MedTerm Topics is all about learning, teaching, and using the language of medicine.
So, if you’ve ever struggled with spelling hemorrhage, or wished you knew the meaning of myocardial infarction, or wanted to talk with others about teaching your med term class, then this blog is for you! In the planning and development stages for two years, MedTerm Topics went live in Sept. 2015. And we couldn’t be more excited. We are dedicated to advancing the understanding of medical language; unveiling the word origins and their meanings. Toward that aim, we’ve divided the blog into the following engaging and illuminating categories:
- Keeping Current – to help keep you up on the latest and emerging medical terms
- Spotlight on Words – provides an in-depth look at the origin of terms currently in use
- Faculty Tips – practical hints and techniques for teaching and learning
- MedTerm MixUp – a challenging scramble for you to solve
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So, whose this intended for?
You may be interested in the MedTerm Topics blog if you’re…
- a student entering healthcare or medical field striving to acquire the language
- employed in healthcare and hoping to learn more
- a patient, more involved than ever with your health records, struggling to understand its content
- faculty searching for information on how to create an online course or to decide course content
- or a person who loves words, medical and otherwise
In 1970 I accepted a faculty position in the Health Science Division at GateWay Community College in Phoenix, Ariz. My assignment included teaching a medical terminology course. In nursing school curriculua, including my own, to become a registered nurse, medical terms were tucked in with other coursework. An entire course devoted to demystifying medical language was a new and interesting idea. The assigned textbook was The Elements of Scientific and Specialized Terminology by Brunner and Berkowitz. It introduced me to teaching medical terminology using the word part method and I became fascinated with the language of medicine, its history, evolution, and current use. I have dedicated much of my life to the teaching and writing about the language since.
I am coauthor of two medical terminology textbooks with my daughter, Danielle LaFleur Brooks: Exploring Medical Language 9th Edition and Basic Medical Language, 5th Edition. Over the years we have connected with thousands of students and faculty.
Now through social media Danielle and I want to continue our connection with students and faculty and to all others, who are interested in discussing, learning, and sharing the language of medicine. We want to hear from you!
We would love to hear from you. Please contact us by using the Comment box below, or by email using the Contact Button below, or under the About heading at the top of the screen.
Myrna LaFleur Brooks,