Want to be a medical writer? In this field of writing, you’ll need a very different approach from what you’re probably used to, as it puts a heavy focus on efficiency and format to the point that I’ve heard of some folks talk of it as “assembly-line” writing.
What things will you need in order to keep up as a medical writer?
- An ability to accurately use language. Stating a scientific finding in ways that can be interpreted in more than one manner is absolutely undesirable for a medical writer. You need to be precise and exacting in your use of words, using your writing software as potential reference.
- A working knowledge of general developments in medicine as an industry. The more you know in the field, the better you can understand the subjects you need to write about. As such, it’s important to both have a knowledge background in medicine, as well as a thirst for keeping up with current developments.
- A strong grasp of regulatory limits, with regards to what you can write and to what extent. National and international agencies regularly police what’s written about medical products, as any misleading claims can lead to serious consequences. Know the regulatory jurisdictions that dictate the language you can use.
- A skill for conveying normally confounding medical-speak into plain language regular people can understand. Medicine is a technical field and, as such, is filled with the jargon and technical language used by its professionals. Being able to convey the same meaning using language regular people can understand is an ability every good medical writer should develop.