Sunday, March 29, 2009

Life as a Medical Writer

What does it mean to be a medical writer? I encounter this question quite often. Medical writing is about as broad as the world of medicine. If you become a doctor, you may be an internist, a dermatologist, a radiologist, or a surgeon. All these specialties are quite unique and very different.

The world of medical writing is also quite vast. You may get involved in regulatory and safety reports. Want to write research protocols? Do you enjoy marketing? How about writing some promotional pieces? Then you have the world of certified CME which is NOT promotional. Medical writers can also get involved in writing chapters within textbooks. If you're familiar with health literacy issues, then check out consumer health and patient education. There are many opportunities in various consumer-friendly websites, but you have to write at a 6th grade literacy level. The term "ghost writing" is frowned upon in the medical industry, so don't brag about your ghost writing experience. Finally, there's the world of blogging. Some medical writers have been very successful as bloggers.


  1. Dear Sir

    Nice thoughts!!

    I am the Editor of a magazine D Genre that is dedicated to doctors.
    This magazine is trying to address doctors as a whole human rather than just a medical professional. The articles have a wide range like medicine, software, fashion, beauty, book reviews and even stories and poetry.
    Here I am trying to motivate doctors to write on all these topics.
    The magazine is under process and would be launched at the end of April 2009 from India. It would be an online and free magazine.
    This magazine is a start-up venture of a small team that includes doctors and software engineers.
    I am looking for professionals from diverse fields who can contribute in it apart from doctors and, I want to make it as much interesting and worth reading as much possible, for that reason I am mailing you and inviting you to join our team and contribute through your articles (you may share your old articles etc) You can write on anything like book reviews or on any topic under the sun, you would have complete freedom.

    As a team we believe in long term relationship and team work.

    Looking forward for your positive reply!
    You can find me on Orkut.

  2. Eva, thanks for leaving a comment. I sent you an email today. Best regards, JK