Skills you have acquired through years of formal education and supervised training are the ticket to many different career pathways. However, it is often difficult to appreciate the broad value of these skills while you are in a traditional research laboratory setting.
In this AWIS webinar event, Dr. Barbara Zimmerman will explore pathways for transitioning into a career in medical writing and science communication. Drawing on her own career experiences, and leadership in the American Medical Writers Association, she will help participants identify the transferable skills and talents they may bring to new and exciting career opportunities. Participants will learn of the broad scope of employment opportunities for those interested in medical writing including full-time employment and freelancing. She will also explore the diversity of needs for technical, creative, and general audience writing. Finally, Dr. Zimmerman will share practical tips to ease the transition to a writing career, creating a business as a writer, and some of the pitfalls to avoid.
Photo credit: T. Walker Photography
A native of Brooklyn, NY, Barbara earned her BA in Biology from Barnard College (NYC), her MA in Biology from Boston University, and her Ph.D. in Pathology from University of Colorado Health Sciences Center (now, UCD-Anschutz Medical Campus). She continued to do postdoctoral-level research for 11 years, investigating diseases at the cellular and molecular level, publishing her results, and presenting at international meetings.
Barbara switched her career to medical writing and communication in 1997, and founded her own (freelance) company, Biomedical Communication and Consulting. In this capacity, she has written a variety of non-regulatory documents including successful multi-million dollar grants for the build-out of the new Anschutz Medical Campus and for the recruitment of new research faculty at the School of Dentistry. Her book, Understanding Breast Cancer Genetics, was published by the University Press of Mississippi in 2004. She particularly enjoys translating biomedical science concepts to lay audiences. She is currently on the Speakers’ Bureau of the Alzheimer’s Association, and does community grant reviews for the Komen Foundation.
Barbara is a member of AWIS as well as AAAS, Sigma Xi, ASCB, and AMWA (the American Medical Writers Association). She has served as secretary and president of the AMWA - Rocky Mountain Chapter, and is currently serving as Colorado Event Planning Coordinator. She was honored with the AMWA President’s Award in 2012.