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When exploring writing in your subject area:
- Look for books and articles on writing for your profession. See the Books and Articles tabs for more ideas.
- Check for relevant professional organizations. See if they publish a blog, magazine, or journal, or if they provide conferences or workshops. For example, the American Medical Writiers Association.
- Check the Internet for templates, presentations, or videos aimed at writers in your displine.
- Become familiar with trade journals in your area.
Learn About Medical Writing
Resources and tips for discovering and learning about exemplar medical writing includes:
- Read medical and pharmaceutical journals
- Read about the latest drug approvals by the Food and Drug Administration (www.fda.gov)
- Study medical terminology (MeSH database)
- Read medical writing dictionaries, style guides, and books on writing
- Familiarize yourself with FDA guidelines for preparing regulatory documents (See Title 21 of the Code of Federal Regulations)
Types of work scientific medical writers do include:
- Advertising copy for pharmaceuticals and other products
- Internet content
- Journal abstracts and articles
- Medical education materials
- Multimedia projects
- Pharmaceutical marketing and advertising
- Physician speeches and presentations
- Regulatory documents (clinical trial reports, integrated summaries of efficacy and safety, investigator brochures, Investigational New Drug documents, New Drug Application submissions, protocols)
- Sales training manuals
- Slide kits
- White papers
Employers and clients for scientific medical writers include:
- Academic medical centers
- Contract research organizations
- Hospitals/Health care systems
- Managed care organizations
- Medical advertising/communication agencies
- Medical education companies
- Pharmaceutical companies
- Web sites
Don't limit your keywords to "writing" when trying to find material. Think of relevant synonyms like:
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