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Overview

Short Course* Registration: 8:00AM-12:00PM


Medical writing professionals do much more than write and edit regulatory and publications deliverables - they also lead meetings, communicate with stakeholders, develop timelines, coordinate documents, make decisions, and foster positive and productive relationships with their customers and colleagues - in essence, they also act as project managers. An effective medical writer needs to be skilled in negotiations, collaborations, time management, team building, setting goals, interpersonal skills, and accepting criticism. However, such skills may be overlooked at the expense of focusing on the document types and therapeutic areas. Therefore, it is important to consider and develop such skills to help produce quality deliverables on time and cultivate client-customer relationships. This workshop will incorporate the Drug Information Association Medical Writing Competency model and include breakout sessions to brainstorm and discuss approaches to the writing project lifecycle. This workshop is appropriate for new medical writers or other individuals who wish to further develop their project management skills.

*Short Courses are not included in the conference registration and require a separate fee.

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Learning objectives

At the conclusion of this short course, participants should be able to:

  • Summarize why project management skills are important for medical communicators
  • Consider stakeholders and identify resources and skills that are helpful for delivering projects
  • Examine best practices for managing tasks throughout the project’s lifecycle
  • Apply techniques for successfully launching, managing, and completing projects