Training and Development

Gold Star is passionate about empowering the next generation of medical writers. The company’s efforts focus on training and supporting the development of medical writers around the world.

The Gold Star Medical Writer Career Training workshop provides valuable, practical guidance on how to parlay existing skills for a job as a medical writer. The workshop is aimed at those with a life sciences background who are serious about exploring a career in medical writing.

Currently, our workshops are offered to participating universities within the NIH BEST Program (Boston University, Cornell University, Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Michigan State University, New York University, Rutgers University, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, University of Colorado Denver, University of Massachusetts, University of California, San Francisco, University of California, Davis, University of California, Irvine, University of Chicago, University of Rochester, Vanderbilt, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Wayne State University)

Don’t see your university listed? No worries! We would be happy to host a workshop at your institution. Please contact us for more details.


Gold Star was instrumental in my career development. They provided me with hands-on experience, exposure, and mentorship in medical writing. This allowed me to seamlessly transition from a post-doc to my dream job as a medical writer. Even after landing the job, I continued to utilize Gold Star’s resources and templates to help me navigate new projects and essentially impress my manager – within a year, I had moved on to a higher position and am earning more money. Gold Star is definitely worth the investment.
L.B. PhD.

Full-time Medical Writer

The Gold Star medical writing career workshop was a highly anticipated event for thebiomedical graduate students and post docs at Vanderbilt. The workshop was affordable, well-attended, and received excellent feedback from the attendees. Karen was knowledgeable and detail-oriented in her guidance on how to enter into a medical writing career
Ashley E. Brady PhD

Assistant Professor of Medical Education and Administration, Director of Career Engagement and Strategic Partnerships, ASPIRE Program Manager, Office of Biomedical Research Education and Training (BRET), Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

My first introduction to Gold Star was at a medical writing workshop at Emory. Karen demonstrated how the skills learned in graduate school could be parlayed into a full-time job as a medical writer and provided a realistic view of the day-to-day life of medical writers. I knew immediately that medical writing was the career for me. Through further engagements with Gold Star I gained valuable hand’s on experience and amassed a collection of high-quality writing samples for use in my portfolio.
Brilee Coleman

PhD Student, Emory University

A few consultation sessions with Gold Star was all it took to help me identify the right direction for my career. They provided practical guidance, motivation, and specific tools that helped focus my attention on what I wanted to achieve. In under 6 months, I transitioned from full-time medical writer to launching my own medical communication business.
JoAnna Pendergrass.

DVM, JPen Communications


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