Overview

Medical Writer  This position is responsible for developing patient versions of the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines®) as well as updating the NCCN Guidelines for Patients® at least annually based on updates to the professional guidelines. The Medical Writer works with the Patient Information team including graphics designers, marketing, and finance members. Other responsibilities include projects related to the NCCN Guidelines for Patients, including but not limited to proofreading other patient guidelines, publication of NCCN Quick Guides™ and other patient content. MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES: ·        Translate the NCCN Guidelines® into patient-accessible language, maintaining the richness of the information about test and treatment recommendations and choices·        Create patient-friendly descriptions, explanations, and background information for each patient guideline to supplement content from the professional version of the guideline·        Edit, update, format/reformat, and finalize the NCCN Guidelines for Patients at least annually to reflect updates to the professional version of the guideline·        Create new algorithms, using Adobe InDesign, that accurately reflect the professional algorithm content in a smaller step-by-step treatment guide that is patient-friendly and consistent with the corresponding text·        Communicate with appropriate scientist, coordinator, and panel chair/member to clarify and confirm patient guideline content as needed·        Coordinate medical review of patient guideline by appropriate panel member; ensure medical reviews are received in a timely manner; and incorporate reviewers comments/suggestions/changes into patient guidelines·        Select appropriate images—photos and medical illustrations—for additional clarification; modify and fuse medical illustrations as needed to correctly reflect accompanying text·        Review and edit patient guidelines written by freelance writers·        Maintain a comprehensive glossary of terms across all patient materials·        Proofread all patient guideline material before and after it is sent to layout·        Review all NCCN Guidelines for Patients after layout to copyedit, format text (bold and italicize), underline words to define in side bar, create sidebar with terms and definitions, input numbers for page and chapter references throughout text, input numbers for index·        Attend Guidelines Panel update calls/WebEx/meetings for assigned patient guidelines·        Attend bi-weekly update meetings—update team members on status/progress of guidelines being developed or updated·        Perform other related duties as assigned·        Minimal travel may be required EDUCATION/RELATED EXPERIENCE: ·        Bachelor’s degree in health-related field, Health Communications, Master’s degree preferred ·        At least 3 years work experience in patient education and/or preparing written health information for lay audiences SKILLS AND ABILITIES: ·        Knowledge of oncology (strongly preferred)·        Must possess proofreading skills and absolute attention to detail·        Ability to maintain and prioritize multiple projects in order to meet deadlines·        Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to interact effectively with internal and external personnel at various levels·        Proficiency in communicating complex medical information to a consumer audience ·        Proficiency in MS Office products and Adobe InDesign·        Interest and ability to learn new software packages as needed·        Comfort with website management and/or design This position represents a unique opportunity to build a career with a premier organization. We offer competitive salary and excellent benefits. Send resume with salary history to jobs@nccn.org. EOE. No calls please.  The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®), a not-for-profit alliance of 27 of the world’s leading cancer centers devoted to patient care, research, and education, is dedicated to improving the quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of cancer care so that patients can live better lives. Through the leadership and expertise of clinical professionals at NCCN Member Institutions, NCCN develops resources that present valuable information to the numerous stakeholders in the health care delivery system. As the arbiter of high-quality cancer care, NCCN promotes the importance of continuous quality improvement and recognizes the significance of creating clinical practice guidelines appropriate for use by patients, clinicians, and other health care decision-makers. The primary goal of all NCCN initiatives is to improve the quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of cancer care so patients can live better lives.