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Pharmacology for Medical Writers: the Basics

Level:
Foundation
Area:
Medical Science
Code:
MSF1
Duration:
03:00:00
Workshop profile:
You will normally either have: • Had no formal instruction in pharmacology • Undertaken formal instruction in pharmacology in the past but wish to update your knowledge
Objective:
Although some types of medical writing need little or no knowledge of pharmacology, for many types it is essential. Key elements of pharmacology include: • The mechanisms of action of drugs • Analysing and describing the properties of drugs in qualitative and quantitative terms • The origins of adverse effects After the workshop you will understand: • The main ways in which drugs produce their effects • The use of internationally agreed terminology for the qualitative and quantitative properties of drugs.
Content:
The workshop will be largely didactic but participants will be expected to contribute during the workshop. You will also be encouraged to discuss any problems or difficulties you have with pharmacology and its terminology.