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Career opportunities in medical device writing: Employee and freelance perspectives - Volume 28, Issue

Many regulatory medical writers start their careers in pharma. Whilst many continue in pharma, some also work in medical devices and an increasing number are switching to medical device writing. This article explores how and why writers might move…

Cost comparison of salaried and freelance medical writers working in Europe - Volume 23, Issue

This is the first systematic comparison of the costs of salaried and freelance medical writers working in Europe. In the absence of official figures for the total costs of employment, we make reasoned assumptions, using mean base figures for…

Career shift: Employment to freelancing - Volume 28, Issue

There are often social stereotypes and mental barriers associated with a decision to be a freelancer. For me, flexibility and autonomy are the main values for choosing the path of freelancing; however, high standards and work ethics must be…

Never say never! Returning to full-time employment after freelancing - Volume 25, Issue

Alison McIntosh successfully operated as a freelance medical writer for 14 years and gave up the ‘flexible lifestyle’ of a selfemployed freelance medical writer to become a full time employee. She has joined a growing band of ‘decentralised’ office…

Results of the 2021 EMWA salary and compensation survey - Volume 31, Issue

In 2021, EMWA members were asked to participate in a survey about their current salary and compensation. The survey included questions on some of the factors that typically influence earnings, such as education, geographic location, level…

The work model of hybrid freelancing - Volume 32, Issue

Must we choose between a path as a self-employed, freelance medical writer, or as an in-house employee? It might come as a surprise that a medical writer can enjoy both worlds. If you dream of becoming a freelance medical writer but dread losing…

Writing for mixed-media training programmes - Volume 25, Issue

Effective learning and development tools are important in spreading and consolidating knowledge within any pharmaceutical or biotechnology company. Medical communications professionals may be involved in creating training materials for many…

Leading a team virtually: A manager’s perspective - Volume 31, Issue

Remote working is the new normal since the COVID-19 pandemic, so learning to lead a virtual team successfully is now an essential core competency for organisational leaders. The transition from co-located teams to virtual teams has benefitted…

Mentor vs. line manager: Differences and similarities - Volume 30, Issue

A good mentor may be a good line manager in a business setting and vice versa, but there are some key differences: mentors are more skill-oriented, while line managers are more goal-oriented. People who are both good line managers and mentors are…

How remote working can affect mental health: Work-life balance and meeting fatigue - Volume 31, Issue

When it comes to remote working, we often think about the many benefits this approach brings, such as being more flexible and productive, or improving our work-life balance. However, remote working without the right framework to profit from all…

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Medical Writing is a quarterly publication that aims to educate and inform medical writers in Europe and beyond. Each issue focuses on a specific theme, and all issues include feature articles and regular columns on topics relevant to the practice of medical writing. We welcome articles providing practical advice to medical writers; guidelines and reviews/summaries/updates of guidelines published elsewhere; original research; opinion pieces; interviews; and review articles.

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Raquel Billiones

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Victoria White

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Jennifer Bell

Nicole Bezuidenhout

Claire Chang

Barbara Grossman

Sarah Milner

John Plant

Sampoorna Rappaz

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Jennifer Bell

Biotechnology

Nicole Bezuidenhout 

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Somsuvro Basu

EMWA News 

Ana Sofia Correia 

Gained in Translation

Ivana Turek

Getting Your Foot in the Door

Wendy Kingdom / Amy Whereat

Good Writing Practice

Alison McIntosh 

In the Bookstores

Maria Kołtowska-Häggström

Lingua Franca and Beyond

Maddy Dyer

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Lisa Chamberlain-James

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Payal Bhatia

Medical Devices

Evguenia Alechine

My First Medical Writing

Anuradha Alahari

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Adriana Rocha

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Clare ChangZuo Yen Lee 

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Sam Hamilton

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Claire Gudex

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