Medicine and Healthcare

Writing good medical and healthcare papers involves much more than using correct grammar. Authors also need to follow a number of current conventions when writing individual parts of manuscripts so that their writing is clear and authoritative.

Follow the many valuable tips presented in this course to help you write (typically concise) titles, abstracts, tables, figures, and Results sections. Learn to avoid some common errors that even relatively experienced authors sometimes make.


About This Course

Focus of study

In this course, you’ll learn important tips to follow—and cautions to heed—when writing titles, abstracts, tables, figures, and the Results section. These tips and cautions are based on our many years of experience in helping native and non-native speakers of English to write and publish medical papers.

  • Abstracts and titles:
    • Understand the 6 main features of titles and the 5 main features of abstracts, so that you can write each with authority
    • Follow some practical tips for writing accurate, highly readable titles and abstracts, which often need to meet strict length restrictions
  • Results section: In the 3 study units focusing on writing effective Results sections, learn how to concisely and accurately describe the following aspects of yours and others’ results.
    • General direction of any change (eg, increase/decrease)
    • Extent of such change, in terms of magnitude, duration, and frequency (eg, a marked/rapid/regular/linear increase)
    • A comparison of various results obtained, using 3 clear writing strategies
  • Figures and tables: In almost every research article published in the medical and healthcare literature, authors communicate their findings through a combination of words, numbers, and images. Learn how to
    • Recognize the general writing conventions used for figures, tables, and call-outs
    • Know how to avoid unintentional image manipulation, which is a violation of publications ethics
    • Follow tips and cautions to enhance your written message by using effective figures and tables to visualize key points in your work and provide evidence to back up your claims

Key features

Study at your own pace

Just connect to the internet via any device (ie, a desktop PC, laptop, tablet, or mobile phone) whenever you want to study. All study units are divided into short 10- to 15-minute segments to accommodate your busy schedule. Pause and resume your learning whenever you want; if you stop in the middle of a unit, you can continue from exactly the same place if you resume studying on the same device.

Study what you want, when you want

Study every unit in full or focus on particular areas that you wish to know more about. The Roadmap for each unit lets you see the unit goals and main study points at a glance, and you can move freely among the teaching points as you wish.

Study at your own pace

Each unit in this course contains optional exercises, practice quizzes, and a unit test. Download a certificate of study completion when you pass the unit test to document your learning.

Format of study

  • 5 individual study units
  • Approximately 5 hours of study
  • Optional study unit tests and certificates of completion
  • Downloadable resource sheets for future reference
  • 3 months’ access to all course materials

This writing course contains:

  • Tips, cautions, and other important information that medicine and healthcare professionals should know when writing different parts of manuscripts

  • Detailed examples, self-check quizzes, and tests using real medical English

  • Downloadable resource sheets that show example sentences for future use



Purchase this writing course

For individuals

Price: 6,000 JPY (10% consumption tax to be added for residents of Japan)

Duration of access: 3 months

For groups and institutions

We’re pleased to offer substantial discounts to groups and institutions who want to build their staff’s confidence and proficiency in writing medical communications. Group pricing starts from 3 learners.