I was curious to find out more about the European Center of Pharmaceutical Medicine based in Basel, Switzerland, a city I visit regularly. A friend told me about their course in Pharmaceutical Medicine and wondered about my opinion on it.

Time to go check out the content!

As I run courses on writing for Medical Information, this module caught my eye – Scientific Medical Writing. I’m always looking for ways I can make my courses and services even better for my clients and trainees. Could I pick up any ideas?

What topics would the module cover?
What materials would they focus on?
How do they train people – face to face or over webinars?
But their web page made me hoot with laughter!

See what you think from the snapshot below.

How many errors can you find?

Hopefully when you click on the link, it may have been corrected but here’s the original version at the bottom.

Lessons to Learn

  1. Proofread it! We all make mistakes (and I know this website has similar errors). If you don’t have a friend who can proofread it, print it out and read it after a break (lunch, ideally overnight).
  2. If English is not your first language, check for the obvious errors. This slideshow for students learning English will give you some ideas. Ask someone who is English (we get everywhere, especially in Basel!) to check it for you.
  3. If you are writing a piece about writing, you MUST get it write, sorry, right. Check 3 times, not just once.
  4. Spellcheck will help you 75% but it won’t pick up grammatical errors or typos that make sense (form vs. from, fro vs. for). We all do it. I always mistype patinet; or should that be patient?
  5. Don’t obsess. It certainly brightened up my gloomy February Friday to see this page. And hey – now you all know you can do a course in Scientific Writing in Basel.

But we make errors. Even me (especially me).