Writing in Medicine

Graduate Student Resource Center

Resources for International Students


There are loads of books on medical writing, so here are just a few:

Garrard, J. (2007). Health sciences literature review made easy: The matrix method. Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett.

Goodman, N. W, & Edwards, M. B. (2006). Medical writing: A prescription for clarity (3rd ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Huth, E. J. (1999). Writing and publishing in medicine (3rd ed.). Baltimore, MD: Williams and Wilkins.

Lang, T. A., & Secic, M. (Eds.) (2006). How to report statistics in medicine: Annotated guidelines for authors, editors, and reviewers (2nd ed.). Philadelphia, PA: American College of Physicians.

Lang, T. (2009). How to write, publish, and present in the health sciences: A guide for clinicians and laboratory researchers. Philadelphia, PA: American College of Physicians.

Stuart, M. (Ed.) (2007). The complete guide to medical writing. London: Pharmaceutical Press.

Taylor, R. B. (2005). A clinician’s guide to medical writing. New York: Springer.

Witte, F. (2003). Basic grammar and usage for medical communicators. Rockville, MD: American Medical Writers Association.

Zieger, M. (2000). Essentials of writing biomedical research papers (2nd ed.). McGraw-Hill. 


Medicine Research in the UCLA Library - This site is designed as a starting point for locating information on any topic in the field of medicine. Includes medicine e-books, web resources, and related subject guides. 

Guide to Writing in the Health Sciences—This online journal, based at the University of Toronto, contains articles dedicated to various topics on writing in the health sciences, from grammar and punctuation issues to argument and oral presentation style.

Narrative and Healing—This site, part of LitSite Alaska, provides an introduction to narrative medicine, through essays by health care professionals (see, e.g., Narrative Medicine and Why Write Personal Narratives?), stories of doctors describing their experiences as patients, and a collection of “healing narratives.”

Residency Searches and Applications—Sample CVs, personal statement tips, and other advice about residency searches from the University of California, San Francisco.

Personal Statement Samples—Examples of well-written residency personal statements from the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Resources for International Students

Graf, J. (2008). Handbook of biomedical research writing. Hanyang University Online Writing Lab. Written for Korean scientists in the biomedical sciences, this handbook covers writing journal article and clinical case reports.

McCullagh, M., & Wright, R. (2008). Good practice student’s book: Communication in English for the medical practitioner. Cambridge: CUP. (for advanced English learners)

Ribes, R., & Ros, P. R. (2006). Medical English. Springer: New York.

Quann, S., & Satin, D. (2007). Project care: Health care case studies, multimedia, and projects for practicing English. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press. (for intermediate English learners)

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