Said no first grader, ever. Yet many of the people I know who are happiest with their career are medical writers.
Bliss and I are no different. Bliss was a physical therapist who specialized in working with professional dancers. Delivering babies was a true calling for me. But here we are, two medical writers, and both very happy in our careers.
Medical writing is a broad field, ranging from the type of work we do – writing online content for non-medical audiences – to very technical regulatory writing. And the whole lot of us find our common ground under the umbrella of the American Medical Writers Association, or AMWA. AMWA’s tagline is “The Resource for Medical Communicators,” and it is truly that.
AMWA offers educational courses and certifications, job listings, conferences, and community. That last bit, community, is one that Bliss and I value highly. In fact, we met at the 2014 AMWA Annual Conference in Memphis and shortly after hatched the plan that is now CB Medical Marketing.
This year marks AMWA’s 75th anniversary, and to help highlight the medical writing field, AMWA interviewed a number of medical writers about their experience in this career-that-no-one-knew-they-wanted. Bliss and I were among the fortunate folks who were part of AMWA Voices.
Why am I sharing this on a website about content marketing for medical practices? To show you that there are a lot of medical writers out there, most of whom never planned to be in this field. If you find that your job requires you to write about medical topics often, or you’ve been considering a freelance writing career, check out AMWA. You will find some great resources there.
And you may just find your people.