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SoMCC Event



Industry Insights: Medical Communications w/ HCG: How to Make Science & Medicine Intelligible to Different Audiences

Date:   Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Time:   12:00 -1:00 PM (Presentation and Q&A)
1:00-1:30 PM (Informal lunch reception)

Location:   Clark Center Auditorium, Clark CenterCenter


School of Medicine Career Center (SoMCC)


Jan-Willem van Doorn, MD, PhD
Executive Vice President, Managing Director, Scientific Services

Mona Lee, PhD
Medical Director

Svetlana Pidasheva, PhD
Assistant Medical Director

Healthcare Consultancy Group (HCG)


Event details:  


The ability to translate is a powerful skill. As working professionals, researchers and clinicians are called upon to convey information to a wide range of audiences. In fact, without clear and effective communication, the value of one’s expertise or knowledge is reduced dramatically if not nullified.

While many are unaware of its existence, there is an entire industry devoted to "medical communications," comprising firms that serve pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical devices companies—helping them to better portray, understand, and communicate the intricacies and impact of the work they are all performing.

This seminar has been structured to provide trainees with a first-hand look into the field of medical communications, presented by a global leader in the industry. Topics to be covered include:

·   Introduction to Medical Communications

·   Imperative for Clear and Accurate Communication in the Life Sciences Setting

·   Success Factors: How to Determine Whether Communication Is Working

·   Keep the Customer Satisfied: A Client Perspective & Example

·   Roles for Scientists & Clinicians: An HCG Perspective

·   Future Focus: Opportunities to Prepare for and Practice Effective Communication



Jan-Willem van Doorn, MD, PhD, has over 20 years of experience in the medical communications, healthcare, and life sciences industries in the US and Europe. Dr. van Doorn is an expert in the development and execution of medical strategies for pipeline and inline compounds, and medical devices. He received his MD degree from the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, his PhD in medicine from Gothenburg University, Sweden, and his MBA from New York University.

Mona Lee, PhD, received her doctorate in pharmacology from Cornell University and has extensive work experience in biotechnology research, medical communications, and university outreach and research development. Her interests in biomedical research, outreach and communications, relationship-building, and business development have steered her toward a career in medical communications.

Svetlana Pidasheva, PhD, received her doctorate in experimental medicine from McGill University, and has extensive immunology research experience with Genentech Inc. She recently moved to medical communications to pursue her passion for educating healthcare professionals on pipeline compounds.

Free and open to Stanford ID holders.
Additional information and/or registration:   RSVP required. Space is limited, register online

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