This is a series of blog posts I wrote for a medical technical writing degree program in the mid-to-late 1990’s. It was during that time that I transitioned from being a medical doctor to being a writer. However, I still found myself working as a medical technical writer and my writings were primarily technical.
In my view, the most important aspects that constitute a medical technical writer are the ability to synthesize and communicate information in ways that are accessible to both clinicians and non- clinicians. My writing style is a combination of academic writing, personal thoughts and personal experiences.
I’ve been a medical technical writer for 15+ years now and I still remember being a medical technical writer in the late 90s. At the time I was teaching and medical school and was writing technical articles about medical equipment. I remember writing technical articles on how to use the various types of ultrasound machines and on how to use the various types of MRIs. I remember writing technical articles on the various types of CT scans and on the various types of MRIs.
Back then, medical technical writers weren’t all that technical. Many of us were writers who had no formal education in science and only had a general knowledge of the medical field. I remember writing papers on all sorts of mundane things like how to use the MRI when I was a kid, but I remember one of the more technical things I wrote was on how to use a medical ultrasound machine – I remember writing that on the MRI and on the ultrasound machine.
I never considered myself a “medical technical writer” until I started doing my own medical writing. I would write about my own health problems and my family’s health problems, but I never considered myself really a medical writer. Until I started doing my own medical writing, I worked primarily as an academic researcher.
Writing for medical professionals has always been a major part of my writing. I’ve been a medical researcher for over 20 years and I still have a lot of medical knowledge to back up what I write. As you probably know, medical writing is not the same as academic writing. Academic writers work in academia, not in hospitals. Academic writers are not medical writers, and medical writers can’t write about medical research.
No, you don’t. You don’t have a medical writing degree, so your research papers and interviews will go on to be published by the major medical journals. And medical writing is not about an academic project, or a medical doctor or a medical doctor of a particular specialty.
Doctors and medical doctors are medical doctors. Doctors are medical doctors who specialize in the field of medicine. Doctors are not health care providers. Doctors write medical documents, which are a kind of medical journal. The major medical journals are the world-class research journals such as The Lancet. They are peer reviewed, and the research they publish is peer-reviewed as well.
Doctors are not researchers. Not everyone is a researcher. Not everyone is a research doctor. Doctors are medical doctors who do research. They are medical doctors who study the medical field. They are also professional writers who use their skills in the field of writing to add value to medical research.
There’s a lot of research doctors do. But I don’t want to see it on my wall. I’m worried that if I don’t use it, it will just go away.