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Writing in the Medical Sciences: The Basics

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Getting Started

When writing, it is important to have a clear idea of what you want to say as well as who your intended audience is.  These resources discuss some of the things to keep in mind to make sure you get your point across clearly and concisely.

Types of Writing in Medicine

The Writing Center at UNC at Chapel Hill has a number of short guides available on a wide range of topics about writing


The Health Sciences Writing Centre at the The University of Toronto provides a wide range of  information for researchers including writing Abstracts,creating Posters, preparing for an Oral Presentation as well as tips on writing style, verb tense, tone, etc.

Note: To access the full-text on a topic, select either the PDF or HTML link to the right of the topic name in the table of contents.

Academic Integrity

Uphold academic integrity and avoid plagiarism! 

University of Wisconsin-Madison Writing Center

Resources for International Students

Some language resources for writers who are not native English speakers and would like a little extra help or practice.

  • ESL Common Errors Workbook   tutorials and interactive practice activities.
  • Handbook of Biomedical Research Writing  Originally written for Korean scientists in the biomedical sciences, this Hanyan University Center for Teaching and English Writing Lab self-study guide by Jocelyn Graf, offers helpful information to other non-native English speakers.

VTCSOM Writing in the Medical Science Guide - Credits MSU Libraries

Thank you,  Iris Kovar-Gough and Abraham Wheeler, MSU Health Sciences Librarians, for granting us permission to adapt your guide!

MSU Libraries’ Health Sciences Group. “Writing in the Medical Sciences.” Michigan State University Libraries. Michigan State University. N.d. Web.