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Medical Writing and Editing Curriculum

Courses in the Medical Writing and Editing certificate program use real-world medical manuscripts and publications to teach learners the fundamentals and best practices of crisp, clear, and sophisticated medical writing and editing. The goals of the Medical Writing and Editing program are that every learner will effectively:

  • Use the AMA Manual of Style as a writing and editing tool
  • Understand the context of medical communication and the role of a proofreader or copy editor
  • Organize and present scientific information to different audiences

Classes are available online or in-person at the Gleacher Center in downtown Chicago.

Medical Writing and Editing Program Structure

  • Students may choose between two tracks to complete a certificate:
    • The Medical Writing and Editing program by completing any 4 courses
    • The Advanced Writing and Editing program by completing any 6 courses.
  • Learners can complete the certificate in as little as two quarters
  • Class sizes are small, ranging from 10-20 students per course
  • Tuition for each course is $1,400

Online and In-Person Class Formats

Classes are offered in two formats: online or in-person. Complete the certificate online or take a combination of online and in-person courses.

Medical Writing and Editing courses

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Courses

Medical Writing and Editing Writing in the Medical Sciences
03/30/2017 to 04/1/2017

MEWE 21500 | Writing in the Medical Sciences

Students in this course will learn the basic skills for writing in the medical sciences. Students will learn how to organize and present data for different audiences, as well as how to represent information in graphics and tables. Additionally, the course will cover the ethics of medical writing, current guidance (eg, GPP3) for medical writers and authorship practices of different journals. The course will cover the structure of a medical communication piece using the IMRaD format as well as how to develop a well-written, structured abstract.

This class is should not be confused with Introduction to Medical Editing, which focuses on teaching students the editing style rules as determined by the AMA Manual of Style, 10th edition.

Note: Members of select professional associations are eligible for tuition discounts. Please check our webpage for more information.

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
Howard Smith

Howard Smith

Howard Smith, MS,

is retired as Vice President of Medical Writing and Regulatory Affairs at INC Research in Raleigh, NC.  Since 2011, he has been a consultant and teacher in medical writing and editing. He is a Fellow and past president of the American Medical Writers Association.  In 1987, he received the Outstanding Workshop Leader Award from that organization, and, in 1999, he was the recipient of the Harold Swanberg Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contributions to the field of medical writing. He has taught over 200 workshops in medical writing and regulatory affairs, both in this country and in Europe.  Beginning in 2003, Mr. Smith developed and taught all of the University of Chicago workshops in regulatory affairs.

Course Code: MEWE 21500
Section: 17W1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates:
Mar 30 to Apr 01
Tuition: $1,400.00
Days/Times: Thu
9:00 AM–4:30 PM
Fri
9:00 AM–4:30 PM
Sat
9:00 AM–4:30 PM

Online Registration Close Date:
March 20, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Medical Writing and Editing Advanced Medical Editing
04/17/2017 to 05/13/2017

MEWE 27400 | Advanced Medical Editing

This course builds on skills learned in Introduction to Medical Editing. Students will discuss ethical and legal issues involved in medical publishing, statistics, the design of studies as they apply to editing a medical document, and the nomenclature encountered in medical communications of varying types.

Synchronous Sessions: April 29, May 6, 13 from 9-10am.

Note: Members of select professional associations are eligible for tuition discounts. Please check our webpage for more information.

Prerequisite(s):

Introduction to Medical Editing I and II.

Instructor:
Laura King

Laura King

Laura King,

MA, MFA, ELS, 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.

 

Course Code: MEWE 27400
Section: 17S7
Location: Online
Dates:
Apr 17 to May 13
Tuition: $1,400.00
Days/Times:



Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
April 7, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Medical Writing and Editing Interpreting and Reporting Biostatistics
04/20/2017 to 04/22/2017

MEWE 21600 | Interpreting and Reporting Biostatistics

Statistical analyses are essential to biomedical and epidemiological research, yet statistical errors are appallingly common in the literature. Fortunately, learning to understand statistics does not require learning to calculate them. In this course, students learn how to interpret and report the most common statistical procedures and how to recognize the most common statistical errors

Students who register early can complete the reading and some of the assignments before class to better prepare for classroom instruction and activities and to reduce the workload during and after class.

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
Tom Lang

Tom Lang

Tom Lang, MA,

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.

