Six reasons for hiring a professional medical writer By Rebecca Tadokera| 31 October 2022 When I first learned about medical writing, I could not understand how it differed from ghostwriting. It made no sense to me why anyone would hire someone else to write their paper or grant application! Now that I have worked as a medical writer for a while, I can attest to the value and benefits of working with a professional medical writer. Medical writing is still an obscure profession. I often get asked by ex-colleagues in academia about what kind of writing I do as a medical writer.