Drugs, Keys and the Latest Fix: An insight into Medical Communication

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Slides from a presentation given at the 2015 Careers After Biological Sciences event at the University of Leicester, UK. Dr Safeer Mughal, Scientific Writer at Parexel International, offered insights into working in the Medical Communications field.

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Drugs, Keys and the Latest Fix: An insight into Medical Communication

  1. 1. An Insight Into Medical Communications
  2. 2.  Communicate science to healthcare professionals  Disease area and product education  Provide strategic insight  Provide specialists: scientific, studio, design…  Deliver quality... on time… on budget
  3. 3.  Helps pharmaceutical/biotechnology companies to communicate about their drugs/products to healthcare professionals  Writes high-quality, scientific copy  In many different therapy areas  In many different types of format
  4. 4.  General doctors  Specialist physicians  Nurses/specialist nurses  Multidisciplinary teams  Patients  Internal colleagues
  5. 5. Communication Strategy and Planning e-Learning, Digital and Interactive Media Expert Identification and Engagement Publications Planning and ScientificContent Symposia, Advisory Boards, Scientific Forums Competitive Intelligence Branding and Creative Services Meetings, Events and Exhibitions
  6. 6.  Building internal relationships  Getting to know clients and authors  Corporate environment  Timesheets!  Variety  At the cutting edge…
  7. 7.  Diabetes  Epilepsy  Rheumatoid arthritis  Schizophrenia  Bipolar disorder  Asthma  Colorectal cancer  Infectious diseases  Frankfurt airport x ?  Macclesfield  NewYork  Orlando  Calgary  Singapore
  8. 8. BSc in a healthcare or medical science field Postgraduate study (ideally PhD) Post-doc(s) Associate medical writer Medical writer Senior medical writer Team leader/Principal writer Scientific director Freelance medical writing Own agency
  9. 9.  Medical/scientific writing  Clinical communications  Regulatory writing
  10. 10.  Job ads on the European MedicalWriters Association website  Contacting the MedComms agencies themselves  Specialised recruitment agencies  Send your CV to relevant companies  Give advice and help you prepare for interviews  FREE!  Social network  LinkedIn,Twitter
  11. 11.  Cover letter incl. a brief personal statement  More info  Written test  Phone interview  Face-to-face interview  (HR interview)
  12. 12.  Passion for science  Strong writing skills  Attention to detail  Good communication  Organised, yet adaptable  Calm under pressure  Teamworker  Deadline orientated  Problem solving & critical thinking
  13. 13.  Make sure you know:  About the Pharma and MedComms industries  About clinical trials  About what a medical writer actually does  About regulations and guidelines ▪ CONSORT, GPP2
  14. 14.  Contact MedComms agencies and freelance medical writers  Some may offer paid or unpaid work experience  Write regularly  Practise presentation skills  Attend relevant courses/events in medical writing or pharmaceutical communications
  15. 15.  http://www.medcommsnetworking.co.uk  http://www.emwa.org

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