At the Writing Center, our goal is to make you a better writer. We do this through one-on-one, individualized consultation. Our feedback consists of close reading/analysis of your written work, based on your needs, goals, and aspirations. We focus primarily on ideas and how they are communicated in writing. We don't edit or proofread, but we do teach the skills that writers need to revise and edit their own work. The consultation session can provide enlightenment and energy to help you improve as a writer and to show that your writing is meaningful in the world of health and medicine.
For students and residents, we offer the following services:
For faculty, we offer the following services:
The Writing Center is part of the Division of Student Services. Our service is free for all current KUMC students and residents. We offer a range of resources to help you reach success in writing. Success in your field depends on constant improvement—and writing plays a major part in that process.
1020B Student Center
G011 Dykes Library
Mondays & Wednesdays: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Mondays & Wednesday: 4-7 p.m. @ Dykes Library
Submitting a Paper Online:
You can submit a paper as an email attachment and will receive comments from the writing specialist by email or in-person. The turnaround time is usually 3 business days, so be sure to submit your work with your deadline in mind. (A paper submitted over the weekend may take longer.) Please send a Word document. Usually we use the "track changes" function in Microsoft Word to make comments, highlight text, suggest changes, and so on. This allows you to see the consultant's feedback directly on your draft and to make choices based on his response. We will comment on grammar only if requested, and only to pinpoint and/or summarize a specific issue. We don't copy edit or proofread papers; however, we will demonstrate ways for you to correct errors and develop your work, especially the flow, organization, and conceptual framework. Your draft will be returned as soon as possible, with as much information about it as possible.
For faculty who wish to encourage students to use the Writing Center services, we offer the following statement for inclusion to their course syllabus:
The KUMC Writing Center offers students and residents a welcoming place for discussing writing. Staffed by Graduate Writing Specialist Andrés Rodríguez, the Center offers free tutoring on writing assignments, workshops and presentations, resources, writing groups, and more. The goal is to make students more effective, confident writers by providing feedback on their work and advice on their writing process. The Writing Center has two locations: 1020B Student Center and Dykes Library G011. Appointments can be made online (email@example.com or https://medconsult.kumc.edu) or by phone (913-945-8477). Visit the Writing Center website: www.kumc.edu/student-services/counseling-and-educational-support-services/services/writing-services.html.
Writing Center Mission Statement:
The mission of the Writing Center is to serve the writing community at The University of Kansas Medical Center. We help students and residents to improve their writing by offering one-on-one feedback on their work at all stages of the writing process. Our feedback is geared toward providing perspective and stimulating productivity. Our goal is to help make writing a positive, lifelong process of personal satisfaction and professional success.