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Master Class: Syntactic Analysis of Medical Writing

Level:
Advanced
Area:
Language and Writing
Code:
LWA9
Duration:
03:30:00
Workshop profile:
This course should benefit experienced medical writers to enhance their detection, analysis, and revision of syntactically distracting sentences. This enhancement will be facilitated by receiving (from the workshop leader) a taxonomic profile of distractions to a submitted sample of original or copyedited medical writing and by receiving oral feedback from the other participants.
Objective:
To develop a systematic approach—rather than intuition—for detecting, analyzing, and revising syntactic distractions.
Content:
By means of a highly interactive workshop format, registrants will gain insight into syntactic distractions common to medical writing. Before the workshop, registrants will submit an ~100-word sample of their own vocational writing (or copyediting). They will then receive a taxonomic glossary of typical syntactic distractions by which to identify at least one distraction in their submitted writing samples. During the workshop, the workshop leader will review each distraction in the glossary and by a Socratic Method ask registrants for a revision option as a test of the distraction validity. Next, the registrants, in pairs, will discuss the syntactic distractions in a Master Taxonomic Analysis prepared from Individual Taxonomic Analyses of the submitted writing samples. In addition to the Socratic Method and the paired presentations, the interactive approach is enhanced by limiting the number of registrants to 12. This workshop is a companion to Semantic Analysis of Medical Writing.