However, medical writing is not the same as ghostwriting. Ghostwriting is unethical. Medical writers can be legitimate contributors to the medical manuscript. Several international guidelines including the icmje guidelines require authors to acknowledge the contribution of medical writers in the published article. Many (though not all) of these writers have advanced degrees in a basic or clinical science area. Non-scientific medical writers generally work on communications projects with less technical content, such as health and medical articles for newspapers or magazines, patient education materials, or marketing products. See comment in PubMed Commons below, author information 1Freelance Medical Writer, Delhi, India. 2Excel Life Sciences, noida, India. Abstract, authors of articles published in medical journals are often busy researchers who cannot afford time devoted to writing.
Assistant managing editor for a professional society: To oversee submission and peer-review for the society's journals and provide editorial and administrative support to the editors-in-chief and publications director. Science writer/public information officer for an academic medical center: To write news releases, develop Web content, write articles for newsletter/newspaper, and work with media.
Learn more about ethics and medical communication. Getting Started (top) One of the best ways to learn the skills needed for a career in medical communication is to join amwa and participate in national and chapter activities. Also, become involved with amwa's LinkedIn Group (open to the public) and pose questions to medical writing experts in the field. Amwa Collection on Careers in Medical Communication The amwa Journal also offers a collection of articles about getting started as a medical writer: "amwa Collections: Exploring a Career in Medical Communication." You can order this online.