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Leverage Your Technical Knowledge And Writing Skills To Get Into A Top Paying Medical Writing Position

Introducing The Medical Writing Organization By CSA

The Medical Writing Organization, or MWO, will ensure you get into a high paying, flexible Medical Writing career that will allow you to communicate your technical expertise and express yourself creatively. The MWO program leaders and board members are all certified and award winning writers who will train you in the process of understanding the Medical Writing field, passing difficult Medical Writing interview tests, and getting into the right Medical Writing career for you, no matter your background or native language. This is the only program specifically for PhDs and designed specifically by PhDs currently working in top Medical Writing roles.

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Success Stories

Disharee Nath, PhD

Disharee Nath, PhD

Associate Medical Director
Cambridge BioMarketing

Cheeky Scientist was instrumental for me. I got a lot of guidelines for how to get started, and the biggest decision for me was to make it my priority. Having a very specific set of goals made it easier to focus and put my entire energy into it.

Adwait Ranade, PhD

Adwait Ranade, PhD

Senior Research Scientist
Sterling Pharma Solutions

I wanted to change my current job and I had been trying for at least the last six to seven months. I had applied, applied, applied, gone through all the people I know, contacted them, forwarded my resume. I had done every possible thing, applied for 90 or 100 jobs and had not heard back from a single position. I really learned a lot from Cheeky Scientist--how to prevent yourself in an interview situation, what to answer and what not to answer. The most helpful part for me was the salary negotiation guidance, which was phenomenal.

Brent Ware, PhD

Brent Ware, PhD

Medical Device Analyst
Medtronic

I think my biggest "aha moment" [after joining the Association] was that companies are looking for what the PhD means, and not the PhD itself. They're looking for people that can solve problems, who can manage projects, manage time, manage people, something that we're used to as PhD students every day.

Shantanu Pal, PhD

Shantanu Pal, PhD

Optics Engineer
SigTuple

In India when there are job openings, sometimes there will be thousands of applications, so to get noticed among this many applications, I had to do something different that other people were not doing. After I joined the Association I learned a lot, right now I'm getting a lot of responses. After joining the Association the way I'm conducting the job search process is completely different.

Shobeir Mazinani, PhD

Shobeir Mazinani, PhD

Senior Scientist, Bioprocess Development
Seagen

Right after my PhD I knew I did not want to go into academia and the postdoc path. So I started applying for non-academic positions, but there were two problems. First, I did not know which job titles I might be eligible to apply to. The other part was that all my thought process, my resume, my LinkedIn, everything was academic. Before joining the Association I was lost, I was discouraged. After joining the Association, things started to be a lot different.

Deepak Kumar, PhD

Deepak Kumar, PhD

Advanced Application Engineer (Bioinformatics)
Agilent Technologies

First of all, the resume template that we get from Cheeky Scientist is absolutely amazing. The moment I did that change, I started getting results. I started getting calls from interviewers. Every third or fourth day, I had an interview.

Julie Goulet, PhD

Julie Goulet, PhD

Data Scientist
Ludwig-Maximilians Üniversität München

[Joining the Cheeky Scientist Association] helped me a lot to meet people. It was really good to meet people, to speak about our challenges. We had a meetup in Munich recently, five of us who had all already transitioned, so it was really interesting. I think it helps to get other points of views, to get the perspectives of others.

Bibhudatta Mishra, PhD

Bibhudatta Mishra, PhD

Clinical Trial Coordinator

Before coming to this field I didn't really know what an MSL was. The MSLA program was excellent because it's not just like any other program on the internet. It's a group of like-minded, positive-minded people, MSLs in big companies. The MSLA group is so supportive. If you have a question, just type it in and a hundred MSLA members will jump in.

Rhianna Laker, PhD

Rhianna Laker, PhD

Scientist I
MedImmune

The biggest challenge for me to start with, was just to get people to notice me, basically. You look on LinkedIn and see all these job advertisements and don't know how to get your resume in front of the right people. That was really the first thing I needed help with, and once I joined the Cheeky Scientist Association and began learning the networking techniques, it really changed my whole job search.

Yoanne Clovis, PhD

Yoanne Clovis, PhD

COVID-19 Environment Testing Marketing Lead
EnviralTech

I had a hard time accepting the fact that I had to network, and that my PhD and resume were not enough to find a job. Before I joined the Cheeky Scientist Association I definitely was lost. I had sent many resumes with no response whatsoever, and I didn't know where to go. I was just lost. For me, the "aha moment" came on Day 1. I was invited to the private group, and I think after an hour I had already gotten my money's worth.

