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Volume 26, Issue 3 - Observational Studies

Medical Communications

Abstract

Dear all,

In this issue, Rossella Ferrari tackles the elephant in the room – how do medical writers manage to find time for their continuing professional development whilst still keeping their head above water with their ongoing project work?
We all know that it is crucial to keep current with regulations and guidelines, and of course we come to EMWA meetings, take the workshops, and attend EMWA webinars to keep our writing sharp and up to scratch. But what about our disease and therapy area knowledge? Writers lucky enough to work on a suite of documents or in one area for a long period of time have the relative luxury of seeing their knowledge grow and deepen over time and can focus their attention on one topic. However, far more often we have to swap and change between vastly different disease and therapy areas with alarming speed. So how do communications writers in particular stay on top of their game? In this
issue, Rossella explains the common problems faced by MedComms writers trying to keep their continuous professional development up to date, and importantly, she shares some fantastic tips and tricks for helping us all to stay sane whilst juggling far too many different disease areas. These days, I think any steps towards sanity are more than welcome!
 
Bestest,
Lisa

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