The difficulty with this job is that it does not have a clear path of entry. I was a physical therapist and Amy was a physician before we became medical writers.
And we know many former scientists, pharmacists, and journalists doing this job, many of whom didn’t even know the field existed before they stumbled into it.
None of us came to the job in the same way, and often there was a bit of being-at-the-right-place-at-the-right-time factored in. For this reason, if you are looking in from the outside, the question “How do I become a medical writer?” is not so easy to answer.
That is why I am excited to introduce you to The Medical Marketing Freshman, Ryan Fell. Ryan is a disillusioned pharmacist on a mission to become a full-time freelance medical writer. And he is not just waiting around for some happy accident to come along. He is going to make it happen, and he is willing to take you along for the ride via his blog.
The title of Ryan’s first blog post is also the first step in his process; An Idiot’s Guide (AKA my guide) to Finding a Mentor. And he is doing that in Denver right now at the annual meeting of the American Medical Writers Association, a great first stop.
If you too are interested in becoming a medical writer and don’t quite know where to start, I urge you to check out Ryan’s blog and definitely follow him on Twitter. The last I checked his feed, he has landed in Denver and is “Excited to start the week. Boundless opportunities and connections! #AMWA2016”