Medical Communications in New York
What is medical communications?
Medical communications encompasses a broad range of topics and expertise. Ultimately, however, it’s all about how a pharmaceutical company communicates information about a given drug or disease to physicians, patients, insurance companies, regulatory agencies, you name it.
The types of communications run the gamut from very clinical outlets for physicians (eg, a journal article in the New England Journal of Medicine) to more conceptual, patient-focused materials (eg, an advertisement in the subway).
In all of these cases, the goal is to communicate the clinical efficacy – and just as important the clinical risk – of a given drug. This means that pharmaceutical companies and medical communications agencies need people with a deep understanding of science who can explain science and data at different levels for different audiences.
Types of medical communications
Medical communications companies in New York
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American Medical Writer's Association - Consider joining the national association for tools and resources on medical writing, including job postings. There is also a New York chapter with networking and educational events around the city.
Emma Nichols' HittList is a weekly email with freelance and staff medical writing jobs. While not specific to New York, many of the positions are remote based. Dr Nichols also has a series of books on starting a freelance medical writing business. The first book is a great resource on different types of medical writing for those looking to strike out on a freelance career or for a full-time position.
If you're new to reviewing clinical studies, Health News Review breaks down some criteria to keep in mind, such as - are the results clinically meaningful? do the benefits outway the costs/risks? how strong is the evidence? The site also dissects recent health news stories. It's a great way to learn how to critically assess clinical data.
Science Publishing in New York
What is science publishing?
Many journals hire PhDs to manage the review and manuscript selection process. In this capacity, editors must often sift through numerous manuscript submissions, determine which ones to send out to review, and make the ultimate decision on whether a manuscript is published in the journal or not. In order to make an informed decision, journal editors must keep up to date on a variety of fields by reading, attending conferences, and speaking with authors. They must also form and maintain relationships with authors and reviewers.
Science publishing companies in New York
While Nature Publishing Group is based in London, several Nature publications have offices in New York City, including Nature Structural and Molecular Biology, Nature Biotechnology, Nature Chemical Biology, Nature Medicine, and Nature Communications. Quick word of advice - if you are looking for New York-based job openings at Nature, go to the Naturejobs page and search for "Editor". Do not go to the "Work at NPG" link on the Nature homepage - this seems to only show jobs based in the US
Wiley's headquarters in Hoboken is a very short walk from the PATH station
Rockefeller University Press publishes The Journal of Cell Biology, The Journal of Experimental Medicine, and The Journal of General Physiology
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