Roles of Academic Writers in a Department: Benefits, Structures, and Funding

Academic Article


  • BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Despite the prevalence of published opinions about the use of professional academic writers to help disseminate the results of clinical research, particularly opinions about the use of ghost writers, very little information has been published on the possible roles for professional writers within academic medical departments or the mechanisms by which these departments can hire and compensate such writers. To begin addressing this lack of information, the Association of Departments of Family Medicine hosted an online discussion and a subsequent webinar in which we obtained input from three departments of family medicine in the United States regarding their use of academic writers. This discussion revealed three basic models by which academic writers have benefitted these departments: (1) grant writing support, (2) research and academic support for clinical faculty, and (3) departmental communication support. Drawing on specific examples from these institutions, the purpose of this paper is to describe the key support activities, advantages, disadvantages, and funding opportunities for each model for other departments to consider and adapt.
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    Published In

  • Family Medicine  Journal
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Pubmed Id

  • 4713555
  • Author List

  • Weidner A; Elwood S; Thacker EE; Furst W; Partington L; Asif I; Zazove P; Johnson TM; Okuyemi K; Gilchrist V
  • Start Page

  • 16
  • End Page

  • 23
  • Volume

  • 54
  • Issue

  • 1