Thursday, October 1, 2009

Networking with medical writers

The other day, I attended a social function organized by the Delaware Valley Chapter (DVC) of the American Medical Writers Association (AMWA). AMWA-DVC is the largest AMWA chapter, with about 900 members and it was a great time to socialize and meet medical writers who work in clinical research, consumer health, regulatory affairs, marketing, and certified continuing medical education (CME).

I also met some people (who have a PharmD, MPH, PhD, etc.) who were exploring the field of medical writing. So many people don't realize that the medical writing industry is quite large and there are various types of opportunities ranging from writing as a freelance writer to working within pharma as a writer.

It's always great to meet new people, expand your network, and explore various opportunities within the non-clinical world of medicine. A considerable number of physicians often go into the field of medical writing and make a very successful (and lucrative) non-clinical career out of it. Of course, you have to be a good writer and you should enjoy writing.

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