MedComms Day 2021

Written by: Rosie Lobley

The 10th annual MedComms Day saw freelance and agency-based Medical Communications professionals from all around the world come together to share resources and discuss the bright future of the industry.

The event’s founder, NetworkPharma Ltd director Peter Llewellyn, curated contributions and chaired a webinar featuring representatives of McCann Health, who discussed the establishment and growth of MedComms as a field, its most pressing current priorities and potential opportunities for future development. MedComms Day 2021 was supported by a range of MedComms bodies and associations, including the American Medical Writers Association (AMWA), the European Medical Writers Association and the International Society for Medical Publication Professionals (ISMPP).

Agency professionals spoke about the joys of working with and alongside friendly, talented industry leaders, with a wealth of opportunities to learn and grow within their own specialism. Freelancers shared their experiences of working from home before it was cool, the benefits of freelance hours for the work-life balance and the importance of a well-equipped home office. With the MedComms industry expanding at pace and demand for new staff correspondingly high, recruiters talked about how to begin and grow a career in MedComms, as well as the challenges of moving the recruitment process entirely online during the pandemic and the need to maintain a reasonable degree of knowledge of industry developments. While the contributors’ roles, locations and experiences differed wildly, there were a number of common themes – most crucially, that there can never be too much cake.

MedComms Bingo, in honour of MedComms Day 2021

Spirit put its own spin on its participation in MedComms Day 2021, inviting all our friends throughout the sector to join us in a game of MedComms bingo – eyes down and let’s see how many full houses we can get! A very unscientific survey of our LinkedIn comments suggests that ‘eating cake’ and ‘pet interruption’ are the most common entries, although history is silent on whether players are allowed to eat cake specifically for the purpose of crossing it off their card.