Monthly Archive for May, 2009

Message to Members

Over the past months, some of our members and associates have asked SSI to post things they’ve written. While we found the content of their essays important, their value was eroded by marginal writing.

Professional journalists and investigators know that the most important investigation is meaningless if recorded in sloppy or illegible reports.

Unfortunately, some of our most passionate medical reform advocates have spent so much time writing like doctors that their content is almost entirely lost in a sea of awkward paragraphs, redundancy, and unnecessarily verbose, disjointed, bombastic, de trop, diffuse, extra, extravagant, inessential, inordinate, iterating, long-winded, loquacious, oratorical, padded, palaverous, periphrastic, pleonastic, prolix, reiterating, spare, supererogatory, superfluous, supernumerary, surplus, tautological, unnecessary, unwanted, wordy… SEE WHAT I MEAN!!!

Each of you brings a wealth of information and experience that others can learn from. Your perspective and passion is valued by our membership. After years in an academic or medical environment, you may experience residual fears that you might offend someone who can negatively affect your career. At Semmelweis, you’re free to write what you want, as long as it is relevant, coherent, and respectful. If you are concerned about retaliation, we can post your essays anonymously.

SSI offers three forums:

  • Our website offers a formal place where well-written essays, reports, and news events can be posted. Reasonably well-written and thoughtful reports will be posted, as will relevant news events that you want to see posted. If you find a news event, write a short paragraph explaining what you think is important and include the link.
  • Our blog is less formal, and writers can submit items with less formality. Remember that whatever you post reflects on you, SSI, and your profession. If your reports and essays look like they were written with crayons, it will reflect badly on us all.
  • Our forum is the least formal and allows you to post directly to the group. If you don’t have time to write a masterpiece, you can share your ideas with other members without too much sweat.

These are YOUR forums. They are fairly new and it may take a while before you get the hang of it. Comments are also encouraged – clink on the comments link. Feel free to share your observations, experiences, and alternative views with everyone.

Use this page to contact us for submissions.