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Careers in MCB: Medical Writing Paul Ferguson Senior Account Manager. My Background. Paul Ferguson, Senior Account Manager BS in Biology, Southeast Missouri State University MS in Biology, UIUC Certificate in Business Administration from UIUC Course coordinator, MCB, UIUC

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my background
My Background

Paul Ferguson, Senior Account Manager

  • BS in Biology, Southeast Missouri State University
  • MS in Biology, UIUC
  • Certificate in Business Administration from UIUC
  • Course coordinator, MCB, UIUC
  • Prescott Medical Communications Group
what is medical writing
What is Medical Writing?

“Medical writing is the activity of writing scientific documentation by someone who is a specialized writer (a medical writer) and is generally not one of the scientists or doctors whose research it was.”

Source: www.wikipedia.org

examples of medical writing
Examples of Medical Writing
  • Journal articles
    • Original research
    • Review articles
    • Editorials, case reports, etc.
  • Abstracts
    • Publication in journals
    • Submission to medical meetings
  • Posters
    • Presentation at medical meetings
examples of medical writing1
Examples of Medical Writing
  • Slide presentations
    • Original research
    • Symposia
    • Roundtables
    • Advisory boards
  • Medical education materials
    • Monographs
    • Training materials
    • Prescribing information
examples of medical writing2
Examples of Medical Writing
  • Regulatory documents
    • Clinical Trial Reports (CTR)
    • New Drug Applications (NDA)
    • Investigational New Drug Application (IND)
  • Marketing materials
    • Advertisements
    • Public relations materials
    • Internet documents
    • Patient education
required skills for medical writing
Required Skills for Medical Writing
  • Attention to detail
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Organizational skills
  • Scientific skills
education by degree
Education by Degree

MedicalWriters (%)

Gray and Hamilton. AMWAJ, 2004.

level of education
Level of Education

Gray and Hamilton. AMWAJ, 2004.

primary employers of medical writers
Primary Employers of Medical Writers

Gray and Hamilton. AMWAJ, 2004.

freelance
Freelance
  • 1/3 of Medical writers
  • Work at home
  • Set your own schedule
  • Income based upon ability to get work
  • Discipline
  • Experience
  • Ability to market yourself
salary
Salary
  • Commensurate with experience and education
  • $38,000-100,000+
  • Mean income of full-time employees approximately $74,000
  • Pharmaceutical and communication companies pay best
  • “Interesting 6-figure job” as seen on CNNMoney.com

Gray and Hamilton. AMWAJ, 2004.

tips for writing career
Tips for Writing Career
  • Build skills
    • Composition, grammar
    • Read medical literature
  • Training
    • Medical writing certification
    • Statistics
  • Networking
    • American Medical Writers Association (AMWA)
resources
Resources
  • American Medical Writer’s Association (AMWA)
  • American Medical Association Manual of Style
  • International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE)
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