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What Types of Medical Writing Are There?

Medical writing is an interesting and often lucrative career, and the demand for medical writers is high. Those new to the field may wonder exactly what kind of work medical writers do, whether it is writing for medical journals or newspapers, helping with research efforts, or supporting medical education. The answer is that there are many types of medical writing, medical writers are called on in many different capacities, and their paths may take them to a variety of employers and projects.

February 3, 2020 at 8:00 AM

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5 Tips to Start Your Own Freelance Medical Writing Business

Freelance medical writing can be a lucrative, rewarding, and flexible career. Yet even if you have been writing professionally for years, you may have questions when it comes to how to create a solid client base and find steady work. The following tips can help you start your own freelance medical writing business.

January 20, 2020 at 8:00 AM

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3 Steps to Showcasing Your Medical Writing Career

This article is based on content written by Kelly Schrank, MA, ELS, and presented by John West Hadley at the AMWA Medical Writing & Communication Conference. It was originally published in the AMWA Journal.

Making sure you move ahead in your medical writing career calls for finding opportunities to create visibility for your skills and achievements and presenting yourself and your work in the best light. This means showcasing your value not only to potential new employers and clients, but also to your current employer in order to justify your salary and position yourself for advancement.

A structured and systematic approach can be effective, starting with these three steps.

January 6, 2020 at 8:00 AM

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6 Steps to Writing Health Content That Moves People

This article is based on content presented by Debbie Dakins and  Colleen Cronin, at the AMWA Medical Writing & Communication Conference. It was originally published in the AMWA Journal.

You’ve heard the phrase “Put words into action”? Well that, my friends, is what I’m going to attempt to do here. In this recap of the 2016 AMWA conference presentation “Six Steps to Writing Content That Moves People,” I will try to apply what I learned from Debbie Dakins and Colleen Cronin’s tips to help writers create informational materials for the general public that can inspire and motivate people to make changes to improve their health and wellbeing.

December 2, 2019 at 8:00 AM

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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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