We provide free, individualized, one-on-one feedback on your written work. All KUMC students, medical residents, and postdocs that pay a required fee are eligible for consultation. You have the option of selecting a 30- or 60-minute consultation session.
You meet with the Graduate Writing Specialist at the Writing Center (Dykes G011). Although we don't edit/proofread papers or guarantee an "A," we can help you improve your writing project. We do this through analysis/critique, brainstorming, discussion of the writing process, and advice for revising/editing/polishing your work. Our goal is not only to improve your project but also to make you a better writer, capable of taking your work to higher levels.
For those unable to come to the Writing Center, we offer 50-minute videoconferences. You can schedule these online consultations with the same electronic appointment system for onsite visits. We use Adobe Connect, so be sure you have the required software. If you don't have it, you can get it free by going to the Adobe Connect Request Form. On the day of your appointment, you receive an email invitation minutes before the videoconference begins. We can upload and share documents during the session or simply discuss assignments, getting started, research strategies, revising, or research.
We encourage you to make appointments through our online system or by calling 913-588-6580. Appointment confirmation will be sent to your email address. Showing up is important, so if you must cancel, we appreciate you contacting us 24 hours in advance. If you miss two appointments without canceling, you will be limited to visiting the Writing Center during walk-in hours only for the duration of the semester. If you are more than 15 minutes late, you will lose your appointment.
Please make appointments well in advance of your deadline. This will allow plenty of time to revise your work. Appointments made less than 3 days before a due date are often not useful, especially during peak times of the semester. Consultations will not be conducted less than 2 hours before an assignment is due.
When you come to the Writing Center, we ask that you turn off cell phones and other devices in order to focus on writing. We also ask that you bring your assignment as well as your draft in paper or electronic form. If you have a draft longer than eight pages, please make multiple appointments over several days.