Medical Writer Suite

Did you know writing careers as a whole are becoming increasingly in demand? The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the employment of technical writers is projected to increase 6% by 2031, with an average salary of over $78,000.

This online medical writing course can help you get the skills and knowledge you need to make an immediate impact in your new role. From Microsoft Publisher best practices to understanding the different types of medical writing, key medical terminology, and more—you will have the medical writer training employers desire upon course completion.

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72 Course Hrs
Starting  April 17, 2024
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University of the District of Columbia

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Course code: B14519

Introduction to Microsoft Publisher

Desktop publishing is not just for design professionals! Microsoft Publisher puts desktop publishing within everyone's reach with easy-to-use templates and designs that help you create dozens of different publication types, including greeting cards, banners, flyers, and booklets. Best of all, if you have a Microsoft 365 subscription on a Windows PC, Publisher is available at no extra cost.

Explore a Career in Medical Writing

In this course, you will learn about the different types of medical writing that you can do, how to break into and succeed in this industry, and how to write effectively on medical topics, whether you're writing for healthcare providers, patients, or regulatory organizations like the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. You will examine the various types of writing that you can do, from producing technical pieces like abstracts and regulatory documentation to writing breezier items like medical news stories and patient education materials. You will gain insights about what goes into putting together a solid and compelling article, regardless of what you are writing about or who you are writing for. You will review how to consider your audience and construct an outline that addresses your audience's informational needs. You will also learn how to keep your writing free of medical jargon and common grammatical errors while ensuring the scientific integrity of your work.

Medical Terminology: A Word Association Approach

The Medical Terminology – A Word Association Approach course will teach you to understand medical terminology pertaining to each body system. Using graphics and study tips, you will not only learn definitions and root terms but also their application in the medical world. Learning blocks are used to condense information and to help isolate what you need to know versus what is nice to know. You will be provided with fun and unusual facts to help you remember the medical terminology in unique ways.

What you will learn

  • Create single-page publications like award certificates, flyers, and signs
  • Make folded publications, including greeting cards and brochures
  • Produce varied sizes of publications, from business cards to banners
  • Design multi-page, two-sided publications like booklets, newsletters, and magazines
  • Use mail merge to personalize each copy of a publication
  • The meaning of medical word components such as roots, prefixes and suffixes
  • How medical terms are used in sentences, and paragraphs
  • Learn what medical writing is all about and examine the many types of writing produced by medical writers
  • Learn the two main career paths you can take as a medical writer and the benefits and drawbacks of each path
  • Discover language you will come across in medical literature, medical abbreviations, and medical jargon
  • Learn how to add visual elements to your writing to enhance its readability
  • Discover ethical issues that surround medical writing
  • Learn about freelance writing and how to increase your odds of finding work
  • Examine strategies that can enhance your chances of getting an interview
  • Learn credentials you might pursue to make you more enticing to employers or clients
  • Learn how technology continues to shape the writing world and some technology solutions that can make your life easier as a medical writer

How you will benefit

  • Become the go-to desktop MS Publisher pro for your business, school, or organization
  • Save money by designing and printing your own printed materials
  • Express your creativity by creating original publication projects
  • Open the door to new career opportunities or potential promotions
  • Interpret complex medical terms
  • Increase your medical industry communication skills
  • Learn how you can break into and succeed in the field of medical writing

How the course is taught

  • Instructor-Moderated online course
  • 72 course hours
  1. Introduction to Microsoft Publisher
    1. Learning Your Way Around Publisher
    2. Creating a Simple Publication
    3. Creating Publication from Scratch
    4. Creating Publication using Imported Content
    5. Sharing a Publication
    6. Creating Publications of Different Sizes
    7. Creating Folded Publications
    8. Creating a Newsletter
    9. Ensuring Consistency
    10. Creating Magazines and Calendars
    11. Creating Mail-Merged Letters and Email
    12. Creating Labels and Envelopes
  2. Medical Terminology: A Word Association Approach
    1. Common Root and Musculoskeletal Terms
    2. Integumentary and Digestive Terms
    3. Cardiovascular and Respiratory Terms
    4. Urinary and Reproductive Terms
    5. Neurosensory Terms and Root-Term Review
    6. Prefixes and Suffixes: A through H
    7. Prefixes and Suffices: I through O
    8. Prefixes and Suffixes: P Through Z
    9. Color Prefixes and Suffixes and Abbreviated Titles
    10. Common Abbreviations: A Through R
    11. Common Abbreviations: S Through W and Specialized Abbreviations
    12. Directional Terms and Word Combinations
  3. Explore a Career in Medical Writing
    1. Becoming a Medical Writer
    2. Which Path to Choose: Freelancer or Employee?
    3. Laying a Good Foundation for Your Writing
    4. Grammar Essentials for Medical Terms
    5. Learning Key Medical and Statistical Terms
    6. Accessorizing and Polishing Your Work
    7. Understanding Key Ethical Principals in Medical Writing
    8. Medical Writing Markets
    9. Breaking Into the Medical Writing Freelance Arena
    10. Finding Permanent Employment as a Medical Writer
    11. Taking Charge of Your Career
    12. The Future of Medical Writing

Curt Simmons

Curt Simmons, B.A., M.Ed, is a best-selling author, trainer, and multi-media expert. He holds degrees in English and communication studies and has more than 10 years of experience teaching English and writing in the classroom. Additionally, Simmons has authored numerous books on a wide variety of technology topics and has been a technical editor for numerous other titles.

Douglas Best

Douglas Best is a trainer for Humana Military. He began working as a field medical instructor in the US Army in 1980. He has worked as a nurse in such areas as pediatrics, the emergency room, and the adult cardiac, surgical, newborn, and medical intensive care units. He is also a curriculum specialist and has developed workforce training programs including Medical Specialty Training for Displaced Workers, Certified Nursing Assistant in Spanish, and Medical Transcription for the University of Texas at Brownsville.

Christina Torster Loguidice

Christina Torster Loguidice is the executive VP and educational director of International Healthcare Media, overseeing all continuing medical education (CME) initiatives. She has more than 20 years of experience in medical education and communications, including developing and writing CME activities across medical specialties and managing peer-reviewed journals, supplements, and tabloids/magazines for healthcare professionals. She is also a published author of several technical and health books, including Cancer Nutrition and Recipes for Dummies. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and German from Rutgers University.

Instructor Interaction: The instructor looks forward to interacting with learners in the online moderated discussion area to share their expertise and answer any questions you may have on the course content.

Prerequisites:

There are no prerequisites to take this course.

Requirements:

Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC, Mac, or Chromebook.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 10 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 10.6 or later
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox is preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Microsoft Office 365 suite with Publisher (not included)
  • Microsoft Word Online
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.

Other:

  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.

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