What is a Medical Writer?
Medical Writers combine their knowledge of science and their research skills to write scientific copy, which is used to create materials that medical communications agencies produce. These materials vary in format, including print and online media, from publications to materials
for international scientific meetings. By carrying out this work it ensures healthcare professionals and other audiences are informed of available treatments and updates in the treatment or disease landscape.
Some of the types of materials a Medical Writer will work on include:
- Manuscripts from latest clinical trials for publication in peer-reviewed medical journals.
- Reviews or book chapters around a particular disease and its treatment.
- Abstracts, slide kits and posters for major international congresses or stand-alone meetings.
- Meeting reports or newsletters from congresses and advisory boards.
- Educational material for patients and training materials for sales reps.
- Content for websites and mobile/tablet apps, and scripts for videos.
As you can guess, no two weeks are the same. One week you might be working on slides or a manuscript, the next travelling abroad to attend a major international congress.