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What Is an Academic Grant Writer/Editor?

An academic grant writer is a medical communicator who is hired for their medical writing or editing skills to support either an academic scientist or a department (typically within a research institution or university/school).

Grant writers and editors help to ensure that research grant proposals satisfy the funder’s guidelines and provide a clear, concise, evidence-based message about why the research should be funded.

January 10, 2022 at 9:00 AM

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Topics: Grantsmanship

Writing Excellent Conference and Meeting Abstracts

How do medical communicators distill the results of complex studies into just a few hundred words? 

Many times, they do it by writing conference or meeting abstracts.

December 20, 2021 at 9:00 AM

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The Basics of Freelance Contracts for Medical Communicators

How familiar are you with the language of freelance contracts? Do you know how to spot a problematic contract clause?

As a freelance medical communicator, you are running your own business. Even if you’d rather be writing than wading through legalese, learning the basics of contracts is part of the job.

December 6, 2021 at 9:00 AM

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Topics: Freelancing

Tables and Graphs Are Medical Communicators’ Best Friends

Imagine a toolbox without a hammer. 

Medical communicators have toolboxes too. Visuals, such as tables and graphs, belong in that toolbox. We are telling scientific stories, and data are important elements in many of those stories.

November 1, 2021 at 9:00 AM

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How Do You Identify a Practice Gap for CME Activities

An essential skill for medical communicators involved in creating materials for continuing medical education (CME) activities is learning to identify a practice gap by conducting a gap analysis.

October 18, 2021 at 9:00 AM

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Numbers Matter: Essentials of Medical Statistics

How are you with numbers?

It’s important for all medical communicators to master the essentials of medical statistics. Medical writers are not the ones carrying out statistical tests or procedures, but they may be responsible for interpreting and reporting statistics.

October 4, 2021 at 9:00 AM

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