Our Medical Writing and Editing instructors come from all corners of the medical publishing field with experience writing for medical publications, consulting and providing content direction for clients in the medical industry, and publishing and editing research journals. Their experience adds an essential practical component to our Medical Writing and Editing classes; they provide instruction that covers not just writing and editing skills but also topics like creating clear and coherent tables and diagrams, interpreting statistics, and the ethical questions that arise in the medical publishing industry.
Our instructors’ experience also provides our students with valuable connections to the medical publishing field. Our instructors work as freelancers, consultants, and writers and editors on all manner of medical publications. Their experience navigating the medical writing field helps propel our students to strong starts in their medical writing careers.
Leah Carter is a Regulatory Manager in the University of Chicago’s Cancer Center Clinical Trials Office. She earned her MS in Pharma and Biomedical Regulatory Affairs from the University of Georgia and has more than 12 years’ experience writing on regulatory and compliance tasks. With a focus on FDA law, ethics, and the intersection between regulatory compliance and access to healthcare, Leah is both a scholar and innovator. Her recent work discusses interventional cures, stigma, hepatitis C treatments, and advocacy. She has been published in Hepatology and Current Hepatitis Reports, and is working on a manuscript entitled Deciding Who to Cure: At the Intersection of Access and Innovation.
Lori De Milto, MJ, is a freelance medical writer who helps her clients engage their audience(s) through targeted medical content. By focusing on marketing, De Milto began earning 6 figures within 18 months of launching her freelance business in 1997. She has published three books on marketing for freelancers, most recently 7 Steps to High-Income Freelancing: Get the clients you deserve (2017). A fellow of the American Medical Writers Association (AMWA), De Milto has also received the President’s Award and frequently presents on marketing for freelancers at AMWA conferences. De Milto has two degrees in Journalism from Temple University (bachelors and masters).
Barbara is professor of integrative biosciences and of medical humanities at Texas A&M University, where she coordinates the graduate program in science communication. She is first author of the current edition of How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper and has published three other books. She also has played lead roles in international projects to train medical editors and teach scientific writing, and for a decade she edited the Council of Science Editors periodical, Science Editor. Her honors include a teaching award from the American Medical Writers Association and designation as an Honored Editor in the Life Sciences. Her MD and MPH are from Johns Hopkins.
Laura has been a full-time freelance medical editor for more than eighteen years. Formerly, she worked as the director of copyediting for JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association). As a freelancer, she currently works for the American Academy of Pediatrics PREP Self-Assessment Courses and for Elsevier as a copyeditor for Clinical Therapeutics, American Journal of Pathology, Journal of Molecular Diagnostics, and Annals of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. Laura has previously taught courses on freelancing and levels of editing in the Council for Science Editors Short Course for Manuscript Editors. She is the author of the AMA Manual of Style Quizzes and a frequent contributor to the AMA Style Insider blog. Her master’s degree is from Northwestern University and her master of fine arts degree is from Hollins University. She is a board-certified editor in life sciences.
Tom is an international consultant and trainer in medical communications. Formerly Manager of Medical Editing Services at the Cleveland Clinic, he has long been involved in developing reporting standards for evidence-based medicine. His books, How to Report Statistics in Medicine and How to Write, Publish, and Present in the Health Sciences are standard references in medical writing. He has received teaching awards from the American Medical Writers Association, the American Statistical Association, and the University of Chicago. His master’s degree in Communication is from the Annenberg School of Communication, University of Southern California.
Genevieve is a freelance medical writer and editor specializing in patient education, plain language, health literacy and marketing communications. She began her medical writing career as a manuscript editor at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Ore. Dr. Long has been active in the American Medical Writers Association since 2002 and is past president of AMWA-Northwest. She holds a PhD in English from the University of Oregon.
Dr. Donna Stroup is a successful research professional with over 25 years of international experience in building high-performing research teams, spearheading epidemiology programs, and impacting public health worldwide. She is currently the founding director of Data for Solutions, Inc., a scientific research firms with clients throughout the US and internationally. She served as senior consultant for UNAIDS and WHO on estimating the sizes of populations at risk of HIV and AIDS in southeast Asia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and the Caribbean. Dr. Stroup has exhibited considerable experience in teaching methods related to regresearch and evaluation in medicine and public health, sample design and survey tools, development of statistical analysis plans, and production of logic models.Prior to establishing her firm, Dr. Stroup was a senior scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where she directed critical scientific and program activities in infectious diseases, including HIV and AIDS, and Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. As part of her duties, she orchestrated national public health surveillance activities, including initiating surveillance for HIV and AIDS in the 1980s. Dr. Stroup has served on the teaching faculties of the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor. MI), Emory University (Atlanta, Georgia), the University of Georgia (Athens, Georgia), St. George’s University (Grenada), the University of Texas (Austin, Texas), Rider University (Lawrenceville, New Jerysey), Temple University (Philadelphia, PA). She is a fellow of the American Statistical Association, an elected member of the American Epidemiologic Association, and an honorary member of the Epidemic Intelligence Service. Dr. Stroup holds the Master of Science degree in Community Medicine (from Cambridge University, Cambridge, England), Doctor of Philosophy in Statistics (from Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey), a Master of Science in Mathematical Statistics (from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina), and Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics (Magna Cum Laude from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee). She serves on numerous editorial boards and scientific review committees; and is the author or coauthor of more than 200 publications.
Rachel Wedeward, MLIS, is a Research Information Specialist at the American Hospital Association (AHA) Resource Center in Chicago. She has been a professional librarian working in libraries of various settings for five years. Rachel received her bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Politics and Government from Ripon College in 2014, and a Master’s in Library and Information Science from Dominican University in 2016. Rachel has previously worked at the American Library Association as Researcher, and Skokie Public Library as a Library Practicum Intern. In her current and previous roles, Rachel’s primary responsibilities have been to conduct research, provide reference services, and teach patrons about library resources.