Stephanie Munroe, PhD

Stephanie Munroe, PhD

Medical Writer - Informed Consent Specialist
Merck

I want to thank the CSA team since I never would have made it to this point without you! I have been a member since Jan 2018 and began seriously applying to positions in June, so it took me about 3 months and 3 interviews before finding the right fit.

Emil Chuck, PhD

Emil Chuck, PhD

Director of Admissions and Recruitment
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

I joined Cheeky Scientist a few months before I actually left my position, and a lot of things that did come out from Cheeky did help me bear the impact of leaving a very good job, and help tie me over to what I'm doing now. You just have to learn to trust yourself that this isn't the right place to be, so get out as soon as you can.

Sarah Hurst, PhD

Sarah Hurst, PhD

Technical Writer
CBTS

CSA helped me realize all the transferable skills I had, like writing, mentoring, leadership, and administration. Until it was presented to me in the Association, I didn't realize what skillsets I had that maybe other people didn't have. That was huge.

Paul Mlynarczyk, PhD

Paul Mlynarczyk, PhD

Melting Technology Engineer
Corning

As many of you PhDs have experienced, there's really not much guidance as to how to structure your resume for industry. That was one challenge for sure, because after uploading my resume in its previous form I usually didn't get any kind of response. Knowing how to tailor a resume to a specific position was a big challenge, but...after taking care of that it becomes a lot easier.

Dennis Oriero, PhD

Dennis Oriero, PhD

Product Manufacturing Engineer
Honeywell

My situation was a little bit different in the sense that I was already in industry but I wanted to transition into a different industrial sector. The main challenge I had was marketing myself in terms of transferable skills to the new industry that I was targeting. That was a huge challenge for me. I had interviews, went for on-site visits, and most of the interviews I felt like I did quite well and was hoping for a job offer, but it never materialized. I started asking myself, what was it I wasn't doing right. That's when I joined the Association. The Association provided a lot of valuable resources, from webinars to resume resources, information on negotiating salary, and the private group.

About The MWO

As soon as you become an MWO member, you get access to the MWO training dashboard, which includes 6 training modules with 60+ training videos, 12 advanced training workbooks, an exclusive collection of writing tests and editing tests, and interviews with top Medical Writers and Editors in industry. You also get lifetime access to a private job referral network of Medical Writers and Medical Writing hiring managers and guaranteed instant feedback from these Medical Writers 24/7 on any job search-related question so you can get hired as a Medical Writer now.

Here’s the Targeted Training You’ll Receive from The MWO...

Module #1 Part One: Who Hires Medical Writers? Part Two: Medical Writing Positions

This module helps you to expand your horizons. You’ll learn the positions this field supports—as well as which types of organizations need the expertise of medical writing professionals.

  • Start with a solid definition of medical writing. Before diving into a list of your potential employers, Evguenia will explain three teleological types of medical writing.
  • Prepare to be surprised by the variety of job opportunities. Your course doesn’t just address the traditional medical writing position. It also covers positions like that of a content editor…and even an event planner! This module will demonstrate just how broad the medical writing industry really is.
  • Understand important nuances. Find clarity on what makes medical writing distinct from academic writing. Evguenia will also explain why content writing and copywriting aren’t the same tasks.

Module #2 Part One: Types of Medical Writing Part Two: Medical Writer’s Lifestyle

While the first module helped you understand the basics of medical writing, this module dives deeper into the details of the industry. Thanks to this module, you can…

  • Create a short-list of potential positions to apply for. After this module, you may decide that creating regulatory documents is the right fit for you. Or you might discover that you want to play a role in improving physician education. You may even decide that medico-marketing best suits your creative skills.
  • Learn about the financial incentives in medical writing. You’re not attracted to medical writing for the paycheck. But that doesn’t mean you can’t receive a handsome compensation. In this module, you’ll get a granular look at salary information from North America, Europe, and Australia.
  • Better understand how to assimilate into the medical writing culture. Like many industries, medical writing has its own cultural vibe. In this module, we’ll help you know what to expect…so you’re prepared to interact with medical writing colleagues.

Module #3 Part One: Medical Writing Skills Part Two: Becoming An Expert

Becoming a successful medical writer doesn’t stop with knowing what position uniquely fits your interests. In this module, we tackle the skills you should have and the resources you should explore. Dive in to…

  • Learn the number-one skill for becoming a professional medical writer. We’ll also list a number of other important characteristics, including skills that will serve you well if you move into management.
  • Discover reputable resources for additional education. When you sign up for the Medical Writing Organization, you’ll discover resources to explore for informing your writing and strengthening your industry knowledge.
  • Get a start-to-finish overview of a medical writing project. When you’re new to medical writing, you may wonder what it looks like to manage a medical writing project. In this module, you’ll see an example of how a medical writing project might unfold.

