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In this episode, I speak to Jamelah Martin, who has a master’s degree in biomedical sciences and public health. She started looking into medical writing at the suggestion of a friend. Right now, she is working on connecting with other writers, developing her samples, and working on a blog and a podcast, and, oh yes, being a mom to her 4 kids. She h…
 
In this episode, I speak to Jennifer Herrin who is originally from the US but has lived and worked in the UK for the last 10 years. She has a background in nursing, which she parlayed into a degree in technical writing. She then got a staff job as a medical editor, followed by a job in nursing while continuing to write. She now enjoys freelancing w…
 
In this episode, I delve into the nitty gritty of medical manuscript writing. If you are an experienced medical writer, you probably know most of this, but I hope it serves to reinforce your knowledge. -Get up to speed in the subject area. -Work from a detailed outline that has been approved by the “author(s).” -Establish the format up front—downlo…
 
In this episode, I cover tips for interacting with clients as a new freelance medical writer or any kind of freelancer for that matter. Get the skills and feedback to make sure there is a reasonable chance that you will do a good job. Really try to make new projects your best work. Expect to get a lower hourly rate for this first project. If you ar…
 
In this episode, Dr. Sharon Morjig and I discuss the power of volunteering as a way not only to do some good in the world but to add impact to getting started in medical writing and jump starting a career in medical writing. Visit Sharon’s website at smmedicalwriting.com. I also mention the following websites that may help you get started with volu…
 
Dr. Kalpana Shankar sought flexibility in her schedule to raise her children, and after researching her options and considering her innate talents, she turned to freelance medical writing to achieve that. We talk about the types of work she does and how she has found some clients by revamping her LinkedIn profile. For more information and to hire D…
 
In my conversation with Dr. Cheryl McCutchan, we talk about her pathway from her PhD studies in botany and biochemistry, to becoming a scientific illustrator for academia and education, to now delving into a career in medical writing (which also includes the use of her visual medical communications skills). Check out the 6-Week Course, everything y…
 
In this week’s podcast episode, I chat with Dr. Sheila Patterson, who has a PhD in molecular biology. After entering into the field of medical writing, she discovered that she prefers factchecking to medical writing (although she still does some of the latter). We talked about what types of skills factcheckers need. These include the ability to und…
 
In this week’s podcast episode, I have the pleasure of speaking with Crystal Austin, who has a PhD in Microbiology but is also transitioning into medical writing. When she heard about medical writing from a coworker in her lab, at first she thought it was too good to be true that you could do something working from home with a science degree. Then,…
 
Janna Afanasjeva, PharmD, BCPS realized early on that patient care was not for her and through a drug information residency she ended up on her current path of medical writing. Her website is https://www.aptewrite.com/. She signed up for Dr. Hitt Nichols’ editing course and has just finished up the 6-Week Course (Everything you need to know to star…
 
Dr. Louisa Marcombes a mid-career veterinarian from the UK and living in France transitions into medical writing. She describes her reasons for making the transition and what her plans are for the future. Check out my 6-Week Course, everything you need to know to start your freelance medical writing business, at 6weekcourse.com. The new version is …
 
In this episode, I talk to medical writer Morgan Leafe, MD, who has recently transitioned from clinical practice as a pediatrician. She talks about some of her first projects in medical writing, as well as her interest in medical informatics, which may be of interest to some of us medical writers as a parallel “non-clinical” career. We also talk ab…
 
In this week's episode, I talk to 4 people who are living and working as medical writers in Africa--two in Gambia who live just blocks from each other (random!), one in Mozambique, and one in Kenya. It's a huge continent, but we have both coasts covered. I ask them about what it is like, and what they would want you to know here in the US. --- Chec…
 
Download Dr. Emma Hitt Nichols’ article on MWSS here. Check out LearnAMAStyle.com for information on the course Become a Freelance Medical Editor. Check out 6weekcourse.com Everything You Need to Know to Start Your Freelance Medical Writing Business here. Music: Frozen Summer by Hypp fractal
 
