Explore a Career in Medical Writing
Take your first step toward a lucrative and rewarding career as a medical writer; no specialized or advanced degrees required! In this course, you'll learn about the different types of medical writing that you can do, how to break into and succeed in this industry, and how to write effectively on medical topics, whether you're writing for healthcare providers, patients, or regulatory organizations like the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. You will examine the various types of writing that you can do, from producing technical pieces like abstracts and regulatory documentation to writing breezier items like medical news stories and patient education materials. You will gain insights about what goes into putting together a solid and compelling article, regardless of what you're writing about or who you're writing for. You will review how to consider your audience and construct an outline that addresses your audience's informational needs. You'll also learn how to keep your writing free of medical jargon and common grammatical errors, while ensuring the scientific integrity of your work.
Throughout these lessons, you will discover invaluable tools and technologies that can make your life as a medical writer easier. You will examine informational resources, productivity tools, marketing resources, devices, and software, and review how to use them optimally to achieve your goals. You will also discover numerous tips and tricks that can help set you apart from others in the field and enable you to keep your career momentum going and master key medical and statistical terms that you'll need to know. The knowledge you will gain in this course will give you the foundation and confidence you need to work for almost anyone as a medical writer, whether your goal is to find permanent employment with a company or to work as a freelancer from the comfort of your own home.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
What you will learn
- Learn what medical writing is all about and examine the many types of writing produced by medical writers
- Learn the two main career paths you can take as a medical writer and the benefits and drawbacks of each path
- Discover language you will come across in medical literature, medical abbreviations, and medical jargon
- Learn how to add visual elements to your writing to enhance its readability
- Discover ethical issues that surround medical writing such as: plagiarism, ghostwriting and other situations that can cause ethical dilemmas
- Learn about freelance writing and how to increase your odds of finding work
- Examine strategies that can enhance your chances of getting an interview
- Learn credentials you might pursue to make you more enticing to employers or clients
- Learn how technology continues to shape the writing world and some technology solutions that can make your life easier as a medical writer
How you will benefit
- Take steps toward a lucrative and rewarding career as a medical writer
- Learn how you can break into and succeed in the field of medical writing
- Build the foundation and confidence you need to work as a medical writer, whether your goal is to find permanent employment or work as a freelancer
- This course can be taken on either a PC, Mac, or Chromebook.
- PC: Windows 8 or later.
- Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
- Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
- Adobe Acrobat Reader.
- Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
- Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
Instructional Material Requirements:
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
Christina Torster Loguidice is the editorial director of Annals of Long-Term Care: Clinical Care and Aging and Clinical Geriatrics. She has 15 years of experience as a scientific, technical, and medical (STM) editor and writer and has overseen numerous peer-reviewed medical journals and healthcare technology magazines. She holds Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Rutgers University.
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