RX: Med School for Writers blog by Ronda Wells MDTweet
As a physician for four decades, I’ve worn many hats from a busy Family Practice office, to an occupational medicine clinic to onsite health centers in local industries. Then a medical school mentor called and asked, did I know how to use a computer? That call launched my thirty-year career as a medical director starting at Anthem, which led to other positions writing and publishing medical policies, performing utilization management/ utilization reviews, and working with many insurers, lawyers, and Medicaid programs.
A huge reader since childhood, I worked in our public library through junior high into high school. I mentioned to my AP English teacher that while I was headed to medical school, I’d love to be an author. She advised, “Go to med school, authors never make any money!” (Hmm. Tell that to Drs. Robin Cook, Michael Crichton, Michael Palmer, Tess Gerritsen, Anton Chekov, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and Kaled Hosseini.) When my now-grown daughter was little, that urge to write just refused to go away.
An original member of American Christian Fiction Writers, I’ve been privileged to help many fabulous fiction authors along the way with their medical scenes, with an added advantage of being a writer and understanding how scenes and characters need to be constructed. I’d be happy to help you as well, or host your question and your work on this blog. Just email me.