In this episode, I’m talking with Anne Janzer, who has written a book Writing To Be Understood. Anne’s book dissects what it is that makes nonfiction compelling. She talks about using stories and analogies and several other strategies that translate also to writing about medical topics. Anne Janzer is an award-winning author on a mission to help pe…
 
What the American Medical Association (AMA) Manual of Style has to say about reference style and rules for capitalization. Warning: make sure you have had your coffee. It’s a lot of info crammed into a few minutes! Also a good idea to have your AMA manual loaded into your browser. Visit http://6weekcourse.com/ama-manual-of-style-tips/ for these tip…
 
Lori Alexander is the American Medical Writer's Association (AMWA) Past President and their current Education Director. She discusses, among other things, AMWA's plans to expand their educational offerings, especially with respect to online educational activities. She talks about some of AMWA’s current offerings, such as online webinars, interactiv…
 
In this episode, I interview Dr. Will Pass who recently transitioned from being a veterinarian to being a full time medical writer. He talks about how being a vet helped him prepare to be a medical writer and some of the benefits of working as a freelance medical writer. Check out the PowerPoint course for scientists and medical writers and use PPT…
 
American Medical Association (AMA) Manual of Style P value pointers and overview of the AMA Manual of Style contents. In this episode, I briefly describe what P values are; it’s a deep topic better left to statistical experts, but still, as medical writers, it’s important that we have a basic understanding. We also need to know how to format P valu…
 
Today I'm talking about PowerPoint. Some clients request this skill, either creating PowerPoint slide decks from scratch or reorganizing and reworking a previously created slide deck to make it more visually appealing. Creating engaging scientific and medical PowerPoint presentations is a skill in addition to writing that can benefit medical writer…
 
In this episode I talk to HBA president & CEO Laurie Cooke. we talk about gender parity issues in the health care industry as well as what we can all do to improve the working environment for all participants. Laurie also describes the mission of the HBA and how medical writers specifically can benefit from the organization. Please visit https://ww…
 
In this episode, I interview freelance medical writing Jessica Martin, PhD martinmedicalwriting.com. Dr Jessica Martin earned her PhD from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her research background is in human infectious diseases and cancer-causing viruses, including HIV-1 and related retroviruses. During her time in an academic…
 
This week, Dr. Emma Hitt Nichols discusses searching strategies, in particular 4 different approaches to get the results you want from the AMA Manual of Style. She also discusses formatting tables and figures according to the manual. To see the written blog versions of these recordings, please go to nascentmc.com/blog. Please subscribe, rate and re…
 
Understanding the healthcare value dossier. How to accelerate revenues and expand markets. Virtual or corporate onsite training for MSLs, MA professionals and Medical Writers. Nascent Medical LLC to offer a Six-week Course on Health Economics and the Health Outcome Liaisons on April 20th. The course will be led by Jennifer Williams PhD, JD, MBA, RN…
 
Today, I am talking to Blair Thielemier PharmD who founded the Pharmapreneur Academy, which is a course hosted on her website, BT Pharmacy Consulting (http://www.btpharmacyconsulting.com/). This will be a very interesting podcast for any clinician (not just pharmacists) wanting to learn more about Medication Therapy Management (MTM). MTM is medical…
 
In this interview, I talk to Kristine Scruggs, M.D. Dr. Scruggs is a medical doctor practicing in North Carolina and who wants to transition into medical writing. She is also completing a book, a medical thriller, called “What They Don't Know". We talk about the process of writing a book, what it takes, and some of the pros and cons of traditional …
 
Michelle is based in Sydney Australia, and is the founder of Health Writer Hub. She is also the President of the Australasian Medical Writers Association (AMWA). Over the past decade, Michelle has worked with medical journals, medical publishing companies, cancer research foundations, associations, hospitals, medical specialists, health professiona…
 
Wendy Meyeroff, is president of WM Medical Communications, and has been providing health communications for national and international clients--both print and then online--for over 25 years. She’s located in Baltimore, MD, and will talk to us about writing for a consumer audience. Her website is http://www.wmmedcomm.com/ She tells some very interes…
 
