This time last year I knew little about the world of healthcare communications. I was studying for my masters’ degree in tropical diseases and came across the scheme online whilst procrastinating from exam revision. It’s hard to believe that I have now passed the halfway point of the 2018 OPEN Health Graduate Development Programme, and what a great journey it has been!
My first 6 months was spent with the London Medical Comms team. I worked across a range of therapy areas, from prostate cancer to diabetes, and supported on large symposia at major conferences as well as smaller scale events, like advisory boards and steering committee meetings.
I have had the pleasure of working within supportive teams, comprised of different specialists within OPEN Health, including medical writers and designers.
Some keys things I have learnt along the way include the complexity of the pharma review process, the benefit of having colour coded trackers for all tasks and how important it is to keep your client happy. Arguably, one of the most important things that I am still getting to grips with is understanding the multitude of acronyms used in the world of pharma!