Tuesday, May 29, 2007

A Welcome Note

Welcome to Surviving Medical Writing 101!

This surely sounds like an opening ceremony of some giant skyscraper, huh. Of course it isn’t. But whoever is reading this now, I thank you for dropping by, whether it’s by chance or by choice.

The idea of creating this blog was only conceived very recently, in view of the fact that I will be officially ‘jobless’ from June onwards. I decided to take the plunge and join the world of freelancing. After being attached to a healthcare and medical communication company as a medical writer for more than 6 years, I’m glad that I survived through the ups and downs, and still staying alive, with every bit of my sanity intact. Sounds scary? Relax, I’m just exaggerating. It is an exciting and rewarding career, really.

So, based on what I have learnt and experienced over the years, I supposed I can offer some useful, 2 cents worth of advice to those who are interested to pursue a career in this field. But most importantly, I think it is time for this profession to flourish in Malaysia. Not many people are aware of this career opportunity. They might just have ‘bumped’ into such position while looking for a job. Just like me.

Honestly, I don’t really know how to go about this whole thing. I don’t have a syllabus for this! And, VERY IMPORTANT, this site is not about teaching you to write proper English (hey, I’m no English teacher, pal). Neither is this about guiding you through the technical part of the job. It’s more of providing some insights into the life of a medical writer, the kind of attitude towards work (and the people working around you), little stuffs to take note of so that things are less likely to go wrong, some really essential life-saving survival tips as a medical writer in a commercial world, etc. As I said, all will be founded on what I’ve encountered and felt in the past few years.

So, are you ready to explore the wonderful world of medical writing?


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