How to Effectively Lead Your Team as the Medical Writer

By Julie Beyrer, MTSC, ELS

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Looking at medical writing through a lens of “leadership” helps writers become more of what project teams truly need from them, and more of what we all need to be. If you never perceived yourself as a leader in your medical writer role, start now. It will help you become more effective in your work, much of which is probably team-based.  The purpose of this article is to help medical writers perceive their roles as leadership roles and to develop or enhance specific behaviors for success when leading project teams.

Author's Editors

In the early 1980s, the profession of medical writing and editing was largely hidden.  These two articles by Martha M. Tacker, PhD, ELS(D), then a member of our AMWA chapter, were small, early chips in bringing our profession out from behind a concrete wall.

The Code of an Author's Editor (1977)

Author's Editors: Catalysts of Scientific Publishing (1980)

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The Science of Science Communication

This colloquium was held in Washington, DC, on May 21-22, 2012.  The meeting surveyed the state of the art of empirical social science research in science communication and focused on research in psychology, decision science, mass communication, risk communication, health communication, political science, sociology, and related fields on the communication dynamics surrounding issues in science, engineering, technology, and medicine with five distinct goals:

  • To improve understanding of relations between the scientific community and the public
  • To assess the scientific basis for effective communication about science
  • To strengthen ties among and between communication scientists
  • To promote greater integration of the disciplines and approaches pertaining to effective communication
  • To foster an institutional commitment to evidence-based communication science

The talks were recorded and are available online.  

A special collection of papers from the colloquium were published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, as were a collection of papers from the Science of Science Communication II colloquium, which was held in 2014.

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