Medical Writing Social media Getting Your Foot in the Door
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Volume 30, Issue 1 - Social media

Getting Your Foot in the Door

Abstract

No setback comes without a blessing

Like many things in the professional world, I got to know more about medical writing and see it as the next step in my professional life, thanks to a connection. A friend of a friend was a native Spanish speaker living in Munich, Germany, with a PhD in Biomedicine, just like me. But while I was still looking for opportunities outside academia, he was already working in a pharmaceutical company as a medical writer. He told me about EMWA and how he landed his first job as a medical writer after attending his first EMWA conference. When he described what medical writing was, I strongly felt that this was a path for me too, because the writing was what I most enjoyed during my PhD. After talking to him, I decided to become an EMWA member and attend the spring conference in Prague in 2020 with my husband and my one-year-old son. Then COVID-19 came, and life paused for all: both the spring and autumn conferences were cancelled, my son stopped going to daycare, and I put on hold all my professional plans. But an EMWA e-mail in October, announcing the first online EMWA conference, rekindled both my earlier interest in medical writing and my hopes for starting a new professional chapter the following year.

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Editorial - Social Media
From the Editor - On social media: Once a passive observer – now an active user
President’s Message
EMWA News
But it is work: My perspective on social media
Capitalising on social media marketing to raise confidence in COVID-19 public health information and vaccines
Sleepless in times of COVID-19
Challenges of working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic: A survey to inform working practices
Social media video content for the healthcare industry
A wonderful "Medium" for medical writers
Social media scheduling: How not to spam your followers
Social media and the rise of predatory journals: A case report
Social media, communication challenges, and the role of a scientific writer in standing up for science
Social media and altmetrics: The pharma perspective
News from the EMA
Medical Devices
Veterinary Medical Writing
Regulatory Matters
Medical Communications and Writing for Patients
Gained in Translation
Good Writing Practice
The Crofter: Sustainable Communications
Getting Your Foot in the Door
Out on Our Own

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Editoral Board

Editor-in-Chief

Raquel Billiones

Co-Editors

Evguenia Alechine

Jonathan Pitt

Managing Editor

Victoria White

Deputy Managing Editor

Alicia Waltman

Associate Editors

Anuradha Alahari

Jennifer Bell

Clare Chang

Barbara Grossman

Joselita T. Salita

Amy Whereat

Section Editors

Nicole Bezuidenhout 

Digital Communication

Somsuvro Basu

EMWA News       

Aurélie Gobet / Paolo Rega

Gained in Translation

Raquel Billiones

Getting Your Foot in the Door

Wendy Kingdom / Amy Whereat

Good Writing Practice

Alison McIntosh / Stephen Gilliver

In the Bookstores

Maria Kołtowska-Häggström

Lingua Franca and Beyond

Phil Leventhal

Manuscript Writing

Lisa Chamberlain-James

Medical Communications/Writing for Patients

Namrata Upadhyay

Medical Devices

Evguenia Alechine

My First Medical Writing

Anuradha Alahari

News from the EMA

Laura Kehoe

Out on Our Own

Jennifer Clemens

Regulatory Matters

Sam Hamilton

Regulatory Public Disclosure

Claire Gudex

Teaching Medical Writing

Kimi Uegaki

The Crofter: Sustainable Communications

Karim Montasser

Veterinary Writing

Editors Emeritus

Elise Langdon-Neuner

Phil Leventhal

Lay out Designer

Chris Monk