From Medical Doctor to Medical Writing
Many people reach out to me and want to know how I got into medical writing. That's why I thought it was time to share my story.
I worked as an orthopedic and trauma surgeon for a few years before I realized that the hospital was not the place where I wanted to spend the rest of my life.
At first, I had no idea what to do instead. Was there even something else that I could do as a medical doctor? I had some very discouraging meetings with recruiting companies. During one of the many conversations, a recruiter told me that only companies desperately looking for new employees would hire me. Fortunately, this lady was wrong.
It didn’t take long until I got hired by an international MedTech company as a medical writer. In the meantime, I have my own (so far) one-person medical writing business. And I can tell you that I’m in the right place! I enjoy the diversity of my work, and my mind is full of ideas for new projects.
Here is a snapshot of different areas I have been working with. My work as a medical doctor allowed me to gain experience in orthopedics, trauma surgery, spine surgery, and intensive care medicine. I am a Certified Professional for Medical Software and always interested in the latest developments in this area.
I also wrote several clinical evaluations for cardiovascular or aesthetic medical devices. You can't find the medical condition relevant for your device here? Then send me a message and we can figure out if how I can support your projects.
Workshops and Trainings
As a freelancer, it is essential for me to constantly expand my knowledge and exchange ideas with other medical writers. I am an active member of the Special Interest Group for Medical Devices and regularly provide trainings on regulatory topics at international conferences. For the journal "Medical Writing", I contributed articles on regulatory topics, scuh as the Summary of Safety and Clinical Performance for Medical Devices.
Preparing and presenting workshops has become a passion. I really enjoy sharing my expertise with others by providing virtual or in-house training for medical writing or regulatory affairs teams. My workshop portfolio includes:
- PMCF for Medical Devices
- SSCP for Medical Devices
- Instructions for Use for Medical Devices
- State of the Art for Medical Devices
- Oral Presentations
I am already looking forward to the next MedDev Day in Vienna (September, 2023). I was invited to present the pre-conference workshop - an advanced training about the Summary of Safety and Clinical Performance (SSCP). This is one of my favorite documents to write since it combines technical writing skills with lay summary writing skills.