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Volume 25, Issue 4 - Medical Education

Medical Communications


Most medical writers cut their teeth on manuscripts, and these documents are often mistakenly believed to be ‘easy’ to write. However, the truth is that with all documents, they are easy to write badly but require skill and knowledge to write well. A quick scan of any journal will quickly (and depressingly!) reveal the sheer number of poor quality manuscripts in circulation.

Producing a high quality manuscript from a clinical study report can be even more challenging. Not only do writers have to deal with the report itself, which may be of “less than ideal” quality, but they then have to tease out the vital messages from what may be a tangle embedded in the report, and also juggle the team – all of whom may be pursuing their own agenda for the manuscript.

In this issue, Michael Riley gives us his top tips for navigating these tricky waters. With many years of experience honing the skills needed to produce clear, accurate and ethically sound manuscripts, Mike is ideally placed to lay out the pitfalls and suggest how to avoid them when writing manuscripts from clinical study reports. His article has something for every - one, even if you have been writing manuscripts for years.

It only leaves me to wish you the best wishes for the season – a happy and healthy 2017, and in the words of Irving Berlin “may your days be merry and bright, and may all your Christmases be white”.


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Medical Education
President's Message
Writing for mixed-media training programmes
Lessons from building an accredited medical conference: Design and delivery
Medical education in a medcomms agency
Patient education in clinical trials and throughout the product lifecycle
Writing, publishing, and disseminating a medical review
CME in the Deutsches Ärzteblatt and the development of multiple choice questions for medical educational purposes
Covering a medical advisory board meeting and creating the report or publication: The role of the professional medical writer
Peer review fraud
News from the EMA
Journal Watch
In The Bookstores
The Webscout
Good Writing Practice
Medical Communications
Getting Your Foot in the Door
Profile: An Interview with the organisers of the first Internship Forum
Out on Our Own


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Digital Communication

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EMWA News 

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Gained in Translation

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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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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

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The Crofter: Sustainable Communications

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