I have been working as an independent medical writer since 2008, wrapping my mind around a range of complex medical topics. I’ve found that this career blends my curiosity and desire to see science benefit patients.
The science behind medicine is complex, with massive quantities of data being constantly generated. Communicating science requires the writer to be on point, to understand what concepts underlie the facts, and to tie them together.
My depth of scientific training and broad experience allows me to grasp complex concepts and communicate them to my audience with clarity.
I am a member of the American Medical Writers Association (AMWA). I served on AMWA’s national board of directors as the representative for the Pacific Southwest Chapter from 2012 to 2014, and I led AMWA meetings in Arizona as my chapter’s Arizona liaison from 2009-2014. I’ve completed AMWA’s certificates in Essential Skills and in Composition and Publication, and I continue to attend AMWA workshops at conferences to develop professionally. Plus, I enjoy networking at AMWA’s conferences, whether mentoring new writers or connecting with friends there.
My academic training includes a doctorate studying protein biochemistry and a highly interdisciplinary and collaborative postdoc in glycobiology.
When I’m not working, I try to get out on my mountain bike as much as possible. I’m passionate about being active in the outdoors, where a few hours of aerobic exercise helps me to clear my mind and think through complex topics. I’ve come up with a lot of insights and summaries while rolling along trails. Plus, maintaining my fitness helps when I’m working long days at medical congresses.
The dog in the logo of On Point Scientific represents my dog, who is always eager to join me on the trails. Though I don’t hunt, he’s always using his senses to take in massive amounts of data and make sense of it all, pointing out critters along the way. Similarly, On Point Scientific focuses on understanding the point of scientific data, determining what it means, and focusing on how it matters to benefit patients.
Kathy Boltz, PhD