5 Steps to Medical Writing as an Alternative Career for Healthcare Professionals

Getting into medical writing as an alternative career for healthcare professionals can be daunting when trying to balance work and life. Here👇 are 5 things we did to help us get into medical writing:

⏱Set a time

It sounds daft, but setting time aside to dedicate to medical writing can help get you in the right mindset to take the best course of action. Just make sure you don’t burn yourself out.

📊Work weekends

Controversial, right? But you’re going to have to make sacrifices to make medical writing a viable career choice. Replace a weekend locum shift with a few hours of writing, and eventually the finances come to light.


We’ve become so reliant on technology that the most any of us read are illegible patient notes or a social media post from time to time. Take yourself back to the 20th century and get lost in a book. Your vocabulary will thank you.


As obvious as it may seem, many people seem to forget to write unless it’s for a client. Learn to love writing. Encountered an interesting medical case? Write about it. Passionate about a medical topic? Tell your friend about it – on paper. Your skills will transfer timelessly for when you do eventually get paid to write!


Connect with likeminded individuals. You and other aspiring writers can talk, understand, and delve into the world of medical writing together, which can make the journey more enjoyable. Connect with companies you’d like to work with, understand what they do, and when the time comes, be their prime candidate. Start networking with medical writers in our free LinkedIn group!

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