Bachelor of Arts Degree in English, University of Missouri – St. Louis, MO, 1992
Barnes-Jewish College of Nursing – St. Louis, MO 2005-2006 (5 classes from finishing)
AWARDS: Elsevier’s 2007 Quality Assurance Award, Electronic Production, U.S.
Electronic Production Analyst
St. Louis, MO
November 2002 To Present
• Electronically edit and correct markup language (SGML/XML) in medical journals and textbooks, working on simultaneous projects in a deadline-driven environment.
• Analyze electronic content (graphics, captions, tables, and equations); modify and improve data making the necessary corrections to preserve the integrity of format and structure.
• Copyedit and review book indexes for correct spelling of medical terms, generic and brand name drugs. Review terms for correct hierarchy in XML tagging structure. Provide feedback to vendor regarding corrections needed.
• Ensure proper quality control of electronic content utilizing previously established policies and procedures, verifying accuracy of data and format.
• Process and review XML journal data for Elsevier’s MDConsult and NursingConsult web sites, guaranteeing the content on the web site has loaded correctly, PDFs are viewable, and that the content can be searched by customers; liaise with IT group for problem resolution.
QUALITY ASSURANCE EDITOR/LEAD MEDICAL TRANSCRIPTIONIST
Lake Bluff, IL
October 2000 to July 2002
• Copyedited with detailed emphasis on correction of spelling, grammar, and punctuation physician dictation of hospital medical records. Specialties included Plastic Surgery, Orthopedics, Ophthalmology, Internal Medicine, and Cardiology.
• Reinforced quality control standards utilizing various style guides, print and electronic resources.
• Utilized discretion when physicians erroneously dictated medical inconsistencies in terms and phrases. Exercised judgment in knowing when these inconsistencies should be changed and not changed, evaluating when editorial changes would affect medical meaning and clarity.
• Provided appropriate feedback and guidance to trainees in a discrete and respectful manner, citing specific examples in the style guide, so the trainee could verify and incorporate changes into future work.
PHYSICIANS RESOURCE GROUP
St. Louis, MO
February 1997 to November 2000
• Transcribed dictation from all fields of medicine, editing and proofreading of those documents, initially for clarity, style, and organization. Further in-depth editing to eliminate verbal and/or medical inconsistencies.
• Researched medical references (dictionaries, pharmaceutical guides, and online equipment manufacturers) to resolve spelling of questionable words and phrases.
• Application of the American Association for Medical Transcriptionist Book of Style for use in determining appropriate abbreviations, initialisms, acronyms, and format.
• Utilized extensive knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, chemistry, and microbiology as needed for the production of concise medical documentation. The proper use of grammar and punctuation is essential in transcribing medical dictation as dictated by English-speaking and foreign-accented individuals.
MOSBY-HARCOURT MEDICAL PUBLISHERS
SENIOR PROJECT COORDINATOR
St. Louis, MO
August 1998 to May 1999
• Assisted with SGML product development and tracking the collection and conversion of assets, quality control, and product design.
• Reviewed corrections in markup made by vendors, as well as performed color/b&w graphic scanning of images, tables, and equations.
• Database management and tracking of data through vendor and in-house production stages, as well as coordinated journals through the electronic publishing flow from asset acquisition to live loads to the web site.
EDITOR OF ELECTRONIC PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT
St. Louis, MO
April 1996 to May 1998
• Performed detailed inspection of medical journal and textbook data for proper SGML tagging and correct parsing.
• Copyedited data utilizing established guidelines and editing techniques.
• Reviewed text, table, graphics, and equations for clarity and format.
• Monitored, indexed, and loaded Reuters professional newsfeed stories to the medical news section of the web site.