One day I got an email with an invitation to be a mentor for the international conference (one must fulfill the following two criteria: have had at least two abstracts accepted at an international scientific conference; co-authored at least one manuscript accepted by a peer-reviewed scientific journal). I jumped right in and have been helping others to write abstracts for the past 6 years.
As a mentor, I receive an anonymous text on the topics that I consider myself to be an expert. I am answering all sort of questions from formal requirements of writing to data collection and analysis of the study described.
Why am I doing it?
- I like giving a hand to young researchers from around the world. It`s great when someone else reads your abstract and gives feedback, as in real life there are not many people around who are willing to review it or can do it accurately
- I keep myself updated with the recent research, it gives me an opportunity to recall some knowledge that I don`t use on a daily basis
- I find it important to volunteer for this cause At University I never thought about my medical writing skills and there was no training provided. The understanding of necessity came later, in postgraduate school where luckily I had some coaching. If you don`t find this type of training at your school I highly recommend this online class that I took : Writing in the Sciences.