Medical Writing Artificial intelligence and Digital Health Getting Your Foot in the Door

Volume 28, Issue 4 - Artificial intelligence and Digital Health

Getting Your Foot in the Door


“How did you get into the medical writing field?” is a question I often hear. This is a fairly easy question for me to answer. I saw a job advert back in 2005 in Germany, I applied for the position, I got the job, and I became a medical writer in 2006. I had a PhD degree in science, I had high English proficiency in a non-English speaking country, and I liked to write. I was at the right place at the right time with the right skills.

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  1. The EMWA Career Guide 2016 edition - This document is 3 years old so maybe it’s time for an update. if you are interested in collaborating with me on this project, please let me know. Available from: writing/
  2. The Spring 2019 issue (Volume 28, Issue 1) of Medical Writing on Careers in Medical Writing presents a view of the medical writing career trajectory, from getting a foot in the door to retirement, and all that can happen in between. Just in case you missed this! Available from: medical-writing/
  3. The MedComms Network “getting started” guides can be downloaded for free and provide lots of information on different types of communications jobs, including medical communications, regulatory, and market access writing. Available from:
  4. The Spring 2014 issue (Volume 29, Issue 1) of the AMWA Journal featured several articles for newbies to the field. The articles are 5 years old but still highly relevant. Available from: resource/resmgr/journal/Issues/2014/ 2014v29n1_online.pdf
  5. The Cheeky Scientist Career platform helps PhD graduates transition into industry careers. It is not specific for medical writing and communications but it has a very strong medical writing contingent Available from: www.
  6. I was privileged to be invited to be part of a webcast panel earlier this year (thank you, Evguenia Alechine and Clare Chang!). Available from: https://cheekyscientist. com/mwo-learn-more/
  7. Check out their list of alternative careers for PhD graduates and their industry transition ebooks. Not to mention the inspiring testi monials from members who succeeded in making the transition. Available from: https://cheekyscientist. com/top-10-list-of-alternative-careers-forphd- science-graduates/
  8. The Nature careers platform features blogs and news items on careers for science graduates, again not specifically in the com munications fields. But medical writing is definitely part of it. Available from: https://www.
  9. Check out Matt Edmonds’ journey Available from: http:// 11/03/an-evidence-based-career-change-mymove- into-medical-writing/
  10. Finally, don’t forget about good old LinkedIn. Use the career advice and career interests options that are available even for a basic, free LinkedIn profile.



Table of Contents
Artificial intelligence and digital health
President's Message
Medical writing in the era of artificial intelligence
Blockchain in healthcare, research, and scientific publishing
Embracing a new friendship: Artificial intelligence and medical writers
Drug development and medical writing in the digital world
Intelligent use of artificial intelligence for systematic reviews of medical devices
What medical writers need to know about regulatory approval of mobile health and digital healthcare devices
Digitalisation in long-term care: An issue for medical writers?
An introduction to medical affairs for medical writers
A primer on anonymisation
Sound, microphone, action: Podcasts for medical writers
Regulatory Matters
News from the EMA
Lingua Franca and Beyond
In the Bookstores
Getting Your Foot in the Door
Medical Devices
Veterinary Medical Writing
Teaching Medical Writing
Journal Watch
Medical Communications and Writing for Patients
Good Writing Practice
Out on Our Own
Upcoming issues of Medical Writing


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Editoral Board


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Evguenia Alechine

Jonathan Pitt

Managing Editor

Victoria White

Associate Editors

Anuradha Alahari

Jennifer Bell

Nicole Bezuidenhout

Claire Chang

Barbara Grossman

Sarah Milner

John Plant

Sampoorna Rappaz

Amy Whereat

Section Editors

Daniela Kamir


Jennifer Bell


Nicole Bezuidenhout 

Digital Communication

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


Lisa Chamberlain-James

Medical Communications/Writing for Patients

Payal Bhatia

Medical Devices

Evguenia Alechine

My First Medical Writing

Anuradha Alahari

News from the EMA

Adriana Rocha


Tiziana von Bruchhausen


Clare ChangZuo Yen Lee 

Regulatory Matters

Sam Hamilton

Regulatory Public Disclosure

Claire Gudex

Teaching Medical Writing

Louisa Ludwig-Begall / Sarah Kabani

The Crofter: Sustainable Communications

Louisa Marcombes

Veterinary Writing

Editors Emeritus

Elise Langdon-Neuner

Phil Leventhal

Layout Designer

Chris Monk