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Medical Copy Editing

Comprehensive Editing

IRB Proposal and Presentation

Lab Report

Website Redesign

Newsletter

Brochure Redesign

Event Poster

MY STORY

My career in medicine began 30 years ago when as a teenager I volunteered five days a week at Logan Regional Hospital newborn nursery.  After obtaining my nursing assistant certification in 1986, I worked as a CNA in a skilled nursing facility while attending nursing school.  I entered the medical transcription profession in 1989 and have since worked for many of the largest medical centers across the country, documenting patient records for every medical specialty.I began freelance writing and editing in early high school and continue to do freelance editing and writing in paid and volunteer positions.                  In 2003 I enrolled at Utah State University with a full scholarship.  I continued to work in transcription part time while attending classes full time.  I graduated in December 2008 with bachelor’s degrees in English/Professional and Technical Writing and in Psychology with minors in biology and business management.

I am now looking forward to a position where I can put my skills and experience to use and make a significant contribution in the corporate environment.

About This Portfolio

Represented here is a collection of writing and editing pieces created in my work as a medical editor as well as for Utah State University course assignments and internships.

Click on thumbnail images to view portfolio documents.

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Science Degrees 

Utah State University, Logan, Utah

December 2008Major: English, professional and technical communication emphasis Major: Psychology, research emphasis Minor: Biology Minor: Business management

Relevant Courses

• Advanced research methods

• Bioethics

• Business management

• Document design

• Graphics design • Intentional interviewing • Interactive media/web design • Marketing • Physiology/anatomy

• Professional editing • Professional writing • Proposal and grant writing • Publications production

Honors • Academic scholarships for four years • Achievement-based grants for four years

Affiliations • American Medical Writers’ Association • Pinnacle Honor Society • Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society • Society for Technical Communicators

EXPERIENCE

Writing and Editing

• Transcribed and edited patient reports for all medical specialties in major U.S. medical centers • Promoted to specialized teams to cover critical documentation • Created production-quality proposals, scientific reports, curriculum materials, training manuals, instruction sets, marketing documents, web page content, test data summaries, and newsletters • Edited college textbooks, medical journal articles, faculty research, business documents, and student term papers • Performed quality assurance audits for medical documents • Translated technical information for general-public audiences

Research • Devised and documented original research and study protocols • Assisted physicians in performing neuropsychological examinations on study participants • Organized study data into searchable databases • Assessed disease progression and social needs of study participants, reported findings during case staffings

Leadership • Trained and mentored newly hired transcriptionists and seasoned transcriptionists attempting new specialties

• Coordinated multidepartmental charity drives and team projects • Facilitated teleconference training workshops • Conducted health education presentations

• Lead weekly discussion groups and study skills classes

• Guided USU re-entry students in obtaining admission, financial aid, and community resources

WORK HISTORY

Freelance Writer/Editor, Cache Valley, Utah, 1984-Present

Editor/QC, Nuance Transcription Service, Burlington, MA, 2011 to Present Medical Transcriptionist, Acusis, Santa Clara, California, 2007-2011 Intern Peer Facilitator, USU Women’s Center, Logan, Utah, 2005-2007 Editor/Quality Assurance Specialist, Breitner Transcription Service, Inc., Canton, Massachusetts, 2003-2007 Intern Research Assistant, USU Psychology Department, Logan, Utah, 2005-2006 Intern Peer Health Educator, USU Student Health and Wellness Center, Logan, Utah, Fall 2006 Intern Research Assistant, USU Study on Memory, Health, and Aging, Logan, Utah, Spring 2004 Editor/Transcriptionist, EDiX Corporation, Clearwater, Florida, 1999-2003 Transcriptionist/Trainer, Intermountain Transcription Service, Inc., Logan, Utah, 1989-1997