Course Code: MEWE 21600
Section: 17S1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates:
Apr 20 to Apr 22
Tuition: $1,400.00
Days/Times: Thu
9:00 AM–4:30 PM
Fri
9:00 AM–4:30 PM
Sat
9:00 AM–4:30 PM

Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
April 10, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Editing, Medical Writing and Editing Freelancing for Medical Writers and Editors
04/24/2017 to 05/27/2017

MEWE 27900 | Freelancing for Medical Writers and Editors

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. Students will have an opportunity to discuss a broad range of freelance and medical communication topics, including the level of writing and editing expertise necessary to consider freelance work, the experience and skills clients seek, client relations, basic freelance business management, and how to discover an appropriate freelance business niche. Students will also gain insight into writing their own business plans, setting yearly and quarterly freelance goals, marketing their services, developing a professional network before and after launching a business, continuing their professional education, forging strong colleague and client relationships, and managing schedules and work space to align with the freelance business goals.

Note: Members of select professional associations are eligible for tuition discounts. Please check our webpage for more information.

Synchronous sessions:  May, 6, 13, 20, 27 from 10am-11am CT. 

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
Genevieve Long

Genevieve Long

Genevieve Long, PhD,

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.

Course Code: MEWE 27900
Section: 17S7
Location: Online
Dates:
Apr 24 to May 27
Tuition: $1,400.00
Days/Times:



Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
April 14, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Medical Writing and Editing Designing and Editing Tables and Graphs
05/18/2017 to 05/20/2017

MEWE 21700 | Designing and Editing Tables and Graphs

This course is designed to give students the foundation they need to create effective, accurate tables and graphs. Students will learn basic descriptive statistics, the general structure of tables and graphs, how to choose between a table and a graph, and guidelines for choosing what graphing format to use. In addition, the course will introduce selected topics in the psychology of visual perception and their applications in medical graphics.

NOTES:
This course does not include instruction in graphing software.
Students who register 5 or fewer business days before the class runs are responsible for emailing the program manager for any pre-assignment.

 

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
Mary Beth Hasselquist

Mary Beth Hasselquist

Mary Beth Hasselquist, MD,

is an information designer whose designs are informed by her knowledge of visual science. Her passion is creating effective, efficient, and elegant graphical displays of quantitative information. In addition to her own design work, Dr. Hasselquist is an Affiliate Associate Professor in the Department of Human Centered Design and Engineering at the University of Washington and an Instructor for the University of Chicago Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies.

In 2015, Dr. Hasselquist stepped away from an active clinical practice at Group Health in Seattle to focus on her information design work. She remains a Clinical Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Washington.

Course Code: MEWE 21700
Section: 17S1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates:
May 18 to May 20
Tuition: $1,400.00
Days/Times: Thu
9:00 AM–4:30 PM
Fri
9:00 AM–4:30 PM
Sat
9:00 AM–4:30 PM

Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
May 8, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Medical Writing and Editing Writing in the Medical Sciences
06/5/2017 to 07/1/2017

MEWE 27500 | Writing in the Medical Sciences

Students in this course will learn the basic skills for writing in the medical sciences. Students will learn how to organize and present data for different audiences, as well as how to represent information in graphics and tables. Additionally, the course will cover the ethics of medical writing, current guidance (eg, GPP3) for medical writers and authorship practices of different journals. The course will cover the structure of a medical communication piece using the IMRaD format as well as how to develop a well-written, structured abstract.

This class is should not be confused with Introduction to Medical Editing, which focuses on teaching students the editing style rules as determined by the AMA Manual of Style, 10th edition.

Synchronous Sessions: June 17, 24, July 1 from 10-11am.

Note: Members of select professional associations are eligible for tuition discounts. Please check our webpage for more information.

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
Regina Switzer

Regina Switzer

Regina Switzer, PhD,

earned a PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology from Colorado State University in 2000. After receiving her doctorate, she continued her research as a post-doctoral fellow at Northwestern University Medical Center and then as a Research Scientist at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago. She has been a Medical Writer at Prescott Medical Communications Group since 2000 where she provides her clients strategic publication planning, writing/editing of scientific publications as well as technical and regulatory documents, and development of slide presentations for peer-to-peer activities and web-based multimedia. She has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals such as Endocrinology, Epilepsia, Journal of Clinical Hypertension, Journal of Women’s Health, and Molecular Endocrinology.

