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

    Most successful freelance medical communicators seek a steady stream of work by cultivating a roster of trusted repeat clients. 

    It is a mutually beneficial arrangement. When clients find a reliable freelancer who knows their business and produces high-quality work, they'll stick with them.

    April 8, 2024 at 9:42 AM

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    Successful Health and Medicine Communication in Earned, Owned, and Social Media: A Case Study

    This article was written by Bill Ostrem, PhD, and is based on content presented by Abbie Miller, MWC, at the AMWA Medical Writing & Communication Conference. Additional session reports are available in the AMWA Journal.

    Today's communication and media landscape offers medical writers a multitude of venues or "channels" for their writing. How do you as a medical writer choose an appropriate channel for a given purpose? And how do you tailor your message for that channel?

    March 25, 2024 at 9:00 AM

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    Manuscript Editing: Tools and Tips for Medical Communicators

    Every document improves with editing, and medical editors are key to the process of creating consistent, readable, and error-free manuscripts.

    What are the fundamentals of manuscript editing for medical communicators? What are editors looking for when they edit manuscripts? What tools are available when editors seek to create high-quality manuscripts?

    March 11, 2024 at 9:00 AM

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    The Promise and Possibility of Open Access Publishing

    Open access (OA) publishing is a model of publishing that mainly shifts the costs of publishing an article from the reader to the authors and distributes scholarly works online without paywalls or other barriers.

    The concept of open access is part of a larger movement called Open Science that seeks to make scientific documents, data, and research more accessible and equitable.

    February 26, 2024 at 11:27 AM

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    What Types of Medical Writing Are There?

    Medical communicators are key collaborators in a scientific ecosystem where critical research findings and discoveries move from laboratories to the wider world, improving the health and lives of patients and communities.

    As the fields of medicine and health care advance, the demand for medical writers increases. 

    February 15, 2024 at 2:12 PM

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    Understanding Authorship in a Changing World

    AMWA acknowledges the contributions of Crystal Herron PHD, ELS, as lead content developer, and Michelle Sauer Gehring PHD, ELS, for peer review, in the development of this AMWA resource.

    As the world moves in a more interconnected, digital, and collaborative direction, best practices in authorship have become less straightforward. 

    Medical writers may find themselves contributing to manuscripts in many ways and might encounter problematic examples of ghost authorship, gift authorship, and guest authorship.

    January 31, 2024 at 9:00 AM

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