A Day in the Life of a Medical Writer

Blue Latitude Health | 10th June 2015

Medical Copywriter Sarah Blue LatitudeHave you ever wondered what it's like to work at Blue Latitude Health?

We sat down with Sarah to find out more about what a typical day is like for a Medical Writer here:    

What time do you wake up usually?

Between 7-7:30 am.

What’s your morning routine? 

Either straight to the gym if it’s a gym day. Otherwise, it’s radio on, jump in the shower, and have breakfast.

How do you get to work?

I cycle to work. It’s about a 25-minute ride through Islington. I don’t miss using the tube at all, even in winter.

 

What time do you usually arrive in the office?

Usually between 9:30–9:45 am.

What’s the first thing you usually do when you sit at your desk?

Get up again to make tea.

What’s a typical morning for you?

It really varies. I could be doing some writing work, reviewing artworked materials, attending briefing meetings or doing a literature search for projects I'm working on.

What music do you listen to whilst working?

I love music, but my brain doesn't cope well with multitasking, so I don’t usually listen to music if I need to think. I might listen to some classical music if I'm feeling particularly grumpy. Or if I'm feeling adventurous, I’ll let Spotify decide. Living life on the edge!

Do you work through lunch or go out?

I always try to go out. There’s a lot of nice spaces around our office.

Do you buy lunch daily or bring something in?

I tend to buy lunch. Clerkenwell has a lot to offer! My favourite spots are Whitecross market and a tiny hidden Vietnamese café just around the corner from us.

What’s the first thing you do after lunch?

Wonder what I’ll have for my afternoon snack.

What’s a typical afternoon for you?

Again, it can vary. But at 3 pm every day, the Creative team will briefly debate whose turn it is to make the afternoon team coffee.

What are the common challenges you face each day?

Remembering to do my timesheets.

What time do you typically finish work?

6 pm is pretty typical for me and probably for most folks at Blue Latitude. Very few people stay later than 6:30.

How do you unwind from a day at work?

Run around in the park playing ultimate Frisbee or playing cheesy songs on the ukulele.

What are your must-read websites that you visit daily?

Just looking at my web history, I seem to visit the European Medicines Agency website fairly frequently.  

 

Sarah White - Medical Writer

Sarah has over five years of experience in medical communications and publishing, joining Blue Latitude Health in 2014. She graduated from Leeds University with a BSc(Hons) in Medical Sciences and went on to work with various agencies writing, editing, and formatting scientific content across numerous digital and print platforms.

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