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Alternative Careers in Science and Medicine:. Scientific/Medical Writing. Carl Clay, PhD Senior Medical Writer COMPLETE HEALTHCARE COMMUNICATIONS, INC www.CHCinc.com. Who am I and how did I get here?. Who am I and how did I get here?. Undergraduate– University of Colorado, Boulder, CO

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Alternative Careers inScience and Medicine:

Scientific/Medical Writing

Carl Clay, PhD

Senior Medical Writer

COMPLETE HEALTHCARE COMMUNICATIONS, INC

www.CHCinc.com



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Who am I and how did I get here?

  • Undergraduate– University of Colorado, Boulder, CO

    • BA, Kinesiology/Biology

  • Graduate– Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston Salem, NC

    • PhD, Molecular Medicine/Biochemistry– Oncology

  • Postdoctorate– Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO

    • Cardiovascular Medicine

  • Postdoctorate– University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD

    • Diabetes



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Careers in Science and Medical Writing

  • Science Journalism

  • Technical Writing/Editing

  • Marketing

  • Other Careers

  • Medical Writing


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Careers in Science and Medical Writing

  • Science Journalism

    • Science, health, or medical beat reporters for a newspaper

    • Staff writers for magazines (eg Newsweek)

    • Freelance writers specializing in science topics

      • Freelance pay might range from 25¢ to $1.50 per word


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Careers in Science and Medical Writing

  • Technical Writing and Editing

    • Generally work for pharmaceutical or biotech

      • NDA/IND filing

      • Computer

      • Electronics

    • Protocol development for Scientists/Physicians

    • Technical guides/instructions

    • Product specifications

    • Journal/textbook editing


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Careers in Science and Medical Writing

  • Marketing

    • Most pharmaceutical and biotech companies have marketing departments

    • Press releases

    • Web site content

    • Advertisements

    • Catalogs

    • Other marketing materials

    • Generally not freelance


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Careers in Science and Medical Writing

  • Other Careers

    • Patent law/intellectual property

    • Technology transfer

    • Medical business administration

    • Public policy/advocacy

    • Teaching


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Careers in Science and Medical Writing

  • Medical Writing

    • Pharmaceutical companies

    • Government agencies

    • Hospitals

    • Medical schools

    • Nonprofit organizations

    • Publishing houses

    • On contract through consulting firms

    • Freelance


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Who/What is

COMPLETE HEALTHCARE COMMUNICATIONS, INC?


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COMPLETE HEALTHCARE COMMUNICATIONS, INC.

Who we are:

  • 80+ Experienced In-House Staff

  • Pharmaceutical industry, healthcare practice, academics, institutions, research, agencies, and associations

    • Medical Writing/Editorial

      (PhDs, MDs, PharmDs, RPhs, PAs)

    • Project Management/Account Management

    • Meeting Planning

    • Graphics/Design

    • Database Design/Population

    • Web Design/Multimedia

      10th Years in Business


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COMPLETE HEALTHCARE COMMUNICATIONS, INC.

Key offerings:

CHC is CONTENT driven Effectively communicating to…

  • Key opinion and thought leaders

  • Allied health professionals

  • Sales teams

    • Specialty

    • Primary care

  • Payors

  • Internal customers

  • Managed care market decision-makers


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COMPLETE HEALTHCARE COMMUNICATIONS, INC.

Partial Client List:

  • AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP

  • Aventis Pharmaceuticals

  • Cephalon, Inc.

  • Endo Pharmaceuticals

  • Genentech, Inc.

  • GlaxoSmithKline

  • Janssen Pharmaceutica

  • MedImmune

  • Ortho Biotech

  • Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical

  • Pfizer Inc

  • Schering-Plough Pharmaceuticals

  • Wyeth



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COMPLETE HEALTHCARE COMMUNICATIONS, INC.

Key Therapeutic Areas of Expertise:

  • Musculoskeletal

  • Oncology

  • Pain/Inflammation

  • Psychiatry/CNS

  • Respiratory

  • Rheumatology

  • Sexual Health

  • Urology

  • Allergy/Asthma

  • Anti-infectives

  • Cardiology

  • Diabetes

  • Endocrinology

  • Female Health

  • Gastroenterology

  • Immunology


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COMPLETE HEALTHCARE COMMUNICATIONS, INC.

