PSST…Wanna Learn How to Write a Cancer Abstract?

I’ve always felt that good writing comes from good thinking and that learning how to write well is difficult.   With the advent of the Internet you can find wonderful teaching websites for the craft of writing.   My inner underwriter has always believed that if underwriters were taught how to write about disease we could ultimately better understand some of the cryptic medical language found in the APS’s we read every day.  Well you’ll never guess what I found while doing some purposeful surfing (not mindless).

I’ve added a link to the training modules from the U.S. National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) Program at Emory University, Atlanta SEER Cancer Registry, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.

This training website provides web-based training modules for cancer registration and surveillance. When the site is complete, it will comprise about 30 training modules, each covering a particular cancer registration training subject. The site started in September, 2000 and is under continual development.

And to think all I wanted was to find out a little more about recurrent high grade focal dysplasia just to make sure the pathologist was on spot about the colonic mass despite everyone else calling the thing cancer.  I’m gonna have some fun playing around in this website.


Remote Underwriting – Better Baked Thoughts

“Oooh, that’s scary.”

Owner of Siam Smile, a Thai restaurant in downtown Edmond, OK as I was liberally sprinkling red hot chilies over my Pad Thai.

While enjoying a plate of Pad Thai at a local restaurant it dawned on me that the debate about remote underwriting has become nothing more than an academic tussle.  On one side of the debate, there are insurance companies that totally embrace remote underwriting.  On the other side there are companies with endless reasons who do not care for the concept of remote underwriting.  But in the end, the debate is purely academic at this time.  I got a phone call the other week that convinced me of this.

A very large multi-national company placed a recruiting call to me and I had a very nice conversation with the head of their HR.  This particular company has over 100 underwriters and over 40 are remote.  This got me thinking about other companies who have embraced remote underwriters.  These firms are all big names with big budgets, good technology, and a vision for the future.

The future is here and we all better get used to it.  Scary or not.

We Interrupt This Blog for an Earthquake

When someone mentions “earthquake” I tend to think immediately of San Francisco or Japan, perhaps the horrific quake that just jolted China. But Oklahoma?

On June 6, a minimum of four small earthquakes were recorded and confirmed in the Oklahoma City area by the Oklahoma Geological Survey. The largest quake occurred around 1:15 a.m. and measured 2.5 on the Richter scale. The epicenter was near the Interstate 44-Interstate 40 junction. This location is about 20 miles from my house.

This information is for all of you out there who believe there is nothing in the state of Oklahoma except for tornadoes. We have earthquakes too. Just another reason why we love this place.

Flat Wind Damage

Addendum – I forgot to mention on the day of the earthquakes we had sustained flat winds between 35 and 45 MPH with gusts exceeding 50 MPH.  Note how the winds split this tree nearly in half.  This happened two blocks from the world headquarters of UW Solutions LLC.