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Volume 35 No 3
Survey Results: Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Medical Communicators
>Ann Winter-Vann and Cynthia L. Kryder
In May, 2020, AMWA surveyed medical communicators to better understand the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on their work and livelihoods. This article summarizes the results of that survey.
Editing by the Book: Lessons From Technical Editing Texts
This article describes some clear principles regarding technical editing and gives expert advice to medical writers about what to consider when seeking to improve their skill set.
122 FEATURE - SCIENCE SERIES
Sepsis and Septic Shock: Knowns and Known Unknowns
>Paul C. Dolber
An inappropriate host response can turn an infection into sepsis, which may lead to septic shock, with severe and often fatal consequences for the patient. This article focuses on present-day diagnosis and treatment of these complex and all-too-common conditions.
129 SOUNDING BOARD
>Mary E. Knatterud
To help further the use of precise and empathetic language, the author urges medical writers to scrap the term "elderly" and to never slap "manage" onto patients themselves.
131 PRACTICAL MATTERS
Free Advice for Freelancers: Become the Medical Writer Your Client Needs
This article outlines best practices for medical writing freelancers, particularly those newer to the industry, to elevate the content they produce and ensure mutual understanding with clients.
133 FREELANCE FOCUS
>Brian Bass, Lori De Milto, Cathryn D. Evans, Gail V. Flores, and Phyllis Minick
The Freelance Focus contributors share strategic approaches for mitigating the current and long-term impact of COVID-19 on your freelance business.
136 AROUND THE CAREER BLOCK
The Rise of the Messy CV: Are Life Sciences Companies Finally Starting to Value Professionals With Diverse and Nontraditional Career Paths?
Life Science business trends might be changing more than you think. In this article, Harrison outlines both her own experiences and how the evolution of CV evaluation has contributed to the current trend of nontraditional CVs receiving more attention than in previous years.
Catching the Wave of Lifestyle Medicine
>Maria Carolina Rojido
A new medical specialty brings a sea of opportunities to medical writers interested in helping heal ourselves and our planet.
145 CREATIVE WRITINGS
A poem written by Dr Jodi-Ann Edwards, a general surgery resident at a COVID-19–designated hospital in the predominantly black Brooklyn, New York. Dr Edwards shares her experience as a black female physician caring and mourning for patients, colleagues, and loved ones lost during the COVID-19 pandemic.
146 IN THE SERVICE OF GOOD WRITING
Choose the Right Verb, and Don’t Smother It
>Laurie Endicott Thomas
How much thought do you put into choosing a verb? This article explains the importance of avoiding smothering verbs and effectively choosing an expressive verb.
148 CONFERENCE PREVIEW
2020 McGovern Award Recipient: Lisa Sanders, MD, FACP
2020 President’s Award Recipient: Joan Affleck, MBA, ELS
AMWA Names Fellows for 2020
>Karen Potvin Klein
AMWA’s Second Medical Writing Executives Forum: Redefining Talent Acquisition, Development, and Engagement—Ideas to Action
>Cynthia L. Kryder
152 AMWA NEWS
From the President
Slate of Candidates for 2020–2021 Election
>Gail V. Flores
>Lori L. Alexander