Dedicated Team:

AccountDirector

Senior Medical Writer(s)

Medical Director

Client Team

Project Coordinator

Project Manager

Pooled Services

Writing

Editing

Design

Library

Programming

Meeting Planning


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51%

COMPLETE HEALTHCARE COMMUNICATIONS, INC.

Medical Writing Products (deliverables):

  • Client and Healthcare professionals directed educational materials (CME)

  • Product monographs

  • Sales aids

  • Text for electronic media

  • Slide kits

  • Strategic publication plans

  • Proposal development

  • Abstracts

  • Posters

  • Slide Presentations

  • Primary Study Manuscripts

  • Review Articles

  • Case Reports

  • Letters to the Editor

  • Brief Communications


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Client &

Authorreview of

first draft

Incorporation

of client

comments

Final draft

development

Client

Reviewof

Outline

Submissionpackage development

Subsequent drafts& reviews

(if necessary)

First draftdeveloped

Client

&

Author

review

of

final

draft

Author

review

of

Outline

Incorporation

of client& author

comments

COMPLETE HEALTHCARE COMMUNICATIONS, INC.

Manuscript Development Timeline:

Research&OutlineWritten

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Total weeks = 28


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COMPLETE HEALTHCARE COMMUNICATIONS, INC.

Manuscripts:

With the highest quality workforce in the industry,

  • CHC, Inc has submitted more than 400 manuscripts with an acceptance rate exceeding 80%.

  • Journals include: AJC, JAMA, NEJM, JCI, JBC, Neurology, Urology, Lancet…

  • Authors in: Australia, Austria, Brazil, Colombia,France, Germany,Italy,Japan,Korea,Mexico, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden,Turkey,UK…


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COMPLETE HEALTHCARE COMMUNICATIONS, INC.

Abstracts, Posters, Slides:

With the highest quality workforce in the industry,

  • CHC, Inc has presented Abstracts, Slides and Posters at ACC, AHA, APA, ARVO, ATS, BAUS, BCOG, CINP, EASD,EAU, ESC, ESIR, IASR, ICAAC, ICED, IMSOP, ISH, ISIR, JSIR, MCU, PAUSA, RCP,SGIM,SIU, SLAI,WCAM, WCN, WONCA,WPA…



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COMPLETE HEALTHCARE COMMUNICATIONS, INC.

What Employers Look For:

  • Compatibility

  • Attitude

  • Social Skills

  • Involvement

  • Integrity

  • Communication Skills

  • Experience

  • Ability to do the Job

  • Initiative

  • Job Growth

  • Self-Confidence

  • Leadership



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COMPLETE HEALTHCARE COMMUNICATIONS, INC.

What Employees Look For:

3. Colleagues do a professional job

1. Proud of what I produce

2. Team works well together

4. Company has ethical standards

5. Promises made are kept

7. Team gives me satisfaction

8. Company provides equipment and services I need

6. Improvements are recognized

The Best Places to Work

in Industry

The Scientist June 21, 2004: 18(12); pg. 49

10. Company provides adequate health care

9. Company allows flex time


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COMPLETE HEALTHCARE COMMUNICATIONS, INC.

Best Large Companies:

The Best Places to Work in Industry

The Scientist June 21, 2004: 18(12); pg. 49


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COMPLETE HEALTHCARE COMMUNICATIONS, INC.

Best Small Companies:

The Best Places to Work in Industry

The Scientist June 21, 2004: 18(12); pg. 49



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COMPLETE HEALTHCARE COMMUNICATIONS, INC.

What Kind of Salary can I Expect?

