Allow me to introduce myself. After graduating from Harvard College in 1978, my first career was in journalism. I advanced from small- to mid-sized newspapers in Maryland, Delaware, New York, and Pennsylvania, winning prizes for investigative and public service work. I earned my first master’s degree, in newspaper journalism, from Syracuse University in 1992. That’s about the time the bottom started falling out of the American newspaper industry. I made the transition into medical writing with help from the American Medical Writers Association (AMWA). I attended my first AMWA chapter workshop in Princeton, New Jersey in the spring of 2007 and my first annual conference later that year. I also took the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences (BELS) exam, passing in 2008. Those credentials helped me land my first job as a medical writer in 2009, writing needs assessments full-time, from home, for a continuing medical education (CME) company in Georgia. I enjoyed the work so much I decided to make CME my specialty. That’s what I do full-time today, working from my home office outside Philadelphia. To firm up the foundation for my second career, I invested in a second master’s degree, in biology. After studying part-time for six years I graduated from West Chester University in 2018. My thesis project was part life science, part continuing education research. I find it valuable to maintain the CHCP credential, which stands for “certified healthcare continuing professional development professional.” (That’s a mouthful.) To earn points I carry out an annual survey project aimed at disseminating best practices for writing CME needs assessments. You can find out more about my business, Harting Communications LLC, at www.hartingcom.com. Thank you for your interest!
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CME Writer's Marketplace
by Don Harting
Updated annually, CME Writer's Marketplace is your trusty guide to finding an enjoyable gig. Each year's edition is written to help freelance medical writers who specialize in developing content for accredited and certified continuing education in the health professions. This magazine-style e-booklet contains detailed listings about the current needs of different medical education companies based on in-person interviews with hiring editors and medical directors. Each listing contains guidance on what types of documents are typically purchased (needs assessments, test questions, slide decks, manuscripts/monographs, case studies, competitive market analyses, outcome reports, etc.), typical prices paid, URLs of exemplary programs, as well as full contact information. CME Writer's Marketplace also provides writers with guidance on where to find free and low-cost training and development opportunities. Finally, readers receive a full-length, Wall Street Journal-style essay highlighting trends that are affecting supply and demand for CME writing services today.
CME Writer's Marketplace, 2019 Edition
by Don Harting
New! CME Writer's Marketplace is your trusty guide to finding an enjoyable gig. The 2019 edition contains detailed and up-to-date descriptions of the current freelance writing needs of 9 medical education companies. The 7,000-word guide also contains a list of training opportunities along with an analysis of 5 trends affecting the market for CME writing services.
Surviving Your Parents' Divorce: Tips for College Students
by Don Harting
“I wish I'd had something like this to read in college. Reading it now, 40 years later, the memories and emotions come flooding back. I also look back with more compassion for myself during that time. I was trying to succeed in college and trying to cope with the grief at the same time. No wonder I cried myself to sleep every night for a long while!”
-- Margaret Moore, Hallam, Pennsylvania
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