AMWA Medical Writing & Communication Conference
November 01, 2018 - November 03, 2018
Washington, DC (USA)
November 1-3, 2018
PAREXEL will be participating in the following discussion roundtable sessions:
How to Advance a Medical Writer Career in the Corporate Industry? The Importance of Defining Your Personal Objectives, Nov. 2nd, 2018, 7:30am-8:45am
When someone starts a career in regulatory medical writing, it is not always clear where it may take you. One possible path would be to start at a junior level, further moving into more senior positions, including potentially a managerial role. However, this path follows a basic consideration of what a medical writing career could be. The medical writing career is complex, and the path might not be the same for all writers; skill levels differ between writers, and how to achieve the next level may not always be clear. Medical writing is a vast field that involves multiple types of documents, all requiring different competencies. In addition, the work environment plays a role in your career (e.g., working for a pharmaceutical company or a contract research organization offers different opportunities). Medical writers should contemplate what they want for their careers based on their aspirations, define their personal objectives, and work towards getting the necessary trainings and expertise to reach their career goals. The key to succeeding is to develop your plan for the future and work towards getting that accomplished. Having a clear vision of the direction of your career in the coming years will help you to tailor the skills you need to acquire to reach your personal objectives.
Speaker: Zineb Roumane, Senior Medical Writer, PAREXEL International, Montréal, Canada
Importance of Mentoring in a Decentralized Work Environment, Nov. 2nd, 2018, 7:30am-8:45am
In the increasingly decentralized work environment of medical writing, the importance of a mentoring partnership for new writers cannot be overstated. A mentoring program for new writer's functions primarily to promote learning, share knowledge, and guide the new writer’s career development; however, there are other benefits to this relationship, which transcend the obvious. A mentor, functioning as teacher, advisor, advocate, and general point of contact in the largely solitary decentralized work setting, not only educates the new writer, but also provides a familiar contact in an environment consisting primarily of electronic communication. Thus, the mentor provides a safe and secure atmosphere for the new writer to ask questions, share experiences, and obtain candid feedback. Additionally, mentors and mentees from different regions have the opportunity to gain enhanced cross-cultural awareness and understanding. The potential to form long term relationships during a mentoring partnership can facilitate a sense of community and teamwork. The benefits of mentoring extend to writers at all levels, contributing to the career development and enhanced knowledge of both mentor and mentee. This roundtable discussion will focus on how mentoring can facilitate the development of skilled writers, contribute to a positive learning environment, and foster connectedness in a decentralized working environment.
Speaker: Vicki Foster, Principal Medical Writer, PAREXEL International, Raleigh, NC