Editor of GI & Hepatology News

Job ID 2022-4601

EditorialHybrid Remote, Rockville, Maryland Newark, New Jersey


Position at WebMD

Frontline Medical Communications, Inc., a division of Medscape, is one of the healthcare industry's largest medical communications companies and a leader in digital, print, and live events. The Company leads in HCP-level targeting and is ranked 1st in combined web and print engagements. With MDedge, our state-of-the-art integrated web portal, and audited email database, FMC meets the marketing challenges of our clients with superior reach, optimal sponsorship opportunities, and flexible advertising programs. FMC delivers award-winning, indexed, clinical reviews; practice and policy information; and medical news daily from on-site reporting at major medical meetings, many in collaboration with notable societies, medical associations, and opinion leaders. FMC produces live events, digital click-for-credit, and CME in affiliation with Global Academy for Medical Education, LLC and Hemedicus.

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.

The MDedge™ Network offers physicians and health care professionals medical news, clinical reviews, expert commentary, conference coverage, and learning programs from trusted and credible sources. MDedge is comprised of 35+ specialty-specific websites and publications as well as medical education, a career center, and other professional tools, designed to keep clinicians informed and save them time.

MDedge Editorial is seeking an editor for GI & Hepatology News, the official monthly newspaper of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Institute, and MDedge.com/gihepnews, a website that offers the latest specialty news and expert perspectives from onsite conference coverage, summaries from the journals, AGA news, and regulatory and approval news from the U.S. and around the world.

The person in this position must demonstrate a high level of reporting and editing skills, mastery of the print production process, and a sophisticated understanding of medicine in general and gastroenterology in detail. Tasks include assigning articles and other content for the web site, newsletters, and microsites; editing articles; planning and executing 12 print issues per year, and working with affiliated staff such as reporters and associate editors.

Candidate should demonstrate a high level of professionalism and be able to work collaboratively with AGA staff and the GI & Hepatology News editorial board, including physician editors in chief for both GI & Hepatology News and the quarterly The New Gastroenterologist e-newsletter. Maintain and build upon FMC’s long-standing partnership with the association and meet AGA’s communication needs while providing editorial guidance based on established editorial best practices.

The ideal candidate must be able to multitask, be comfortable working both independently (under minimal supervision), as well as adept to working in a team environment. The candidate must have experience in publishing and superb written and communication skills. The ability to work well under pressure in a deadline driven environment is essential.


This position is responsible for all editorial content for the GI & Hepatology News website, the monthly print GI and Hepatology News,  and related microsites and newsletters. The editor should ensure efficient and effective execution of all tasks within agreed priorities, budgets and time scales to the highest quality and with minimal supervision.  Specific tasks include but are not limited to: 

  • Conceptualize specialty-specific news and meeting coverage assignments for the web site, print issues, and a wide variety of newsletters
  • Oversee the complete production cycle for monthly print issues, including selection and placement of articles, headline approvals, cutting/fitting content, collaboration with designer and production personnel, and cold-read changes
  • Produce The New Gastroenterologist sub-section of the web-site and accompanying monthly e-newsletter in collaboration with physician editor and AGA staff.
  • Work collaboratively with AGA staff and physician editors to get approval for all content before it is published on the website or in print
  • Attend key specialty meetings, coordinating daily deadlines for digital content including articles/newsletters and videos/roundtables
  • Attend the annual editorial board meeting. Prepare written report and slides and guide editorial discussion during the meeting
  • Review key specialty journals and medical news outlets
  • Monitor competing information sources
  • Edit articles to verify accuracy, rewriting as needed as well as evaluating and integrating perspectives from editorial reviewers
  • Develop and acquire supporting content as needed to enhance articles, images and resource material
  • Maintain contact with Board members as needed to assure the direction of content offerings meet the needs of the specialty
  • Advise special projects (Exclusive Editorial Destinations) groups on editorial aspects of projects. Create content as requested.
  • Edit relevant daily content for web
  • Collaborate with web editors, graphics, art to enhance online content with value-added information such as graphics, photos, video, audio, original source documents, etc.
  • Approve articles and subject lines for newsletters
  • Collaborate on social media initiatives developed for specialty


  • Acumen to deliver consistently high-quality editorial in multiple formats to capture and maintain the interest of physicians and reflect a high standard of literacy and accuracy,
  • High degree of professionalism and collaborative skill evidenced in ability to interact with multiple AGA staff members and physician editors on competing projects in a tight-deadline environment,
  • High productivity evidenced in ability to meet daily digital and print deadlines and perform tasks on schedule to meet embargoes,
  • Editing of individual stories to verify accuracy and reflect good news judgment,
  • High reliability and availability so that the editor can fill in for other editors for vacations, illness, or special projects,
  • Interpersonal skills to meet demands imposed by sharing a staff tasked with developing content for specialty-specific web sites, online publication extensions including supplements, resource centers, and microsites, 
  • Flexibility and creativity to meet the needs of specialist readers in a competitive multimedia environment.


Journalism skills and knowledge to include: 
A minimum of 5 years experience in advanced news writing and substantive editing,

  • A high level of reporting and editing skills and a sophisticated understanding of medicine in general and the medical specialty in detail,
  • Ability to perform both online and print editorial processes, write headlines and captions, and solve editorial problems rapidly, 
  • Computer skills to include working in online environments and content management systems, 
  • Interpersonal skills and a team player attitude.