Interview with Erica Goodoff, Medical Editor

Erica Goodoff received her bachelor’s degree in journalism and Russian language and literature in 2002 from the University of Missouri and continued studying Russian at the University of Kansas from 2005 to 2007 while working full time at Allen Press. She earned her Board of Editors in the Life Sciences certification in 2010 and has worked as a medical editor in the Department of Scientific Publications at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center for the past six years. LB: How did you end up as a medical editor? EG: Before I took this job, I worked for several years for a publisher of scientific journals, in roles ranging from proofreader to managing editor. I knew that eventually I wanted to edit text at a deeper level, and I found that medicine was the most interesting topic I read about as an editor. When my position with the publisher fell through during an economic downturn, I saw a description of my current job (on the CSE job board, actually) and I thought to myself, “that sounds like exactly what I want to do.” And it is. LB: What’s a typical day like for you? EG: My primary job is to edit research papers and grant proposals (e.g., requesting research funding from the National Institutes of Health) written by MD Anderson faculty or postdoctoral fellows. I work in a department with about 15 other editors, and faculty members send us their manuscripts prior to submission (to either a journal or […]

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