KOK Edit: Your favorite copyeditor since 1984(SM)
KOK Edit: your favorite copyeditor since 1984(SM) KOK Edit: your favorite copyeditor since 1984(SM) Katharine O'Moore Klopf

Friday, October 24, 2008

Audio Conference on Medical Editing

audio conference on medical editingOn Tuesday, October 28, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Eastern time, I'll be a copresenter of an audio conference, sponsored by Copyediting newsletter, on common problems in medical editing. The conference is for new medical copyeditors and for those who would like to become medical copyeditors. You can get more details and register by going here.

My main topics will be

  • When to stet jargon and when to eliminate it

  • How to describe patients—they aren't their diseases and they aren't on meds

  • How statistics can trip up researchers and editors alike

  • Where to find solutions to problem reference-list entries

  • Which sections of the AMA Manual of Style you'll keep returning to

I have spent the last 18 years of my 24 years in publishing as a medical copyeditor, most of them as a freelancer, and I'm also certified by the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences as an editor in the life sciences. I'll be speaking from the viewpoint of an editor who works on both medical textbooks and medical journals.

There will be a Q&A period at the end of the conference.

If you can't change your schedule to participate in the audio conference, you can go here to order a CD of the conference. If you can't afford the cost of the conference yourself, you and one or more colleagues can register under one name and make arrangements among yourselves to share the cost. International callers are welcome; consider using VoIP to decrease the cost of your time on the phone. And remember, if you're already self-employed as a freelance editor in the United States, the cost of the audio conference (and the audio CD, if you purchase it) is a business expense that you can write off on your income tax forms.

Get ready to pick up your phone and learn from the comfort of your employer's office, your home office, or your home. If you've wanted to know what makes medical copyediting different from copyediting in other fields, this is the conference for you.

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