Learn AMA Style

Medical Editing -- Learn the AMA Manual of Style

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This course is for people already working as medical writers who want to take a deep dive into learning the AMA Manual of Style so that they can spend less time looking things up during their day-to-day writing work. It's also for anyone with a strong science background (eg, BS in biology or higher) wanting to make money on the side or full-time as a freelance medical editor.

Module 1: Introduction -- all about what we will cover and a few action steps.

Module 2: Basic grammar and editing -- this will cover the basics of editing and is foundational for the next module 3, which covers the AMA Manual of Style.

Module 3: All about the AMA Manual of Style -- the main things you need to know and a lengthy test where you can self-evaluate your knowledge. Includes downloadable pdfs that you can refer to as you work.

Module 4: Medical writing support services -- this includes information about other services that aren't exactly writing or editing but that are complementary services that you can offer to the same client base. These include medical transcribing, annotation, fact checking, and researching and compiling data and gap analyses.

Module 5: Setting up shop -- this includes all the information you will need to start your business, some ideas for getting your first clients, and suggestions about how to interact with new and potential clients.


Your Instructor


Emma Hitt Nichols, PhD
Emma Hitt Nichols, PhD

Dr. Hitt Nichols is a long-time medical writer. Her mission is to help people with a scientific or medical background and writing ability to create a life they love working remotely in the lucrative field of medical communications, just like she did after finishing her PhD 20 years ago. To date, Emma has helped hundreds of people set up their own freelance medical writing and/or editing businesses. She is also founder of Nascent Medical, LLC, a company that delivers high-quality medical writing and editing services to the healthcare industry. Although there's no guarantee, she likes nothing better than to give the talented graduates of her writing and editing courses their first medical writing projects to help them get started.

Emma has a doctoral degree from the Nutrition and Health Sciences Program at Emory University and an MS in professional communication.


Course Curriculum



Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as it is available for sale, and across any and all devices you own.
What is your refund policy
We do not provide refunds, as the materials are proprietary. If for some reason you feel that you have not received tremendous value from this course, please do reach out to [email protected] We would like to try to understand why. Those most likely to benefit from this course have 1) fluent, native-level English, both written and spoken, and 2) a strong science background. If you do not have these credentials, we strongly advise that you do not sign up for this course.

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