As the year winds down, many of us automatically take stock of what has transpired in the past 12 months - what were the high points, which events make us glad to close the books on what has surely been an eventful year for the nation, politically and economically. Election rhetoric and minute-by-minute analysis of the country’s financial crisis clog the airwaves and the Internet.
This time of year offers distraction, of course, in holiday traditions. One of my favorite parts of Christmas is wrapping the gifts that will land in the hands of my nieces and nephews (and now great-nieces and great-nephews!). I detest shopping, but I get a thrill out of wrapping a game or a toy in colorful paper, fashioning some version of homemade bow, and adding a gift tag made for that child. Maybe it’s a picture of 1-year-old Drew with his favorite truck or a piece of pink fabric stamped with pink letters because pink is 5-year-old Olivia’s signature color. It takes me forever, but it’s a treat compared to writing Christmas cards, which is a chore.
Wrapping up the year at UO are a trio of articles I’m sure you’ll find worth your time. "The Whole Truth," by Julie Sturgeon outlines the courtroom scenes you’ll find if you decide to venture into the world of working as a medical witness. From how to find the work to what to expect on the witness stand, you’ll learn the ups and downs of this sideline career - and how real life differs from television.
In "Endangered No More," writer Marcia Travelstead highlights the resurgence of the old-fashioned house call. Once the stuff of a bygone era, house calls now are the sole form of medical delivery for some practices, and others have incorporated home visits into their practices for homebound patients. If you’re thinking of taking your show on the road, you’ll want to read what physicians enjoy about this style of practice and why patients find it so appealing.
Get ready for the new year by reading about a few high-tech, wearable office accessories. Tech Notes writer, David Geer, shows and tells all about gadgets that will improve your organization, communication, and records-keeping strategies.
Next year, the writers and editorial staff at UO will be focusing our articles on what you, our readers, have told us you need most: help finding a job. From figuring out how to get started to writing the perfect CV to closing the deal, UO will walk you through it step-by-step so when you’re wrapping up 2009, you can say, "It was a great year."
- Mollie Vento Hudson, Editor