When and How to Subcontract Work as a Freelance Medical Writer

This article is based on content presented by Brian Bass, MWC, and Emma Hitt Nichols, PhD, ELS, at the AMWA Medical Writing & Communication Conference.

Brian Bass and Emma Nichols have over 24 years of combined experience in hiring and working with freelance medical writers. Their education session focused on outlining the major considerations for freelance medical writers who are thinking about bringing on subcontractors—providing advice and guidance on making this decision and supporting their transition.

June 15, 2020 at 8:00 AM

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Can We Do More To Measure Our Value?

True or false:

Well-trained medical communicators bring value to the teams with whom they work.

I hope you answered true because that’s the right answer.

The key adjective of course is well-trained.

May 11, 2020 at 9:00 AM

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How to Run an Effective Meeting in 6 Steps

Many medical writers are tasked with more than crafting accurate documents. You might also need to manage projects and teams. 

Part of managing medical communication includes effectively leading meetings so that they drive documents forward to successful completion. 

Whether you're preparing to lead your first meeting or kicking off a new project, follow these best practices to meet your objectives. These best practices apply whether your meeting is in‑person or online.

May 4, 2020 at 8:00 AM

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Essential Project Management Techniques for Medical Communicators

Medical communicators do more than write. As a project manager, your role can include managing documents, processes, timelines, and people, sometimes across multiple teams. Effective project management is essential for success with complex projects, especially when they involve the drug development cycle. 

March 2, 2020 at 8:00 AM

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9 Tips for New Managers in Medical Communication

For some medical writers, a next step in their careers is a move to management. While this can create opportunities for advancement and greater recognition, it can be challenging—many medical writers are seasoned communicators, but they may not yet have the skills required to manage others.

To make a successful transition, these tips for new managers can help.

February 17, 2020 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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