Associate Copy Editor

Job ID 2021-3092

Editorial United States


Medscape Education, a division of WebMD, develops and hosts online portals and related mobile applications that make it easier for healthcare professionals to stay abreast of the latest clinical information and earn continuing medical education credits. If you’re looking to exercise your copyediting skills with a highly respected medical education company, this position will allow you to contribute to educational initiatives that make an impact on physicians, nurses, and other healthcare providers.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.

Do you have an interest in science and medicine, and are you passionate about effective and accurate communication? Do your friends ask you to review and edit their important documents? Are you already a professional copyeditor? If so, then Medscape is in need of your skills.


The Associate Copyeditor is responsible for completing editing assignments within strict deadlines and to the highest-quality standards. Specific tasks include, but are not limited to: 

  • Editing medical education proposals and other materials as assigned
  • Ensuring consistency and correctness in spelling, punctuation, grammar, syntax, and usage per AMA and Medscape house style
  • Applying judicious edits, as well as offering suggestions for improving clarity, format, and flow (while upholding the author’s voice)
  • Revising scientific language for usage, flow, and clarity, as well as ensuring facts and data are described accurately
  • Revising proposal language to ensure Medscape Education solutions are described and recommended appropriately
  • Formatting reference citations according to Medscape house style (modified AMA style)
  • Maintaining friendly and productive relationships with all stakeholders and colleagues
  • Conveying edits and queries using a respectful tone and concise format



  • Bachelor’s degree in a life science, English, or journalism, or equivalent work experience
  • 1 to 2 years of medical/scientific editing experience; recent college graduate with substantial, formal copyediting experience may be considered
  • Prior work in medical education/communications or with a professional medical publisher is a plus
  • Familiarity with medical and/or pharmaceutical terminology and ability to search peer-reviewed journals and other sources of medical information
  • Familiarity with medical/scientific phrasing, nuances, and terminology, including statistical concepts
  • Experience using style guides (AMA preferred) and applying house styles
  • Experience with internet technologies and online/electronic editing
  • Familiarity with PubMed and similar sites to locate scientific publications
  • Comfortable with editing in Microsoft Word using track changes
  • Demonstrated understanding of editorial processes and procedures
  • Solid work ethic and good judgment; finding satisfaction in the promptness, accuracy, and consistency of your work



Preferred Skills:

  • Excellent medical editing skills, with high level of attention to detail
  • Exceptional focus on accuracy, attention to detail, and consistency of work
  • A positive attitude, friendly query style, and ability to prioritize multiple deadlines in a high-volume environment (and able to proactively assess and inform stakeholders of any delays)
  • Ability to identify opportunities to rewrite, as needed
  • Ability to collaborate with colleagues and look for ways to assist in the department as a whole
  • Comfortable in a deadline-driven environment and able to pivot quickly between tasks
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills, with the ability to work on multiple tasks simultaneously in a deadline-driven environment, while taking into consideration stakeholders based across multiple time zones, including the UK
  • Ability and desire to meet deadlines and deliver results with minimum supervision by creatively using existing resources in a productive way
  • Ability to quickly identify unforeseen issues and seek plausible solutions to ensure that timelines are met
  • Excellent communication (verbal and written) skills
  • Excellent computer software skills (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Gmail)


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Board-certified Editor in the Life Sciences (BELS certification)
  • Experience editing medical education materials
  • Familiarity with ACCME guidelines a plus
  • Experience with web-based document sharing sites (such as SharePoint)
  • Experience using web-based project management tools (such as Workfront and Salesforce)