Medical Writing Preclinical Studies Getting Your Foot in the Door

Volume 26, Issue 4 - Preclinical Studies

Getting Your Foot in the Door


On internships, scribes, and work experience.

For this edition of GYFD, I would like to provide some background information about internships, including the history of the term and answers to some frequently asked questions about it. The objective is to provide a better overview of internship that goes beyond preconceptions based on White House scandals, college students’ nightmares, and reality TV.


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  8. Walter S, Anderson S, Heidari F, Clausi V, Davies RK. Internship joys and challenges: experience within a small agency. MedWrit.2017;26(1):54–5. Available from: http://



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Preclinical research in drug development
An introduction to little-known aspects of nonclinical regulatory writing
Reporting of preclinical research: What do we get told – when and how?
Mind the gap – towards complete and transparent reporting of animal research
The reproducibility crisis in preclinical research – lessons to learn from clinical research
Nonclinical studies in the Russian Federation — Problems, regulatory norms, and harmonisation with international standards
How to survive Brexit as an independent medical writer
Creation of a patient-centric patient lay summary in the local language
Six communication rules for scientific presentations and writing
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News from the EMA
Profile: An interview with Steven Walker
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