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Writing skills for medical writers: what MedComms agencies expect

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This one-day workshop is designed for those who intend applying to work as a medical writer for a MedComms (medical communications) agency. Led by John Dixon, Trainer in scientific writing and presentation skills, this is a FirstMedCommsJob.com initiative (supported by AMICULUM Ltd, Ashfield Healthcare Communications, Envision Pharma Group, Fishawack Group, Helios Medical Communications, Highfield:Communication, Lucid Group and Oxford PharmaGenesis.)

The programme is split into 10 topics, encouraging you to be: prepared, clear, readable, coherent, concise, relevant, accurate, visually aware, correct and consistent. We will use examples and short exercises to illustrate important points. Over lunch, a recruitment consultant from Media Contacts will join the group to pass on tips about writing your CV.

All attendees will receive a certificate of completion.

John Dixon MA FRCS MRCGP MBA. John initially qualified in medicine and worked as a surgeon and GP in the UK NHS. Since 2003, John completed an MBA at Warwick University Business School. He then spent five years as Director of Medical Communications in a UK medical communications agency, becoming a freelance consultant in healthcare communications in 2013. He now provides training in scientific writing for researchers and scientific writers from a diversity of scientific disciplines in universities and research institutes across Europe. John is coauthor, of: How to Publish in Biomedicine: 500 Tips for Success, Third Edition. Nov 16, 2016. CRC Press.

OUTLINE PROGRAMME DETAILS

Please arrive in time for a prompt start. Refreshments available for you on arrival.

09:45

Introductions and programme overview

Be prepared

For a writing test: get up to speed, perform a relevant literature review, know your audience, be organised, and be sure you know what output format is expected
Discussion:
• Share ideas on how people approach new writing tasks

Be clear

Write for your audience, keep it simple, use an appropriate degree of formality, avoid pomposity and arrogance
Sentences: structure, length, unclear sentences, embedded phrases, active and passive voice, avoid noun-adjective strings and wordy phrases, smothered verbs, tenses
Words: use shorter, familiar words, unnecessary and imprecise words, think carefully about adverbs and adjectives
Exercises/discussion:
• Examples of unclear sentences: what’s wrong and how to improve them
• Complex sentences: dependent clauses, smothered verbs and the passive voice

Be readable

Shorter sentences, shorter non-technical words
Exercises/discussion:
• Readability: compare the readability of extracts from 2 papers
• Using readability statistics: analyse a piece of your own writing

11:00 BREAK

11:15

Be coherent

Group ideas, coherence between sections, coherence within paragraphs, transitions, flow and impact, parallelism
Exercises/discussion:
• Compare 2 passages – how can flow and impact be improved?
• Create a parallel structure list


Be concise

Delete, replace, reduce, change, avoid
Exercises/discussion:
• Mini-exercises in concise writing
• Condense a wordy abstract into a more concise structure

12:45 LUNCH

CV clinic

Over lunch, a recruitment consultant from Media Contacts will join the group to pass on tips about writing your CV.

13:45

Be relevant

Consider your audience, their level of expertise and what information they need
Examples considered: ‘Introduction to research paper vs. full literature review, which results matter in ‘Results’, and the ‘value proposition’
Writing task (material given prior to workshop):
• Select relevant information from given resources, construct a product positioning statement


Be accurate


Citations and referencing, fact vs. opinion, interpretation of results, medical jargon
Exercises/discussion:
• Examples of inaccurate statements

15:00 BREAK

Be visually aware

White space, lists, headings and subheadings, spacing, graphics
Exercises/discussion:
• Format a graph and table


Be correct


Check methodically: from sections/titles to spelling/punctuation (macro to micro)
Check your work against any style guide/instructions for authors
Quiz (given for completion prior to workshop):
• Chose sentences with the correct use of words, grammar and punctuation


Be consistent


Technical terms, spelling, abbreviations, lists, capitalisation, heading style, symbols in graphs, special characters, dashes, hyphens, digits vs. words for numbers, units, spacing, parentheses and brackets
Exercises/discussion:
• Any consistency-related issues

16:45

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