Module #4 Applying For A Medical Writing Job

If you want to become a medical writer, it’s important to know which factors can distinguish you from other candidates. This module prepares you to demonstrate why you’re worth hiring.

  • Discover why LinkedIn is especially beneficial for medical writers. We’ll show you how to leverage this platform while avoiding common mistakes that can work against you in your job search. We’ll also address reputation management when it comes to social media.
  • See how to strategically improve your portfolio and industry experience. This module reveals how to provide tangible proof of your writing skills…even if you feel like you’re starting from scratch. From guest blogging to volunteering, we’ll help you explore different avenues for proving your value.
  • Career ideas for PhDs who know a second language. If you’re not originally from an English-speaking country, you’ll want to check out this module—because we’re sharing how your bilingual capabilities can mesh with your new career.

Module #5 Part One: Writing Tests Part Two: Editing Tests

When you’re applying for medical writing jobs, successfully acing interviews isn’t your only concern. You’ll need to be prepared for a writing test—and perhaps an editing test. It’s a task that can easily wrack your nerves…if you’re unprepared. In this module, you can…

  • Discover potential employer expectations. Your course will help you understand what an organization’s potential criteria might be. (Hint: It isn’t simply having good writing skills and a scientific background.)
  • Complete five medical writing assignments. The writing tests in this module are designed to mimic assignments you might encounter. As you complete these assignments, you’ll have the opportunity to practice your skills…before you experience the pressure of an actual evaluation.
  • Tackle three editing assignments. As we already mentioned previously, an editing test may be required to land a position. This module contains content that requires an editor’s skill—putting your acumen in communications to the test!

Module #6 Medical Writing Career Progression

Once you’ve landed your first medical writing job, you’ll eventually need to look beyond your current position to your next career steps. This module helps you do just that …

  • Take a broad look at life after an entry-level position. With this module, you’ll understand the organizational hierarchy in medical writing, industry terms for different positions, and how many years you might expect at each phase in your journey.
  • Read about positions available outside of organizations. We’ll examine both freelancing as well as launching an official medical writing business. If you’re considering opportunities that offer more autonomy, pay special attention to Evguenia’s insights—as she’s a freelancer herself.
  • Get additional advice for medical writers. Evguenia will explain the impact that time management has on so many facets of your career and highlight the benefit of being involved in the medical writing community.

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The #1 Medical Writing Training Program For PhDs

This program will ensure you get into a high paying, flexible Medical Writing career that will allow you to communicate your technical expertise and express yourself creatively.

The MWO program leaders and board members are all certified and award-winning writers who will train you in the process of understanding the Medical Writing field, passing difficult Medical Writing interview tests, and getting into the right Medical Writing career for you, no matter your background or native language. This is the only program specifically for PhDs and designed specifically by PhDs currently working in top Medical Writing roles.

Success Stories

Disharee Nath, PhD

Disharee Nath, PhD

Associate Medical Director
Cambridge BioMarketing

Cheeky Scientist was instrumental for me. I got a lot of guidelines for how to get started, and the biggest decision for me was to make it my priority. Having a very specific set of goals made it easier to focus and put my entire energy into it.

Adwait Ranade, PhD

Adwait Ranade, PhD

Senior Research Scientist
Sterling Pharma Solutions

I wanted to change my current job and I had been trying for at least the last six to seven months. I had applied, applied, applied, gone through all the people I know, contacted them, forwarded my resume. I had done every possible thing, applied for 90 or 100 jobs and had not heard back from a single position. I really learned a lot from Cheeky Scientist--how to prevent yourself in an interview situation, what to answer and what not to answer. The most helpful part for me was the salary negotiation guidance, which was phenomenal.

Brent Ware, PhD

Brent Ware, PhD

Medical Device Analyst
Medtronic

I think my biggest "aha moment" [after joining the Association] was that companies are looking for what the PhD means, and not the PhD itself. They're looking for people that can solve problems, who can manage projects, manage time, manage people, something that we're used to as PhD students every day.

Shantanu Pal, PhD

Shantanu Pal, PhD

Optics Engineer
SigTuple

In India when there are job openings, sometimes there will be thousands of applications, so to get noticed among this many applications, I had to do something different that other people were not doing. After I joined the Association I learned a lot, right now I'm getting a lot of responses. After joining the Association the way I'm conducting the job search process is completely different.

