Fall 2012 – Spring 2013

September 2012

Networking Meeting

A chapter meeting was held at 6:30 PM, Thursday, September 27th, 2012. These periodic networking meetings are a great way to meet other medical writers and to get connected! We hope to see you at an upcoming networking meeting.

The meeting location was Athens Pizza in Decatur, GA.


November 2012

CDC: Rebel with a Cause

A chapter meeting was held at 6:30 PM, Tuesday, November 13, 2012 with speaker Elliott Churchill, MS, MA. Elliott Churchill retired from the Division of International Health within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). From the 1970s to 2006 when she retired, Ms. Churchill was the Manager for the CDC Publication Office, which was responsible for publishing the Morbidity Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) and other publications. During her tenure at CDC, Ms Churchill:

  • Taught applied epidemiology, biostatistics, and scientific communications to domestic and international groups of health staff;
  • Crafted and managed courses involving faculty from CDC and other academic/scientific institutions;
  • Oversaw the training and apprenticeship of approximately 200 production-manager writer-editors at CDC and in state health departments;
  • Managed the production and distribution of all CDC.s periodic publications;
  • Co-authored two textbooks and 106 journal articles and editorials. Co-authored two textbooks and 106 journal articles and editorials

For the last 20 years, Ms. Churchill has spent most of her time consulting in ministries of health and training approximately 2,500 public health staff in 103 countries in various CDC-sponsored programs. Currently, her primary areas of interest are communications strategies for public health in the absence of sophisticated technology and the creation of interactive communications networks that include public officials, the general public, public health staff, and representatives of the mass media. She has taught faculty of universities, graduate students, ministry of health staff, and district medical officers about such difficult issues as HIV/AIDS, hemorrhagic fever, and chronic disease (including heart disease, cancer, and birth defects). Programs in which she has worked have been funded primarily through USAID, with CDC as program manager, but she has also been seconded to UNICEF and WHO for specific assignments.

The meeting location was the Claudia Nance Rollins Building room 2001 at Emory University.


February 2013

Title: Developing More Effective Verbal Presentation Skills

A chapter meeting was held at 6:30 PM, Tuesday, February 5, 2013 with speaker David Richardson, MD, owner of Perfect Medical English. Dr. Richardson received his BS in Biology from Harvard University and his MD from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a licensed physician and board-certified in Neurology (residency and fellowship completed at Univ. of Pennsylvania) and has held faculty appointments at several prestigious institutions including the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Richardson has a wealth of experience in clinical medicine, English as a second language, online and classroom teaching and medical writing. He has training in applied linguistics, second language acquisition, cultural issues of language, classroom management and instructional design. In addition, he has earned a certificate in Medical Writing from AMWA. As a physician, educator, medical writer and TESOL instructor (Teacher of English for Speakers of Other Languages), Dr. Richardson uses his truly unique background to help his clients better understand and use Medical English.

Dr. Richardson discussed key principles in the planning, preparation, organization, and delivery of verbal presentations.

The meeting location was the Claudia Nance Rollins Building room 1034 at Emory University.


March 2013

Panel Presentation: Becoming a Medical Writer

A chapter meeting was held at 6:30 PM, Tuesday, March 12th, 2013 with panelists Heather Edens, PhD., Nicole Parker, PhD., Emma Hitt, PhD, ELS, and Kelly Briggman.

The panel discussion and Q-&-A session covered stories and insights in several specialties: industry, medical communications, regulatory affairs and freelance.

The meeting location was the Claudia Nance Rollins Building room 1034 at Emory University.

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