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Title: Alternative Careers in Science and Medicine:


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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?
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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
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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. Proven
Performance
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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
Account Director
Senior Medical Writer(s)
Medical Director
Client Team
Project Coordinator
Project Manager
Pooled Services Writing Editing Design Library Pro
gramming Meeting Planning
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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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COMPLETE HEALTHCARE COMMUNICATIONS,
INC. Manuscript Development Timeline
ResearchOutlineWritten
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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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What Employers Look For
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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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What Employees Look For
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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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What Kind of Salary can I Expect?
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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 and Job Search Resources
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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
  • ScienceJobs.com
  • HotJobs.com
  • MonsterJobs.com
  • SciJobs.org
  • ScienceCareers.org
  • WriteJobs.com
  • WritersWrite.com
  • FreelanceWriting.com
  • NewsJobs.net
  • WritersWeekly.com

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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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