Medical students and doctors are notorious for their poor writing skills and love of jargon. Even if you do not want to be a medical journalist, being able to write well is a useful skill.
Start with the basics-grammar and punctuation. The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation is on line at www.grammarbook.com and simply explains grammatical principles and how to use punctuation correctly, using examples to illustrate common mistakes. It clarifies the correct use of commonly confused words such as which and that, and who and whom. The Effective Writing section explains the difference between the active and passive voice, as well as providing tips for making prose more readable. The site includes grammar and punctuation exercises and self test questions.
For help with the practice of writing visit the Writer's Resource Center (www.poewar.com). This site contains articles on anything from poetry to Christian writing. Many of the articles