit/rewrite lined up for today; I love the process of pulling together the often disconnected fragments of a rough manuscript into a complete and polished piece!

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Lots of happy-looking #MedComms folks here – and lots more cake I see!

June 8, 2016

Here’s a taste of what the folks in the Oxford Pharmagenesis offices in Oxford, London and Philadelphia up to this #MedComms Day?

Virgo Health NYC out and about

June 8, 2016

Sachin Machani, Associate Scientific Director for Virgo Health Education New York, has been in Chicago at the 2016 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting. The meeting brought together over 30,000 oncology professionals from around the world.

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Yay – another new client!

June 8, 2016

It’s a successful day for Corinne Swainger, Freelance medical writer.

I’m celebrating a day in the life of MedComms after a successful meeting with a new client in SW London regarding copywriting and consulting for an unbranded EU campaign. I’m now at Waterloo Underground station, heading home to Harrow, Middlesex in time to attend a parents’ meeting at my son’s school. This should be interesting: finding out the best ways to help him study for his new GCSEs. Who said meetings were boring?

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Work # Enjoy # Enthusiasm # Balance # KI @ 24*7

June 8, 2016

Shivali Arora, Founder and Director of Knowledge Isotopes based in India, reflects on their work in MedComms today.

Every day is a MedComms Day for us! We are a researchers’ hard disk, our lives are full of learning, working, exploring things, enthusiasm, motivation and positivity.

Life is full of opportunities and challenges, so is the MedComms world. The opportunities to learn, earn and grab things, as well as the challenges to face, handle and overcome are important components of success. At KI, we learn various things which help in our personal, social and professional lives and make us more passionate for the profession.
What do we learn? We are able to learn something new daily. Apart from the working/ professional skills, we enhance our soft skills. The challenge of meeting deadlines makes us expert in time management. Others are balancing our work and family life, to work under pressure, to work in a team and so on.

A medical writer is a very flexible person. Our needs are not very lavish. What do we need? We just need a positive working environment, mobile phones, laptop, pen, diary and a cup of coffee. All this together makes our day!

We all work together to accomplish our tasks in time. Other than that, what do we do? Do I really need to answer this! We work, we enjoy, we celebrate, we eat, we drink, we play, we hang out, and we do all what we want to do! What else can we expect from our profession!
At KI, life is beautiful. We, as a team, help, understand, guide and support one another. How do we grow? Hopefully, we are all able to explore ourselves in terms of personality, skills, talent. A deep insight into ourselves makes us learn from our mistakes.

How do we live life? The flexibility associated with the MedComms business lets us live a happy and a balanced life. The mothers really feel blessed. The opportunity to work from home keeps us empowered, employed without affecting our motherhood and restricting its expressions.

Overall, the diversity in the profession and life @KI is quite impressive, innovative as well as challenging. I hope and wish everyone could live such a balanced and cheerful life along with gain of professional expertise and experience.

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A video: This is why we enjoy working in #medcomms

June 8, 2016

Porterhouse Medical have produced a video of interviews with staff members talking about why they enjoy working in MedComms.

[LINK TO VIDEO HERE (MP4)]

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