I've wanted to have some feedback on my hubs; it may be on the writing of information, cohesiveness of thought, pictures and videos to ehance understanding of topics.
I have been writing medical hubs. Lately, I have been busy at work so I wanted to have feedback on my writing while I have not published that much yet so I won't waste precious time if I am having gross errors. I have an 80 hour work-week shedule. LOL. Are they too technical? Full of medical jargon? Seemingly incomplete?
I did not put a specific Hub up for review. You guys can comment on any of them, I only have a few.
Dont rip them to shreds too much.
That is a tough thing to ask people to do. Before anyone tries it might be worth telling them what you are trying to achieve.
Are you trying to make some money? Segue into a different career? Share things that you think are important?
Not much really, i just wanted to write something I see everyday in my workplace. When you just actually live in a hospital setting practically 2/3 of your life (including sleep- if your lucky to even sleep), a breath of fresh air is very welcome. Writing here gives me that. Besides, medical articles (i think) will barely scratch anything close to money or medical career since there are many medical sites out there.
I just want to have some feedback for those who read my hubs.
I have a feeling there is a teacher in you trying to get out. You seem genuinely dedicated to helping others and that stretches to sharing your knowledge (of which you have a great deal).
I reckon you should stick to it, bearing in mind that communicating through writing is not easy and it is a trade that takes a long time to learn.
I am saying this because I felt you slipped between addressing lay people and addressing medical colleagues in tone and level of understanding.
To put it another way, I felt you had not quite sorted out in your mind what your writing was for, just yet.
One thing about medical articles is that you need to inspire absolute confidence in the reader and that means perfect English, if that is the language you choose to write in (American version if you want many readers)
Your English is excellent but not perfect. For example, your bio (on every page) does not quite make sense, to me at least.
I would think about a proofreader. No disgrace in that. I use one and I am a native English speaker. When sober, at least, lol.
Anyway, I'm sure other people will have something to say...
Best of luck. HubPages is lucky to have you.
Thank you for your feedback, Will. I do appreaciate it. I think that I have problems when trying to relay the terms and thoughts that non-medical personnel can easily understand. Also, I've been writing those articles in between shifts or whenever I have time, that's why I think there are some differences in terms of style and voice. There are some days that I start the article after a 36 hour shift (forgive my sleeping-on-the-keyboard language) and finish it the day after.
Writing some articles really need some thorough researching. Even if I practice some, I also have to keep track of the latest updates and the basics back from med school.
Have you ever thought about writing some 'Beginners Guides'?
You need to assume that you are talking to an intelligent person with no prior knowledge of the subject but a great desire to understand.
It is a great discipline. You need to really clarify your thoughts if you are going to help a total beginner. All those case histories that you have at your fingertips would make great building blocks, if explained thoroughly.
Yes, I've been trying to formulate a list of stuff to write and cases that I could use. At this point, you guys can see that I write on different aspects of medicine- ranging from Pedia, OB-GYN, Surgery, Internal Medicine, etc. Some of the cases are from Medschool wherein you rotate on many departments. Others are from colleagues.
From there, I'm planning to make hubs elaborating on important parts (or specific topics maybe)- I was planning a web of hubs linked. As an illustration: HUB 1- Case of a person with Lung Cancer; HUB2- Cancer in General; HUB3- How to Avoid Causes of Lung Cancer, then I'm planning to enmesh them together.
I was gearing to make those page visitors with prior knowledge without needing more explanation may just read the hub that they prefer and focus on that. Others may use the succeeding hubs to elaborate on other closely related topics/ diseases. Well, that's the general idea.
Will has given you some strong advice. Here's some more along the same lines:
Jason, Thanks for the link. I am really craving to have some time to write (or at least organize something to write). Making a schedule that works may be one of my top priorities at this point.
I originally had a conservative goal of having 1-2 hubs a week published.
Are you actually a doctor as suggested by your name "Digital MD" or some other sort of health worker? You might want to think about being a bit more specific about your qualifications to write medical hubs in your profile.
The general issue Google has with health sites is that they need to be written by people qualified to comment. Unless it's a patient providing personal experience of a condition.
I've just tried to find the page where HubPages stipulates its expectations about who writes medical hubs but it seems to have disappeared!
Makingamark, thank you for the reply.
On the integrity of data/hubs-- I am a practicing physician. Technically a greenhorn, yet I do think I am more than able to convey basic medical education that is worthy of posting. For the consumption of the general populace, that is.
Regarding the articles, I envisioned that the medical hubs that I write will be more of "patient-centered" and focused on the patient’s essentials. One thing I've learned about our practice was that We (as doctors, or any other healthcare worker) seldom see what ACTUALLY matters for patients. This may be attributed to the sheer number of the cases we handle. We see most of them as cases rather than people and sometimes there are less information conveyed even during patient visits.
If you read my hubs, some feature actual medical cases of which I have had the opportunity of handling. From there, I wanted to convey information about the specific disease or symptoms related to it as grounded as any lay person could understand.
To put it in another way, I will like to convey a summation of two things: 1.) Make the 'too personal/ less professional' articles added to my experiences given the number of patients I see making it more credible 2.) Add the more 'indifferent' side of medicine such as symptoms, diagnosis, jargon, gibberish, jargon-- be more layperson friendly and concise to read. Many articles in the internet can be simply seen as: Intro, Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prognosis- with little respect on the level of understanding of the patients and/or the any random web-surfer that might come pass them.
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