Freelance Medical Editing
On Tuesday, October 28, I will speak via video conference to the Toronto branch of the Editors' Association of Canada about the opportunities and challenges within the field of medical editing. I'll share advice about how to get started, what sort of experience is needed to succeed as a medical or science editor, and how to work in the field. I'll also talk about working with authors whose first language is not English.
April 2014: Trip to China to Do a Presentation on Good Science Writing in English
I'm a veteran medical editor who has helped ESL (English as a second language) authors in more than 20 nations get their articles published in more than 45 biomedical journals. Over the years I have developed close relationships with many of my authors, including Yixin Zhou, MD, PhD, who is chairperson of the Adult Reconstructive Surgery Department of Beijing Jishuitan Hospital. (In the photo, my host, Yixin Zhou, MD, PhD, is seated to my right. At the far left of the photo is his student Xingjian Huang, MD. To Dr. Huang's left is Dr. Zhou's friend Yoon Je Cho, MD, of South Korea. To my left is Dejin Yang, MD, who is one of Dr. Zhou's students and one of my authors.)
Because of my extensive experience, I spent the last week of April 2014 in China, at the invitation of Dr. Zhou, teaching English-language writing tips at the 5th Jishuitan Orthopedics Forum in Beijing. Though Dr. Zhou and I have worked together since 2005, we met face-to-face for the first time in Manhattan in 2012, while he was attending a conference in the United States. That was when we began discussing the possibility of my traveling to China, so when I boarded a plane to Beijing this year, I was living a long-cherished dream.
After I finished my presentation, I chatted with several of the approximately 150 authors who had listened to it. One of them, Wei Wang, MD, requested that I stop by his orthopedic department at Peking Union Medical College Hospital and do an encore presentation. It was my pleasure to speak to about 50 surgeons there.
While I was in Beijing, Drs. Zhou and Wang and their staff members took me to visit the Great Wall and the Forbidden City, and they treated me to many delicious meals and great conversation. I will never forget the wonderful people and sights I encountered in China. I am quite grateful to Dr. Zhou for providing me with a fantastic professional and personal opportunity, and I hope to travel to China again one day.
Winner of the 2013 Robinson Prize From the American Copy Editors Society
Here is how ACES describes the prize:
Nominees are evaluated on a combination of elements, which can include editing, design, mentoring and training, fostering a sense of teamwork and pride among colleagues, and anything else that furthers the craft of professional editing.
"This award isn't designed to applaud the best speller or the best grammarian," says ACES President Teresa Schmedding, who helped establish the award in 2005. "Being a good wordsmith isn't enough. Today's copy editors need to be skilled in conflict resolution, show excellent judgment, demonstrate initiative and be able to find creative solutions to help their publications succeed in this era filled with increased competition."
The prize, first awarded in 2006, is named for Pam Robinson, who helped found ACES in 1997 and served as the society’s first president. One of her goals was to make copy editors more visible and to encourage them to take on a more constructive role.
Thank you, ACES!