There’s no question that the ability to relay scientific and pharmaceutical findings is a skill; that’s why many writers go into technical and medical writing. The ability to relay complicated concepts to a general audience is an acquired skill; it’s not for anyone. If you want an idea of how difficult it could be, just think of the show, The Big Bang Theory. Would Shelton be able to write a paper that the general audience could understand? Most likely, it wouldn’t happen. However, the need to report scientific and medical findings is important for funding and awareness. With that in mind, what are some things you should look for when searching for medical writers?
- Do they have knowledge of grammar: This is the most important thing when it comes to any form of writing. Can the writer actually write? Any good medical writing will feature correct syntax, soundless punctuation and proper subject-verb agreement. If the writer can’t get the basics down, how will they be able to relay complex medical issues and findings in a clear and concise fashion?
- Do they have experience in the field? There’s no question that the writing market is tough, so many English and Communications majors will choose freelance medical writing to make ends meet. While you may be able to find a good first time medical writer, it does take skill to hone the craft. If you’re searching for a good medical writer, it makes sense to check out their credentials to see if they have an understanding of how to write with the diction and professionalism that proper medical writing requires.
- Does the writer have an understanding of the material? This again goes into the experience of the writer. When searching for a good medical writer, you should certainly look at their fields of strength. For example, if the writer has only written articles on ophthalmology, how well will they be able to write about GERD or back pain surgeries? Having a writer who understands the jargon and terminology behind the specific medical subject will go a long way in producing a good work.
These are just some of the things you might want to consider as you search for sound medical writers to report your findings. Luckily, there are a million resources out there, from outsourcing medical writing companies to responding to job listings. If you do your research, you should be able to find a medical writer that can showcase your findings in an effective and correct manner.
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By Lauren Wainwright, a professional writer with a love of history and culture. Follow her at @laurwain on Twitter!