I am so glad I took this course! By the end, I felt empowered to get the medical writing job of my dreams. Christina is very knowledgeable about the industry and offered common-sense tips as well as insider info on how to do well as a medical writer. I look forward to a second course in this series."
I thoroughly enjoyed Christina Loguidice's class. It was informative and challenging, and I came away from this course learning so much regarding the opportunities for a freelance or employee medical writer. She was always available to answer your questions and her feedback was always constructive. The supplemental material provided in each lesson was excellent! I would take another class with her if one was offered. She is the best! Thanks, Christina, for offering such an outstanding and interesting class."
I found this course to be terrific and am very satisfied in having enrolled in it. The information was relevant to present-day technology and the current employment environment. It offered practical and beneficial information that applied not only to the world of medical writing, but also, on a broader level, to the world of business writing in general. Separately, Discussion Area responses by the instructor (Christina Loguidice) were always considerate, thoughtful, and oriented specifically to the questions and points raised by the students. This is among the most well-put-together online courses I have participated in. Many thanks for such an organized, professional, and helpful course."
Christina is an excellent online instructor. Her writing style is such that you can "hear" her voice. Her mix of text, graphics, and audio tools is great and addresses the various learning styles of her students. I learned a lot in this class. Christina was very encouraging. I feel like I gained a lot of confidence in how to seek employment as a writer."
Through this course, I was able to quickly learn useful information that would have taken me many months to figure out on my own through trial and error. This course was helpful and the instructor knowledgeable about the subject matter. I appreciate having the opportunity to take this quality course online in the comfort of my home and at a reasonable expense. I would most definitely recommend it to anyone else interested in exploring medical writing as a career option either as a freelancer or full-time employee."
Thank you! I have started a list of "next steps" as I begin to develop and pursue a career in medical writing. This course provided me a great deal of help and insight. It was worth every minute and every penny. Many thanks!"
The course was well written and the instructor participation was excellent. I also liked the puzzles at the end of the lessons. They were a fun way to reinforce some of the terms learned in the lessons."
The instructor was very knowledgeable. I like the use of mixed media. She used videos and audio on every lesson, which kept it interesting. Above all, I like the organization and structure of the class. This made it simple to follow and navigate my way through the course."
This course offered many points that can be used in the general workday in addition to exploring work as a medical writer or any other work. I enjoyed it immensely! Thank you!"
This course delivered so much bang for the buck! It was a gold mine of information. Well thought out, full of information about all aspects of medical writing. I would recommend this course in a heartbeat. Christina is an amazing educator."
Course Code: emw
In your first lesson, you will learn what medical writing is all about. You will look at what medical writers do and what it takes to me a medical writer. You will examine the many types of writing medical writers produce and tools of the trade. Then you will examine the two main career paths you can take as a medical writer: freelancer and employee. You will examine the benefits and drawbacks of both career paths.
This lesson will equip you to lay a solid foundation for your writing by learning to know your audience, understanding your topic, and creating your outline. Then you will focus on grammar by looking at key sentence-level issues. You will also look at building easy-to-follow paragraphs and transitions, as well as a few rules specific to medical writing.
Focus on language that you will often come across in medical literature. You will discover some abbreviations and how to use them. You will discover how to spot medical jargon and review some key statistical terms. Then you will learn how to add visual elements to your writing and enhance its readability. You will discover accessories you can create: figures, tables, and sidebars. You will review these and how to use them. You will learn about how to proofread your work to catch errors and improve flow.
This lesson will begin with the issue of ethics. You will examine ethical issues that surround medical writing and the responsibilities that come with authorship. You will look at scientific misconduct and how it can affect your writing, plagiarism and how to avoid it, and review ghostwriting and other situations that can cause ethical dilemmas. Then you will examine the markets that need medical writers. You will look at both large and small markets to discover where to begin your job search.
Examine the medical writing freelance arena. You will review how to build a portfolio and then where to look for freelance work. You will review the business side of being a freelancer and gain a better understanding of the freelance environment and how you can be successful in it. Then you will look at how to put together an effective resume and maximize your job search. You will examine strategies that can enhance your chances of getting an interview.
Review credentials you might pursue to make yourself more marketable to prospective employers or clients. You will discover some ways to get career momentum going when you find you have peaked. Then you will look at how technology is shaping medical writing and the way you look for and find medical information. You will review how writing for the Web is different from print and what you need to know to write effectively for online viewing. Also explore some technology solutions that can make your life as a medical writer easier.
Christina Torster Loguidice is the editorial director of Annals of Long-Term Care: Clinical Care and Aging and Clinical Geriatrics. She has 15 years of experience as a scientific, technical, and medical (STM) editor and writer and has overseen numerous peer-reviewed medical journals and healthcare technology magazines. She holds Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Rutgers University.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits.
Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.