You can engage and connect with the community in a number of ways. (all links open in a new window/tab)
- Volunteer for a specific job or section of this website
- Keep Resources Up to date
- Gather teaching resources
- Work on the bibliography resources(tag the medrhet bibliography, organize and update it)
- Medical rhetoric resources (keep resource list current, find new resources to post)
- Research information (maintain resources, documents for medrhet research support)
- Curate a weekly topic email of current happenings relevant to our area
- Write content (blog post on current event; review of book, series of articles, installation; manifesto; anything else?)
- Or offer your own suggestion!!
- Join in our twitter chats. We’re officially @medrhet (View Upcoming Twitter Chat Topics). See the Contact page and Directory for some folks that are active on Twitter.
- Write a blog post about your work or a current topic that resonates with the work we do or about a teaching success or challenge
- Engage with others through our Facebook Group–Flux, A space for Rhetoricians of Health and Medicine
- Start a conversation on our list serv: Join
You can also engage with the broader field at any number of conferences. The most relevant of which are
- National Communication Association (NCA), which has a Health Communication Division and a series of panels on health communication
- Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC), which has med rhet visibility through our Standing Group
- Association of Teachers of Technical Writing, which holds its annual conference the day before the CCCCs
- Rhetoric Society of America (RSA), where there is always a number of papers and panels of interest (and every other year institutes that generally include one that focuses on health and medicine)
- Association of Rhetoric of Science and Technology holds a pre-conference at RSA and NCA and is always inclusive of medical focused scholarship
- Council of Programs of Technical and Scientific Communication (CPTSC), which focuses on courses, programs and teaching to include the growing number and emphasis of programs that have health communication and medical rhetoric as a strength
You can potentially find like minded folks at other smaller conferences and/or depending on your focus, in other organizations like the American Public Health Association with its Health Communication Working Group; Graphic Medicine; American Association of the History of Medicine. Also look at the Resources page for additional organizations that may have conferences that align with your interests, and its more than likely that you go to one of these “other” conferences, you’ll likely run into someone from this community. And, you can send out queries to any of the ways to connect and communicate listed above.