Article nabs award in health-care journalism competition

The story, by Ruthann Richter, describes the experience of a sixth-year surgical resident to illustrate changes in surgical practices and training, and the greater acceptance of women in the field.

Opening up: The evolving world of surgery,” an article published in the summer 2014 issue of Stanford Medicine magazine, won an award from the Association of Health Care Journalists.

Written by Ruthann Richter of the medical school’s Office of Communication & Public Affairs, the story describes the experience of a sixth-year surgical resident at Stanford to illustrate changes in surgical practices and training, and the greater acceptance of women in the field.

The article won third place in the “consumer/feature (small)” category, which includes stories in magazines with a circulation of less than 500,000, in the association’s 2014 contest. The annual contest is open to print and broadcast reporters throughout the country and recognizes the best health reporting. More than 420 entries were received for this year’s contest.


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