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Job Req ID:  10891

Sr. Medical Writer

Classified Title: Sr. Science Writer 
Role/Level/Range: ATP/04/PD
Salary: $57,550 - $79,047
Status:  Full-Time
Department: Institute for Genetic Medicine
Work Schedule/Hours:  Monday-Friday/8:30-5p/37.5 hrs.
Location:  East Baltimore
Personnel area: School of Medicine



OMIM, the online version of Mendelian Inheritance in Man, is a compendium of bibliographic material and observations on inherited disorders and genes maintained by geneticists and molecular biologists.  This knowledgebase is updated continuously and is available internationally via the World Wide Web.  The Sr. Medical Writer will be responsible for evaluating and summarizing relevant information from the biomedical literature according to OMIM style.  The Sr. Medical Writer will also be responsible creating clinical synopses and assisting in classification and naming of genetic disorders.  The Sr. Medical Writer is integral to maintaining the scientific integrity of OMIM.  This position is responsible to the Editorial Director. 


Specific duties & responsibilities:

  • Read and scan articles describing genetic disorders/phenotypes
  • Evaluate clinical description in relation to medical subspeciality, nosology, and practice, as well as to existing clinical entities in OMIM
  • Assess information for clinical accuracy and validity of proposed gene-phenotype relationships, including using online tools for variant analysis (e.g., ExAC, gnomAD).
  • Identify additional articles that may be needed for adequate coverage of a topic.
  • Summarize relevant information from articles for incorporation into OMIM entries and Clinical Synopsis.
  • Assist in classification and naming of genetic disorders
  • Revise and reorganize catalogue entries, as directed by the Editorial Director and Program Manager.
  • Correspond with scientific community, as necessary, to clarify inconsistencies and problems in the literature.




Masters degree in related field and five years clinical experience.  Excellent writing skills and a good familiarity with medical, genetic, and biochemical terminology are required.



Masters in Genetic Counseling or MD; Experience with the use of online genetics resources and knowledge database maintenance is highly desirable



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