Medical writing, including medical journalism, has become an increasingly recognized area of specialization for communication professionals. Various career opportunities exist in this realm, educational pathways for medical writers have become increasingly defined, and various professional organizations now serve medical writers. This entry identifies such career niches, educational pathways, and professional organizations. The entry focuses mainly on medical writing in the United States, but much of the content also applies to medical writing elsewhere.

Career Niches

Medical journalists for popular media are the most visible medical writers. Newspapers with sizeable circulations commonly employ medical reporters. Syndicates such as the Associated Press have medical reporters whose work appears in many newspapers and elsewhere. Medical reporters cover medical research advances, new health care technologies, health policy issues, and occurrences in ...

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