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Medical Communication  Competition


Are you a final year student, post-doc or staff working at a UK University interested in medical writing and communications?



The North West Biotech Initiative and VMLY&R invite you to apply to our annual Medical Communication Competition! Where you will submit a set of slides using our brief and get the chance to win up to £600 cash prize and a chance to attend a professional workshop at the VMLY&R offices. At the workshop, qualifying candidates will have the opportunity to learn from expert medical writers and strategists to develop essential medical communication skills by working side-by-side with them to produce materials for use by a patient group. The workshop will be held in VMLY&R’s office in Manchester in late May 2023 (exact date to be agreed with qualifying candidates).

The Brief 



Communicating the findings from a study of a continuous glucose monitoring device to a professional and lay audience

Task 1: Slides for a professional audience

The pharmaceutical industry frequently partners with clinical and academic experts to present data at scientific congresses. As medical writers, we are often commissioned to help speakers prepare their slides. For this competition, assume that you have been contracted by one of the sponsors of the following study to create slides for a presentation at an upcoming diabetes conference.

Link to paper:  

  • Prepare up to 10 slides for the speakers to present at an upcoming diabetes conference to a healthcare professional audience.

  • Communicate the effect of a continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) device (DEXCOM G6) on diabetes management.

  • Your slide deck should include the following:

    • Introduction

    • Justification for this study

    • Methods

    • Results 

    • Clinical implications of the results

  • Consider the visual layout of the information

Note: While the majority of your presentation should be focused on the paper provided, consider what other information may be relevant to include.

Task 2: Social media infographics for a patient audience

Social media is playing a bigger and bigger role in medical communications. As well as reaching healthcare professionals, pharmaceutical companies also have an important role in raising awareness among patients and the public about advancements in science and health. For this task, assume that you have been commissioned by the owners of the CGM device to produce a series of three infographics to be posted on their twitter page.

  • Create 3 infographics using PowerPoint or similar software aimed at a patient audience in an infographic style. The infographics should cover:

    • What is a continuous glucose monitoring device?

    • Who are CGMs recommended for?

    • What are the benefits of using a CGM device?

  • Example infographics are shown on the next page. We do not expect you to produce infographics to this level, though do consider the layout and use of graphic elements in your submission

Tip: Remember that it is illegal to market pharmaceutical products (including medical devices) to the public in the UK. When creating your slides, carefully consider what would be appropriate to say in this context – as a general rule, you should talk about CGMs as a technology rather than focusing on a particular product.







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How to enter

Email your slide deck in PowerPoint or PDF format to by the 3rd April 2023 along with your name and employment status i.e. PhD student/Final Year Undergraduate/PostDoc and the University you are affiliated with.

Please read the competition guidelines before entry

Any questions please email

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