Chatting with Petra Roberts, Medical Editor and Owner at Swanford Editorial Services

June 12, 2019

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What attracted you to this career in the first place?

I was headhunted from journal publishing, which can be repetitive, and attracted by the variety of work in medcomms.

What’s your favourite part of your job?

The feeling of flow when I am focused on an edit gives me joy.

What is the most challenging experience you have faced?

Learning to run a business solo is challenging but worthwhile.

What’s the funniest memory of your career?

I turned up soaking wet to an interview and still got the job.

Who would play you in the movie of your life?

I’d like Julia Roberts in ‘finding out the truth’ mode to play me.

What are the key tasks in a typical day?

Scheduling work from various clients in my trusty paper diary, editing and proofreading, and finance admin are the main tasks

Thanks, Petra. Have a great day!

A day in the #medcomms life at Nucleus Global

June 12, 2019

A great compilation of quotes here. Well done to all involved.

Staff from across Nucleus Global paint a picture of their work on MedComms Day 2019! For even more snapshots of #mynucleus visit @NucleusGlobal

Another productive Wednesday

June 12, 2019

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Beatrice Ferri, Digital Strategist, has written in to say this year’s MedComms Day is already proving another productive Wednesday, at Remedica!

Thirteen members of the team were in Barcelona last week running a meeting for 1600 doctors interested in thromboembolic disease. Not only did we help front-line doctors to discuss practical patient management with many of the world’s leading experts, but we also engaged our audience with some informal learning via a networking fair featuring ‘wheel of fortune’, ‘hook a duck’ and the ‘clot-buster’ coconut shy! Today we’re busy wrapping up a very successful event by preparing an evaluation report, showing exactly what delegates thought of the meeting. We’re also preparing all of the slides presented at the meeting for download by delegates via a link sent in next week’s Eblast, which we’re also preparing!

Right now, several of our medical writers are in Madrid for EULAR (a major, annual, international rheumatology congress) attending advisory boards, where they will be capturing the thoughts of expert thought leaders on a variety of topics. Later today they will be making a start on writing up their reports.

Back in the office, the rest of the team are occupied with a variety of tasks, including creating slide decks for training client Medical teams on a new indication for their drug, to be delivered by webinar-type training sessions, a live training event for the US affiliate to be held in 2 weeks’ time, and via the client’s in-house global slide repository. We’re also finalizing an extensive presentation we have created on competitive intelligence for a product, showing the place and need for the product within the treatment landscape, as well as how the product indirectly compares with key competitors in terms of mechanism of action and clinical data, within the context of the differing study designs and populations. Additionally, we’re reviewing a paper in order to develop a short presentation that will highlight the key data from the manuscript, ensuring the client knows the latest data and is primed to discuss the details with their colleagues and customers alike. 

Another task we’re working on is to develop three oncology symposium agendas for the same client. Working out how to present core information in ways that appeal to three very different audiences is a challenge! The fun bit is thinking of ideas for interactivity, to keep the session engaging. Bingo, anyone? And among all of that, there are weekly teleconferences to attend today to update clients on the status of their (numerous) projects. Happy MedComms Day everyone!

Ask AMICULUM about life in healthcare communications

June 12, 2019

We’re about to go live. In our online #MedComms webinar today we’re talking abut life in healthcare communications with Tom Davies, Kirsty Liversidge, Chloe Mapp and Damian Reynolds of AMICULUM. All being well the video will be available later on today.

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Chatting with David Jenkins, Principal Medical Writer, AXON Communications

June 12, 2019

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Steve Scott at Media Contacts has chatted with David Jenkins, Principal Medical Writer, AXON Communications.

What attracted you to this career in the first place?

I’ve always had an interest in writing and was looking for a way to do that instead of bench science. After completing my PhD I attended a life sciences careers day and a talk given by a medical writer made the career sound appealing so I investigated more. Also, he showed a photograph of the glider he owns, and I thought ‘yes, I cou

What’s your favourite part of your job?

I enjoy the onsite activities, advisory boards in particular. It’s a buzz to see experts present slides that I’ve helped with at symposia and stand-alone meetings; and you’ll never hear a group of doctors talk like they do at an ad board!

What is the most challenging experience you have faced?

At a standalone meeting a speaker was taken ill at the last minute and couldn’t deliver their talk. We managed to brief and rehearse one of the chairs as a replacement in record time!

What’s the highlight of your career so far?

We had just handed a project over to the client; we had written our section and they were going to take on the next part for budget reasons. The next day they sent it back to us to complete (with more budget) because we had done it so well that they wanted us to continue

Who would play you in the movie of your life?

I’d like to say Mark Ruffalo – I think he did a good Bruce Banner in the Avengers films. As an ex-scientist I’d like to promote a positive image for scientists in the movies!

What’s a typical day look like for you?

Check email, check Outlook calendar, check to-do list, get urgent client request, throw the lot up in the air and do the rest of the day on the fly

What would your key tasks in a typical day be?

As well as my writing work and reviewing work from other writers I may also have catch-up meetings with account teams or line reports. We schedule regular client calls, so they crop up every couple of days or so. I also support recruitment for our department, so it’s not uncommon for me to interview a candidate for a medical writer role, either on the phone or in person. If I’m supporting a new business proposal I’ll fit in some research or catch up with other writers on the RFP team to make sure we’re aligned and not duplicating work

Thanks, David. Have a great day!

A boating life

June 12, 2019

Sadly, Sarah Smith, freelance medical writer, won’t be sending us her usual sunset photo to close our #MedComms Day, from the Caribbean this year. Welcome back to the UK, Sarah!

