Grammar, spelling, and style

The most frequent roadblocks to a health professional or life scientist landing a job or contract as a medical writer are imperfect grammar, bad spelling and confusing style. In a cover letter to a recruiter, an errant capitalization, the lack of a “the” or “an”, and inappropriate adjectives can cause a client or recruiter to toss your resume in the trash can.

More than anything, I encourage mentorees in the Medical Writing Institute to slowly complete the Health Communications pages, reading through documents and watching videos until standard American spelling and grammar has seeped into their bone marrow along with an understanding of style required in all technical writing.

The Medical Writing Institute can help mentorees to some extent in grammar, spelling and style if they are willing to learn.

When I realized my own lack of understanding of American grammar and spelling, I had my PhD 20 years, and had worked progressively as a post-doc, research assistant professor, research associate professor, had work published in several PubMed-indexed papers, even had received an RO1 from the National Institutes of Health. I went to libraries, bookshops, and read every grammar book and style manual I could find. I discovered that words I had casually tossed around were barriers to clear understanding of data I was presenting, and that in a single document I was murdering the sense by occasionally capitalizing or hyphenating words that were pleading for conformity.

If your grammar, spelling, and style are the main roadblocks to your having a great career as a medical writer, please do take these pages seriously. If you are brilliant enough to complete several degrees, you can learn to be humble in your writing, and become expert at grammar, spelling and style.

Medical Writing Institute works with you to get jobs and contracts

I have been running the Medical Writing Institute since January 2009, and have been teaching medical writing and health and science communication skills since January 2004. I have worked with students who just needed a little polish on their resumes and those who really should not be focused on a career as a medical writer. Every one of my students, sooner or later, has been or is, working on jobs or contracts in the health industry.

The Medical Writing Institute does not work with recruiters, but we are happy to forward job requirements to students. We do not “sell” our students, do not solicit or accept any fee for forwarding jobs. That would be highly unethical, and completely at odds with why the Medical Writing Institute was started.

We “fill the gaps” in a student’s resume: individually coaching multiply-degreed life scientists and health professionals in regulatory documentation connected with clinical trials and NDAs (new drug applications) and with preclinical requirements for INDs (investigational new drugs). If you are looking for a job in a pharmaceutical company and you did not know what IND and NDA stand for, you need training.

If you are looking for a job in a pharmaceutical company and you did not know what IND and NDA stand for (see the previous paragraph), you need training. By the time you have completed training at the Medical Writing Institute, if you are seeking a pharmaceutical company job, you will have prepared a clinical study report and know all that is involved in preparing it.

By the time you have completed training at the Medical Writing Institute, if you are seeking a pharmaceutical company job that requires you to prepare regulatory documents, you will have prepared the outline of a clinical study report, have studied several others, and know all that is involved in preparing documents for and from clinical trials.

You will also have prepared articles on diseases and therapies, and presentations. You have to show competence in research, grammar, understanding the subject material and organization of data. Because inaccurate health information kills.

If your goal is the prepare grant proposals, we will work on one with you. If your goal is to write websites, medical journal articles, we will work on them with you.

Contact the director for a free appraisal.

Medical Writing Institute works with you to get jobs and contracts. SJ Dodgson MJoTA 2017 v11n1p0127

Contact Dr Dodgson: drdodgson@medicalwritinginstitute.us

ICD-10

The health industry has a special language for computers, the current form is ICD-10. In 2017, this is expected to be updated to ICD-11.

Every class of disease has an ICD-10 code, as does every disease. Read about ICD-10 codes, and learn basic coding, click here.

ICD-10. SJ Dodgson MJoTA 2017 v11n1p0125

Contact Dr Dodgson: drdodgson@medicalwritinginstitute.us