Useful Information for Medical Writers


(I will continue to add information that will hopefully be useful to newcomers to the field of medical writing)


I recommend joining the American Medical Writers Association (AMWA)

  • I have been a proud member of AMWA since 2007

  • The local AMWA chapters host regular events that focus on networking and professional development

  • The national AMWA organization hosts annual conferences and the next conference will be held on November 1-4, 2017 in Orlando, Florida (here is the web link)

  • The AMWA website is also a great resource for professional development via live webinars and other online learning options

  • The AMWA Salary Survey is an indispensable resource for staff writers and independent contract writers to learn about salaries and fees

Helpful tools and information

  • The AMA Manual of Style (keep a copy of the AMA styles book on your desk!)

  • "Breaking into medical writing and editing"by K. Fischer. Feb 2016. (link)

  • "What it takes to be a medical writer" by S. Caldwell (link)

  • "Writing and publishing your research findings" by CT Quinn and AJ Rush. J Investig Med. 2009 Jun;57(5):634-9 (PubMed link)

  • "How to become a competent medical writer?" by S. Sharma. Perspect Clin Res. 2010 Jan;1(1):33-7 (PubMed link)

The following websites are popular resources for medical writers