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Excerpt from a news story by Cord Weekly:
The arts and science faculties at Laurier appear quite clearly divided, yet the profession of medical writing suggests there is an opportunity for increased unity between the two.
Medical writing encompasses various tasks related to medical and health documentation. Competence with scientific information, as well as an aptitude for conveying ideas clearly, which is often acquired through an arts discipline, are both essential.
Katherine St. Louis of Laurier Career Services notes that in careers such as medical writing, proficiency in written communication is crucial. “Whether you gain strong writing skills through academic coursework,” noted St. Louis, “or through volunteer [or] work experience, being able to communicate in a written form will help you to be successful in this field.”
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2) MIT Open Courseware: Introduction to Technical Communication: Perspectives on Medicine and Public Health
“Over the course of the semester we will explore the full range of writings by physicians and other health practitioners. Some of the writer/physicians that we encounter will be Atul Gawande, Danielle Ofri, Richard Selzer, and William Carlos Williams. Students need have no special training, only a general interest in medicine or in public health issues such as AIDS, asthma, malaria control, and obesity. The writing assignments, like the readings, will invite students to consider the distinctive needs of different audiences”