Medical Journalism

This chapter discusses one of the more popular alternative or adjunct careers for medics, that of medical journalism. The author, who has been an acting editor of the British Medical Journal (BMJ) and is currently editor of the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine (JRSM), describes his own experiences and provides advice for those considering a career in medical journalism.

Among the tens of thousands of medical journals, only four are major weekly publications:

  • BMJ
  • Lancet
  • Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)
  • New England Journal of Medicine.

Working on these is as close as you can get (within the world of medical journals) to a newspaper, although medical journals are far more scholarly, polite and conservative publications.

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