Medical Copy Editor

Job ID 2021-3416

Editorial 2595 AR The Hague, the Netherlands


Medical Copy Editor Job Description

Do you love science and are you passionate for effective and accurate communication? Are you adept at fact checking and confirming that what you see on the screen is supported by data? Do your friends frequently ask you to wordsmith their important documents? If so, then we are in need of your skills. 

Medscape Education, 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 independent medical education credits, and communicate with peers. If you're looking to exercise your medical editing skills with a highly respected medical education company, this position will allow you to contribute to initiatives that truly make an impact on physicians, nurses, and other healthcare providers and, consequently, the lives of those around you. 

What You’ll Do

The editor is responsible for editing assigned projects within tight deadlines and to the highest quality standards. Specific tasks include, but are not limited to: 

  • Editing original content that is published globally on our leading healthcare professional education site along with other materials, including text, images, and graphics
  • Ensuring consistency and correctness in spelling, punctuation, grammar, syntax, and usage per AMA and Medscape house style; applying judicious substantive edits, as well as offering suggestions for improving clarity, format, and flow (all while upholding the author's voice)
  • Revising scientific language for usage, flow, and clarity, as well as ensuring facts, data, and scientific units have been used consistently
  • Formatting reference citations according to modified AMA style
  • Fact checking and conducting other quality control reviews
  • Proofreading print collateral and webpages
  • Providing insight and guidance to other team members on editorial style, policies, and best practices
  • Maintaining friendly and productive relationships with internal and external stakeholders by clearly articulating with an effective communication style
  • Conveying edits and queries using a respectful tone and concise format
  • Continuously identifying opportunities for process improvement
  • Completing other responsibilities, as assigned 

Who You Are

The editor must:

  • Have a solid editorial background in multiple medical therapeutic areas (eg, oncology, infectious diseases, cardiology, endocrinology, neurology) and in the healthcare industry (pharmaceutical terminology, clinical trial designs, understanding of biostatistics, peer-review journals, etc)
  • Be someone who’s comfortable editing in Microsoft Word using track changes, as well as in PowerPoint
  • Possess a positive attitude, friendly query style, and who knows how to prioritize multiple deadlines in a high-volume environment and return work on time (and how to proactively assess and inform other stakeholders of any delays)
  • Enjoy the opportunity to write and wordsmith, as needed
  • Obtain satisfaction in the accuracy and consistency of your work
  • Be a true team player who jumps in and tackles new assignments and looks for ways to help assist colleagues in the department
  • Be comfortable in a highly deadline-driven environment, and able to pivot quickly between tasks and adapt to rapidly shifting priorities
  • Enjoy leveraging technology to make your job easier 

What You'll Need to Succeed

  • Bachelor degree in a life science, English, or journalism, or equivalent work experience
  • Minimum of 3 years' related medical/scientific editing experience, preferably in a large medical education and/or medical communications company, and/or professional medical publisher
  • Proven medical editing skills, with high level of attention to detail and experience in a broad variety of medical therapeutic areas
  • In-depth knowledge of medical/scientific phrasing, nuances, and terminology, including statistical concepts
  • Experience with internet technologies and online/electronic editing
  • Demonstrated understanding of editorial processes and procedures
  • Proficient in AMA style and experience with in-house styles
  • Familiarity with PubMed and similar sites to locate scientific publications
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills, with the ability to efficiently coordinate and work on multiple tasks simultaneously in a highly deadline-driven environment, while taking into consideration global stakeholders based across multiple time zones
  • Ability and desire to meet deadlines and deliver results with minimum supervision by creatively using existing resources in a productive and/or innovative way, to quickly deal with unforeseen issues, and suggesting plausible solutions to ensure that timelines are consistently met
  • Self-motivated, possessing a positive attitude and very high energy, with a willingness to accept varied assignments
  • Exceptional focus on accuracy, attention to detail, and consistency of work, without being officious
  • Excellent communication (verbal and written) skills
  • Excellent computer software skills (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, SharePoint Online, Gmail) 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Board-certified editor in the life science (BELS certification)
  • Experience editing independent medical education materials
  • Understanding of ACCME and/or EBAC and EACCME guidelines a plus
  • Experience editing non-native English writing
  • Experience with web-based document sharing sites (such as SharePoint Online)
  • Experience using web-based project management tools (such as WorkFront, ProofHQ, or MS Project)
  • Experience with ReadCube or other referencing software