  • Medical Writer, Somerville, NJ, $45K-$65K

  • Medical Copywriter, Manhattan, NY, Princeton, NJ, $85K-$130K

  • Senior Copywriter, Morristown, NJ, $95K-$100K

  • Medical Writer, Sr. Medical Writer - Medical Education, Princeton, NJ $60K-$100K

  • Medical Writer - Clinical & Regulatory, Morristown, NJ,

    $75K-$95K

  • Editor, New York, NY $75K-$120K

  • Medical Writer - Manuscripts, Morristown, NJ, $75K-$95K

  • Sr. or Staff Medical Writer, Hackensack, NJ, $80K-$100K

  • Technical Writer, Flanders, NJ,

    $50K-$65K

www.HotJobs.com

Accessed September 22, 2004


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COMPLETE HEALTHCARE COMMUNICATIONS, INC.

The 5 Highest-paying Metropolitan Areas:

  • Wilmington, DE $92,000

  • Middlesex-Essex, MA $90,698

  • Long Beach, CA $88,000

  • Westchester, NY $85,000

  • San Jose, CA $85,000

www.Abbott-Langer.com

Accessed September 22, 2004


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COMPLETE HEALTHCARE COMMUNICATIONS, INC.

The 5 Lowest-paying Metropolitan Areas:

  • Jacksonville, FL $48,215

  • Tucson, AZ $51,000

  • Austin TX $51,176

  • Virginia Beach, VA $51,900

  • Portland, OR $53,000

www.Abbott-Langer.com

Accessed September 22, 2004


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COMPLETE HEALTHCARE COMMUNICATIONS, INC.

The 5 Highest-paying Scientific Fields:

  • Consultant (independent) $106,500

  • Pharmaceutical Manufacturing $93,150

  • Consultant (firm) $90,000

  • Lab/Medical Supplies Manufacturing $85,000

  • Chemical Manufacturing $84,000

    Tendency for life scientists to make more in larger organizations and less in smaller ones

www.Abbott-Langer.com

Accessed September 22, 2004


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COMPLETE HEALTHCARE COMMUNICATIONS, INC.

Overall Income Growth:

www.Abbott-Langer.com

Accessed September 22, 2004


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COMPLETE HEALTHCARE COMMUNICATIONS, INC.

The 5 Highest-paying Degrees:

  • MD $138,500

  • DDS $91,943

  • VMD $64,000

  • PharmD $82,688

  • PhD $74,700

  • Non-science PhD $71,500

The difference between a science PhD and MS = $21,354/year

www.Abbott-Langer.com

Accessed September 22, 2004


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COMPLETE HEALTHCARE COMMUNICATIONS, INC.

The 5 Lowest-paying Degrees:

  • No degree $40,000

  • Two BA/BS $44,400

  • AA/AS $46,500

  • BS $48,600

  • Non-science BS $50,606

  • MS $53,346

  • Non-science MS $60,000

www.Abbott-Langer.com

Accessed September 22, 2004


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COMPLETE HEALTHCARE COMMUNICATIONS, INC.

Summary:

  • The difference between a science PhD and MS is $21,354/year – stay in school.

  • Almost all holders of multiple doctorates made less than if they did not have a second degree

    • Likely due to less experience since their highest level degree

www.Abbott-Langer.com

Accessed September 22, 2004



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Writing Resources:

  • American Medical Writers Association (AMWA.org)

  • European Medical Writers Association (EMWA.org)

  • Council of Science Editors (CouncilScienceEditors.org)

  • Health Sciences Communications Association (HESCA.org)

  • Biocommunications Association (BCA.org)

  • National Association of Science Writers (NASW.org)


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Job Listing Services:

  • WriteJobs.com

  • WritersWrite.com

  • FreelanceWriting.com

  • NewsJobs.net

  • WritersWeekly.com

  • ScienceJobs.com

  • HotJobs.com

  • MonsterJobs.com

  • SciJobs.org

  • ScienceCareers.org


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COMPLETE HEALTHCARE COMMUNICATIONS, INC.

For more information:

  • Rich Baldino

  • Director, Human Resources

  • Sandra Teichman

  • Recruiter

  • Carl Clay, PhD

  • Senior Medical Writer

  • COMPLETE HEALTHCARE COMMUNICATIONS, INC

  • www.CHCinc.com


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10 years

  • Thank You