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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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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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Asking the Right Questions: Developing Better Discovery Skills

This article was originally published in the AMWA Journal.

All of us have suffered the consequences of expensive, unasked questions in both our professional lives and our personal lives. As medical communicators, we must ask good questions to elicit information, but many of us lack adequate training in this skill. Add to that the natural reticence of some medical communicators, and it is no wonder that we walk away from interviews with subject matter experts or client meetings wishing we had remembered to ask X, Y, or Z. This article offers information as to why questions are so important, what types of questions are useful, how to strategize your questions, how to handle people answering the questions you ask them, and how to answer questions that others ask you.

December 16, 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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Advantages of a Medical Writing Certificate

A medical writing career requires being a lifelong learner and networker.

To begin working in the field, medical writers need specialized skills and knowledge to obtain jobs. Advancing in the field means constantly building on that base. In addition, professional connections are helpful in the beginning of your career and in order to advance.

June 24, 2019 at 2:10 PM

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How To Become a Medical Writer

For as long as people have been reading about health and medicine, there have been medical writers writing about it. Medical writers communicate important knowledge about diseases and treatments to a variety of stakeholder audiences ranging from healthcare professionals and regulatory authorities to sales representatives, payers, patients and caregivers, and more. Medical writers clarify the complex, make scientific information accessible for the intended audiences, and empower people across the spectrum of healthcare to make informed decisions. Before you can even begin thinking about a career in medical writing, you need to know what medical writers do, where they work, and the variety of documents they produce.

June 4, 2019 at 8:00 AM

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