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Volume 35 No 3

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111        RESEARCH

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.


115      RESEARCH

Editing by the Book: Lessons From Technical Editing Texts

>Tom Lang

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

Two Easy, Essential Proscriptions in the COVID-19 Era: Locking Down Clarity and Respect

>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

>Jen LiMarzi

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?

>Rosalie Harrison

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.


138       REPRINT

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

Overhead: "Code Blue at Nursing Station 2! Intubation!"

>Jodi-Ann Edwards

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

Coming to a Device Near You—AMWA’s First Ever Virtual Annual Conference

>Elise Eller

 

 2020 McGovern Award Recipient: Lisa Sanders, MD, FACP

>Ann Winter-Vann

 

2020 President’s Award Recipient: Joan Affleck, MBA, ELS

>Ann Winter-Vann

 

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

>Ann Winter-Vann


Slate of Candidates for 2020–2021 Election

>Gail V. Flores

 

AMWA Education at Your Fingertips

>Lori L. Alexander

 

 157       INSTRUCTIONS FOR CONTRIBUTORS

 

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