Carving out a career in medical journalism can sometimes seem like a career with no straightforward course of study or training. For every medical journalist’s story, there are 10 more with completely different accounts of how their professional lives intersected with the field. Most likely, your journey will also have its own twists and turns that will color the way you cover topics and communicate science to the broader world. Despite this diversity, everyone interested in medical journalism eventually deals with some of the same issues and hurdles as they prepare for and practice the profession. The views and opinions you cultivate about these issues will play an important role in determining where you fit in in the industry.