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University Resources for Aspiring Scientific and Medical Writers in the Research Triangle Park Area

February 22, 2017 | Kathryn Tworkoski, PhD, Clinical Research Scientist II | Medical Writing Services

Finding a job is hard—finding a job in a new field can be even harder. As someone who recently broke into the field of medical writing I’m familiar with the associated challenges, but I can also tell you that the reward is more than worth the work!

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IMPACT recently created a series of blog posts to help others make similar career transitions by highlighting local resources available to aspiring scientific and medical writers.

Previous posts discussed professional networking tips, how to use social media to make your transition, and professional organizations for emerging medical writers.

In this post, I’ve compiled a list of useful programs and opportunities provided by local universities in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Italic text denotes opportunities that are available to everyone, even people not affiliated with a university.

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill

Duke University

NC State University

Durham Technical Community College

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)

NC Master’s and PhD Career Fair

  • Held every fall at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill, this event is sponsored by local universities (Duke, University of North Carolina [Chapel Hill, Charlotte, and Greensboro], NC State, and Wake Forest) and is free to students and alumni; other interested individuals may attend for a fee. This is a chance to directly interact with potential employers, so bring your list of questions and your resume!

Other Resources

  • Most local universities have offices of post‑doctoral affairs, graduate student councils, and career centers that promote professional development. Be sure to find out what your local organization offers!
  • Local universities also have a multitude of publications related to science, technology, or medicine. Contributing to these publications as a writer or editor can build your resume while allowing you to network with other professionals!

This resource list was written from my personal experience and research; you’ll need to contact the programs directly for more details. Remember that these are just a few of the opportunities available to you—use them to help you get started. And when you’re ready, come check out our team at IMPACT!

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IMPACT is an exciting, small CRO whose team has expertise in medical writing, regulatory affairs/operations, early phase clinical trial management, and drug development consulting. If you’d like to learn more about us and the careers we offer, don’t hesitate to contact us. And if you know of any other programs that I should have mentioned, please let me know and I’ll add it to this list!

Category: Medical Writing Services, Regulatory Affairs
Keywords: Alternate careers, medical writing, regulatory affairs, Research Triangle Park

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