by Michelle Guillemard
Readers and emerging writers are always asking me how to be a medical writer. Or how to become a medical writer. Or how to get into medical writing.
Truth be told, there’s no quick and easy answer. (That’s why I started this website!)
If you perform a Google search on the topic, you’re faced with an overwhelming amount of advice. Good news: I’ve done the hard work for you, meaning I’ve collated ten essential pieces of content that answer the question of how to be a medical writer.
A Slideshare presentation with essential tips for people considering a medical writing career from Ryan Woodrow, who has been involved in medical writing for around 15 years.
Serious journal article published in Perspectives in Clinical Research for those who feel more at home reading trusted resources on Pubmed.
An interview with Dr Helen Baldwin, Past President of EMWA, the European Medical Writers Association.
Biotech Ink Spots is a medical writing blog that hasn’t been updated in almost a year, but the information is still helpful and I recommend this piece in particular.
Perspective from Dianthus Medical, an experienced medical writing agency based in the UK.
From Examiner.com, this is a nice overview of medical writing as a career choice.
Lengthy but helpful PDF from MedComms networking.
A few years old (2007) but a helpful overview penned by someone in the field, published on the esteemed ScienceCareers website.
Fast information delivered fast – a short piece on how to be a medical writer for those who want a career in a hurry. From MOMMD.
It would be better if we had the presenter’s talk as well as the slides, but the slides alone are helpful and worth a click-through.
Have you found any other articles or resources that are useful for medical writer hopefuls? Share them below.