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Once Upon a Time…

When I wrote my first manuscript 23 years ago, I had to do all the formatting manually. Many of you probably still remember that feeling of sand under the eyelids after manual imputation and formatting of a long reference list, and cursing badly if, at the end of the day, the text contained 33 citations while the reference list included 35 positions…

September 9, 2019 at 11:30 AM

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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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Medical Writing Trends You Need to Know About

It's fun to look back over the years and think about fashion trends that probably never should have seen the light of day. I’m thinking mullets, shoulder pads, and why not throw in bell bottoms while I’m at it.

Although fashion trends come and go, trends in medical communication usually point toward practices that are here to stay. We can’t afford to ignore industry trends if we want to remain fresh and relevant. Whether we are employees or freelances, we never want to become stale, and staying on top of business trends should be part of our jobs.

August 26, 2019 at 10:30 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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Navigating the Nuances of Artificial Intelligence in Medical Writing

With its near-ubiquitous reach, artificial intelligence (AI) has infiltrated practically every industry imaginable, ranging from cybersecurity and manufacturing to supply chain management and healthcare, and, yes, even medical writing. In the world of medicine, AI perhaps is best known as a technological tool that healthcare organizations use to manage enormous amounts of information, also called big data. Often appearing in the form of software or an application integrated into a company’s preexisting software, AI allows organizations to analyze big data to extract extra information such as data trends and population characteristics that humans either lack the bandwidth to evaluate efficiently or cannot analyze organically.

August 12, 2019 at 10:30 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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Looking for blog posts from prior to June 2019? Find them in the Engage blog archive.