By newly youthful AMWA President Dr Justin Coleman
One simple, easy trick revealed!
Warning: Reading this column will change your life. I reveal secrets which other doctors won’t tell you. They will hate me for it, because you need never pay for their services again.
I have recently given up doctoring, with its snail-paced, uncertain outcomes, and instead dedicated my life to writing popup facebook ads. Professional shackles removed, I can finally bring you proven cures which have been known since ancient times, but kept secure by the Doctors’ Code.
AMWA Member Blair Hesp explores the challenges associated with developing a prophylactic treatment for age-related neurodegenerative disease.
The graveyard for clinical trials investigating treatments for age-related neurodegenerative disease is becoming more cluttered by the day. Buried in this graveyard are both therapies designed to relieve symptoms and those aimed at slowing disease progression, but by the time they are administered these therapies are inevitably too little, too late given the level of neuronal damage that has occurred by the time most patients become symptomatic.
By AMWA Member Dr George Biro
I came to Australia with my mother and stepfather from Hungary soon after World War Two. My aunt and uncle, who had been here for a decade, told us that the eccentric Aussies played football with a weird egg shaped ball; cricket was another novelty.
A common migrant goal was for kids to study medicine, which I duly did, setting aside a yearning towards journalism. After Medicine 1 at Sydney, we negotiated one year for me to indulge a leaning towards humanities. In Arts 1, I enjoyed Psychology, Economics and Modern History and writing for the student weekly Honi Soit.
AMWA is offering an online professional development workshop ‘Bending MS Word to your will’
When: Thursday, 13 March 2014
Time: 12 noon to 2 pm AEDT
Cost: AMWA members $85 AUD
Non-members $90 AUD
Presenter: Dr Hilary Cadman, Cadman Editing Services
Completion of this workshop will count toward the AMWA PD certificate.
Registration opens Friday 21 February at Trybooking registration
By Amy Karon
Medical writing combines my passion for language, medicine, surgery, pathology, infectious diseases, and epidemiology. I’ve been a science, health, and medical writer for more than seven years and have run my own medical writing business since 2012. At this year’s AMWA Conference, I spent a lot of time advising people who are considering a medical writing career. This post lists a few tips I shared.
By Dr Tim Senior, GP in Aboriginal health and medical education. Tim is an AMWA member and medical blogger. Follow him on Twitter @timsenior.
I was a bit shocked to discover I might be a hypocrite. Remembering what I’d been taught at medical school about the nature of a profession, and applying this to journalism is what started me worrying. Clearly, I thought, as a profession, doctors needed to maintain control over their own regulation. Yes, we’d listen to patients and interested observers, but ultimately only doctors really understood what it was we did, the complexity of medical decision making, the discussion and minimisation of risk, the way things could go wrong without someone having done something wrong. Ultimately, clinical autonomy, the ability to make judgement calls based on the unique circumstances of that patient at that place and time, was the best guarantee of quality medicine.
By Adam Jacobs, Dianthus Medical
Many articles discuss the problem of ghostwriting, but more often based on opinion and prejudice than on facts and evidence. A great many myths about ghostwriting are endlessly rehearsed in medical journals, and formed the subject of a guest blog post I wrote for PharmaPhorum a few months back. Those myths show no sign of going away, so I thought it might be handy to produce a numbered list of them.
1. Ghostwriting is the same thing as professional medical writing assistance