Sr. Medical Features Editor - Neurology/Psychiatry

Job ID 2022-4501

Editorial United States


Position at WebMD

Medscape, a division of WebMD, develops and hosts physician portals and related mobile applications that make it easier for physicians and healthcare professionals to access clinical reference sources, stay abreast of the latest clinical information, learn about new treatment options, earn continuing medical education credits and communicate with peers.

WebMD is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ancestry, color, religion, sex, gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, medical condition, disability, veterans status, or any other basis protected by law.


Medscape is seeking a senior medical editor to work on neurology and psychiatry, reporting to the Executive Editor of those specialties.

The senior editor will work on driving specialist physician engagement through the creation and posting of compelling perspectives, including contributions from regular columnists, and recruitment of physician authors for text-based perspectives on topics of interest, and/or expert video commentaries.

The editor will be responsible for supporting traffic targets by specialty and tracking progress against goals.

The position requires medical knowledge, solid medical writing, editing, and interviewing skills, attention to detail, and ability to meet tight deadlines while working with others in a virtual environment.

Major Responsibilities:

Regularly communicate with physician site advisors and contributors to discuss hot topics for commentaries and potential news coverage
• Recruit additional physician authors to write commentaries, or record videos, on topics of interest to neurologists and psychiatrists
• Oversight of contractual arrangements, payment, and follow-up
• Line editing of all perspectives content; coordination with copyediting and production
• Site updating in coordination with the executive editor (homepage, core resource centers, other area as needed)
• Develop ideas for and preparation of weekly and monthly email newsletters as needed
• Coordinate with social media editors for content promotion
• Review specialty traffic trends and content plan revisions based on traffic needs
• Communication with marketing to develop surveys, special reports, and other traffic-driving special initiatives
• Attendance at key professional specialty meetings as needed (travel required)
• Content planning together with executive editor
• Pitching and developing news features is also encouraged
• Fill in for the Executive Editor as needed (assign and edit news stories to staff or freelance journalists for publication on various platforms, coordinate coverage of conferences)
• Talk to sources and review journals, global press, and social media for potential topics of interest to our readers, either for news or to develop as features or perspectives
• Write news stories on occasion

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in journalism, communications, or life sciences
• 5+ years of medical writing/editing experience
• Familiarity and comfort with producing content for online publication

Preferred Qualifications

• Experience with news and commentary writing and editing for both clinicians and consumers
• Familiarity with Workfront, Trello, and Google Suite (Docs, Sheets, Slides)
• Demonstrated ability to work in a virtual environment