Medical Writing Health Economics and Market Access Out On Our Own

Volume 22, Issue 3 - Health Economics and Market Access

Out On Our Own


We hope that you enjoyed the summer months and found time to step away from your desks and relax. This time last year, Kath organised her first ‘Medical Writers’ Retreat’, the aim of which was to provide an opportunity for fellow freelancers to spend a day away from the office to ‘work on their business’, network, and attend a group coaching session with international life and business coach Elaine Bailey. In this issue of Out On Our Own, Kath describes her motives for organising the event and her experiences as organiser, while fellow freelancer Alysia Battersby gives an attendee's account.

How did we all keep in touch before Facebook and Twitter? Social media is taking up space in our personal lives, and is becoming an increasingly important tool in business for networking, marketing, and keeping in touch with clients. In the first of a new series on different aspects of social media for freelancers, Jane Tricker explores how social media can be used for networking.

Our Freelance Foraging feature will help keep those holiday spirits alive and make you smile, with a couple of amusing snapshots courtesy of Sam. You'll never look at an aircraft safety card in quite the same way again! Please send us your humorous photos for publishing in future editions of Out On Our Own.

The minutes for the Freelance Business Forum (FBF) at the May 2013 EMWA Spring Conference in Manchester are now on the EMWA website and we look forward to catching up with you in person once more at the EMWA conference in Barcelona on Friday, 8 November 2013 at 17.15. With so many new freelancers joining us at each FBF, we see a repeat of questions largely relating to acquiring clients and setting up and running a business. If you require such information, please go to the Freelance Resource Centre (FRC) on the EMWA website ( Log in to the ‘members-only’ section, click ‘Resources’, then ‘Freelance Resource Centre’, and browse. The FRC contains a plethora of information about different aspects of business management as well as many other useful documents and guidelines relating to medical writing.

Kathryn White

Sam Hamilton



Message from the President
Thirty-seventh EMWA Conference, 7–9 November 2013, Barcelona, Spain
Announcing the Geoff Hall Memorial Scholarships
Health economists and medical writers: Collaboration or collision?
Early benefit assessment of new drugs in Germany: Framework for submission of dossiers by pharmaceutical companies
NICE guidance on health technologies and the role of editors
European network for health technology assessment – EUnetHTA
Guest Editorial: Medical writing and health economics/market access: A health economist's view
Results of the 2012 EMWA salary survey
Successful document collaboration in a virtual team
Profile: An interview with Blanca Mayor Serrano on the state-of-the-art of health literacy in Spain
What can twitter do for me?
In the Bookstores
Journal Watch
The Webscout
Regulatory Writing Developments in paediatric regulation
English Grammar and Style
Medical Journalism
Medical Communications
Manuscript Writing
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