Interview with Dr. Jennifer Spector 

In this week's Podcast episode, Dr. Jennifer Spector describes how she became a medical editor for a popular online medical journal.

She is is a Board-Certified Podiatric Physician and Surgeon with 14 years of clinical experience. She also spent over 5 years in national leadership positions at the American Association for Women Podiatrists. She’s had a long-term interest in education, writing, and consulting. She is passionate about educating others. As of June 2019, she has been the Associate Editor for Podiatry Today.

She received her DPM degree from the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine. Then she completed a three-year residency in podiatric medicine at Christian Care Health System.

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Preparing to Be a Medical Editor

Medical writing and editing are great careers. They consist of a variety of potential jobs that include freelancing or employment; working from home or in an office; technical, journalistic, or educational. And there are positions open to physicians of all backgrounds.

After completing her residency, Jennifer spent several years building her practice. She later volunteered at the American Association for Women Podiatrists. She chaired several committees. Then she held several leadership positions, becoming President of the organization in 2018.

There are so many things that we might have dipped our toes into in clinical practice without realizing how they can apply  outside of actual practice. – Dr. Jennifer Spector

While at the AAWP she was responsible for writing and editing the newsletter and other documents. That experience enabled her to land her position as Associate Editor for Podiatry Today.

Finding Editing Jobs

Today’s conversation with Jennifer clarified the process of becoming the editor for a medical news journal, like Podiatry Today. Jennifer reminds us to develop a portfolio of writing and editing samples to share with prospective employers. She was able to do this while working with the AAWP.

And if you’re looking for freelance writing opportunities, you should look at the portfolio of journals published by the parent company of Podiatry Today, HMP Global. There are 12 journals and 18 Online Digital and Learning Networks under its umbrella.


In today's interview, we learned what it takes to become a medical editor. This is often a natural step for established writers to pursue.

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