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AMWA is the leading resource for medical communicators. The AMWA Blog is developed in partnership with community members who work every day to create clear communications that lead to better health and well-being.
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Should Freelance Medical Writers Specialize?

This article was written by freelance medical writers Lori De Milto, Elizabeth L. Smith, and Cathryn D. Evans. It was originally published in the AMWA Journal.

Pros and Cons of Specializing

There are good reasons to specialize in certain types of projects and/or therapeutic areas—and good reasons not to specialize. In general, if you’re a new freelance, you should focus more broadly to attract more clients. As you gain experience, you can narrow your focus, which is what I did.

September 16, 2019 at 1:41 PM

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What Are the Most Important Medical Writer Qualifications?

With the continued growth in health care technology, pharmaceuticals, and services, there are multiple possible entry points available to writers and editors who have a passion for medicine and health. Both at the beginning of your career and as you advance in the field, it’s important to continually work to ensure you have the qualifications that it takes to succeed and advance.

September 3, 2019 at 8:00 AM

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How to Keep a Steady Stream of Jobs as a Freelance Medical Writer

Freelance medical writers tend to develop a roster of trusted clients that they work for consistently. When clients find someone who is reliable, knows their business, and produces high-quality work, they'll stick with them.

But even the busiest and most successful medical writers need to cultivate new business constantly. There are steps you can take to identify new freelance medical writer jobs that are a good fit for you, while keeping up with your current workload.

August 19, 2019 at 8:00 AM

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Working With Recruiters to Advance Your Medical Writing Career

Recruiters can make all the difference when advancing your medical writing career. Experienced recruiters can help you identify a role that increases your earning potential, improve your work/life balance, and move you up to a senior-level position.

Many medical writers aren’t sure how to effectively find and work with recruiters. Some may not think they need to work with recruiters. However, used in conjunction with other job search strategies such as industry job postings (available to AMWA members), working with a recruiter can be a good way to make critical connections that will help you land your ideal next job.

August 5, 2019 at 8:00 AM

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Medical Writing Courses That Can Help You Advance In Your Career

Until recently, most writers in the field of medical communication entered the field without formal training. Some started out with scientific or medical degrees and previously worked as scientists, physicians, or pharmacists before transitioning into medical writing. Others began as journalists and built a career by writing about health and medicine.

July 15, 2019 at 8:00 AM

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10 Best Practices for Managing a Remote Team

In medical communication, as in other fields, it’s increasingly common for team members to be scattered across the country or around the globe. It’s important for managers to have the skills needed to make their remote teams successful—no matter where employees are located. Managers of remote medical communication teams face challenges including

  • Retaining valuable team members in the face of global competition
  • Ensuring that expectations are met on both sides of the working relationship
  • Keeping a remote team up to date on trends and changes in your field
  • Having the information needed to report to your superiors 
  • Obtaining the technology needed for remote team success 

Here are some tips for addressing the challenges of managing a remote medical communication team.

July 1, 2019 at 8:00 AM

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Looking for blog posts from prior to June 2019? Find them in the Engage blog archive.