When you think of the medical field, you typically think of doctors, surgeries, nurses, and treatments of certain medical conditions, right? For most people, yes… but have you ever wondered how the doctors and nurses in the medical field learned the skills of their trade? Well, they didn’t just get learn things from out of the blue! They learned from their teachers, of course, but they learned from reading!
A medical school student has a workload unlike any other, and the books that they have to read and study from weren’t created overnight. You see, the world of writing is such a universal language that everybody knows it… they may not like it, but they know of it.
In the world of healthcare, it’s one of those things where somebody had to have done it first, you know? As far as the different types of writing you see in the medical field. A lot of publications and scholarly articles that nurses and doctors had to read and study while they were in school were more than likely written by doctors and nurses themselves, so there’s a lot more to healthcare professionals than just treating their patients… they treated their patients and survived to write about it!
Being in the medical field, nurses and doctors know the risks associated and that’s why they write to inform up and coming, medical professionals. Doctors know the importance of protecting and treating their patients, but they also know the risks associated with this field. Because of that, they make sure to protect themselves because they know how easily disability can strike! It’s not necessarily written about too often but just because you’re a healthcare professional, that doesn’t mean that you’re immune to work-related injuries!
We’re going to take a look at the different types of writing you’ve seen in the medical field, but probably never thought any further on the type of writing it was.
Medical journalism is a media outlet written for the public at large. This type of writing can be seen in newspaper and magazine articles. The content is typically written in lamens terms due to the different reading levels of the general public.
Have you ever sat in the waiting room at a doctors office, and seen all kinds of medical magazines? Of course, you have. When you first sat down, you initially were intrigued that you could catch up on the latest in celebrity gossip, but then realized it was a magazine about arthritis. That my friend is an example of medical journalism that you’ve definitely seen but never thought twice about!
Advertising and Promotions
With medical writing, content can be seen in medical journals, newsletters, and content for healthcare websites. You’ve seen brochures and pamphlets promoting different medications or services… all of those are typically created by some type of medical writer, or at least someone within the medical field. It’s just amazing how we see writing incorporated in our daily lives and never think about it because it’s not blatantly pushed in our faces.
For this type of writing, it will require a strong medical writing team, and that writing team would also benefit from a technical writer as well. This type of team is imperative to a biotechnology or pharmaceutical company, and are usually the same writers for medico-marketing as well.
Regulatory writers create documents needed for approval of new drugs, and the approval to conduct new clinical trials. This type of content has its own target audience. Regulatory documents are generally not something meant for the general public, being that this type of document will have medical terms as well as technical terms that public readers may not understand. This type of document is meant for the scientific community.
Medical Education Guides
Physicians and other healthcare professionals get their education from medical writers by way of textbooks, online study guides, and powerpoint presentations. If you have friends that are nurses or doctors, you’ve probably seen the books they used in medical school… some were thin, but then some were massive books!
When you saw that book, initially you thought how on Earth could they read it, but what you really should have thought about was who had to write that book! The thing about medical writers is that they have immersed themselves in the field. Typically medical writers are licensed doctors and nurses themselves, so writing content for medical books and study guides aren’t hard for them because they’ve experienced it hands on.