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Medical Writing and Editing


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Our Medical Writing and Editing certificate instructors come from all corners of the medical publishing field: freelancers, consultants, and writers and editors for all manner of medical publications.

Their extensive experience adds an essential practical component to our classes, providing instruction that covers not just writing and editing skills, but topics like creating clear and coherent tables and diagrams, interpreting statistics, and the ethical questions that arise in the medical publishing industry. Our instructors’ experience also provides valuable connections to the medical publishing field, giving you a strong start in your medical writing career.

DeLene Beeland, MS

DeLene Beeland, MS

Freelance Medical Writer | Editor, InsightMed Communications, LLC

DeLene Beeland is a Freelance Medical Writer and Editor who specializes in patient education and continuing medical education (CME) content. Her clients span from universities to biomedical and CME companies. DeLene completed the University of Chicago Medical Writing and Editing certificate in 2021...

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Leah Carter, Medical Writing and Editing instructor

Leah Carter, MS

Regulatory Manager, University of Chicago Cancer Center

Leah Carter is a Jaharis Health Law Institute Fellow and a regulatory manager in the University of Chicago’s Cancer Center Clinical Trials Office. With a focus on FDA law, ethics, and the intersection between regulatory compliance and access to healthcare, Leah has more than twelve years’ experience...

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Barbara Gastel, Medical Writing and Editing instructor

Barbara Gastel, MD, MPH

Professor of Integrative Biosciences and Medical Humanities, Texas A&M...

Barbara Gastel teaches Fundamentals of Substantive Editing and Publication Ethics for UChicago's Medical Writing and Editing certificate program. She is also a Professor of Integrative Biosciences and Medical Humanities at Texas A&M University, where she coordinates the graduate program in science...

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Alexandria Howson, Medical Writing and Editing instructor

Alexandra Howson, PhD, CHCP

Medical Writer and Qualitative Researcher

Dr. Howson is a medical writer and qualitative researcher. She creates evidence-based education content for health professionals that is grounded in principles of adult learning and evaluates continuing education outcomes using qualitative methodologies. Initially trained in Scotland as a Registered...

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Laura King, Medical Writing and Editing instructor

Laura King, MA, MFA, ELS

Freelance Medical Editor

Laura King has been a full-time freelance medical editor for more than eighteen years. Formerly, she worked as the director of copyediting for JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association. As a freelancer, she currently works for the American Academy of Pediatrics PREP self-assessment...

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Tom Lang, Medical Writing and Editing instructor

Tom Lang, MA

Medical Communications Consultant

Tom Lang is an international consultant and trainer in medical communications. Formerly Manager of Medical Editing Services at the Cleveland Clinic, he has long been involved in developing reporting standards for evidence-based medicine. His books, How to Report Statistics in Medicine and How to...

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Tom Taylor, Medical Writing Instructor

Tom Taylor, MS

Research Advisor and Editor

Tom Taylor is a multi-disciplined biostatistician, engineer, and data scientist who has contributed statistical text to over 100 published articles. He worked in epidemiology, laboratory science, and public health for 20 years at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He preceded that...

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Genieveve Walker, Medical Writing and Editing Instructor

Genevieve Walker, PhD

Freelance Medical Writer and Editor

Genevieve Walker, PhD, has been a medical writer and editor since 2002, when she received her PhD in English from the University of Oregon. Since 2009, she has been a full-time freelance medical communicator. Through her business, Bridge Health Communications, Dr. Walker creates content for patients...

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Rachel Wedeward, Medical Writing and Editing Instructor

Rachel Wedeward, MLIS, AHIP

Research Project Manager, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

Rachel Wedeward, MS, is Research Project Manager for the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) in Chicago.

A professional librarian, Wedeward has previously worked at the American Hospital Association (AHA) as a research information specialist and at the American Library Association (ALA...

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With instructors who are active practitioners in their industries, the University of Chicago’s Medical Writing certificate program is designed to give you skills you can start applying to your career now.

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