Medical Writing Careers in medical writing From bench to pen: Life as a new medical writer

Volume 28, Issue 1 - Careers in medical writing

From bench to pen: Life as a new medical writer


In search of a career that would take advantage of their graduate-level skills, Clare Chang and Zuo Yen Lee found medical writing – a career path few PhD students consider. Within 6 months of graduating, with lots of effort and some luck, they found their first jobs. In this article, Clare talks about her first impressions 2 months into her new career, while Zuo Yen shares her insights from almost 2 years in regulatory medical writing. The two discuss the important similarities and differences with their academic work and how they have adapted to the challenges of their new careers.

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Careers in medical writing
President’s Message
How to get your first job as a medical writer
Educating the medical writer: A 5-year update
Cheeky medical writers: Transitioning from academia to medical writing
Making the leap: My move from academia to medical writing
From bench to pen: Life as a new medical writer
The grass is always greener on the other side
Pharmaceutical writer or CRO writer – choosing the right path
Career shift: Employment to freelancing
Medical writing and medical translation – two crossing paths
Career opportunities in medical device writing: Employee and freelance perspectives
Career shifts – surviving a change in geography
Grant writing and editing
1000 words in 1 picture
Medical writing at the management level
Thriving (and not just surviving) in a VUCA healthcare industry
Elevate your medical writing team to success
Clinical trial disclosure landscape and awareness in Japan
News from the EMA
Regulatory Matters
Gained in Translation
In the Bookstores
Medical Devices
Journal Watch
Veterinary Medical Writing
Good Writing Practice
Medical Communication
Regulatory Public Disclosure
Out on Our Own
Vignettes - Life After Medical Writing

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