Courses in the Medical Writing and Editing certificate program use real-world medical manuscripts and publications to teach students the fundamentals and best practices needed to enter the profession and to succeed as skilled medical communicators.
An online course guide (MEWE30000) is offered as an Overview of the Medical Writing and Editing profession as well as a community hub where students can connect and share resources throughout their time in the program
Most classes are offered online with a few in-person classes available.
This course is designed for those interested in starting a career as freelance medical writers and editors. It covers the foundations of how to envision, implement, and begin to expand a sustainable full-time or part-time freelancing business.
This course is designed to give students the foundation they need to create effective, accurate tables, graphs, and figures.
The main goal of this course is to increase participants’ skill in substantive editing—that is, editing that moves beyond mechanics to address aspects such as content, logic, and organization.
In this interactive course, a brief overview of trial types and design will be given (including a refresher on basic concepts of biostatistics), after which each section of a standard medical manuscript will be dissected and discussed from various aspects and in a considerable detail, using examples from published literature.
MEDLINE and Beyond will introduce you to practical techniques for improving your search skills related to looking for trustworthy medical, nursing and health care information online. How to use concepts such as the reference interview to shape your approach to a web search will be covered. We will explore different ways to craft a MEDLINE sear
Skills and talent in writing and/or editing aren’t enough to succeed as a freelancer. This course highlights best practices in launching and building a successful freelance business within two years and gives you the knowledge and tools to avoid common mistakes.
In this course, students will learn how to interpret and report the most common statistical tests and procedures used in biomedical and epidemiological research.
“I tell students that you don’t want to learn your profession and support yourself as a small business owner at the same time. When I was starting out, I worked part time for a university’s medical school and moonlighted as a freelancer. Taking one client at a time, I set up an office, had business cards printed, and developed my first website. When my position was eliminated in the 2009 recession, I had a thriving part-time business and was ready to freelance full time. I’ve never looked back.”
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