I’ve (Hass) ranted enough about traditional clinical roles to justify not introducing the section below and instead, jumping right in.
Being a freelance medical writer, you get to choose where you want to work, where you want to work, and how you work to work. Even full-time roles come with a similar degree of flexibility, should you land a role with a company like Onyx Health that values the quality of work its employees produced over where they produce the work from.
Contrary to the title of my role, writing isn’t my favourite part of the job. It’s the reading and constant learning. I feel I’ve learnt more about various healthcare topics than I did at university — and I got paid for it.
Depending on your chosen medical writing path, you may be part of a team who are at the forefront of medical innovations. You may be producing regulatory documents that are essential to facilitating world-changing research, or you may be the person showcasing to our frontline workers how a new treatment works.
Being in a clinical 9-please-let-me-sleep doesn’t really do much for your mental well-being. By working as a medical writer, you work at set times (if working full-time) or at your own time (freelance), giving you more time to care for your mental and physical health.
🩺You’re still helping
Though you aren’t talking directly with a patient, you will, in most cases, be writing TO ALL patients relevant to the topic you’re assigned. How often have you Googled “why does my stomach hurt after eating [insert food]” and realised that the answer was right there in the article?
Sounds good, right?
If you’re a healthcare professional and you’re looking for an alternative career, then why not consider medical writing?
At the Write Clinic, we help people like yourself who have no idea how to jump from ward to word. Interested? check out the courses below, or else DM me or Virginia to find out how we can help you personally.
P.S. It took me just under a year to establish myself as a credible medical writer. Work with me, and I can do the same for you in 1/6th of the time.
P.P.S If all goes wrong I’m just becoming a chef.