This time last year I was living on and working from a yacht in the Caribbean (Grenada, West Indies). This MedComms Day I woke up to a grey and drizzly morning in Pembrokeshire (UK). While the view from my desk still features boats, life is very different (and includes a flushing toilet, shower and washing machine for starters). Coming back to live and work in the UK has given me a fresh appreciation of many things (apart from the loo…) — the wild and wonderful Pembrokeshire beaches, supermarkets stocked with a huge range of foods at reasonable prices, access to art classes, fast and easy Amazon deliveries, the NHS, ‘proper’ pubs, and summer evenings that stay light after 6 pm – things that many people take for granted but I haven’t had for 12 years. So, while the sunshine here is liquid and a little chilly compared with the Caribbean, I am a happy bunny here for now (‘till we get the urge to sail away again)…

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Greetings from AMICULUM in the UK

June 12, 2019

Give a wave to the AMICULUM team in the UK offices; Bollington, Manchester, Dundee, Oxford, London and Brighton…

Our UK teams have a busy #MedComms day ahead hosting events at @UoDLifeSciences, @ucl, @UniofOxford and @SussexLifeSci as well as the @NetworkPharma webinar.

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Team meeting in Oxford

June 12, 2019

This just in from Philip Loder, Director, Client Services, Ogilvy Health

Hello for MedComms Day from the Ogilvy Health team in our Oxford office. This is the team based here, but we have some of our London colleagues in the office today for a session planning training, and a Senior Management Team meeting.

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All about life in healthcare communications

June 12, 2019

Today is #MedComms Day 2019 and at 12.00 BST we’ll be talking, in a free webinar, with AMICULUM about life in healthcare communications. Everyone welcome.

[REGISTER HERE]

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More cakes, please

June 12, 2019

Juliet Fawcett, Freelance Medical Writer, is baking while she’s working. Cake making is important in MedComms…

One of the joys of being a freelancer is the opportunity to do tasks at home whilst working. So, today I’ll be finishing off my report on hypoglycemia treatment whilst making cupcakes for my son’s birthday tomorrow!! (which coincidentally is also the Alzheimer’s Society fundraising cupcake day)

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Chatting with Krys Dylewska, freelance medical writer

June 12, 2019

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Julia Walton at Media Contacts has chatted with Krys Dylewska, freelance medical writer.

What attracted you to this career in the first place?

I fell into freelancing as a medical writer from in-house project management. It suits my lifestyle because as a freelancer I am able to work from home and take care of my extensive menagerie of pets.

What’s your favourite part of your job?

Getting paid! There’s a much more direct relationship between work and payment when you’re freelance so it’s a good feeling to reap the rewards for one’s hard graft.

What is the most challenging experience you have faced?

Being asked to do something completely wrong (be that impossible, unethical or unwise for the client’s business). An example was when a client wanted a set of slides that had been created for internal ‘cheerleading’ purposes to be adapted for KOLs, which is like asking to mix oil and water. Luckily, things like this have happened to me fewer than six times in 20 years and I am not afraid to say, ‘No’.

What’s a highlight of your career so far?

A recent highlight arose from working on a project for a big, global agency with one of their US divisions. Unusually for a freelancer, I was very heavily involved with being on calls and emails directly with the client. At the end of the project to deliver a slide deck she sent an email saying how pleased she was with the results. It was lovely to hear directly from the end-client that my insights and advice were so much appreciated.

Who would play you in the movie of your life?

Cher, because she has played a lot of feisty women who speak their minds and aren’t afraid to say controversial things, by being honest.

What would your key tasks in a typical day be?

It depends on what I am working on at the time, but they may involve responding to emails, making sure the brief is optimal for the end-client’s commercial objectives, researching, finding ways to add value, reading minds, and, of course, writing.

Thanks, Krys. Have a great day!

Why I love MedComms: global

June 12, 2019

Jeremy Williams, Global Director, Communications and Client Relations, Omnicom, Chameleon has sent in 5 short videos capturing the thoughts of team members.

Here’s number 5…

Why I love MedComms: cogs

June 12, 2019

Jeremy Williams, Global Director, Communications and Client Relations, Omnicom, Chameleon has sent in 5 short videos capturing the thoughts of team members.

Here’s number 4…

Why I love MedComms: diversity

June 12, 2019

Jeremy Williams, Global Director, Communications and Client Relations, Omnicom, Chameleon has sent in 5 short videos capturing the thoughts of team members.

Here’s number 3…

Why I love MedComms: collaboration

June 12, 2019

Jeremy Williams, Global Director, Communications and Client Relations, Omnicom, Chameleon has sent in 5 short videos capturing the thoughts of team members.

Here’s number 2…

Why I love MedComms: thought forums

June 12, 2019

Jeremy Williams, Global Director, Communications and Client Relations, Omnicom, Chameleon has sent in 5 short videos capturing the thoughts of team members.

Here’s number 1…

Hello from Sweden

June 12, 2019

overby_01This just in from Kris Rydholm Överby, freelance Consultant and Medical Writer

Today I am working from my office in Sigtuna, Sweden, and here is a picture of our 1,000 year old High Street founded by the Vikings.

My assignments today include literature searches and writing a case report for a MedTech company in Uppsala and preparing for a series of webinars this autumn for a pharma company in Stockholm.

The diversity of working freelance in medical communication!

Taking in the views

June 12, 2019

Jane Tricker, freelance writer, is chilling out!

I have swapped my office and the rattle of keys for the beautiful Corbiere hills, birdsong and the gurgle of the pool pump this #medcomms day.

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