The 33rd European Medical Writers Association Conference was held in London on the 3rd and 4th of November 2011 at the Holiday Inn London Kensington Forum, with a wide variety of workshop topics at both Foundation and Advanced levels.
The conference opened with a series of presentations, including an informative, entertaining, and not-too-political (he had been warned), guide to London by Adam Jacobs of Dianthus Medical.
The first workshops took place after lunch, and I attended the not-for-credit session on Publication Ethics, a rapidly evolving aspect for consideration in all forms of medical writing. This was followed by the Freelancer Forum, where I got to mingle with both experienced freelancers, and those like myself who are either just starting out on their own or considering taking that route.
In the evening I decided not to take advantage of the varied Social Programme. although several options tempted me, as I had friends to meet up with in the heart of Fitzrovia.
Friday started at a relatively civilised hour, although I couldn’t quite decide whether I missed the breakfast time sessions we had in Lisbon or not. My original choice of workshop having been cancelled, I instead attended one on the Basics of Epidemiology for Medical Communicators. This was a welcome refresher for me, as I seemed to have forgotten much of the epidemiology I learned at university.
After another excellent lunch, my final workshop of the conference was on The Patient Information Leaflet. This may have been my favourite session of the Conference, but then rewriting material for different audiences is rapidly becoming my favourite part of communications work.
Overall, I slightly prefer the shorter Autumn Conference to its Spring counterpart, although Cyprus in May 2012 is a rather tempting prospect as well.