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Title: Medical Writing


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Medical Writing
2
Background
  • BS and MS from Bloomsburg University
  • PhD from University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship at Stanford University
  • Staff job at BD Biosciences Clontech
  • Staff job at LifeScan, Inc.
  • Self-employed medical writer and editor

3
Types of medical writing
  • Corporate/Industry/pharma
  • MarketingMedical communications/CROs/HCO
  • RegulatoryMedical device, pharma
  • TechnicalBiotech, Medical device, pharma
  • PRMed com, pharma, Medical device, Biotech
  • Academic
  • Individual PI
  • Grants administration
  • Journalism
  • Newspaper
  • Trade Magazine
  • Online
  • Freelance/ Independent contractor/ self-employed
  • All of the above

4
Annual Income
  • Corporate/Industry/pharma
  • 60K to 87K (mode 57K, 75K, 85K)
  • Academic
  • 55K (mode 48K)
  • Journalism
  • 57K (mode 28K)
  • Freelance
  • Full-time writing 85/hr (mode 100/hr)
  • Full-time editing 66/hr (mode 50/hr)

5
Benefits and Disadvantages of Self-employed Life
  • Go fishing when the fish are biting
  • Go to work in your slippers
  • Write what you wantyou can say no
  • Lack of structure to work life
  • Lack of water cooler interactions
  • Lack of regular paycheck/health benefits/paid
    vacations/retirement account

6
Personality of a freelancer
  • Can handle rejection
  • Can handle intermittent income
  • Able to sell yourself
  • Can handle working alone
  • Can manage your money

7
Science writing programs
  • UC Santa Cruz Science Communications
  • http//scicom.ucsc.edu/SciWriting.html
  • University of the Sciences in Philadelphia
  • http//www.usip.edu/graduate/biomedwriting/index.s
    html
  • Columbia School of Journalism
  • http//www.jrn.columbia.edu/

8
Writing associations
  • American Medical Writers Association
    (www.amwa.org)
  • National Association of Science Writers
    (www.nasw.org)
  • Council of Science Editors (www.councilscienceedit
    ors.org)
  • Board of Editors in the Life Sciences
    (www.bels.org)

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Contact Information
  • Email kwblader_at_cox.net
  • Website www.kwb-writes.com
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