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Leverage in Writing

Gabriela Hardgrove

University of Central Florida


Leverage in Writing

In response to prompt one, I will use my writing skills to break into the field of medicinal
communications and writing, building a reputation as an educated scholar and communicator
while highlighting my expertise in the field by providing samples of my work, gaining experience
in the medical field and networking accordingly to provide services.

Graduating with a major in life/biomedical sciences, I would like to use my writing

expertise to break into the field as somewhat of a medium between medical jargon and the
common English language. My ultimate goal is to become a medical or science writer, serving
as one who may translate the key points illustrated by scientific research and breakthrough for
those with specialties in other areas. According to the US National Library of Medicine, medical
writers Need to be familiar with searching medical literature, understanding and presenting
research data, the document review process, and editing and publishing requirements (Sharma,
2010). It is not often that a student of medicine, if you will, takes on a role in communications,
and I thin. I have always strived to understand key concepts however, taking the best out my
own studies to then share with my colleagues in a way that makes sense to them.
One of the reasons I have developed this interest is because it seems as though we as
disciplinarians often speak different languages, carrying our own distinct interpretations on the
importance health, along with our feelings on prevention. I would like to use my writing skills to
break down those barriers, educating the public in ways that many practitioners do not. There
are already certain topics which have gathered my interest merely through my own education on
which I would love to shed some light. For instance, most of us are aware, in some way or
another, that antibiotics are not always necessary as a treatment option which casts a dark
shadow on physicians and other practitioners who prescribe them. I think its important for most
members of our society to have a working knowledge, at minimum on controversies such as this
so that they may voice an educated opinion on their treatment without demanding a specific
medication which may have been advertised effectively, but on which they have little to no
educational background.
In order to build my reputation in the field, I will need to start building a portfolio that I can
present to potential employers, so that they may gain some insight into my style and skills.

Using rhetoric to ones advantage - and doing so ethically - is an effective recourse in finding
leverage within a specific career field. In the video provided on webcourses, Leslie Wolcott
delves into the idea of using rhetoric to redistribute an emphasis or importance from one
concept to another. In her example regarding education in the state of Florida, the emphasis is
shifted from spending less on education to caring less about education, which yields much
more of an emotional response. This is definitely one way to use rhetoric effectively, and I feel
that I learned quite a bit through Wolcots lecture.