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Grammar and Writing Skills for the Health Professional, 3rd Edition

  • Doreen Villemaire Oberg
  • Lorraine Villemaire
  • ISBN-10: 1305945425
  • ISBN-13: 9781305945425
  • 320 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2006, 2001
  • COPYRIGHT: 2018 Published
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About the Product

More user friendly than ever, GRAMMAR AND WRITING SKILLS FOR THE HEALTH PROFESSIONAL, 3e, is now organized into independent sections within three modules -- giving instructors complete flexibility to introduce concepts in the order that best suits their needs. The book helps students combine correct grammar with medical language as they prepare professional reports and documentation. Focusing on basic grammar, the first module equips entry-level health care students with the guidelines and practical knowledge they will need in real-world practice. Building on that foundation, the second module contains more advanced grammar for entry-level students, enabling instructors to pick and choose content for whatever course they are teaching in the curriculum. The third module emphasizes the thinking process involved in writing and grammar at the entry level. The third module's step-by-step writing process provides a simple approach to writing a resume and cover letter.


  • Equipping students for practice in the health care field, GRAMMAR & WRITING SKILLS FOR THE HEALTH PROFESSIONAL, 3e, is packed with real life applications -- including advice about etiquette with emails and phone calls -- that complement any course in a health care program as well as serve students well throughout their careers.

  • The user-friendly organization into sections and modules makes the text easier to use and gives students and instructors the flexibility to cover sections together or independently throughout the curriculum.

  • The text's emphasis on accurate medical spelling encourages the mastery of medical language.

  • The third module includes an entire section on the writing process, emphasizing the importance of quality writing while equipping students with simple steps for writing medical reports, correspondence, emails, office meeting minutes, progress notes, charting, research, brochures, and other professional documentation.

  • Practice exercises, Skills Review, and Comprehensive reviews in each section enable students to check their understanding of chapter concepts as they progress through the text.

  • Through hands-on applications, the book helps synthesize the many skills students have learned in writing, typing, and English grammar.

  • Summaries at the end of every section review key concepts to help reinforce what students have learned.


"The reorganization of the text is how the course should be presented to the student during the semester. I really liked that a real world application component was added to each chapter."
— Bonita Sasnett, EdD, Associate Professor, Dept. of Health Services, East Carolina University

About the Author

Doreen Villemaire Oberg

Doreen Villemaire Oberg, M.Ed, RN, CMA, has enjoyed a vast array of experiences during her career as nurse, teacher, and administrator. As a nurse she has worked in intravenous therapy, PACU, ICU, and pediatric nursing. As a teacher she has taught courses for practitioners ranging from administrative personnel through the clinical sciences to medical assistants and health professionals at the college level. As an administrator she brought her medical and educational knowledge together as chairperson of a growing medical assistant program in New England, where she was involved in the development, evolution, and opening of several medical assisting programs. Now she is semi-retired and lives in Florida.

Table of Contents

Section 1: Noun. Noun plurals. Function of nouns. Medical Assisting Creed of the AAMA statement of beliefs. Medical office correspondence.
Section 2: Pronouns. Personal pronouns. Reflexive. Relative. Indefinite. Interrogative. Demonstrative. Pronoun-antecedent. Commonly confused pronouns. Office memorandum/memo. Email.
Section 3: Verbs. Action. Being. Main verbs and helping verbs. Linking verbs. Transitive and intransitive. Gerunds. Infinitives. Verb tense. Regular and irregular verbs. Confusing and troublesome verbs. Use of verb tense. Voices of verbs. Moods of verbs. The Medical Record/Electronic Health Record (HER)/Electronic Medical Record (EMR). The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). The Joint Commission (TJC) and the Accreditation of Health Care Facilities. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
Section 4: Adjectives. Limiting. Interrogative and proper adjectives. Predicate and compound adjectives. Descriptive adjective. Degrees of adjectives. Troublesome adjectives. Eponyms. Medical reports. Radiology. Pathology. Discharge. Operative.
Section 5: Adverbs. Adverbs as modifiers. Degrees of comparison. Irregular adverbs. Changing adjectives into adverbs. Negative adverbs. Double negatives. Placement of adverbs. Troublesome adverbs. Fax. Phone courtesy. Messages. Minutes of a meeting.
Section 6: The Sentence. Components. Independent and dependent clause. Phrases. Types of sentences. Classification of sentences. Effective sentences. Progress notes, charting.
Section 7: Punctuation. Period. Exclamation mark. Question mark. Comma. Semi-colon. Parenthesis. Dash. Hyphen. Apostrophe. Quotation marks. Medical reports. History and physical. Consultation.
Section 8: Preposition, conjunction and paragraph. Compound prepositions. Prepositional modifiers. Problematic prepositions. Coordinating conjunctions. Correlative conjunctions. Subordinating conjunctions. Paragraphs types. Structure of the paragraph. Paragraph organization. Medical writing. Manuscripts and research. APA style. Promotional writing.
Section 9: Writing process. Prewriting. Writing and rewriting. Proofreading for final draft.
Section 10: The Resume. Essentials of the resume/work-up. Contact information. Related skills. Education/awards/honors. Certification. Memberships/conferences. References. Objective. Keywords. Three types of resumes. Chronological resume. Functional resume. Hybrid/combination resume. Cover letter.
Section 11: Appendix. Spelling rules. Capitalization rules. Number use. Clichés. Titles and salutations. Use of a thesaurus. Use of the English dictionary. Use of the medical dictionary.

New to this edition

  • Sections in the third edition of GRAMMAR & WRITING SKILLS FOR THE HEALTH PROFESSIONAL combine grammar and medical documents so that students can apply the grammar principles they are learning to real-life health care scenarios.
  • Offering ultimate flexibility, each section can be used independently. The first module contains basic grammar such as nouns, pronouns, and verbs. The second module moves into more advanced grammatical understandings, such as sentences and paragraphs. The third module helps students put it all together as they develop and sharpen their skills with the book's step-by-step writing process.
  • An all-new section gives students practical steps for writing resumes and cover letters.
  • A new, full color text design with additional artwork improves the visual appeal of the learning experience.
  • The text has been fully updated to include the latest abbreviations as well as current information on HIPAA, the Joint Commission, and the American Health Management Information Association, among other topics.


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

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