Welcome to The Writing Center

Writing CenterAt the Writing Center, our goal is to make you a better writer. We do this through individualized, collaborative assistance. Our feedback consists of close reading of your written work, based on your needs, goals, and aspirations. We encourage your active participation in the session. 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:

  • Individual Appointments: one-on-one conversations about specific writing projects (class assignments, doctoral and master theses, articles for publications, residency statements, and writing counseling to address problems in writing)
  • Online Video Appointments for those unable to get to campus
  • Writing Workshops: presentations on various aspects of the writing process
  • Writers Groups: support and feedback from peers

For faculty, we offer the following services:

  • 10-15 minute overview of the Writing Center services
  • Consultation about writing assignments, rubrics, and more
  • Class visits: mini-sessions on writing skills

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.


G011 Dykes Library

Writing Center location 2


Mondays & Wednesdays: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Walk-In Hours:

Mondays & Wednesday: 4-7 p.m.

Make an Appointment

Submitting a Paper Online:

We recognize that many students cannot visit the Writing Center due to their schedule or location. Although nothing can replace face-to-face consulting, email for these students may be the preferred or only way to get feedback.

First, focus your area of need. A general request for help won't yield useful feedback. The more specific the concern, the more effective the feedback. For example, one focused area might be transitions between paragraphs.

Second, email the Writing Center, with your paper as an attachment. Always include your assignment. Please send a Microsoft Word document so that we use the "track changes" function 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.

Third, receive comments from the writing specialist by email. Your draft will be returned as soon as possible, with as much information about it as possible. 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. Submit work early for faster results! If you have a long paper (e.g., more than 8 pages), we strongly recommend you submit twice in a 6-day period or else consider a video conference.

Video Consulting

If you are a distance student or find it hard to visit the Writing Center, you can make an appointment during business days (Monday through Friday) via Adobe Connect. The advantage of synchronous communication is that your draft is read and discussed in real-time. This kind of collaboration is interactive and immediate. Click here for details about setting up Adobe Connect and conducting a videoconference.


Syllabus Statement:

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 is located in Dykes Library, room G011. Appointments can be made online (writing@kumc.edu 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 Writing Center serves students and residents to improve their writing by offering individualized support face to face, online, and through document submission/feedback. We are committed to outstanding writing skill development and assisting individuals 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.

Last modified: Mar 12, 2014

in-Training (http://in-training.org), the online magazine for medical students, is looking for medical students of all class years to submit articles and essays about their experiences in medicine for peer-edited online publication.

The Examined Life Journal, published by the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, also seeks works by students "related to health and the human condition in all its myriad definitions." To view submission guidelines, go to http://theexaminedlifejournal.blogspot.com/

Contact Us

Phone: 913-945-8477
Mail Stop: 1050
Location: G011 Dykes Library
Writing Specialist: Andrés Rodríguez
Email: writing@kumc.edu


Interview with Associate Professor Irina Smirnova-"Writing for the Sciences"

Related Resources

Alan G. Gross, Joseph E. Harmon, Michael S. Reidy. Communicating Science: The Scientific Article from the 17th Century to the Present. Anderson, SC: Parlor Press, 2009. (Rhetoric of Science and Technology Series)

John M. Swales and Christine B. Feak. Academic Writing for Graduate Students: Essential Tasks and Skills. 3rd ed. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2012.