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Professionalism and Certification in Medical Writing

Track:
Medical Writing Publication Topics

Day & Time:
March 10, 3:30PM - 5:00PM

Room Number:
Ballroom Salon I

Type:
Session

Title:
Professionalism and Certification in Medical Writing

Chair(s):
David B. Clemow, PhD
Senior Clinical Research Scientist
Lilly USA, LLC, United States

Description:
Medical writing as a career continues to mature and is recognized more than ever as a critical role for drug development and health communication companies. The profession is growing quickly globally, particularly in India and Asia-pacific. There is now a large pool of well-experienced writers. Medical writing can be a life-long career, and it is increasingly guided by professionally defined competencies and related knowledge, skills, and abilities. Formal training for medical writers is on the increase, and there are even academic programs now available. The days of waking up one day and deciding to be a medical writer the next are long gone. Instead of positions being filled by people making career changes, job recruiters now specifically search for qualified candidates to fill open positions. Ongoing development and skills acquisition is important. Several associations exist to support professional medical writers and editors, including but not limited to the American Medical Writers Association (AMWA), Board of Editors in the Life Sciences (BELS), and the International Society for Medical Publication Professionals (ISMPP). Each of these groups now has or will have professional certification programs. These topics will be discussed, with a focus on certifications available for medical writer’s and the place they hold in their professional development. The session will conclude with a panel discussion on certification for medical writers.

Learning Objective(s):
At the conclusion of this session, participants should be able to:
Assess medical writing professional landscape to aid in career growth
Identify competencies of importance to medical writer hiring managers
Recognize how professional association certification programs fit within medical writing career development

Presentation(s) & Speaker(s):
Medical Writer Certification
David B. Clemow, PhD
Senior Clinical Research Scientist
Lilly USA, LLC, United States

The BELS Exam
Leslie Neistadt
Board of Editors in the Life Sciences
Saint Louis University, United States

ISMPP Certified Medical Publication Professionalâ„¢
Laine Capaccio
Director, Credentialing
International Society for Medical Publication Professionals (ISMPP), United States

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