Shobeir Mazinani, PhD

Shobeir Mazinani, PhD

Senior Scientist, Bioprocess Development
Seagen

Right after my PhD I knew I did not want to go into academia and the postdoc path. So I started applying for non-academic positions, but there were two problems. First, I did not know which job titles I might be eligible to apply to. The other part was that all my thought process, my resume, my LinkedIn, everything was academic. Before joining the Association I was lost, I was discouraged. After joining the Association, things started to be a lot different.

Deepak Kumar, PhD

Deepak Kumar, PhD

Advanced Application Engineer (Bioinformatics)
Agilent Technologies

First of all, the resume template that we get from Cheeky Scientist is absolutely amazing. The moment I did that change, I started getting results. I started getting calls from interviewers. Every third or fourth day, I had an interview.

Julie Goulet, PhD

Julie Goulet, PhD

Data Scientist
Ludwig-Maximilians Üniversität München

[Joining the Cheeky Scientist Association] helped me a lot to meet people. It was really good to meet people, to speak about our challenges. We had a meetup in Munich recently, five of us who had all already transitioned, so it was really interesting. I think it helps to get other points of views, to get the perspectives of others.

Bibhudatta Mishra, PhD

Bibhudatta Mishra, PhD

Clinical Trial Coordinator

Before coming to this field I didn't really know what an MSL was. The MSLA program was excellent because it's not just like any other program on the internet. It's a group of like-minded, positive-minded people, MSLs in big companies. The MSLA group is so supportive. If you have a question, just type it in and a hundred MSLA members will jump in.

Rhianna Laker, PhD

Rhianna Laker, PhD

Scientist I
MedImmune

The biggest challenge for me to start with, was just to get people to notice me, basically. You look on LinkedIn and see all these job advertisements and don't know how to get your resume in front of the right people. That was really the first thing I needed help with, and once I joined the Cheeky Scientist Association and began learning the networking techniques, it really changed my whole job search.

Yoanne Clovis, PhD

Yoanne Clovis, PhD

COVID-19 Environment Testing Marketing Lead
EnviralTech

I had a hard time accepting the fact that I had to network, and that my PhD and resume were not enough to find a job. Before I joined the Cheeky Scientist Association I definitely was lost. I had sent many resumes with no response whatsoever, and I didn't know where to go. I was just lost. For me, the "aha moment" came on Day 1. I was invited to the private group, and I think after an hour I had already gotten my money's worth.

Stephanie Munroe, PhD

Stephanie Munroe, PhD

Medical Writer - Informed Consent Specialist
Merck

I want to thank the CSA team since I never would have made it to this point without you! I have been a member since Jan 2018 and began seriously applying to positions in June, so it took me about 3 months and 3 interviews before finding the right fit.

Emil Chuck, PhD

Emil Chuck, PhD

Director of Admissions and Recruitment
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

I joined Cheeky Scientist a few months before I actually left my position, and a lot of things that did come out from Cheeky did help me bear the impact of leaving a very good job, and help tie me over to what I'm doing now. You just have to learn to trust yourself that this isn't the right place to be, so get out as soon as you can.

Sarah Hurst, PhD

Sarah Hurst, PhD

Technical Writer
CBTS

CSA helped me realize all the transferable skills I had, like writing, mentoring, leadership, and administration. Until it was presented to me in the Association, I didn't realize what skillsets I had that maybe other people didn't have. That was huge.

Paul Mlynarczyk, PhD

Paul Mlynarczyk, PhD

Melting Technology Engineer
Corning

As many of you PhDs have experienced, there's really not much guidance as to how to structure your resume for industry. That was one challenge for sure, because after uploading my resume in its previous form I usually didn't get any kind of response. Knowing how to tailor a resume to a specific position was a big challenge, but...after taking care of that it becomes a lot easier.

Dennis Oriero, PhD

Dennis Oriero, PhD

Product Manufacturing Engineer
Honeywell

My situation was a little bit different in the sense that I was already in industry but I wanted to transition into a different industrial sector. The main challenge I had was marketing myself in terms of transferable skills to the new industry that I was targeting. That was a huge challenge for me. I had interviews, went for on-site visits, and most of the interviews I felt like I did quite well and was hoping for a job offer, but it never materialized. I started asking myself, what was it I wasn't doing right. That's when I joined the Association. The Association provided a lot of valuable resources, from webinars to resume resources, information on negotiating salary, and the private group.

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$80,000 Average annual Medical Writer salary (American Medical Writers Association)
11%* Predicted growth in technical writer roles over the decade (Bureau of Labor Statistics) * faster than the average
€45,000 Average annual medical writer salary (European Medical Writers Association)
$71,850 Median technical writer salary (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
$112/hr Mean freelance medical writer hourly rate (AMWA survey)
20+ Medical-writing related PhD-level positions

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