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Emma Hitt Nichols interviews freelance medical writers about their work.
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Mar 15, 2019

In this episode, I’m talking with Anne Janzer, who has written a book Writing To Be Understood. Anne’s book dissects what it is that makes nonfiction compelling. She talks about using stories and analogies and several other strategies that translate also to writing about medical topics.

Anne Janzer is an award-winning author on a mission to help people communicate more effectively through writing. As a professional writer, she has worked with more than one hundred technology companies, writing in the voice of countless brands and corporate executives. She is author of four books, including Writing to be Understood: What Works and Why and The Workplace Writer's Process. Her books and online courses help writers improve their processes and communication skills, so they can share their thoughts and ideas with the world. Her latest book can be found here: https://annejanzer.com/book/writing-understood/

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Check out the PowerPoint course for scientists and medical writers and use PPTDISCOUNT for a discount.

Check out nascentmc.com for medical writing assistance and 6weekcourse.com for free info on getting into medical writing. 

Mar 8, 2019

In this episode, I’m talking about living a healthy life as a medical writer (applicable to all sedentary professionals), which is especially important once you hit 50. Optimizing your health over the long haul involves limiting alcohol, avoiding a sedentary lifestyle, and eating properly, and of course not smoking or taking any other substances. I talk about my recent 30 lb weight loss, how I now exercise regularly, and prefer sparkling water with cranberry juice over chardonnay these days. My new health habits blog is thehealthydeskworker.com. Hope you will check it out!

Check out the PowerPoint course for scientists and medical writers and use PPTDISCOUNT for a discount.

Check out nascentmc.com for medical writing assistance and 6weekcourse.com for free info on getting into medical writing. 

Mar 1, 2019

What the American Medical Association (AMA) Manual of Style has to say about reference style and rules for capitalization. Warning: make sure you have had your coffee. It’s a lot of info crammed into a few minutes! Also a good idea to have your AMA manual loaded into your browser. 

Visit http://6weekcourse.com/ama-manual-of-style-tips/ for these tips in video format.

Check out the PowerPoint course for scientists and medical writers and use PPTDISCOUNT for a discount.

Check out nascentmc.com for medical writing assistance and 6weekcourse.com for free info on getting into medical writing. 

 

Feb 22, 2019

Lori Alexander is the American Medical Writer's Association (AMWA) Past President and their current Education Director. She discusses, among other things, AMWA's plans to expand their educational offerings, especially with respect to online educational activities. She talks about some of AMWA’s current offerings, such as online webinars, interactive activities, and fast interactive training “FIT”—a nugget of training delivered in 15 minutes.

Check out the PowerPoint course for scientists and medical writers and use PPTDISCOUNT

Check out nascentmc.com for medical writing assistance and 6weekcourse.com for free info on getting into medical writing. 

Feb 15, 2019

In this episode, I interview Dr. Will Pass who recently transitioned from being a veterinarian to being a full time medical writer. He talks about how being a vet helped him prepare to be a medical writer and some of the benefits of working as a freelance medical writer.  

Check out the PowerPoint course for scientists and medical writers and use PPTDISCOUNT

Check out nascentmc.com for medical writing assistance and 6weekcourse.com for free info on getting into medical writing. 

Feb 8, 2019

American Medical Association (AMA) Manual of Style P value pointers and overview of the AMA Manual of Style contents.

In this episode, I briefly describe what P values are; it’s a deep topic better left to statistical experts, but still, as medical writers, it’s important that we have a basic understanding. We also need to know how to format P values in the documents we write. I'll also, in this episode, give an overview of the contents of the manual, talking about how the different sections are organized and which ones are most useful to us as medical writers.

Visit nascentmc.com/blog for the written version of these tips.

Visit http://6weekcourse.com/ama-manual-of-style-tips/ for these tips in video format.

Check out the PowerPoint course for scientists and medical writers and use PPTDISCOUNT

Check out nascentmc.com for medical writing assistance and 6weekcourse.com for free info on getting into medical writing. 

Feb 1, 2019

Today I'm talking about PowerPoint. Some clients request this skill, either creating PowerPoint slide decks from scratch or reorganizing and reworking a previously created slide deck to make it more visually appealing.

Creating engaging scientific and medical PowerPoint presentations is a skill in addition to writing that can benefit medical writers and their clients, and it's quite lucrative! Definitely worth adding to your toolbox. Find out more and how to learn the skills you might need. 

Check out the PowerPoint course and use PPTDISCOUNT

Check out nascentmc.com for medical writing assistance and 6weekcourse.com for free info on getting into medical writing. 

Jan 25, 2019

In this episode I talk to HBA president & CEO Laurie Cooke. we talk about gender parity issues in the health care industry as well as what we can all do to improve the working environment for all participants. Laurie also describes the mission of the HBA and how medical writers specifically can benefit from the organization.

Please visit https://www.hbanet.org/ for more information.

Please visit 6weekcourse.com for more information on medical writing. Please visit nascentmc.com for assistance with medical writing. 

Jan 18, 2019

In this episode, I interview freelance medical writing Jessica Martin, PhD martinmedicalwriting.com. Dr Jessica Martin earned her PhD from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her research background is in human infectious diseases and cancer-causing viruses, including HIV-1 and related retroviruses. During her time in an academic setting, Dr Martin successfully published multiple first-authored research and review papers.

Using her scientific and writing skills, Dr Martin began freelance medical writing in 2015. She is experienced in planning, writing, and editing continuing medical education and promotional medical education, both branded and unbranded. Deliverables have included slide decks, manuscripts, video scripts, and content for diverse interactive modules.   

In our interview, Dr. Martin talks about how she started her medical writing business, how she deals with multiple clients and projects. She also describes the most important newbie mistake and how to avoid it.

If you need medical writing help, please check out our website nascentmc.com, and if you are interested in getting into medical writing, please visit 6weekcourse.com.

Jan 11, 2019

This week, Dr. Emma Hitt Nichols discusses searching strategies, in particular 4 different approaches to get the results you want from the AMA Manual of Style. She also discusses formatting tables and figures according to the manual.

To see the written blog versions of these recordings, please go to nascentmc.com/blog.

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Jan 4, 2019

Dr. Emma Hitt Nichols talks about the format of the new Medical Writers Speak podcast.  

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