Course Code: MEWE 27500
Section: 17S7
Location: Online
Dates:
Jun 05 to Jul 01
Tuition: $1,400.00
Days/Times:



Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
May 26, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Medical Writing and Editing Introduction to Medical Editing 1
06/26/2017 to 07/29/2017

MEWE 17100 | Introduction to Medical Editing 1

This course is designed to cover a variety of issues that biomedical material presents and to provide information that can be used to manage them. Using the American Medical Association Manual of Style, 10th ed., students gain hands-on experience in the editing of general medical materials. Topics covered include grammar, correct usage versus jargon, editing of tables and figures, and correct presentation of numbers and units of measure.

Synchronous Sessions: July 8, 15, 22, 29 from 10-11am.

 

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
Laura King

Laura King

Laura King,

MA, MFA, ELS, 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.

 

Course Code: MEWE 17100
Section: 17U7
Location: Online
Dates:
Jun 26 to Jul 29
Tuition: $1,400.00
Days/Times:



Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
June 24, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Medical Writing and Editing Introduction to Medical Editing II
07/31/2017 to 09/9/2017

MEWE 17200 | Introduction to Medical Editing II

This course continues to cover issues relevant to biomedical material presents and to provide information that can be used to manage them. Students will continue their study with the American Medical Association Manual of Style, 10th edition, begun in Introduction to Medical Editing I.

Note: Members of select professional associations are eligible for tuition discounts. Please check our webpage for more information.

Sync. sessions: Aug 12, 19, 26, and Sept. 9 10-11 AM on Saturday.

Prerequisite(s):

Introduction to Medical Editing I

Instructor:
Barbara Gastel

Barbara Gastel

Barbara Gastel, MD, MPH,

is professor of integrative biosciences and of medical humanities at Texas A&M University, where she coordinates the graduate program in science communication. She also plays lead roles in the international project AuthorAID, and for a decade she edited the Council of Science Editors periodical, Science Editor. She is first author of the current edition of How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper and has published three other books. 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.

Course Code: MEWE 17200
Section: 17U7
Location: Online
Dates:
Jul 31 to Sep 09
Tuition: $1,400.00
Days/Times:



Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
July 21, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Medical Writing and Editing Writing in the Medical Sciences
08/3/2017 to 08/5/2017

MEWE 21500 | Writing in the Medical Sciences

Students in this course will learn the basic skills for writing in the medical sciences. Students will learn how to organize and present data for different audiences, as well as how to represent information in graphics and tables. Additionally, the course will cover the ethics of medical writing, current guidance (eg, GPP3) for medical writers and authorship practices of different journals. The course will cover the structure of a medical communication piece using the IMRaD format as well as how to develop a well-written, structured abstract.

This class is should not be confused with Introduction to Medical Editing, which focuses on teaching students the editing style rules as determined by the AMA Manual of Style, 10th edition.

Note: Members of select professional associations are eligible for tuition discounts. Please check our webpage for more information.

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
Howard Smith

Howard Smith

Howard Smith, MS,

is retired as Vice President of Medical Writing and Regulatory Affairs at INC Research in Raleigh, NC.  Since 2011, he has been a consultant and teacher in medical writing and editing. He is a Fellow and past president of the American Medical Writers Association.  In 1987, he received the Outstanding Workshop Leader Award from that organization, and, in 1999, he was the recipient of the Harold Swanberg Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contributions to the field of medical writing. He has taught over 200 workshops in medical writing and regulatory affairs, both in this country and in Europe.  Beginning in 2003, Mr. Smith developed and taught all of the University of Chicago workshops in regulatory affairs.

Course Code: MEWE 21500
Section: 17U1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates:
Aug 03 to Aug 05
Tuition: $1,400.00
Days/Times: Thu
9:00 AM–4:30 PM
Fri
9:00 AM–4:30 PM
Sat
9:00 AM–4:30 PM

Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
July 27, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Medical Writing and Editing Advanced Medical Editing
09/11/2017 to 10/7/2017

MEWE 27400 | Advanced Medical Editing

This course builds on skills learned in Introduction to Medical Editing. Students will discuss ethical and legal issues involved in medical publishing, statistics, the design of studies as they apply to editing a medical document, and the nomenclature encountered in medical communications of varying types.

Members of select professional associations are eligible for tuition discounts. Please check our webpage for more information.

Synchronous sessions will take place on Saturday from 9 to 10am CT: Sept. 23, 30, Oct. 7.

Prerequisite(s):

Introduction to Medical Editing I and II.

Instructor:
Laura King

Laura King

Laura King,

MA, MFA, ELS, 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.

 

Course Code: MEWE 27400
Section: 17A7
Location: Online
Dates:
Sep 11 to Oct 07
Tuition: $1,400.00
Days/Times:



Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
September 1, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.