For more than 20 years, physicians, researchers, and healthcare clients have depended on Tremaine Medical Communications for assistance in accomplishing their publishing goals.
As a Certified Editor in the Life Sciences (ELS, as awarded by the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences) and a member of the American Medical Writers Association, I have edited and written hundreds of publications in many medical disciplines, most notably all disciplines of surgery and orthopaedics .Projects have included manuscripts published in a wide variety of medical journals; chapters for textbooks; technical manuals; abstracts for presentation; research proposals; protocols for Institutional Review Boards; and healthcare brochures.
I received a bachelor of arts degree in English from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. After 14 years as a medical writer and editor at The Ohio State University Hospitals, I started Tremaine Communications in 1984 to provide freelance/contract medical editing and writing services to physicians and researchers. I am a member of the American Medical Writers Association (AMWA) and the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences (BELS).
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I have written and edited abstracts and manuscripts for journal publication in a variety of medical specialties, as well as books, book chapters, NDAs, INDs, and final reports of clinical trials. I have been the Editor of two hospital magazines (for Mount Carmel Health System and The Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio).
The Board of Editors in the Life Sciences (BELS) was founded in 1991 to evaluate the proficiency of manuscript editors in the life sciences and to award credentials similar to those obtainable in other professions.
Why certification for editors?
•To provide qualified manuscript editors in the life sciences a way to demonstrate their editorial proficiency.
•To provide employers and clients of manuscript editors in the life sciences a way to identify proficient editors.
•To establish a standard of proficiency for editing in the life sciences.
Potential employers and clients of manuscript editors usually have no objective way to assess the proficiency of editors. For their part, editors are frustrated by the difficulty of demonstrating their ability. That is why both employers and editors so often resort to personal references or ad hoc tests, not always with satisfactory results. The need for an objective test of editorial skill has long been recognized.
To meet that need, the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences developed a process for testing and evaluating proficiency in editing in the life sciences according to internationally recognized standards. The Board administers two examinations--one for certification and one for diplomate status. The examinations, written by senior life-science editors assisted by testing experts, focus on the principles and practices of scientific editing in English.
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