Today I talk to Brian Bass about building your medical writing business with subcontractors. Both Brian and I work with subcontractors in our business, and it was fascinating to talk with him, because while we have a similar business model, we approach things in quite a different way. He uses only highly experienced writers but doesn’t spend as muc…
 
This is the third and final episode in the series where I interview my business partner, Chrystie Leonard, about buying and selling a business, specific to medical writing. These three episodes cover 1) What to look for when buying a business; 2) How to grow a business; and 3) How to get your business ready for sale. In this third episode, Chrystie…
 
In this episode, Emma Hitt Nichols talks to her business partner Chrystie Leonard, co-owner of Nascent Medical. This is the second part of a three-part series. In this part, we talk about strategic planning, how to grow a business, and the key metrics that are needed to evaluate the growth of a business. In the first part, aired a week ago, we talk…
 
Join me as I talk to my business partner Chrystie Leonard about what to look for in a business purchase and also what to consider if you ever want to sell your business. Maybe as a freelance medical writer, you have never thought about how your business is going to end, but end it must at some point! Chrystie, who has formerly conducted several mer…
 
Current AMWA President, Stephen Palmer and President Elect, Lori Alexander, join me today and talk about all of AMWA's offerings. We discuss the 2015 salary survey, the Medical Writers Certification, the new online forum called Engage, and how we can best contribute to AMWA as medical writers. Great episode!…
 
In this episode Emma talks to Amy Tippins CEO of RTL Digital Media http://rtldigitalmedia.com/, a company that helps with SEO, blogging, social media strategy and provides a range of other services. Amy provides lots of useful info on how we can all promote ourselves through our web strategy. You can't afford to miss this!!…
 
Today we are going to talk about the medical science liaison role, specifically from the perspective of medical writing—how can medical writers explore MSL work as a career option. Our guest is Dr. Jennifer Williams. Jennifer holds a law degree from Western Michigan University Law School. She also brings twenty-five years of experience working with…
 
Emma talks to Dr. Stacy Matthews-Branch, an American born medical writer who learned Spanish in her late 30s. She is now fluent in Spanish and does both Spanish and English language medical writing. Please rate and review this podcast on iTunes! Thank you! Visit our website at www.nascentmc.com email with questions info@nascentmc.com…
 
Learn more about Debra at http://debragordon.com/ Debra Gordon, MS is a seasoned healthcare communications professional who specializes in speaking, teaching, and communicating about various clinical topics and the US healthcare system, healthcare reform, and health policy. Debra started her company in 1999. Previously, she was a newspaper reporter…
 
Juliette Siegfried has been in the medical communications field for over 20 years, but has specifically been doing medical editing, writing and translating for the last 10 years. In 2005 she launched her business, ServingMed.com. She has a Bachelor's degree in biology and a master's in public health.…
 
Harris Fleming has traveled a circuitous route in his professional life, leading to his founding Manzer-Fleming Communications, LLC, at the start of 2014. Harris began his journalism career in television news in New York City. He was working as a newspaper editor in northern New Jersey when the pharmaceutical industry called; he spent 7 years in co…
 
David started as an ink stained wretch with Canadian Doctor in Montreal then to the editorship of Canadian Family Physician in Toronto, and eventually to be the first––and still only––nonphysician editor-in-chief of the Canadian Medical Association Journal. He wrote a history of the College, and a syndicated column, Today's Health, which appeared i…
 
In this episode, I talk to Dr. Gill Sellick, a primary care doctor who started recently into freelance medical writing after going through the 6-week course, “Everything you Need to Know to Start Your Freelance Medical Writing Business.” She describes the joys of working from home with young kids and how she gets new clients.…
 
In this episode I interview Jan Bowers, who stays busy writing for medical specialty societies. After a journalism degree, she got her start in medical writing by taking the University of Chicago medical writing and editing certificate. In this episode, Jan gives helpful advice about ways to get your first assignment and shares her greatest success…
 
In this interview, I talk to Maria and Phil Vinall, who both have backgrounds as medical writers in pharma. We talk about publications planning, what it’s like to work together as a married couple, and the joys of being able to work from anywhere, including an island off the coast of Panama! Their: website http://medcomdepot.com/ . They are members…
 
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