Writing in Dentistry

Graduate Student Resource Center

Resources for International Students


Chambers, D. W., & Abrams, R. G. (1992). Dental communication. Sonoma, CA: Ohana Group.

Garrard, J. (2007). Health sciences literature review made easy: The matrix method. Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett.

Goodman, N. W, & Edwards, M. B. (2006). Medical writing: A prescription for clarity (3rd ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Lang, T. (2009). How to write, publish, and present in the health sciences: A guide for clinicians and laboratory researchers. Philadelphia, PA: American College of Physicians.

Stuart, M. (Ed.) (2007). The complete guide to medical writing. London: Pharmaceutical Press.

Taylor, R. B. (2005). A clinician’s guide to medical writing. New York: Springer.

Witte, F. (2003). Basic grammar and usage for medical communicators. Rockville, MD: American Medical Writers Association.


Guide to Writing in the Health Sciences—This online journal, based at the University of Toronto, contains articles dedicated to various topics on writing in the health sciences, from grammar and punctuation issues to argument and oral presentation style.

Dentistry Samples and Resources—Examples of associateship resumes and cover letters, residency CVs and personal statements, and thank-you notes, from dental students at the University of California, San Francisco.

Resources for International Students

Medical English for Doctors and Patients—Grammar and vocabulary activities (along with answer keys) for intermediate and advanced learners of English.  Four activities are specifically for dentists.

McCullagh, M., & Wright, R. (2008). Good practice student’s book: Communication in English for the medical practitioner. Cambridge: CUP. (for advanced English learners)

Ribes, R., & Ros, P. R. (2006). Medical English. Springer: New York.

Quann, S., & Satin, D. (2007). Project care: Health care case studies, multimedia, and projects for practicing English. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press. (for intermediate English learners)

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